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Secret Service settles racial discrimination lawsuit
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Department of Homeland Security and the Secret Service have agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging racial discrimination in promotion practices by the agency that protects the president....

Pence promises big investment in infrastructure
NEW YORK (AP) -- Vice President-elect Mike Pence pledged to a group of mayors that the Trump administration will make a serious investment in infrastructure, and he told diplomats that Trump and his incoming team share "a commitment to engage with all of the world."...

Obama shortens Manning's term, grants clemency to hundreds
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama granted clemency to Chelsea Manning on Tuesday, allowing the transgender Army intelligence officer convicted of leaking more than 700,000 U.S. documents to go free nearly three decades early....

DeVos pledges not to undo public education, pushes choice
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a sometimes contentious confirmation hearing, education secretary pick Betsy DeVos pledged that she would not seek to dismantle public schools amid questions by Democrats about her qualifications, political donations and long-time work advocating for charter schools and school choice....

Trump takes on House GOP tax, health care plans
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It came as news to most congressional Republicans, but turns out President-elect Donald Trump isn't crazy about their tax plan and has a dramatically different goal for health coverage than they do....

With clemency for Manning, attention turns to WikiLeaks head
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's decision Tuesday to commute Chelsea Manning's sentence brought fresh attention to another figure involved in the Army leaker's case: Julian Assange....

McConnell introduces bill to fund coal miner health plans
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell on Tuesday introduced legislation to maintain health benefits for retired union coal miners whose companies have declared bankruptcy in recent years....

Caroline Kennedy leaves Japan after 3 years as US ambassador
TOKYO (AP) -- Caroline Kennedy is stepping down Wednesday after three years as U.S. ambassador to Japan, where she was welcomed like a celebrity and worked to deepen the U.S.-Japan relationship despite regular flare-ups over American military bases on the southern island of Okinawa....

In Africa, Obama's presidency couldn't help but be personal
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Africa was electrified by the rise of Barack Obama, the first U.S. president of African descent. It was in Africa that he signaled a historic opening toward Cuba, took aim at the twin scourges of corruption and dictatorship and sent thousands of troops to fight one of the most terrifying disease outbreaks in decades....

Prosecutor: Orlando gunman's widow knew about the attack
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The widow of the Orlando nightclub gunman knew about the attack ahead of time and then hindered the criminal investigation when she lied to FBI agents after the shooting, prosecutors said Tuesday during a brief court appearance a day after her arrest in California....

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