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Jul 20, 2018

Missouri lake disaster in high winds kills 17, raising new safety concerns about duck boats
At least 17 people were killed when an amphibious boat carrying sightseers on a lake sank after encountering high winds and choppy waters, Missouri authorities said Friday.

The disaster began Thursday evening at Table Rock Lake, a popular tourist spot in Missouri's Ozarks, when a tour company vessel...



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Jul 20, 2018

Missouri lake disaster kills 17 people, raising new safety concerns about duck boats
At least 17 people were killed when an amphibious boat carrying sightseers on a lake sank after encountering high winds and choppy waters, Missouri authorities said Friday.

The disaster began Thursday evening at Table Rock Lake, a popular tourist spot in Missouri's Ozarks, when a tour company vessel...



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Jul 20, 2018

Trump escalates his criticism of Federal Reserve interest rate hikes
Before this week, it had been more than a quarter-century since a sitting U.S. president publicly pressured the independent Federal Reserve on interest rates.

On Friday, President Trump did it for the second day in a row.

In unprecedented back-to-back statements, Trump escalated his criticism of...



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Jul 20, 2018

Trump's attacks weaken transatlantic security relationship, but Europe has few alternatives
Deeply alarmed at President Trump's attacks on NATO and the transatlantic relationship, European governments are rethinking their reliance on the United States as a strategic ally against Russia, but they are unlikely to make regional security arrangements independent of Washington.

Trump has forced...



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Jul 20, 2018

Trump's former campaign chairman faces federal trial with a hint of a presidential pardon
When Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, goes on trial Wednesday in Virginia on charges of money laundering, tax fraud and other crimes, he may have reason to hope he can avoid prison if he is convicted.

Last month, Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president's personal lawyer, suggested...



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Jul 20, 2018

17 dead in Missouri lake disaster, raising new safety concerns about duck boats
Missouri authorities said Friday that at least 17 people were killed when a boat carrying sightseers on a lake sank a day earlier after encountering high winds and choppy waters.

Divers recovered several bodies Friday. The disaster began Thursday at Table Rock Lake, a popular tourist spot in Missouri's...



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Jul 20, 2018

2020 Republican convention goes to Charlotte, the lonely and reluctant bidder in age of Trump
As Americans fought in recent weeks over whether restaurants should refuse to serve top aides to President Trump, an entire city has been debating what it means to host his convention for reelection.

Charlotte won the rights to the 2020 Republican National Convention on Friday. But that's largely...



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Jul 20, 2018

Putin in Washington: 'That's going to be special'
Remember the tax cut?

For months, Republicans have said they wanted to keep midterm election voters' attention focused on the economy and the tax law that they argue has helped boost it. The prospect that they could maintain that focus had already faded pretty badly. President Trump's invitation...



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Jul 20, 2018

Trump's lawyer secretly recorded him; tape reveals discussion of payment to ex-Playboy playmate who alleged an affair
Federal authorities have obtained a recording, made two months before the presidential election, of Donald Trump discussing a payment to a former Playboy playmate who said she had an affair with him, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

The former playmate, Karen McDougal, received...



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Jul 20, 2018

Republicans' struggle to find a 2020 convention site offers a window into Trump-era polarization
As Americans fought in recent weeks over whether restaurants should refuse to serve top aides to President Trump, an entire city has been debating what it means to host his convention for reelection.

Charlotte was set to win the rights to the 2020 Republican National Convention on Friday. But that's...



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Jul 19, 2018

The Trump administration wants more than 400,000 people to leave the U.S. Here's who they are and why
For nearly three decades, the United States has allowed immigrants from certain countries plagued by civil war or natural disasters to live here until conditions in their homelands improved.

Such immigrants entered the country under what is known as Temporary Protected Status. Every 18 months,...



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Jul 19, 2018

Trump invites Putin to Washington, rejects his request to interrogate former Ambassador Michael McFaul
President Trump unexpectedly invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Washington this fall, the White House announced Thursday, just after he belatedly rejected Putin's unprecedented request to interrogate a former U.S. ambassador to Moscow and other Americans.

The announcement of the...



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Jul 19, 2018

Dodging geysers and asphalt chunks, Manhattan carries on as steam pipe explodes beneath Fifth Avenue
The explosion hurled chunks of asphalt and concrete hundreds of feet into the air. Pedestrians sprinted into coffee shops, desperately searching for cover. Fire and car alarms blared.

