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Putin easily wins re-election as Russian president

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MOSCOW –– Russian President Vladimir Putin has cemented his position in power at the Kremlin by winning what early results indicated will be his largest-ever victory.

According to exit polls published by state media, Putin won 73.9 percent of the vote. The Central Election Commission said that with about a third of the ballots counted, more...Read more

UK says Russia stockpiled nerve agent, Johnson Says

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LONDON –– The United Kingdom accused Russia of developing and stockpiling nerve agents for a decade, after Moscow suggested that a British laboratory may have been the source of the substance used to poison a former spy and his daughter.

"We actually had evidence within the last 10 years that Russia has not only been investigating the ...Read more

Republican senators push back against Trump on McCabe's firing

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Republican lawmakers spoke against the firing of FBI official Andrew McCabe and efforts by President Donald Trump and his lawyer to link it to the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

McCabe shouldn't have been fired two days before he was due to retire in an episode that risks demoralizing and "smearing" agents, said Sen. ...Read more

Rand Paul threatens filibuster on State Department, CIA nominees

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WASHINGTON –– Sen. Rand Paul said Sunday that he would "do everything to stop" President Donald Trump's nominations of Mike Pompeo for secretary of state and Gina Haspel for CIA director, but conceded that he may not be able to stop them.

Paul, R-Ky., said on CBS' "Face the Nation" that he wants someone who's not "advocating for war," ...Read more

Saudi crown prince heads to White House and Silicon Valley

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WASHINGTON -- Promoting the image of a new Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives Monday in Washington on a cross-country trip to court government officials, Silicon Valley technology companies, investors and one of his biggest fans: President Donald Trump.

He is a prince on a mission and in a hurry.

The 32-year-old heir to the...Read more

Trump renews attack on ousted FBI official, questions special counsel's fairness

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump Sunday continued his attack on fired FBI official Andrew McCabe, who is likely to be a significant witness in the investigation being conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller.

After reports that McCabe made contemporaneous notes about his encounters with the president, Trump said on Twitter that he doubts...Read more

UCLA student wins sexual misconduct claim against professor

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LOS ANGELES -- UCLA graduate student Kristen Glasgow says she first met Gabriel Piterberg, a history professor, in 2008. They had coffee together and then, she alleged, he walked her to her car, pushed her against it and forced his tongue into her mouth.

Glasgow detailed this and other claims of Piterberg's sexual misconduct over five years in ...Read more

California's anti-abortion pregnancy centers want the Supreme Court to overturn state notice law

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SAN FRANCISCO -- At a faith-based pregnancy center here, rooms are crammed with baby supplies, new and used, for expectant mothers, and a medical office contains equipment to allow pregnant women to view their fetuses.

"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass," reads a saying on a wall, "but learning to dance in the rain."

The Alpha ...Read more

Woman dead, man wounded in homicide, attempted suicide at the Oaks mall in Thousand Oaks

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LOS ANGELES--A man shot and killed his ex-wife and then shot himself in a murder and attempted suicide Saturday afternoon at the Oaks mall in Thousand Oaks, authorities said.

Authorities received a call around 2:15 p.m. about shots fired inside a stationery store called the Paper Source, said Sgt. Eric Buschow of the Ventura County Sheriff's ...Read more

Assess: McCabe firing isn't likely to end Trump's war with the Justice Department and FBI

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Saturday celebrated the abrupt firing of Andrew McCabe from the FBI as a "great day for Democracy" and a victory in his battle with the special counsel leading the Russia investigation that has overshadowed the White House.

But Trump's problems with McCabe may be just beginning.

Unleashed by his Friday ...Read more

Blame game escalates in pedestrian bridge collapse that killed six

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MIAMI -- Cracking in the concrete, tension cables, stress tests -- no conclusion has been made whether any of them caused the pedestrian bridge at Florida International University to collapse, killing six motorists under an avalanche of concrete and metal.

But as crews continued working Saturday to recover the last victims from the rubble, ...Read more

No breach, but not secure: Misuse of data shows Facebook flaws

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SAN FRANCISCO –– Facebook wants you to know: this wasn't a breach.

Yes, Cambridge Analytica, the data-analysis firm that helped. President Donald Trump win the 2016 election, violated rules when it obtained information from about 50 million Facebook profiles, the social-media company acknowledged. But the data came from someone who didn't ...Read more

Russians vote on new Putin presidential term as tension flares with West

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MOSCOW –– Russians are expected hand Vladimir Putin an easy victory in Sunday's presidential election, keeping him in power until 2024.

Putin, 65, already Russia's longest-serving leader since Joseph Stalin after more than 18 years in office, is seeking a fourth term during an escalating stand-off with the West and economic malaise.

With ...Read more

In ACLU lawsuit, the TSA is asked why it's searching digital devices on domestic flights

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U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents have increasingly searched digital devices carried by travelers on international flights, as they look for data in cellphones, laptops and other electronic gadgets that can provide clues to possible terrorist attacks.

Now, the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against the Transportation ...Read more

Russia expels 23 UK diplomats in retaliation

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MOSCOW –– Russia ordered the expulsion of 23 British diplomats in retaliation for United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May's ouster of 23 Kremlin envoys over the nerve-agent poisoning near London of a former spy and his daughter.

The British consulate in St. Petersburg was also ordered to close and the British Council must stop its work in...Read more

Trump lawyer calls for end to Russia collusion investigation

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WASHINGTON –– It's time to end the investigation into whether President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russians to interfere in the 2016 election, one of the president's personal lawyers said Saturday.

The statement from John Dowd came the morning after Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired Andrew McCabe, a former top FBI official who...Read more