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Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., on Capitol Hill, on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) ** FILE **

Kevin McCarthy won’t defend Donald Trump’s 35-percent tariff

- The Washington Times

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Monday refused to back President-elect Donald Trump’s push for a 35-percent tariff on companies that move operations abroad and then sell their goods back in the United States, saying corporate tax reform is the key to retaining American jobs.

A man holds a newspaper reporting a story of constitutional change in Italy as he looks at an electronic board displaying stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. Asian shares tumbled Monday after Italian voters' rejected constitutional changes, raising questions over whether Italy will stay in the European Union and keep using the euro. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Italy hit by market volatility after referendum defeat

- Associated Press

Italian voters dealt Premier Matteo Renzi a resounding rebuke early Monday by rejecting his proposed constitutional reforms, plunging Europe’s fourth-largest economy into political and economic uncertainty.

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In this Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 photo, Andrzej Stewart, the chief engineering officer on a year-long Mars simulation mission that ended in August, puts on a new space suit at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence, R.I. RISD created the new space suit for scientists to wear on the next Mars simulation mission in 2017 in Hawaii. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Rhode Island School of Design works with NASA on Mars suit

- Associated Press

When scientists are trying to figure out how to live in near-isolation in a dome to simulate a Mars mission, the last thing they'll need is an ill-fitting space suit. So one of the nation's top design schools has come to the rescue.

In this Aug. 14, 2016 photo provided by Virginia Tow, players of the Boston Knight A volleyball team, front, go up for a spike against the Boston Hurricanes Black team during the August Moon Festival at Reggie Wong Park in the Chinatown neighborhood in Boston. The fate of a modest asphalt court where Chinese immigrants developed a unique style of volleyball is uncertain. The state of Massachusetts is seeking proposals to develop a prime slice of real estate near Boston's Chinatown that was a nursery for nine-man volleyball. (Virginia Tow via AP)

Chinese volleyball game in the crosshairs of development

- Associated Press

A modest asphalt court that served as a nursery for a unique style of volleyball played by Chinese immigrants across the country now stands in the way of development, touching off a battle over preservation.

People protesting the construction on a four-state oil pipeline at a site in southern North Dakota gather at campground near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. About 300 people were at the campsite where protesters from across the country and members of 60 tribes have gathered in opposition to the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline that will pass through Iowa, Illinois, North Dakota and South Dakota. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

Could Dakota Access pipeline move after permit is denied?

- Associated Press

The Army's refusal to grant a permit for the Dakota Access oil pipeline to cross beneath the Missouri River has focused more attention on alternative routes, but several other options already have been considered and rejected as being more risky and expensive.

Illinois manufacturer plans to close, lay off 86

Associated Press

Alabama Metal Industries has informed the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity that it plans to close its plant in Bourbonnais and lay off its 86 employees.

Rolling Stone challenges verdict in UVa defamation case

- Associated Press

Rolling Stone magazine urged a federal judge on Monday to overturn the verdict of a jury, which found that the publication and a reporter defamed a University of Virginia administrator with their botched story about a gang rape on campus.

The Brazilian national flag along with a MERCOSUR banner fly at half-staff to honor plane crash victims, outside the Planalto Presidential Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016.  A chartered plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team to the biggest match of its history crashed into a Colombian hillside and broke into pieces, killing 75 people and leaving six survivors, Colombian officials said Tuesday. The Brazilian government declared three days of mourning. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Bolivia: Crashed jet's company left trail of unpaid debts

- Associated Press

The airline involved in last week's crash in the Andes left a trail of unpaid bills that forced Bolivia's air force to seize two planes and briefly jail one of the company's owners, Bolivian Defense Minister Reymi Ferreira said Monday.