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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, Pool)

Israel fills vacuum in terror fight as U.S. reduces troop levels

Israel is moving quickly to fill a security vacuum in Africa as the United States reassigns forces from the terror-plagued continent to focus on rivals such as China and Russia.

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A climate activist walks by shelves filled with specially grown pro-climate plants at a Greenpeace area, during U.N. climate talks on ways of combating global warming, in Katowice, Poland, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Polish chairman says UN climate talks call for higher effort

Associated Press

The Polish government official serving as president of a U.N. climate summit said Wednesday the international talks have entered a "critical phase" and require dedication from all involved if they are to end in success.

A woman records with a phone along the beach as a sign warns of contaminated water Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, at Imperial Beach, Calif. Authorities say more than 6 million gallons (22 million liters) a day of raw sewage has been spilling into Mexico's Tijuana River since Monday night, and the waste is flowing north into Southern California waters. Swimmers and surfers are urged to stay out of the water at some San Diego County beaches. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Raw sewage from Mexico flows north into California

Associated Press

Millions of gallons of raw sewage has spilled into Mexico's Tijuana River and is flowing north into California, fouling beaches in San Diego County, where swimmers and surfers were urged to stay out of the ocean.

Carlos and Jemima Guimaraes stand outside the Bob Casey Federal courthouse in Houston after they were sentenced to federal prison on Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018. The wealthy Brazilian couple were sentenced to minimal U.S. prison terms for helping their daughter keep her son in Brazil for the past five years in violation of the terms of her divorce to the boy's American father. (Gabrielle Banks/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Brazilian couple get light sentences in grandson's abduction

- Associated Press

A wealthy Brazilian couple were sentenced Wednesday to minimal U.S. prison terms for helping their daughter keep her son in Brazil for the past five years in violation of the terms of her divorce to the boy's American father.

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2014, file photo, an inmate huddles under a heavy blanket on a bunk in the psychiatric unit of the Pierce County Jail in Tacoma, Wash. A federal judge who said Washington state was violating the constitutional rights of mentally ill people warehoused in jails as they await competency services has approved a settlement in a case they filed against the state. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Settlement approved in Washington state mental health case

- Associated Press

After twice finding the state of Washington in contempt for violating her order to provide timely competency services to mentally ill people held in jails, a federal judge has approved a settlement that is designed to ensure people get help before entering the criminal justice system.

In this June 21, 2017, file photo, special counsel Robert Mueller departs after a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Trump campaign Russia contacts alarm intelligence experts

- Associated Press

From suggestions of "political synergy" and offers of business deals to contact with more than a dozen people in then-candidate Donald Trump's orbit, Russian outreach to the Trump campaign has a familiar and alarming pattern to experts in the intelligence field.

Dr. Michael Hoffer, of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, in Miami. Hoffer and a group of doctors presented their findings in the case of U.S. diplomats who experienced mysterious health incidents while working at the U.S. Embassy in Havana. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Cuba health mystery: Diplomats had inner-ear damage early on

- Associated Press

American diplomats affected by mysterious health incidents in Cuba showed damage in the inner ear shortly after they complained of weird noises and sensations, according to their earliest medical exams, publicized Wednesday.