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Reach out or resist? A Texas runoff tests Democrats' midterm strategy

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HOUSTON -- Democrats say they're ready to take charge in Washington. They just can't agree how.

After nearly a decade of GOP rule, the party stands its best chance in years to seize control of the House, an opening that's intensified the long-standing fight between progressives, pragmatists and party professionals.

Some at the grassroots favor...Read more

Scalise announces plan for immigration, farm bill votes third week of June

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WASHINGTON -- The farm bill, which failed on the House floor Friday, will get a second vote June 22 after a vote on a conservative immigration bill earlier that week, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise said Monday.

The immigration bill that leaders have scheduled a vote on is a conservative measure by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte of ...Read more

Uniformed Florida deputy is accused of shoplifting action figures

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A 13-year veteran of the Broward Sheriff's Office was in uniform when he swiped action figures and DVDs from a Walmart without paying for them, officials said Monday.

Henry Guzman, 44, was arrested at the sheriff's office headquarters on West Broward Boulevard at 11 a.m. Monday and taken to the Broward Main Jail, said ...Read more

Manafort argues against Mueller's reasons to search storage unit

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NEWARK, N.J. -- FBI agents overstepped their legal authority in searching the northern Virginia storage unit belonging to Paul Manafort's company, the former campaign chairman for Donald Trump said in a court filing Monday.

The agents improperly conducted a search in 2017 when they persuaded a Manafort employee to unlock the unit, Manafort's ...Read more

Rep. John Conyers' son ruled off primary ballot to succeed his father

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WASHINGTON -- John Conyers III, the son of former U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., will not appear on the Aug. 7 Democratic primary ballot to replace his father in Congress, Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett decided Monday.

The decision, which could be final, was largely based on an earlier review of nominating petition signatures submitted ...Read more

Blankenship vows third-party bid in West Virginia Senate race

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WASHINGTON -- Former West Virginia coal executive Don Blankenship said he'll mount a third-party bid for the U.S. Senate after losing in the state's Republican primary, a move that if allowed by the courts could upend GOP attempts to unseat Democrat Joe Manchin.

Blankenship, who spent a year in prison on a criminal conviction after a 2010 mine ...Read more

Trump hits Venezuela over 'fraudulent' presidential election

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump took steps Monday to punish Venezuela for what the administration called fraudulent presidential elections Sunday in the once-oil-rich country now devastated by economic and social crises.

The action came amid a growing international rebuke of Venezuela's socialist leader Nicolas Maduro, who claimed victory ...Read more

Esteban Santiago researched layout of Los Angeles airport days before Fort Lauderdale shooting, feds say

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Three days before carrying out the deadly mass shooting at Fort Lauderdale's main airport, Esteban Santiago researched the layout of the Los Angeles international airport, prosecutors revealed Monday.

Santiago used his cellphone to look up a map of the LAX airport on Jan. 3, 2017, prosecutors wrote in court records. ...Read more

Corker and Hatch won't be moving Down Under

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker will not be leaving the chamber to become ambassador to Australia, and neither will Finance Chairman Orrin G. Hatch.

An aide to Corker confirmed a report that the Tennessee Republican had been under consideration for the post.

Corker told The Tennessean newspaper that he had discussed ...Read more

Ex-boyfriend of woman killed in Calif. spa explosion to remain behind bars

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LOS ANGELES -- Saying that he posed a possible flight risk and danger to the community, a federal judge on Monday ruled that the former boyfriend of a woman who was killed in an explosion at her Southern California spa should remain in custody without the possibility of bail.

Stephen Beal of Long Beach has not been charged in connection with ...Read more

Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz made cellphone video of himself

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Nikolas Cruz made three video recordings of himself on his cellphone around the time of his attack, according to a summary of evidence turned over to his lawyers by prosecutors in the case.

The defense this month demanded a portion of the evidence prosecutors intend to use when putting Cruz, 19, on ...Read more

Trump meets with Justice leaders, and latest clash over Russia probe eases — for now

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WASHINGTON -- It began, like so many other controversies these days, with a tweet. And it seemed to end Monday in typical fashion -- with a stalemate and confusion over President Donald Trump's intentions.

Fuming over reports that a confidential FBI informant met with three campaign aides, Trump tweeted Sunday that he would demand the Justice ...Read more

NM man sentenced for attacks on business and government websites

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A New Mexico man who admitted paying hackers to sabotage websites affiliated with his former employers and government agencies in Minnesota, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

John K. Gammell of Las Cruces was sentenced last week in federal court in St. Paul to five years of supervised release and restitution that authorities were still...Read more

Xi Jinping can make or break any deal between Trump and Kim

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BEIJING -- Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un will meet next month to negotiate a deal that could avert nuclear war. But the ultimate success of any agreement hinges on someone else: China's President Xi Jinping.

As North Korea's largest trading partner, China's enforcement of United Nations sanctions helped bring Kim to the negotiating table while ...Read more

In his first major policy speech, Pompeo calls for global anti-Iran coalition

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration, two weeks after it withdrew from an international arms control deal that curbed Iran's nuclear ambitions, called Monday for a new global coalition to force the Islamic Republic to capitulate to a long list of political and military demands.

In his first major policy address, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo...Read more

White House condemns 'sham' Venezuela vote, likens humanitarian crisis to Syria

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WASHINGTON -- The White House on Monday announced it would block the Venezuelan government from selling off the nation's assets in exchange for cash in response to what it called an illegitimate and "sham" election Sunday that gave leader Nicolas Maduro another term.

Senior administration officials said the goal of the executive order was to ...Read more

5 women sue USC, alleging they were victimized by campus gynecologist

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LOS ANGELES -- Five women filed civil lawsuits Monday alleging that a longtime gynecologist at the University of Southern California victimized them under the pretext of medical care and that USC failed to address complaints from clinic staffers about the doctor's behavior.

One woman alleged Dr. George Tyndall forced his entire ungloved hand ...Read more

After being cleared in fatal shooting, Chicago cop fired for lying about unrelated arrest

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CHICAGO -- A Chicago police officer cleared in a controversial fatal shooting of an unarmed teen has been fired along with another veteran officer for lying about the circumstances of a domestic violence arrest almost five years ago.

In a unanimous decision, the Chicago Police Board voted at its monthly meeting Thursday night that Officers ...Read more

Trump welcomes first female CIA director, tries to make amends with the agency

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump led the swearing-in ceremony for the first female CIA director in the agency's history on Monday, calling it "a ceremony like few will ever have again."

Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath.

"They love you," Trump said as officials and agents applauded Haspel during the ceremony. "They respect ...Read more

Two attacked by cougar identified; wildlife officials say predator was 'emaciated'

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SEATTLE -- The cougar that attacked two bicyclists near North Bend, Wash., on Saturday, killing one and leaving the other with serious injuries, was "emaciated," according to a fish and wildlife official.

Capt. Alan Myers, of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife police, said the brain of the 100-pound cat will be tested to determine why it...Read more