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McConnell rejects calls for select panel on Russian meddling

Tue., Dec. 20, 2016, 10:37 a.m.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington Dec. 12. (Susan Walsh / Associated Press)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is rejecting bipartisan calls for a special committee to investigate Russian interference in the U.S. election, which American intelligence says was aimed in part at helping Republican Donald Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton.

U.S. says it concluded its anti-ISIS campaign in Libya

Tue., Dec. 20, 2016, 9:11 a.m.

The U.S. says it has concluded its campaign against the Islamic State group’s affiliate in Libya after the downfall of the group in its only remaining foothold in the chaotic North African country.

San Francisco to announce new LAPD veteran as police chief

Tue., Dec. 20, 2016, 7:32 a.m.

The mayor of San Francisco plans to announce that he has picked a veteran Los Angeles deputy chief to lead the city’s police department, which has been under scrutiny after a series of racially charged incidents.

Does a doctor’s gender affect your chance of survival?

Tue., Dec. 20, 2016, 4:35 a.m.

In this Dec. 5, Vancouver resident Jeanne Lamp, left, talks with Dr. Ronnie-Gail Emden  during her appointment at the Vancouver Clinic Columbia Tech office in Vancouver, Wash. (Amanda Cowan / Associated Press)
What if your doctor’s gender could influence your chance of surviving a visit to the hospital? A big study of older patients hospitalized for common illnesses raises that provocative possibility – and also lots of questions. Patients who got most of their care from women doctors were more likely to leave the hospital alive than those treated by men.

Canada calls for release for kidnapped couple in Afghanistan

Mon., Dec. 19, 2016, 8:39 p.m.

Officials in Canada called Monday for the unconditional release of a Canadian man and his American wife after a new video appeared to show them begging their governments to intervene on their behalf with their Afghan captors.

Lou Harris, pollster for presidents and others officeholders, dies at 95

Mon., Dec. 19, 2016, 3:07 p.m.

Lou Harris, an influential pollster and political consultant who was among the first to provide polling services directly to candidates and officeholders and helped guide one client, a junior U.S. senator from Massachusetts named John F. Kennedy, to the White House, died Dec. 17 at his home in Key West, Fla. He was 95.

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