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LA Times National News
May 24, 2018

'Dear Kim Jong Un, sorry, it's just not working out.' Trump's breakup letter leaves experts puzzled
Dear Kim Jong Un: It's just not working out between us. Sorry. Hope we don't have to nuke you. Please call.

On Thursday morning, President Trump canceled his upcoming peace summit in Singapore with North Korea's leader with an open letter that veered between sentimentality and threats of nuclear...



LA Times National News
May 24, 2018

'Disappointed' and 'deeply concerned': World leaders confused after Trump cancels North Korea summit
President Trump's cancellation of a June 12 meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un has left many international leaders confused as they attempt to understand what comes next in discussions about nuclear disarmament.

In South Korea, President Moon Jae-in said Trump's "very regrettable" announcement...



LA Times National News
May 24, 2018

In canceling the North Korea summit, Trump found an exit from an increasingly risky meeting, analysts say
As recently as Wednesday afternoon, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted that "all across the administration" preparations were steaming along for a historic summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Less than 24 hours later, Trump abruptly canceled the meeting, citing...



LA Times National News
May 24, 2018

Five takeaways from Trump's decision to cancel talks with North Korea's Kim Jong Un
President Trump on Thursday canceled his June 12 meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but he signaled that the two could still meet.

"If and when Kim Jong Un chooses to engage in constructive dialogue and actions," Trump said, "I am waiting."

Here are five key takeaways from Thursday's...



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May 24, 2018

Moderate Republicans pushing for immigration vote give leaders until June 7 to reach a deal
Moderate Republicans are giving their colleagues until June 7 to find a legislative fix for the legal status of people brought to the country illegally as children, or they will try to use a special process to force a vote over the GOP leaders' objections, Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) said Thursday.

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May 24, 2018

Trump signs bipartisan bill rolling back some Dodd-Frank bank regulations
President Trump on Thursday signed bipartisan legislation rolling back some of the Dodd-Frank financial rules put in place after the 2008 financial crisis, touting another victory for his deregulatory agenda.

But the bill fell well short of his campaign call to dismantle the 2010 Dodd-Frank law,...



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May 24, 2018

Justice Department holds meetings on Russia probe as Republicans push for classified records
The Department of Justice will host two unusual meetings for congressional leaders Thursday as Republicans demand classified records involving the use of a confidential FBI informant during the early days of the Russia and investigation.

Law enforcement and intelligence leaders have resisted turning...



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May 24, 2018

Trump pulls out of planned nuclear summit with North Korea
In a dramatic diplomatic setback, President Trump abruptly pulled out of his scheduled nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jung Un on Thursday with a letter to Kim — seemingly sent via Twitter — blaming recent harsh statements from officials in Pyongyang.

The U.S. pullout comes two days...



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May 24, 2018

Trump pulls out of planned nuclear summit, says he will be 'waiting' if North Korea changes its approach
In a dramatic diplomatic setback, President Trump on Thursday abruptly pulled out of his scheduled nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with a letter to Kim blaming recent harsh statements from officials in Pyongyang.

About two hours later, speaking at the White House, Trump called...



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May 24, 2018

Crackdown on immigrants takes a toll on federal judge: 'I have presided over a process that destroys families'
Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions called for "zero tolerance" on immigration enforcement. A federal court in New Mexico offers a glimpse of what that would look like.

LA Times National News
May 23, 2018

Stacey Abrams made history. But is deeply conservative Georgia ready to elect a black woman governor?
Stacey Abrams made history Tuesday night, becoming the first black woman to win the gubernatorial nomination of a major political party.

Having easily defeated her Democratic competitor in the Georgia primary, the 44-year-old former state House minority leader will face the yet-to-be-determined...



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May 23, 2018

Border Patrol agent fatally shoots female migrant, official says
A Border Patrol agent shot and killed a female migrant while patrolling the border town of Rio Bravo, Texas, late Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

The agent was responding to reports of activity in the town about 15 miles south of Laredo when he encountered a group of migrants who he said beat...



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May 23, 2018

Strike by Vegas casino workers could be 'crippling' with summer and Stanley Cup Final ahead
A labor union representing thousands of culinary workers in Las Vegas has voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike next month if casinos don't agree to a proposed five-year contract.

