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LA Times National News
Sep 24, 2018

Trump returns to United Nations with praise for North Korea's dictator and warnings for Iran
A year after he derided North Korea's dictator as "Rocket Man," President Trump expressed lavish praise for Kim Jong Un on Monday as the president prepared to use his second United Nations address to denounce what an aide called Iran's "global torrent of destructive activity."

In New York for the...



LA Times National News
Sep 24, 2018

Rod Rosenstein, Justice Department official overseeing the Russia investigation, will stay — for now
Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein stepped into his government SUV on Monday morning for the short ride from the Justice Department to the White House, where he was convinced he was about to be fired.

Just three days earlier, the New York Times reported that Rosenstein, who supervises the high-stakes...



LA Times National News
Sep 24, 2018

Bill Cosby should get up to 10 years in prison and be branded a sex offender for life, prosecutors say
Bill Cosby should be locked up for as long as a decade and be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life, prosecutors said Monday in the first day of a hearing that will determine how severely the disgraced and aging actor and comedian should be punished.

Cosby, 81, was...



LA Times National News
Sep 24, 2018

DA: Bill Cosby should get up to 10 years in prison and be branded a sex offender for life
Bill Cosby should be locked up for as long as a decade and be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life, prosecutors said Monday in the first day of a hearing that will determine how severely the disgraced and aging actor and comedian should be punished.

Cosby, 81, was...



LA Times National News
Sep 24, 2018

Bill Cosby should be considered a 'sexually violent predator,' prosecutors tell court
Bill Cosby, the first high-profile American celebrity to be convicted of sexual assault in the #MeToo era, entered a Pennsylvania courthouse Monday to find out whether he will spend his final years behind bars.

The disgraced 81-year-old actor and comedian was convicted in April of three counts...



LA Times National News
Sep 24, 2018

Trump returns to United Nations with praise for North Korea's dictator
A year after he derided North Korea's dictator as "Rocket Man," President Trump returned to the United Nations on Monday with praise for Kim Jong Un, noting, "It's a very different world."

Trump met Kim in Singapore in June, the first summit ever between a U.S. president and a North Korean leader,...



LA Times National News
Sep 24, 2018

Rod Rosenstein, Justice Department official overseeing Russia investigation, will stay — at least for now
Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein, the senior Justice Department official supervising the Russia investigation, will meet Thursday with President Trump, an announcement that stanched, at least for now, a flurry of reports that Rosenstein would be leaving his post.

Rosenstein headed to the White...



LA Times National News
Sep 24, 2018

Rod Rosenstein, Justice Department official overseeing Russia investigation, expected to leave post
Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein, the senior Justice Department official supervising the investigation into Russian election meddling and its possible ties to President Trump's inner circle, expects to be fired on Monday, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

There were conflicting...



LA Times National News
Sep 24, 2018

Trump, backing Kavanaugh, calls allegations of sexual misconduct 'political'
President Trump on Monday continued to stand behind his embattled Supreme Court nominee, Brett M. Kavanaugh, calling him "an outstanding person" and dismissing a second woman's accusation of sexual misconduct as being part of an "unfair, unjust" political attack.

Trump, leaving the United Nations...



LA Times National News
Sep 24, 2018

Bill Cosby's final act: Prison?
Bill Cosby, the first high-profile American celebrity to be convicted of sexual assault in the #MeToo era, entered a Pennsylvania courthouse Monday to find out whether he will spend his final years behind bars.

The disgraced 81-year-old actor and comedian was convicted in April of three counts...



LA Times National News
Sep 24, 2018

Sentencing to determine whether Bill Cosby will face probation or spend his final years behind bars
Bill Cosby, the first high-profile American celebrity to be convicted of sexual assault in the #MeToo era, entered a Pennsylvania courthouse Monday to find out whether he will spend his final years behind bars.

The disgraced 81-year-old actor and comedian was convicted in April of three counts...



LA Times National News
Sep 24, 2018

A fun spot in post-hurricane Puerto Rico helps the healing: 'A little beer. Some dancing. You get distracted'
A middle-aged man sways across the outdoor dance floor, nodding and smiling at friends as he moves to the rhythm of the bachata coming from a band called Grupo Melaza Mania.

