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Trump goes after Adam Schiff at Louisiana rally for GOP governor nominee

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BOSSIER CITY, La. -- President Donald Trump on Thursday night used a political rally in Louisiana, billed as a late-race assist to the Republican candidate for governor, to blast the Democrats' impeachment inquiry, insulting House Intelligence Chairman Adam B. Schiff and citing a conservative website to show he has done nothing wrong.

"While we...Read more

Japan's emperor completes nocturnal ceremony to take the throne

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TOKYO -- Japan's Emperor Naruhito completed the final ritual for his succession to the throne overnight from Thursday to Friday, with the mythical nocturnal ceremony shrouded in secrecy and stirring controversy in secular Japanese society for its religious overtones.

During the Daijosai ceremony, the emperor thanks the sun goddess Amaterasu ...Read more

Justice Department requests Ethics Committee deferral on Rep. Spano case

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WASHINGTON -- The House Ethics Committee released on Thursday the Office of Congressional Ethics referral documents for cases regarding Reps. Bill Huizenga, Ross Spano and Rashida Tlaib, deferring consideration of the Spano case at the request of the Justice Department.

The Office of Congressional Ethics first referred the three cases to the ...Read more

Trump says former Bolton deputy has 'no business' in court

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LOS ANGELES -- President Donald Trump said his former deputy national security adviser has "no business" asking a federal judge whether he must comply with a congressional subpoena to testify at the impeachment hearings.

Trump asked the judge to throw out Charles Kupperman's lawsuit seeking direction from the court. The president claims to have...Read more

Far-right activist Ammon Bundy's rush to save an Idaho ranch ends without standoff

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SEATTLE -- Ammon Bundy, the far-right activist who led an armed takeover of federal land in Oregon, urgently warned followers this week to gear up for another big property rights standoff in Idaho.

Bundy, the bearded man in a cowboy hat whose compatriots occupied Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016, rushed with allies to a northern Idaho ...Read more

Joe Biden rages over school shootings as he holds his first 2020 rally in California

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LOS ANGELES -- Joe Biden, his voice raised, raged at the gun lobby, congressional Republicans and President Donald Trump as he spoke about the deadly school shooting that took place hours earlier Thursday in Santa Clarita.

"You parents and grandparents, you send off children -- 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 years old -- and the first thing they learn is how ...Read more

What we know about the Saugus High School shooting suspect

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SANTA CLARITA, Calif. -- The Saugus High School student suspected of shooting five people on campus -- killing two -- on his 16th birthday was described by neighbors and classmates as a quiet kid.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department received a call at 7:38 a.m. Thursday and minutes later arrived at the Santa Clarita school to find six ...Read more

Suspects arrested in San Francisco Bay Area Halloween shooting that killed 5

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ORINDA, Calif. -- Following a series of raids in Vallejo, Antioch, San Mateo and Marin City, authorities announced the arrest of five suspects Thursday in the Halloween shooting here that left five dead and several more injured.

In a news release announcing the arrests, the Contra Costa County sheriff's office also suggested that two of the ...Read more

Ukraine's young corruption fighters struggle against elites — and Donald Trump

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KYIV, Ukraine -- From her second-story walk-up office in Kyiv's old Perchersk neighborhood, Daria Kaleniuk has been fighting the fire-breathing dragons of Ukrainian corruption -- oligarchs and politicians and judges on the take.

Little did she know she would also be going up against the most powerful man on Earth, Donald Trump.

Kaleniuk is one...Read more

Trump faces NY demand to pay $2 million in restitution quickly

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NEW YORK -- New York wants President Donald Trump to quickly pay $2 million in court-ordered restitution after he admitted misusing his personal charitable foundation by raising money for political purposes during the 2016 campaign and other violations.

In a court filing Wednesday, New York Attorney General Letitia James asked a judge to give ...Read more

Politics foils Armenians' hopes of genocide recognition — again

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It seemed like the moment Paul Jamushian had been waiting for his whole life.

On Oct. 29, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 405 to 11 in favor of a resolution to recognize the killing of 1.5 million Armenians more than a century ago as a genocide. Quick approval by the Senate appeared possible.

But the 80-year-old Jamushian, whose ...Read more

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Ken Cuccinelli, an immigration hard-liner, tapped for No. 2 job at Homeland Security

WASHINGTON -- Shortly after being sworn in as acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf -- who the Senate confirmed as the agency's policy undersecretary just hours earlier -- conducted his first order of business.

He moved Ken ...Read more

Boat fire: Coast Guard to reconsider vessel safety improvements that were earlier rejected

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WASHINGTON -- Days after the Los Angeles Times reported the U.S. Coast Guard had rejected federal recommendations that could help prevent boating tragedies, a Coast Guard leader said the agency will reconsider the measures in the aftermath of the Labor Day fire that killed 34 people on the Conception dive boat.

On Thursday, a House Subcommittee...Read more

Giuliani faces US probe on campaign finance, lobbying breaches

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WASHINGTON -- Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, is being investigated by federal prosecutors for possible campaign finance violations and a failure to register as a foreign agent as part of an active investigation into his financial dealings, according to three U.S. officials.

The probe of Giuliani, which one official ...Read more

This state pays to help asylum-seekers avoid deportation

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- One day five years ago, Alexander decided he'd had enough. Fed up with the culture of extortion in his home country of Honduras, Alexander stopped bribing the gang members who accosted him on his way to pay workers at his father's small ranch.

The police told Alexander to change his phone number, and he did, but within days, ...Read more

US House committee leaders call for more action to prevent airline mishandling of wheelchairs

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U.S. House committee leaders this week called for airlines to do more to prevent mishandling of wheelchairs and scooters of passengers with disabilities, and sought more information on airlines' policies and procedures.

In a letter to industry group Airlines for America CEO Nicholas Calio, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian and National Air ...Read more

Cellphone call from Ukraine could compound Trump's troubles

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WASHINGTON -- When Donald Trump was constructing the opulent Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan four decades ago, he was infuriated when he saw a thin layer of golden-hued marble lining the walls and column in the lobby, and ordered aides to make it appear twice as thick.

Sure, he had architects and engineers to handle those decorating details so...Read more

Drug trafficking through Venezuela has skyrocketed, US military chief says

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MIAMI -- Drug trafficking through Venezuela has increased dramatically and constitutes a threat to the security of the region, said the admiral in charge of the U.S. Southern Command, Craig S. Faller, after opening remarks at a Caribbean Nations Security Conference in Miami on Thursday.

"Maduro's regime has facilitated narcotrafficking," Faller...Read more

Bolivian factions fight for control as Morales snipes from afar

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BOGOTA, Colombia -- Bolivia's interim president, Jeanine Anez, is struggling to consolidate control as lawmakers and former ministers loyal to ousted socialist leader Evo Morales try to reclaim the levers of power.

Three days after Morales fled for Mexican exile after accusations of fraud as he sought a fourth term, his opponents and supporters...Read more

Man arrested for eating on train platform to file lawsuit alleging racial profiling

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The man arrested for eating a sandwich on a Bay Area Rapid Transit station platform last week has announced plans to file a civil rights lawsuit against the transit agency, alleging that its officers engaged in racial profiling and selective law enforcement.

A video of the man, Steve Foster, eating a sandwich while being ...Read more