When a steam pipe exploded in the Flatiron district of Manhattan early Thursday, it was the latest dramatic sign...



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Jul 19, 2018

White House withdraws 9th Circuit nominee amid criticism over his college writings
Senate Republican leaders on Thursday abruptly scrapped a vote on the nomination of Ryan Bounds for the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, a reminder of how a single GOP senator's objection can derail a judicial confirmation when all Democrats unite against it.

The White House chose to pull the...



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Jul 19, 2018

Trump invites Putin to Washington, rejects his request to interrogate Michael McFaul, former ambassador to Russia
President Trump, after coming under fire for even considering the idea, on Thursday decided not to allow Russia to interrogate a former U.S. ambassador and other Americans, as Russia's President Vladimir Putin proposed during their summit in Helsinki.

"It is a proposal that was made in sincerity...



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Jul 19, 2018

Trump rejects Putin's request to interrogate Michael McFaul, the former U.S. ambassador to Russia
President Trump, after coming under fire for even considering the idea, on Thursday decided not to allow Russia to interrogate a former U.S. ambassador and other Americans, as Russia's President Vladimir Putin proposed during their summit in Helsinki.

"It is a proposal that was made in sincerity...



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Jul 19, 2018

Republicans withdraw 9th Circuit nominee amid criticism over his college writings
Senate Republican leaders on Thursday abruptly withdrew the nomination of Ryan Bounds for the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, a reminder of how a single GOP senator's objection can derail a judicial confirmation when all Democrats unite against it.

The nomination of Bounds, 45, currently an...



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Jul 19, 2018

Trump 'not thrilled' by Fed's interest rate hikes, a rare presidential intrusion into monetary policy
President Trump said he's "not thrilled" by recent interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve, a historically rare insertion by the White House into monetary policy set by the nation's independent central bank.

"I'm not thrilled," Trump told CNBC in an excerpt of an interview released Thursday....



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Jul 19, 2018

Trump rejects Putin's request to interrogate Ambassador McFaul, the former U.S. envoy to Russia
President Trump, after coming under fire for even considering the idea, on Thursday decided not to allow Russia to interrogate a former U.S. ambassador and other Americans, as Russia's President Vladimir Putin proposed during their summit in Helsinki.

"It is a proposal that was made in sincerity...



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Jul 19, 2018

Trump rejects Putin request to interrogate former U.S. ambassador to Russia, attacks media amid continued summit controversies
President Trump, after coming under fire for even considering the idea, on Thursday decided not to allow Russia to interrogate a former U.S. ambassador and other Americans, as Russia's President Vladimir Putin proposed during their summit in Helsinki.

"It is a proposal that was made in sincerity...



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Jul 19, 2018

Trump says he's 'not thrilled' by Federal Reserve interest rate hikes, a rare insertion into independent monetary policy
President Trump said he's "not thrilled" by recent interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve, a historically rare insertion by the White House into monetary policy set by the nation's independent central bank.

"I'm not thrilled," Trump told CNBC in an excerpt of an interview released Thursday....



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Jul 19, 2018

Fort Lauderdale trashed their belongings. Now, 10 homeless people will share $40,000
Ten homeless people whose belongings were destroyed by the city of Fort Lauderdale will split $40,120 as part of a lawsuit settlement.

The city was sued by the American Civil Liberties Union and Southern Legal Counsel for the city's May 19, 2017, raid on a homeless camp downtown. Front-end loaders...



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Jul 19, 2018

Democrats rip Trump's CFPB nominee, calling her role in controversial administration policies 'a moral stain'
Senate Democrats on Thursday aggressively ripped into President Trump's nominee to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, saying her involvement as a White House aide in controversial administration policies disqualified her from watching out for average Americans.

In a highly charged confirmation...



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Jul 19, 2018

From obscurity to political stardom: How viral videos are reshaping elections
Before Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's jolting primary win over one of the most powerful House Democrats made her a fixture on cable news and the toast of progressives nationwide, there was the shoestring-budget video that got the base buzzing.

By election night last month, more than 1 million people...



