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Trump names Stephen Miller senior policy adviser

Tue., Dec. 13, 2016, 3:54 p.m.

Steve Mnuchin, a potential pick to serve as Treasury Secretary, right, and Stephen Miller, a policy adviser to President-elect Donald Trump get on an elevator at Trump Tower, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) ORG XMIT: NYEV104 (Evan Vucci / AP)
President-elect Donald Trump appointed Stephen Miller to be his senior adviser for policy, the latest move to fill out his White House inner circle ahead of the inauguration.

Obama could enact a U.S. offensive on Russian propaganda this week

Tue., Dec. 13, 2016, 3:17 p.m.

A bill on President Barack Obama’s desk this week would authorize U.S. officials to combat propaganda and fake news from Russia and other countries, as well as allow federal money to be used abroad where misinformation “threatens the United States national security.”

Ohio governor OKs 20-week abortion ban, nixes heartbeat bill

Tue., Dec. 13, 2016, 2:33 p.m.

Republican Gov. John Kasich signed a bill Tuesday imposing a 20-week abortion ban while vetoing stricter provisions in a separate measure that would have barred the procedure at the first detectable fetal heartbeat.

Islamic State claims responsibility for Egypt church bombing

Tue., Dec. 13, 2016, 1:50 p.m.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Tuesday for a suicide bombing at a Cairo church two days earlier that killed 25 people, highlighting a new escalation of violence in Egypt against civilians and Christians in particular.

Lawsuit: Men treated unfairly in college sex assault cases

Tue., Dec. 13, 2016, 1:41 p.m.

A former Drake University student who says the Des Moines-based university failed to consider his allegations of sexual assault against a female student but believed her allegations against him is challenging federal guidelines for investigating such cases.

Oklahoma abortion restrictions blocked

Tue., Dec. 13, 2016, 1:30 p.m.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday permanently blocked a state law that would have required abortion providers to have special relationships with hospitals, in continuing fallout from a Supreme Court ruling earlier this year striking down a similar provision in Texas.

Democrats to GOP: Run fair investigations of Russian hacking

Tue., Dec. 13, 2016, 1:11 p.m.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday. (Susan Walsh / Associated Press)
Congressional Democrats prodded Republicans on Tuesday to be aggressive and even-handed as lawmakers prepared to run investigations into U.S. intelligence assertions that Russia intruded into last month’s elections to help Donald Trump win the White House.

Rebels to evacuate Aleppo in surrender deal as fighting ends

Tue., Dec. 13, 2016, 12:53 p.m.

This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows Syrian troops and pro-government gunmen marching through the streets of east Aleppo, Syria, on Tuesday. (Uncredited / Associated Press)
Syrian rebels reached a cease-fire deal to evacuate from eastern Aleppo in an effective surrender on Tuesday, as Russia declared all military action had stopped and the Syrian government had assumed control of the former rebel enclave.

Italy’s new government wins 1st of 2 confidence votes

Tue., Dec. 13, 2016, 12:37 p.m.

Premier Paolo Gentiloni easily won a vote of confidence Tuesday night from the Italian Parliament’s lower chamber for his new government, overcoming opposition outrage that his cabinet and agenda essentially mirror those of his humiliated predecessor.

Iran, angered by U.S. sanctions bill, considers atomic boats

Tue., Dec. 13, 2016, 12:29 p.m.

In this picture taken on Nov. 22, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani sits in a ceremony as his Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stands at right at the Saadabad palace in Tehran, Iran. (Vahid Salemi / Associated Press)
Iran’s president on Tuesday ordered officials to draw up plans to build nuclear-powered ships and to show how the United States violated last year’s nuclear deal, a response to a vote by the U.S. Congress to extend some sanctions on the country.

Republican looks to overhaul Social Security

Tue., Dec. 13, 2016, 11:18 a.m.

In this  2013 file photo, the Social Security Administration’s main campus is seen in Woodlawn, Md. Rep. Sam Johnson of Texas, the chairman of the House Ways and Means subcommittee on Social Security, a key Republican lawmaker, wants to overhaul the nation’s Social Security program. (Patrick Semansky / Associated Press)
A senior Republican lawmaker wants to overhaul Social Security, the decades-old program that provides benefits to some 60 million retirees and disabled, with a plan to gradually increase the retirement age and slow the growth of benefits for higher-income workers.

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