In his left hand, the man holds a can of Medalla Premium Light beer. He extends his right hand to a woman in tall black heels,...



LA Times National News
Sep 24, 2018

Trump returns to the U.N. General Assembly, the kind of multilateral group he disdains. But he loves the stage
President Trump made quite a splash at the annual United Nations gathering of world leaders last year.

From the podium of the cavernous General Assembly, he blasted North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as "Rocket Man," threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea, and warned of global peril from "loser...



LA Times National News
Sep 24, 2018

New sexual abuse allegations roil Kavanaugh nomination
Brett M. Kavanaugh's embattled nomination for the Supreme Court faced further disarray Sunday night after an explosive new account emerged of alleged sexual misconduct when he was in college, putting the White House on the defensive and the judge's confirmation in fresh doubt.

Scrambling to respond,...



LA Times National News
Sep 23, 2018

New allegations of sexual abuse put the Kavanaugh nomination into chaos
Brett M. Kavanaugh's embattled nomination for the Supreme Court faced further disarray Sunday night after an explosive new account emerged of alleged sexual misconduct when he was in college, putting the White House on the defensive and the judge's confirmation in fresh doubt.

Caught off guard,...



LA Times National News
Sep 23, 2018

Republicans' troubles with women get worse after Trump defends Kavanaugh on sexual assault accusation
The video Katie Hill posted Friday on social media opens with a striking declaration for a congressional candidate: "I have experienced sexual assault multiple times, different ways."

The 31-year-old Democrat, who is trying to unseat Republican Steve Knight of Palmdale, tells viewers she knows...



LA Times National News
Sep 23, 2018

GOP troubles with women get worse after Trump defends Kavanaugh on sexual assault accusation
The video Katie Hill posted Friday on social media opens with a striking declaration for a congressional candidate: "I have experienced sexual assault multiple times, different ways."

The 31-year-old Democrat, who is trying to unseat Republican Steve Knight of Palmdale, tells viewers she knows...



LA Times National News
Sep 23, 2018

Kavanaugh accuser commits to Senate hearing Thursday as battle lines harden for a high-stakes confrontation
With a high-stakes Senate hearing set for Thursday morning, battle lines hardened Sunday between defenders of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and those of Christine Blasey Ford, the California professor who says the federal judge sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers.

After a lengthy...



LA Times National News
Sep 23, 2018

White House, Kavanaugh deny magazine's account of sexual misconduct by a second accuser
The White House and Brett Kavanaugh issued swift denials Sunday night after an explosive new account emerged of alleged sexual misconduct by the Supreme Court nominee when he was in college, adding greater disarray to what once appeared an easy confirmation process.

The new allegations, reported...



LA Times National News
Sep 23, 2018

Burials begin in Tanzania as deaths from capsized ferry rise to 224
Relatives wept in grief Sunday at the mass burial in Tanzania of many of the 224 people who drowned when a ferry in capsized on Lake Victoria.

Colorfully painted coffins were lined up for burial on Ukara Island. Grieving family members places wreaths of flowers on the coffins.

The overloaded boat...



LA Times National News
Sep 23, 2018

A year after his stormy debut at the U.N., Trump will claim foreign policy successes from his brash diplomacy
President Trump had a stormy debut at the annual United Nations gathering of world leaders last September.

From the podium of the packed General Assembly, he blasted North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as "Rocket Man," threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea, and warned of global peril from "loser...



LA Times National News
Sep 23, 2018

Climate change swells ranks of refugees as Trump administration retreats to the sidelines
From African farms shriveled into desert to monster storms revved up by warmer air over the oceans, climate change is stoking environmental disasters around the globe and uprooting millions of people a year — adding to a refugee crisis said to be the worst since World War II.

The increasingly extreme...



LA Times National News
Sep 22, 2018

Number of immigrants in U.S. illegally could be double the widely accepted estimates, study suggests
The number of people living in the U.S. illegally could be more than double the widely accepted estimate of 11 million, according to a new study by researchers at Yale and MIT.

Unlike previous studies that have concentrated on census statistics, the study used fresh federal data on border arrests,...



LA Times National News
Sep 22, 2018

Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford reaches tentative deal to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday
Christine Blasey Ford, the California woman who alleges Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school, is willing to "provide her firsthand knowledge" to the Senate Judiciary Committee next week, her attorneys said Saturday, and the committee has tentatively agreed...