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Jul 18, 2018

Why is Trump going after small NATO ally Montenegro?
President Trump never seemed to have much respect for the tiny European nation of Montenegro, the newest member of NATO.

At a summit at the transatlantic alliance's headquarters in Brussels last year, Trump and other leaders were gathering for a group photograph when Trump shoved aside Dusko Markovic,...



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Jul 18, 2018

Immigration agencies share vague plans to reunite migrant parents and children
A week before a court-ordered deadline for the Trump administration to reunite more than 2,500 migrant children and parents separated at the border, immigration officials had few answers for Congress on Wednesday on what is next for the families, in the latest confusing chapter of the family separations...



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Jul 18, 2018

For a second straight day, Trump walks back his comments about threats from Russia
President Trump said Wednesday that Russia is no longer targeting the United States, contradicting his top intelligence advisor's warning days ago that "the lights are blinking red" about cyberattacks and reigniting bipartisan concerns over his recent embrace of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

...

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Jul 18, 2018

White House touts CFPB nominee's management experience. Democrats link it to major controversies
Kathy Kraninger, the president's choice to be the nation's top consumer financial watchdog, lacks any apparent consumer-protection, regulatory or industry experience — but Republicans say that all is offset by her management and budgetary skills.

Democrats aren't impressed. They contend that the...



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Jul 18, 2018

Trump claims no more threat from Russia, contradicting U.S. intelligence warnings
Reigniting concerns over his recent embrace of Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Trump said Wednesday that Moscow is no longer targeting the United States, contradicting his top intelligence advisor's warning days ago that "the lights are blinking red" about cyberattacks.

The president's...



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Jul 17, 2018

MGM sues Las Vegas massacre survivors, claiming a Sept. 11-era terrorism law protects the company from lawsuits
Over the last couple of days, dozens of survivors of last year's mass shooting in Las Vegas have started to receive some startling legal notices.

"A lawsuit has been filed against you," the notices say.

The plaintiff? MGM Resorts International, the casino and hotel company, owner of both the fairgrounds...



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Jul 17, 2018

Facing heavy criticism, Trump now says he misspoke over Putin-friendly remarks
President Trump, seeking to stanch a national furor, said on Tuesday that he misspoke at his Helsinki summit with Vladimir Putin, and meant to say that he does in fact see Russia as the culprit that interfered in the 2016 election, just as U.S. intelligence agencies have found.

The president's...



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Jul 17, 2018

California's Rep. Linda Sanchez announces bid to rise in House Democratic leadership
The fight over who will lead House Democrats next year got its first public entrance Tuesday as Rep. Linda T. Sanchez made her official bid to lead the House Democratic Caucus.

Sanchez, of Whittier, currently vice chairwoman of the Democratic Caucus, sent a letter to her colleagues Tuesday confirming...



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Jul 17, 2018

Trump says he misspoke, and believes U.S. intelligence findings that Russia meddled in election
President Trump, seeking to stanch a national furor, said on Tuesday that he misspoke in Helsinki, Finland, and meant to say that he indeed does see Russia as the culprit that interfered in the 2016 presidential election, just as U.S. intelligence agencies have found.

The president's comments were...



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Jul 17, 2018

California's Rep. Linda Sanchez announces bid to lead House Democrats
The fight over who will lead House Democrats next year got its first public entrance Tuesday as Rep. Linda T. Sanchez made her bid official to lead the House Democratic Caucus.

Sanchez, of Whittier, currently vice chairwoman of the Democratic Caucus, sent a letter to her colleagues Tuesday confirming...



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Jul 17, 2018

Orange County congressional race between Rohrabacher and Rouda a dead heat, new poll finds
One of California's most hotly contested congressional races — the campaign between incumbent Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher and his Democratic challenger, Harley Rouda — is starting off as a dead heat, according to a new poll that shows a Democratic edge on enthusiasm countering the Orange County...



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Jul 16, 2018

Putin weaves KGB tradecraft and attention to detail in a remarkable meeting with Trump
At a rally before cheering supporters this month in Montana, President Trump declared nonchalantly of his then-upcoming summit with Russia's leader: "I have been preparing for this stuff my whole life."

But on Monday, with a world audience looking on, the summit looked far more like a culminating...



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Jul 16, 2018

Sifting through the wreckage of Trump's Europe tour for signs of a foreign policy
Critics already are calling it the "blame America first" tour.

