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Pelosi, White House near handshake deal on new NAFTA agreement

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration and House Democrats are on the verge of announcing a handshake deal on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada free trade agreement, according to people familiar with the negotiations, paving the way for approval of the deal as early as this month while Democrats gear up for an impeachment vote.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi is ...Read more

Judges weigh whether lawmakers have the right to sue Trump over his businesses

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WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court suggested Monday that individual members of Congress can't pursue a lawsuit against President Donald Trump over allegations he violated a constitutional ban on financially benefiting from the office.

An attorney for more than 200 lawmakers -- led by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and House Judiciary ...Read more

Does Bloomberg stand a chance? Even New Yorkers who admire him see an uphill battle

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NEW YORK -- Michael R. Bloomberg sat stone-faced behind an ornate desk at City Hall, as speaker after speaker berated him for 4 1/2 hours.

"I may not be able to vote yet, but I know for a fact that what you are doing is wrong," a 14-year-old from Brooklyn told him. "Quite frankly, Mayor Bloomberg, you are cheating."

It was Nov. 3, 2008, the ...Read more

Partisan fireworks are on full display at House hearing on Trump impeachment

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WASHINGTON -- A House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing opened Monday with shouting matches that reflected the deep partisan divide as House Democrats moved toward a likely full House vote to impeach President Donald Trump as early as next week.

Democrats say Trump's campaign to get Ukraine's president to investigate a potential 2020 ...Read more

Report sharply criticizes FBI but finds no partisan bias in Russia probe

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WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department's internal watchdog sharply criticized the FBI for its secret surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser but it found no evidence of partisan bias in the FBI's investigation of potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign in 2016, according to a report released Monday.

The report by Inspector ...Read more

Popeye the peacock's death shocked his town. Months later, the community still wonders who shot their beloved mascot

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CLARKSBORO, N.J. -- Tina Finocchiaro likes thinking back to the day last summer when Popeye the peacock stopped traffic. She heard honking outside her home in Clarksboro, Gloucester County, N.J., and saw cars gridlocked in both directions along the normally empty West Cohawkin Road.

Then a bright flash of blue, and iridescent feathers ...Read more

Supreme Court rejects challenge to Kentucky's 'informed consent' abortion law

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court left intact a Kentucky law that forces doctors who perform abortions to first show the woman an ultrasound and give her a detailed description of the fetus, even if she doesn't want to listen.

The justices, without comment Monday, rejected an appeal by the state's only abortion clinic and its three doctors, ...Read more

Lawsuit: Cops couldn't ID who threw a gun at a party. They arrested a man anyway

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- In 2018, Sacramento police arrested a man after saying they saw him throw a gun in a north Sacramento backyard. But just before police arrested the man, an officer on the scene acknowledged he was unsure whether they were taking the right person into custody, according to footage from the officer's body camera.

That man ...Read more

Banana wall vandalized with lipstick at Art Basel. The message was about Jeffrey Epstein

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MIAMI -- The now-iconic white wall that once held a duct-taped banana at Art Basel Miami Beach was vandalized on Sunday afternoon, forcing exhibitors to cover up the writing in red lipstick with a white cardboard.

The banana, which has attracted hundreds after it sold to an art collector for $120,000, was replaced with the phrase "Epstien (sic)...Read more

Reporter chastises runner who 'violated' her on live television at Georgia 10K race

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A Georgia reporter spoke out after having her butt slapped on live television.

Alex Bozarjian, a reporter for WSAV in Savannah, was covering the Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run 5k and 10k live on Saturday morning.

A video of the live broadcast posted on Twitter shows participants running by her and making faces or waving at the camera.

A person ...Read more

North Korea blasts Trump as 'old, erratic' as rhetoric heats up

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SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea took its most personal swipe at President Donald Trump in more than two years, saying the U.S. leader's recent comments made him sound like a "heedless and erratic old man."

The statement released by North Korean official Kim Yong Chol on Monday was the latest in an rhetorical tit-for-tat ahead of Pyongyang's ...Read more

Retired priest said he blacked out before hitting and killing teacher, thought he hit a curb and drove off

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St. Michael School teachers Margaret "Rone" Leja and Elizabeth Kosteck left a Christmas party at an Irish pub in Orland Park, Ill., only a few minutes before Paul Burak, a former pastor of St. Michael Catholic Church who retired last year after a long and celebrated career.

The two women walked out the door just before 8 p.m. Wednesday after ...Read more

Kamala Harris quit the presidential race just in time. Here's what it means for her future

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Kamala Harris didn't do a great many things well in her crash-and-burn campaign for president. But her swift exit from the race was executed perfectly.

By quitting when she did, Harris avoided embarrassing losses in several early contests and, most important, her home state of California, preserving her status as a leading vice...Read more

More than 30 cars torched in two suspected arson fires on Chicago's Far South Side

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CHICAGO -- More than 30 cars were set on fire early Monday morning on the Far South Side in what police are investigating as arson.

The fires broke out in two locations, police said. Around midnight, someone entered a fenced lot in the 300 block of E. 115th Street and set fire to eight vehicles.

Around 12:40 a.m., a second fire started in a ...Read more

Paul Volcker, the Fed chairman who reined in runaway inflation, dies at 92

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WASHINGTON -- Paul A. Volcker, the powerful Federal Reserve chairman whose grit and determination helped break the back of inflation in the early 1980s and put the American economy on a path to extended growth, has died. He was 92.

Volcker's career in economics and public service spanned seven decades and several administrations. In the early ...Read more

As Duncan Hunter announces plans to resign, supporters recall a tireless supporter of military, veterans

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SAN DIEGO -- As Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., made plans last week to leave Congress after pleading guilty to a felony campaign finance charge, the question of his legacy -- and the future of the district -- appears to be up in the air.

Critics might remember him for his controversial advocacy for service members charged with war crimes, his ...Read more

Calif. nativity scene depicts Jesus, Mary and Joseph as refugees separated in cages

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LOS ANGELES -- A Methodist church in Claremont, Calif., unveiled a nativity scene Saturday night depicting Jesus, Mary and Joseph as refugees in cages, likening one of the most well-known images of the Christmas season to photos that have become synonymous with criticism of the Trump administration's border separation policies.

The display, ...Read more

Democrats ready to impeach Trump, but how big will they go?

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WASHINGTON -- Only four months ago, the debate over whether to impeach President Trump deeply divided Democrats in Congress, pitting moderates in pro-Trump districts against progressives in liberal strongholds.

Now, with a vote on articles of impeachment expected within two weeks, the party is unified on whether Trump should be impeached. The ...Read more

Articles of impeachment against Trump likely this week, Nadler says

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WASHINGTON -- The House Judiciary Committee, which is spearheading the Democratic-led impeachment drive, will move swiftly to draft articles of impeachment against President Trump, possibly by the end of this week, the panel's chairman said Sunday.

Trump's congressional supporters separately found themselves on the defensive over the disclosure...Read more

John Kerry rallies with Joe Biden, evoking some 2004 parallels

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NASHUA, N.H. -- For some voters, seeing John Kerry and Joe Biden campaign together felt like deja vu.

In 2004, Kerry was the establishment Democrat who struggled in early-state polls but went on to defeat populist rivals for the nomination, propelled by a perception that he was the most "electable" option to face down a Republican incumbent ...Read more