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China takes US tariffs fight to WTO

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BEIJING -- China on Monday presented itself as a bastion of international order and global rules on trade while announcing its filing of a World Trade Organization challenge against a threat of $200 billion more in tariffs by the United States.

A Chinese government spokeswoman said fair trade called for international rules that were made ...Read more

Arrivals of refugees have hit historic lows. To stay afloat, resettlement agencies re-brand

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LOS ANGELES -- The door to the nonprofit World Relief, tucked between a dance studio and a tutoring company on the second floor of a Garden Grove strip mall, still says "refugee resettlement services."

But it's been nearly a year since a new refugee has walked through it.

The number of refugees admitted to the U.S. since President Donald Trump...Read more

Tijuana residents face loss of structures too close to US border fence

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TIJUANA, Mexico -- From property barriers to wood shacks to cluttered backyard patios, dozens of structures south of the U.S. border fence face demolition as the Trump administration moves forward on its plans to build a taller, stronger wall separating the United States from Mexico.

The issue has arisen as work gets underway on a $147 million ...Read more

The artful dodge that saved Kavanaugh from Supreme Court doom

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WASHINGTON -- In 2011, Judge Brett Kavanaugh was selected at random to rule on whether President Barack Obama's signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act, was constitutional.

It was a career-defining moment for the aspiring Supreme Court justice, who was 46 at the time. The case promised to be a political bomb splitting two ...Read more

Sifting through the wreckage of Trump's Europe tour for signs of a foreign policy

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WASHINGTON -- Critics already are calling it the "blame America first" tour.

That was perhaps inevitable after President Donald Trump blamed American "foolishness and stupidity" on Monday for the nosedive in U.S. relations with Moscow, not Russia's aggression in Ukraine, Syria and in the 2016 presidential election.

Later, after an ...Read more

Many political tax-exempts no longer required to report donors

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WASHINGTON -- Many tax-exempt groups that participate in politics will no longer be required to disclose their donors to the Internal Revenue Service, the Treasury Department said Monday.

The change means that so-called Section 501(c)4 groups, known as "social-welfare" organizations, no longer have to tell the IRS who gave them donations. The ...Read more

Judge temporarily halts deportations of reunified families

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SAN DIEGO -- A judge on Monday temporarily blocked the federal government from deporting families who have just been reunified, as officials work under court order to match more than 2,500 children with parents they were taken from at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The decision is the latest in a class-action lawsuit brought by the American Civil ...Read more

House to vote Wednesday on resolution to support ICE

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WASHINGTON -- House Republicans have abandoned a plan to vote on a Democrat-sponsored bill to terminate the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency after the bill's authors said they and their colleagues would vote against it.

But GOP leaders are still planning to hold a vote on a resolution by Louisiana GOP Rep. Clay Higgins expressing...Read more

Flooding kills at least 49 people in Nigeria

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ABUJA, Nigeria -- At least 49 people were killed by flooding in northwestern Nigeria, the local emergency agency said Monday.

At least 20 people remained missing after heavy downpours in the night from Sunday to Monday caused the Jibia Dam to overflow, flooding several villages in the Jibia local government area of Katsina State, according to ...Read more

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CVS fires 2 Chicago store employees after white manager calls cops on black customer

CHICAGO -- CVS has fired two employees at a store in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood who called the police on a black female customer Saturday after she attempted to use a coupon.

"We have completed our investigation, and as a result the two colleagues who ...Read more

Meadows, Jordan ask DOJ to investigate Rosenstein

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WASHINGTON -- Two Freedom Caucus Republicans asked the Justice Department's inspector general Monday to investigate allegations that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein threatened to subpoena the email and phone records of House Intelligence Committee staff.

Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows of North Carolina and caucus co-founder Jim ...Read more

Putin offered to help with the Russia investigation. Don't expect Mueller to take him up on it

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WASHINGTON -- Before the end of Monday's news conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to do a favor for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

Russian authorities, Putin said, would be happy to interview the dozen intelligence officers indicted on Friday for hacking emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic Party.

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Diplomats say it's settled. They can't rely on Trump

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's extraordinary remarks Monday, siding with Russian President Vladmir Putin's denials of 2016 campaign meddling over U.S. intelligence agencies' conclusion, has left U.S. and foreign diplomats worried that the United States will no longer be a reliable partner, will no longer defend other countries and will ...Read more

CVS fires 2 Chicago store employees after white manager calls cops on black customer

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CHICAGO -- CVS has fired two employees at a store in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood who called the police on a black female customer Saturday after she attempted to use a coupon.

"We have completed our investigation, and as a result the two colleagues who were involved are no longer employed by CVS Health," Mike DeAngelis, a spokesman for CVS...Read more

Kansas City police: Man who shot 3 officers was suspect in student's killing

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A 25-year-old man who on Sunday allegedly wounded three Kansas City police officers and was later killed in a firefight with officers was identified Monday as Marlin Mack.

The shooting suspect, who had been a person of interest in a July 6 killing of a college student, died in a shootout with police at a Kansas City home.

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Wife of renowned pianist found not guilty by reason of insanity in daughters' deaths

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- For Sofya Tsygankova, mental illness first surfaced when she was 18.

Still living in her homeland of Russia, the pianist became depressed after a breakup and her failure to progress in a music competition.

After the birth of her and renowned pianist Vadym Kholodenko's youngest daughter, postpartum depression reportedly ...Read more

Federal judge defends actions as fetal-burial trial begins in Texas

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A federal trial over the future of a Texas law requiring fetal remains to be buried or cremated got off to an unusual start Monday when the judge defended himself from a federal appeals court that questioned his motives in the case.

The dispute involved a side issue over a subpoena compelling the Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops to disclose...Read more

Parkland shooter's defense team wants his police interrogation kept 'under wraps'

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MIAMI -- Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz's statement to police should be kept "under wraps" to not taint a potential jury pool, his lawyer told a court Monday as a judge continues to weigh whether to release it to the media and public.

Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer on Monday listened to another round of arguments from lawyers over ...Read more

10 black Washington U. students stopped by police, falsely accused of leaving restaurant without paying

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CLAYTON, Mo. -- Ten Washington University students, all black and all incoming freshmen, were stopped by Clayton police earlier this month while walking to a MetroLink stop from a late night dinner and told they were suspected of leaving the IHOP restaurant without paying, university officials said.

Even though some of the students had receipts...Read more

In Helsinki, Putin displays the political skills he has honed since his days as a KGB agent

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HELSINKI, Finland -- At a rally before cheering supporters earlier this month in Montana, President Donald Trump declared nonchalantly of his then-upcoming summit with Russia's leader: "I have been preparing for this stuff my whole life."

But on Monday, with a world audience looking on, the summit looked far more like a culminating moment in ...Read more