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• Ex-US Ambassador: NKorea 'Tensions, Dangers' at Post-War High
Former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Kathleen Stephens said Monday she has never seen "tensions" and "dangers" so high along the Korean peninsula.

• Stephen Hayes: Weekly Standard Sticking to Fact-Based Conservatism
Stephen Hayes, who took over as editor of the conservative Weekly Standard in December, says he intends to continue founder Bill Kristol's vision of a conservative source of news without the sometimes outright falsehoods he sees at some conservative outlets.

• Record 3.2 Percent Rise in Property Taxes in 2016
Property taxes rose a record-3.2 percent in fiscal 2016, CNS News reports.The 2016 amount was $540,701,000,000 compared to $523,952,380,000 in 2015. New Jersey property owners paid the most taxes in 2016, reports WalletHub, with annual taxes set at 2.35 percent. The rate in...

• ICE: Rape Suspect's Father Arrested After Immigration Review
Immigration officials say the father of a high school student charged with raping a 14-year-old girl in a school bathroom in Maryland has been arrested after a review of his status in the United States.According to media reports, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and...

• Italian Company Designs Passenger Drone Resembling UFO
An Italian company has designed a UFO-looking drone that can seat two passengers, reach 120 mph, and fly as high as a helicopter.

• Paul Ryan Tells Donors: Push for Healthcare Reform Still On
House Speaker Paul Ryan struck a hopeful note to Republican donors Monday, saying Congress will continue this year with its push to repeal and replace Obamacare, The Washington Post reports.

• Russia Develops Drone Grenade Launcher
Russia has developed a handheld reconnaissance drone grenade-launcher to provide real-time surveillance and intelligence, the Russian website Tass reports.

• Schiff Calls for Nunes to Recuse from Russia Probe
Rep. Adam Schiff on Monday called for the panel's GOP Chairman Devin Nunes to recuse himself from the investigation of Russian interference in the presidential election and from the probe into the unmasking of Americans by the Obama White House.

• Melania Trump Names Communications Director
First lady Melania Trump has named Stephanie Grisham as her communications director, according to a White House press release.

• Limbaugh : Koppel Tried to Interview Me for Conservative-Slamming Piece
Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh said Monday that journalist Ted Koppel tried to interview him in the CBS "Sunday Morning" piece on modern media, in which the former "Nightline" host told Sean Hannity he is "bad for America."

• Farage Vows to 'Go, Live Abroad' If Brexit Fails (Because It Won't)
The former leader of the U.K. Independence Party vowed if Britain's exit from the European Union turns out badly, he will "go and live abroad – I'll go and live somewhere else."

• Christie Allies Should Get 3 Years for Bridge Plot, U.S. Says
Two former allies of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie who were convicted of joining a political plot to create crippling traffic near the George Washington Bridge should serve about three years in prison, U.S. prosecutors told a judge.Prosecutors urged a federal judge in...

• Tax Foundation: 'Avoiding Tax Reform is No Longer an Option'
Taxpayers spend 6.1 billion hours a year - at a cost of $234 billion in direct costs and lost productivity - to comply with the federal tax code, according to the president of the conservative National Taxpayers Union.

• Elon Musk's New Co Could Allow Uploading, Downloading Thoughts
Tesla Inc founder and Chief Executive Elon Musk has launched a company called Neuralink Corp through which computers could merge with human brains, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.Neuralink is pursuing what Musk calls the "neural...

• Hannity Angry at Treatment by CBS in Interview
Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity is calling on CBS News to release the full tape of his interview with Ted Koppel for "Sunday Morning," in which the veteran "Nightline" anchor answered "yes" when Hannity asked if Koppel thought he was bad for America.The exchange between two...

• Blind, Deaf Army Veteran Sets Sights on Boston Marathon
Army veteran Aaron Hale is deaf, blind, and determined to finish the Boston Marathon, the Boston Herald reported.

• Historian, Journalist and Activist Roger Wilkins Dies at 85
Roger Wilkins, a historian, journalist and activist who held a key civil rights post in President Lyndon Johnson's administration and helped The Washington Post win a Pulitzer for its Watergate coverage, died Sunday, relatives said. He was 85.Wilkins, most recently a...

• Ann Romney: Mitt Would've Taken State Job If Trump Offered
If President Donald Trump had asked former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to run his State Department, the former Republican presidential candidate would have accepted, according to his wife Ann.

• Dick Cheney: Russian Election Meddling Could Be 'Act of War'
Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Russian attempted interference with the 2016 presidential election could be considered "an act of war."

• February 2018: 'Fearless Girl' Statue to Stay on Wall Street a Year
The "Fearless Girl" statue will stay put through February 2018 facing off with the Wall Street "Charging Bull" after initially having just a weeklong permit.

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