The vote among the 25,000-member Culinary Union was 99% in favor of allowing a strike the day after the current...



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May 23, 2018

Trump, with supporters, again assails 'animals' at Long Island forum on immigrant gang violence
President Trump on Wednesday reaffirmed his condemnation of immigrant gang members as "animals" as he pressed his call for tougher border security at a Long Island forum with public officials and victims' parents.

He also threatened to cut foreign aid to the immigrants' countries of origin unless...



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May 23, 2018

IRS takes aim at California and other states trying to help residents avoid new tax-deduction limit
The Internal Revenue Service is preparing to block attempts by California and other states to help their residents avoid a new limit on the deductibility of state and local taxes included in the Republican tax overhaul.

The IRS and the Treasury Department said Wednesday they would issue proposed...



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May 23, 2018

Pentagon bars China from joining naval exercise in the Pacific
The Pentagon on Wednesday withdrew an invitation to China to participate in a major Pacific naval exercise, citing Beijing's "continued militarization" of the South China Sea, adding another irritant to relations between the two nations as they jostle over trade and North Korea.

The Trump administration...



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May 23, 2018

Jared Kushner is finally granted a White House security clearance after downgrade
Jared Kushner has received his full security clearance after more than a year of delay and controversy, removing a hurdle to his continued service as a key advisor to President Trump, his father-in-law.

Kushner lost his access to top-secret intelligence in February, an embarassing setback for a...



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May 23, 2018

How the Supreme Court is invoking a 1925 law to restrict workers' rights today
In 1925, at the behest of New York merchants, Congress passed the Federal Arbitration Act to uphold as "valid, irrevocable and enforceable" the contracts they had negotiated for shipping and delivering goods. They agreed to settle disputes through private arbitration, which was seen as quicker...



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May 23, 2018

Thousands of Las Vegas casino workers vote to authorize a strike
A labor union representing thousands of culinary workers in Las Vegas has voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike next month if casinos don't agree to a proposed five-year contract.

The vote among the 25,000-member Culinary Union was 99% in favor of allowing a strike the day after the current...



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May 23, 2018

Internal memo suggested that White House 'ignore' federal scientists' climate research
White House officials last year weighed whether to simply "ignore" climate studies produced by government scientists or to instead develop "a coherent, fact-based message about climate science," according to a memo obtained by the Washington Post.

The document, drafted Sept. 18 by Michael Catanzaro,...



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May 23, 2018

Why centrist Dianne Feinstein is moving so far left that she now opposes the death penalty
Dianne Feinstein built one of California's most successful political brands by standing up to her party's liberal wing.

In her first run for statewide office in 1990, she defiantly faced down raucous booing from California Democratic Party delegates angry over her support for the death penalty....



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May 23, 2018

Florida airport shooter says he wasn't 'really thinking about it' when he killed 5
Esteban Santiago gave his first public statement Wednesday about why he killed five people and injured six others in the January 2017 mass shooting at Fort Lauderdale's main airport.

"Umm, I don't know," Santiago said. "I wasn't really thinking about it at the moment. A lot of things were going...



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May 23, 2018

IRS takes aim at California, other states trying to help residents avoid new tax-deduction limit
The Internal Revenue Service is preparing to block attempts by California and other states to help their residents avoid a new limit on the deductibility of state and local taxes included in the Republican tax overhaul.

The IRS and the Treasury Department said Wednesday they would issue proposed...



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May 23, 2018

Democrats seek legislation to force more transparency from Trump administration
In an effort to prevent or expose conflicts of interest in the executive branch, House and Senate Democrats are pushing legislation that would force senior members of the Trump administration to reveal more about their business interests.

The legislation, which was introduced this week, would empower...



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May 23, 2018

Senate leaders reach bipartisan deal for handling sexual harassment claims on Capitol Hill
After months of delay, senators said Wednesday they have reached a deal on legislation to reform how sexual harassment claims against lawmakers and staff are handled on Capitol Hill.

The legislation requires members of Congress to personally repay taxpayers for settling harassment claims filed...



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May 23, 2018

Running for fifth term, Feinstein now says capital punishment is unfair and ineffective
Sen. Dianne Feinstein says she now opposes the death penalty, a surprising reversal from her long-standing support for capital punishment — a stance that helped catapault her to the U.S. Senate 25 years ago.

