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Residents return to rubble as fire crews make progress on San Diego, LA wildfires

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BONSALL, Calif. -- Geoffrey Smith heard it first from his neighbors: The wind-driven wildfire that swept through northern San Diego County had devoured his Bonsall home.

As he headed to his neighborhood over the weekend to see the destruction, the 70-year-old veterinarian's mind drifted to what he probably lost.

A cherry wood cabinet he was ...Read more

Black voters are key to Democratic hopes in Alabama's Senate race. Will they turn out?

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Two minutes into Sunday's invocation, after blessing the sunshine and recent snowfall and its swift melting, the pastor turned to the political contest that has riveted the nation's attention on the Deep South.

He asked the Lord to lift up the country, from the White House to City Hall, and asked for deliverance of a new U.S...Read more

Nikki Haley lauds Trump's 'courageous' stance on Jerusalem

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, says President Donald Trump's decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel was "courageous."

Haley has staunchly defended Trump's recognition last week of the contested city as Israel's capital, facing a barrage of criticism at the U.N. last week. The United States ...Read more

Roy Moore dismisses sexual misconduct allegations as 'ritual defamation'

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Republican Roy Moore fought back Sunday against allegations that he sexually abused teenage girls when he was in his 30s, saying they were part of a plot to defame him before Alabama's special U.S. Senate election on Tuesday.

"Ritual defamation has been around for a long time, and that's what this is," Moore, 70, told Bill Britt, anchor of "The...Read more

Seattle cops had no viable alternatives to killing Charleena Lyles, review board finds

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SEATTLE--Taser probes, clubs and pepper spray weren't feasible alternatives when two Seattle police officers shot Charleena Lyles to death after she pulled a knife on them, according to a newly released Seattle police report.

The Force Review Board report provides the first detailed analysis of the findings that led to the board's unanimous ...Read more

New ad urges Alabama Republicans to write in Nick Saban

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A liberal group is telling Republican voters in Alabama to write in their choice in this week's special Senate election, using a new ad to explain how they can avoid voting for party nominee Roy Moore –– even if they don't support Democratic nominee Doug Jones.

The 15-second digital ad, set to run on Facebook, shows how voters can write in ...Read more

Crews defend California town from re-energized fire

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VENTURA, Calif.--The Santa Barbara County town of Carpinteria was under siege from the Thomas fire Sunday as fire crews fought to keep the destructive blaze from the beach community.

With the 170,000-acre fire burning out of control, authorities issued evacuation orders for parts of Carpinteria and nearby Montecito and urged residents outside ...Read more

Congress plans to cut tax write-offs for disaster damage

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Congress is planning to limit taxpayers' ability to write off losses from wildfires and other disasters.

The disaster write-off is one of the many little-known deductions that would be mostly wiped out in the Republican tax plan, but it's getting new attention because of the fires that have devastated parts of Southern California over the past ...Read more

Final Jerusalem status is up to Palestinians and Israelis, Haley says

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WASHINGTON –– Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said Sunday that the final status of Jerusalem should be "should be decided between the Palestinians and the Israelis."

Haley's comments, reiterating U.S. policy, came after President Donald Trump angered world leaders, including close U.S. allies, with his decision to ...Read more

Anti-US protest in Lebanon turns violent

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BEIRUT -- Lebanese security forces Sunday fired tear gas and water cannons at demonstrators attempting to march on the U.S. Embassy in protest of President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Security forces cut off all roads leading to the embassy in northern Beirut to prevent protesters from reaching it. The forces ...Read more

Minnesota's 2018 special election for Al Franken's Senate seat sets up a political shift

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Political operatives in Minnesota and Washington were drawing up lists of candidates to run for Sen. Al Franken's Senate seat even before his resignation speech last week, searching for prospects with the profile, fundraising prowess and mettle to sprint to next November's special election -- and then do it again in 2020 to hold ...Read more

#MeToo movement challenged by cascade of allegations

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The criticism came swiftly last week after Atlantic magazine published a writer's account saying that Sen. Al Franken "groped" her in 2009 by putting his hand on her waist during a photo op, "grabbing a handful of flesh" and squeezing at least twice.

"I'm sorry, is that sexual assault now? To squeeze someone's waist?" one Twitter user wrote.

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3 arrested in arson attack on synagogue in Sweden

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STOCKHOLM -- Swedish police said they have made three arrests in connection with an arson attack at a synagogue in the city of Gothenburg late Saturday.

"We are working on the case and cannot comment if they have given any motive," Ulla Brehm of the Gothenburg police said Sunday, declining to offer more information on the suspects or their ages...Read more