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For families awaiting justice in Baltimore killings, uncertainty begets frustration and anger

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BALTIMORE -- From the back door of his North Baltimore rowhome, Michael Makel Sr. can see the apartment complex where his 19-year-old son was killed, and he wonders whether anyone will ever be held accountable.

Nearly a year after the shooting, the 47-year-old father says he is tired of waiting for answers and having his hopes dashed. Even more...Read more

US imposes more sanctions on North Korea

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WASHINGTON -- Tightening pressure on North Korea and those who might support it, the Trump administration Tuesday announced yet another round of economic sanctions against Pyongyang.

The Treasury Department blacklisted eight North Korean banks and 26 individuals, mostly North Koreans operating in China, Russia, Libya and the United Arab ...Read more

Full GOP tax proposal will wait until later

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WASHINGTON -- If the tax overhaul framework congressional leaders and White House officials are releasing Wednesday fails to appease rank-and-file member calls for more details, House Republican leaders may find themselves still short of the votes needed to pass a budget. That's especially problematic given that tax writers are not planning to ...Read more

City, county officials blame each other for growing hepatitis A outbreak in San Diego

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SAN DIEGO -- Finger-pointing started Monday over what appears to be a delayed response to the deadly hepatitis A outbreak ravaging San Diego County, as public records to and from city and county officials began to be released.

In one email from June, an officer at St. Vincent de Paul's charity told county leaders that the city flatly refused to...Read more

Partisan gerrymandering heads to court test: Can it go too far?

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WASHINGTON -- Republicans won less than half the vote for the Wisconsin state Assembly in 2012 -- but they still got more than 60 percent of the seats.

Democrats are blaming the voting map in a U.S. Supreme Court case that could change the rules for drawing election district lines around the country. The question is whether a redistricting map ...Read more

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke calls his staff disloyal in speech to oil industry

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WASHINGTON -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke walked into a big gathering of the National Petroleum Council on Monday already facing at least two government probes for his management of the department's workforce of 70,000 -- but that didn't stop him from bashing his employees.

Zinke told the gathering that he figured upon taking his post that ...Read more

Equifax CEO steps down after data breach; he'll still get $18 million pension

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WASHINGTON -- Equifax announced Tuesday that its chief executive would step down effective immediately, weeks after the credit-reporting company disclosed a massive data breach.

Richard Smith, who also served as chairman of the Equifax board, is the latest casualty at the company as a result of the breach, which exposed the Social Security ...Read more

Will Arizona's off-label drug law spur changes elsewhere?

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WASHINGTON -- When the Food and Drug Administration gives its OK for a new drug to be sold, it specifies the diseases or conditions for which the medicine has been approved. That does not mean doctors can't prescribe that prescription drug for other diseases and conditions. They do. All the time. And it's perfectly legal.

But for decades ...Read more

Michael R. Bloomberg: GOP, time to start working with Dems on worthy health-care bill

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It's possible for a bad political process to yield a good result. There's even a saying for it -- the one comparing making laws to making sausages.

In the case of the latest Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, however, the process and substance have both been inexcusably reckless. Now that Republican senators' last-gasp effort ...Read more

Man killed by police in shooting caught on video was a homeless Navy veteran, mother says

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LOS ANGELES -- Tiffany Tabares isn't sure what to do, so she sits quietly outside the 7-Eleven store where her 27-year-old son was fatally shot Friday morning during a confrontation with a Huntington Beach, Calif., police officer.

On Friday night, she slept on the sidewalk. She's left a few times, she said, but always found her way back to the ...Read more

On the economy, many black voters see little difference between Republicans, Democrats

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WASHINGTON -- A new study suggests that Democrats can re-energize African-American voters even if President Barack Obama isn't on the party's ticket. But that doesn't mean it's going to be easy.

The study, conducted by AFL-CIO affiliate Working America, analyzed why the black turnout in Ohio plummeted between 2012 and 2016, when election ...Read more

Poll: Nearly 9 in 10 Americans support a program for Dreamers to stay

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WASHINGTON -- Nearly nine in 10 Americans support a program that allows undocumented immigrants who qualify for the DREAM Act to remain in the United States, a Washington Post-ABC News poll found.

Eighty-six percent of respondents said they supported some kind of program for "undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States if they arrived ...Read more

In New York, major crime complaints fell when cops took a break from 'proactive policing'

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When New York police officers temporarily reduced their "proactive policing" efforts on low-level offenses, major-crime reports in the city actually fell, according to a study based on New York Police Department crime statistics.

The findings, published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour, put a crack in the "broken windows" theory of ...Read more

Trump team's travel perks are costing taxpayers mightily. Here's why there's little outrage

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The Treasury secretary requested a military plane for his European honeymoon. The head of Health and Human Services ran up a six-figure tab flying around the country on private jets. The chief of the Environmental Protection Agency dinged taxpayers for repeated excursions back home to Oklahoma.

In normal times, Washington's scandal machinery ...Read more

Albert R. Hunt: Inflaming racial tensions is exactly what Trump is trying to do

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Donald Trump's ongoing fight with professional athletes has one purpose: to inflame racial tensions.

The president says his demand that National Football League owners fire those players who protest racial injustice by kneeling during the pre-game national anthem is about patriotism and respect for the flag.

That claim is rejected not only by ...Read more

After storm, Puerto Rico's capital dreads what's next

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Here at the massive Luis Llorens Torres public housing complex on the east side of this wrecked capital, black floodwater stood stagnant as heaps of garbage grew higher.

"We have a car, but we can't go anywhere because of the water," said one resident, 63-year-old Juan Lopez, a retired security guard who was subsisting ...Read more

Back into the Trump vortex America goes, as the president fuels a divisive debate

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WASHINGTON -- America once again finds itself where it has been so often since the day Donald Trump descended an escalator to a podium at the tower named for him to announce his presidential candidacy: pulled into the vortex of partisanship as a master publicist plays notes of division and dispute.

President Trump's continued stoking of debate ...Read more

Pacific Fleet commander announces unexpected retirement

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SAN DIEGO -- Passed over for higher command, U.S. Navy Adm. Scott Swift on Monday announced his unexpected retirement as commander of the Pacific Fleet.

"I have been informed by the Chief of Naval Operations that I will not be his nominee to replace Adm. (Harry) Harris as the Commander, U.S. Pacific Command," Swift wrote in a prepared statement...Read more

California suspends medical license of former USC dean tied to drug use

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LOS ANGELES -- The Medical Board of California has suspended the license of former University of Southern California medical school dean Carmen Puliafito pending a final decision on his fitness to practice medicine.

The medical board opened an inquiry into Puliafito after a Los Angeles Times investigation found that he regularly used ...Read more

House conservative leader: Fulfill promises or face political danger in '18

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WASHINGTON -- North Carolina Rep. Mark Walker, the chairman of the conservative House Republican Study Committee, plans to deliver a frank, firm message to fellow Republicans Tuesday: Time is running out to fulfill all those promises you made last year.

Start acting fast, he's expected to tell a Capitol Hill news conference, or the party could ...Read more