"Several years ago I changed my view of the death penalty. It became crystal clear to me...



LA Times National News
May 23, 2018

Six influential things Dianne Feinstein has done in the U.S. Senate
Over the past quarter of a century, Sen. Dianne Feinstein has cast thousands of votes in Congress on behalf of California.

Here's a brief look at some of her biggest or most controversial moves in Washington.

Assault weapons ban Feinstein is perhaps best known for her 25-year quest to enact stricter...



LA Times National News
May 23, 2018

California has moved to the left, and Feinstein is following in her bid for a fifth term
Dianne Feinstein built one of California's most successful political brands by standing up to her party's liberal wing.

In her first run for statewide office in 1990, she defiantly faced down raucous booing from California Democratic Party delegates angry over her support for the death penalty....



LA Times National News
May 23, 2018

Abandoning a long-held position, Dianne Feinstein says she now opposes the death penalty
Sen. Dianne Feinstein says she now opposes the death penalty, a surprising reversal from her long-standing support for capital punishment — a stance that helped catapault her to the U.S. Senate 25 years ago.

"Several years ago I changed my view of the death penalty. It became crystal clear to me...



LA Times National News
May 23, 2018

Why centrist Dianne Feinstein is moving so left that she now opposes the death penalty
Dianne Feinstein built one of California's most successful political brands by standing up to her party's liberal wing.

In her first run for statewide office in 1990, she defiantly faced down raucous booing from California Democratic Party delegates angry over her support for the death penalty....



LA Times National News
May 23, 2018

Why centrist Dianne Feinstein is moving so much to the left that she now opposes the death penalty
Dianne Feinstein built one of California's most successful political brands by standing up to her party's liberal wing.

In her first run for statewide office in 1990, she defiantly faced down raucous booing from California Democratic Party delegates angry over her support for the death penalty....



LA Times National News
May 23, 2018

Weeks from primary, Feinstein says capital punishment is unfair and ineffective
Sen. Dianne Feinstein says she now opposes the death penalty, a surprising reversal from her long-standing support for capital punishment — a stance that helped catapault her to the U.S. Senate 25 years ago.

"Several years ago I changed my view of the death penalty. It became crystal clear to me...



LA Times National News
May 22, 2018

Los Angeles man confessed to making deadly Kansas hoax call, detective testifies
A Los Angeles man confessed to placing a hoax phone call that led to a fatal police-involved shooting in Kansas late last year, a detective testified Tuesday.

Tyler Barriss, 25, was charged earlier this year with involuntary manslaughter for his role in an incident that stemmed from an online gaming...



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May 22, 2018

Bill easing bank regulations heads to Trump, but falls short of overhaul GOP wanted
Bipartisan legislation focused on easing regulations for small and mid-sized banks passed the House on Tuesday and headed to President Trump for his expected signature.

Although the bill provides some significant relief for larger financial institutions, it falls short of the sweeping overhaul...



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May 22, 2018

Trump casts doubt on U.S.-North Korea summit as he meets with South Korea's Moon to salvage it
President Trump threw plans for next month's historic summit with North Korea into greater uncertainty on Tuesday even as he met at the White House with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in to try to keep the diplomatic breakthrough on track.

"It may not work out for June 12," he told reporters...



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May 22, 2018

Law firm of Stormy Daniels' attorney hit with $10-million judgment
The law firm of Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti was hit with a $10-million judgment Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court after he broke his promise to pay $2 million to a former colleague.

Judge Catherine Bauer of U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Santa Ana ordered the Eagan Avenatti law firm to pay...



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May 22, 2018

Mick Mulvaney must leave as CFPB chief soon, unless Trump nominates somebody — anybody — else for the job
Time is running out on Mick Mulvaney's tenure as acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, but there's an easy way for the White House to extend his tenure: nominate somebody — anybody — else to permanently fill the job.

As it stands now, Mulvaney must step down from his job temporarily...



LA Times National News
May 22, 2018

America doesn't accurately document hate crimes. Help The Times fill in the gaps
Each fall, the FBI releases data on hate crimes across the U.S. Its most recent report showed more than 6,100 hate crimes in 2016, a 5% increase over the previous year.

