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The Latest: Longtime Texas GOP Rep. Sam Johnson to retire
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress (all times EST):
Longtime Texas Republican Congressman Sam Johnson has announced he will retire at the end of the term.
The 86-year-old Johnson was a fighter pilot in Vietnam and Korea before his election to Congress in 1990. He spent seven years as a prisoner of war in the notorious Hanoi Hilton.
On Capitol Hill, Johnson has been a stalwart conservative as a fierce defender of gun rights, an opponent of tax increases, and a hawk on military matters.
He attracted attention recently when introducing legislation to curb Social security benefits.
Johnson has slowed in recent years and told supporters that "the Lord has made clear that the season of my life in Congress is coming to an end."
Speaker Paul Ryan called Johnson "the greatest living man I know."
Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio says he won't support his Senate colleague Jeff Sessions, who is President-elect Donald Trump's pick for attorney general.
Brown says he met with Sessions this week and says the Alabama Republican has a civil rights record "at direct odds with the task of promoting justice and equality for all."
The Ohio senator says the U.S. needs leaders who can ensure strong voting rights and reform the criminal justice system.
Brown said Friday he also pressed Sessions on the Justice Department's role in helping Cleveland improve relations between police and community. The city and the federal government are working together through a consent decree, something Sessions has opposed in the past.
Republicans who once offered unstinting support for US intelligence agencies and sustained criticism of Russia have changed their message.
Today, as Donald Trump questions intelligence assessments about Russian hacking and offers praise for Vladimir Putin, many congressional Republicans are backing him up.
Far from strongly defending the U.S. intelligence community, they're siding with the president-elect, even when he makes comments or takes stances that would seem anathema to the GOP.
House Speaker Paul Ryan says Trump is right to be concerned about partisans trying to use Russian hacking to question the legitimacy of his victory.
It's a remarkable turnabout for a political party that cheered President Ronald Reagan's hard-line stance against the "evil empire" of the Soviet Union and joined European allies in blistering Putin after Russia's annexation of Crimea.
5 troops reported killed in fighting in eastern Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) — At least five Ukrainian troops have been killed in an apparent uptick in fighting in eastern Ukraine, government officials said on Monday.An armed conflict between government troops and separatist rebels has killed more than 9,600 since it began in 2014, according to the U.N. Human Rights Office. A January cease-fire had until recently helped to limit the fighting to sporadic shoot-outs.The government's press office for the operation in the east said on Monday it recorded an… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Israeli forces kill Palestinian brandishing knife: police
(Reuters) - Israeli paramilitary police officers in the occupied West Bank shot and killed a Palestinian who ran toward them brandishing a knife on Thursday, police said.Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the 18-year-old Palestinian had got off a bus at a main West Bank junction and appeared suspicious to border policemen stationed there."The suspect did not heed their call to stop, continued to move in their direction and at one point whipped out a knife and began running towards them. The… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
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Cuadras steps into PPV spotlight after loss to Chocolatito
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Although Carlos Cuadras lost his WBC 115-pound title in his last bout, he gained more fame and fortune than he ever got out of his first 36 unbeaten professional fights combined.Cuadras is ready to cash in on his notoriety from his thrilling defeat against Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez, and he believes he's headed straight toward a rematch with the pound-for-pound star.Cuadras (35-1-1, 27 KOs) returned to Los Angeles on Thursday to promote his bout with David Carmona on the… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Two charged with terrorism over Belgian machete attack
Brussels (AFP) - Belgian authorities charged a woman and a man on Thursday with terrorism offences over an August machete attack on two policewomen that was claimed by the Islamic State group.The prosecutor's office said 36-year-old Sabrina Z. and 37-year-old Farid L., who were detained in a series of raids on Wednesday, were charged by a Belgian judge who is investigating the attack in the southern city of Charleroi.The assailant was shot dead in the incident."They were both indicted for… chat_bubble_outline Read More...