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Water flows through break in the wall of the Oroville Dam spillway in Oroville, California on Thursday, Feb. 9.
 
A Chinese early warning aircraft and U.S. Navy patrol plane had an "unsafe" encounter over the South China Sea this week, the U.S. Pacific Command said Friday, in the first such incident known to have taken place under President Donald Trump's administration.
 
Trump reaffirms 'one China policy' in call with China's Xi Jinping
President Donald Trump has reaffirmed America's long-standing 'one China policy' in a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping, potentially alleviating concerns about a major shift in Washington's relations with Beijing.
 
Tadashi Shoji, Desigual kick off NY Fashion Week
New York Fashion Week kicked off Thursday in the middle of a snow storm that had some of the usual swans donning parkas, snow boots and ski caps instead of the usual sky-high heels and fashion finery.
 
Federal appeals court refuses to reinstate Trump travel ban
A federal appeals court refused Thursday to reinstate President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations, unanimously rejecting the administration's claim of presidential authority, questioning its motives and concluding that the order was unlikely to survive legal challenges.
 
Despite fiery rhetoric, Trump issues belated well-wishes to China on holiday
President Donald Trump has issued belated well-wishes to China for the Lunar New Year, the most important holiday in the world's most populous nation, saying he hoped to work with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to build a "constructive relationship."
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Jeff Sessions now US attorney general
The U.S. Senate confirmed Jeff Sessions as attorney general Wednesday, despite fierce debate about his civil rights record and Democratic party concerns over whether he would serve as the nation's top law enforcement officer independent from President Donald Trump.
 
New book spurs call for fresh probe of Emmett Till lynching
The horrific 1955 Mississippi slaying of Emmett Till, which helped trigger the modern civil rights movement, should be re-investigated now that a key witness is quoted as saying she lied about what the black teen said and did before he was lynched, Till's relatives say.
 
Boy Scouts welcome first transgender boy after policy change
A New Jersey boy has become the first openly transgender member of the Boy Scouts one week after the Boy Scouts of America changed its policy to allow transgender children to join the organization
 
To declaw cats or not? New Jersey could be first with ban
Cats would keep their claws under a bill that would make New Jersey the first state to prohibit declawing.
 
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