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'You made us dream': Kobe Bryant is mourned in Italy, where he first learned to play

At 7, the future NBA star cried when he was taken off a team — because he was too good. He benefited from Italian-style coaching, which emphasizes tactics.

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Arizona's ballot rules overturned on grounds they discriminate against minority voters

A federal appeals court struck down Arizona rules that ballots cast in the wrong precinct must be discarded and a state law that made it a crime for someone to deliver another person's ballot to a precinct.

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Can an ailing church attract new congregants without alienating the old?

As a church in Minnesota plans an overhaul, some parishioners feel they are being left behind. Church leaders say they are looking to save the church.

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Efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak a test of China's centralized control

President Xi Jinping's takeover of the virus response is both a test and demonstration of how the Communist Party's system of governance works.

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Auschwitz was liberated 75 years ago. But survivors know anti-Semitism is alive and well

On the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, more than 200 survivors and their families met at a memorial in front of the 'gate of death.'

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Immigration judges are quitting or retiring early because of Trump

Some judges said they left because they found it impossible to guarantee migrants their due process rights.

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Kobe Bryant, from the start, was an athlete like no other

Kobe Bryant's path to greatness in the NBA seemed assured. But it would not be easy.

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Kobe Bryant mourned around the world, nowhere more so than Italy, where he spent part of his childhood

Kobe Bryant was mourned on Sunday in the small town of Reggio Emilia in northern Italy, where he spent part of his childhood when his father, Joe Bryant, played basketball there.

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American journalist Philip Jacobson released from prison in Indonesia, may be deported

Jacobson, an editor for a nonprofit environmental news website, was jailed for a visa violation after meeting with indigenous rights activists in December.

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Australia's fires are burning through a key part of its economy — tourism

Many small towns untouched by Australia's flames are nonetheless paying a steep price. Australia estimates its $152-billion tourism industry will take a $4.5-billion hit this year because of the bush fires.

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Bernie Sanders shaped this small city, and it gave him a moonshot to the national stage

Burlington shaped Sanders as Sanders shaped Burlington, so much so that it's hard to consider one without the other.

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75 years after being freed from Auschwitz, he can't stop going back

Fewer than 2,000 Auschwitz survivors are still alive. One is returning to Poland from Southern California for the fourth time.

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Coronavirus full coverage: Cases grow around the world as China scrambles to contain the virus

The new virus comes from a large family of what are known as coronaviruses, some causing nothing worse than a cold. It causes cold- and flu-like symptoms, including cough and fever and, in more severe case, shortness of breath. It can worsen to pneumonia, which can be fatal.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping calls situation serious as China scrambles to contain virus

Cities from central China to Hong Kong are scrambling to stop the spread of an illness that has infected more than 2,000 people and killed at least 56.

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Pompeo lashes out at reporter, but doesn't dispute all of her claims

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo doesn't deny heated exchange with a reporter in which he reportedly said Americans don't "care about Ukraine."

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The coronavirus from China is new, and that makes everything dicier

Any time a "novel" virus appears on the scene, things immediately become much more complicated. That's certainly the case with the coronavirus from China.

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In a small field, men reenact an oft-overlooked war that remade the U.S., Mexico and the border

The Mexican-American War of remade the U.S. and Mexico — and the much-debated border that separates the two countries. But it remains a relatively overshadowed conflict in American history. In Montebello, a group of men and women try to educate people by reenacting a key battle.

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Vietnamese flock to this park to 'catch' a tourist — and learn English for free

Vietnam's hard-charging economy has boosted demand for English speakers. Many can't afford classes, so they flock to September 23 Park in Ho Chi Minh City to strike up conversations with passing tourists.

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In New York City's Chinatown, residents and doctors brace for coronavirus' arrival

Residents of New York City's Chinatown expect the coronavirus to arrive from China as people travel abroad to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

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How the paths of Saudi Arabia's crown prince and the world's richest man crossed

Mohammed bin Salman, the heir apparent to his father's kingdom, traded numbers with Amazon's CEO at a 2018 event in Los Angeles. That's when the trouble began.

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Call it torture if you want, military judge says at Guantanamo hearing

Walter Ruiz, a defense lawyer for one of the 9/11 defendants, repeatedly used the word as he questioned a CIA psychologist who devised the harsh interrogation methods used on detainees after 9/11.

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By turning back caravans, Mexico is acting as Trump's border wall, critics say

In turning back migrant caravans, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador embraces a drastic change in immigration policy.

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In Beijing, more surgical masks but business as usual despite coronavirus outbreak

Surgical masks but not much panic as Lunar New Year begins in Beijing. Meanwhile, the death toll continues to grow and millions of people are on lockdown at the center of the coronavirus outbreak.

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The American dream may help the poorest among us live longer. Here's why

Americans living in counties with more opportunities to get ahead live longer than those living where it's most difficult to improve their lot in life.

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Can Elizabeth Warren beat Trump? Katie Porter points to her own Orange County win to make the case

Rep. Katie Porter of Irvine is one of Elizabeth Warren's most forceful supporters, drawing on her Iowa upbringing and personal bond with the senator to make the case.

