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Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross resigns after woman alleges affair, retribution

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PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross abruptly resigned Tuesday, a day after a woman in the department claimed in a lawsuit that he ignored her complaints of another officer's sexual harassment because she broke off a two-year affair with the commissioner in 2011.

Mayor Jim Kenney did not address that specific allegation...Read more

Trump cancels Denmark visit after learning Greenland is not for sale

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump announced he will not visit Denmark next month, after the Danish prime minister flatly rebuffed his recent interest in buying Greenland, with the issue suddenly emerging as a source of tension.

"Denmark is a very special country with incredible people, but based on Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen's ...Read more

Trump floats a tax cut, then calls it unneeded and not imminent

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said "a lot of people" would like a cut in payroll taxes, but the White House isn't likely to immediately reduce that levy -- in part because voters might not even notice it.

While Trump insists the U.S. is "very far from a recession," he and his economic advisers have been casting about for ways to cut ...Read more

Trump administration considering Cuban American from Miami for top Latin America post

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MIAMI -- Carlos Trujillo, the current U.S. ambassador to the Organization of American States and former state representative from Miami, is being considered as the next assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, The Miami Herald has learned.

Multiple sources confirmed Tuesday that Trujillo, a Cuban American and close ally of U...Read more

Man accused of threatening Miami Hispanics invoked Hitler, Nazis and Trump, feds say

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MIAMI -- A Maryland man will be extradited to South Florida to face trial on allegations that he threatened to massacre Hispanics in Miami.

Federal prosecutors on Tuesday announced the arrest of 35-year-old Eric Lin, of Clarksburg, Md., who on Facebook appeared to be a devotee of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. Lin was arrested in Seattle, and ...Read more

Motorists harass buses with migrant students in Idaho

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BOISE, Idaho -- At first, it was just nasty looks and rude gestures. Then angry drivers started to follow the buses full of migrant children, most younger than 5, down Canyon County roads.

"It's really heartbreaking, because they're children," said Sonnay Alvarez, spokeswoman for the Community Council of Idaho. The council runs 10 Head Start ...Read more

Trump retreats from gun control proposals

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WASHINGTON -- In the three weeks since three mass shootings left the country reeling, powerful pro-gun groups have sent President Donald Trump a clear signal -- don't forget that we helped put you in the White House.

On Tuesday, the president made clear he was listening. He reversed course and backed away from potential new restrictions on gun ...Read more

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Former boyfriend arrested 27 years after mother of two goes missing

The former boyfriend of a young mother who disappeared 27 years ago in Northern California has been arrested in connection with the cold case, authorities said.

Richard Pyle, 55, who was described by deputies as a transient, was taken into custody in Stockton on Thursday, ...Read more

Georgia Supreme Court: Are data breach victims entitled to damages?

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ATLANTA -- In the spring of 2016, a cyber thief calling himself the "Dark Overlord" hacked into the databases of a Clarke County medical clinic and emerged with the personal information of an estimated 200,000 patients.

The Athens Orthopedic Clinic refused to pay the hacker's ransom and advised current and former patients to set up anti-fraud ...Read more

Oversight blasts DOJ for siding with Trump in subpoena fight

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WASHINGTON -- The House Oversight and Reform Committee criticized the Justice Department for proposing "astounding and novel" limits on congressional investigations Tuesday as a means to win a lawsuit over a subpoena for eight years of President Donald Trump's financial records.

Oversight's filing with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District...Read more

7-year Lexington fight over shop's refusal to make gay pride T-shirts to go before state Supreme Court

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LEXINGTON, Ky.--More than seven years after a Lexington shop refused to make T-shirts for the 2012 Lexington Pride Festival, the Kentucky Supreme Court will hear arguments Friday about whether or not the company violated the city's Fairness Ordinance.

Before the case began moving through the court system, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County ...Read more

Civil rights activist Dolores Huerta is arrested during union protest

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Civil rights activist and labor leader Dolores Huerta was arrested Tuesday in Fresno, Calif., while protesting with union representatives seeking a living wage for home care workers.

Hundreds of demonstrators with the Service Employees International Union, many of whom have gone without a pay increase for more than 10 years, gathered outside ...Read more

Man exposes himself, falls to death at Atlanta hotel, police say

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ATLANTA -- After allegedly exposing himself to a housekeeper, a man fell to his death Monday attempting to escape from the Hyatt Regency Atlanta hotel, according to police.

Police were called shortly after noon to the iconic hotel, known for its blue dome, after the man attempted to jump from a 10th-story balcony to one below, Investigator ...Read more

75-year-old Florida woman dies after she was set on fire, hit with mallet by appliance delivery man

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BOCA RATON, Fla. -- A 75-year-old Boca Raton woman has died after a delivery man struck her in the head with a wooden mallet and set her on fire, Boca Raton police announced Tuesday afternoon.

"Unfortunately, the victim succumbed to her injuries and has passed away," Boca Raton police spokesman Mark Economou said in a statement. "We offer our ...Read more

Mar-a-Lago intruder pleads to be set free from jail

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The Chinese national who was arrested while allegedly trying to lie her way into the president's club in March pleaded with a judge to end her time in jail in a Tuesday appearance in federal court in Fort Lauderdale.

Wearing brown, jail-issued shirt and pants, Yujing Zhang, 33, entered the courtroom Tuesday afternoon ...Read more

Ways and Means chairman cites 'credible allegations' of misconduct in presidential tax audit

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WASHINGTON -- The House Ways and Means Committee said it had received "credible allegations" from a federal employee of potentially "inappropriate efforts to influence" the IRS' mandatory audit of presidential tax returns.

References to the unexplained allegations were in a letter included in a Tuesday filing by the committee in its federal ...Read more

Great Smoky Mountains park gets an unusual apology in the mail — with a rock

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Rangers at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park say they received an unusual letter, and it included a piece of the park stolen by a tourist: a rock.

The sender, a girl named Karina, offered an apology.

"Deep Creek was awesome! I especially liked Tom Branch Falls. I loved it so much, I wanted to have a souvenir to come ...Read more

Former boyfriend arrested 27 years after mother of two goes missing

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The former boyfriend of a young mother who disappeared 27 years ago in Northern California has been arrested in connection with the cold case, authorities said.

Richard Pyle, 55, who was described by deputies as a transient, was taken into custody in Stockton on Thursday, according to a news release from the Butte County Sheriff's Office.

Pyle...Read more

Cal State Fullerton stabbing: Killer left backpack with wigs, knife and zip ties, police say

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FULLERTON, Calif. -- A man suspected of fatally stabbing a California State, Fullerton employee in a campus parking lot may have been trying to kidnap him based on evidence found in a backpack left at the scene, authorities said Tuesday.

The backpack found underneath 57-year-old Steven Shek Keung Chan's vehicle had zip ties, wigs, a knife, ...Read more

Italy's government collapses as premier blames crisis on Salvini

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ROME -- Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced the end of his 14-month government on Tuesday, in a dramatic falling out with deputy premier and far-right leader Matteo Salvini.

"The ongoing crisis inevitably undermines the action of the government, which ends here," Conte said in a highly anticipated Senate speech held in front of an ...Read more

 

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