LA Times National News
Sep 22, 2018

Maryland warehouse shooting victim was a newlywed
On the day he died, Sunday Aguda had a new job and new wife. They had been planning to celebrate his birthday, just three days away.

But he never reached 45 years old.

Thursday morning, Aguda went for his break outside a Rite Aid warehouse in Harford County, Md. He found himself in the path of...



LA Times National News
Sep 22, 2018

Six siblings of Arizona GOP congressman endorse his opponent
Six siblings of U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar have urged voters to cast their ballots against the Arizona Republican in November in an unusual political ad sponsored by the rival candidate.

The television ad from Democrat David Brill combines video interviews with Gosar family siblings who ask voters to...



LA Times National News
Sep 22, 2018

Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford offers to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week, her attorneys say, but details aren't clear
Christine Blasey Ford, the California woman who alleges Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school, will "provide her first-hand knowledge" before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week, her attorneys said Saturday.

Ford, a research psychologist at Palo Alto University,...



LA Times National News
Sep 22, 2018

Trump asked why Kavanaugh's accuser didn't report him at the time. History provides some answers
Christine Blasey Ford, the Palo Alto University professor accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempted rape when they were high schoolers, says she never called police and did not speak about the incident to anyone for decades after the alleged attack in the early 1980s.

Trying to...



LA Times National News
Sep 22, 2018

Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week, her attorneys say
Christine Blasey Ford, who alleges Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school, will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, her attorneys said in a letter Saturday.

Ford, a research psychologist at Palo Alto University, is still hoping the Senate Judiciary...



LA Times National News
Sep 22, 2018

Republicans set afternoon deadline for Kavanaugh accuser to decide to testify
Senate Republicans say Christine Blasey Ford, who alleges Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school, must decide this afternoon whether she will agree to their terms for testifying next week.

Ford, a research psychologist at Palo Alto University, has signaled she...



LA Times National News
Sep 22, 2018

Trump asked why Kavanaugh's accuser didn't report him. History provides some answers
Christine Blasey Ford, the Stanford University professor accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempted rape when they were high schoolers, says she never called police and did not speak about the incident to anyone for decades after the alleged attack in 1982.

Trying to discredit...



LA Times National News
Sep 21, 2018

Indiana to ask Supreme Court to hear abortion case
The state of Indiana is planning to ask the Supreme Court to settle an abortion dispute involving a state law that could reopen the debate over Roe vs. Wade in the upcoming term.

The state said recently in court filings that it will ask the justices to consider whether a woman can be prohibited...



LA Times National News
Sep 21, 2018

Trump backs down on order to declassify Russia documents
President Trump on Friday backed down from his order to declassify certain documents from the Russia investigation, including text messages exchanged among law enforcement leaders.

The decision will likely disappoint conservative House Republicans and media figures who had encouraged the president...



LA Times National News
Sep 21, 2018

Trump raises doubts about Kavanaugh's accuser, suggests assault allegations made up by 'radical left'
In a Friday morning tweet storm after days of restraint, President Trump defended his embattled Supreme Court nominee, Brett M. Kavanaugh, and sought to cast doubt on the woman accusing the conservative jurist of attempting to rape her when they were in high school.

Portraying the allegations by...



LA Times National News
Sep 21, 2018

5 people, 3 of them infants, stabbed at NYC day care center
Police in New York say at least five people, including three infants, were stabbed at an overnight day care center in Queens.

NBC New York reports that authorities say the stabbings happened just before 4 a.m. Friday. One of the infants, a girl, is in serious condition, but none of the injuries...



LA Times National News
Sep 21, 2018

A high-stakes game of chicken over the Supreme Court
As the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh hung in the balance, senators from both parties engaged in an extensive game of chicken this week on the issue of whether and when the public might hear from Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused him of a sexual assault years ago.

Neither...



LA Times National News
Sep 21, 2018

Forget Trump and demonize Democrats as wild-eyed radicals — that's the Republican midterm strategy
To hear Katie Porter tell it, she's just your average Orange County mom, clipping coupons, shopping specials at the supermarket and puttering about with three kids in a Toyota minivan that's pushing 120,000 miles.

