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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency would face major funding and job cuts under a Trump administration budget proposal. A draft of the Environmental Protection Agency budget proposal obtained by The Associated Press shows that in addition to some 3,000 job cuts, programs aimed at slowing climate change and improving water safety and air quality would be slashed.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The answer is 'no' from the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee to a request from nine Democratic members to have Attorney General Jeff Sessions testify and explain his contacts with the Russian ambassador. Meanwhile, Sessions plans on Monday to provide amended testimony regarding his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the U.S. during the presidential election. Sessions has recused himself from any investigation.

BEIJING (AP) — Defense spending in China this year appears to be following a general trend of lowered growth amid a slowing economy. A government spokeswoman says China will raise its defense budget by about 7 percent this year. Total defense spending would account for about 1.3 percent of projected gross domestic project in 2017. China's defense budget has for years been the world's second largest, although still lagging far behind the U.S.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Interpol says it's made a major bust connected to the illegal trade in wildlife and timber. The agency says a three-week operation in 43 countries has led to the seizure of $5.1 million worth of illicit products from wild cats to seahorses and the jailing of almost 90 people. Its results put a spotlight on the increase in wildlife trafficking and the billions of dollars it generates annually in illegal profits.

CORONADO, Calif. (AP) — A California school district will no longer take part in funeral processions for sailors and Navy SEALS killed overseas that have drawn thousands of students. The San Diego Union-Tribune says the Coronado Unified School District and the Navy agreed on the move out of concern for children with parents serving overseas. Officials say some young participants have been traumatized by thoughts of their parents dying.

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