That was perhaps inevitable after President Trump blamed American "foolishness and stupidity" on Monday for the nosedive in U.S. relations with Moscow, not Russia's aggression in Ukraine, Syria and in the 2016 presidential election.

...

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Jul 16, 2018

Putin offered to help with the Russia investigation. Don't expect Mueller to take him up on it
Before the end of Monday's news conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to do a favor for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

Russian authorities, Putin said, would be happy to interview the dozen intelligence officers indicted on Friday for hacking emails from Hillary Clinton's...



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Jul 16, 2018

'Disgraceful': Republicans sharply criticize Trump's behavior at news conference with Putin
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) called it "disgraceful"; Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said he was "saddened" and "disappointed." Mostly, however, Republican members of Congress reacted to President Trump's performance beside Vladimir Putin in Helsinki with silence.

Democrats rushed to condemn Trump's continued...



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Jul 16, 2018

In Helsinki, Putin displays the political skills he has honed since his days as a KGB agent
At a rally before cheering supporters earlier this month in Montana, President Trump declared nonchalantly of his then-upcoming summit with Russia's leader: "I have been preparing for this stuff my whole life."

But on Monday, with a world audience looking on, the summit looked far more like a culminating...



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Jul 16, 2018

Trump slams Russia probe and blames U.S. for bad relations with Putin as the two leaders meet
President Trump slammed the special counsel's investigation into his campaign's possible election collusion with Russia during a stunning news conference Monday alongside President Vladimir Putin, and he blamed the United States for relations with Moscow that he said have "never been worse."

When...



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Jul 16, 2018

Trump meets with Putin in high-stakes summit, blames the U.S. for poor relations
President Trump opened his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, hours after blaming the frosty state of relations between the two countries on the U.S. government."We have a lot of questions, and hopefully we'll come up with answers. It's great to be with you," Trump said as...

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Jul 16, 2018

Trump finally meeting Putin in a high-stakes summit, blames the U.S. for poor relations
President Trump opened his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, hours after blaming the frosty state of relations between the two countries on his own government.

"We have a lot of questions, and hopefully we'll come up with answers. It's great to be with you," Trump said as...



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Jul 16, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's Supreme Court pick, could have a major impact on gun laws, rejecting assault-weapon bans
With the addition of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court could have a conservative majority to strike down bans on semi-automatic weapons in California and other liberal states and to decree that law-abiding Americans have a right to carry a gun in public.

Although the fight over Kavanaugh's...



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Jul 16, 2018

Arrivals of refugees have hit historic lows. To stay afloat, resettlement agencies re-brand


The door to the nonprofit World Relief, tucked between a dance studio and a tutoring company on the second floor of a Garden Grove strip mall, still says "refugee resettlement services."

But it's been nearly a year since a new refugee has walked through it.

The number of refugees admitted to the...



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Jul 15, 2018

Preparing to meet Putin, Trump calls the European Union a 'foe'
On the eve of his first formal summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Trump on Sunday described the European Union as a trading "foe," further unnerving some of America's closest partners after disruptive visits to NATO headquarters and Britain.

Trump has not said what he hopes...



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Jul 15, 2018

Trump resists Mueller interview, leaving difficult decision on subpoena before fall elections
After months of negotiations failed to secure an interview with President Trump, special counsel Robert S. Mueller III warned the president's lawyers during a contentious meeting this spring that he could use a grand jury subpoena if necessary to compel his testimony.

That prompted a furious response...



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Jul 15, 2018

Mai Tai Sing, pioneering Chinese American entertainer, dies at 94
Mai Tai Sing danced her way to stardom during the thriving Chinatown nightclub scene in San Francisco, and appeared in movies and TV. She died last week at age 94.

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Jul 15, 2018

Bitcoin, malware and 'spearphishing' helped Russian agents hack Democratic Party computers in 2016 election
The email landed in John Podesta's crowded inbox around March 19, 2016, during the height of the presidential primaries, and it appeared to be a standard security request from Google for Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman to change his password.

Doing so ultimately led to a political firestorm...



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Jul 15, 2018

Never mind the candidates. In a key midterm contest, it's all about Trump
Katie Hill and Steve Knight are waging one of the most fiercely competitive congressional races in the country, a free-for-all spilling from the pin-neat subdivisions of Simi Valley to the scrubland of the high desert.