But turn on the TV and you're likely to see a more ominous portrait, etched in shades...



LA Times National News
Sep 21, 2018

GOP midterm strategy: Forget Trump and paint the Democrat as 'too far left'
To hear Katie Porter tell it, she's just your average Orange County mom, clipping coupons, shopping specials at the supermarket and puttering about with three kids in a Toyota minivan that's pushing 120,000 miles.

But turn on the TV and you're likely to see a more ominous portrait, etched in shades...



LA Times National News
Sep 21, 2018

The Alaskan Arctic in autumn: Last gasps of color and light before the dark of winter
It's fall in the northwest corner of Alaska's Arctic, and the land is exploding in a riot of activity, color, cold air and sunshine - the natural world's last shout before the arrival of dark and ice.

LA Times National News
Sep 20, 2018

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, facing a tough reelection fight, ridicules sex assault accusation against Kavanaugh
Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, in a tight race to retain his Orange County seat, ridiculed the decades-old allegation of sexual assault that has thrown the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh into turmoil, according to a recording acquired by Talking Points Memo.

"This guy who's going...



LA Times National News
Sep 20, 2018

Kavanaugh accuser's offer to testify about alleged sexual assault puts key Republicans in a bind
After days of silence about whether she would appear, California professor Christine Blasey Ford told the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday that she is willing to testify next week about her allegations of a decades-old sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The offer, made...



LA Times National News
Sep 20, 2018

State Department announces sanctions on 33, including Russians charged with meddling in 2016 U.S. election
The Trump administration on Thursday imposed sanctions on 33 foreign individuals and businesses, including 12 Russian intelligence officers previously indicted by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III on charges of interfering with the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.

The sanctions, announced by...



LA Times National News
Sep 20, 2018

California professor accusing Kavanaugh of assault offers to testify before Senate next week, but not Monday
Negotiations for a high-stakes public hearing about the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh gained steam Thursday when his accuser, California professor Christine Blasey Ford, sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee offering to testify next week.

...

LA Times National News
Sep 20, 2018

A year after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico still struggles to regain what hasn't been lost for good — while fearing the next big one
Puerto Rico and its residents have struggled to recover during the past year after Hurricane Maria ripped through the island, leaving a mess responsible for nearly 3,000 deaths. The island marks the storm's anniversary Sept. 20.

LA Times National News
Sep 20, 2018

Federal agency says it lost track of 1,488 migrant children
Twice in less than a year, the federal government has lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children after placing them in the homes of sponsors across the country, federal officials have acknowledged.

The Health and Human Services Department recently told Senate staffers that case managers could...



LA Times National News
Sep 19, 2018

Trump visits the Carolinas to view hurricane damage and gets a warm welcome
When Mabrey Smith heard on Wednesday that President Trump might pass by the used-car dealership he runs with his girlfriend here, he dug through his belongings and emerged with two lawn signs from the 2016 campaign — "Trump-Pence."

Then Smith placed them along the road and waited for Trump's motorcade...



LA Times National News
Sep 19, 2018

GOP pushes Kavanaugh accuser to testify about sexual assault allegation, but risks a #MeToo backlash
Republicans hardened their position and closed ranks Wednesday in the handling of sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh, ramping up their rhetoric and unifying around the idea that his accuser should testify — publicly or privately —by Monday.It's a big political...

LA Times National News
Sep 19, 2018

Feinstein under fire for handling of sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh
Sen. Dianne Feinstein was one of four female senators who rode into Washington in 1992 amid a political backlash over the all-male panel that quizzed Anita Hill on her sexual harassment allegations against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas a year earlier.

Now as the top Democrat handling the...



LA Times National News
Sep 19, 2018

The GOP wants to know why Feinstein didn't come forward sooner with Kavanaugh allegation
Sen. Dianne Feinstein was one of four female senators who rode into Washington in 1992 amid a political backlash over the all-male panel that quizzed Anita Hill on her sexual harassment allegations against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas a year earlier.

Now as the top Democrat handling the...



LA Times National News
Sep 19, 2018

Trump administration faces criticism for seeking sharp cut in refugees settled in the U.S.
Facing backlash over the decision to drastically limit the number of refugees who will be permitted to settle in the United States, State Department officials are attempting to defend the move and soften its impact.

