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LAPD officer is severely beaten on skid row and left in critical condition

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LOS ANGELES -- An off-duty 20-year veteran Los Angeles police officer was in critical condition Friday after a fight with another man in downtown's skid row ended with the officer shooting the suspected assailant, police said.

The narcotics detective, whose name was not released, was "severely injured" during the incident that occurred at about...Read more

Trump's border wall 'emergency' faces first legal challenge

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SAN FRANCISCO -- A nonprofit sued to block President Donald Trump from diverting roughly $8 billion from the federal budget to pay for his promised border wall after declaring a national emergency.

Public Citizen, a consumer rights think tank, filed the complaint on behalf of a nature preserve and three landowners in southern Texas who have ...Read more

Nevada governor signs gun background checks into law 2 years after voters asked for them

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LAS VEGAS -- Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak on Friday signed into law a measure to require background checks on most private gun sales and transfers -- the fulfillment of an initiative passed by voters more than two years ago.

"In November 2016, the majority of Nevadans made it clear they wanted us to do more to address gun violence. But for the 829...Read more

Sarah Sanders says Mueller's office interviewed her in Russia investigation

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WASHINGTON -- White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said she was interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller's office, which is investigating possible collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and the Kremlin in the 2016 election.

"The president urged me, like he has everyone in the administration, to fully cooperate with the ...Read more

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Appeals court largely upholds Philadelphia win over Trump administration in sanctuary city case

PHILADELPHIA -- A federal appeals court has largely upheld the city of Philadelphia's victory in its contentious "sanctuary city" case against the Trump administration.

The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court ruling on Friday that ...Read more

Mueller says Manafort should serve 19 to 24 years in prison for fraud

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WASHINGTON –– Special counsel Robert Mueller recommended Friday that Paul Manafort serve 19 to 24 years in prison for tax and bank fraud, asking for a particularly harsh sentence for the 69-year-old former chairman of the Trump presidential campaign.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III should impose harsh punishment on Manafort, Mueller's ...Read more

Federal judge dissolves homeless protections from police harassment in Miami

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MIAMI -- A federal judge has dissolved the Pottinger Agreement, a consent decree that prevented Miami police from arresting the homeless for loitering.

The decision removes key protections for people living on the street within Miami city limits. The agreement had defined the way police in the city of Miami interacted with the homeless, ...Read more

Trump looks to send food aid to Haiti as violence leads to humanitarian crisis

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration is working on a plan to provide a humanitarian aid package to Haiti, where water, medicine and food are becoming increasingly scarce after nine days of consecutive protests, the Miami Herald and McClatchy Washington Bureau have learned.

"While we cannot comment on internal planning processes, the U.S. ...Read more

Trump dangles peace deal with North Korea, but experts fear he'll give up too much

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WASHINGTON -- Negotiators for President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are discussing a possible deal for their upcoming summit that would include a declaration ending the Korean War in return for verifiable steps to halt Pyongyang's nuclear program, according to current and former U.S. officials.

But those and other ...Read more

Sen. Ted Cruz wants stiffer penalties for moving gold for Venezuela, Iran

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz is leading a group of Republican lawmakers that has devised a plan to punish countries, industries or financial institutions caught moving gold for Venezuela or Iran.

The aim is to increase economic pressure on Venezuela leader Nicolas Maduro and warn banks in Russia and Turkey to think twice before trying to help ...Read more

Three dead, deputy injured in Hubbard County shootings

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Three people are dead and a sheriff's deputy was wounded in shootings late Thursday at several locations in and near the city of Nevis, in northwestern Minnesota.

Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes issued a statement Friday afternoon saying that the initial incident began shortly before 8 p.m., when dispatchers received a 911 call...Read more

Senate panel questions contacts between US officials, Russians

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WASHINGTON -- The Senate Finance Committee asked the Federal Reserve and the Treasury about U.S. officials' contacts during the Obama administration with two Russians later tied to Moscow's efforts to interfere in American policy.

The panel said Friday it sent letters asking the Trump administration for details and records of 2015 meetings ...Read more

Abducted UPS driver hailed for thwarting carjackers during chase with San Jose police

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A UPS driver abducted during a carjacking on Thursday is being lauded for having nerves of steel.

After the armed carjackers seized his delivery truck and forced him to drive it as law enforcement officers pursued them, police said he drove slowly so that they could keep up, and then purposely hit the metal spikes they had ...Read more

More than 900 dead in Madagascar measles epidemic, WHO says

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GENEVA -- At least 922 people have died in a measles outbreak in Madagascar, the majority of them children, the World Health Organization said Friday.

Since the beginning of the outbreak in September, more than 66,000 people in the African island nation have been infected with the highly contagious virus, the WHO said.

Measles is easily ...Read more

Myanmar sentences 2 men to death for murder of prominent Muslim lawyer

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YANGON, Myanmar -- It took nearly two years, more than 100 witnesses and often bizarre legal maneuvering by the defense. But on Friday a court in Myanmar handed down guilty verdicts, including two death sentences, to four men involved in the murder of U Ko Ni, a prominent constitutional lawyer credited for bringing pro-democracy icon Aung San ...Read more

Tempers flared. Tears flowed. Men shouldn't have sex? Kentucky House passes abortion bill

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FRANKFORT, Ky. -- One lawmaker compared abortion to a holocaust. Another suggested that all men in the legislature should abstain from sex. But by the end of an emotional debate in the Kentucky House of Representatives Friday, almost 70 percent of the body voted for a bill that would ban abortions in the state if Roe v. Wade is overturned by the...Read more

4 officers injured, suspect dead in incident at Illinois manufacturing firm, sources and officials say

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An active shooter reported Friday afternoon in Aurora, Ill., is dead, law enforcement sources said.

Dozens of area police officers responded to Henry Pratt Co., officials said, a manufacturing firm located in an industrial park about 30 miles west of Chicago.

A city spokesman told WGN that four officers were injured while responding to the ...Read more

All mail-in ballots in 2 NC counties were tainted, Democratic challenger says in asking for new election

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Ballot harvesting by a Bladen County political operative "tainted" more ballots than the current margin in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District, Democrat Dan McCready's attorneys allege in documents filed to the state board of elections.

McCready trails Republican Mark Harris by 905 votes in unofficial results from the...Read more

Judge issues gag order for Roger Stone case in Russia investigation

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WASHINGTON -- A federal judge has ordered Roger Stone, President Donald Trump's longtime political adviser, to limit his public comments about his upcoming trial on charges stemming from the special counsel's Russia investigation.

The gag order could be a challenge for Stone, an outspoken provocateur who has held news conferences, granted ...Read more

Trump doesn't let environmental laws stand in the way of border barrier construction

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WASHINGTON -- Over the last week, Marianna Trevino Wright has watched work crews drive through her butterfly sanctuary in the Rio Grande Valley to a nearby site where brush is being cleared for a planned six-mile stretch of border wall.

Homeland Security has planned to build an 18-foot-tall steel and concrete barrier across the National ...Read more


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