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8 hurt in Sunnyvale when driver intentionally plows into pedestrians, police say

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LOS ANGELES -- A driver injured eight people Tuesday evening in Sunnyvale when he seemed to intentionally plow into pedestrians with his vehicle, according to initial police reports.

Capt. Jim Choi, a public information officer with the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety, said a major collision was reported about 6:40 p.m. at El Camino Real ...Read more

Death toll in Sri Lankan bombings rises to 359

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- The death toll from the Easter Sunday suicide bombings in Sri Lanka has risen to 359 after more of the victims died from their injuries, police said on Wednesday.

More than 400 people remain in hospital, with some in critical condition.

More funerals of those killed in the attacks were also scheduled to take place on ...Read more

LA students have voice, now seek vote

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LOS ANGELES -- High schoolers this decade have stormed out of their classrooms after the 2016 election, demanding protection for immigrants. They have called for gun control in the wake of school shootings, spurring a nationwide movement.

In L.A. this year, students picketed with their teachers in the largest teachers strike in recent history. ...Read more

Beto O'Rourke opens his California campaign Saturday in LA

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LOS ANGELES -- Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke of Texas will launch his 2020 California primary campaign Saturday with a four-day driving tour of the state.

The former El Paso congressman will stop at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College downtown for an outdoor rally Saturday afternoon.

On Sunday, O'Rourke is planning a town ...Read more

Court to block Trump administration's ban on abortion referrals

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SAN FRANCISCO -- An Oregon federal judge will block the Trump administration's policy of prohibiting taxpayer-funded health care providers from referring pregnant women to abortion clinics, the state's top legal officer said.

U.S. District Judge Michael McShane said during a hearing Tuesday in Portland, Ore., that he will bar the government ...Read more

Report: North Korea's Kim departs for Putin summit in Russia

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MOSCOW -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un departed for Russia by train on Wednesday morning to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported citing Pyongyang's KCNA.

The meeting between Kim and Putin, their first, will take place in the eastern port city of Vladivostok, which lies near the border with China and...Read more

Measles' next target in LA: Unvaccinated college students

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles health officials warned this week that students and staff at the University of California, Los Angeles and Cal State L.A. may be at risk of catching measles, an announcement that has raised questions about universities' susceptibility to disease outbreaks.

Not only can cramped dorm rooms and crowded classrooms be ...Read more

Testimony in murder trial of ex-Minneapolis officer nears completion

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Testimony in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor is nearing completion in its fourth week as prosecutors prepare to call expert witnesses to the stand Wednesday, capping off more than 50 people who have testified in court.

Attorneys on Tuesday began finalizing instructions that will be given to ...Read more

Trump opposes aides' testimony on Mueller report, ramping up feud with Democrats

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is opposed to current and former White House officials testifying before Congress about special counsel Robert S. Mueller's report.

"There is no reason to go any further, and especially in Congress where it's very partisan -- obviously very partisan," Trump said in an interview with The ...Read more

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Florida's high court asked to reject Everglades oil drilling plan

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Opponents of an oil drilling proposal for the Everglades have taken their case to the Florida Supreme Court, asking for a review of a lower court's order that the state issue a permit for the controversial project.

Broward County and the city of Miramar ...Read more

Topeka Zoo names keeper attacked by tiger

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The zookeeper who was attacked Saturday by a tiger at the Topeka Zoo, injured with lacerations and puncture wounds to her head, back and neck, was identified Tuesday as Kristyn Hayden-Ortega.

Hayden-Ortega was not present at a 9 a.m. news conference at the zoo. Still hospitalized, Hayden-Ortega had been in the intensive care...Read more

Mnuchin misses deadline on Trump's tax returns

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WASHINGTON -- Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Tuesday he will make a determination by May 6 on whether to comply with House Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal's request for six years of President Donald Trump's tax returns.

Neal had set a deadline of 5 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday for the administration to comply with his request. The ...Read more

UN adopts resolution on sexual violence amid abortion dispute with US

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UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution condemning sexual violence in warfare, but only after language on a woman's right to "reproductive health" was removed to avert a veto by the anti-abortion Trump administration.

The German-sponsored resolution expresses "deep concern at the full range of threats and ...Read more

In a shift, Trump targets foreign travelers who overstay their US visas

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WASHINGTON -- The White House says it plans to crack down on the hundreds of thousands of foreign visitors who overstay their U.S. visas, a vast challenge that has largely escaped notice as the Trump administration has focused chiefly on blocking migrants on the southern border.

Experts say so-called overstays by students, au pairs, tourists ...Read more

NASA's InSight lander has likely detected its first 'marsquake'

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It sounds like a subway train rushing by. Or a plane flying low overhead. But it's something much more exotic: In all likelihood, the first "marsquake" ever recorded by humans.

NASA's InSight mission detected the quake April 6, four months after the lander's highly sensitive seismometer was installed on the Martian surface.

Since then, the ...Read more

Trump considering waiving Jones Act mandate for natural gas, sources say

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is seriously considering waiving the requirement that only U.S. flagged vessels can move goods from American ports to Puerto Rico or energy-starved areas of the Northeast, according to people familiar with the deliberations.

The issue was debated during an Oval Office meeting Monday, following requests from ...Read more

Navy SEAL charged with Iraq war crimes also under investigation in death of Afghan civilian in 2010

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A Navy SEAL awaiting trial for alleged war crimes in Iraq in 2017 also is being investigated in the shooting death of an Afghan civilian in 2010, according to his defense attorney, who complained to the judge about the investigation last week.

The attorney said during the SEAL's court-martial last week that he suspects Navy officials were ...Read more

Myanmar's top court rejects appeal of jailed Reuters journalists

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SINGAPORE -- Myanmar's Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the verdicts of two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists for Reuters who were jailed while reporting on the country's violent suppression of Rohingya Muslims.

Wa Lone, 33, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 29, have been imprisoned since December 2017 and are serving seven-year terms for violating an obscure ...Read more

Family of Mall of America victim will not confirm pastor's comments on child's injuries

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The family of the child thrown from a balcony at the Mall of America earlier this month would not confirm or deny a statement by a family pastor saying the boy showed "zero evidence" of any brain injury.

In a Tuesday conference call, the family's attorney, Stephen Tillitt, said he wasn't authorized to either confirm or deny ...Read more

Trinity College professor tweets 'Whiteness is terrorism,' criticizes Obamas

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- A Trinity College professor whose racially charged social media posts created an uproar in 2017 is once again facing a firestorm from alumni of the Hartford liberal arts school for tweeting "Whiteness is terrorism" on Easter and referring to Barack and Michelle Obama as "white kneegrows."

In a second tweet Sunday, Johnny Eric...Read more

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