But ultimately, the proposed new quota — a third of last year's number and an all-time...



LA Times National News
Sep 19, 2018

Trump says it's 'very hard for me to imagine' the alleged sexual assault by Kavanaugh
President Trump said Wednesday that it's "very hard for me to imagine anything happened" between Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh and California professor Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused him of sexually assaulting her when they both were in high school.

Trump also said the accusation...



LA Times National News
Sep 19, 2018

Why Trump isn't talking as much about big, bad trade deficits (Hint: Because they're rising)
President Trump built his trade policy on an obsession with cutting fat U.S. deficits with China, Mexico, Europe and others.

But for weeks, Trump has barely mentioned that once-singular economic focus. No tweets about trade deficits since July. And the subject was conspicuously missing from his...



LA Times National News
Sep 19, 2018

Trump doesn't talk as much about trade deficits anymore. Maybe because they're getting worse
President Trump built his trade policy on an obsession with cutting fat U.S. deficits with China, Mexico, Europe and others.

But for weeks, Trump has barely mentioned that once-singular economic focus. No tweets about trade deficits since July. And the subject was conspicuously missing from his...



LA Times National News
Sep 19, 2018

GOP rejects calls to delay hearing until FBI reviews sexual assault allegation against Kavanaugh
Christine Blasey Ford, the California professor who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they both were in high school, signaled late Tuesday that she would not testify about the allegation until after the FBI investigated the matter.

A letter to the...



LA Times National News
Sep 19, 2018

Christine Blasey Ford's colleagues describe her as honest and rigorous
Christine Blasey Ford, the Northern California psychology professor who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were both teenagers, is described by colleagues as a rigorous statistician who doesn't fudge the data or stray from the facts.

One psychiatrist who...



LA Times National News
Sep 18, 2018

Analysis: Most of Florence's victims have died in vehicles, on the road during the storm
Hurricanes can bring all sorts of trouble — winds, rains, floods. And early fatality data from Florence's assault on the Carolinas suggest that being in your car, on the road, after the storm hits land has been especially deadly.

An analysis by the Los Angeles Times of 35 deaths officials have...



LA Times National News
Sep 18, 2018

Environmentalists worry that Florence will leave behind a toxic mess in North Carolina
Rick Dove is an environmental paparazzi operating at more than 1,000 feet above the ground.

A senior advisor with the Waterkeeper Alliance, he circles the floodwaters from Hurricane Florence in the back seat of a tiny propeller plane, gripping his camera while searching for toxic problems below.

...

LA Times National News
Sep 18, 2018

California professor wants FBI inquiry before testifying about sexual assault allegation against Kavanaugh
Christine Blasey Ford, the California professor who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they both were in high school, signaled late Tuesday that she would not testify about the allegation until after the FBI investigated the matter.

A letter to the...



LA Times National News
Sep 18, 2018

California professor wants FBI probe before testifying about sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh
Christine Blasey Ford, the California professor who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when both were in high school, signaled late Tuesday that she would not testify about the allegations until after the FBI investigated the matter.

The comment, made...



LA Times National News
Sep 18, 2018

Rising waters still frustrate rescue efforts and residents, FEMA chief says after tour of North Carolina
Rivers continued to rise out of their banks across the Carolinas on Tuesday, frustrating rescue efforts and residents hoping to return home.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, acknowledged the difficulties after a tour of flooded...



LA Times National News
Sep 18, 2018

Democrats and Republicans clash over timing and witness list for Kavanaugh hearing
Republicans and Democrats on Tuesday bitterly debated how to move forward on a high-stakes hearing Monday with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the California professor, Christine Blasey Ford, accusing him of a decades-old sexual assault.Preparing for what could be one of the most dramatic...

LA Times National News
Sep 18, 2018

Democrats and Republicans clash over timing, witness list for Kavanaugh hearing
Republicans and Democrats on Tuesday bitterly debated how to move forward on a high-stakes hearing Monday with Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh and the California professor, Christine Blasey Ford, accusing him of a decades-old sexual assault.

Girding for what could be one of the most dramatic...



LA Times National News
Sep 18, 2018

Rising waters continue to frustrate rescue efforts and residents, FEMA chief says after tour of North Carolina
Rivers continued to rise out of their banks across the Carolinas on Tuesday, frustrating rescue efforts and residents hoping to return home.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, acknowledged the difficulties following a tour of...