The numbers included a nearly 20% increase in anti-Muslim crimes, a 15% increase in anti-Latino incidents and a 3% increase in...



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May 22, 2018

As lava pours into the ocean from Hawaii's Kilauea, a new risk surfaces: laze
Since the Hawaiian volcano Kilauea began erupting this month, residents on the Big Island have endured a lot — toxic gas, earthquakes and plumes of ash. Nearly 2,000 people have been evacuated, and lava flows have gobbled up dozens of homes in the lower Puna area of the island.

Then over the weekend,...



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May 21, 2018

Gun battle, negotiations lasted 15 minutes before Texas school shooter was apprehended, sheriff says
Minutes after a school shooter opened fire in an art class last week, killing 10 people and wounding 13, including a local police officer, fellow officers returned fire in a protracted gun battle before isolating the suspect, the local sheriff said Monday.

Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset...



LA Times National News
May 21, 2018

Gun battle, negotiations lasted 25 minutes before Texas school shooter was apprehended, sheriff says
Minutes after a school shooter opened fire in an art class last week, killing 10 people and wounding 13, including a local police officer, fellow officers returned fire in a protracted gun battle before isolating the suspect, the local sheriff said Monday.

Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset...



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May 21, 2018

Sheriff defends officers' response to Texas school shooting
Minutes after a school shooter opened fire in an art class last week, killing 10 people and wounding 13, including a local police officer, fellow officers returned fire in a protracted gun battle before isolating the suspect, the local sheriff said Monday.

Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset...



LA Times National News
May 21, 2018

Family that took in Florida shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz hit with lawsuits and criticism
Some see them as saviors who opened their home to a grieving young man after his mother died. Others say they were naive or negligent and failed to properly supervise a dangerous 19-year-old and his cache of guns.

James and Kimberly Snead let Nikolas Cruz move into their Parkland, Fla., home for...



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May 21, 2018

Trump meets with Justice Department leaders, and latest clash over Russia investigation eases — for now
It began, like so many other controversies these days, with a tweet. And it seemed to end Monday in typical fashion — with a stalemate and confusion over President Trump's intentions.

Fuming over reports that a confidential FBI informant met with three campaign aides, Trump tweeted Sunday that...



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May 21, 2018

Supreme Court upholds arbitration that bans workers from joining forces over lost wages
The Supreme Court on Monday delivered a major victory to corporations by sharply restricting the rights of American workers to join together to challenge their employers for allegedly violating federal laws on wages, overtime pay or civil rights.

The justices by a 5-4 vote agreed with Trump administration...



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May 21, 2018

In his first major policy speech, Pompeo calls for global anti-Iran coalition
The Trump administration, two weeks after it withrdrew from an international arms control deal that curbed Iran's nuclear ambitions, called Monday for a new global coalition to force the Islamic Republic to capitulate to a long list of political and military demands.

In his first major policy address,...



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May 21, 2018

Trump hits Venezuela over 'fraudulent' presidential election
President Trump took steps Monday to punish Venezuela for what the administration called fraudulent presidential elections Sunday in the once-oil-rich country now devastated by economic and social crises.

The action came amid a growing international rebuke of Venezuela's socialist leader Nicolas...



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May 21, 2018

Trump hits Venezuela over criticized presidential election
President Trump took steps Monday to punish Venezuela for what his administration called a fraudulent presidential election Sunday in the once-oil-rich country now devastated by economic and social crises.

The action came amid a growing international rebuke of Venezuelan socialist leader Nicolas...



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May 21, 2018

Trump hits Venezuela over unfair presidential election
President Trump took steps Monday to punish Venezuela for what his administration called a fraudulent presidential election Sunday in the once-oil-rich country now devastated by economic and social crises.

The action came amid a growing international rebuke of Venezuelan socialist leader Nicolas...



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May 21, 2018

Whether amateurs or the sport's best, MMA fighters flock to an Albuquerque gym known for producing champions
The instructions cut through the rustle of rolling bodies, the coach, slope shouldered, ears puffy with cauliflower topography, shouting his pleasure.

"I saw someone being creative, I love that!" Nick Gonzalez said.

