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FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2018 file photo, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke speaks after an order withdrawing federal protections for countless waterways and wetland was signed, at EPA headquarters in Washington. Trump says on Saturday, Dec. 15, Zinke leaving administration at end of year, successor to be announced next week.(AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
December 15, 2018 - 10:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the departure of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (all times local): 5:25 p.m. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is blaming what he calls "vicious and politically motivated attacks" for his resignation from President Donald Trump's Cabinet. Zinke's departure, set for Jan. 2...
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FILE - This Oct. 23, 2018 file photo shows HealthCare.gov website on a computer screen in New York. A federal judge's ruling that the Obama health law is unconstitutional has landed like a stink bomb among Republicans, who've seen the politics of health care flip as Americans increasingly value the overhaul's core parts, including protections for pre-existing medical conditions and Medicaid for more low-income people. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison)
December 15, 2018 - 9:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge's ruling that the Obama health law is unconstitutional has landed like a stink bomb among Republicans, who've seen the politics of health care flip as Americans increasingly value the overhaul's core parts, including protections for pre-existing medical conditions...
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In this Monday, Dec. 10, 2018 photo toxic froth from industrial pollution floats on Bellundur Lake in Bangalore, India. As politicians haggle at a U.N. climate conference in Poland over ways to limit global warming, the industries and machines powering our modern world keep spewing their pollution into the air and water. The fossil fuels extracted from beneath the earth's crust _ coal, oil and gas _ are transformed into the carbon dioxide that is now heating the earth faster than scientists had expected even a few years ago. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
December 15, 2018 - 8:11 pm
KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. climate talks in Poland (all times local): 10 p.m. Officials from around the world have agreed upon a set of rules to govern the 2015 Paris climate accord after two weeks of U.N. climate talks in Poland. Michal Kurtyka, a Polish official chairing the...
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Sri Lanka's disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa speaks with a Buddhist monk after signing his resignation letter at his residence in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. Rajapaksa resigned on Saturday, saying he wants to end a political impasse over his appointment. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
December 15, 2018 - 4:14 am
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's disputed prime minister resigned on Saturday, saying he wanted to end a long political impasse over his appointment and allow the president to form a new government. Mahinda Rajapaksa signed a letter of resignation, flanked by lawmakers from his party and...
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In this Dec. 11, 2018, photo, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence meet with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Congress is racing to avoid a partial government shutdown over President Donald Trump’s border. But you wouldn’t know it by the schedule. Lawmakers are away until next week. The ball is in Trump’s court, both sides say. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
December 15, 2018 - 12:41 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is racing to avoid a partial government shutdown next Friday over President Donald Trump's border wall. But you wouldn't know it by the schedule, as lawmakers left town waiting for the White House's next move. The House is taking an extended five-day weekend, returning...
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FILE - In this March 22, 2018, file photo, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney speaks in the Brady press briefing room at the White House in Washington. President Donald Trump has named Mulvaney as his new chief of staff. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
December 14, 2018 - 11:30 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has picked budget director Mick Mulvaney to be his acting chief of staff, ending a chaotic search in which several top contenders took themselves out of the running for the job. "Mick has done an outstanding job while in the Administration," Trump tweeted...
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FILE - In this Nov. 29,2018, file photo, Sri Lanka's disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, gestures as he arrives for a meeting with his supporting lawmakers at the parliamentary complex in Colombo, Sri Lanka. A Sri Lankan lawmaker said that the disputed Prime Minister Rajapaksa will resign Saturday to end the country's political crisis. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, File)
December 14, 2018 - 10:29 pm
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan lawmaker said that disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will resign Saturday to end the country's political crisis. The pro-Rajapaksa lawmaker, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, told reporters that Rajapaksa decided in a meeting Friday with President Maithripala...
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FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2018, file photo, commuters ride a new zero emission electric buses in Porterville, Calif. The California Air Resources Board voted Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, to require that all new buses be carbon-free by 2029. Environmental advocates project that the last dirty buses will phase out by 2040. (Chieko Hara/The Porterville Recorder via AP, FIle)
December 14, 2018 - 7:56 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California moved Friday to eliminate climate-changing fossil fuels from its fleet of 12,000 transit buses, enacting a first-in-the-nation mandate that will vastly increase the number of electric buses on the road. The California Air Resources Board voted unanimously to...
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FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2010, file photo, a massive fire following a pipeline explosion roars through a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. The California Public Utilities Commission said Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, that an investigation by its staff found Pacific Gas & Electric Co. lacked enough employees to fulfill requests to find and mark natural gas pipelines. A U.S. judge fined the utility $3 million after it was convicted of six felony charges for failing to properly maintain a natural gas pipeline that exploded south of San Francisco in 2010, killing eight people. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
December 14, 2018 - 7:33 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Regulators on Friday accused one of California's largest utilities of falsifying safety documents for natural gas pipelines for years following its criminal conviction and multimillion-dollar fine for a pipeline explosion that killed eight people near San Francisco. The...
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A woman walks by policemen stand guard outside the Canadian Embassy in Beijing, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. Canada is being battered by diplomatic ill winds. First, President Donald Trump attacked Canada on trade. Then Saudi Arabia punished it for speaking up for human rights. Now China has the country in its cross-hairs, detaining two Canadians in apparent retaliation for the arrest of a top Chinese tech executive on behalf of the U.S. Canada's normally reliable ally to the south has left it high and dry. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
December 14, 2018 - 3:48 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — By detaining two Canadians in an apparent act of retaliation, China is looking like the country its harshest critics say it is: one unbound by the laws, rules and procedures that govern other major industrial nations. Canada's arrest of a top Chinese technology executive at the...
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