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Senators ready to confront Sessions at oversight hearing

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WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Jeff Sessions returns to face his former Senate Judiciary Committee colleagues Wednesday in an oversight hearing likely to include contentious questions about Justice Department actions since he took on the role eight months ago.

"The attorney general will earn his money that day," said committee member John ...Read more

Netanyahu's Iran challenge is helping Trump fix or scrap deal

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TEL AVIV, Israel -- Israel is wasting no time in trying to translate Donald Trump's call for a tougher approach to Iran into action.

The government is making a diplomatic push to extend restrictions in the international nuclear deal with Iran to its development of ballistic missiles, sponsorship of terrorist acts and weapons proliferation to ...Read more

Trump claims proof Rep. Wilson fabricated words to military widow

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WASHINGTON -- A Democratic Florida congresswoman became the latest target of a morning presidential twitter attack, with Donald Trump alleging Rep. Frederica Wilson "totally fabricated" his call to the widow of a U.S. soldier killed in Niger.

Trump called the widow of Sgt. La David T. Johnson on Tuesday afternoon, shortly before his body was ...Read more

Trump twists Judiciary leaders' findings on Comey actions

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump started Wednesday by twisting the findings of two senior Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans, tweeting that Hillary Clinton was among "people not interviewed" by the FBI in an investigation into her use of a private email server as secretary of State.

The FBI released documents Monday that show then-FBI ...Read more

Trump: Congresswoman 'totally fabricated' my response to Miami Gardens soldier's widow

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MIAMI -- President Donald Trump accused a Miami-Dade Democratic congresswoman Wednesday morning of lying about his response to a fallen soldier's widow -- that "he knew what he signed up for" -- and said he had proof of the conversation.

U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, who represents Miami Gardens, "totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a ...Read more

Taliban suicide bomber kills at least six police in Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD -- A Taliban suicide bomber attacked a vehicle carrying police in southwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, killing six officers and wounding nearly two dozen other people, officials said.

The bombing occurred in the city of Quetta, the capital of the province of Balochistan, which shares borders with Afghanistan and Iran, police official ...Read more

Tribal representatives to meet to discuss repatriation issue

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PHILADELPHIA--Representatives from as many as 59 American Indian tribes will meet next month in Minnesota to discuss the next steps in the repatriation of children's remains from the former Carlisle Indian Industrial School, now the grounds of the Army War College.

A gathering of a large number of tribes would represent a significant broadening...Read more

Trump's small-dollar donors fuel surge in GOP fundraising

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WASHINGTON -- The Republican National Committee raised more than $100 million in the first nine months of 2017, marking the first time it has raised that much, that fast, in a non-presidential election year.

The record-breaking fundraising can be largely attributed to a flurry of small-dollar donors responding to fundraising appeals by the ...Read more

Raids on pot grow houses finding more Chinese nationals, mysterious financing

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Police are arresting large numbers of Chinese nationals in raids on illegal marijuana operations in California, Colorado and other states, raising questions about who is financing these grow houses and recruiting the immigrants to tend them.

In one recent indictment obtained by McClatchy, money from a southern China bank ...Read more

Cascade of costs could push new gene therapy above $1 million per patient

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Outrage over the high cost of cancer care has focused on skyrocketing drug prices, including the $475,000 price tag for the country's first gene therapy, Novartis' Kymriah, a leukemia treatment approved in August.

But the total costs of Kymriah and the 21 similar drugs in development -- known as CAR T-cell therapies -- will be far higher than ...Read more

On climate issues, House GOP warms gradually

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WASHINGTON -- When a Republican congressman in July tried to strip the 2018 defense spending bill of its requirement to plan for global warming and rising sea level threats, a group of House GOP lawmakers joined Democrats to kill the effort.

It was a rare win in the fight to slow climate change, in a Congress where the Republican majority ...Read more

Families hold out hope for dozens missing in fires

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SANTA ROSA, Calif. -- Gina Russell never used to answer calls from unknown numbers.

That changed last week when wildfires roared through Santa Rosa, where her son was staying.

Nine days later, Russell's son Christopher Le Loup, 26, still hasn't contacted her. She picks up her phone every time it rings, desperate for news that has not come.

...Read more

Islamic State has lost its capital in Syria: What happens now?

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BEIRUT -- After four months of grueling street fighting, a U.S.-backed Syrian force said Tuesday that it had wrested control of Raqqa from Islamic State, dealing a powerful symbolic blow to the militants who made the city the de facto capital of their self-styled caliphate.

Celebratory gunfire erupted in the shattered metropolis along the ...Read more

Washington attorney general files suit against DeVos, Education Department

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SEATTLE -- Four days after he stood on a Bellevue street corner with other protesters and denounced Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed a lawsuit against DeVos and her department.

This lawsuit is aimed at stopping the U.S. Education Department from delaying, or refusing to enforce, an Obama-era ...Read more

Commission approves controversial yearlong test of drones by LAPD

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday approved a yearlong test of drones by the LAPD, allowing the police department to become the largest in the nation to try using the controversial devices.

The 3-1 vote was met by jeers from dozens of people who crowded the Police Commission's meeting room, many of whom repeatedly urged...Read more

Victim in 'cough medicine' slaying case had 123 cuts and stab wounds

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Lauren Nicole Hugelmaier Phelps was the victim of 123 stab wounds and cuts last month during a frenzied attack in the bedroom of her home, according to an autopsy report made public Tuesday. Her husband, who faces murder charges, contends he took too much cold medicine before falling asleep, then awoke to find his wife's bloody ...Read more

Homeland Security Must Reveal Why It Ended 'Dreamers' Policy

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security must produce documents that detail the decision-making process for ending the "Dreamers" policy for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

A federal judge in San Francisco who is overseeing five lawsuits challenging the September announcement to end Deferred Action for Childhood ...Read more

Xi to put his stamp on Chinese history at Party Congress opening

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HONG KONG -- President Xi Jinping kicks off China's most important political event on Wednesday, a twice-a-decade meeting of party leaders that may signal if Xi will appoint a successor to rule after 2022.

Xi will start the weeklong event with what's known as the work report, seen as the ruling Communist Party's most significant policy document...Read more

Former Trump spokesman Spicer questioned in Mueller Russia probe

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's former press secretary, Sean Spicer, was interviewed Monday by special counsel Robert Mueller's team, said two people familiar with the matter.

Mueller is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether there was any collusion between Trump's campaign and Vladimir Putin's ...Read more

Resolution thanking St. Louis police officers fails in aldermanic committee

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ST. LOUIS -- A resolution thanking St. Louis police officers won't move forward to the full Board of Aldermen after a heated discussion in committee on Tuesday.

Multiple aldermen expressed frustration that the city in recent weeks had been mired in debates over "tit-for-tat" resolutions, which are not laws. Resolutions are typically used to ...Read more