Hill, a Democrat, has been featured on HBO and profiled in several national...



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Jul 14, 2018

Woman berated for Puerto Rican flag shirt hopes her experience 'shines a light on what's going on with racism'
The woman shown in a viral video being berated for wearing a Puerto Rican flag T-shirt said she hopes the ugly incident "shines a light on what's going on with racism" nationwide.

But 24-year old Mia Irizarry said she is trying not to be too affected by the attention.

"I'm a very carefree, open,...



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Jul 14, 2018

Trump heads to Putin summit with no clear goal — and worries that he'll make concessions
When President Trump flew to Singapore last month to meet with Kim Jong Un, he had a clear agenda: to try personal diplomacy, rather than insults and threats, in a still-unsuccessful effort to convince North Korea to give up its arsenal of nuclear weapons.

But Trump has no obvious goal and no agreed-upon...



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Jul 14, 2018

Florida cops say apparent murder was really suicide, accomplished with a handgun and a weather balloon
At first it appeared to be a murder case when a 71-year-old man was found dead in a field next to his country club home in southern Florida with a bullet wound to his chest.

But on Thursday, after a six-month investigation, police released a report that concluded Alan Jay Abrahamson killed himself...



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Jul 13, 2018

12 Russians indicted in hacking of Clinton's campaign and computers handling voter registration
Twelve Russian intelligence officers have been charged in the hacking of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and Democratic Party computers, the Justice Department revealed Friday in an indictment that undermined President Trump's multiple attempts to downplay Moscow's election meddling.

The...



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Jul 13, 2018

Democrats urge Trump to cancel Putin summit following Mueller indictments
Senior Democrats called on President Trump on Friday to cancel his planned summit Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, unless he was prepared to challenge the former KGB official over the U.S. indictment of 12 Russian intelligence operatives for meddling in the 2016...



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Jul 13, 2018

Trump team meets Mexico's incoming president in effort to repair relations
A team of top Trump administration officials traveled to Mexico City on Friday to meet the country's next president and try to repair strained relations in a largely symbolic visit after nearly two years of diplomatic discord with America's southern neighbor.

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo...



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Jul 13, 2018

Everything you need to know about who's been charged in the Russia case
Here's a guide to who's been charged, how they're connected to President Trump, what they're accused of doing and who's cooperating with prosecutors.

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Jul 13, 2018

Trump tries to dispel tension with British prime minister after interview criticizing her leadership
President Trump on Friday struggled to repair his newly damaged relationship with British Prime Minister Theresa May, effusively praising her at a joint news conference after an explosive tabloid interview in which he criticized her, praised her rival and warned of an end to free trade between...



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Jul 13, 2018

Top Trump team meets Mexico's incoming president in effort to repair ties
Hoping to win support for the Trump administration's fight against illegal immigration, a team of senior U.S. officials traveled to Mexico on Friday to meet its next president and try to repair strained relations.

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo is scheduled to pay calls on Mexico's president-elect,...



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Jul 13, 2018

12 Russians indicted in hacking of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign
Twelve Russian intelligence officers have been indicted in the hacking of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, the Justice Department announced Friday.

The indictment was obtained by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and revealed by U.S. Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein at a news conference.

...

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Jul 13, 2018

As Trump brings his distinctive brand of chaos to Europe, the big question is why
Why does he do these things?

Three days into President Trump's rampage through Europe — after the upending of the NATO summit and the casual shivving of British Prime Minister Theresa May — "why" is the question on the minds of U.S. and foreign government officials, analysts and many voters.

Some...



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Jul 13, 2018

A fiery populist and a business-friendly centrist: Contrasting paths toward a Democratic resurgence in West Virginia
It is the end of a sleepy holiday week, and sheets of rain flood the roads, but nearly every seat is filled at a town hall hosted by the heavily tattooed man wearing combat boots and seeking to win a congressional seat here.

The turnout would impress the most jaded political consultant. But Richard...



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Jul 13, 2018

Leopards, pythons and zebras turned into potions, boots and lamps. This warehouse holds the grisly goods of an illegal trade
This nondescript warehouse on the outskirts of Denver offers a creepy, deeply macabre view into both the human psyche and the multibillion-dollar illegal wildlife trade.

