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Trump mused about 100% French wine tariff at fundraiser

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump suggested he might impose a 100% tariff on French wine to retaliate for President Emmanuel Macron's tax on multinational technology companies, according to two people with knowledge of his comments made at a recent Long Island fundraiser.

It's unclear if Trump, at a roundtable portion of an event in the ...Read more

Portland tries to 'keep weird' as another far-right vs. anti-fascist faceoff unfolds

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Police in riot gear were keeping groups of far-right extremists and anti-fascist counterprotesters apart Saturday afternoon in a tense standoff here leavened by a third group spreading soap bubbles through the gathering crowd.

Members of the Proud Boys right-wing group, some wearing "Keep America Great" caps, yelled at the ...Read more

At least 20 injured, many feared dead in explosion at Kabul wedding

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KABUL, Afghanistan -- At least 20 people were injured in an explosion at a wedding in the Afghan capital Kabul, the nongovernmental organization Emergency said late Saturday.

They were taken to hospital.

Many people were feared dead and injured following the explosion at a wedding hall. Local journalists spoke of "dozens" of deaths. There has ...Read more

White House to proceed with ending some foreign aid payments

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration will move forward within days with a plan to cancel certain foreign aid payments authorized by Congress, setting up a fight with lawmakers opposed to the move.

A senior administration official confirmed that the so-called rescissions package would be announced early next week.

Some of the funding being ...Read more

Ocasio-Cortez laughs off Trump's suggestion she's jealous of other 'Squad' members

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NEW YORK -- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responded by "crying with laughter" at President Donald Trump's suggestion that she feels overshadowed by other members of the cohort of female, left-leaning first-term Democrats known as the "Squad."

Trump tweeted late Friday that Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota are becoming...Read more

Warren chips away at Biden's strength as the one who beats Trump

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WASHINGTON -- Joe Biden's strongest selling point -- that he's the most likely to beat Donald Trump -- is losing some of its edge, as Elizabeth Warren vaults into second place because a growing number of Democrats think she can win the general election.

In a new Economist/YouGov poll, 65% of Democratic voters said Biden would "probably beat ...Read more

White House mulled ways to block migrant children from schools

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WASHINGTON -- Some top aides to President Donald Trump sought for months for a way to give states the power to block undocumented immigrant children from enrolling in public schools -- all part of the administration's efforts to stem illegal crossings at the southern U.S. border.

Trump senior adviser Stephen Miller had been a driving force ...Read more

9 dead, 10 injured in fire at budget hotel in Ukraine's Odessa

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MOSCOW -- Nine people were killed and 10 others were injured in a fire at a budget hotel in the Ukrainian harbor city of Odessa, authorities said.

They revised up the initially given death toll after emergency workers later found another body in a hotel room.

More than 100 guests at the Tokyo Star Hotel were evacuated to safety.

It was ...Read more

Hong Kong protesters took their organizing principle from Bruce Lee. Now some are having second thoughts

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HONG KONG -- The protester felt torn as an elderly Australian woman in a wheelchair grabbed his hand and asked for help.

She was trying to get home and wanted assistance navigating through the thousands of demonstrators at the Hong Kong International Airport to reach her gate.

If he were in charge, he would have let her pass.

But he wasn't. ...Read more

13-year-old charged with kidnapping after he allegedly stole a vehicle with a toddler inside

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A 13-year-old is facing kidnapping and theft charges after police say he stole a vehicle with a 22-month-old baby inside.

Covington police said they were called to the 2800 block of Indiana Avenue at 4:15 p.m. Thursday after the boy allegedly took the vehicle, hitting a parked truck while fleeing.

After searching the area, ...Read more

Trump's UN ambassador confronts ethics questions over climate change

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's new ambassador to the United Nations will decide whether to recuse herself from issues involving fossil fuels on a case-by-case basis after a recent briefing with ethics lawyers, State Department officials said.

Kelly Craft publicly pledged in June to recuse herself from any discussions involving coal, and...Read more

Trump is stripping immigrant children of protections, critics say. Supporters say he's closing loopholes

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In the nearly four years since Alexis arrived alone in the United States as a 17-year-old from El Salvador, he has been granted asylum, learned English, secured a job at a bakery and studied for his upcoming driver's license exam. This month he'll file an application for permanent residency.

Now 21, Alexis feared being targeted by gangs in El ...Read more

Parkland parents face uphill battle in wrongful death suit against FBI, shielded behind broad federal law

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Even if the federal government screws up, that doesn't mean it has to pay up in court.

The FBI is facing a wrongful death lawsuit alleging the agency is liable for the 17 deaths in the Parkland school shooting because it mishandled tips and failed to stop the gunman.

The government's lawyers are trying to get the suit ...Read more

US Customs' computer system breakdown for a few hours affected airports nationwide

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LOS ANGELES -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection's computer system suffered a breakdown for a few hours Friday that slowed international passenger processing at airports nationwide. Friday afternoon, Customs tweeted that "affected systems are coming back online ... " but no reason was given for the problem.

L.A.'s airport on Friday afternoon ...Read more

House Democrats weigh action against US and Israel ambassadors over banned visit

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WASHINGTON -- Senior Democratic members of Congress are considering action against top emissaries of the Israeli government and the Trump administration for their roles in Israel's decision to bar two House members from entering the country.

About a dozen lawmakers, including senior Jewish members, began discussions on Friday morning over ways ...Read more

Rep. Tlaib rejects Israel's offer to visit relatives, citing 'oppressive conditions'

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JERUSALEM -- Israel reversed itself, again, on Friday in announcing that Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib could visit, but only to see her grandmother. Tlaib said: No thanks.

The Michigan congresswoman said Israel's decision to admit her to the country on "humanitarian grounds" was an attempt to silence and humiliate her.

It was the second flip-...Read more

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Stowaway found on flight from Havana to Miami

MIAMI -- A stowaway was found early Friday on a flight that arrived at Miami International Airport from Havana.

A Miami airport spokesman confirmed to the Miami Herald that the man was found hiding in the plane and said he was taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Customs and ...Read more

Autopsy says Jeffrey Epstein hanging was a suicide. Will that stop conspiracy theories?

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MIAMI -- The New York City medical examiner's office has ruled that Jeffrey Epstein's death was a suicide by hanging.

The official statement wasted few words, and it was far from clear that it would calm the storm of conspiracy theories swirling around the multimillionaire's death.

In a statement attributed to Chief Medical Examiner Barbara ...Read more

5 Camp fire victims remain unidentified after another name is released

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Another victim of California's deadly Camp fire was identified by the Butte County Sheriff's Office on Friday afternoon.

The remains of Judith Sipher, 68, of Paradise had previously been tentatively identified by the Sheriff's Office, and its confirmation brought the total number of named dead to 81 out of the wildfire's ...Read more

Airstrikes kill 17 in northwest Syria, monitor group says

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BEIRUT -- At least 17 civilians were killed Friday by airstrikes conducted by Syrian and Russian warplanes, most of them in a camp for displaced people in Idlib province, a monitor group and activists said.

Fifteen people, among them six children, were killed when a Russian airstrike targeted a camp for displaced people near the town of Hass in...Read more

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