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SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket carrying 10 communications satellites

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LOS ANGELES -- A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off successfully Sunday afternoon from Vandenberg Air Force Base's Western Range in California, carrying a payload of 10 commercial communications satellites in an important test of the company's ability to increase launch rates.

The first stage of the Falcon 9 landed without incident on Space X's ...Read more

Israel abandons deal on Western Wall prayer

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TEL AVIV, Israel -- The Israeli government Sunday scrapped a compromise to allow prayer by men and women together at the Western Wall holy site in Jerusalem, bowing to pressure from ultra-religious parties in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition and angering liberal Jewish denominations with large followings in North America.

The ...Read more

House Democrat agrees with Trump: Obama should have acted on hacking

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WASHINGTON –– Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and President Donald Trump don't agree on much about Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections, but they agree on this: President Barack Obama should have done more to stop Moscow from interfering.

Obama made a "very serious mistake" in not doing more about Russia's intervention in the ...Read more

Saudi-led demands are hard for Qatar to meet, Tillerson says

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia ––Qatar will find it "very difficult" to comply with some demands made a Saudi Arabia-led group of Persian Gulf Arab nations to end the diplomatic crisis, though they can be a basis for talks, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday.

"A productive next step would be for each of the countries to sit together ...Read more

Israel ends plan to set up 'mixed zone' at Western Wall

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TEL AVIV, Israel –– Israel has given up a plan to erect a "mixed zone" for men and women at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City, Israeli media reported Sunday, saying that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has frozen the initiative approved last year.

Under Orthodox Jewish tradition, men and women must pray separately. The plan ...Read more

Turkish police squelch gay pride march

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ISTANBUL-- With a high police presence, Turkish authorities Sunday prevented an annual gay pride march from taking place in Istanbul.

Citing concern for the "security of citizens and tourists" and "public order," the Istanbul governor's office Saturday banned the parade on the city's popular Istiklal shopping district.

Organizers from the LGBT...Read more

Democrats to offer platform on economy in attempt to end losing streak

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Democrats have been losing elections by not offering voters a bold economic agenda, and the party plans to change that by releasing a platform within a month that won't be "baby steps,'' Senate Minority Leader Leader Charles E. Schumer said Sunday.

Congressional Democrats will try to pass the plan legislatively over the next year –– a ...Read more

Trump to call for US 'dominance' in global energy production

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WASHINGTON –– President Donald Trump will promote surging U.S. exports of oil and natural gas during a week of events to highlight the country's growing energy dominance.

Trump also plans to emphasize that after decades of relying on foreign energy supplies, the U.S. is on the brink of becoming a net exporter of oil, gas, coal and other ...Read more

Tanker fire in Pakistan kills more than 100

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ISLAMABAD -- More than 100 people died Sunday in Pakistan when an oil tanker overturned and caught fire and a crowd rushed in to collect fuel, police said.

The tanker flipped over on a highway in the city of Bahawalpur in Punjab province about 6 a.m. Seeing fuel spilling onto the road, villagers in the area, some riding motorcycles, rushed to ...Read more

Trump vaguely accuses Clinton of 'collusion' in 2016 campaign

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WASHINGTON--President Donald Trump accused Hillary Clinton Sunday of engaging in "collusion" in order to win last year's Democratic presidential nomination.

Trump's Twitter post did not refer directly to a special counsel's investigation into whether the president's campaign had colluded in the Russian election meddling documented by U.S. ...Read more

Oil tanker explosion kills 123 in Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD -- At least 123 people gathered around an oil tanker that overturned in eastern Pakistan were killed after it exploded and caught fire, police and rescuers said on Sunday morning.

The tanker crashed in the city of Bahawalpur after speeding before then exploding as local people started collecting oil spilling from the vehicle, police ...Read more

Joy, tears as 19 Washington state prison inmates earn college degrees

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GIG HARBOR, Wash. -- College graduations are emotional occasions, but it would be hard to match the level of enthusiasm and joy that pervaded the gymnasium at the Washington Corrections Center for Women this month when 19 inmates received diplomas.

Relatives, friends and other student inmates filled the room, bursting into applause over and ...Read more

Los Angeles considers renaming Rodeo Road in southwest L.A. 'Obama Boulevard'

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LOS ANGELES--Former President Barack Obama has been out of office only a few months. But he might have a street and an L.A. freeway named after him soon.

Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson has proposed renaming Rodeo Road in southwest L.A. "Obama Boulevard" in honor of the former president. Wesson noted that Obama held a campaign ...Read more

15 bodies found, 118 missing after China landslide buries village

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BEIJING -- Fifteen people were confirmed dead after a landslide struck a village in southwestern China, as rescue efforts continued to find more than 100 people believed to be still buried under tons of debris, state media reported Sunday.

More than 3,000 rescuers were searching the area with life detectors and sniffer dogs, however no new ...Read more

Trump again faults Obama for not acting during Russian election meddling

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For the second time in as many days, President Donald Trump took aim at his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, for what Trump said was a failure to act on intelligence that Russia was meddling in the 2016 election.

Trump appeared to quote from a Washington Post report detailing the Obama administration's struggle to decide how to ...Read more

At graduation, LAPD Chief Beck defends cadet program as allegations of misconduct mount

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LOS ANGELES--Astrid Saenz has always wanted to be a police officer and is among the most decorated cadets in the Los Angeles Police Department's signature youth program.

Saenz, 18, has been an LAPD cadet for the last three years, rising to the rank of cadet commander while volunteering her time at the Devonshire Division.

But as Saenz and ...Read more

Seattle police release statements from officers who killed woman

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SEATTLE –– Seattle Police Officer Jason Anderson told investigators that Charleena Lyles suddenly pulled a knife out of her pocket and was "coming right at my stomach" during a burglary call last Sunday that led to the fatal shooting of the woman in her apartment, according to statements from the officers involved.

Anderson's description ...Read more

Canadian sniper records 2.2-mile kill shot in Iraq

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A Canadian sniper in Iraq killed an Islamic State fighter from a distance of 3,540 meters, or almost 2.2 miles.

The Canadian Special Operations Forces Command released a statement confirming that a member of Joint Task Force 2 made the shot, but for security reasons did not identify the sniper or say when and where the shooting took place.

The...Read more

OAS chief says he'd quit in exchange for 'freedom' in Venezuela

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BOGOTA, Colombia -- The head of the Organization of American States said Saturday that he would resign in exchange for reforms in Venezuela that he said would bring "freedom" to the South American nation.

In a video posted on Twitter and the OAS website, Secretary General Luis Almagro continued his harsh denunciation of the socialist country ...Read more

Hundreds of civilians killed, injured in siege of Mosul's Old City

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Hundreds of civilians are being killed and injured in fighting in the Old City of Mosul, where the government is trying to dislodge Islamic State from its last major stronghold in the country, a United Nations official said Saturday.

"Fighting is very intense in the Old City and civilians are at extreme, almost unimaginable risk. There are ...Read more

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