Inside the gym the thin, dry air of Albuquerque's desert gave way to a thicker,...



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May 21, 2018

Reach out or resist? A Texas runoff tests Democrats' midterm strategy
Democrats say they're ready to take charge in Washington. They just can't agree how.

After nearly a decade of GOP rule, the party stands its best chance in years to seize control of the House, an opening that's intensified the long-standing fight between progressives, pragmatists and party professionals.

...

LA Times National News
May 20, 2018

Texas school shooting victims: Portraits of the fallen
Two teachers, a Girl Scout, a football player and a foreign exchange student were among the victims of Friday's mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas. Here are their stories.

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May 20, 2018

Trump says he will demand Justice Department investigate the Russia probe
President Trump said Sunday that he will demand an investigation into whether federal law enforcement "infiltrated or surveilled" his presidential campaign "for political purposes," escalating an already extraordinary clash between a president and his Justice Department over the Russia probe.

The...



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May 20, 2018

After Texas school shooting, mourners endure grief that one pastor says ‘none of us can comprehend'
Congregations in this deeply religious community near Houston gathered Sunday for their first services since a gunman blasted his way into a high school and killed 10 people, with one pastor lamenting the grief "that none of us can comprehend."

Just two days after the deaths of eight students and...



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May 20, 2018

Faster-moving Hawaii lava gushes into sea and spews new danger
A volcano that is oozing, spewing and exploding on Hawaii's Big Island has become more hazardous, sending rivers of molten rock pouring into the ocean Sunday and launching lava skyward that caused the first major injury.

Kilauea volcano began erupting more than two weeks ago and has burned dozens...



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May 20, 2018

Memories of a massacre in Vegas: The aftermath of the nation's deadliest shooting
Last week the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department released more than 1,200 pages of witness statements and interviews conducted by law enforcement with survivors of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

In the course of the investigation, police gathered individual stories —...



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May 20, 2018

Obama Presidential Center in Chicago gets initial approval, but many hurdles remain
Plans to open the Obama Presidential Center on Chicago's South Side have cleared a major hurdle, but a recent approval from city planners is just the beginning of a long process before construction gets underway.

This week, the Obama Foundation will go before the zoning board for more approvals....



LA Times National News
May 19, 2018

Santa Fe, unlike Parkland, says the issue behind the latest school shooting isn't guns
Students and teachers returning to Santa Fe High School on Saturday to claim belongings left behind during the evacuation had to be escorted by police: The school was still a crime scene, cordoned off with yellow police tape.

They were joined by Cassandra Garza, a sophomore. She didn't bring a...



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May 19, 2018

Texas school shooter killed girl who turned down his advances and embarrassed him in class, her mother says
As he heard the gunshots approaching down the hall Friday morning, Santa Fe High School student Abel San Miguel, 15, hid with a few classmates in the art class storage closet.

He wasn't sure if he was going to survive. Through the door, he could see the barrel of a shotgun. Then the shooter began...



LA Times National News
May 19, 2018

Texas school shooter killed girl who turned down his advances and embarrassed him in class, mother says
As he heard the gunshots approaching down the hall Friday morning, Santa Fe High School student Abel San Miguel, 15, hid with a handful of classmates in the art class storage closet.

He wasn't sure if he was going to survive. Through the door, he could see the barrel of a shotgun. Then the shooter...



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May 19, 2018

Texas school shooting suspect held in isolation after confessing; bombs found to be 'nonfunctional'
A student who authorities said confessed to killing 10 people at a Houston-area high school was being held in isolation Saturday as the community continued to mourn.

Two bombs that junior Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, allegedly brought to Santa Fe High School on Friday were "intended to be IEDs," improvised...



LA Times National News
May 18, 2018

As mourning Texans gather for a vigil, word spreads of who was killed in the school shooting
In a pine-shaded field behind Santa Fe's town bank, about 1,000 people gathered Thursday evening to pray for those killed and wounded at the high school that morning. The superintendent spoke, followed by the mayor, the governor and a senator.

The assembled shared stories, and tears, describing...



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May 18, 2018

Will Trump's pick to run the EPA office in San Francisco show up for work?
The White House has finally found someone to take on the stress of overseeing President Trump's fossil fuel-friendly environmental agenda in the heart of hostile territory: California and nearby states.

