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13-year-old charged with kidnapping after he allegedly stole a vehicle with a toddler inside

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A 13-year-old is facing kidnapping and theft charges after police say he stole a vehicle with a 22-month-old baby inside.

Covington police said they were called to the 2800 block of Indiana Avenue at 4:15 p.m. Thursday after the boy allegedly took the vehicle, hitting a parked truck while fleeing.

After searching the area, ...Read more

Trump's UN ambassador confronts ethics questions over climate change

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's new ambassador to the United Nations will decide whether to recuse herself from issues involving fossil fuels on a case-by-case basis after a recent briefing with ethics lawyers, State Department officials said.

Kelly Craft publicly pledged in June to recuse herself from any discussions involving coal, and...Read more

Trump is stripping immigrant children of protections, critics say. Supporters say he's closing loopholes

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In the nearly four years since Alexis arrived alone in the United States as a 17-year-old from El Salvador, he has been granted asylum, learned English, secured a job at a bakery and studied for his upcoming driver's license exam. This month he'll file an application for permanent residency.

Now 21, Alexis feared being targeted by gangs in El ...Read more

Parkland parents face uphill battle in wrongful death suit against FBI, shielded behind broad federal law

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Even if the federal government screws up, that doesn't mean it has to pay up in court.

The FBI is facing a wrongful death lawsuit alleging the agency is liable for the 17 deaths in the Parkland school shooting because it mishandled tips and failed to stop the gunman.

The government's lawyers are trying to get the suit ...Read more

US Customs' computer system breakdown for a few hours affected airports nationwide

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LOS ANGELES -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection's computer system suffered a breakdown for a few hours Friday that slowed international passenger processing at airports nationwide. Friday afternoon, Customs tweeted that "affected systems are coming back online ... " but no reason was given for the problem.

L.A.'s airport on Friday afternoon ...Read more

House Democrats weigh action against US and Israel ambassadors over banned visit

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WASHINGTON -- Senior Democratic members of Congress are considering action against top emissaries of the Israeli government and the Trump administration for their roles in Israel's decision to bar two House members from entering the country.

About a dozen lawmakers, including senior Jewish members, began discussions on Friday morning over ways ...Read more

Rep. Tlaib rejects Israel's offer to visit relatives, citing 'oppressive conditions'

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JERUSALEM -- Israel reversed itself, again, on Friday in announcing that Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib could visit, but only to see her grandmother. Tlaib said: No thanks.

The Michigan congresswoman said Israel's decision to admit her to the country on "humanitarian grounds" was an attempt to silence and humiliate her.

It was the second flip-...Read more

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Stowaway found on flight from Havana to Miami

MIAMI -- A stowaway was found early Friday on a flight that arrived at Miami International Airport from Havana.

A Miami airport spokesman confirmed to the Miami Herald that the man was found hiding in the plane and said he was taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Customs and ...Read more

Autopsy says Jeffrey Epstein hanging was a suicide. Will that stop conspiracy theories?

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MIAMI -- The New York City medical examiner's office has ruled that Jeffrey Epstein's death was a suicide by hanging.

The official statement wasted few words, and it was far from clear that it would calm the storm of conspiracy theories swirling around the multimillionaire's death.

In a statement attributed to Chief Medical Examiner Barbara ...Read more

5 Camp fire victims remain unidentified after another name is released

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Another victim of California's deadly Camp fire was identified by the Butte County Sheriff's Office on Friday afternoon.

The remains of Judith Sipher, 68, of Paradise had previously been tentatively identified by the Sheriff's Office, and its confirmation brought the total number of named dead to 81 out of the wildfire's ...Read more

Airstrikes kill 17 in northwest Syria, monitor group says

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BEIRUT -- At least 17 civilians were killed Friday by airstrikes conducted by Syrian and Russian warplanes, most of them in a camp for displaced people in Idlib province, a monitor group and activists said.

Fifteen people, among them six children, were killed when a Russian airstrike targeted a camp for displaced people near the town of Hass in...Read more

Held in a Russian prison, Michigan man accused of spying faces medical crisis

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DETROIT -- Paul Whelan, a Novi man who has been held in a Russian prison for more than seven months on espionage charges, has a hernia and may need surgery, his English-speaking lawyer, Olga Karlova, told the Detroit Free Press on Friday.

"Paul had some problems with his hernia last week on Friday," Karlova said in an email. "He was examined by...Read more

Man in custody after guard shoots at knife-wielding suspect at Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Gunfire erupted Friday morning near the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica when a guard carrying money from an armored truck shot at a man armed with a knife who police say tried to rob him.

A Brinks security guard fired three rounds at the man near 3rd Street and Arizona Avenue about 11:15 a.m. after the man ...Read more

Jeffrey Epstein died of suicide by hanging, medical examiner says

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NEW YORK -- Jeffrey Epstein died of suicide by hanging in his cell, New York City's chief medical examiner has concluded, according to a person familiar with her report, a finding that casts aside conspiracy theories that he was murdered to silence him.

The medical examiner, Barbara Sampson, autopsied Epstein's body on Sunday, the day after he ...Read more

Researchers discover prehistoric shark species

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Two South Carolina researchers have discovered a species of prehistoric shark, along with dozens of other fossils from prehistoric sea creatures.

David Cicimurri, curator of the South Carolina State Museum's natural history collection, worked with James Knight, of the University of South Carolina Aiken Department of Biology ...Read more

Appeals court removes nationwide injunction against Trump's latest plan to limit asylum

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SAN FRANCISCO -- In a partial victory for President Donald Trump, a federal appeals court decided Friday to remove a nationwide injunction against a new rule that would deny asylum to the vast majority of immigrants at the southern border.

Last month, U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar, a San Francisco-based Obama appointee, issued a nationwide ...Read more

Dayton mayor provided security detail after Trump comments

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DAYTON, Ohio -- Following a public spat with President Donald Trump, Nan Whaley was assigned a security detail for just the third time while serving as Dayton's mayor.

A two-person team of police detectives watched over the mayor around the clock for six days after she received angry and abusive phone calls and messages via email and social ...Read more

Gun owners sue to overturn California's ban on assault weapons

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SAN DIEGO -- Buoyed by a court victory that overturned California's ban on high-capacity gun magazines, a group of San Diego gun owners is now going after the state's ban on assault weapons.

Three San Diego County residents and the San Diego County Gun Owners Political Action Committee filed a lawsuit against the attorney general and the chief ...Read more

Democrats line up 3 gun bills in early return from House's summer break

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WASHINGTON -- The House Judiciary Committee will consider three gun control bills when it convenes Sept. 4, an early return from a summer break that could lob political pressure onto Senate Republicans to respond to recent mass shootings.

The committee announced Friday it will mark up a bill to outlaw large capacity magazines and other ...Read more

Mass shootings have changed how 1 in 4 adults live, poll finds

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It is no surprise that Tiffany Burris was distraught Wednesday. Her 3-year-old son, Tyaan, was among those confined to the Precious Babies day care center in North Philadelphia for hours while a gunman was locked in a standoff with police nearby.

"I couldn't stop crying and shaking," she said. "Bullets have no name on them."

But mass shootings...Read more


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