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Gov. Gavin Newsom rejects plan to end overnight jail releases in California

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Ten years ago, Mitrice Richardson was released from the Los Angeles County sheriff's Malibu/Lost Hills Station just after midnight, left to find her way home through a remote area, alone and on foot, with no money or phone.

When her body was located 11 months later, questions were raised about why the Sheriff's Department ...Read more

Mexican authorities stop caravan of migrants attempting to head north

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MEXICO CITY -- Mexican authorities thwarted the latest caravan of migrants attempting to head north from southern Mexico with the hope of reaching the United States.

Some 2,000 migrants from various nations -- including Central American and African countries, Haiti and Cuba -- set off on foot in the predawn hours Saturday from the southern ...Read more

San Fernando Valley residents return home as Saddleridge fire containment grows

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LOS ANGELES -- Tens of thousands of Los Angeles residents who evacuated from the path of the Saddleridge fire returned home late Saturday and early Sunday, days after the wind-driven blaze tore through the hills at the northern edge of the San Fernando Valley.

Fueled by fierce Santa Ana winds, the blaze chewed through more than 7,900 acres in ...Read more

California grants more time for filing child sexual abuse allegations under new law

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Victims of childhood sexual abuse will have more time to report crime and file a lawsuit under a California law signed Sunday by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

The legislation was introduced following widespread allegations of abuse of minors by Catholic priests as well as the 2018 conviction of Larry Nassar, a former U.S. Olympic ...Read more

California is first state to push back school start times

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California will become the first state in the nation to mandate later start times at most public schools under legislation signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom Sunday, a proposal designed to improve educational outcomes by giving students more sleep.

The new law is not without controversy, though, opposed by some school ...Read more

Trump orders troops out of northern Syria; many escape Islamic State camps

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AMMAN, Jordan -- As President Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of the 1,000 remaining U.S. troops from northern Syria, hundreds of Islamic State family members Sunday escaped from a detention camp managed by Syrian Kurdish forces amid a Turkish barrage.

Meanwhile, the Kurdish militiamen, who had previously served as the lead fighting force ...Read more

Biden didn't consult with son about quitting Chinese board

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WASHINGTON -- Joe Biden said Sunday he didn't consult with his son about Hunter Biden's decision to resign from the board of a Chinese-backed private equity company, nor about the statement that was released announcing the younger Biden's decision.

"The statement my son put out today, I saw when he put it out," the former vice president told ...Read more

1 person shot at Boca Raton shopping mall

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BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Boca Raton police are investigating reports of gun shots fired at Boca Raton's Town Center mall Sunday afternoon.

"There is no active shooter at this time," Boca Police tweeted at 4:15 p.m. local time. Police were conducting a search of the mall.

Boca Fire Rescue said one person sustained a gunshot wound, according to WPEC-...Read more

California bans circuses from using tigers, elephants, monkeys and other wild animals

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Circuses performing in California will no longer be able to use elephants, lions, monkeys and other wild animals after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation Saturday calling some of the practices "deeply disturbing."

"We are making a statement to the world that beautiful wild animals like bears and tigers have no place on ...Read more

California outlaws new fur sales as Gavin Newsom signs first-in-the-nation ban

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California became state in the nation to ban the sale of clothing and other products made from fur on Saturday, as Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law a bill making it illegal to make or sell new fur coats, shoes, handbags and other clothing and decor.

People will still be allowed to buy and sell used fur products.

The ban ...Read more

Pastor: Neighbor's words will 'haunt' Fort Worth after police kill woman in her home

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Just blocks from where a woman was fatally shot by a Fort Worth police officer, a pastor described the aftermath of the shooting during a Sunday sermon.

The Rev. Kyev Tatum, an east Fort Worth activist and pastor, said he got a call at 7 a.m. Saturday about Atatiana Jefferson being fatally shot inside her home.

Jefferson's...Read more

Syria's Assad sends troops north as Turkish offensive escalates

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WASHINGTON/BEIRUT -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad sent troops to the northeast of the country to confront a Turkish offensive, raising risks of an escalation after Kurdish fighters turned to Damascus in the absence of U.S. support.

The state-run SANA news agency said soldiers from the Syrian Arab Army had begun to move northwards. The ...Read more

Biden now seen as Hunter's dad and not Obama's VP, Conway says

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The suggestion that Ukraine help dig up dirt on a political rival, which has landed President Donald Trump in an impeachment inquiry, has also altered the perception of Joe Biden as the 2020 Democratic primary season draws near, a top White House aide said.

"He's now seen in the news as Hunter Biden's father, not as Barack Obama's vice ...Read more

Turkey says it can fight Islamic State. Its record is spotty.

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AMMAN, Jordan -- Foreign recruits of Islamic State, eager to migrate to the territory the militant group had carved out in Iraq and Syria, would prepare their staples -- a phone, a solar charger, a few garments -- before buying round-trip plane tickets (the better to avoid suspicion).

Their destination? Almost always Turkey.

Once having landed...Read more

Lawmakers and Trump officials debate fallout from Turkey action

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Sunday morning political talk shows were dominated by fallout from President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from North Syria, which critics said gave Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a green light to attack American-allied Kurdish militias -- risking a resurgence of the so-called Islamic State and a slaughter of the Kurds....Read more

Islamic State affiliates escape from camp in Syria as fight rages

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DAMASCUS, Syria/BERLIN -- Hundreds of family members linked to Islamic State militants Sunday escaped from a camp in northern Syria where fighting between Kurdish militias and Turkish-backed rebels is escalating, Kurdish officials and a war monitor reported.

About 785 foreigners affiliated to Islamic State have escaped from the Ain Issa camp, ...Read more

Hunter Biden steps down from Chinese board amid Trump attacks

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LONDON -- Hunter Biden is stepping down from the board of a Chinese-backed private equity company and promising to forego all foreign work if his father, former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, is elected president in 2020.

After months of keeping a relatively low-profile as President Donald Trump leveled a barrage of unsubstantiated accusations ...Read more

Schiff says secret testimony aimed at keeping Trump in the dark

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WASHINGTON -- House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff defended holding testimony behind closed doors in the impeachment inquiry he's heading up against President Donald Trump, likening this phase of the investigation to a "grand jury."

"We want to make sure that we meet the needs of the investigation and not give the president or his ...Read more

Trump has directed troop withdrawal from North Syria, defense chief says

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President Donald Trump has directed a deliberate withdrawal of U.S. troops from northern Syria in advance of an expected increase in military action in the region, to keep them out of harm's way, U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said.

Esper said in an interview airing Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation" the U.S. has learned in the past 24 ...Read more

3 deaths connected to fires that swept through Southern California

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LOS ANGELES -- The fires that have hit Southern California have been linked to three deaths as officials on Sunday continue to gain ground.

In the Saddleridge fire that swept across the San Fernando Valley foothills, a man in his late 50s died after suffering a heart attack while talking with firefighters early Friday.

In the Sandalwood fire ...Read more