But there's one glaring problem.

The guy who will lead the Environmental Protection Agency's...



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May 18, 2018

Another defeat for Trump in Congress as GOP infighting scuttles farm bill
In a major political setback, House Republicans failed on Friday to pass an $867-billion farm bill that aimed to impose strict new work requirements for food stamp recipients.

Conservatives refused to support the measure unless House leaders agreed to hold a vote immediately on a separate immigration...



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May 18, 2018

Burned once, Trump turns to a more conventional choice for Veterans Affairs secretary
President Trump on Friday named a government bureaucrat to be secretary of the troubled Veterans Affairs Department after his first, unconventional pick — his White House physician out of "central casting" — withdrew amid allegations of wrongdoing. The new nominee, Robert Wilkie, has been acting...



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May 18, 2018

China hopes to placate Trump with promise to buy billions more in U.S. goods
Chinese officials are hoping to mollify President Trump's oft-stated displeasure with America's huge trade imbalance with China by pledging to import billions more of made-in-U.S.A. products.

Whether Beijing's promised shopping spree and other concessions, made during talks this week in Washington,...



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May 18, 2018

Trump administration moves to put new restrictions on abortion services
The Trump administration moved Friday to place new restrictions on access to abortion, as the Health and Human Services Department prepared new regulations that would effectively bar organizations that receive federal family planning money from providing abortions or counseling mothers about the...



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May 18, 2018

Man arrested after firing shots at Trump golf club in south Florida
A man shouting about Donald Trump entered the president's south Florida golf resort early Friday, draped a flag over a lobby counter and exchanged fire with police before being arrested, police said.

One officer was injured, officials said.

Police were notified of an "active shooter" in the Trump-owned...



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May 18, 2018

Man arrested after firing shots at Trump golf club in South Florida, police say
A man shouting about President Trump entered Trump's South Florida golf resort early Friday, draped an American flag over a lobby counter and exchanged gunfire with police before being arrested, authorities said.

One officer was injured, officials said.

Police were notified of an "active shooter"...



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May 18, 2018

Robert Mueller, Kim Jong Un and the psychology of the president
Whether by insight or coincidence, North Korea's leadership chose the week of the one-year anniversary of Robert S. Mueller III's appointment as special counsel to probe how eager President Trump is to make a nuclear deal.

The answer: Very eager.

Trump has made clear in his tweets and remarks that...



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May 18, 2018

Kaiser Permanente to commit $200 million to help communities reduce homelessness
Healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente plans to invest $200 million in community efforts across the country to reduce homelessness, joining a growing list of health systems that are moving to address the housing crisis afflicting many large cities.The commitment — which Kaiser is announcing Friday...

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May 18, 2018

New 'zero tolerance' immigration crackdown fills border courts
The crowded courtroom reeked of stale sweat, and 92 immigrants filled all five benches, leaving standing room only for visitors and court personnel."It's packed in there," said one of a dozen guards and deputy marshals stationed at the courtroom this week. "This is what it's going to be like from...

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May 18, 2018

Approval of Russia investigation slips as Trump's ramped-up attacks solidify his base against it
One year into the Russia investigation, special counsel Robert S. Mueller III works away, mostly silent. Yet President Trump and his allies have been anything but, and they've had some success in undermining public confidence in the sprawling inquiry.Though the investigation has reached deeper...

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May 17, 2018

New eruption at Hawaii's Kilauea volcano sends up 30,000-foot ash plume; residents told to ‘shelter in place'
An explosive eruption at Hawaii's Kilauea volcano early Thursday created an enormous ash plume that prompted the closure of schools and forced residents to remain indoors as a light ash rained over the surrounding area on the eastern edge of the island.

The ash plume rose as high as 30,000 feet...



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May 17, 2018

Will Trump's pick to run EPA in California show up for work?
The White House may have finally found someone to take on the stress of overseeing President Trump's fossil fuel-friendly environmental agenda in the heart of hostile territory: California and nearby states.

But there's one glaring problem.

The guy officials have queued up to lead the Environmental...



