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Trump renews sanctions on North Korea due to 'extraordinary threat'

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday extended sanctions against North Korea for one year, saying it still posed an "extraordinary threat" despite days earlier insisting Pyongyang was no longer a nuclear danger to the U.S.

The sanctions were renewed under an executive order reauthorizing a "national emergency" originally put in ...Read more

A year after Trump reversed Obama's opening to Cuba, the U.S. is sitting out Havana's political revamp

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WASHINGTON -- A year ago, President Donald Trump announced tougher policies concerning Cuba, reinstating travel and trade restrictions eased by the historic Obama-era opening between Washington and Havana.

As a result, the United States today is largely sitting on the sidelines as the communist-ruled island faces potentially major changes in ...Read more

Parkland students still pressed on 'genuine' activism

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WASHINGTON--Rain Valladares wiped tears from her eyes this week as she recounted the hours before a gunman invaded the halls of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., with an AR-15 and killed 17.

But she was in Washington to talk about the future of activism, not the past.

"We have a huge problem with gun violence," Valladares...Read more

These Haitian children need surgery in another country and getting a passport is the hard part

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Jonenskia Hector's best chance at life is a passport.

Diagnosed with a large hole in her heart, the 8-year-old girl has been waiting for months to have a life-saving surgery that isn't available in Haiti to repair the defect. Last year, after applying for a passport and being told there was a problem with her documents, she lost her surgical ...Read more

Manafort prosecutors seek potential jury views on IRS, Mueller

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NEW YORK -- Prosecutors want to ask potential jurors for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's trial about their views of the Internal Revenue Service and Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

The government submitted a 20-page written questionnaire for potential jurors on Thursday that prosecutors say is necessary, in addition to standard ...Read more

Pentagon 'indefinitely' suspends Korean military exercises

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NEW YORK -- The U.S. has "indefinitely suspended" military exercises in South Korea to foster Washington's fledgling relationship with Pyongyang in the wake of President Donald Trump's meeting in Singapore earlier this month with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis suspended the Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises as well...Read more

John Mack, LA civic leader and a prominent voice on police reform, dies at 81

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LOS ANGELES--When John Mack arrived in Los Angeles in 1969 as a rising civil rights figure, he plunged into work on behalf of the city's minorities and working class.

It was a struggle in a city that had just experienced the devastating 1965 Watts riots and where many black residents faced serious mistreatment at the hands of the police.

Over ...Read more

Nation and world news briefs

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As US airlines resist flying immigrant children taken from parents, Volaris offers to reunite families

Several of the nation's biggest airlines, including American and United, have jumped into the fray over children who were being separated from their parents under the Trump administration's controversial immigration policy.

The carriers ...Read more

Uncertain prospects for Mideast peace plan

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's two top Middle East advisers have quietly crisscrossed the region all week, stopping in five countries in an effort to drum up support for their still-secret proposal to help resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Details of the plan that Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, and Jason ...Read more

Stormy Daniels wants collusion lawsuit sent back to state court

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LOS ANGELES -- Stephanie Clifford, the adult-movie star professionally known as Stormy Daniels, wants the lawsuit alleging her former lawyer colluded with Donald Trump's longtime attorney Michael Cohen sent back to state court.

Cohen used "procedural gamesmanship" to have the case she filed June 6 in California state court in Los Angeles ...Read more

Suspect in killing of 2 Kansas deputies is charged with capital murder

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Wyandotte County, Kan., District Attorney Mark A. Dupree said Friday that his office has charged Antoine Fielder with two counts of capital murder in the shooting deaths of two sheriff's deputies while they were transporting Fielder after a court hearing in downtown Kansas City, Kan.

Capital murder in Kansas carries the possibility of the death...Read more

The life of migrant children at a South Florida shelter

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Several dozen boys, many of whom were wearing gray government-issued T-shirts and navy blue shorts, walked out of a building labeled "DINING HALL" after breakfast. Behind metal barricades, the boys formed a single-file line on the way to their next scheduled activity. Some smiled and waved, seemingly amused by all the people with pens and ...Read more

Italy turns away new rescue boat carrying 200 migrants

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ROME -- A ship carrying more than 200 migrants is being blocked from entering Italian waters, the second time in two weeks that a new anti-immigrant government in Rome has turned away a vessel carrying people rescued from drowning in the Mediterranean.

The vessel -- named Lifeline and operated by the German aid group Mission Lifeline -- is ...Read more

Harris says Trump guilty of 'crimes against humanity' on border

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WASHINGTON -- Calif. Sen. Kamala Harris charged that the Trump administration had committed "crimes against humanity" after meeting at a U.S. detention center on Friday with immigrant mothers who had been separated from their children.

Harris became the latest prominent Democrat to travel to the southern border as controversy rages over ...Read more

Walden won't give odds on horse racing bill leaving the gate

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WASHINGTON -- House Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden said Friday he remained open to advancing a bipartisan proposal that would establish a national authority for regulating doping and medication in horse racing.

But after a raucous Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection subcommittee hearing that revealed an industry divided over how ...Read more

Boyfriend urged on woman in fatal YouTube stunt, new videos and transcripts show

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MINNEAPOLIS -- A pregnant Monalisa Perez cried and pleaded with her boyfriend several times to put a stop to a YouTube stunt but the man urged her on, eventually dying after she fired a gun at him as he held an encyclopedia to his chest.

Norman County authorities released videos, evidence and transcripts Friday showing that Pedro Ruiz III, 22, ...Read more

As US airlines resist flying immigrant children taken from parents, Volaris offers to reunite families

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Several of the nation's biggest airlines, including American and United, have jumped into the fray over children who were being separated from their parents under the Trump administration's controversial immigration policy.

The carriers notified the U.S. government -- and the public -- that they wished to have no part in transporting those ...Read more

Inside the Ukraine peace plan in the Mueller probe: More authors, earlier drafting than believed

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WASHINGTON -- A controversial peace plan for Ukraine and Russia that has drawn headlines and scrutiny from special counsel Robert Mueller was initially devised in early 2016 with significant input from an ex-congressman and a Ukrainian-American billionaire, according to a former Ukrainian legislator who promoted the proposal before Donald Trump'...Read more

Chicago group confirms 66 separated minors are being housed in the city

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CHICAGO -- A Chicago nonprofit said Friday it is housing 66 migrant children who have been separated from their parents under the "zero tolerance" policy in the last six weeks.

Evelyn Diaz, president of Heartland Alliance, welcomed Sen. Dick Durbin for a visit to one of the organization's nine shelters that is accommodating the children -- two-...Read more

Dozens of baby gulls pushed to their deaths in Chicago were attacked by other gulls, not humans, wildlife official says

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CHICAGO -- Wildlife officials say some 70 baby seagulls found on a Chicago sidewalk were attacked and, in most cases, dropped to their death by older birds in their colony.

Annette Prince, director of the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors, said her organization first was notified of the injured birds along the 600 block of West Harrison Street on...Read more