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Trump chides Greenland with photoshopped image of hotel

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(TNS) U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted a mocking image of a Trump-branded hotel superimposed over territory labeled as Greenland on Monday.

The tweet comes as both Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Greenland Premier Kim Kielsen stated that the semi-autonomous Danish territory is not for sale after Trump expressed interest in ...Read more

White House dismisses payroll tax cuts as slowdown prevention

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WASHINGTON -- The White House dismissed the idea that the administration is looking to cut payroll taxes as a way to bolster consumer spending, as economic indicators increasingly point to a potential downturn.

More tax cuts for individuals are being discussed, but payroll taxes aren't under consideration at present, a White House official said...Read more

After El Paso shooting, governor creates Texas Safety Commission

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Following through on plans for roundtable discussions after a mass shooting in El Paso left 22 dead, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday announced the creation of the Texas Safety Commission to offer advice leading to "an immediate action plan" for state leaders.

Abbott said he wants the commission to develop ideas on combating ...Read more

Judge overturns LA County sheriff's rehiring of a fired deputy

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LOS ANGELES -- A judge on Monday overturned Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva's controversial decision to reinstate a deputy who had been fired for violating department policies regarding domestic violence and lying -- a dispute that ended up pitting some of the county's most powerful elected officials against one another.

Los Angeles ...Read more

Ghost Ship trial: Three jurors removed; deliberations must start over

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Three jurors in the Ghost Ship warehouse fire trial were removed on Monday and a judge said deliberations must start over.

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Trina Thompson at an afternoon hearing told three alternates to take seats in the jury box, then instructed them that deliberations will start over and to disregard ...Read more

Facebook, Twitter accuse China of spreading Hong Kong disinformation via their platforms

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Facebook and Twitter said Monday they had suspended a slew of social media accounts believed to be tied to a Chinese government-backed campaign to spread disinformation about pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

Twitter said Monday it suspended 936 accounts based in China that were deliberately attempting to sow political discord and undermine ...Read more

California's 'red flag' law might be helping to reduce mass shooting risk, study says

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Four years after California became one of the first states to expedite the removal of guns from people seen as a public danger by family members or law enforcement, its "red flag" law appears to be helping to reduce the chance of mass shootings, according to a study released Monday by the University of California, Davis ...Read more

Once shelved as too risky, blood cancer drug discovered in San Diego gets FDA approval

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SAN DIEGO -- A promising cancer drug, discovered in San Diego and later discarded for safety concerns, has at last been approved for use. The drug, fedratinib, treats certain kinds of a bone marrow cancer called myelofibrosis.

On Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved fedratinib, which will be sold by Celgene under the brand ...Read more

Philly DA Larry Krasner: Probe of police shooting 'could take months'

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PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said Monday that the investigation into the largest mass shooting of Philadelphia police in decades could continue for months, even as the accused gunman and four codefendants have been charged with a litany of offenses.

At a morning news conference in his Center City office, Krasner ...Read more

Family of slain Chinese scholar gives $30K to support U. of I. international students

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CHICAGO -- Yingying Zhang's family vividly remembers journeying to Champaign, Ill., in June 2017 after they learned she had been kidnapped from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and killed.

"We didn't even know how to get to Illinois," said her father, Ronggao Zhang. "When we first arrived in Champaign, we didn't know anyone, ...Read more

Cal State Fullerton faculty member stabbed multiple times, killed on campus; suspect at large

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LOS ANGELES -- A Cal State Fullerton faculty member was stabbed to death Monday morning on the first day of the university's academic year, and the assailant is still at large, police said.

Fullerton police responded to reports of an assault with a deadly weapon at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot near the College Park building. Police found the ...Read more

Following Epstein Death, AG installs new leadership at Federal Bureau of Prisons

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WASHINGTON -- Attorney General William Barr has replaced the leadership of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Barr is appointing Kathleen Hawk Sawyer to the position of director. Barr previously appointed her to the same post in 1992, when he was last the attorney general.

The move comes as the federal prison system is under scrutiny over the ...Read more

Rep. King falsely claims he was misquoted on 'rape and incest' abortion comment

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Steve King demanded an apology over the weekend from GOP leaders and media outlets that criticized him for speculating that humankind may not exist without our species' history of rape and incest.

The embattled Iowa Republican claimed, misleadingly, that he was misquoted in a Des Moines Register article -- later picked up by ...Read more

Family of missing teen feels 'extreme relief' she is alive and an arrest has been made: 'It was a nightmare … pure torture'

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CHICAGO -- Authorities and a relative of a 16-year-old girl for whom an Amber Alert was issued by Indiana State Police said she was found safe in Arkansas about 24 hours after she was last seen in Crown Point, and an arrest has been made in connection with her abduction.

About 1:40 p.m. Sunday, state police confirmed the teenager's safety by ...Read more

Days away from moving for a dream job, Miami doctor is killed in fall from cliff on vacation

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A man living in Miami fell over 82 feet to his death while on vacation with his fiance on the Spanish island of Ibiza, friends and relatives reported in a crowd-funding page.

Daniel Sirovich, who was completing his medical residency at Kendall Regional Medical Center, was sightseeing on Aug. 14 with his fiance Kristi Kelly in Sa Pedrera de Cala...Read more

Adnan Syed's attorneys ask U.S. Supreme Court to hear 'Serial' case

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BALTIMORE -- Attorneys for Adnan Syed, the subject of the "Serial" podcast, are trying to take his case to the Supreme Court.

The petition, filed Monday after an extended deadline, asks the justices to reverse a ruling by Maryland's highest court. It had refused to grant a new trial to Syed, who was convicted in the 2000 of killing of Hae Min ...Read more

'Ready to throw officers under the bus': Baltimore police feel angst over leadership, consent decree

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BALTIMORE -- Many Baltimore Police officers say making an arrest can be nerve-wracking because they feel overburdened by documenting even necessary force, they worry they will be harshly punished for their actions and they don't feel supported by commanders, according to a recent report.

"I don't feel pride for having 20 uses of force," one ...Read more

California teacher is fatally shot at park; police seek gunman

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LOS ANGELES -- A gunman who shot and killed a middle school teacher as she sat in her truck with her 5-year-old son and boyfriend at a San Bernardino, Calif., park over the weekend remained at large Sunday, according to police.

Officers responded to a report of a shooting at Delmann Heights Park near the intersection of 30th and Flores streets ...Read more

Deportations to Iraq stoke fear among immigrant families in Michigan

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DETROIT -- Sixteen Iraqi nationals -- half from metro Detroit -- have been deported to Iraq since an April court decision allowed their removal from the U.S. The move has sparked anxiety for some immigrant families, heightened by the recent death in Baghdad of a diabetic deportee from Oakland County, Mich.

This summer, several detained Iraqi ...Read more

Gunman who opened fire on LAPD patrol car killed in shootout with police, officials say

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LOS ANGELES -- A man who authorities say was armed with a handgun and opened fire on two officers in their patrol car was killed by police in a shootout in El Sereno late Sunday.

Two LAPD officers were stopped at Lombardy Boulevard and Alhambra Avenue about 11:30 p.m. when a man began shooting at them, Officer Drake Madison said.

The man ran ...Read more


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