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Minnesota Governor Dayton, 69, collapses during speech

Gov. Dayton collapsesGov. Mark Dayton collapsed while delivering his State of the State speech on Monday, striking his head on a lectern. The 69-year-old Democrat was helped into a back room and appeared to be conscious, and two colleagues said he appeared to be OK.

House Speaker Kurt Daudt said minutes after the incident that Dayton was "up and about" and that the governor would be all right. Sen. Dan Schoen, who is also a paramedic, was among those who went to Dayton's aid; he said Dayton was acting normally within 20 minutes of the collapse and poking fun at himself.

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Senate confirms Pompeo as CIA chief amid questions over torture, spying views

Mike PompeoThe Senate voted Monday to confirm Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas as CIA director despite critics' concerns that he has offered conflicting statements about whether he would expand government surveillance of Americans and bring back torture as an interrogation technique.

Senators voted 66-32 to approve Pompeo, who is giving up his congressional seat to lead the agency.  His confirmation completes President Trump's national security team. Defense Secretary James Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly were confirmed Friday.

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Supreme Court Rejects Texas Appeal on Voter ID Law

SC rejects Texas appeal on voter ID'sThe U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal by Texas seeking to revive the state's strict Republican-backed voter-identification requirements that a lower court found had a discriminatory effect on black and Hispanic people.

The justices let stand a July 2016 decision by a lower court that found that the 2011 Texas statute ran afoul of a federal law that bars racial discrimination in elections and directed a lower court to find a way to fix the law's discriminatory effects against minorities.

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Trump withdraws from Trans-Pacific Partnership amid flurry of orders

TPPDonald Trump has begun his effort to dismantle Barack Obama’s legacy, formally scrapping a flagship trade deal with 11 countries in the Pacific rim.

The new president also signed executive orders to ban funding for international groups that provide abortions, and placing a hiring freeze on non-military federal workers.

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Donald Trump Reinstates Ronald Reagan’s Abortion ‘Global Gag Rule’

Trump cuts funding for WHOIn one of his first acts as president, Donald Trump has reinstated a federal ban on U.S. funding for international health organizations that counsel women on family planning options that include abortion.

The Mexico City policy, also known as the global gag rule, was first put in place by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. It prohibits giving U.S. funding to nongovernmental organizations that offer or advise on a wide range of family planning and reproductive health options if they include abortion ― even if U.S. dollars are not specifically used for abortion-related services.

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Report: Michael Flynn Under Investigation for Russia Ties

Michel Flynn investigted for Russian tiesMichael Flynn, the National Security Adviser to President Trump, has been under investigation—and possibly still is—for what has been described as his “repeated contacts” with a Russian official,

The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. Flynn’s communications have been under scrutiny by the FBI, CIA, National Security Agency, and the Treasury Department as part of a counterintelligence probe into ties between the Kremlin and Trump’s team, according to the report.

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U.K. May Have Fired Test Nuclear Missile Toward U.S.

UK missile test errorDefence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has refused to divulge "operational details" of what happened during a Trident test last June.

It is reported that a missile went off course, but the government has not confirmed or denied this. Theresa May was told about the test when she became prime minister in July, shortly before MPs voted overwhelmingly to renew Trident.

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CBS: Trump Brought Cheering Crowd to CIA Visit

Trump brought cheering squad to CIA meetingU.S. government sources tell CBS News that there is a sense of unease in the intelligence community after President Trump’s visit to CIA headquarters on Saturday.

An official said the visit “made relations with the intelligence community worse” and described the visit as “uncomfortable.”

Authorities are also pushing back against the perception that the CIA workforce was cheering for the president. They say the first three rows in front of the president were largely made up of supporters of Mr. Trump’s campaign.

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London air pollution 'very high'; heavy fog disrupts flights

UK pollution and fog very highCold, still weather in London prompted the mayor to issue a "very high" air pollution alert for the first time Monday, while thick freezing fog caused numerous flight delays and cancellations at London Heathrow and other area airports.

The London air monitoring team at King's College London said pollution in the capital was at "black," the highest level, meaning people should reduce physical exertion outdoors. It said the cold weather and absence of wind allowed emissions across the whole of southeast England to build up over the weekend.

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