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House Speaker Paul Ryan Holds Weekly News Conference At The Capitol
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6.5 Earthquake Hits Indonesia's Java Island

Deadly 6.5-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Indonesia

A strong earthquake shook Indonesia's densely populated Java island on Friday night, killing two people and severely damaging dozens of homes near the epicenter. The magnitude 6.5 quake was felt across the island

Massive Thomas Fire Threatens Santa Barbara County

California Fires Grow as Winds Return

The fourth-largest wildfire in California history continues to grow and threaten thousands of homes despite armies of fire crews and fleets of bulldozers and aircraft. Winds are expected to return with a vengeance this weekend

Luke Skywalker, The Last Jedi, Star Wars, Lucas Film

Star Wars Fans Have Strong Reactions to Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the legendary franchise's long-awaited next chapter, finally hit the big screen in the U.S. on Thursday. The Rian Johnson-directed Episode VIII has been polarizing among fans who caught an early glimpse

Romania King's Funeral

Romanians Pay Respects During King Michael's Funeral

Tens of thousands of Romanians joined European royals to pay their respects to King Michael who was given a state funeral on Saturday. Michael, who ruled Romania twice before being forced to abdicate by the communists in 1947, died at age 96

Doug Jones wins Alabama Senate Race 2017

Democrats Face a Tough Fight in 2018

After Doug Jones’ unexpected win in the Alabama Senate race Tuesday night, jubilant Democrats could hardly contain their enthusiasm about what it means for next year's midterm elections. But they face an uphill battle

Paul Manafort And Rick Gates Attend Bail Hearing At U.S. District Court

Manafort Will Be Released From House Arrest

Paul Manafort, the former campaign chairman for President Trump, will be released from house arrest after satisfying a $10 million bond, a judge said Friday. He'll have to remain in Florida and have an 11 p.m. curfew

People who call themselves Dreamers, protest in front of the Senate side of the US Capitol to urge Congress in passing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, on December 6, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Immigration Groups Push Congress to Protect Dreamers

Immigration advocacy groups are pressuring Congress to protect immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children before the year ends, but Republicans argue they have until March to act on the controversial issue

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Speaks At American Enterprise Institute

FCC Votes Down Obama-Era 'Net Neutrality' Rules

The Federal Communications Commission has voted on party lines to undo sweeping Obama-era "net neutrality" rules that guaranteed equal access to internet. The agency's Democratic commissioners dissented in the 3-2 vote Thursday