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MONDAY, JAN. 9, 2017

MONDAY, JAN. 9, 2017, 5:55 P.M.

Trump predicts all Cabinet picks will win confirmation

Facing a week of high-profile tests for his administration-in-waiting, President-elect Donald Trump predicted Monday that all of his Cabinet picks would win Senate confirmation even as Democrats charged that Trump’s team was ignoring standard vetting protocol.

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At Calaveras Big Trees State Park, this is the walk-through tree, a novelty thought up and carved through by unknown pioneers, shown Aug. 19, 1969. (Ernest K. Bennett / AP)

MONDAY, JAN. 9, 2017, 9:42 A.M.

Famed giant sequoia topples in California storms

ARNOLD, Calif. – Fans are mourning a giant sequoia in California that’s famous for a “drive-thru” hole carved into its trunk after a massive storm toppled the mighty tree. The tree shattered when it went down Sunday, Calaveras Big Trees State Park volunteer Jim Allday said.

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In this Feb. 5, 2016 file photo, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks from the balcony of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. (Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP)

MONDAY, JAN. 9, 2017, 9:28 A.M.

Amid hacking feud, U.S. hits Russia with new sanctions

WASHINGTON – The outgoing Obama administration on Monday blacklisted five Russians, including a senior law enforcement official close to President Vladimir Putin, as the two nations’ feud over U.S. election hacking escalated. The founder of WikiLeaks, publisher of the election-related emails, denounced last week’s U.S. intelligence report about the hacking as a “press release.” The economic sanctions against the five Russians are not related to the U.S. intelligence agencies findings, officials said, and instead are connected to a 2012 U.S. law punishing Russian human rights violators. Americans are now banned from doing business with the men and any assets they may have in the United States are now frozen.

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Orlando Police investigate the scene Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, where an Orlando Police officer was shot in a Walmart parking lot. Orlando police say the officer who was shot while on duty has died, and a manhunt is underway for suspect. (Red Huber / AP)

MONDAY, JAN. 9, 2017, 9:27 A.M.

Manhunt underway for suspect in killing of Orlando, Florida police officer

ORLANDO, Fla. – A massive manhunt was underway Monday in the popular tourist destination of Orlando as authorities searched for a man accused of shooting and killing a police officer. The Orlando Police Department announced the death of Master Sgt. Debra Clayton on its official Twitter account Monday morning. A short time later, authorities said at a press conference that a second law enforcement officer was killed in a vehicle accident while searching for the suspect in Clayton’s killing.

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Parting Shot — 2.20.17

People participate in a protest Monday in Portland, Ore. Thousands of demonstrators turned out Monday across the U.S. to challenge President Donald Trump in a Presidents Day protest dubbed Not ...