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Ellicott City awash in flood waters as heavy rain drenches Baltimore region

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ELLICOTT CITY, Md. -- Ellicott City was devastated by a massive storm on the Sunday before Memorial Day, just two years after a flash flood forced the historic city in Howard County to rebuild much of its Main Street.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency and said he was on his way to the scene of the devastation. He said in a...Read more

Calif. man sent to prison for posing as an immigration officer

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LOS ANGELES -- Last year, Matthew Johnston logged on to his Facebook account to vent.

Going to be deleting a lot of people off of Facebook. Just realized how many fake people I have on here, he wrote.

But at the time Johnston might have been the biggest faker on his own Facebook page: a man posing as a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ...Read more

Right-winger Duque wins first round of Colombian presidential election

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BOGOTA, Colombia -- Right-wing candidate Ivan Duque finished first in Colombia's presidential election Sunday, but did not win enough votes to avoid a runoff against leftist Gustavo Petro.

Duque had 39.1 percent of the vote and Petro 25.1 percent with 99 percent of polling places reporting, according to official vote counts aired by commercial ...Read more

Witness recounts fatal Border Patrol shooting of young Guatemalan woman in Texas

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RIO BRAVO, Texas -- Marta Martinez was in her bedroom about a mile from the border in south Texas on Wednesday, preparing to attend her son's end-of-year award ceremony at school, when she heard a gunshot. She told her children to stay inside and rushed out to see a Border Patrol agent with a gun in his hand.

It was not unusual for Martinez, 39...Read more

Italy mired in political turmoil as populist parties rage

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ROME –– Italy sank deeper into political uncertainty as populist leaders pulled the plug on their attempt to form a government after the president rejected their choice of a euroskeptic, Germany-bashing candidate as finance minister.

The anti-establishment Five Star Movement said it was considering proposing impeachment of President Sergio ...Read more

Trump spends holiday weekend in Washington, firing off tweet attacks on Russia investigation, the media

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WASHINGTON -- Even as he reached a critical moment in his diplomatic efforts with North Korea and celebrated the release of a prisoner from Venezuela, President Donald Trump spent much of Memorial Day weekend tweeting angrily from the White House about the media and the Russia investigation, continuing his strategy of trying to delegitimize the ...Read more

Italy's president summons economist after attempt to form government fails

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ROME –– Italian President Sergio Mattarella has summoned economist Carlo Cottarelli for talks Monday, after an attempt to create the country's first populist government failed Sunday.

The move appears to be part of preparations for a caretaker government after Giuseppe Conte, the prime ministerial pick for a coalition between the anti-...Read more

Alberto slowly strengthens as it churns toward Florida Panhandle

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Subtropical storm Alberto, slowly strengthening as it drew closer to the Gulf Coast, set off new tropical storm warnings Sunday stretching just north of Naples up past the tip of Florida's Panhandle.

Forecasters expected the storm to approach the northern Gulf Coast by Sunday night or Monday.

The National Hurricane Center said Sunday afternoon...Read more

Robert Kennedy Jr. backs 2nd-gunman theory in his father's assassination

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As the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy approaches, conspiracy theories still abound.

The latest to add his voice to those who believe there was a second gunman is the senator's son Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Sirhan B. Sirhan, a 24-year-old Palestinian immigrant, was arrested and later convicted of the shooting at the...Read more

More than 90 die in 2 weeks in Bangladesh drug war

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DHAKA, Bangladesh -- A crackdown on alleged drug dealers has left at least 91 people dead in less than two weeks in Bangladesh, sparking fears of a Philippines-style drug war marked by extrajudicial killings.

Most of the deaths have occurred in what the Bangladeshi news media have referred to as shootouts or gunfights, although the families of ...Read more

Thousands gather in Berlin for far-right demonstration and counterprotest

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BERLIN -- Several thousand demonstrators from across Germany gathered in the capital Sunday for a rally organized by the far-right Alternative for Germany party, with anti-AfD protesters lining the route in central Berlin.

About 2,000 police officers provided security for the AfD.

The party estimated that about 5,000 had turned out for its ...Read more

Giuliani accuses Mueller of leading 'rigged' investigation of Trump

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WASHINGTON ––Donald Trump's lawyer again questioned the legitimacy of Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election as a possible interview of Trump by the special counsel.

"We're more convinced as we see it that this is a rigged investigation," Rudy Giuliani said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Nation." Asked...Read more

Supreme Court will soon rule on gay rights, gerrymandering, unions

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WASHINGTON –– The Supreme Court is heading into the final month of its term, facing decisions on gerrymandering, unions, gay rights, abortion and President Donald Trump's travel ban.

This term's best-known case is a culture-war clash that pits equal rights for gay customers against a claim of religious liberty from a Christian store owner. ...Read more

Fueled by unlimited donations, independent groups play their biggest role yet in a California primary for governor

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An unprecedented amount of money from wealthy donors, unions and corporations is flowing into the California governor's race, giving independent groups -- unrestricted by contribution limits -- a greater say in picking the state's chief executive than ever before.

The groups have already spent more than $26 million through Thursday, the most ...Read more

Maryland police officer's death ignites a racial firestorm

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BALTIMORE -- It's hard to think of a more volatile mix: Four young black males from Baltimore City, accused in the death of a white female police officer in Baltimore County. Authorities say three of the teenagers were breaking into homes when the fourth ran the officer over in a stolen Jeep.

Predictably enough, social media, call-in radio and ...Read more

California voters aren't nostalgic for 'old' primaries

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The home stretch of California's statewide primary election is here, and all the big questions in this political season have one thing in common.

They begin with the disruptive nature of the top-two primary, an electoral juggernaut that party leaders hate and candidates treat, at best, with lukewarm praise.

Voters, though...Read more

Surprise meeting by North and South Korean leaders was requested by Kim Jong Un

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SEOUL, South Korea -- Prospects for a historic U.S.-North Korean summit appear be improving following a surprise meeting Saturday between the leaders of North and South Korea during which the two men discussed reviving the summit that President Donald Trump had called off.

The meeting between North Korea's Kim Jong Un and South Korean President...Read more

Authorities say ancient mosaic seized at LA-area home was looted from war-torn Syria

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LOS ANGELES--The ancient mosaic depicts Hercules and other figures from Roman mythology and is believed to date from the 3rd or 4th century. It is 18 feet wide and 8 feet tall, and weighs one ton.

The Byzantine artwork was seized by FBI agents in 2016 at the Palmdale home of Mohamad Yassin Alcharihi, who is accused in a complaint filed in ...Read more

Nikias' tenure as USC president was marked by growth and scandal

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LOS ANGELES--Just as C.L. Max Nikias was about to assume the responsibilities as the University of Southern California's president in 2010, the university was reeling from NCAA sanctions levied against its athletic program.

Citing a lack of institutional control and unethical conduct, the NCAA erased the accomplishments of nine years -- two ...Read more

New tropical storm warnings issued for Florida's west coast, northern Gulf coast

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MIAMI--Tropical storm warnings were issued Saturday for areas along Florida's west coast and the northern Gulf Coast, as forecasters expect Subtropical Storm Alberto to strengthen as it churns north over the eastern Gulf of Mexico. The storm is forecast to approach the Gulf Coast on Monday, although heavy rain and tropical storm conditions will ...Read more