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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....



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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...



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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...



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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...



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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

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...



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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...



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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

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

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...



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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...



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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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May 15, 2018

Amazon fuming after Seattle votes to tax high-grossing corporations to help the homeless
After a threat by the world's richest man that he might reconsider investing in Seattle, a divided city council came together this week and unanimously approved a new tax on high-grossing corporations — but at about half the amount originally proposed.

Both sides — the city, personified by socialist...



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May 15, 2018

Trump's nominee for CIA director wins key Democratic support, virtually assuring her confirmation
Gina Haspel, President Trump's nominee to run the CIA, is on track to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate after key Democrats announced their support on Tuesday.

Her nomination has been deeply controversial because she once ran a secret prison in Thailand where detainees were waterboarded after the...



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May 15, 2018

Supreme Court's embrace of states' rights could aid California in its battle with the Trump administration
The Supreme Court decision upholding states' rights to offer sports betting was backed mostly by conservative justices, but it may also give a boost to California and other liberal states that are defying the Trump administration's drive for stricter immigration enforcement.

At issue on both fronts...



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May 15, 2018

Fed nominees slam Wells Fargo for consumer abuses and indicate bank's growth cap will be tough to lift
Two Federal Reserve nominees on Tuesday slammed Wells Fargo & Co., for its consumer abuses and indicated that they would have to see significant improvements before voting to lift a cap on the San Francisco bank's growth.

"Just based upon the news accounts, which of course is all I have to go on,...



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May 15, 2018

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens no longer facing sex-related charge
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens declared victory as prosecutors abruptly dropped a felony invasion-of-privacy charge alleging he had taken a revealing photo of a woman with whom he has acknowledged having an affair.

The St. Louis circuit attorney's office said it still plans to pursue the case, either...



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May 15, 2018

The Trump agenda has Native American tribes feeling under siege
Every time black dust blows through the windswept Moapa River Indian Reservation about an hour's drive from Las Vegas, residents grow more unnerved.

This tribal community of just 225 has seen more than its share of sickness. Tribal council member Vickie Simmons watched her brother, a former coal...



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May 14, 2018

Activists kick off new Poor People's Campaign, echoing MLK in 1968
Callie Greer, a community organizer from Selma, Ala., on Monday stepped on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol, a strip of sackcloth fastened around her upper left arm to signal she was willing to go to jail.

Greer lost her daughter Venus, who could not afford health insurance, to breast cancer in 2013....



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May 14, 2018

Legal sports betting set to explode after court ruling. But get ready for a battle over the dollars
Suddenly, all bets are on regarding the future of American sports gambling.

A surge in betting caused by the Supreme Court's lifting of a federal ban on sports wagering is expected to trigger new gaming opportunities and burnish existing sports books in Las Vegas casinos — but also spawn a battle...



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May 14, 2018

Trump went from 'America first' to saving jobs in China. This could be why


President Trump's stunning change in stance toward a Chinese telecom-equipment maker that his administration recently sanctioned drew widespread rebuke Monday, even as it seemed to increase the likelihood that the U.S. and China could soon pull back from the brink of a trade war.



China's top economic...



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May 14, 2018

Trump's defense of China's ZTE stirs backlash and speculation of quid pro quo


President Trump's stunning change in stance toward a Chinese telecom-equipment maker that his administration recently sanctioned drew widespread rebuke Monday, even as it seemed to increase the likelihood that the U.S. and China could soon pull back from the brink of a trade war.



China's top economic...



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May 14, 2018

Echoing MLK in 1968, activists kick off new Poor People's Campaign
Carolina Alas, a fast-food worker from Richmond, Calif., does not meet official definitions of poverty.

The 48-year-old immigrant from El Salvador has a full-time job working 40 hours a week, cooking hamburgers at a Jack in the Box. But Alas, a U.S. citizen, struggles to pay her $700 rent, phone...



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May 14, 2018

Supreme Court ruling opens the door for legalized sports betting nationwide
The Supreme Court has cleared the way for an explosion in legalized sports betting across the nation.

The justices, by a 5-4 vote, Monday struck down a key part of a federal law that has prevented New Jersey and other states from offering legal wagering on sports at their race tracks and casinos.

...

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May 14, 2018

Jared Kushner may face new scrutiny over tangled financial holdings
President Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner has enjoyed the gilded highs of White House life — attending Trump's first official state dinner last month, conducting secret diplomacy in the Middle East and counseling the president on fast-paced foreign trips.

Kushner also has endured...



