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TPS for Venezuelans blocked by House Republicans

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WASHINGTON -- Republicans voted down a bill Tuesday that would provide Temporary Protected Status for Venezuelans, a setback for South Florida lawmakers from both parties.

Democrats needed GOP support for a bill sponsored by Reps. Darren Soto, D-Fla., and Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., after they fast-tracked the measure to force a vote before the ...Read more

Schiff accuses Justice Department of trying to restrain Mueller

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WASHINGTON -- On the eve of Robert Mueller's appearance before two House committees, the chairman of one of the panels accused the Justice Department of attempting to "circumscribe" Mueller's testimony.

Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, in a letter to the former special counsel on Tuesday night, attacked the department for telling Mueller in a...Read more

LAPD chief promises public report on use of informant against anti-Trump protesters

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LOS ANGELES -- Days after a Los Angeles Times report revealed that the LAPD ordered an informant to spy on members of a political group planning protests against President Donald Trump in 2017, Chief Michel Moore said Tuesday that his agency would soon publish findings of an investigation into the matter, while also suggesting the group had ...Read more

She landed at Miami airport on her way from Italy to Peru. Then she disappeared, cops say

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MIAMI -- Elizabeth Draguillow wasn't happy when she was told she had to leave Italy because she overstayed her visa.

Draguillow, who had lived in Italy for about two years with her daughter, boarded an American Airlines plane in Italy July 9 to head to Peru, where she had lived prior.

But according to police and her family, the 62-year-old, ...Read more

Canadian police hunt for 2 teens suspected of 3 murders

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MONTREAL -- Police in Canada are on the hunt for two teenagers wanted for the murder of an Australian man and his American girlfriend in Northern British Columbia and the death of another man whose body was found not far from the teens' burned out pickup truck days later.

Officials with Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Tuesday that Kam McLeod...Read more

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Senate passes 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund on 97-2 vote

NEW YORK -- Congress can never do anything about the growing numbers of people still dying from 9/11, but the Senate voted Tuesday to ensure the words "Never Forget" will never be just a slogan for the cops, firefighters and everyone else to ran toward the twin towers after the worst ...Read more

Joe Biden announces criminal justice policy, addressing a potential weakness

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WASHINGTON -- Joe Biden moved to position himself as an advocate of criminal justice reform Tuesday, releasing a plan designed, in part, to offset his history of aligning with law-and-order social conservatives, which has complicated his pitch to today's Democratic voters.

The plan Biden's campaign unveiled for reforming the nation's system of ...Read more

Mueller's testimony could make or break Democrats' impeachment push

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WASHINGTON -- Robert S. Mueller III, who led a special counsel investigation that cast a cloud over the White House for nearly two years, will testify for the first time Wednesday about the Russia investigation in back-to-back House hearings that could bolster support for impeachment -- or cripple it.

Although Mueller has vowed to confine his ...Read more

As climate change threatens California, officials seek 'sustainable insurance'

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LOS ANGELES -- California regulators are teaming up with the United Nations to develop "sustainable insurance" guidelines that would help address climate-change-related disasters such as coastal flooding and larger wildfires -- the first such partnership of its kind between the international organization and a U.S. state, officials announced ...Read more

Why it's so hard to predict how much funding 9/11 first responders need

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WASHINGTON -- The idea of getting cancer from searching through the rubble of Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks -- and then standing guard over it for months -- didn't occur to Kevin Zweigbaum.

It did cross his mind that the swirling dust and fumes from the shattered World Trade Center might be unhealthy. Now retired, the New York City police ...Read more

Trump mulls response to Turkey over Russian missile defense

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is considering how to respond to Turkey's decision to accept a Russian missile-defense system, which has divided the two NATO allies and fueled outrage in Congress, according to senators who met with him Tuesday.

Trump is "frustrated by what he sees as a lack of options" after Turkish President Recep Tayyip ...Read more

Robert Mueller testimony: Start time, how to watch and stream

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Special counsel Robert Mueller will make is long-awaited debut in front of Congress Wednesday morning, where he will face questions from lawmakers for the first time about his lengthy report on Russia's interference into the 2016 election and steps President Donald Trump took to interfere with his investigation.

"The (Mueller) report presents ...Read more

LA's top water and power executive steps down in wake of FBI raids, mayor says

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's top executive stepped down Tuesday, one day after FBI agents raided the utility's downtown headquarters.

Mayor Eric Garcetti had announced weeks ago that David Wright, the DWP's general manager, would be leaving the utility Oct. 1. In the wake of the searches at the DWP and other ...Read more

Michael Flynn partner Bijan Kian convicted of illegal lobbying

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NEW YORK -- Bijan Kian was convicted by a federal jury of secretly acting as an agent of the Turkish government while working with former national security adviser Michael Flynn, his onetime business partner.

The criminal case against Kian, who co-founded Flynn Intelligence Group, was one of several to grow out of the special counsel's ...Read more

Federal government sued over surveillance program targeting activists, journalists in Tijuana

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SAN DIEGO -- The American Civil Liberties Union is taking the federal government to court over a surveillance program that placed U.S. citizen activists, lawyers and journalists working in Tijuana on a secret government watchlist.

Starting in October 2018, federal law informant agencies including Customs and Border Protection and Immigration ...Read more

Lawmakers have lots of questions for Mueller; here are the most important ones

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WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department has directed Robert S. Mueller III not to go beyond the evidence in his 448-page report on the Russia investigation when he testifies Wednesday to the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees. His spokesman said he would not stray past the "four walls" of the written report.

Of course, Democrats and ...Read more

Doctors found changes in the brain of diplomats allegedly attacked in Havana

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MIAMI -- Whatever happened in Havana, where several U.S. diplomats became ill after hearing strange sounds, changed the brain structure of those affected, according to a new study published on Tuesday.

Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine analyzed magnetic resonance imaging scans of 40 people -- 23 men and 17...Read more

Here's how House Republicans plan to handle the Mueller hearings

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WASHINGTON -- House Republicans expect to keep things simple when former special counsel Robert Mueller testifies Wednesday.

They're unlikely to pontificate or make fiery speeches. They'll aim to defend President Trump with logic and fact. And they will probably bring up a favorite conservative topic: Allegations of possible FBI misconduct in ...Read more

Venezuela's congress approves mutual defense agreement amid political showdown

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BOGOTA, Colombia -- Venezuela's congress on Tuesday unanimously voted to reincorporate the country into a hemispheric mutual defense agreement that some hope will open the doors for a military solution to the deep political crisis that has two men claiming to be the country's sole leader.

The approval of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal ...Read more

Group files lawsuit for Mike Pompeo's emails

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WASHINGTON -- A watchdog group founded by a former Obama administration attorney filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the CIA and the State Department for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's emails.

American Oversight said it wants to investigate whether Pompeo has been subject to inappropriate outside influence during his tenure as head of the...Read more

 

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