Government and politics

First lady Melania Trump and her son Barron Trump, look at the Wisconsin-grown Christmas Tree at the North Portico of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. The tree will be displayed in the White House Blue Room. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
November 21, 2017 - 10:43 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump and son Barron joined in a time-honored tradition of receiving the official White House Christmas tree, which will become the showstopper for a president who has vowed to put Christmas back at the center of the winter holidays. A military quartet played holiday tunes...
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FILE - In this June 21, 2017 file photo, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., listens at a committee hearing at the Capitol in Washington. A second woman has accused Minnesota Sen. Al Franken of inappropriate touching, saying Monday, Nov. 20, 2017 that he put his hand on her bottom as they posed for a picture at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010, after he had begun his career in the Senate. Menz's allegation comes days after a Los Angeles broadcaster, Leeann Tweeden, accused Franken of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite File)
November 21, 2017 - 10:06 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A group of women who worked alongside Al Franken on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" have signed a statement of support for the Minnesota senator. Last week, broadcaster Leeann Tweeden accused Franken of forcibly kissing her in 2006. Another woman says he placed his hand on her...
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Secretary General of China Culture Industrial Investment Fund Zhu Jiancheng, left, and Chinese artist Yan Zhang attend a press conference at the Vatican, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017.The Vatican and China have announced a first-ever exchange of artworks for exhibits in Beijing and the Vatican Museums, as the two states forge ahead with soft diplomacy amid a stalemate in negotiations to heal decades of diplomatic estrangement. Writing on screen at top reads in Italian "Beauty unites us." (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
November 21, 2017 - 10:01 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican and China are planning a first-ever exchange of artworks for exhibits in China and the Vatican Museums, as the two states forge ahead with soft diplomacy amid a stalemate in negotiations to heal decades of diplomatic estrangement. The parallel exhibits announced...
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House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., arrives for a meeting with House Republicans and President Donald Trump, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Trump urged House Republicans Thursday to approve a near $1.5 trillion tax overhaul as the party prepared to drive the measure through the House. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
November 21, 2017 - 9:56 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on sexual harassment allegations against Rep. John Conyers (all times local): 9:55 a.m. House Speaker Paul Ryan says it's "deeply troubling" that 88-year-old Rep. John Conyers reportedly settled a complaint in 2015 with a female aide who claimed she was fired after...
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November 21, 2017 - 5:36 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Officials in Portugal say they may begin rationing the public water supply at night-time in response to the country's worst drought on record. Authorities say 94 percent of the Portuguese mainland is enduring what they classify as an "extreme" drought. Environment secretary...
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FILE - This January 2013 file photo, shows a lion yawning near the National Parks sanctuary in Zimbabwe. A month before the Trump administration sparked outrage by reversing a ban on body parts from threatened African elephants, federal officials quietly loosened restrictions on the importation of heads and hides of lions shot for sport. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began issuing permits on October 20 for lions killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia between 2016 and 2018. Previously, only wild lions killed in South Africa were eligible to be imported. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, File)
November 21, 2017 - 3:34 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A month before the Trump administration sparked outrage by reversing a ban on body parts from threatened African elephants, federal officials quietly loosened restrictions on the importation of heads and hides of lions shot for sport. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began...
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FILE - In this May 22, 2017, file photo, Pierrot Mervilier, center rear, hugs a girl that did not wish to be identified, living in the U.S. with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) after she and her family spoke to members of the media in Miami. The Trump administration said Nov. 20 it is ending a temporary residency permit program that has allowed almost 60,000 citizens from Haiti to live and work in the United States since a 2010 powerful earthquake shook the Caribbean nation. The Homeland Security Department said conditions in Haiti have improved significantly, so the benefit will be extended one last time — until July 2019 — to give Haitians time to prepare to return home. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
November 21, 2017 - 2:25 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Monday it is ending a temporary residency permit program that has allowed almost 60,000 citizens from Haiti to live and work in the United States since a 2010 powerful earthquake shook the Caribbean nation. The Homeland Security Department said...
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FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2015, file photo, State Democratic Sen. Michael Padilla stands at the New Mexico state capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. New Mexico Democratic gubernatorial candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham says Padilla should leave his race for lieutenant governor over claims he harassed women as a city of Albuquerque supervisor. (AP Photo/Eric Draper, File)
November 21, 2017 - 12:56 am
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A rising star in the Democratic Party who gained national attention for tackling poverty in New Mexico said he will not drop out of the race for lieutenant governor despite renewed scrutiny of past allegations that he sexually harassed women. Statehouses nationwide are dealing...
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November 21, 2017 - 12:00 am
Conyers confirms harassment settlement; ethics probe opens Trump all but endorses GOP's Moore despite sex accusations US attacks militants in Somalia and Libya Haitians relieved to stay in US for now, upset status to end Army members investigated for misbehavior during Trump trip Trump pardons...
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