Tall shelves run the length of the 16,000-square-foot facility laden with animals reduced to potions, powders, boots, belts and...



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Jul 13, 2018

Rhinos, pythons and zebras turned into potions, boots and lamps. This warehouse holds the grisly goods of an illegal trade
This nondescript warehouse on the outskirts of Denver offers a creepy, deeply macabre view into both the human psyche and the multibillion-dollar illegal wildlife trade.

Tall shelves run the length of the 16,000-square-foot facility laden with animals reduced to potions, powders, boots, belts and...



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Jul 12, 2018

Trump claims victory at NATO despite allies' denials, then ignites furor in Britain by attacking prime minister
President Trump declared a much-disputed victory at the annual NATO summit Thursday, after throwing it into crisis by forcing an emergency session suggesting the United States could leave the nearly 70-year-old alliance and then suddenly dropping his demands that allies immediately spend more on...



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Jul 12, 2018

Sparring with House Republicans, FBI's Peter Strzok denies anti-Trump texts affected his work
Peter Strzok, the controversial FBI counterintelligence official who became a White House punching bag for sending critical texts about Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, pushed back angrily against Republican accusations Thursday that he was biased in his work, insisting that...



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Jul 12, 2018

Democrats' push to abolish ICE reaches Capitol Hill
The calls on the left to abolish the government's Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency reached Capitol Hill on Thursday, as three Democratic representatives filed legislation to close the agency that has become the face of immigration raids in the Trump administration.

"ICE is not working...



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Jul 12, 2018

Trump claims victory over U.S. allies at stormy NATO meeting
President Trump declared a much-disputed victory at the annual NATO summit Thursday, after throwing it into crisis by forcing an emergency session suggesting the United States could leave the nearly 70-year-old alliance and then suddenly dropping his demands that allies immediately spend more on...



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Jul 12, 2018

Trump sends high-level delegation to Mexico in overture to new leader
After a year and a half of turmoil, the Trump administration is attempting to repair its frazzled relations with close ally Mexico, dispatching a high-level delegation to meet the country's next president.

On Friday, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will lead the team to Mexico City for meetings...



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Jul 12, 2018

The Emmett Till case is reopened nearly 63 years after the teen's killing spotlighted racial violence
The investigation into the death of Emmett Till, one of the most notorious slayings of the Jim Crow-era Deep South, has been reopened more than 60 years after the 14-year-old African American boy's mutilated body was pulled out of Mississippi's Tallahatchie River.

Two white men, Roy Bryant and...



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Jul 12, 2018

Justice Department reopens Emmett Till case. His killing in 1955 put a spotlight on racial violence
The Department of Justice has reopened its investigation into the death of Emmett Till, one of the most notorious slayings of the Jim Crow-era Deep South, more than 60 years after the 14-year-old African American boy's mutilated body was pulled out of Mississippi's Tallahatchie River.

Two white...



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Jul 12, 2018

Pardoned by Trump, Oregon ranchers ride home in style on Pence ally's private jet
A day earlier, ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond were prisoners at the minimum-security federal prison on Terminal Island in San Pedro, serving five-year sentences for arson.

But on Wednesday, following a Tuesday pardon by President Trump, the father-and-son pair got to fly home in style to Burns,...



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Jul 12, 2018

Controversial FBI official Peter Strzok denies bias against Trump affected his work
Peter Strzok, the veteran FBI counterintelligence official who became a White House punching bag for sending critical texts about Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, told a congressional hearing Thursday that he never let his political views affect his investigations, pushing back...



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Jul 12, 2018

Controversial FBI official denies bias against Trump affected his work
Peter Strzok, the FBI counterintelligence official who became a partisan punching bag for trading critical texts about Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, plans to tell lawmakers on Thursday that he never let political bias affect his work.

"Let me be clear, unequivocally and under...



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Jul 12, 2018

Trump throws NATO summit into crisis mode with demands, before switching and claiming victory
President Trump threw the annual NATO summit deeper into crisis Thursday — forcing an emergency session and suggesting the United States could leave the nearly 70-year-old alliance — before switching positions and claiming victory.

As the summit closed, the president held an unexpected news conference,...



