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One month after winning a seat in Minnesota's legislature, Ilhan Omar says she was assailed in a cab ride to her hotel from the White House.

History-Making Somali-American Legislator Reports 'Hateful' Taunts In D.C.

For the first Somali-American lawmaker in the U.S., it was meant to be a day to remember: a visit to the White House for policy meetings before she takes office in Minnesota. But as she left the seat of U.S. power, Ilhan Omar says, she was subjected to a hateful and threatening verbal attack in a cab.

The remains of a business in Gatlinburg, Tenn., smolder on Nov. 29, after a devastating wildfire damaged or destroyed more than 2,000 buildings and killed at least 14 people.

2 Juveniles Charged With Arson, Suspected Of Starting Deadly Tennessee Wildfire

Two juveniles have been arrested and charged with arson for allegedly starting the fire that killed at least 14 people in east Tennessee last month. They might be tried as adults, and authorities say there might be more arrests.

Prosecutors say the two minors started a fire on Nov. 23, according to a statement from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

RNC Official On Trump's Cabinet Picks, Tweets: 'Business As Usual Has Ended'

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At 93, Diana Kennedy Still Reigns As Mexico's Feistiest Food Expert

Diana Kennedy, often called the "Julia Child of Mexico," is a woman of strong preferences.

She loves good butter and cream, Seville orange marmalade, black truffle shavings and escamoles (a caviar that comes from ant eggs). She hates the use of cassia (false cinnamon) in place of the real thing, canola oil, low- or non-fat dairy products, and nonstick pans.

Members of the Iraqi forces watch Donald Trump giving a speech after his election win. They are part of the ongoing military operation to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from ISIS, which Trump has vowed to destroy.

The Challenges Trump Will Face In Confronting Radical Islam

To Donald Trump, one of President Obama's major failings was his refusal to identify "radical Islam" specifically as America's top adversary.

"Anyone who cannot name our enemy is not fit to lead this country," Trump told a crowd in Ohio in August. "Anyone who cannot condemn the hatred, oppression and violence of radical Islam lacks the moral clarity to serve as our president."

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks to members of the media Sept. 9 at the Capitol. Reid is retiring after this Congress; he'll be succeeded as minority leader by Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. (right).

As He Leaves The Senate, Harry Reid Says He's 'Hopeful' On Trump

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid will give his farewell address Thursday on the Senate floor. The Nevada Democrat has served in Congress for 30 years, and as his party's leader in the Senate for 12.

Reid tells Morning Edition's Rachel Martin that he — and many other Americans — are still anxious about the incoming Trump administration, but he sees reasons for optimism as well.

"I've learned to accept the Trump election," he says.

Life Expectancy In U.S. Drops For First Time In Decades, Report Finds

One of the fundamental ways scientists measure the well-being of a nation is tracking the rate at which its citizens die and how long they can be expected to live.

So the news out of the federal government Thursday is disturbing: The overall U.S. death rate has increased for the first time in a decade, according to an analysis of the latest data. And that led to a drop in overall life expectancy for the first time since 1993, particularly among people younger than 65.

Diver Sammy Lee, the first American to win gold medals in platform diving in consecutive Olympic games, was also among the country's earliest "cultural ambassadors."

Diver's Ambassador Life Showed Bigotry Is Never Far From The Surface

The slew of obituaries that have been published since Olympic diver Sammy Lee's death on Friday rightly highlight his conquest over racism and indignity on the way to winning gold medals in London and Helsinki nearly 70 years ago. As Greg Louganis, Lee's most famous protege, reflected in the Los Angeles Times, "At a time of intolerance, being Korean, he broke down racial barriers, setting an example of what it meant to be an Olympian."

On Saturday, firefighters investigate the scene of the overnight fire at the Ghost Ship warehouse in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland.

Deadly Fire In Oakland May Spark Crackdown On Off-The-Grid Artists' Spaces

Smoke hung in the air for days in Oakland's largely Latino Fruitvale district after a deadly fire broke out late Friday night in an artists' warehouse, leaving 36 people dead.

Like so much of the city, it's a neighborhood facing ripples of gentrification created by the tech boom in the Bay Area, which now has some of the highest rents in the country.

Sen. Robert Dole, seated next to then-vice presidential nominee Mike Pence, receives a standing ovation at the Republican National Convention in July.

Behind Trump's Taiwan Phone Chat, A Veteran Washington Insider

President-elect Donald Trump's phone call with the president of Taiwan last week, initially characterized by Trump transition staffers and Taipei officials as just a small courtesy, has emerged as part of a lobbying strategy by a quintessential Washington insider.

Former Sen. Bob Dole, a war hero, lion of the Senate and 1996 Republican nominee for president, was an early supporter of Donald Trump, even when other Republican leaders were still wary.

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