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May 14, 2018

More states approving 'red flag' laws to keep guns away from people perceived as threats


Since the fatal shooting of 17 people at a South Florida high school, five states — Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Rhode Island and Vermont — have passed laws that allow authorities to temporarily take away guns from a person who has shown a pattern of violence.

While most legislative proposals to...



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May 13, 2018

New fissure prompts more evacuations near Kilauea volcano
Kilauea's continued eruptions — possibly a long windup to a major explosion at the summit — forced more evacuations Sunday as yet another fissure opened and spattered lava along the volcano's eastern flank .

The Hawaii County Civil Defense sent out the evacuation alert for residents west of Highway...



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May 13, 2018

U.S. officials offer economic aid, security assurances if North Korea eliminates nuclear program
The U.S. is prepared to quickly lift sanctions on North Korea and promise its leader, Kim Jong Un, that it would not seek to oust him from power, senior officials said Sunday, sketching out the terms of a possible deal if Kim agrees to give up his nuclear weapons.

"We will have to provide security...



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May 13, 2018

In Hawaii, life goes on under the volcano, even as it spews lava and threatens to explode
What it's like to live in the shadow of the Kilauea volcano as it is oozing lava and threatening to explode.

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May 13, 2018

An Illinois museum may need to auction off Abraham Lincoln memorabilia to pay off loan
The foundation that supports the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Illinois indicated that prestigious memorabilia tied to the home-state 16th president could be sold to help pay back a loan taken out to buy a trove of items more than a decade ago.

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May 13, 2018

Mother's Day for Parkland moms: An empty, aching feeling
They will not receive cards or hugs this Mother's Day from the children they lost at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine's Day. Instead, they will make do with words, flowers and photos from the past.

Lori Alhadeff has preserved the bouquet and vase that her 14-year-old daughter,...



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May 11, 2018

Auto executives got more than they bargained for in lobbying Trump to ease fuel standard
The world's auto companies are fast learning how risky it can be to seek a favor from President Trump.

They asked the president to nudge California and the rest of the country toward looser fuel economy rules. What they got instead was a veritable declaration of war against the state, threatening...



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May 11, 2018

Trump promises to lower drug prices, but his blueprint is less sweeping than his campaign rhetoric
After repeatedly promising to rein in skyrocketing prescription drug prices, President Trump Friday released a multipronged "blueprint" he said would deliver relief to patients "very soon."

But the president stopped well short of backing any major new effort to use the federal government's power...



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May 11, 2018

Confusion, calculation and fear keeping DACA recipients from renewing their status while they can
For thousands of undocumented young men and women, a judge's order in January amounted to a reprieve — a chance to renew their legal protections after President Trump's decision last year to kill the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

But many DACA recipients have been slow to reach...



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May 11, 2018

Michael Cohen knew of some abuse allegations against former New York attorney general, court filing says
Long before Eric Schneiderman stepped down as New York state attorney general amid allegations he had abused four women, Donald Trump hinted of trouble in the life of the lawman who was a thorn in his side for years.

"Is he a crook?" Trump tweeted in 2013. "Wait and see."

At that point, Schneiderman...



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May 11, 2018

Trump to make new promise to lower drug prices
President Trump, who since taking office has repeatedly promised to take action to rein in skyrocketing prescription drug prices, will unveil a "blueprint" for government action at a White House speech this afternoon.

But administration officials said the president will not back a new effort to...



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May 11, 2018

Auto executives head to the White House to avert a collision with California over fuel economy rules
A lot is on the line for California on Friday in the White House, where top auto company executives will be meeting with President Trump.

They will be talking about the administration's plan to revoke the state's longstanding authority to enforce its own, tough rules on tailpipe emissions. The...



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May 11, 2018

Here's how the Poor People's Campaign aims to finish what MLK started
On Monday, thousands of low-wage workers, clergy and activists will gather at the U.S. Capitol and more than 30 statehouses across the country to kick off the Poor People's Campaign, a radical civil disobedience movement that aims to push the issue of poverty to the top of the national political...



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May 10, 2018

Michael Cohen turned his access to Trump into big money — and now big trouble
Three weeks before the 2016 election, New York lawyer Michael Cohen filed paperwork in Delaware, known as a welcoming host for shell companies, to create the blandly named entity Essential Consultants LLC.

At the time, Donald Trump was stumbling toward what the political world assumed would be...



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May 10, 2018

Trump's reality-show handling of prisoner release belies hard diplomacy ahead with North Korea
With bright lights illuminating the middle-of-the-night darkness on the tarmac and a gigantic U.S. flag as a backdrop, President Trump strode toward waiting cameras with three Americans newly freed from prison in North Korea. He gushed that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "really was excellent"...



