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Trump Offers Few Specifics On U.S. Troop Buildup in Afghanistan

By BRANDI BUCHMAN

President Donald Trump on Monday night said it would be “counterproductive” to announce how many more troops he will send to Afghanistan, how U.S. strategy might change, when the war might end, and even what victory might look like, but said there will be no “hasty withdrawal” of U.S. forces.

Ninth Circuit Revives Fight Over Marine Base on Okinawa

By HELEN CHRISTOPHI

The U.S. Department of Defense must reassess the impacts of a controversial new military base on Okinawa in order to protect the endangered Okinawa dugong, a manatee-like marine mammal, the Ninth Circuit ruled Monday.

Navy Families Sue Fukushima Operators for Wrongful Death

By BIANCA BRUNO

Families of five Navy service members who died after responding to the Fukushima nuclear meltdown have sued Tokyo Electric Power Co., blaming the deaths on radiation illnesses contracted from the March 2011 disaster.

White House Orders End to Risk Study of Appalachia Mining

By BRITAIN EAKIN

The Trump administration on Friday ordered researchers to halt work on an independent study of the potential health risks posed by mountaintop removal coal mining for nearby communities in Appalachia.

Syrian Diplomats Slam US Airstrikes on Oil & People

By ADAM KLASFELD

The United Nations unveiled two letters Monday in which Syria’s ambassador denounced the toll that U.S.-led airstrikes have had on his nation’s oil and gas reserves, as well as civilian population.

A dry meadow near the east shore of Lake Tahoe. (William Dotinga/CNS)

Lake Tahoe Report Highlights Threat From Dying Forests

By MATTHEW RENDA

The University of California, Davis’ annual report on the health of Lake Tahoe highlights a growing threat to the region beyond the harm to the lake’s famed clarity: the death of large swaths of the Sierra’s forests from drought, bark beetles and overgrowth.

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Island Gods

By BILL GIRDNER

It is dusk on Ishigaki, the small island at the southern tip of the Japanese archipelago. A crowd has gathered in a square patch of green at the edge of the village, many are wearing strips of cloth around the heads. On one side are gathered those with white head bands, on the other red.

Alaska’s Largest Newspaper Still in Print for Now

By JULIE ST. LOUIS

Alaska’s biggest daily newspaper can keep printing after a federal bankruptcy judge late Monday approved a $1 million loan so the Alaska Dispatch News and its creditors can proceed with Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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Phoenix Braces for Tuesday Night Trump Rally and Protests

By JAMIE ROSS

Phoenix is bracing for protests as President Trump holds a campaign-style rally downtown despite the mayor’s request that he stay away so soon after the neo-Nazi rally and protests in Charlottesville, Virginia that led to three deaths

Billionaire Defies Order to Open Road to California Beach

By MATTHEW RENDA

The gate across Martins Beach Road about 7 miles south of Half Moon Bay on a picturesque stretch of the California coastline remains closed with No Trespassing signs clearly posted – despite a court order to open the gate so people can access the nearby beach.

Woman Says Uber Driver Pushed Her From Speeding Car

By ROBERT KAHN

A Southern California woman claims in court that an Uber driver pushed her from a speeding car when, alarmed by his erratic behavior, she asked him to let her out.

HIV-Positive Student Claims For-Profit School Kicked Her Out

By DANIEL JACKSON

A former student claims in a federal lawsuit that Virginia College booted her out of its cosmetology program in Tennessee last year after learning she has HIV.

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