LA Times National News
May 17, 2018

New eruption at Hawaii's Kilauea volcano sends up 30,000 foot ash plume; residents told to ‘shelter in place'
An explosive eruption at Hawaii's Kilauea volcano early Thursday created an enormous ash plume that prompted the closure of schools and forced residents to remain indoors as a light ash rained over the surrounding area on the eastern edge of the island.

The ash plume rose as high as 30,000 feet...



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May 17, 2018

Court allows Summer Zervos to gather sexual misconduct evidence against Trump
A New York appeals court denied President Trump's request to suspend a defamation suit against him Thursday, clearing the way for an exhaustive probe of how he handled accusations of sexual misconduct during the 2016 campaign.

The ruling allows Summer Zervos, a former contestant on "The Apprentice,"...



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May 17, 2018

Trump promises North Korea 'protections' in a nuclear deal, distances himself from key advisor
President Trump disavowed a controversial remark made by his national security advisor, John Bolton, as he appeared increasingly eager Thursday to preserve a historic one-on-one meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un scheduled for next month.

Bolton had spooked North Koreans recently by suggesting...



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May 17, 2018

Chances for a revamped NAFTA pact by this year are slipping away
Despite a flurry of negotiations in recent weeks, hopes are fading fast that a revamped North American Free Trade Agreement will be completed and approved by lawmakers this year.

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Thursday that there are only a couple of weeks left to reach a deal in time to meet...



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May 17, 2018

A world of complex threats awaits Gina Haspel as CIA director
During a tense Senate confirmation hearing last week, Gina Haspel rattled off a list of national security challenges she could face as the first woman to lead the CIA — Russian aggression, Iranian ambitions in the Middle East, China's increasing global reach, destructive cyberattacks and deadly...



LA Times National News
May 17, 2018

A world of threats awaits Gina Haspel as CIA director
During a tense Senate confirmation hearing last week, Gina Haspel rattled off a list of national security challenges she could face as the first woman to lead the CIA — Russian aggression, Iranian ambitions in the Middle East, China's increasing global reach, destructive cyberattacks and deadly...



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May 17, 2018

Explosive eruption at Hawaii's Kilauea volcano forces school closures, warning of ash plume
An explosive eruption occurred at Hawaii's Kilauea volcano Thursday, officials said, and authorities warned that an ash plume is expected to cover the surrounding area.

The ash plume rose as high as 30,000 feet and is drifting to northeast over the Big Island of Hawaii, and could reach its largest...



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May 17, 2018

Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti accused of stiffing law partner on $2-million debt
Michael Avenatti, the attorney for porn actress Stormy Daniels, broke his promise to make a $2-million payment that was due Monday under the settlement of his firm's bankruptcy, a new lawsuit alleges.

To resolve the bankruptcy, Avenatti promised in December to pay $4.85 million to Jason Frank,...



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May 17, 2018

Explosive eruption occurs at Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, with warning of ash plume
An explosive eruption has occurred at Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, officials said, and authorities warned that an ash plume is expected to cover the surrounding area.

"The wind will carry the plume toward the southeast," Hawaii County officials said in a text message and email. "You should shelter...



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May 17, 2018

How Rep. Tony Cardenas is navigating Washington's latest #MeToo crisis
Asked recently whether she would push Rep. Tony Cárdenas of California to resign over allegations in a lawsuit that he molested a teenager in 2007, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi shrugged.

That seems to sum up Washington's collective response so far to the latest #MeToo sexual misconduct crisis...



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May 17, 2018

This California congressman is avoiding a #MeToo backlash so far. Here's why
Asked recently whether she would push Rep. Tony Cárdenas of California to resign over allegations in a lawsuit that he molested a teenager in 2007, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi shrugged.

That seems to sum up Washington's collective response so far to the latest #MeToo sexual misconduct crisis...



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May 17, 2018

Trump administration support for Israel goes beyond its predecessors and isolates U.S. internationally
The Trump administration has gone further than any previous U.S. government in expressing full-throated support for Israel in the recent clashes that left dozens of Palestinians dead, isolating itself internationally and further relinquishing its role as a Middle East peace broker.

Administration...



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May 16, 2018

'They're shooting to kill us all': Police interviews with Las Vegas rampage survivors are released
At first, they thought it was part of the show. Some looked up for the fireworks. But within moments, however, a horrible feeling began to sink in as the screams filled the air.

