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Turkey said to seek U.S. support to attack IS Syria bastion

Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 1:13 p.m.

Turkey is seeking U.S. support to lead a ground offensive against Islamic State’s main stronghold in Syria, a Turkish official said, a move that could give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan more influence in the conflict and undermine Kurdish groups linked to separatists he’s fighting at home.

US diplomats backing Balkan republics against suspected Russia meddling

Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 12:50 p.m.

Even as President Donald Trump seeks to improve relations with Russia, the State Department is countering overtures by Moscow in one of its former satellite regions, the Balkans. State Department spokesman Mark Toner on Tuesday called for Macedonia, one of the former republics of the now-defunct Yugoslavia, to urgently put together a government.

‘Black snake prophecy’ at center of Dakota oil pipeline battle

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 3:13 p.m.

A sculpture stands at an encampment where protesters of the Dakota Access oil pipeline  gathered for months, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, near Cannon Ball, N.D. (James MacPherson / Associated Press)
Citing religious rites and the dark prophecy of a “terrible black snake” that will bring harm to its people, a Sioux Indian tribe returned to court Tuesday in an 11th-hour push to keep the Dakota Access pipeline from carrying its first crude oil.

11 injured during Mardi Gras parade in Alabama

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 10:31 a.m.

Police in the Alabama beach town of Gulf Shores say a car participating in the city’s Fat Tuesday parade accidentally plowed into a band, leaving three young people in critical condition and eight others with less-severe injuries.

Mardi Gras: ‘One time of year people can act like fools’

Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 9:59 a.m.

A member of the New Orleans Baby Doll Ladies walks down St. Charles Avenue ahead of the Zulu Parade during Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. (Gerald Herbert / Associated Press)
The streets of New Orleans are filled with costumed revelers, dazzling floats featuring kings and queens, and people of all ages screaming for trinkets and beads. Lots of beads. Tuesday marks the culmination of the Carnival season, which started Jan. 6.

Russia, China UN resolution on Syria sanctions

Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 9:47 a.m.

Russia and China have vetoed a Western-backed U.N. resolution that would have imposed sanctions on 21 Syrian individuals, organizations and companies allegedly involved in chemical weapons attacks in the war-ravaged country.

The Conway picture is only a small error in Trump’s swing-and-a-miss black college event

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 9:18 a.m.

President Donald Trump, right, meets with leaders of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. Also at the meeting are White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, left, and Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, on the couch. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP)
It’s the photo that’s getting all the attention: Kellyanne Conway, senior adviser to President Trump, sitting with her feet up on a couch in the Oval Office on Monday, reviewing photos on her phone in comfort as a crowd of people join the president for a photo behind his desk. Most people who see that won’t know who those people are or what they’re doing there. The story of the meeting for many will be that Conway is inappropriately at ease in the most important room in the country – a critique that was levied at President Barack Obama shortly after he took office in 2009 and held meetings without wearing a jacket.

Driver fled crash, died in culvert where he hid, police say

Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 7:42 a.m.

A 26-year-old driver mysteriously died in a drainage culvert where he hid after a crash in rural southeastern Ohio and refused to leave when troopers called out to him, according to the State Highway Patrol.

Trump blames Obama for protests: ‘I think he’s behind it’

Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 7:33 a.m.

President Barack Obama shakes hands with President-elect Donald Trump during the Presidential Inauguration at the US Capitol in Washington, Friday, January 20, 2017. (Saul Loeb / Associated Press)
President Donald Trump said he believes that predecessor Barack Obama is riling up protesters against his administration and that Obama’s “people” may be the source of unflattering national-security leaks to the media.

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