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May 10, 2018

U.S. halts most combat missions in Africa in response to findings on deadly Niger ambush
U.S. special operations troops in Africa have been restricted from undertaking missions that might involve direct combat, one of several steps announced Thursday to prevent future casualties after an October ambush in Niger killed four American soldiers.

U.S. forces have not conducted any operations...



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May 10, 2018

Yale says police 'followed procedures' after white student reported presence of black student on campus
Yale University said campus officers "followed procedures" this week when a white student called police after she discovered a black student sleeping in a residence hall common area.

In an email to students Wednesday evening, Kimberly Goff-Crews, vice president of student life at Yale, said police...



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May 10, 2018

Yale says police ‘followed procedures' after white student reported presence of black student on campus
Yale University said campus officers "followed procedures" this week when a white student called police after she discovered a black student sleeping in a residence hall common area.

In an email to students Wednesday evening, Kimberly Goff-Crews, vice president of student life at Yale, said police...



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May 10, 2018

For Trump, a focus on nuclear diplomacy provides a welcome change of topic
A lot has swirled around President Trump the past week: his former lawyer's bank account, his current lawyer's indiscretions, the White House's quiet admission that his much-vaunted infrastructure plan is dead for the year.

But the president has drowned out much of that with high-profile news on...



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May 10, 2018

3 Americans freed by North Korea are back home safely
Three Americans who were detained in North Korea for more than a year were greeted by President Donald Trump beneath a giant American flag after they returned to the mainland U.S. early Thursday.

Despite a middle-of-the-night landing, first lady Melania Trump and a host of senior administration...



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May 10, 2018

Trump greets 3 Americans freed by North Korea
Three Americans who were detained in North Korea for more than a year were greeted by President Donald Trump beneath a giant American flag after they returned to the mainland U.S. early Thursday.

Despite a middle-of-the-night landing, first lady Melania Trump and a host of senior administration...



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May 09, 2018

Gina Haspel pledges she won't let the CIA resume abusive interrogations
In a contentious confirmation hearing that reopened the painful debate over CIA abuse of terrorism suspects, Gina Haspel pledged Wednesday she would not revive the use of secret prisons and harsh interrogations if she is confirmed to lead the nation's premier intelligence agency.

The Senate Intelligence...



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May 09, 2018

Gina Haspel pledges she won't let the CIA resume abusive interrogations, but McCain says he'll vote against her
In a contentious confirmation hearing that reopened the painful debate over CIA abuse of terrorism suspects, Gina Haspel pledged Wednesday she would not revive the use of secret prisons and harsh interrogations if she is confirmed to lead the nation's premier intelligence agency.

The Senate Intelligence...



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May 09, 2018

Michael Cohen attacks Stormy Daniels' lawyer over bank records disclosure
President Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen accused Stormy Daniels' attorney Wednesday of improperly acquiring Cohen's bank records and releasing false information about his finances in an attempt to discredit him.

Lawyers for Cohen asked a federal judge to order Michael Avenatti to explain...



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May 09, 2018

Risk of explosions in coming weeks from Kilauea volcano's summit, scientists warn
The U.S. Geological Survey has warned that the summit of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano could experience explosions in coming weeks and send large quantities of ash into the air.

Evacuations or significant damage is not expected because the summit is far from populated areas — and 25 miles away from...



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May 09, 2018

For defenders of women, N.Y. attorney general's downfall carries a special sting. One woman asks, 'Who can we trust?'
This week New York Atty. Gen. Eric Schneiderman joined a list of prominent Empire State politicians who in recent years have resigned amid allegations of inappropriate and possibly criminal conduct toward women.

Like former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner and former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, Schneiderman was...



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May 09, 2018

Mormon Church to sever all ties with Boy Scouts, ending a century-old bond
A century-long relationship will soon come to an end.

The Mormon Church and the Boy Scouts of America announced they will sever ties next year, the latest move in what's been a slow separation between the two groups as their ideological differences have widened.

In a joint statement released late...



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May 09, 2018

After dumping the Iran deal, the White House focuses on getting North Korea to give up its nuclear arms
The Trump administration says scrapping a nuclear agreement with Iran strengthens its hand in negotiations with North Korea, signaling that President Trump will accept only a "real deal" that eliminates Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal.

But Trump's exit from the Iran deal may in fact make reaching its...



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May 09, 2018

Senate Democrats believe net neutrality is a political winner as they try to reinstate regulations
One after another, 15 Democratic senators — nearly a third of their caucus — stepped to a microphone on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to call for tough rules to protect net neutrality.The turnout, which included Senate Democratic leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), showed they believe that they could...

