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California governor to ask for $437 million in flood and emergency relief

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Warning that it will only amount to a small down payment on a large and costly problem, California Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled a $437-million request Friday to speed up flood control efforts in Northern California and boost the readiness of the state's emergency operations.

"These liabilities are a serious cloud, and we have...Read more

Report: Some Latinos fear for their future under Trump administration

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While Latinos are divided about their future in the United States under President Donald Trump, many believe social and political conditions for Latinos will worsen, particularly with mass deportations on the horizon, according to a new survey conducted by the Pew Research Center.

The survey, released Thursday, was administered to 1,000 Latino ...Read more

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Man who destroyed Trump's Walk of Fame star returns brass pieces to police

LOS ANGELES -- The man who smashed President Donald Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star with a sledgehammer and pickax last year won't be auctioning off the brass pieces as he had hoped. Instead, he's returned the metal bits to police, his attorney said.

After ...Read more

Democrats struggle to move past election, agree on party leader

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ATLANTA -- The uneasy clash between grass-roots activists and establishment figures at the Democratic National Committee meeting in Atlanta isn't hard to spot. It's on display at caucus meetings, panel discussions and the maneuvering behind Saturday's vote to elect a new party leader.

And for a party struggling to find a balance between the ...Read more

Suspect in fatal bar shooting to make first court appearance Monday

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A man charged with killing one man and shooting two others at Austins Bar & Grill in Olathe, Kan., has been returned to Johnson County to face charges.

Adam W. Purinton was returned to Johnson County from Henry County, Mo., where he was arrested several hours after the Wednesday night shooting.

According to court records, ...Read more

Kansas shooting likely to test what Trump views as a hate crime

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WASHINGTON -- The shooting at a bar in a suburb of Kansas City of two Indian immigrants, one of whom died, is likely to become the first test of the Trump administration's view of what role the federal government should play in crimes against ethnic and racial minorities.

Police accounts of the shootings in the city of Olathe, Kan., say the ...Read more

Press corps protests White House briefing that excluded some media outlets

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WASHINGTON -- The group that represents journalists who cover the White House on Friday protested the exclusion of some news outlets from an on-the-record briefing that replaced the normal on-camera briefing open to all members of the news media.

"The WHCA board is protesting strongly against how today's gaggle is being handled by the White ...Read more

Trump administration makes first move to build border wall

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's administration is soliciting ideas from contractors on how to build its promised wall between the U.S. and Mexico, a first tangible step toward delivering on the president's signature campaign promise to curb unauthorized immigration.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued a preliminary request for ...Read more

Mako shark makes a 5,000-mile sprint to South Florida in just 142 days

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MIAMI -- Nova Southeastern University shark scientists are marveling at the stamina of a mako named Hypower making a sprint from Maryland to South Florida -- a 5,000-mile journey -- in just 142 days.

After researchers tagged the 6.5-foot-long male shark off the Maryland coast in the fall, Hypower circled offshore between New York and New Jersey...Read more

Man who destroyed Trump's Walk of Fame star returns brass pieces to police

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LOS ANGELES -- The man who smashed President Donald Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star with a sledgehammer and pickax last year won't be auctioning off the brass pieces as he had hoped. Instead, he's returned the metal bits to police, his attorney said.

After destroying the star, James Otis took the TV emblem at its center, as well as some of ...Read more

Pentagon prepares to give White House stepped-up battle plan against Islamic State

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WASHINGTON -- Pentagon strategists are putting final touches on a stepped-up battle plan against Islamic State and are due to offer President Donald Trump options as early as Monday to accelerate the war against the militants in Iraq and Syria, officials said.

The monthlong strategic review, which Trump requested Jan. 28, is expected to include...Read more

Texas Democrats say emphasizing voter ID fears could drive up turnout in 2018

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DALLAS -- Melissa Thrailkill witnessed Republicans in Texas win the messaging battle -- and elections -- for years by using immigration as a unifying issue for the party's base.

She said it's now time for Democrats to unify around a single issue that evokes strong emotion and turnout in midterm elections.

And in Texas that issue is voter ID.

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GOP senators embrace awkward Russia probe that could hurt Trump

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WASHINGTON -- A Senate Intelligence Committee investigation of Russia's effort to influence last year's U.S. election is shaping up as an unexpectedly bipartisan effort that could take months to complete as it explores the most significant controversy shadowing the new Trump administration.

The investigation, which will involve scouring highly ...Read more

Analysis: Can Mexico expect less-hostile days after visit by Trump secretaries?

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MEXICO CITY -- Seldom has the seemingly routine visit of a pair of U.S. Cabinet secretaries generated so much anguish and disquiet to the host country, in this case, Mexico.

And rarely has the reaction been so uncertain that the scripted finale -- a meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Thursday -- was thrown into doubt.

Mexico'...Read more

White House excludes some media outlets from press briefing

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WASHINGTON -- Friday's White House press briefing, normally an on-camera affair open to all reporters with press credentials, was turned into an exclusive event for certain outlets hand-picked by the administration.

The action came after President Donald Trump on Friday described the media and what he terms "fake news" as "the enemy of the ...Read more

Trump rips media in address to conservative crowd

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OXON HILL, Md. -- President Donald Trump on Friday invoked the First Amendment as he decried much of the press as "fake news" and the "enemy of the people," part of a blistering critique that was rowdily embraced by a conservative crowd.

"They say we can't criticize their dishonest coverage because of the First Amendment -- they always bring up...Read more

Noah Feldman: A loss, but maybe also a gain, for transgender movement

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Now that the Trump administration has reversed the Department of Education policy on transgender bathroom use, the Supreme Court will probably dismiss the case it's hearing on the matter rather than issue a decision. But even if that happens -- and it isn't 100 percent certain -- the result may be better for transgender-rights advocates than ...Read more

Ramesh Ponnuru: What does predicted GDP effect of losing illegal immigrants really mean?

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It's an eye-opening finding: If the U.S. no longer had any illegal immigrants, its GDP would be $5 trillion smaller over 10 years.

That's the conclusion of a recent study by the National Bureau of Economic Research. But while the number is big, it's not clear it tells us much about what to do about illegal immigration.

Normally, the ...Read more

Marijuana industry angered by White House reversal

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NEW YORK -- The cannabis industry was rattled Thursday after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said he expects the Department of Justice to increase enforcement of federal laws prohibiting recreational pot, even in states where it's already legal.

Along with the District of Columbia, eight states have legalized recreational use among ...Read more

Democrats cast wide for response to Trump address

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WASHINGTON -- Former Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear will deliver the Democratic response to President Donald Trump's address to Congress on Tuesday and immigration activist Astrid Silva will deliver the Spanish language response, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer announced Friday.

Beshear, Kentucky's...Read more