Some of the best places to travel in the U.S. in February

Here are some of the best places to travel in the U.S. in February. If you still want to take a winter vacation, Travel and Leisure Magazine says February is a great time to fly. Here are some of the best places to travel in the U.S. if you want to get away. Honolulu, Hawaii The magazine says it’s a big wave season and also a great time for whale watching tours. Beaver Creek, Colorado  The magazine points out that the town has increased its focus on non-ski activities, which could be…

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U.S. Lawmakers Have Reintroduced a Bill to End Restrictions on Travel to Cuba

  A bipartisan group of U.S. senators reintroduce d legislation on Thursday to repeal all restrictions on travel to Cuba , this time attracting far more co-sponsors in a sign of growing support for U.S.- Cuba n detente even as its future looks uncertain. The Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act was introduced in 2015 by eight Republican and Democratic co-sponsors but never made it to the floor. The latest measure attracted 55 co-sponsors. While efforts to ease the decades-old U.S. embargo against Cuba have been gathering strength and 55…

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North Korea cannot ‘tip’ missile with nuclear warhead – U.S. State Dept

North Korea continues to pursue nuclear and ballistic missile technologies but the United States does not believe it is in a position to “tip” one of them with a nuclear warhead, State Department spokesman John Kirby said on Tuesday. North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, said on Sunday his nuclear-capable country was close to test-launching an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), raising the prospect of putting parts of the United States within range. “We do not believe that at this point in time he has the capability to tip one of…

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After hesitation, Carson accepts Trump’s offer to head U.S. housing department

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a rival-turned-supporter of Donald Trump, overcame his stated qualms about a lack of government experience on Monday to accept the president-elect’s nomination to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Democrats criticized the Republican president-elect’s latest pick for his incoming administration, calling Carson unqualified to take over $48-billion agency that oversees public housing. Carson, a popular writer and speaker in conservative circles, has been a close adviser to Trump since he dropped out of the 2016 Republican presidential primary contest and he is a vice…

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Saudi Schools Top 2016 U.S. News Arab Region Universities Rankings

The Middle East and North Africa region has one of the most youthful populations in the world. More than half – 55 percent – of the region’s populace is younger than 24, according to a July 2015 report from the Brookings Doha Center, a Qatar branch of a U.S.-based public policy think tank. As these youth contemplate their future, they may turn to the region’s hundreds of colleges and universities. To help prospective university students, as well as parents, policymakers and employers, compare higher education institutions across the region, U.S. News has launched its 2016 Best Arab Region Universities rankings. The…

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U.S. plans third patrol near disputed South China Sea islands – source

The U.S. Navy plans to conduct another passage near disputed islands in the South ChinaSea in early April, a source familiar with the plan said on Friday, the third in series of challenges that have drawn sharps rebukes from China. The exact timing of the exercise and which ship would travel inside a 12-nautical mile limit around a disputed island was not immediately clear. The United States has conducted what it calls “freedom of navigation” exercises in recent months, sailing near disputed islands to underscore its right to navigate the…

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Hillary Clinton slams GOP lawmakers in Twitter rant for pledging to block Obama’s U.S. Supreme Court pick

Hillary Clinton took a page out of Kanye’s book. The Democratic front-runner thumbed a flurry of tweets slamming Senate Republicans for their “new low” — pledging to block President Barack Obama’s pick for Justice Antonin Scalia’s replacement. “I have news for Republicans who would put politics over the Constitution,” Clinton wrote late Monday. “Refusing to do your duty isn’t righteous, it’s disgraceful.” The former Secretary of State penned 11 tweets mirroring statements she made during presidential campaign stops in Nevada, pressuring rebellious senators to consider Obama’s nomination. J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/AP…

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