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May 09, 2018

Gina Haspel tells Senate panel she won't let the CIA resume abusive interrogations
Under fire for her still-murky role in the CIA's imprisonment and torture of terrorism suspects after the 9/11 attacks, Gina Haspel pledged Wednesday that she would not allow the spy agency to restart the troubled program if she is confirmed as director.

"I want to be clear," Haspel told the Senate...



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May 09, 2018

Rebellious Republicans move to force a House vote on 'Dreamers' despite leaders' objections
A bipartisan group of House members led by California's Jeff Denham filed a petition Wednesday to force a vote on four immigration bills over the objections of Republican leadership.

It's rare for a Republican lawmaker to attempt to force a vote against the wishes of a House speaker from his own...



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May 09, 2018

Rebellious Republicans move to force a House vote on Dreamers despite leaders' objections
A bipartisan group of House members led by California's Jeff Denham filed a petition Wednesday to force a vote on four immigration bills over the objections of Republican leadership.

It's rare for a Republican lawmaker to attempt to force a vote against the wishes of a House speaker from his own...



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May 09, 2018

Gina Haspel will face a tough Senate confirmation hearing to run the CIA
After a life in the shadows, Gina Haspel, President Trump's nominee to run the CIA, will face the bright lights of a Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday that is expected to hinge on questions about her role in post-Sept. 11 interrogations with waterboarding and other abuses.

Haspel, who spent...



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May 08, 2018

Firm linked to Russian mogul paid $500,000 to Trump attorney Michael Cohen
The shell company used by President Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen to pay off porn actress Stormy Daniels received about $500,000 last year from a business linked to a Russian billionaire who is close to President Vladimir Putin.

Cohen's company, Essential Consultants LLC, received the money from...



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May 08, 2018

West Virginia voters side with a safer Republican candidate in hotly contested U.S. Senate race
Republican voters in West Virginia opted Tuesday for a safer nominee for U.S. Senate over a combustible one, picking state Atty. Gen. Patrick Morrisey to face Sen. Joe Manchin III, one of the Democratic incumbents most threatened in November.

Don Blankenship, a wealthy felon who ran racially charged...



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May 08, 2018

Nevada Supreme Court hears arguments for using untested paralytic drug in death penalty case
Scott Dozier wants to die. The state of Nevada wants to kill him.

Which left Dozier's attorney arguing before the Nevada Supreme Court on Tuesday not about whether he would be executed but how.

David Anthony, a federal public defender, told the seven justices that the state's proposed addition...



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May 08, 2018

Firm linked to Russian mogul paid Trump attorney $500,000, Stormy Daniels' lawyer says
The shell company used by President Trump's attorney Michael Cohen to pay off Stormy Daniels received about $500,000 last year from a business linked to a Russian billionaire who is close to President Vladimir Putin, according to the porn star's lawyer.

Cohen's company, Essential Consultants LLC,...



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May 08, 2018

Oliver North was once a key figure in the Iran-Contra scandal. Now he has a new role: NRA president
He once stood at the center of an international political scandal, becoming a household name for destroying government documents and lying to members of Congress.

That was more than three decades ago.

Now, Oliver North, a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, has a new job: president...



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May 08, 2018

Russian mogul close to Putin paid Trump attorney $500,000, Stormy Daniels' lawyer says
The shell company used by President Trump's attorney Michael Cohen to pay off Stormy Daniels received about $500,000 last year from a business led by a Russian billionaire who is close to President Vladimir Putin, according to the porn star's lawyer.

Cohen's company, Essential Consultants LLC,...



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May 08, 2018

Trump's renewed economic sanctions on Iran heightens risks for global oil prices and U.S. consumer spending
For American consumers, the effect of President Trump's announcement Tuesday that the U.S. would pull out of the Iran nuclear deal was already apparent at their local service stations days ago.

Gas prices nationally have climbed about 11% since March, to an average of $2.85 a gallon last week,...



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May 08, 2018

Voters in West Virginia to decide if Republicans will nominate another problem nominee for U.S. Senate
Voters in West Virginia headed to the polls Tuesday to determine whether Republicans will once again nominate a general election candidate who could cost them an otherwise winnable U.S. Senate seat.

Don Blankenship, a wealthy felon who ran racially charged ads aimed at Senate Republican leader...



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May 08, 2018

Pompeo makes surprise trip to North Korea to finish plans for Trump-Kim summit
As President Trump withdrew from one nuclear disarmament deal on Tuesday, his secretary of State was making a surprise trip to North Korea in pursuit of another.

Mike Pompeo made his second unannounced visit to the long-isolated nation in just over a month to complete plans for a summit between...



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