LA Times National News
Sep 18, 2018

Democrats complain GOP won't publicly question Kavanaugh's friend, a possible witness in sexual assault allegation
Republicans on Capitol Hill plan to hear testimony Monday from Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, but will call no one else, drawing rebuke from Democrats who say more witnesses and experts are needed.

"Compare that to the 22 witnesses at the 1991 Anita...



LA Times National News
Sep 18, 2018

Democrats complain GOP won't publicly question Kavanaugh friend, a possible witness in sexual assault allegation
Republicans on Capitol Hill plan to hear testimony Monday from Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, but will call no other witnesses, drawing rebuke from Democrats who say more witnesses and experts are needed.

"Compare that to the 22 witnesses at the...



LA Times National News
Sep 18, 2018

FEMA chief visits North Carolina inland areas flooded by Florence
Rivers were rising out of their banks across the Carolinas on Tuesday as North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper toured flooded areas with Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

With FEMA registrations set to begin Tuesday for victims of Hurricane Florence, the pair were expected...



LA Times National News
Sep 18, 2018

Republican holds slight edge in House race to replace Ed Royce, poll finds
Republican Young Kim holds a slight edge over Democrat Gil Cisneros in the fiercely contested race to succeed GOP Rep. Ed Royce of Fullerton, according to a poll released Tuesday.

But Kim's lead among potential voters, 46% to 42%, falls within the margin of error in the nonpartisan Monmouth University...



LA Times National News
Sep 17, 2018

Trump's plan to create 'space force' would cost $13 billion over five years, Air Force says in first official estimate
President Trump's proposal to create a "space force" would cost nearly $13 billion over five years and require a sweeping reorganization of parts of the Pentagon and intelligence community — including shifting the Air Force's Space and Missile Systems Center in El Segundo into the new military...



LA Times National News
Sep 17, 2018

Trump orders Justice Department to declassify some records related to adversaries in Russia investigation
Moving to undermine the Russia investigation that has overshadowed the White House, President Trump on Monday ordered the declassification of a raft of sensitive FBI and other records involving several high-profile adversaries, including former FBI Director James B. Comey and his former deputy,...



LA Times National News
Sep 17, 2018

A generation after Clarence Thomas, the Senate heads for another battle over judging allegations of sexual misconduct
Twenty-seven years after nationally televised hearings into Anita Hill's accusations against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas generated a national debate over sexual misconduct, the Senate plunged back into the issue Monday, but in a vastly different country with sharply different values.

...

LA Times National News
Sep 17, 2018

Trump imposes tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods, escalating trade war to include many household goods
The Trump administration on Monday announced new tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports, a sharp escalation of its trade fight with Beijing that will also exact costs on a wide range of American businesses and consumers.

The new tariffs, to take effect next Monday, would initially be set at...



LA Times National News
Sep 17, 2018

Trump imposes tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods, escalating trade war to include many household items
The Trump administration on Monday announced new tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports, a sharp escalation of its trade fight with Beijing that will also exact costs on a wide range of American businesses and consumers.

The new tariffs, to take effect next Monday, would initially be set at...



LA Times National News
Sep 17, 2018

Trump imposes $200 billion in Chinese tariffs, sharply escalating a trade war that will now include many household goods
The Trump administration on Monday announced new tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports, a sharp escalation of its trade fight with China that will also exact costs on a wide range of American businesses and consumers.

The new tariffs, to take effect next Monday, would initially be set at 10%...



LA Times National News
Sep 17, 2018

Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh and accuser to testify next week about sexual assault allegations
Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh and the California professor accusing him of a decades-old sexual assault will testify publicly Monday about the allegations, throwing his carefully planned Senate confirmation — once seen as a sure bet — into limbo.

GOP leaders late in the day abandoned...



LA Times National News
Sep 17, 2018

Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh and accuser will testify next week about assault allegations
Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh's carefully planned confirmation — once seen as a sure bet — slipped into limbo Monday over allegations from a California professor that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when both were in high school in the early 1980s.

After initially vowing to proceed...



