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Trump, in break from other world leaders, digs in on coal

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that eliminates numerous restrictions on fossil fuel production, breaking with world leaders who have embraced cleaner energy sources.

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Wartime interpreter says his problems with FBI began with co-worker in Afghanistan

Joseph Majid’s wartime service as an interpreter has now been translated into a courtroom fight for the resident of California’s San Joaquin Valley. A U.S. citizen of Afghan descent, Majid says the FBI has been surveilling him around his Lathrop home in southern San Joaquin County, as well as bad-mouthing him to various employers. In a partial victory for Majid, a federal judge on Tuesday kept alive a slice of his lawsuit against the FBI.

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Commutation recipient James Patterson Jr.

Concord resident James Patterson Jr., a low-level drug dealer, had served more than 14 years of a nearly 22-year sentence in federal prison when a phone call from his lawyer last summer changed his life. President Barack Obama had just commuted his sentence and would set him free last year. Patterson described his reaction to the call.

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Commutation recipient James Patterson Jr.

Concord resident James Patterson Jr., a low-level drug dealer, had served more than 14 years of a nearly 22-year sentence in federal prison when a phone call from his lawyer last summer changed his life. President Barack Obama had just commuted his sentence and would set him free last year. Patterson described his reaction to the call.
Diedra Laird The Charlotte Observer
Commutation recipient James Patterson Jr. 2:45

Commutation recipient James Patterson Jr.

President Obama's Commutations 1:35

President Obama's Commutations

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More than 1000 march in support of immigrants

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The world reacts to Trump's refugee ban