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Trump commits US to fight on in Afghanistan; no speedy exit

By Josh Lederman and Robert Burns The Associated Press|

On front lines, US commanders want more trainers for Afghanistan troops

TACTICAL BASE GAMBERI, Afghanistan — Deep in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan, on the front lines against Taliban and Islamic State fighters, U.S. military commanders say they needs more forces to better train Afghan soldiers to combat the ...

By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press|

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  • Sexual abuse

    Sex offenders can live next door to victims in many states

    EDMOND, Okla. >> A convicted sex offender who molested his niece when she was 7 years old moved in next door to his victim nearly a dozen years after he was sent to prison for the crime. Outraged, the Oklahoma woman, now 21, called lawmakers, the police and advocacy groups to plead with them to take action. Danyelle Dyer soon discovered that what Harold Dwayne English did in June is perfectly legal in the state — as well as in 44 others that don’t specifically bar...

    By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS Associated Press|

  • Health care reform

    Former health chiefs to Trump: Avoid new ‘Obamacare’ crisis

    WASHINGTON >> Don’t make things worse. That’s the advice of former U.S. health secretaries of both parties to President Donald Trump and the GOP-led Congress, now that “Obamacare” seems here for the foreseeable future. The 2018 sign-up season for subsidized private health plans starts Nov. 1, with about 10 million people currently served through HealthCare.gov and its state counterparts. Stability should be the immediate goal, said former Health...

    By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press|

  • News

    Grace Mugabe gets diplomatic immunity, returns to Zimbabwe

    HARARE, Zimbabwe >> Granted diplomatic immunity by South Africa, the wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe returned home from Johannesburg on Sunday despite calls that she be prosecuted for allegedly assaulting a young model at a luxury hotel there. Zimbabwean state broadcaster ZBC showed Grace Mugabe greeting government and military officials at the Harare airport after returning on an Air Zimbabwe plane with her husband, who had attended a summit of southern African...

    By FARAI MUTSAKA Associated Press|

  • Protests and demonstrations

    Boston ‘free speech rally’ cut short after massive counterprotest

    BOSTON >> Thousands of demonstrators chanting anti-Nazi slogans converged Saturday on downtown Boston in a boisterous repudiation of white nationalism, dwarfing a small group of conservatives who cut short their planned “free speech rally” a week after a gathering of hate groups led to bloodshed in Virginia. Counterprotesters marched through the city to historic Boston Common, where many gathered near a bandstand abandoned early by conservatives who had planned to...

    By STEVE LeBLANC Associated Press|

  • State legislature

    California lawmakers to tackle housing crisis, immigration

    SACRAMENTO >> California lawmakers return Monday from a monthlong break with a busy agenda that includes tackling the state’s housing crisis and deciding whether to make California a statewide sanctuary for people living illegally in the U.S. Here’s a look at some of the high-profile issues the Legislature will tackle in the last four weeks of business this year. They reconvene in January for the rest of their current two-year...

    By JONATHAN J. COOPER Associated Press|

  • Politics

    Trump struggles with presidential duties as uniter-in-chief

    WASHINGTON >> For Susan Bro, mother of the woman killed at a rally organized by white supremacists, the president of the United States can offer no healing words. She says the White House repeatedly tried to reach out to her on Wednesday, the day of Heather Heyer’s funeral. But she’s since watched President Donald Trump lay blame for the Charlottesville violence on “both sides.” “You can’t wash this one away by shaking my hand and...

    By JULIE BYKOWICZ Associated Press|

  • Terrorism

    Lebanon starts offensive to clear border of ISIS militants

    BEIRUT >> Lebanon’s U.S.-backed army on Saturday launched its biggest military operation yet against Islamic State militants who in 2014 gained a foothold along the tiny Mediterranean country’s border with Syria. The long-awaited campaign aims to defeat IS in the group’s border enclave and put an end to a terror threat that has loomed over Lebanon. By the late afternoon Saturday, the army said it captured 30 square kilometers (12 square miles) and...

    By PHILIP ISSA Associated Press|

  • Safe Schools

    After Charlottesville, University of Virginia students worry about safety on campus

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia >> When Carl Valentine dropped off his daughter at the University of Virginia, he had some important advice for the college freshman: Don’t forget that you are a minority. “She has to be vigilant of that and be concerned about that, always know her surrounding, just be cautious, just be extremely cautious,” said Valentine, 57, a retired military officer who now works at the Defense Department. As classes begin at colleges and...

    By MARIA DANILOVA Associated Press|

  • Solar eclipses

    American Indian tribes hope for renewal in solar eclipse; not all will watch

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. >> While much of the country gawks at the solar eclipse, Bobbieann Baldwin will be inside with her children, shades drawn. In Navajo culture, the passing of the moon over the sun is an intimate moment in which the sun is reborn and tribal members take time out for themselves. No talking. No eating or drinking. No lying down. No fussing. “It’s a time of renewal,” said Baldwin, a Navajo woman from Fort Defiance, Arizona. “Kind of...

    By FELICIA FONSECA Associated Press|

  • Politics

    Trump to skip Kennedy Center arts awards

    BRIDGEWATER, N.J. >> In a break with tradition, President Donald Trump and the first lady have decided not to participate in events honoring recipients of this year’s Kennedy Center Honors arts awards to “allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction,” the White House announced Saturday. The Kennedy Center said it respected Trump’s decision and that the show will go on. Past presidents and first ladies have hosted a White...

    By DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press|

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