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January 13, 2017 4:08 PM Australian, Romanian tennis players banned over betting

LONDON (AP) — Two low-ranking tennis players have been banned for corruption offenses after they bet on matches. The Tennis Integrity Unit says Mihaita Damian of Romania has been banned for a year and fined 5,000 euros ($5,300) for placing 199 bets on games from 2011 to 2013. The 23-year-old Damian is 1,645th in the doubles rankings. The unit also announced 23

January 13, 2017 11:00 AM Trump's Cabinet Picks Break With Him On At Least 10 Major Issues

Defense Secretary-designate James Mattis testifies on Capitol Hill on Thursday. Unlike President-elect Trump, he expressed strong support for the NATO alliance. The first of President-elect Donald Trump's nominees headed to Capitol Hill this week to begin their Senate confirmations. And while there were some tense moments and stumbles, overall his Cabinet 60

January 13, 2017 7:57 AM Obama ends decades-old policy for Cuban migrants

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama ended a decades-old policy that allowed Cuban migrants who arrived illegally on US soil to stay. In one of his final acts before leaving the White House, he scrapped rules allowing those fleeing communist Cuba and reaching American territory a fast track to permanent resident status. Obama said the move would "bring 72

January 13, 2017 5:10 AM Ryan breaks with Trump — gently

House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday night offered the fullest accounting of his own thinking on the direction of the nation since the election, even gently breaking from President-elect Donald Trump on controversial policies from Russia sanctions to Medicare reform. During a CNN town hall at George Washington University, Ryan also spelled out his own views 28

January 13, 2017 1:58 AM Latest to Disagree With Donald Trump: His Cabinet Nominees

Rex W. Tillerson, whom Mr. Trump has chosen to be secretary of state, parted ways with the president-elect on a range of issues this week, calling President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia a regional and international threat who should be countered with “a proportional show of force.” Mr. Tillerson rejected a ban on Muslim immigrants, called the United States’ 61

January 13, 2017 12:34 AM Barack Obama Ends Decades Old Open Door Policy For Cuban Migrants

Washington: US President Barack Obama on Thursday ended a five-decade-old open door policy for Cuba migrants, who will now face similar residency restrictions to other citizens from Latin America. In one of his final acts before leaving the White House, Obama scrapped rules dating back to the 1960s which allowed those fleeing communist Cuba a fast track 48

January 12, 2017 7:40 PM Tillerson Knows Russia, But Don't Ignore China

Senator Bob Menendez: And I would have thought that Russia would be at the very top of that, considering all the actions that have taken place. Is -- did that not happen? Call me old-fashioned, but if I happened to be a nominee for Secretary of State sporting a Russian Order of Friendship and a potential future boss whose relationship with Vladimir Putin 45

January 12, 2017 10:51 AM Mattis on the issues

Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, appearing Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee for his confirmation to be Defense secretary, has a long record of hawkish positions on Iran, Russia and other global adversaries. His views will almost certainly face a receptive audience from Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) and other members of the committee 44

January 12, 2017 2:29 AM In Rocky Hearing, Rex Tillerson Tries to Separate From Trump

Mr. Tillerson came to the hearing acutely aware that his first task was to allay concerns that his four decades at Exxon had left him too close to Mr. Putin and dictators around the world. So he staked out his turf early in the hearing, arguing that if he had been in office when Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, he would have recommended that the United 46

January 12, 2017 1:26 AM Trump admits to Russian hacking even as he attacks U.S. intelligence community

NEW YORK — President-elect Donald Trump acknowledged for the first time here Wednesday that Russia was responsible for hacking the Democratic Party during last year’s election, but he denied that the leaks were intended to boost him and argued that Moscow would cease cyberattacks on the United States once he is sworn in. In a rollicking hour-long news conference 39