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Analysis: As Trump launches reelection bid, can he defy expectations again?

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PHILADELPHIA--Can he do it again?

Ever since Donald Trump won the 2016 election, the questions raised by that stunning result have dominated public life in America.

Had Trump exposed a fundamental shift in American politics and what voters wanted from a president? Had his nationalistic appeal been overlooked and underestimated?

Or was it just...Read more

Trump refuses to apologize for Central Park Five death penalty ad

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump again refused to apologize for promoting false accusations against five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted for the 1989 rape of a jogger in New York City, even though they were exonerated by DNA evidence.

Trump has long been attached to the case of the "Central Park Five" because he ran a full-...Read more

Venezuela clears trial for opposition figure ahead of Bachelet visit

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BOGOTA, Colombia -- A Venezuelan court has ordered that a case against key opposition figure Roberto Marrero move to trial, on the eve of the visit of U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet, who had criticized his imprisonment.

The court mandated that Marrero be kept in jail, despite the release of three other political prisoners shortly ...Read more

New child porn charges against defendants in Anchorage teen's murder

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A federal grand jury Tuesday indicted two of the defendants in the killing of Anchorage teenager Cynthia Hoffman on new child pornography charges.

The indictments represent the latest twist in a tangled case involving a group of young people whose intense online relationship, prosecutors say, crossed over into real-world ...Read more

Democrats vote to block diplomats' funds from going to Trump hotels, golf resorts

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WASHINGTON -- House Democrats offered another rebuke to President Donald Trump on Tuesday, this time by voting to block the State Department from spending taxpayers' money at his domestic and overseas golf clubs and hotels.

The House voted 231-187 to adopt an amendment that would prohibit the department from spending funds at any of the Trump ...Read more

Senators reach bipartisan deal on a border funding package

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans and Democrats reached a deal on $4.6 billion in emergency funds to deal with a surge in migration at the U.S. border with Mexico, people familiar with the deal said Tuesday.

President Donald Trump requested the funds May 1, including $3.3 billion to be used to shelter undocumented migrants at the southern border...Read more

An OAS delegation is headed to politically volatile Haiti. But can it defuse tensions?

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A high-level delegation from the Organization of American States is headed on Wednesday to Haiti, where a solution to a brewing political crisis appears increasingly unclear amid ongoing violent protests and hardened demands for the resignation of President Jovenel Moise, who is implicated in a corruption scandal.

The visit is being led by U.S....Read more

Inspection finds 'deficiencies' in patient rights at hospital that treated baby after he was cut from mother's womb

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CHICAGO -- Poor communication between law enforcement and medical staff violated patient rights standards in the case of a newborn who was cut from his mother's womb and brought to a suburban hospital with another woman, according to a federal inspection.

The finding was included in a six-page report on the inspection released by the Centers ...Read more

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Michael Avenatti's trial date set in Nike extortion case

NEW YORK -- Attorney Michael Avenatti will face trial Nov. 12 after being charged with trying to shake down Nike, a judge ordered Tuesday.

Prosecutors expect the trial will last roughly a week. Avenatti is accused of demanding around $25 million from Nike and threatening to go public ...Read more

Critics of census citizenship question hold 'conspiracy theories,' House Republicans say

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WASHINGTON -- House Republicans are pushing back on what they're calling Democrats' "baseless conspiracy theories" about the origins of President Donald Trump's efforts to include a citizenship question in the 2020 census.

Republicans on the House Oversight Committee, led by ranking member Jim Jordan of Ohio, released excerpts from non-public ...Read more

Cancer patient says UCLA gynecologist sexually assaulted her, faults university inaction

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LOS ANGELES -- A cancer patient sued the University of California, Los Angeles and Dr. James Heaps on Tuesday, accusing the former campus gynecologist of repeatedly sexual assaulting her during her two years of treatment.

The 44-year-old woman was battling mesothelioma when, in October 2015, she went to Heaps for surgery, she said.

During four...Read more

American deaths in the Dominican Republic: What we know

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At least eight Americans have died in their rooms at resorts in the Dominican Republic under somewhat mysterious circumstances since the start of the year, according to news reports. Some of the victims are said to have consumed alcohol before falling ill.

Besides the deaths, dozens of people have reported getting sick while at island resorts, ...Read more

Newsom apologizes for California's history of violence against Native Americans

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order Tuesday apologizing on behalf of the citizens of California for a history of "violence, maltreatment and neglect" against Native Americans in a rare move that some tribal leaders said could begin a healing process for their communities.

"California must reckon with our dark ...Read more

Shanahan withdraws candidacy to be defense secretary, citing domestic violence incidents

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WASHINGTON -- Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan withdrew his already-troubled candidacy to lead the Pentagon full time on Tuesday after press accounts disclosed domestic violence incidents involving his ex-wife and son nearly a decade ago.

President Donald Trump announced Shanahan's abrupt withdrawal, tweeting that the former Boeing Co....Read more

A 'tanker war' with Iran would be more complicated than the 1980s version

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WASHINGTON -- The president was named Reagan, and Iran and Iraq were locked in a horrific war with each other over control of land and the Persian Gulf.

The United States and other nations entered the fringes of the conflict when the warring neighbors launched attacks on international oil tankers transiting the strategic waterway -- at that ...Read more

Democratic-affiliated group wants to know if McConnell's state got sweetheart deal

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WASHINGTON -- A Democratic-affiliated group is asking the Department of Transportation's inspector general to open an inquiry into whether Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao gave preferential treatment and steered millions of federal transportation dollars to the home state of her husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The request ...Read more

Marilyn Monroe is missing from the top of a 25-year-old Hollywood installation

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LOS ANGELES -- For 25 years, a glittery sculpture of Marilyn Monroe has perched high above the "Four Ladies of Hollywood" gazebo -- a statuesque gateway to the Walk of Fame. In the predawn hours of Monday morning, Marilyn went missing.

LAPD's Hollywood division and forensics experts are searching for the missing figure, which depicts Monroe in ...Read more

LA County to pay $7 million settlement in shooting involving tattooed deputy group

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LOS ANGELES -- Secret societies of Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies with matching skeleton tattoos have long been a liability in cases in which inked deputies are accused of excessive force and harassment.

Now, county taxpayers will pay $7 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the family of a 31-year-old man who was shot and killed when ...Read more

Attorneys for ex-Broward sheriff call removal from office 'brutal political ploy'

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Attorneys for a defiant Scott Israel told a state Senate hearing officer Tuesday that the ousted former Broward County sheriff was the victim of a politically motivated ploy by Gov. Ron DeSantis and he should get his job back.

The governor's removal of Israel "was not for any legal matter, was not for any constitutional ...Read more

Blunt: Border deal slowed by provision that Democrats worry may lead to deportations

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WASHINGTON -- A dispute over information-sharing between agencies about potential sponsors for unaccompanied children is holding up a bipartisan deal on border-related supplemental spending ahead of a scheduled Wednesday morning markup by the Senate Appropriations Committee, according to a senior GOP panel member.

Senate Labor-HHS-Education ...Read more