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Skis, sleds, laundry baskets … kayaks? Seattle residents take advantage of record snow

Skis, sleds, laundry baskets ... kayaks? Seattle residents take advantage of record snowForget rain, Seattle this month is among the nation's snowiest cities: More snow has fallen there than in Buffalo, Cleveland and Boston combined.



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US-backed Syrian forces battle to take last IS pocket

US-backed Syrian forces battle to take last IS pocketSyrian fighters backed by artillery fire from a US-led coalition battled a fierce jihadist counteroffensive as they pushed to retake a last morsel of territory from the Islamic State group in an assault lasting days. More than four years after the extremists declared a “caliphate” across large parts of Syria and neighbouring Iraq, several offensives have whittled that down to a tiny scrap of land in eastern Syria. The final push to expel hundreds of diehard jihadists from that patch on the Iraq border was announced Saturday by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).



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House Democrats take first step toward tighter gun laws

House Democrats take first step toward tighter gun lawsThe U.S. House of Representatives began moving toward tighter gun regulations on Wednesday, holding the first congressional hearing in years on how to stem the epidemic of gun violence that claimed the lives of nearly 40,000 Americans in 2017. The Democratic-led House Judiciary Committee focused on a bipartisan bill called the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, which would require background checks for all firearm sales and most firearm transfers. “Despite the obvious need to address the source of gun violence, Congress, for too long, has done virtually nothing.



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What Does it Take to Force a Politician to Resign These Days?

What Does it Take to Force a Politician to Resign These Days?Virginia's leadership is facing controversies that have people wondering if Ralph Northam, Justin Fairfax and Mark Herring will resign.



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Elephant seals take over California beach during shutdown

Elephant seals take over California beach during shutdownSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A colony of elephant seals took over a beach in Northern California during the government shutdown when there was no staff to discourage the animals from congregating in the popular tourist area, an official said.



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The Lesson to Take Away From the Confrontation Between High Schoolers and a Native Elder

The Lesson to Take Away From the Confrontation Between High Schoolers and a Native ElderHow to tell what is and isn't just noise



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Supreme Court allows Trump's partial ban on transgender troops in military to take effect

Supreme Court allows Trump's partial ban on transgender troops in military to take effectThe Supreme Court will allow Trump's partial ban on transgender people serving in the military to take effect while court challenges continue.



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U.S. top court lets Trump transgender troop restrictions take effect

U.S. top court lets Trump transgender troop restrictions take effectThe Supreme Court granted the Trump administration's request to lift injunctions issued by federal judges against the policy while challenges continue.



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Trump transgender troop limits can take effect, top court decides

Trump transgender troop limits can take effect, top court decidesThe decision, with the court’s five conservative justices prevailing over its four liberals, granted the Trump administration’s request to put on hold injunctions issued by federal judges against enforcement of the policy while a challenge to its legality continues in lower courts. The court did not resolve the underlying question of the legality of the Republican president’s plan, which reversed the landmark 2016 policy of his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama to let transgender people for the first time serve openly in the armed forces and receive medical care to transition genders. The justices declined the administration’s request to immediately take up the fight over the policy’s legality even before a California-based federal appeals court that often has been criticized by Trump rules on the matter.



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Erdogan: Turkey is ready to take over Syria's Manbij

Erdogan: Turkey is ready to take over Syria's ManbijTurkey is ready to take over security in Syria’s Manbij, President Tayyip Erdogan told U.S. President Donald Trump in a telephone call on Sunday, the Turkish presidency said in a statement. Erdogan said an attack that left four Americans dead last week in Manbij was an act of provocation aimed at affecting Trump’s decision last month to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. The attack occurred nearly a month after Trump confounded his own national security team with the surprise decision on Dec. 19 to withdraw all 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria, declaring Islamic State had been defeated there.



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