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Thousands rally in Baghdad to demand U.S. troops leave Iraq

Thousands of supporters of an influential radical Shiite cleric gathered in central Baghdad to demand that American troops leave the country.

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L.A. Mayor Garcetti foresees progress on homelessness via talks with HUD Secretary Ben Carson

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti hopes to reach a preliminary agreement with the Trump administration on a joint plan to help combat the city's swelling homeless crisis.

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Fear spreads throughout China as officials take unprecedented measure to stop coronavirus

Hundreds of people in China have fallen ill and 26 have died from the new coronavirus strain

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3 U.S. firefighters killed in Australia air crash amid bush fires are identified

An aviation company has identified the three firefighters who died in an air crash in Australia, where they were flying in a California-based C-130 and helping to battle wildfires.

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It's too early to declare China coronavirus outbreak an 'emergency,' WHO says

The new coronavirus in China that has sickened hundreds of people is not yet a global health emergency, according to the World Health Organization.

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Children as young as 6 are taking up arms in Mexico

Child soldiers — some as young as 6 — are being conscripted into a vigilante group in Guerrero state.

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Everything you need to know as the China coronavirus spreads

How big is the threat posed by the new coronavirus from China? Here's a look at what experts know as the outbreak spreads.

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Will thousands of Rohingya refugees be sent to a remote island?

A plan by Bangladesh to move 100,000 Rohingya Muslims to an uninhabited island in the Bay of Bengal is moving forward despite opposition from refugee leaders and human rights groups.

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Governments everywhere are targeting journalists. The latest: An American in Indonesia

Philip Jacobson, who faces up to five years in prison for an alleged visa violation, works for a website that has exposed corruption and environmental degradation in Indonesia.

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Obama paintings from National Portrait Gallery will go on a five-city tour

Smithsonian says the celebrated portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama will come to Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Atlanta and Houston.

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Trapped in the Senate, presidential candidates work to stay in touch — and stay awake

Four Senate Democrats running for president are pinned down in the chamber for Trump's impeachment trial, keeping them from campaigning ahead of Iowa's caucuses. But they do have some tricks up their sleeves.

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Earthquake: Magnitude 6.2 quake reported near Tanaga volcano in Alaska

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake was reported Wednesday at 9:53 p.m. Pacific time 13 miles from the Tanaga volcano in Alaska's Aleutian Islands, according to the USGS.

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Health insurers take on Big Pharma, plan to manufacture their own drugs

Frustrated by high prices, health insurers plan to start manufacturing generic prescription drugs.

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Waterboarding of detainees was so gruesome that even CIA officials wept

James Mitchell, an architect of the "enhanced interrogation techniques" that human rights experts have condemned as torture, testified about the tactics in a pretrial hearing at Guantánamo Bay.

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House and White House impeachment legal teams offer stark contrast on facts and style

After the opening day of the Senate impeachment trial proved so toxic that the chief justice rebuked both sides, the rhetoric cooled Wednesday — except from President Trump.

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Tear gas and clashes greet Lebanon's new government

In the four months since widespread anti-government protests erupted, the Lebanese have danced and cheered in spasms of nationalistic pride.

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Auschwitz was liberated 75 years ago. But politics are complicating the celebration

Holocaust survivors join heads of state to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. But politics are thwarting unity.

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Ready to move, Californians tour their top destination: Texas

More than half of California voters have considered moving out of state. Many who do choose Texas, where lower housing costs come with trade-offs.

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South Korea orders dismissal of transgender soldier

Byun Hui-su, a staff sergeant who underwent sex assignment surgery, was dismissed from the military because of 'mental and physical disability.'

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In Davos, Trump talks impeachment trial, targets Thunberg and dismisses troop injuries

As he leaves the World Economic Forum, President Trump alludes to his Senate impeachment trial, saying his economic success has driven Democrats 'crazy.'

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Psychologist who waterboarded self-proclaimed 9/11 plotter says, 'I would do it again'

James Mitchell, the CIA psychologist who waterboarded Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, was unapologetic as he testified before a U.S. military commission in Cuba.

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Q&A: What is coronavirus? What you should know about the virus behind the outbreak in China

Health officials around the world are keeping a close watch on an outbreak of a virus in China. Here's what you need to know about the coronavirus.

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China coronavirus: 440 cases reported, including 9 deaths, as millions travel for the Lunar New Year

The coronavirus outbreak, which has killed 9, began at a seafood and live animal market in Wuhan. It can spread among humans, officials confirm.

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Meet the California firefighters helping Australia battle epic bush fires

More than 170 U.S. firefighters are helping their Australian counterparts battle the nation's worst blazes ever, an assignment that requires adjustment to a new terrain, culture and lingo.

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Leaning in: Elizabeth Warren makes a pitch to women in the Iowa home stretch

Elizabeth Warren, who has been consistently dogged by doubts about her electability, is making a more explicit gender appeal in the final weeks before the Iowa caucuses.

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