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US Green Party drops election recount bid in Pennsylvania   WASHINGTON: Former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein dropped her efforts Saturday to request a vote recount in Pennsylvania, one of three battleground states won by Donald Trump where she is challenging the results."Petitioners are regular citizens of ordinary means. They cannot afford to post the $1,000,000 bond required by the court," read a filing submitted in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.On Twitter, she later added: "#Recount2016 is so expensive because of elected leaders who have refused to invest in a 21st-century voting system."  Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Trump threats may not stop US offshoring of jobs      NEW YORK: President-elect Donald Trump's threats to retaliate against US companies planning to shift operations overseas constitute a new risk for multinationals, but may not sway those already planning to offshore jobs.Trump laid down the gauntlet on Thursday at a campaign-style rally after striking a deal with Carrier to keep about 1,100 jobs in Indiana in exchange for $7 million in state tax incentives over 10 years."Companies are not going to leave the United States any more without consequences. Not ...

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Up to 40 feared dead in California warehouse fire         OAKLAND: Fire crews in California worked into the night Saturday sifting through the remains of a warehouse gutted by a blaze during a rave party, with officials saying they fear the death toll could reach 40.Relatives of dozens of people missing in the Friday night blaze in Oakland near San Francisco continued their anxious wait for news. Nine people are confirmed dead so far.The rickety two-story warehouse was used by artists as a living and work space but had no ...

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US ready to offer Kabul more support under Trump KABUL: US President-elect Donald Trump has assured Afghanistan's leader in a phone call that his administration stands ready to up support to the country if necessary, a Kabul statement said Saturday.         "If Afghanistan needs more security assistance, his administration, after assessing the needs, will focus on providing more security support," the statement released by President Ashraf Ghani's office read.         The statement cited a phone call between Trump and Ghani on Friday,  the first official communication between the two since Trump's November ...

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Year after San Bernardino, US grapples with lone wolf attacks LOS ANGELES: One year after a newlywed couple stormed an office party in San Bernardino, California, killing 14 people and injuring 22 others, the country is still grappling with how best to thwart such lone wolf attacks.The evolving threat facing law enforcement, experts say, was illustrated again this week in the car-and-knife attack by a Somali-born student in Ohio, the latest in a string of such assaults over the past 12 months."We are entering a very dangerous phase because the type of ...

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Trump taps retired general Mattis for defense secretary CINCINNATI: US President-elect Donald Trump said Thursday that he has picked the tough-talking retired general James Mattis to be his defense secretary as he soaked up adulation at a buoyant Ohio rally that recalled this year's rough-and-tumble campaign.The splash of hard news came during a sea of soaring -- and then blunt -- rhetoric from the 70-year-old Republican billionaire, who was speaking at his first post-election event following days of meetings about forming his cabinet."We are going to appoint 'Mad Dog' Mattis ...

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Pelosi re-elected as leader of House Democrats WASHINGTON: Democrat Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday won re-election as minority leader in the US House of Representatives, fending off a strong challenge by a younger lawmaker who called for a change after the party's poor election performance."Honored to be elected by my colleagues to serve as Democratic Leader. Let's get to work," the 76-year-old Pelosi said on Twitter, after winning the internal party vote 134 to 63.Pelosi survived a challenge from congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio to extend her 13-year grip on ...