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Sep 17, 2018

Trump orders Justice Department to declassify some records related to adversaries in Russia probe
Moving to undermine the Russia investigation that has threatened his White House tenure, President Trump moved Monday to declassify sensitive Justice Department records and personal text messages that White House allies hope will show the special counsel probe was launched from an improper foundation.

...

LA Times National News
Sep 17, 2018

Kavanaugh confirmation in question as he and accuser say they will testify about assault allegations
Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh's carefully-planned confirmation — once seen as a sure bet — slipped into limbo Monday after he and the woman accusing him of a decades-old sexual assault offered to testify about the allegations.

The Senate now appears increasingly unlikely to move ahead...



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Sep 17, 2018

U.S. slashes number of refugees to 30,000 for next year
The Trump administration is cutting the number of refugees allowed into the United States next year to 30,000.

The announcement comes despite calls from global humanitarian groups that this year's cap of 45,000 was too low.

The 30,000 ceiling announced Monday by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is...



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Sep 17, 2018

Trump administration expected to announce new China tariffs, sharply escalating trade fight
Amid reports that the United States is preparing tariffs on an additional $200 billion of Chinese imports, President Trump said Monday that his administration planned to make a formal announcement after financial markets stopped trading for the day.

"It will be a lot of money coming into the coffers...



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Sep 17, 2018

Battered by Florence, North Carolina braces for more bad news as rivers rise rapidly
Storm-battered North Carolina remained in crisis Monday as rivers kept rising and some cities were besieged by floodwaters, even with a weakened Florence moving out of the region.

The storm was believed to be responsible for at least 17 deaths in the region, officials said.

The coastal city of...



LA Times National News
Sep 17, 2018

Kavanaugh and his accuser say they're willing to testify on assault allegations
Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of sexual assault have offered to testify before the Senate, increasing the likelihood that a preliminary vote this week on President Donald Trump's nominee will be delayed.

Christine Blasey Ford "is willing to to do whatever it...



LA Times National News
Sep 17, 2018

Kavanaugh's accuser is willing to testify, attorney says
The woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh of a decades-old sexual assault is willing to testify publicly, her attorney said Monday morning.

"She is willing to to do whatever it takes to get her story forth," attorney Debra Katz said of her client, Christine Blasey Ford, on the...



LA Times National News
Sep 17, 2018

When a Category None hurricane is worse than a Category 5
As Hurricane Florence surged toward land last week, meteorologists and emergency agencies took notice. The storm was a Category 4 hurricane, the second-strongest type, and it was drawing a bead on the Carolina coast.

By the time it made landfall on Friday, however, Florence had been downgraded...



LA Times National News
Sep 16, 2018

Escaping a major storm like Florence is tough. It's even tougher when you're broke
As the mandatory evacuation deadline for her neighborhood in Fayetteville neared Sunday, Patricia McGirt scanned her small apartment near the rising Cape Fear River one last time.

McGirt had already put clothes in plastic white trash bags. She lifted her most prized possession, her father's framed...



LA Times National News
Sep 16, 2018

Escaping a major storm like Florence is tough. It's even tougher when you're broke.
As the mandatory evacuation deadline for her neighborhood in Fayetteville neared Sunday, Patricia McGirt scanned her small apartment near the rising Cape Fear River one last time.

McGirt had already put clothes in plastic white trash bags. She lifted her most prized possession, her father's framed...



LA Times National News
Sep 16, 2018

South Carolina officials clash over flood barrier
With the handful of rivers encircling this beach gateway about to flood, South Carolina officials made a controversial decision.

They ordered state transportation workers and National Guard troops to erect a protective barrier along U.S. 501, the main route into Myrtle Beach and other tourist towns.

...

LA Times National News
Sep 16, 2018

Kavanaugh nomination faces delay after sex assault accuser comes forward
Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court faced potentially damaging delay Sunday after a woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her when they were in high school publicly identified herself.

Her decision to step forward — confronting Kavanaugh with a named accuser — sharply...



LA Times National News
Sep 16, 2018

Kavanaugh nomination faces potential delay after sex assault accuser comes forward
Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court faced potentially damaging delay Sunday after a woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her when they were in high school publicly identified herself.

Her decision to step forward — confronting Kavanaugh with a named accuser — sharply...



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Sep 16, 2018

Democrats demand Kavanaugh nomination be put on hold after sex assault accuser comes forward
Leading Democrats called Sunday for the Senate to put a hold on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court after a woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her when they were in high school publicly identified herself.

