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Bill Cosby accuser arrested on heroin charge at San Diego County jail

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SAN DIEGO -- A model who accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting her at a Playboy Mansion party in 2008 was arrested on suspicion of bringing heroin to a San Diego County jail Sunday night, a sheriff's official confirmed.

Chloe Goins, 27, was parked in a lot at the George F. Bailey Detention Center in Otay Mesa when a deputy approached her ...Read more

McCain to return to Senate for key health care vote

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. John McCain will return to the chamber Tuesday in time for a key procedural vote on the Republican legislation to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law, his office confirmed Monday evening.

The Arizona Republican announced last week he was diagnosed with brain cancer.

The news is a boost to the GOP effort to overhaul ...Read more

Fake news about statins is discouraging use of these life-saving drugs, expert warns

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Denial is not just for climate change anymore. In a political environment in which charges of puffery, deception and fake news abound, a new controversy has been joined, and it returns to grounds that have long proved fertile for conspiracy theories: medicine.

The newest charge of "fake news" has been lodged against those who would argue that ...Read more

Migrants trapped in sweltering truck were 'lying on the floor like meat,' driver says

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By the time they climbed up into the pitch-black truck, they had already crossed the Rio Grande on rafts and walked all night through wild brush land.

The air was hot inside the 18-wheeler, and there was no food or water.

But just before they set off, according to an account of the fatal journey filed Monday in federal court, a man opened the ...Read more

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Pulse shooter's widow said he showed her photo of club, but government can't find evidence

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Noor Salman told federal investigators that her husband, Omar Mateen, showed her a photo of Pulse on his computer less than two days before he opened fire inside the Orlando nightclub, killing 49 people and injuring dozens more.

But ...Read more

Steve Scalise still in hospital, but calling in

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WASHINGTON -- House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is still in the hospital, but strong enough that he called in to the weekly whip team on Monday.

The Louisiana Republican was patched in "to thank the whips for their hard work and let them know he is looking forward to working through the rehab process and returning to the Capitol once he is ...Read more

Israeli Embassy staff return from Jordan after deadly shooting

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TEL AVIV, Israel -- Staffers based at the Israeli Embassy in Jordan returned home after a deadly shooting at the diplomatic compound in Amman that escalated tensions between the countries during an already volatile time.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said Monday evening that the returning staffers included a security guard who ...Read more

In San Francisco, Gore praises Gov. Brown's work against climate change

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SAN FRANCISCO -- It has been a decade since Al Gore released "An Inconvenient Truth," the Oscar-winning documentary that catapulted the one-time presidential candidate to the front lines of climate change activism. Now he's back with "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power," which follows the former vice president as he travels the world to talk...Read more

Doubts on Sessions' tenure deepen amid Trump tweets, White House comments

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WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Jeff Sessions faced increasing questions about his future on Monday, a day that began with a fresh public slap from his boss, President Donald Trump, and continued with new calls to testify about his conversations with the Russian ambassador last year.

Sessions, the first senator to endorse Trump and a strong ...Read more

Acquaintance testifies against Durst in murder case, saying defendant kicked him

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LOS ANGELES -- A Connecticut man testified Monday that Robert Durst -- the idiosyncratic real estate tycoon accused of murder -- once kicked him in the eye at party in the 1980s, swinging with enough force to fracture a bone in his face.

Prosecutors will likely use the testimony of Peter Schwartz, who is the first of several witnesses scheduled...Read more

Jahi McMath and Charlie Gard: Renewing debate over when to halt life support

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In an emotional conversation that literally spans the ocean, two of the most prominent cases in the ongoing debate over when to discontinue life support for the brain dead or terminally ill are back in the news this week, one in America and the other in England.

On Monday, a lawyer for the parents of British baby Charlie Gard said the family ...Read more

Seattle LGBTQ Commission says mayor should resign; former mayors disagree

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SEATTLE -- The Seattle LGBTQ Commission on Monday released a letter calling on Mayor Ed Murray to resign now, before his term expires at the end of the year, "due to allegations and mounting evidence that you have repeatedly engaged in sexual abuse of minors."

But four former Seattle mayors -- Wes Uhlman, Charles Royer, Norm Rice and Greg ...Read more

Bail overhaul plan wins rousing backing from NAACP delegates

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BALTIMORE -- Sen. Kamala Harris' pitch to revamp the nation's bail system so lower income people don't get stuck in jail got a rousing reaction Monday at the NAACP's annual convention.

But her effort faces tough opposition from law and order groups.

Harris, D-Calif., unveiled her bail overhaul plan last week, legislation she's co-sponsoring ...Read more

California's Rep. Adam Schiff gets a Trump nickname: 'Sleazy'

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Monday morning criticized the Democratic leader of the House investigation into Russian attempts to interfere with the 2016 election, calling California Rep. Adam Schiff "sleazy" and "biased."

Schiff is the highest ranking Democrat on the House Select Intelligence Committee, which is examining whether the...Read more

Democrats please progressives with left-leaning policy agenda

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BERRYVILLE, Va. -- The Democratic Party's top leaders talked about reviving Teddy Roosevelt's fights against big corporations, mimicked Bernie Sanders' calls for a massive minimum wage hike, and echoed Franklin Roosevelt's promise to deliver a "New Deal" to the American public.

It was the kind of message the party's liberal wing has waited ...Read more

District court refuses to block federal government voter information collection

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WASHINGTON -- A federal court in Washington on Monday cleared the way for President Donald Trump's election commission to ask states to turn over personal voter information as part of its investigation into Trump's claims about voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election.

The U.S. District Court ruled against the Electronic Privacy ...Read more

African-American activists to Democrats: Consider a black candidate on 2020 ticket

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BALTIMORE -- African-American activists have a message for Democrats: If you want to win back the White House, strongly consider a black person on the ticket.

On their list are a growing roster of black politicians, notably Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Kamala Harris, D-Calif., former Attorney General Eric Holder and Deval Patrick, former ...Read more

Parents of British baby abandon legal fight to get treatment in US

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LONDON -- Quiet sobs reverberated in a London courtroom Monday as the parents of the terminally ill baby Charlie Gard told a judge that they had decided to let their "sweet, gorgeous and innocent" boy go and were withdrawing a bid to bring him to the United States for experimental treatment.

Bowing to the consensus of medical experts, Charlie's...Read more

Polish premier vows to push on with court overhaul after vetoes

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WARSAW, Poland -- Poland's government vowed to redouble its efforts to overhaul the judiciary after the president vetoed draft laws that have touched off debate in the European Union over how to confront members who flout democratic values.

Dealing a blow to the ruling party that backed his presidency, Andrzej Duda struck down bills on Monday ...Read more

Ex-Panamanian president denied bond in Miami files emergency bid with Supreme Court

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MIAMI -- Attorneys for former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli, who is being detained in Miami on an extradition request to his homeland, filed an emergency petition with the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday that asserts his constitutional rights have been violated because his bid for bond was denied.

Martinelli's legal team argued that ...Read more

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