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Aleppo cease-fire collapses, threatening evacuation plans

This frame grab from Tuesday video, shows people walking among damaged buildings on a street filled with debris near the ancient Umayyad Mosque, in the Old City of Aleppo, Syria. (Uncredited / Associated Press)
A cease-fire deal between rebels and the Syrian government in the city of Aleppo effectively collapsed on Wednesday, with fighter jets resuming deadly air raids over the opposition’s densely crowded enclave in the east of the city.

Trump selects Rick Perry as energy secretary; Sen. Patty Murray indicates her opposition

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, right, enters Trump Tower with Trump aide Madeleine Westerhout, before meeting with President-elect Donald Trump, Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, in New York. (Kathy Willens / AP)
WASHINGTON – President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday confirmed his selection of former campaign rival Rick Perry to be the country’s next secretary of energy. In a statement early Wednesday on his decision, Trump said that Perry, a former governor of Texas, had led his state through “a sustained period of economic growth and prosperity” by developing its energy resources and infrastructure.

Trump’s business ties span far and wide

In this Oct. 26, 2016, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, accompanied by, from left, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, Trump, Melania Trump, Tiffany Trump and Ivanka Trump, speaks during the grand opening of the Trump International Hotel- Old Post Office in Washington. (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)
Donald Trump says his business is “great,” and you’ll have to trust him on that. One of the few things an outsider can know for sure is that it’s a complex and opaque hodgepodge of an empire scattered around the globe.

22 of Guantanamo’s 59 prisoners are now cleared to go

In this 2008 file photo reviewed by the U.S. military, the sun rises over Camp Delta detention compound, which has housed foreign prisoners since 2002, at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, in Cuba. (Brennan Linsley / Associated Press)
With the clock ticking toward a possible halt in detainee transfers, the Pentagon disclosed Tuesday that the Obama administration parole panel has cleared another Yemeni “forever prisoner” – raising to 22 the number of captives who could be gone by the time President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

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Parting Shot — 6.26.17

Jay Jay, a 4-year-old terrier mix, gets his petting in some shade from Holly Wiliams, 19, of Spokane, June 26, 2017, at SpokAnimal. Eddie Lowry, 22, left, and Wiliams were ...

This marmot under the hood survived

Unlike the unfortunate rodent in Sunday's Slice column, this animal's story has a happy ending. "This is what my son found in his engine when he heard chittering," wrote Mary ...