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What if U.S. quits climate deal? Doesn’t look good for Earth

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Earth is likely to reach more dangerous levels of warming even sooner if the U.S. retreats from its pledge to cut carbon dioxide pollution, scientists said. That’s because America contributes so much to rising temperatures. President Donald Trump, who once proclaimed global warming a Chinese hoax, said in a tweet Saturday that he would make his “final decision” next week on whether the United States stays in or leaves the 2015 Paris climate change accord in which nearly every nation…

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In Saudi Arabia, Donald Trump seeks to move past domestic troubles

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President Donald Trump arrived in the Middle East on Saturday, touching down in Saudi Arabia to begin his first trip abroad, a visit aimed at forging stronger alliances to combat terrorism while seeking to push past the series of controversies threatening to engulf his young administration. Trump flew to Riyadh overnight on Air Force One and was welcomed during an elaborate ceremony at the airport, punctuated by a military flyover and a handshake from Saudi King Salman. Trump is the…

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Americans say Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton most admired in 2016

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President Barack Obama is the man most admired by Americans 2016. In a new Gallup Poll, 22 percent of respondents mentioned Obama in response to the open-ended question. Coming in second was President-elect Donald Trump at 15 percent. This marks Obama’s ninth consecutive time at the top of the most-admired list, but with a margin of only seven percentage points, it was his narrowest victory yet. Often, incumbent presidents are ranked highest — in the 70 times Gallup asked the…

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Revelers bid adieu to a year of conflicts, celebrity deaths

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As 2016 draws to a close, revelers around the world are bidding a weary adieu to a year filled with political surprises, prolonged conflicts and deaths of legendary celebrities. How people are ushering in the new year: AUSTRALIA Sydney sent up a dazzling tribute to 2016’s fallen icons with a New Year’s Eve fireworks display honoring the late singer David Bowie and late actor Gene Wilder, becoming the first major city to bid a bittersweet adieu to a turbulent year.…

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Pope appoints new bishop over St. Petersburg Diocese

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The Most Reverend Gregory L. Parkes, Bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee, has been named as the new bishop to oversee the Diocese of St. Petersburg. Parkes, who will be the Diocese’s fifth bishop, will succeed Bishop Robert N. Lynch, who is retiring. Lynch has served as bishop of St. Petersburg since his installation in 1996. “I am filled with joy that Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Parkes as the new bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg,” Lynch said. “I invite the…

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Rio Games an acid test for Olympics’ appeal in a grim world

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Even if only for two weeks, can “Faster-Higher-Stronger” overpower deadlier, scarier and bloodier? Can the Olympic Games still offer the world momentary levity, distract from terror, shootings, poverty and other worries in globally grim times? If not, what use is the multibillion-dollar celebration of youthful endeavor and mostly niche sports? Through no fault of their own, the athletes who will march in massed, joyful ranks behind their nations’ flags in Friday night’s opening ceremony for the first Olympic Games in…

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Today on Context Florida: Florida’s bad bet, Marco Rubio, little Donnie Trump and weather-related crisis

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Today on Context Florida: Former Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp says expansion of gambling is a “bad bet” for Florida. When the current state constitution was approved in 1968 the only approved gambling involved pari-mutuels: dog tracks, horse tracks and jai alai. They had been in operation for decades and considered sporting events you could bet on. Since the constitution was passed, the voters of Florida have rejected amendments to allow casino gambling three times: in 1978, 1986 and 1994. When the…

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