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MONDAY, FEB. 6, 2017




This photo provided by Budweiser shows a scene from the company's commercial for Super Bowl 51. The scene depicts when Anheuser-Busch co-founder Adolphus Busch, foreground left, is welcomed to St. Louis after traveling by boat from Germany. (AP)

MONDAY, FEB. 6, 2017, 11:51 A.M.

Super Bowl ads normally avoid politics, but not this year

Messages about America, inclusiveness – and, yes, even “four years of awful hair” – kept bubbling up in Super Bowl 51 ads from Airbnb, the NFL and a line of personal care products. But there was still plenty of escapism and light humor for those who weren’t into the politics.

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This photo provided by the office of Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., taken, Jan. 31, 2017, shows Sen. Daines, left, help with a surge in constituent telephone calls to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Office of Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont. via AP)

MONDAY, FEB. 6, 2017, 11:38 A.M.

U.S. Senate offices received 1.5 million calls each day last week, many from opponents for Betsy DeVos

President Donald Trump uses the tools of the 21st century to express his views, demonstrating a singular ability to rivet the nation with little more than a series of late-night tweets. His opponents, on the other hand, have recently rallied around a communications tool that dates to the 19th century: the congressional telephone exchange. Americans flooded Senate offices with 1.5 million calls each day last week, according to Matt House, communications director for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York.

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MONDAY, FEB. 6, 2017, 11:28 A.M.

Michigan GOP leader apologizes for tweeting: ‘Time for another Kent State’

A county Republican leader in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is under fire for seeming to suggest in his social media posts there should be a Kent State type of crackdown on violent protests like the one that erupted at a university in California last week. But in an interview Sunday with the Free Press, Dan Adamini, the secretary of the Marquette County Republican Party, said he apologizes, supports peace and was merely trying to prevent further violence and hatred.

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, right, meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Downing Street, London, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Prime Minister Theresa May in London on Monday for talks he hopes will focus on Iranian weapons, and not Israeli settlements. Britain, meanwhile, wants the talks at 10 Downing St. to discuss boosting trade ties between the two countries. (Peter Nicholls / ap)

MONDAY, FEB. 6, 2017, 8:24 A.M.

Israel targets Hamas sites after Gaza rocket attack

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Israel’s military fired on Hamas installations in Gaza after a rocket launched from the territory exploded inside Israel on Monday, with no reports of casualties on either side. Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules Gaza, has largely adhered to a cease-fire that ended a 50-day war with Israel in 2014, but other militant groups occasionally fire rockets or mortar rounds over the frontier. Israel holds Hamas responsible for all incoming fire.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during a meeting in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. The Kremlin is indignant over the comments of a Fox News journalist who called Russian President Vladimir Putin a "killer" in an interview with President Donald Trump. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP) ORG XMIT: XAZ101 (Alexei Nikolsky / AP)

MONDAY, FEB. 6, 2017, 8:02 A.M.

Republicans seek distance from Trump’s comments on Putin

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – President Donald Trump has long expressed a desire for improved relations with Moscow, but his latest comments about Russian President Vladimir Putin and the U.S. are leading some fellow Republicans to take a step back from the president – on this issue at least. Told by Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly during an interview that the Russian leader is “a killer,” Trump said the U.S. has killers, too.

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SUNDAY, FEB. 5, 2017

SUNDAY, FEB. 5, 2017, 11:08 P.M.

Trump, Pence weigh in on courts and travel order

Rebuffed in its bid for a quick reversal, the White House said Sunday it expected the courts to reaffirm President Donald Trump’s executive power and reinstate an order barring refugees and travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States.

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SUNDAY, FEB. 5, 2017, 10:30 P.M.

Israel pushes settlement bill despite warnings

Israel’s prime minister is moving ahead with a contentious law that would legalize dozens of settlement outposts in the West Bank, despite claims by experts that the bill itself is illegal and a warning from the White House that settlement construction “may not be helpful.”

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Tens of thousands of people shine lights from  phones and torches during a protest in front of the government building in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday. (Andreea Alexandru / Associated Press)

SUNDAY, FEB. 5, 2017, 10:27 P.M.

Romanian protesters get key concession from government

BUCHAREST, Romania – The largest anti-government crowds since the violent 1989 revolution that toppled dictator Nicolae Ceausescu succeeded Sunday in pressuring Romania’s new government to repeal a hastily adopted decree that would have eased penalties for official corruption. The law, opposed by the influential Romanian Orthodox Church, would have weakened the country’s emerging anti-corruption effort, which has begun to make progress against a ruling culture accustomed to acting with impunity.

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