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Trump announces 'Space Force' plan as he signs space policy directive

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President Donald Trump signed a space policy directive Monday aimed at coordinating federal and industry efforts to manage space traffic and debris ahead of the expected launch of hundreds or even thousands of small satellites.

Trump also said he would direct the Defense Department and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,...Read more

Backlash builds against Trump's policy splitting families at border, as he falsely blames Democrats

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump faced a growing backlash Monday over his administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy that since April has separated at least 2,000 children from their parents crossing the southern border, even as he continued to falsely blame Democrats for the hard-line actions.

Some Republican allies in Congress, ...Read more

Supreme Court decides not to decide on constitutionality of partisan gerrymandering

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WASHINGTON -- In a major setback for political reformers, the Supreme Court refused Monday to rule on the constitutionality of extreme partisan gerrymandering, dismissing cases from Wisconsin and Maryland for procedural reasons.

In the Wisconsin case, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said the challengers must bring complaints against their own...Read more

Trump warns US could follow path of Germany on immigration

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Monday appeared to defend his administration's policy of separating migrant families by warning that Germany's and Europe's immigration issues could be replicated here.

He used several tweets Monday morning to blast not only German and European immigration laws, but also Democratic lawmakers. The GOP ...Read more

Los Angeles mayor's office won't talk about 'inappropriate behavior' among Garcetti staff

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti moved quickly to address sexual harassment at City Hall after allegations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein last fall sparked nationwide outrage over unwanted behavior in the workplace.

Garcetti ordered new reporting protocols, unveiled a city website for workers to lodge allegations and ...Read more

Trump Tower, one of largest users of Chicago River water, has never met EPA rules for protecting fish, records show

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CHICAGO -- Fishing piers and floating gardens welcome anglers to the Chicago Riverwalk, but a few blocks upstream is a little-known threat to fish and other aquatic life in the city's steadily improving waterway: Trump International Hotel & Tower.

State records obtained by the Tribune show the president's glass-and-steel skyscraper is one of ...Read more

Foods that are both fatty and sweet can hijack the part of the brain that regulates food consumption

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It may have taken thousands of generations of hunting, gathering, farming and cooking to get here. But in the end, the genius of humankind has combined fats and carbohydrates to produce such crowning culinary glories as the doughnut, fettuccine Alfredo, nachos and chocolate cake with buttercream frosting.

It goes without saying that these ...Read more

Is that environmental group a pawn of Beijing? Nonprofits wary of being branded 'foreign agents'

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WASHINGTON -- When leaders of a powerful congressional committee turned their attention this month to the scourge of foreign agents plotting to weaken American democracy, they didn't target Eastern European hackers or shadowy international political operatives.

They instead took off after the even-tempered environmental lawyers at the Natural ...Read more

Q&A: Was a breastfeeding infant really taken from an immigrant mother?

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas -- Last month, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy of charging migrants in federal criminal court before their cases reach immigration court. When adults are taken to court, they are separated from their children, who are sent to shelters.

Immigrant advocates have ...Read more

Colombia elects conservative as president

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BOGOTA, Colombia -- Conservative Ivan Duque easily defeated left-wing former guerrilla Gustavo Petro in Colombia's presidential runoff election Sunday, winning the right to lead a country struggling with deep divisions over a troubled peace deal.

Duque, a former senator, had a 2.3 million-vote margin of victory, receiving 54 percent of the vote...Read more

Giuliani: Trump may pardon targets of special counsel if he thinks they 'have been treated unfairly'

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WASHINGTON -- As former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort spent a first weekend in jail pending trial on charges brought by the special counsel investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election, President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Sunday floated the possibility of presidential pardons for Manafort and others charged in ...Read more

Ivan Duque wins Colombian presidency; FARC deal could be changed

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BOGOTA, Colombia -- Political newcomer Ivan Duque won Colombia's presidency Sunday promising to revitalize the country's economy and save a peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

According to initial results, Duque beat Gustavo Petro, the leftist former mayor Bogota, by more than 10 percentage points.

A U.S.-...Read more

Violence flares after agreement on Macedonian name

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Greece and Macedonia signed an agreement Sunday to end their dispute about the name Macedonia, paving the way for the former Yugoslavian republic to join NATO and approach EU membership -- but also infuriating nationalists on both sides.

The decision will mean Macedonia will officially be named the Republic of Northern Macedonia, appeasing ...Read more

Immigrant family separations draw Democrats to the Mexican border

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McALLEN, Texas –– Democrats escalated their attacks on President Donald Trump's policy of separating immigrant children from parents who illegally cross the Mexican border, as public outrage over the practice balloons into an election-year controversy for Republicans.

Several Democratic lawmakers, including Sens. Jeff Merkley of Oregon and ...Read more

A close-up look at a Border Patrol processing center in Texas

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McALLEN, Texas –– A baby boy cried as he was carried past chain-link holding areas in the Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, Texas, Sunday morning, the largest of its kind on the border.

John Lopez, acting deputy patrol agent in charge, was touring the facility with other officials, said such crying is not unusual.

"Our agents ...Read more

22 hurt at NJ arts festival when gunfire breaks out; gunman killed

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An annual arts festival in Trenton, N.J., that was to continue Sunday was instead declared a "massive crime scene" by police after an early-morning shooting during which 22 people were injured.

One of the attackers was shot to death and another was arrested.

Seventeen people were shot, of whom four were reported in critical condition, Mercer ...Read more

Iran Says 3 OPEC members will veto Saudi-backed oil production boost

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LONDON –– Iran says Venezuela and Iraq will join it in blocking a proposal to increase oil production that's backed by Saudi Arabia and Russia when OPEC and its allies meet in Vienna this week.

"Three OPEC founders are going to stop it," Iran's representative to the bloc, Hossein Kazempour Ardebili, said Sunday. "If the Kingdom of Saudi ...Read more

Women's group in EU presses for more representation in government, business

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BRUSSELS –– There are more women in the European Union than men, but you wouldn't know it from top jobs in the bloc's business, politics or civil society.

That's what an activist group in Brussels wants to fix. With less than a year to go before EU legislative elections, Women Enablers Change Agent Network plans Tuesday to kick-start a ...Read more

Taliban won't extend cease-fire in Afghanistan

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KABUL, Afghanistan –– The first nationwide cease-fire in Afghanistan in more than 15 years held for its third and final day on Sunday but Taliban militants said the cessation of hostilities would not be extended beyond the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holidays.

Millions of Afghans celebrated the cease-fire and Eid over the weekend as Taliban ...Read more

Giuliani says Mueller's inquiry should itself be investigated

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WASHINGTON –– President Donald Trump's attorney said Sunday that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election should itself be the subject of a Justice Department examination.

"We want the Mueller probe to be investigated the way the Trump administration has been investigated, and we'd like to see ...Read more