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Democratic donor's home was littered with drug paraphernalia after man died, coroner says

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LOS ANGELES -- The West Hollywood apartment of a prominent Democratic donor where a 26-year-old man was found dead of an overdose this summer was littered with drug paraphernalia, according to the man's autopsy report.

The Los Angeles County coroner's report, which was obtained by the Los Angeles Times on Friday, says that Gemmel Moore died ...Read more

California Democratic Party members start petition seeking resignations of legislators accused of harassment

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MILLBRAE, Calif.--California Democratic Party delegates are circulating a petition to seek the resignations of two state lawmakers who have been accused of sexual misconduct in recent weeks.

"When we remain silent in the face of sexual assault or harassment, we contribute to a culture of impunity for those that use their power to oppress, we ...Read more

NASA joins search for missing Argentine submarine

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- NASA, bolstering the efforts of vessels from seven countries, joined the search Saturday for a lost Argentine submarine that hasn't been heard from since Wednesday morning.

The submarine ARA San Juan, with 44 crew members, had participated in naval exercises off southern Argentina before departing Monday from the city...Read more

Turkey investigating US attorneys before sanctions trial begins

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ISTANBUL, Turkey –– Istanbul's top prosecutor has begun an unprecedented investigation of counterparts in the U.S. before a trial centered on a businessman accused of evading sanctions against Iran.

Turkey is investigating Joon H. Kim, acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and his predecessor, Preet Bharara, over how ...Read more

Anti-sharia and anti-fascist demonstrators face off at site of San Bernardino terrorist attack

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Small crowds of anti-sharia and anti-fascist demonstrators faced off Saturday at the site of the 2015 San Bernardino, Calif., terrorist massacre.

The two groups, totaling no more than 100, gathered near the Inland Regional Center, a nonprofit that serves people with developmental disabilities, where a Pakistani American couple fatally shot 14 ...Read more

Gerry Adams, leader of Sinn Fein in Northern Ireland, to step down

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Gerry Adams, president of the Irish republican party Sinn Fein, announced Saturday in Dublin that he will step down from the post in 2018.

The 69-year-old veteran of his party's struggle to end the partition of Ireland told party members that a meeting would be called next year to elect a successor.

"Leadership means knowing when it is time ...Read more

Trump administration updates demands as NAFTA talks continue

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WASHINGTON –– President Donald Trump's top trade official has issued new objectives for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement -- including some likely to irk Canada and Mexico, the U.S. recording industry and other major business interests.

There are few surprises in the goals, given recent revelations and sharp words from ...Read more

Thousands march through Zimbabwe's capital to demand Mugabe's departure

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HARARE, Zimbabwe –– During elections nine years ago, Zimbabwe ruling party thugs banged on Nonoza Ncube's door at 2 a.m., took her to a temporary military-style base and beat her on her back and legs with clubs.

Yet when she heard that ruling party ZANU-PF war veterans were staging a mass rally in Harare, the nation's capital, to support ...Read more

Feinstein says 2018 could be another 'Year of the Woman'

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MILLBRAE, Calif. –– Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California told party officials Saturday that the sexual harassment allegations that have rocked the federal government and state legislatures across the country could lead to a wave of new female lawmakers not seen in decades.

"I predict based on what I see out there that we are ...Read more

National initiative needed to deal with economic divide, Ray Dalio says

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WASHINGTON –– Billionaire Ray Dalio has called for a commission to explore the growing disparity between the wealthiest Americans and those in the bottom 40 percent of the economy, who he says face "rising death rates" and stagnant incomes.

"There should be a commission or an initiative" to address the issue, Dalio said in a CNN interview ...Read more

Hidden bunker, tunnel with 1,000 bikes found in California homeless camp

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As Orange County, Calif., officials clear out homeless camps along the Santa Ana River, they are making some unexpected discoveries,

In one area, they found an underground bunker accessible from a wooden hatch camouflaged with dirt.

In another, more than 1,000 bicycles tucked in a separate tunnel were found.

The county began clearing more ...Read more

Gunman in Northern California rampage 'didn't pick the school randomly,' DA says

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A gunman's attack on an elementary school during a deadly rampage in Northern California this past week was not a random act as authorities initially thought, prosecutors said.

Kevin Janson Neal smashed a stolen pickup truck through the front gates of Rancho Tehama Elementary School Tuesday morning, drove into the center of the quad, got out ...Read more

Captive, judge oddly agree neither can force lawyer to go to Guantanamo

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GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba--A war court judge ended three weeks of hearings trying to resolve a stalemate over a resigned civilian defense team by asking the alleged mastermind of the USS Cole bombing whether he wanted his long-serving capital defense counsel to return to court.

"I believe he chose to leave this case, and I support him," ...Read more

Satellite promises to improve weather warnings

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A rocket carrying a weather satellite was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Saturday, with plans to put the satellite in a polar orbit to help improve weather forecasting and hurricane tracking.

The Delta II rocket carried the Joint Polar Satellite System-1, the first in a new series of polar-orbiting satellites.

About 63 ...Read more

Stroke patients may have more time to get treatment, study finds

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Patients and doctors long have relied on a simple rule of thumb for seeking care after an ischemic stroke: "Time is brain."

In other words, the longer it takes for patients to seek medical care after a stroke, the more their brain tissue is likely to be starved of blood and die -- significantly raising the risk of permanent disability. The ...Read more

Zimbabweans celebrate Mugabe's imminent exit at mass rallies

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HARARE, Zimbabwe –– Tens of thousands of jubilant Zimbabweans joined rallies Saturday to celebrate the imminent departure of President Robert Mugabe, the only leader they've known since independence in 1980.

Mugabe triggered his own downfall by firing Emmerson Mnangagwa as his vice president last week, which prompted the military to ...Read more

Hariri to return to Lebanon, confront crisis over his resignation

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PARIS ––Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Saturday that he would return home next week to discuss the political crisis triggered by his sudden resignation while he was in Saudi Arabia.

Speaking after talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, Hariri said he would go to Beirut to attend an Independence Day ceremony ...Read more

Outgoing Lebanese premier Hariri arrives in France to meet president

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PARIS -- Outgoing Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived early Saturday in France, where he is scheduled to meet French President Emmanuel Macron, a source close to Hariri told dpa from Paris.

"The premier has arrived," the source said without elaborating.

Lebanese television showed a convoy of cars leaving Paris' Le Bourget airport where...Read more

Mark Sanford leading effort to oppose energy bill championed by GOP leaders

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WASHINGTON -- House Republicans want to look strong on expanding domestic energy independence, but a bill that would give them those bragging rights could face backlash from environmentalists in their own party.

Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., told McClatchy he plans to form a coalition of Republicans and Democrats to formally ask for changes to the...Read more

Texan launches primary challenge against Sen. Ted Cruz, but says they 'agree on a lot of things'

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WASHINGTON -- Republican media executive Bruce Jacobson launched his campaign against Texas Sen. Ted Cruz criticizing politicians who are "more interested in serving themselves and their own agendas rather than serving the people who elected them."

But when it comes to major policy issues he would vote on as a senator, Jacobson says he's almost...Read more