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US park visits hit record high for 3rd straight year
Visits to U.S. national parks set a record in 2016 for the third consecutive year as landmarks such Zion, Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain experienced historic levels of popularity that brought collateral headaches stemming from overcrowded roads and trails and increasing visitor misbehavior.
 
China, Taiwan should sit down for talks: former Premier Yu
Former Premier Yu Shyi-kun, leader of Taiwan's delegation to the U.S. presidential inauguration ceremony of Donald Trump, called for dialogue between China and Taiwan on Tuesday.
 
Obama commutes most of Chelsea Manning's sentence
President Barack Obama commuted the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning on Tuesday, allowing the convicted Army leaker to go free nearly three decades early as part of a sweeping move to offer clemency in the final days of his administration.
 
Taiwan sends coffee procurement delegations to Central America
Two Taiwanese delegations have been assembled by the government to travel to Central America to buy coffee for import, as part of an effort to expand economic and trade relations with Taiwan's diplomatic allies in that region, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday.
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President renews emergency powers, snubs foes
Venezuela's leader Nicolas Maduro angered his opponents Sunday by refusing to face them for his annual presidential address, fanning tensions as he renewed his emergency powers in a volatile crisis.
 
Thousands rally against drive to repeal 'Obamacare'
Thousands of people showed up in freezing temperatures on Sunday in Michigan to hear Sen. Bernie Sanders denounce Republican efforts to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law, one of dozens of rallies Democrats staged across the country to highlight opposition.
 
Former pro wrestler Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka dies at 73
Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, a former professional wrestler who earlier this month was found not competent to stand trial in the 1983 death of his girlfriend, has died. He was 73.
 
Kevin Starr, California's premier historian, dies at 76
Former California State Librarian Kevin Starr, who is deemed the pre-eminent historian of the Golden State, has died. He was 76.
 
No 'red flag' on PBS funding under Trump — yet
PBS is waiting, but not quietly, to see what the Trump administration's impact on public broadcasting and its federal funding may be, PBS chief executive Paula Kerger said.
 
Mexican resort shooting kills 5, panics festival-goers
Gunfire broke out in a crowded beachfront nightclub throbbing with electronic music before dawn Monday, causing five deaths and setting off a bloody stampede by screaming concertgoers at an international festival in this Caribbean resort.
 
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