They wondered whether they were going to die.

Las Vegas police released more than 1,200 pages of witness interviews and...



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May 16, 2018

Trump's Nobel Prize talk may have been a bit hasty, North Korea makes clear
President Trump smiled broadly last week when a reporter asked whether he deserved a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to get North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to give up nuclear arms.

"Everyone thinks so, but I would never say it," the president said, adding, "The prize I want is victory for the...



LA Times National News
May 16, 2018

The lawyer who got $120,000 to bring down Missouri's GOP governor says he was told it came from a wealthy Republican
In Missouri, Republican Gov. Eric Greitens faces almost too many threats to count: A mistress accusing Greitens of sexual blackmail. An ex-husband who leaked her story to the media. A newspaper publisher who funneled cash to the ex-husband's lawyer. A mysterious Republican financier who wants to...



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May 16, 2018

Trump meets with like-minded California 'sanctuary' foes and says Oakland's mayor should be investigated
President Trump recommended an obstruction of justice investigation into Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf for impeding a federal roundup and criticized Mexico for doing "nothing" to help on its border with the United States as he expressed his sentiments about illegal immigration to a like-minded group...



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May 16, 2018

Meeting with California 'sanctuary' foes, Trump calls for probe of Oakland mayor, blasts criminal immigrants as 'animals'
President Trump recommended an obstruction of justice investigation into Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf for impeding a federal roundup and criticized Mexico for doing "nothing" to help on its border with the United States as he expressed his sentiments about illegal immigration to a like-minded group...



LA Times National News
May 16, 2018

'They're shooting — we're gonna die': Police interviews with Las Vegas rampage survivors are released
At first, they thought it was part of the show. Some looked up for the fireworks. But within moments, however, a horrible feeling began to sink in as the screams filled the air.

They wondered whether they were going to die.

Las Vegas police released more than 1,200 pages of witness interviews and...



LA Times National News
May 16, 2018

'I can't feel my arm. I can't feel my arm.' Police interviews with Vegas shooting survivors are released
Las Vegas police released more than 1,200 pages of witness interviews and officer reports Wednesday that detail the harrowing moments after a mass shooting that killed 58 in October.

The documents were the second wave of items released by police after the Nevada Supreme Court ordered the department...



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May 16, 2018

Senate takes first step to save net neutrality rules, voting to overturn FCC action
The Senate on Wednesday narrowly advanced a Democratic-led attempt to retain net neutrality regulations, the first step in a long shot bid to keep the online traffic rules on the federal books before their repeal takes effect in June.

The effort, which has built momentum in recent weeks, also is...



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May 16, 2018

Senate expected to narrowly back effort to save net neutrality rules
The Senate on Wednesday is expected to narrowly approve a Democratic-led attempt to reinstate net neutrality regulations, the first step toward putting the online traffic rules back on the federal books.

The measure would void a decision last December by the Republican majority of the Federal Communications...



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May 16, 2018

Trump to host Californians critical of state's immigration policies at White House
President Trump plans to throw more barbs at California on Wednesday afternoon, joined this time at the White House by like-minded officials brought from the state he loves to lambaste as lawless and "out of control."

The topic is immigration and California's resistance to the Trump administration's...



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May 15, 2018

North Korea postpones talks with South and protests U.S. military exercises
After weeks of warming relations, North Korea on Tuesday abruptly postponed scheduled talks with South Korea to protest U.S.-South Korean military exercises, but the Trump administration downplayed the development, saying it was continuing to plan for next month's summit with North Korean leader...



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May 15, 2018

Democrats vie to impress the party's elite, and audition for the 2020 presidential race
The annual confab for progressives Tuesday might have been mistaken for a daylong seminar to teach rich liberal donors about a middle America that is increasingly incomprehensible to them.

But it was much more than that. It was the beginning of a long audition — for party leaders and for 2020 presidential...



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May 15, 2018

U.S. tested by victory in Iraqi election of Sadr, once an intractable foe
For years during the long U.S. occupation of Iraq, Muqtada Sadr was an intractable foe, blamed by the Pentagon for hundreds of deaths of American service members, as well as atrocities against Iraqi civilians.

But his surprise lead in Iraq's parliamentary election may force American officials into...



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