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Michael R. Bloomberg: Business leaders can get to work where Trump administration retreats

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As attention focuses on the UN General Assembly in New York, it's important to remember that in a global economy, America's relationship with the world does not depend solely on the state of politics along Pennsylvania Avenue. The ties that bind nations together today are deeply connected to trade and investment. Diplomatic relations are often ...Read more

Hurricane Maria unleashes fury on Puerto Rico: 'The winds are like out of a horror movie'

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A ferocious Hurricane Maria slammed Puerto Rico just before dawn Wednesday as some 3.5 million people girded for a day of vicious winds and drenching rain expected to devastate the American territory.

The eye of the storm made official landfall at 6:15 a.m. near Yabucoa, about 45 miles southeast of the densely populated...Read more

Zionist evangelicals trail Trump to Holy Land with cash in hand

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TEL AVIV -- As the Jewish High Holiday season moves in, Israel is getting set to welcome a throng of religious visitors -- evangelical Christians.

Thousands will pour in from more than 80 countries to the streets of Jerusalem in early October for an annual march celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles, or the Jewish festival of Sukkot. As they ...Read more

Hispanic lawmakers show bipartisan tone on immigration

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WASHINGTON -- When it comes to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, there is little daylight among most Hispanic members of Congress, regardless of party affiliation.

President Donald Trump has said he will phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, but gave Congress a six-month ...Read more

Lobbyists at 'DEFCON One' awaiting details of tax overhaul plan

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WASHINGTON -- The National Association of Home Builders has already created ads to either support or oppose a U.S. tax-code overhaul, depending on how Congress and President Donald Trump propose to treat its favorite tax breaks.

"We're at DEFCON One," said Jerry Howard, president of the trade group that represents 140,000 builders. "But we're ...Read more

Why it's hard to punish 'bad Samaritans'

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WASHINGTON -- In the video, Jamel Dunn can be seen flailing in the middle of a Florida pond, his head sinking deeper in the water with every gasping breath. In the background, teenagers are laughing and mocking him.

"Ain't nobody's gonna help you," one yells. Seconds later, Dunn, 31, drowns.

Months after the July episode, which was posted ...Read more

DA investigating Facebook comment during Slender Man jury deliberations

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MILWAUKEE -- The Waukesha County District Attorney's Office is investigating whether a Facebook commenter on the Slender Man jury deliberations had inside information about the process.

District Attorney Sue Opper confirmed Tuesday that an investigator in her office is trying to run down whether the comments were bluffs, innocent predictions or...Read more

Confrontation at Georgia Tech ended 1 life, changed another forever

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ATLANTA -- One was just making his way in the world, 23 years old, fresh out of college. The other, two years younger, was only a few months shy of graduating and was already taking courses for a post-graduate degree.

Both were raised in Gwinnett County and chose careers aimed at helping others -- one in law enforcement, the other designing ...Read more

Water district vote deals major blow to California's delta tunnel project

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LOS ANGELES -- The board of the Westlands Water District on Tuesday dealt a potentially fatal blow to the most ambitious California water project planned in decades.

By a 7-1 vote, the board of the state's largest irrigation district decided not to join the California WaterFix, a $17 billion project that would re-engineer the way Northern ...Read more

Trump's UN speech delivers just what his voters wanted

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NEW YORK -- In his first speech to the world's leaders, President Donald Trump delivered the message of the voters who elected him.

"The United States will forever be a great friend to the world, and especially to its allies," Trump said Tuesday. "But we can no longer be taken advantage of or enter into a one-sided deal where the United States ...Read more

A hair-raising sense of deja vu in Mexico

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JUCHITAN, Mexico -- When the tremor struck Tuesday, the people of this earthquake-battered city feared the worst: a repeat of the Sept. 7 earthquake that tumbled buildings and left thousands homeless here.

"We were afraid it was happening all over again," said Yasmin Talavera, 57, who was sitting in a chair Tuesday in an outdoor shelter here, ...Read more

Manafort urges Justice Department to release any wiretaps of him

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NEWARK, N.J. -- Paul Manafort, the former campaign chairman for President Donald Trump, called on the Justice Department's inspector general to investigate leaks after CNN reported that the FBI conducted separate wiretap investigations of him before and after the election last year.

The network said Monday that a secret court order authorized a...Read more

US-Cuba commission meets for first time during Trump administration

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The United States and Cuba held their sixth Bilateral Commission meeting -- the first since President Donald Trump has been in office -- and it wasn't exactly cordial.

In a statement following Tuesday's meeting, the Cuban delegation said it protested "the disrespectful, unacceptable and meddling statements made by President Donald Trump in his ...Read more

After 13 years, Baltimore man free after new witnesses say he is innocent of 2004 murder

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BALTIMORE -- Lamar Johnson was led into the Baltimore courtroom Tuesday with his arms and legs in the shackles worn by convicted murderers, but with a wide smile across his face.

For more than 13 years, through two failed appeals and countless crushed hopes, the West Baltimore man had waited for these moments in court.

Circuit Judge Charles ...Read more

Continuing a fierce assault on 'sanctuary' policies, Sessions attacks California bill

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WASHINGTON -- In another shot in an ongoing battle over so-called sanctuary city polices, Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday attacked California's new bill that affords some protections to undocumented immigrants across the state, calling it "unconscionable" and a threat to public safety.

Sessions, speaking in Portland, Ore., to federal ...Read more

'This is a biggie': Puerto Rico prepares for first Cat 5 hurricane in nearly 90 years

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The relieved sigh Puerto Ricans heaved after Hurricane Irma's menacing eye just missed them two weeks ago has long been forgotten now that Hurricane Maria, Irma's wicked cousin, has everyone on the Caribbean island holding their breath.

Maria is coming straight for them.

"Today, I'm afraid. This is a biggie," said 79-...Read more

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Tubman still part of $20 bill redesign as Mnuchin focuses elsewhere

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. government agency that prints currency notes hasn't been instructed to take Harriet Tubman's picture off the $20 note redesign project and is proceeding with the Obama administration's plan.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said last month he would ...Read more

Playboy Playmate sues actor Ryan Phillippe, accusing him of kicking, hitting and pushing her downstairs

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LOS ANGELES -- A Playboy Playmate is suing Hollywood actor Ryan Phillippe on allegations that he kicked, hit and pushed her downstairs in an incident that has also been referred to the Los Angeles city attorney's office for possible prosecution.

Elsie Rose Hewitt filed the lawsuit against Phillippe, her former boyfriend, on Monday in Los ...Read more

Tubman still part of $20 bill redesign as Mnuchin focuses elsewhere

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. government agency that prints currency notes hasn't been instructed to take Harriet Tubman's picture off the $20 note redesign project and is proceeding with the Obama administration's plan.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said last month he would review the Obama-era initiative, adding that it's not a high priority ...Read more

2 more lawsuits say Hollywood nursing home and utility share responsibility for deaths

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MIAMI -- Last month, Manuel Mendieta and Carolyn Eatherly celebrated their final birthdays while living at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills.

They were in the nursing home for different reasons. Mendieta, 96, had multiple health conditions, but was alert and spoke in Spanish with his family when they visited, which was often, ...Read more


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