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From left, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, National Trade Council adviser Peter Navarro, Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, policy adviser Stephen Miller, and chief strategist Steve Bannon watch as President Donald Trump signs an executive order in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. Evan Vucci/AP

Trump orders hiring freeze for some federal workers

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January 24, 2017
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump instituted a government-wide hiring freeze Monday, signing an executive order that he said would affect all employees "except for the military."
President Donald Trump signs an executive order to withdraw the U.S. from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact agreed to under the Obama administration, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Evan Vucci/AP

Trump moves to pull US out of Pacific-Rim trade deal

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January 24, 2017
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump moved to pull the United States out of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact Monday, dealing a quick blow to Barack Obama's legacy...
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Senate Democrats could still thwart Trump's military buildup plans

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January 24, 2017
WASHINGTON – Hopes that President Donald Trump and a Republican-controlled Congress will quickly pass the biggest military buildup in a generation are set to face hard political...

Sailor gets 11 years for murder-for-hire plot to kill wife

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January 24, 2017
NORFOLK, Va. — A Navy sailor has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for trying to hire a hit man to kill his estranged wife.
Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, 18th Airborne Corps commander. COURTESY OF U.S. ARMY

Internet scammers impersonate soldiers to prey on lonely hearts

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January 24, 2017
Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend administered an oath of enlistment to a Fort Bragg paratrooper from the back of an airborne C-17 in February last year.
American student Otto Warmbier, center, is escorted at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, March 16, 2016. North Korea's highest court sentenced Warmbier, a 21-year-old University of Virginia undergraduate student, from Wyoming, Ohio, to 15 years in prison with hard labor on Wednesday for subversion. He allegedly attempted to steal a propaganda banner from a restricted area of his hotel at the request of an acquaintance who wanted to hang it in her church.  Jon Chol Jin/AP

Little is known on status of US student held in North Korea

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January 24, 2017
CINCINNATI — There's been little public word about what has happened to an American college student detained by North Korea, as a new administration takes over one year later amid...