Her decision to step forward — confronting Kavanaugh with...



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Sep 16, 2018

As Florence hammers the Carolinas, FEMA director seems to echo Trump's skepticism of Puerto Rico death toll
President Trump, who spent some of the last week forcefully questioning the officially accepted death toll of nearly 3,000 last year in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria, said Sunday that no effort would be spared in helping those affected by storm Florence in the Carolinas.

"FEMA, First...



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Sep 16, 2018

Florence weakens as it moves inland, but all that water has to go somewhere — and that's the problem
Florence weakened into a tropical depression Sunday morning as it slogged inland over the mid-Atlantic states, but the slow-moving storm, which has killed at least 15 people, remains a major threat to the region's millions of waterlogged residents.

The biggest problem now for residents in Virginia...



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Sep 16, 2018

'This kid had an impact on people': The troubled life and fleeting potential of Laquan McDonald
The summer before he was killed, Laquan McDonald walked through Chicago's Loop to get a copy of his birth certificate with a mentor who was helping him find a job.

It marked, the mentor recalled, the teen's first time exploring on foot the bustling downtown, less than 10 miles from the impoverished...



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Sep 15, 2018

18-year-old killed in Massachusetts gas explosion had bright future ahead, friends and family say






As his friends and relatives tell it, Leonel Rondon was excited to start the next chapter of his life. The 18-year-old had just passed his driving test and was ready to celebrate.

With his friends by his side, Rondon sat in the driver's seat of a car that was parked in the driveway of a friend's...



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Sep 15, 2018

Teen killed in Massachusetts gas explosion had bright future ahead, friends and family say








As his friends and relatives tell it, Leonel Rondon was excited to start the next chapter of his life. The 18-year-old had just passed his driving test and was ready to celebrate.



With his friends by his side, Rondon sat in the driver's seat of a car that was parked in the driveway of a friend's...



LA Times National News
Sep 15, 2018

For President Trump, a strong response to Hurricane Florence may be key to political future
Even before Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina, President Trump was kicking up a storm of controversy.

Outraged over criticism of his handling of Hurricane Maria last year in Puerto Rico, he falsely blamed Democrats for inflating the death toll to 3,000. Discounting an academic...



LA Times National News
Sep 15, 2018

Florence's death toll rises to 11 as storm shifts inland, bringing ‘epic' rainfall and record floods
With a plodding pace belying still-unspent fury, an increasingly deadly Tropical Storm Florence pushed deeper into the Carolinas on Saturday, inundating homes, toppling trees and pushing rivers far beyond their banks as rescuers in boats and helicopters rushed to keep pace.

With six new fatalities...



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Sep 15, 2018

Knocked sideways by Florence, New Bern rushes to get back on its feet
All through the night as Hurricane Florence began hammering this city near the North Carolina coast, Paul Canady's phone buzzed and beeped with messages from members of Christ Episcopal Church, where he serves as rector.

A collapsed tree leaned against a nearby house where a husband and wife live....



LA Times National News
Sep 15, 2018

'Epic' rainfall and record floods bring new danger as Florence shifts inland; death toll rises to 7
With a plodding pace belying still-unspent fury, an increasingly deadly Tropical Storm Florence pushed deeper into the Carolinas on Saturday, inundating homes, toppling trees and pushing rivers far beyond their banks as rescuers in boats and helicopters rushed to keep pace.

With two new fatalities...



LA Times National News
Sep 15, 2018

Now a tropical storm, Florence spreads watery mayhem across Carolina
With a plodding pace belying still-unspent fury, Tropical Storm Florence pushed deeper into the Carolinas on Saturday, inundating homes, toppling trees and pushing rivers far beyond their banks as rescuers rushed to keep pace.

More than 1 million people, mainly in North Carolina, were without power...



LA Times National News
Sep 14, 2018

After killing mother and her infant, slow-moving storm presses its 'violent grind'
Ocean water swamped streets and swept into buildings, while powerful winds sent a tree crashing into a home, killing a mother and her infant.

But for all its strength, Hurricane Florence was a slow-motion disaster. Deliberate and hulking as it moved Friday throughout the Carolinas, it was unhurried...



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