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President-elect Donald Trump meets with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) at the U.S. Capitol for a meeting November 10, 2016 in Washington, DC.
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PETA Calls for A Dog's Purpose Boycott

PETA has called for a boycott of the upcoming film A Dog's Purpose after on-set video footage obtained by TMZ showed a German Shepherd being forced into turbulent water. "He wants to get away, just throw him in," a voice off-camera says in the video

President Barack Obama waves as he leaves after his final press conference at the White House on Jan. 18, 2017 in Washington.

Obama's Final Thoughts: 'We're Going to Be O.K.'

President Obama ended his final press conference as he started his campaign for the White House nearly 10 years ago: optimistic and full of hope. "At my core, I think we’re going to be O.K.," he said

Switzerland Davos Forum

VP Biden Gives Farewell Warning

Vice President Joe Biden warned that the "liberal international world order" is at risk of collapse, using his final speech to global leaders to frame the stakes on the world stage as President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office

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WikiLeaks' Julian Assange Retreats From Extradition Pledge

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange retreated from his pledge to accept extradition to the U.S. if Chelsea Manning was granted clemency, arguing via his lawyers that what he was really asking for was an immediate pardon for the ex-Army analyst

The lobby of the CIA Headquarters Building in Langley

CIA Publishes 'Updated' Rules on Citizen Surveillance

The CIA has for the first time published in full its revised regulations for the collection, analysis and storage of information about U.S. citizens. The disclosure comes just two days before the Inauguration of Donald Trump and follows years of public concern over privacy

South Korea Politics

Samsung's Heir Escapes Arrest in Massive Bribery Scandal

A Seoul court on Thursday denied a request to arrest one of South Korea's most powerful men, the heir to the Samsung Electronics juggernaut, in a setback to prosecutors investigating an influence-peddling scandal that has toppled South Korea's president

Former President George H. W. Bush at the NCAA Final Four tournament, April 2, 2016, in Houston.

George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush Both Hospitalized

A spokesman for former President George H.W. Bush says Bush was admitted to the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital to address a respiratory problem. Barbara Bush also was hospitalized as a precaution after experiencing fatigue and coughing

Hawaii Mars Simulation

NASA Scientists to Spend 8 Months in Isolation for Mars Study

A group of NASA-funded researchers are poised to enter an isolated geodesic dome on a Hawaii volcano to study human behavior for long-term space exploration, including a planned voyage to Mars. The team will have no physical human contact with the outside world