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Cruel bully or modern-day Wyatt Earp? Sheriff’s mixed legacy

Mon., Jan. 2, 2017, 12:56 p.m.

In this Feb. 4, 2009, file photo, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, left, orders approximately 200 convicted illegal immigrants handcuffed together and moved into a separate area of Tent City, for incarceration until their sentences are served and they are deported to their home countries, in Phoenix. Arpaio has left office with a mixed legacy on immigration, jails and other key issues. Critics accused him of being a publicity-driven bully who treated powerless people harshly because it was popular with voters. His supporters counter that hes a standup guy who did what the public wanted and was the only local police official in Arizona to move against illegal immigration. (Ross D. Franklin / AP)
The full-throated bravado that made Sheriff Joe Arpaio a household name in debates over illegal immigration and the treatment of jail inmates was missing as he started his last news conference in a law enforcement career that spanned a half-century.

Obama boosted White House technology; Trump sees risks

Sun., Jan. 1, 2017, 10:44 p.m.

WASHINGTON – As Barack Obama began preparing to leave office, the first smartphone-toting U.S. president ordered his team to upgrade the White House’s aging technology for his successor. New computers were purchased and faster internet was installed. Not included in the modernization plans? A courier service.

‘M.A.S.H.’ star William Christopher dies at 84

Sun., Jan. 1, 2017, 8 p.m.

In this Sept. 15, 1982, file photo, cast members of the television series “M.A.S.H.,” from left, William Christopher, Harry Morgan, Mike Farrell, Alan Alda and Jamie Farr, take a break on the set during taping in Los Angeles. Christopher died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016. (WALLY FONG / Associated Press)
“M.A.S.H.” star William Christopher has died. He was 84. Christopher’s agent, Robert Malcom, said the actor died at 5:10 a.m. Saturday at his home in Pasadena, California. He tells the Associated Press that Christopher’s wife said her husband died peacefully.

Hundreds flee fighting near Syria’s capital despite truce

Sun., Jan. 1, 2017, 4:23 p.m.

Hundreds of civilians fled a mountainous region outside the Syrian capital on Sunday, where government forces were battling several insurgent groups, including an al-Qaida-linked outfit excluded from a recent nationwide cease-fire.

U.S. general praises Iraqi forces fighting in Mosul

Sun., Jan. 1, 2017, 4:18 p.m.

A senior U.S. military commander on Sunday praised Iraqi forces fighting to recapture the northern city of Mosul from the Islamic State group, saying they were “at their peak” and adjusting well to changing realities on the battlefield.

Oil pipeline protesters unfurl huge banner at Vikings game

Sun., Jan. 1, 2017, 4:08 p.m.

Protesters against the Dakota Access Pipeline repel from the catwalk in U.S. Bank Stadium during the first half of an NFL football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Minneapolis. (Andy Clayton-King / Associated Press)
Protesters trying to stymie the Dakota Access oil pipeline sneaked up on a truss connected to the roof and rappelled down to unfurl a huge banner inside U.S. Bank Stadium during the Minnesota Vikings’ season finale against the Chicago Bears.

Carey’s New Year’s show is latest mishap in the spotlight

Sun., Jan. 1, 2017, 4:04 p.m.

Mariah Carey performs at the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in New York. (Greg Allen / Invision/AP)
A representative for Mariah Carey cited technical difficulties for a disastrous appearance on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” which aired on ABC and was the subject of widespread mockery on social media.

New U.N. chief wants consensus, but U.S. support depends on Trump

Sun., Jan. 1, 2017, 7:30 a.m.

In this Dec. 2, 2016, file photo, President Barack Obama pauses for media to take their places as he meets with United Nations Secretary-General-designate, Antonio Guterres, in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington. (Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)
Antonio Guterres takes the reins of the United Nations on New Year’s Day, promising to be a “bridge-builder” but facing an antagonistic incoming U.S. administration led by Donald Trump, who apparently thinks the world body’s 193 member states do nothing except talk and have a good time.

What happened in Washington state after voters legalized recreational marijuana

Sat., Dec. 31, 2016, 9:45 p.m.

The nation’s first recreational marijuana shop opened nearly three years ago in Colorado. Since then, a growing body of research has shown that the availability of recreational marijuana – in Colorado and elsewhere – is having little to no effect on teens’ propensity to smoke weed. That’s the conclusion, at least, of the official statistics out of Colorado through 2015. It’s what federal data shows nationwide through this year. And it’s also backed up by other federal surveys of drug use in the states where marijuana is legal.

IS effort to erase Iraqi history devastates archaeological sites

Sat., Dec. 31, 2016, 7:13 p.m.

Iraq archaeologist Layla Salih, left, confers with UNESCO’s representative in Iraq Louse Haxthausen, right, at the ancient site of Nimrud, Iraq, on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. (Maya Alleruzzo / Associated Press)
The giant winged bulls that once stood sentry at the nearly 3,000-year-old palace at Nimrud have been hacked to pieces. The fantastical human-headed creatures were believed to guard the king from evil, but now their stone remains are piled in the dirt, victims of the Islamic State group’s fervor to erase history.

Texas judge halts federal transgender health protections

Sat., Dec. 31, 2016, 4:23 p.m.

A federal judge in Texas on Saturday ordered a halt to another Obama administration effort to strengthen transgender rights, this time over health rules that social conservatives say could force doctors to violate their religious beliefs.

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