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Trump objects after House GOP votes to gut ethics office

Tue., Jan. 3, 2017, 7:31 a.m.

President-elect Donald Trump criticized House Republicans Tuesday for voting to gut the independent Office of Congressional Ethics, arguing that tax reform and health care should be higher priorities.

1st bishop indicted in U.S. on sexual-abuse claim dies at 83

Mon., Jan. 2, 2017, 7:39 p.m.

In this April 27, 2003, file photo, people attend the Mass officiated by Bishop Thomas L. Dupre, third from right, at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Mass. Dupre, the first Roman Catholic bishop in the United States to be indicted on a sexual-abuse claim during a flood of abuse accusations against church officials, died Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, according to the Diocese of Springfield. (ALAN SOLOMON / Associated Press)
The first Roman Catholic bishop in the United States to be indicted on a sexual-abuse claim during a flood of abuse accusations against church officials has died. Former Bishop of Springfield, Massachusetts, Thomas Dupre was 83.

With Roof as his own lawyer, sentencing to begin in slayings

Mon., Jan. 2, 2017, 7:33 p.m.

After a judge ruled Monday that Dylann Roof is competent to represent himself, the same jury that last month unanimously found him guilty in the slayings of nine black parishioners at a South Carolina church will return to court to begin contemplating his punishment.

Vermont utility apparently not a target of Russian hacking

Mon., Jan. 2, 2017, 7:24 p.m.

As federal officials investigate suspicious Internet activity found last week on a Vermont utility computer, they are finding evidence that the incident is not linked to any Russian government effort to target or hack the utility, according to experts and officials close to the investigation.

House GOP votes to gut independent ethics office

Mon., Jan. 2, 2017, 7:02 p.m.

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. leaves a news conference with the GOP leadership, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. (Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP)
House Republicans on Monday voted to eviscerate the Office of Congressional Ethics, the independent body created in 2008 to investigate allegations of misconduct by lawmakers after several bribery and corruption scandals sent members to prison.

Under 3 weeks left: Obama in closing stretch of presidency

Mon., Jan. 2, 2017, 6:41 p.m.

President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia, left, and Sasha, right, arrive Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, on Air Force One, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md., en route to Washington as they return from their annual vacation in Hawaii. (Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)
His last vacation behind him, President Barack Obama is entering the closing stretch of his presidency, an eleventh-hour push to tie up loose ends and put finishing touches on his legacy before handing the reins to President-elect Donald Trump.

Perdue said to be Trump’s lead pick for Ag secretary

Mon., Jan. 2, 2017, 5:19 p.m.

Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue talks Nov. 30, 2016, with reporters after meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York. (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)
Sonny Perdue III, the former governor of Georgia, is president-elect Donald Trump’s leading candidate to be his U.S. secretary of agriculture, according to a person familiar with the matter. Perdue, 70, would succeed Secretary Tom Vilsack. Perdue met with Trump on Nov. 30 and told reporters they talked about agricultural commodities traded domestically and internationally. While Perdue is the front-runner, the decision isn’t final, the person said.

IS makes unusual claim of responsibility for Turkey attack

Mon., Jan. 2, 2017, 1:54 p.m.

A member of a special police force walks during an operation to capture the possible suspect of an attack at a popular nightclub in Istanbul, Monday, Jan. 2, 2017. A manhunt is on in Turkey as authorities work to identify the assailant who killed at dozens of people in a crowded Istanbul nightclub during New Year's celebrations Sunday. (AP)
The Islamic State group on Monday made an unusual claim of responsibility for a major terrorist attack in Turkey, saying a “soldier of the caliphate” carried out the mass shooting at an Istanbul nightclub that killed 39 people as they welcomed the new year.

At least 56 inmates killed in prison riot in northern Brazil

Mon., Jan. 2, 2017, 1:50 p.m.

Relatives of prisoners wait for information outside the Anisio Jobim Penitentiary Complex in Manaus, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 2, 2017. At least 60 inmates died during a prison riot here in the northern state of Amazonas, including several who were beheaded or dismembered, in the biggest killing at a Brazilian prison since 1992. (Edmar Barros / AP)
An attack by members of one crime gang on rival inmates touched off a riot at a prison in the northern state of Amazonas, leaving at least 56 dead, including several who were beheaded or dismembered in the worst bloodshed at a Brazilian prison since 1992.

IS suicide bomber kills 36 in Baghdad market

Mon., Jan. 2, 2017, 1:33 p.m.

Citizens inspect the scene after a car bomb explosion at a crowded outdoor market in the Iraqi capital's eastern district of Sadr City, Iraq, Monday, Jan 2, 2017. A suicide bomber blew up his explosives-laden vehicle Monday in a bustling market area in Baghdad, killing more than a dozen people, Iraqi officials said, hours after the arrival of French President Francois Hollande to the country and amid a fierce fight against the Islamic State group. (Karim Kadim / AP)
A suicide bomber driving a pickup loaded with explosives struck a bustling market in Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 36 people in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group hours after French President Francois Hollande arrived in the Iraqi capital.

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