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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

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

Trump ally Roger Stone denies collusion with Russia in fiery statement

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WASHINGTON -- Roger Stone, a long-time ally and informal campaign adviser to President Donald Trump, denied any collusion with Russia and accused a House panel of "cowardice" in a statement he plans to deliver Tuesday before a closed-door meeting with House Intelligence Committee staffers.

"Multiple members of this committee have made false ...Read more

High court delays travel ban hearing

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ATLANTA -- The U.S. Supreme Court has canceled next month's oral arguments concerning President Donald Trump's travel ban, citing the new travel restrictions he issued by proclamation Sunday.

The high court isn't disposing of the case. Rather, it is asking both sides to file briefs by Oct. 5, showing whether the case is now moot, given the new ...Read more

Perry tells hecklers that fossil fuels save lives

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has a message for those seeking to link climate change with this year's devastating hurricanes: Fossil fuels are saving lives.

Perry's address to oil industry executives Monday was interrupted by hecklers protesting the Trump administration's skepticism of climate change and its rollback of ...Read more

North Korea says Trump declared war via tweet; the White House says it didn't

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NEW YORK -- When is a tweet a declaration of war?

North Korea's senior diplomat told reporters here Monday that President Donald Trump's most recent salvo on Twitter was tantamount to a formal declaration and that it would give North Korea the right to shoot down U.S. strategic bombers even outside North Korean airspace.

The White House ...Read more

How Trump's base is preparing to defy him

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MCINTOSH, Ala. -- They're depressed or in denial, some are bargaining, and others have reached acceptance.

But as Donald Trump's most avid supporters grapple with being on the opposite side of him as the Alabama Republican Senate runoff arrives Tuesday, the one stage of grief many are studiously avoiding is anger toward Trump.

"I would burn my...Read more

Intelligence director urges Congress to renew surveillance authority

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WASHINGTON -- Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, urged Congress Monday to tread carefully as it considers limiting surveillance powers used by the nation's spy agencies for nearly a decade.

"This is clearly a major issue for the intelligence community," Coats told a group of journalists at his office in suburban Virginia. "It's ...Read more

Intelligence director urges Congress to renew surveillance authority

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WASHINGTON -- Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, urged Congress Monday to tread carefully as it considers limiting surveillance powers used by the nation's spy agencies for nearly a decade.

"This is clearly a major issue for the intelligence community," Coats told a group of journalists at his office in suburban Virginia. "It's ...Read more

White House pushes back on report that aides warned Trump not to insult Kim

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WASHINGTON -- A recent report by the Los Angeles Times that aides had warned President Donald Trump not to personally attack North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was a "false narrative," the president's spokeswoman said Monday.

But Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, did not deny the facts of the story. The Times reported Friday...Read more

Iraqi Kurds vote on creating an independent Kurdistan — but obstacles stand in the way

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BEIRUT -- Sometimes, in the fractious world of Iraqi politics, no means yes.

That was the central message from Kurdish leaders Monday morning when Iraq's Kurds cast their ballots in a controversial independence referendum, despite repeated entreaties and threats from regional and world powers to stop the vote.

The referendum was to decide ...Read more

GOP bill offers Dreamers citizenship after 'extreme vetting'

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Thom Tillis introduced his "conservative Dream Act" on Monday to provide a pathway to citizenship for as many as 2.5 million young undocumented immigrants.

Tillis, a North Carolina Republican, and co-sponsors James Lankford, R-Okla., and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, pitched their plan -- the Succeed Act -- as "merit-based" relief ...Read more