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Trump Plan Would Privatize Public Broadcasting, Kill Arts & Humanities Endowments: Report

Nat'l Endowment for the ArtsDonald Trump is ready to take an ax to government spending.

Staffers for the Trump transition team have been meeting with career staff at the White House ahead of Friday’s presidential inauguration to outline their plans for shrinking the federal bureaucracy, The Hill has learned.

The changes they propose are dramatic.

The departments of Commerce and Energy would see major reductions in funding, with programs under their jurisdiction either being eliminated or transferred to other agencies. The departments of Transportation, Justice and State would see significant cuts and program eliminations.

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Judge bluntly warns of contempt if he doesn’t get 'torture report'

Judge Royce LamberthA judge has bluntly rejected the Obama administration's effort to avoid giving the court an unabridged copy of the Senate report on CIA war-on-terror interrogation tactics—a compendium better known as the "torture report."

In late December, U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth granted a request from lawyers for Guantanamo prisoner and alleged Al Qaeda mastermind Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri to have the highly-classified report preserved in court files.

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Trump will carry over more than 50 Obama administration officials

Trump The Trump administration will carry over more than 50 key Obama administration officials after Inauguration Day as the president-elect tries to ensure continuity while putting his own team in place, the transition team said Thursday.

Trump announced his intent to nominate former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue as Agriculture secretary on Thursday, the last of 21 cabinet-level nominations.

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Scientists sound alarm on plight of non-human primates

non-human primates in dangerMore than 60 percent of Earth's non-human primate species are now facing the threat of extinction. An international team of biologists and conservationists have sounded the alarm in a new paper published this week in the journal Science Advances.

"This is an impending crisis that requires biologists and environmentalists to come together with economists, politicians, and policymakers," Eduardo Fernandez-Duque, Yale University biological anthropologist, said in a news release. "This is not only a scientific issue. This is a global problem, one that requires global collaboration."

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Iran shocked by deadly fire, collapse of Tehran high-rise

Tehran building collapseA historic high-rise building in the heart of Iran's capital caught fire and later collapsed Thursday, killing at least 30 firefighters and leaving their stunned colleagues and bystanders weeping in the streets.

The disaster at the 17-story Plasco building, inadvertently shown live on state television, came after authorities said they repeatedly warned tenants about blocking stairwells with fabric from cramped garment workshops on its upper floors.

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Footage shows rescuers inside Italy avalanche hotel

Avalanche covers hotelRescue workers in the central Italian region of Abruzzo, fearful about plummeting night-time temperatures, were in a race against time Thursday searching for survivors after an avalanche of snow, ice and mud flattened a resort hotel with up to 30 guests and staff members inside.

Three bodies were recovered in the piles of debris, but hopes of finding people alive were hampered by the agonizingly slow process of getting heavy equipment to the scene.

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Trump’s Commerce Pick Fired Undocumented Household Worker Before Confirmation Hearing

Wilbur RossPresident-elect Donald Trump’s pick for commerce secretary admitted at his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday that he recently fired a household employee who could not provide proof that they could legally work in the country.

Having undocumented household help has sunk at least two previous cabinet secretary nominees.

Billionaire private equity executive Wilbur Ross told the Senate Commerce Committee that when he hired the worker in 2009, the person provided what looked like a valid driver’s license and Social Security card. After Ross was nominated by Trump, he asked all his household staff to provide such documentation again.

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Edward Snowden's leave to remain in Russia extended for three years

SnowdenEdward Snowden’s leave to remain in Russia has been extended for three years, his lawyer has said, as a Russian official said the whistleblower would not be extradited to the US even if relations improved under the incoming president, Donald Trump.

Snowden’s Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, told RIA Novosti news agency that the permit had been extended until 2020. He also said that as of next year, Snowden would have the right to apply for Russian citizenship.

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FBI, 5 Other Agencies Probing Possible Kremlin Cash to Trump

TrumpThe FBI and five other law enforcement and intelligence agencies have collaborated for months in an investigation into Russian attempts to influence the November election, including whether money from the Kremlin covertly aided President-elect Donald Trump, two people familiar with the matter said.

The agencies involved in the inquiry are the FBI, the CIA, the National Security Agency, the Justice Department, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and representatives of the director of national intelligence, the sources said.

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