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Jul 12, 2018

Stymied elsewhere, Trump turns to pardons to advance personal and policy goals
As a candidate for president, Donald Trump vowed to accomplish a great many things with the ease and simplicity of snapping his fingers.

Once in office, however, he discovered that achieving those goals — dismantling Obamacare, slashing the federal debt, building a wall along the border with Mexico,...



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Jul 12, 2018

Controversial FBI official to testify about private text messages on Trump
Peter Strzok, the FBI counterintelligence official who became a partisan punching bag for trading critical texts about Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, is scheduled to testify Thursday before two House committees investigating his actions.

Strzok played a leading role in the...



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Jul 12, 2018

What it took to reunite one immigrant family separated under U.S. 'zero tolerance' policy
There was no shade, no escape from the heat, for the immigrant mother waiting for hours Wednesday outside a south Texas shelter in this border city to reclaim her 17-year-old daughter.

Her experience shows just how difficult it will be to reunite thousands of mostly Central American children separated...



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Jul 11, 2018

Bankruptcy judge hits attorney Michael Avenatti with restraining order to force payment of taxes and debt
A federal bankruptcy judge issued a restraining order late Wednesday to block Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels, from spending any legal fees that he collects until he and his law firm satisfy more than $10 million in unpaid debts and back taxes.

The move by Judge Catherine...



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Jul 11, 2018

Bankruptcy judge hits Michael Avenatti's firm with restraining order to freeze legal fees in 54 cases
A federal bankruptcy judge issued a restraining order late Wednesday to block Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels, from spending any legal fees that he collects until he and his law firm satisfy more than $10 million in unpaid debts.

The move by Judge Catherine Bauer of U.S....



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Jul 11, 2018

After Trump's pardon, Oregon ranchers catch a ride home on Pence ally's private jet
A day ago, ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond were prisoners at the minimum-security federal prison on Terminal Island in San Pedro, serving five-year sentences for arson.

But on Wednesday, following a Tuesday pardon by President Trump, the father-and-son pair got to fly home in style to Burns,...



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Jul 11, 2018

Paul Manafort's VIP jail treatment: A private phone line, a laptop and his own shower
When President Trump's former campaign chairman wants to call his lawyers from jail, he doesn't have to line up at a pay phone. He just picks up the private line in his cell.

Paul Manafort also doesn't wear an orange jumpsuit or any other prison uniform. He has his own laptop computer, complete...



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Jul 11, 2018

Kavanaugh, in a speech, lauded late Chief Justice Rehnquist for dissenting in Roe vs. Wade and supporting school prayer
Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, gave a revealing speech last fall in which he lauded former Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist for having dissented in Roe vs. Wade and for rejecting the notion of "a wall of separation between church and state."

He also praised...



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Jul 11, 2018

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh lauded late Chief Justice Rehnquist for dissenting in Roe vs. Wade and supporting school prayer
Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, gave a revealing speech last fall in which he lauded former Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist for having dissented in Roe vs. Wade and for rejecting the notion of "a wall of separation between church and state."

He also praised...



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Jul 11, 2018

Nevada execution halted after drug company sues to stop it
Hours before he was to be put to death, a convicted killer was spared execution Wednesday when a Nevada judge granted an injunction sought by the maker of a sedative that has been at the center of several botched executions.

Scott Dozier was scheduled to die at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the state prison...



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Jul 11, 2018

Trump disrupts NATO summit with blasts at allies, especially Germany, and new defense spending demands
President Trump upended the show of unity at NATO's annual summit on Wednesday as many allies had feared, claiming that Germany "is totally controlled by" and "captive to Russia" and inflating his demands that they spend more on defense to an unrealistic level.

The president's comments in Brussels,...



LA Times National News
Jul 11, 2018

After Trump's new tariff threat, China may either have to blink or widen the trade war
President Trump's latest threat of tariffs against China, on imports totaling approximately $200 billion, substantially raises the stakes for Beijing and could push the two countries' trade war beyond the tit-for-tat duties seen so far and into a new phase.

China's Commerce Ministry said Wednesday...



LA Times National News
Jul 11, 2018

Driverless-car makers want Congress to free them from state safety standards
As Silicon Valley and automakers attempt to steer the nation toward a future of driverless vehicles, a group of influential lawmakers remains concerned that bipartisan legislation now moving through Congress could leave consumers at risk by preventing states from demanding tighter safety regulations.

