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'Insurance for Everybody'

Donald Trump says his plan to replace the nation's health care law will include "insurance for everybody," though he did not explain how he would achieve that milestone. An embrace of universal health care would mark a sharp break for most Republicans

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Gunman Kills at Least 5 at Mexico’s BPM Music Festival

A Mexican police officer said a gunman has killed at least five people and wounded nine others at a nightclub hosting an event that was part of the BPM electronic music festival in the Caribbean coast resort of Playa del Carmen

In this photo illustration a copy of the January 16 issue of German tabloid Bild Zeitung that features an exclusive interview with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump lies on a table in a train on January 16, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.

Trump Remarks on NATO Give Some in Europe the Jitters

European leaders have alternately welcomed and condemned remarks made in the President-elect's first interviews with foreign media, in which he said he would consider lifting U.S. sanctions on Russia, called NATO "redundant" and promised to offer Britain a "quick" trade deal

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Half World's Wealth 'In the Hands of Just Eight Men'

The gap between the super-rich and the poorest half of the global population is starker than previously thought, with just eight men, including Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg, owning as much wealth as 3.6 billion people, according to Oxfam

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China: Trump's Taiwan Strategy Is 'Despicable'

China's state-run media has described the U.S. President-elect's suggested use of Taiwan as a bargaining chip as "despicable," and warned Donald Trump that "Beijing will have no choice but to take off the gloves" if he continues his present course

Agency Chiefs Testify To Senate Intelligence Committee On Russia's Intelligence Activities

CIA Chief Publicly Warns the President-Elect

Outgoing CIA director John Brennan charged that Donald Trump lacks a full understanding of the threat Moscow poses to the U.S., delivering a public lecture to the President-elect that further highlighted the bitter state of Trump's relations with American intelligence agencies

Samsung Vice Chairman Lee Questioned Over Bribery Allegations

South Korean Prosecutors Seek Arrest Of Samsung Heir

Prosecutors have requested the arrest of the Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong as a bribery suspect in the influence-peddling scandal that led to the impeachment of South Korea's president. The country's former health minister has also been indicted

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37 Killed in Turkish Cargo Plane Crash in Kyrgyzstan

At least 37 people have been killed after a Turkish cargo jet crashed near Kyrgyzstan's Manus airport, reportedly after trying to land in heavy fog. The plane plowed through a village, damaging around 15 buildings and killing residents

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6 Dead in Ice Storms Across Midwest

At least six people died after ice storms wreaked havoc throughout the Midwest, leaving the area fighting a deluge of sleet, ice and freezing rain. The deaths have been blamed on dangerous travel conditions

This composite image made available by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office in Jacksonville, Fla., shows a photo of Kamiyah Mobley, an infant baby girl who was kidnapped by a woman, seen in separate sketches first provided by police in 1998 during the initial search. On Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, Gloria Williams, of Walterboro, S.C., was charged with kidnapping the infant 18 years ago from a hospital in Florida, and interference with custody. (Jacksonville Sheriff's Office via AP)

Abducted Newborn Reunites With Parents 18 Years Later

The Florida newborn abducted from her family in the hospital in July 1998 has reunited with her family after 18 years. "We are just trying to process it, 18 years, it's going to be hard to make that up," her father said

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey performers ride camels during a performance Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will end the "The Greatest Show on Earth" in May, following a 146-year run of performances. Kenneth Feld, the chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment, which owns the circus, told The Associated Press, declining attendance combined with high operating costs are among the reasons for closing. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Ringling Bros. Circus Will Shut Down

After 146 years, the curtain is coming down on "The Greatest Show on Earth." The owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus said that the show will close forever in May due to declining attendance, large operating costs and other factors