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Impeachable offenses don't mean House will act against Trump, soon-to-be Judiciary chairman says

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WASHINGTON ––It would be an impeachable offense if President Donald Trump were proven to have told his lawyer to pay hush money during the campaign to women who claimed to have affairs with him, but that doesn't mean he should necessarily be impeached, the Democrat set to lead the House Judiciary Committee said.

Those are "two different ...Read more

Pilots of fatal Lion Air flight may have been befuddled by safety system designed to prevent fatal errors

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Moments after taking off from Jakarta, the pilots flying Lion Air 610 realized they were losing control of their 737 Max jetliner, the newest, most fuel-efficient and most automated model of Boeing's mainstay aircraft.

The jetliner's nose unexpectedly pointed down, sending it into a series of 26 dives at less than 5,000 feet. Toward the end, ...Read more

Saudi invitation to Qatar can't solve Persian Gulf rift

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia –– The invitation from Saudi Arabia's King Salman to his Qatari counterpart to attend Sunday's gathering of Persian Gulf monarchies, after 18 months as a regional pariah, wasn't enough to build a bridge between the countries.

The invitation to the Gulf Cooperation Council's meeting, rejected by Emir Tamim Bin Hamad Al ...Read more

The stock market's severe drop could be an ominous sign

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Last week, it felt like the bottom dropped out of the stock market.

The blue-chip Dow Jones industrial average fell 4.5 percent for the week, ending with a 559-point rout Friday that left the index in negative territory for the year.

The benchmark Standard & Poor's 500-stock index has fallen into a "correction," meaning it's off more than 10 ...Read more

China summons US ambassador over arrest of Huawei CFO

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WASHINGTON –– China's vice foreign minister has summoned the U.S. ambassador to China, Terry Branstad, in a protest over the arrest of Huawei Technologies Co. Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, and said it will take "further action" if needed.

Meng was arrested in Vancouver Dec. 1 on the orders of U.S. authorities for allegedly violating...Read more

France's finance minister calls 'Yellow Vest' protests a 'catastrophe'

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PARIS –– French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said the country's "Yellow Vest" protests were a serious blow to the nation's companies and economy.

"It's a catastrophe for business," Le Maire said Sunday while visiting shops in Paris a day after the destructive protests. "It's a catastrophe for our economy."

In Paris, many retailers ...Read more

After years of election fraud complaints in rural North Carolina, a congressional vote dissolves into scandal

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ELIZABETHTOWN, N.C. -- In the run-up to the Nov. 6 general election, North Carolina officials were so concerned about ballot fraud in Bladen County that they sent letters to every voter who requested a mail-in absentee ballot, warning them not to hand it over to someone who might knock on their door.

"Only you or your near relative or legal ...Read more

In his own words: James Comey's testimony on Clinton, FBI probe

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WASHINGTON-- After former FBI Director James Comey testified behind closed doors on Capitol Hill Friday, he tweeted that the interview by members of two House committees "wasn't a search for truth." Republicans see it differently.

The GOP lawmakers say they're looking at whether probes into President Donald Trump, which began before he was ...Read more

The archaic way California reports election night results fuels suspicions of fraud, critics charge

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The morning after the Nov. 6 congressional midterm election in California, state, county and media websites reported that 100 percent of precincts had turned in their results.

It was highly misleading: The final tally, released Friday, showed that a staggering 5.2 million of the 12.1 million ballots cast -- 43 percent -- remained uncounted that...Read more

Aid groups struggle to house asylum-seeking migrants in San Diego

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SAN DIEGO -- The federal government is dropping off migrant families at Greyhound bus stations throughout San Diego, and local humanitarian organizations don't have enough space or resources to care for them.

The San Diego Rapid Response Network -- a coalition of human rights, service and faith-based organizations -- has asked local and ...Read more

Chilean prosecutors look at rural Catholic diocese for evidence in abuse case

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SANTIAGO, Chile -- The offices of the Roman Catholic diocese in Chillan, a small agricultural city in southern Chile, recently had some unusual and unexpected visitors: Chilean prosecutor Emiliano Arias and 10 armed police officers.

Arias walked briskly past the receptionist and climbed the stairs to the third floor, entering a green walled ...Read more

Lyudmila Alexeyeva, Russian champion of human rights, dies at 91

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MOSCOW –– Lyudmila Alexeyeva, who headed the oldest Russian human-rights organization and was a driving force behind the civil rights movement in the Soviet Union, died Saturday night a Moscow hospital. She was 91.

Alexeyeva and other dissidents founded the Moscow Helsinki Group in 1976 to monitor Soviet compliance with the 1975 Helsinki ...Read more

Mexican president's first week widens divide between markets and his fans

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MEXICO CITY –– Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador sailed into power with overwhelming support from Mexicans embracing his promises to fight crime and corruption. But the headlines in his first week as president were dominated by airport bonds.

Lopez Obrador's plan to cancel a $13 billion airport project sparked concern that his government would ...Read more

John Kelly, hired to bring order to White House, to leave as Trump's chief of staff

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WASHINGTON -- John Kelly, the retired four-star Marine general who became President Donald Trump's second chief of staff, will leave that post by the end of the month after struggling for a year and a half to bring order to a White House beset by chaos because of the president's impetuous behavior -- and occasionally Kelly's own.

Trump ...Read more

Russian human rights activist Lyudmila Alexeyeva dies at 91

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MOSCOW ––The renowned Russian human rights activist and critic of the Kremlin Lyudmila Alexeyeva has died at 91.

Alexeyeva died in Moscow, the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights said Saturday night in a statement.

"This is a terrible loss for the entire Russian human rights movement," council Chairman Mikhail Fedotov ...Read more

John Kelly to leave White House, Trump says

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WASHINGTON –– President Donald Trump said Saturday that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly will leave his post at the end of the year.

"A great guy," Trump said of the retired Marine Corps general as he left the White House for the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia. "We'll be announcing who will be taking John's place" in the next ...Read more

Sacramento gun case dismissed over allegations that ATF agent is part of police scandal in Baltimore

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Federal prosecutors in Sacramento have spent years targeting suspects selling rifles and automatic weapons illegally, and they filed a criminal complaint Sept. 19 against four men charging them with conspiracy to deal firearms without a license and to transfer a machine gun.

The case stemmed from an undercover operation in which the federal ...Read more

New Cuba law that artists say amounts to state censorship will be implemented gradually

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HAVANA --A new law –– reviled by many Cuban artists as another layer of censorship and control over artistic expression but promoted by the government as a defense against vulgarity, poor taste, mediocrity and low-brow cultural influences -- went into effect Friday.

The new measure comes as artists and performers continue to protest, and ...Read more

Expectations high for Somalis in Minnesota after U.S. re-establishes permanent diplomatic ties

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Before reporting to the U.S. diplomatic mission to Somalia last month, the new ambassador, Donald Yamamoto, visited Minnesota's international community.

His dialogue in Minnesota has since taken on new meaning for Somali-Americans in the state, which has the nation's largest Somali community. The State Department said this week that it will re-...Read more

Trump says he'll nominate top Army general for Joint Chiefs chairman

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WASHINGTON –– President Donald Trump said Saturday that he would nominate Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley to replace Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

By selecting Milley for the top military post, Trump is keeping it in the hands of the ground services. Army or Marine Corps officers held the post ...Read more