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Drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman extradited to US

El chapo extradited to USMexico's government extradited drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the United States where he is wanted on drug trafficking and other charges.

Guzman landed in New York late on Thursday to face federal narcotics trafficking and other charges.

A US law enforcement official told The Associated Press news agency that Guzman arrived following a flight from the Mexican border town Ciudad Juarez.

Guzman is expected to appear in a federal court in Brooklyn on Friday.

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Trump Sought Military Equipment For Inauguration, Granted 20-Plane Flyover

US miossile launchersPart of being a great president is showing off America’s military strength, according to President-elect Donald Trump.

The military “may come marching down Pennsylvania Avenue,” Trump told the Washington Post in an interview published Wednesday. “That military may be flying over New York City and Washington, D.C., for parades. I mean, we’re going to be showing our military.”

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Obama commutes 330 drug sentences on last day as president

Obama commutes 330 drug sentencesIn a last major act as president, Barack Obama cut short the sentences of 330 federal inmates convicted of drug crimes on Thursday, bringing his bid to correct what he's called a systematic injustice to a climactic close.

With his final offer of clemency, Obama brought his total number of commutations granted to 1,715, more than any other president in U.S. history, the White House said. During his presidency Obama ordered free 568 inmates who had been sentenced to life in prison.

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Plane carrying Brazil Supreme Court judge crashes into sea

Brazil SC Judge plane crashA plane carrying Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Teori Zavascki, who is overseeing a blockbuster graft investigation into dozens of politicians, crashed into the sea off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state on Thursday, his son said.

The small plane left Sao Paulo and crashed near the tourist town of Paraty, air force and civil aviation sources said.

A press representative for the Supreme Court had earlier said Zavascki was on the passenger list for the flight, but could not confirm he was onboard.

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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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