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LA Times National News
Jul 11, 2018

After Trump's new round of tariffs, China may either have to blink or widen the trade war
President Trump's latest round of tariffs against China, totaling approximately $200 billion, substantially raises the stakes for Beijing and could push the two countries' trade war into a new phase, beyond the tit-for-tat duties seen so far.

China's Commerce Ministry said Wednesday that China...



LA Times National News
Jul 11, 2018

Trump opens NATO summit with blast at allies, accuses Germany over ties to Russia
President Trump kicked off his two-day visit with NATO allies by doing exactly what many of them feared, worsening tensions within the alliance by claiming that Germany, a bulwark of the transatlantic democratic order, "is totally controlled by" and "captive to Russia."

Trump, who often goes on...



LA Times National News
Jul 10, 2018

With two pardons, Trump wins goodwill in the ranching world
President Trump has intervened in one of the most sensitive political battles in the American West, pardoning two Oregon ranchers whose imprisonment inflamed a protest movement against the government's management of federal land.

Dwight Hammond, 76, and his son Steven Hammond, 49, who ran a ranch...



LA Times National News
Jul 10, 2018

U.S. government is asking immigrant parents separated from their children to fill out this lengthy form
Immigrant parents who have been separated from their children have been asked to complete extensive paperwork to begin the process of reunification. The forms request basic information, such as date and city of birth, but also require documentation that the people, who are often poor, may not have,...



LA Times National News
Jul 10, 2018

Some migrant children are reunited with parents as Trump administration misses court deadline
The federal government on Tuesday began its first major wave of reuniting migrant children with their parents amid continued chaos, confusion and legal wrangling over when and how the rest of the thousands of families separated on the border would be brought back together.

The Trump administration...



LA Times National News
Jul 10, 2018

Democrats hope Obamacare fears will derail Kavanaugh as White House moves to soften his image
As President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, made the rounds Tuesday on Capitol Hill, early contours of what is likely to be a bitter confirmation battle began to take shape.

Democrats, who had previously focused largely on the impact to legalized abortion, began shifting their...



LA Times National News
Jul 10, 2018

Here's what you need to know about Trump's complaints to NATO allies about defense spending
U.S. officials have harangued European allies for decades for failing to spend enough on defense. But President Trump has turned up the attacks as he heads to Wednesday's summit at NATO headquarters in Brussels, raising fears that he is determined to provoke a crisis over funding of the military...



LA Times National News
Jul 10, 2018

After North Korea's swipe, Pompeo must focus on pace and structure if nuclear talks are to succeed
Now that he has gotten a bitter taste of diplomatic reality in North Korea, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo must focus on the pace and structure of proposed talks if the Trump administration is to make progress toward nuclear disarmament on the Korean peninsula, analysts say.

Pompeo's third...



LA Times National News
Jul 10, 2018

Judge refuses to unseal ex-Playboy model's suit against Trump fundraiser
A state judge rejected a request Tuesday by the Los Angeles Times and seven other news organizations that he unseal a lawsuit a former Playboy model filed against one of President Trump's top fundraisers.

Shera Bechard, who was Playmate of the Month in November 2010, sued Republican fundraiser...



LA Times National News
Jul 10, 2018

Dozens of immigrant children to be reunited with parents today
Dozens of immigrant children under the age of 5 will be released from government custody and reunited with their parents Tuesday after being separated at the border under President Trump's zero-tolerance immigration policy.

A government lawyer said Monday at least 54 children under 5 would join...



LA Times National News
Jul 10, 2018

Judge again delays sentencing for Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security advisor
A federal judge on Tuesday again delayed the sentencing of Michael T. Flynn, President Trump's former national security advisor and the only former White House official charged in the sprawling Russia investigation.

The retired Army lieutenant general appeared in court for the first time since ...



LA Times National News
Jul 10, 2018

Trump's former national security advisor Michael Flynn is due in court Tuesday
President Trump's former national security advisor Michael Flynn is scheduled to return to federal court Tuesday for the first time since he pleaded guilty on Dec. 1 to one count of lying to federal agents about his contacts with the Russian ambassador during the presidential transition.

The retired...



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