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No breach, but not secure: Misuse of data shows Facebook flaws

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SAN FRANCISCO –– Facebook wants you to know: this wasn't a breach.

Yes, Cambridge Analytica, the data-analysis firm that helped. President Donald Trump win the 2016 election, violated rules when it obtained information from about 50 million Facebook profiles, the social-media company acknowledged. But the data came from someone who didn't ...Read more

Russians vote on new Putin presidential term as tension flares with West

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MOSCOW –– Russians are expected hand Vladimir Putin an easy victory in Sunday's presidential election, keeping him in power until 2024.

Putin, 65, already Russia's longest-serving leader since Joseph Stalin after more than 18 years in office, is seeking a fourth term during an escalating stand-off with the West and economic malaise.

With ...Read more

In ACLU lawsuit, the TSA is asked why it's searching digital devices on domestic flights

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U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents have increasingly searched digital devices carried by travelers on international flights, as they look for data in cellphones, laptops and other electronic gadgets that can provide clues to possible terrorist attacks.

Now, the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against the Transportation ...Read more

Russia expels 23 UK diplomats in retaliation

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MOSCOW –– Russia ordered the expulsion of 23 British diplomats in retaliation for United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May's ouster of 23 Kremlin envoys over the nerve-agent poisoning near London of a former spy and his daughter.

The British consulate in St. Petersburg was also ordered to close and the British Council must stop its work in...Read more

Trump lawyer calls for end to Russia collusion investigation

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WASHINGTON –– It's time to end the investigation into whether President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russians to interfere in the 2016 election, one of the president's personal lawyers said Saturday.

The statement from John Dowd came the morning after Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired Andrew McCabe, a former top FBI official who...Read more

2 Mexican independent candidates forced out of presidential election

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MEXICO CITY ––Mexico's electoral regulator said millions of signatures gathered to put independent candidates on the presidential ballot are unverifiable, disqualifying two candidates and providing a lift to leftist front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

More than 3 million signatures couldn't be verified, leaving left-leaning Armando ...Read more

In LA County, illegal street racing has a deadly toll

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LOS ANGELES -- Valentina D'Alessandro was at a party with a few girlfriends in 2013 when one of them got sick. They accepted another teenager's offer to drive them home in his red Mustang.

In a commercial area of Wilmington, at the intersection of two four-lane boulevards, a car pulled up alongside the Mustang.

The race began.

Minutes later, ...Read more

Tariffs threaten global trade system

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WASHINGTON -- By justifying tariffs on steel and aluminum in the name of national security, President Donald Trump has threatened the global trading order.

For decades that order has been underpinned by the World Trade Organization, whose 164 member-states have agreed to abide by WTO rules for open trade and settling disputes. The United States...Read more

Democrats ponder disavowing Pelosi after Pennsylvania race

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WASHINGTON--When the elderly man who had just opened his door to Conor Lamb launched into a tirade about Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic candidate was ready with an answer.

"We need a new generation of leadership," he said one afternoon last month, part of a well-rehearsed response in which Lamb reiterated he wouldn't support Pelosi as a ...Read more

Xi unanimously elected for second term as China's president

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BEIJING -- Xi Jinping was unanimously elected to his second term as China's president by the country's rubber-stamp parliament on Saturday.

All 2,970 delegates in Bejijing voted to elect Xi. There were no abstentions and no votes against him, the parliament said. The unanimous vote is a rarity even for the rubber-stamp parliament, as there are ...Read more

Trump seeks more than $20 million in damages from Stormy Daniels

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LOS ANGELES -- President Donald Trump is seeking more than $20 million in damages from the porn actress who is trying to void the confidentiality deal that requires her to keep quiet about her alleged affair with him, according to court papers filed Friday by his attorneys.

Stormy Daniels has breached her confidentiality agreement at least 20 ...Read more

Stoneman Douglas officials worried about Nikolas Cruz and guns 18 months before shooting

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Eighteen months before Nikolas Cruz shot up Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, staff members were so worried about his fascination with guns that they banned him from practicing shooting skills with the JROTC, according to mental health records obtained by the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

A safety plan created by the ...Read more

FBI's Andrew McCabe, a favorite target of Trump, is fired just before his retirement

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WASHINGTON -- Andrew McCabe, a former top FBI official who became a target of President Donald Trump's angry tweets, has been fired less than two days ahead of his planned retirement Sunday after Justice Department officials concluded he had made misleading statements during an internal investigation.

McCabe was sacked Friday night by Attorney ...Read more

Saudi crown prince is said to plan meetings in US with Apple, Google

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman plans to meet top global executives, including the heads of Apple Inc. and Google, during his first trip to the U.S. since becoming heir to the throne of the world's largest oil exporter, according to a person briefed on the trip's details.

Prince Mohammed, known ...Read more

Zinke denounced for remark during discussion of Japanese-American internment

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Asian-American lawmakers and organizations denounced as insensitive and culturally tone-deaf a comment by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke during a discussion about the forced internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

When asked about the importance of preserving internment camp sites, Zinke responded by saying, "konnichiwa," Japanese ...Read more

Criminal charges a long shot in Florida bridge collapse. But lawsuits a sure thing

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MIAMI -- The collapse of the pedestrian bridge at Florida International University will spawn years of lawsuits in civil court as families try to hold companies and government agencies accountable for the devastation.

But whether anyone goes to jail remains a long shot.

Miami-Dade police and prosecutors have started an investigation into the ...Read more

Fewer foreign doctors are coming to study in the United States, report shows

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Fearing he would die if he stayed, Mohamed fled the civil war in his home country of Syria, heading to Saudi Arabia where he spent six years working as a physician. While there, Mohamed worked toward his goal of coming to the United States to train.

He aced the U.S. exams required of all physicians and scored an interview with a New York ...Read more

Trump to target Venezuelan 'bitcoin' as US tightens pressure on Maduro government

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump will take further aim at the Venezuelan government and restrict U.S. financial transactions involving Venezuela's new digital currency, according to two U.S. sources familiar with administration plans.

The new sanctions, which will be imposed as early as Monday after Trump signs the executive order, are ...Read more

Slovak premier's resignation fails to quell protests over graft

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VIENNA -- Tens of thousands of Slovaks took the streets for a third week to demand early elections, saying this week's resignation by Robert Fico as prime minister was insufficient to guarantee a crackdown on corruption.

Crowds thronged a main square in capital, Bratislava, on Friday evening, protesting against what they said was only a ...Read more

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Republicans catch break as Trump supporter quits Nevada Senate race

President Donald Trump moved Friday to protect the GOP's majority in the U.S. Senate by persuading a Republican challenger to drop out of the primary race against Nevada Sen. Dean Heller.

Shortly after Trump tweeted that Danny Tarkanian, a staunch supporter of the president, ...Read more