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Airlines move toward nonbinary option for ticket-buyers

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When people buy plane tickets, they have to select a "gender" option: male or female. But those two categories don't cover everyone, so some major airlines are planning to offer more choices.

Airlines for America and the International Air Transport Association, two trade groups that represent major air carriers, recently approved a measure that...Read more

Rep. Ilhan Omar says she's sorry for causing hurt, hopes to rebuild trust

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WASHINGTON –– Rep. Ilhan Omar insists that she is not anti-Semitic, and that she regrets a Twitter post that was widely condemned for perpetuating Jewish stereotypes because it undermined her own attempts to foster cultural harmony.

"I know what intolerance looks like," the Minnesota Democrat said Friday in her first interview since she ...Read more

Democratic candidates compete to claim Obama legacy

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WASHINGTON--Sen. Kamala Harris has been called the "female Barack Obama." Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke has been referred to as "Barack Obama, but white." Sen. Cory Booker sings from the Obama hymnal of hope and optimism. Joe Biden, as Obama's vice president, is closer to the former president than anyone running for the White House in 2020.

In the ...Read more

Nationalism in Europe casts shadow over Balkan healing

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As Zoran Zaev sets out his vision of prosperity and integration for the Balkans, there's one major risk.

The prime minister of Republic of North Macedonia hopes that his country's imminent NATO membership will be part of a wider process that would put the region into the European Union and lay the foundation for its economic development over ...Read more

Military planes from Miami filled with humanitarian aid for Venezuelans

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MIAMI -- A shipment of humanitarian aid sent by the United States left Miami for Cucuta, Colombia, Saturday as part of efforts to help in the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.

The United States Agency for International Development and the State Department coordinated the shipment, which was flown on three military planes. The planes were to be ...Read more

Homeland Security replacing troubled biodefense system with another flawed approach

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration is moving to replace BioWatch, the nation's problem-plagued system for detecting airborne attacks of anthrax spores or other infectious agents, with technology that also has severe shortcomings, a Los Angeles Times investigation has found.

The first new device was installed without public notice in ...Read more

No relief in sight for taxpayers denied deductions for state and local taxes

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump again indicated this week that he might be open to revisiting the new limit on state and local tax deductions that hits many middle-income residents hard in California and other high-tax, Democratic states.

Even so, don't count on any changes soon to the Republican tax law that went into effect last year.

...Read more

Suicide bombing in Nigeria kills 11

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LAGOS, Nigeria -- Three suicide bombers killed eight people in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri Saturday morning, Lagos-based Channels TV reported. The attack happened hours after the nation delayed by a week a general election scheduled for the same day.

The attackers, suspected of being militants of the Boko Haram Islamist group, ...Read more

Green New Deal: Some Democrats on the fence

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WASHINGTON -- A resolution outlining the goals of the Green New Deal capped off its first week of a somewhat messy rollout with mixed reviews, even from typically Democratic strongholds like labor unions.

In the House, the top two Democrats who would oversee any legislation that comes out of the plan have remained reluctant to fully endorse it,...Read more

Why American voters were primed for a president who talks like Trump

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When in the grips of oratorical passion, President Barack Obama liked to paraphrase the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. about the "long arc of history" bending toward justice.

But when it comes to the oratory of American politicians, history's long arc is bending away from such lofty rhetorical flourishes. New research finds that the punch-and-jab ...Read more

Shultz protest could hit Starbucks in Democratic regions

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CHICAGO -- The map of Starbucks locations in the U.S. closely follows the nation's electoral landscape and that could cause headaches for the coffee company if former CEO Howard Schultz runs for president.

The possibility of an independent presidential candidacy by Schultz has triggered a vigorous backlash among Democrats, who argue that his ...Read more

For scientists, the ripple effects of the government shutdown are still spreading

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LOS ANGELES -- Matt Helgeson knew it was time to pull the plug.

For weeks, the University of California, Santa Barbara professor of chemical engineering had held out hope that politicians in Washington would find a way to end the government shutdown. If they did, his graduate students could still make their long-planned trip to Maryland to ...Read more

LAPD officer is severely beaten on skid row and left in critical condition

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LOS ANGELES -- An off-duty 20-year veteran Los Angeles police officer was in critical condition Friday after a fight with another man in downtown's skid row ended with the officer shooting the suspected assailant, police said.

The narcotics detective, whose name was not released, was "severely injured" during the incident that occurred at about...Read more

Trump's border wall 'emergency' faces first legal challenge

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SAN FRANCISCO -- A nonprofit sued to block President Donald Trump from diverting roughly $8 billion from the federal budget to pay for his promised border wall after declaring a national emergency.

Public Citizen, a consumer rights think tank, filed the complaint on behalf of a nature preserve and three landowners in southern Texas who have ...Read more

Nevada governor signs gun background checks into law 2 years after voters asked for them

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LAS VEGAS -- Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak on Friday signed into law a measure to require background checks on most private gun sales and transfers -- the fulfillment of an initiative passed by voters more than two years ago.

"In November 2016, the majority of Nevadans made it clear they wanted us to do more to address gun violence. But for the 829...Read more

Sarah Sanders says Mueller's office interviewed her in Russia investigation

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WASHINGTON -- White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said she was interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller's office, which is investigating possible collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and the Kremlin in the 2016 election.

"The president urged me, like he has everyone in the administration, to fully cooperate with the ...Read more

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Appeals court largely upholds Philadelphia win over Trump administration in sanctuary city case

PHILADELPHIA -- A federal appeals court has largely upheld the city of Philadelphia's victory in its contentious "sanctuary city" case against the Trump administration.

The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court ruling on Friday that ...Read more

Mueller says Manafort should serve 19 to 24 years in prison for fraud

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WASHINGTON –– Special counsel Robert Mueller recommended Friday that Paul Manafort serve 19 to 24 years in prison for tax and bank fraud, asking for a particularly harsh sentence for the 69-year-old former chairman of the Trump presidential campaign.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III should impose harsh punishment on Manafort, Mueller's ...Read more

Federal judge dissolves homeless protections from police harassment in Miami

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MIAMI -- A federal judge has dissolved the Pottinger Agreement, a consent decree that prevented Miami police from arresting the homeless for loitering.

The decision removes key protections for people living on the street within Miami city limits. The agreement had defined the way police in the city of Miami interacted with the homeless, ...Read more

Trump looks to send food aid to Haiti as violence leads to humanitarian crisis

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration is working on a plan to provide a humanitarian aid package to Haiti, where water, medicine and food are becoming increasingly scarce after nine days of consecutive protests, the Miami Herald and McClatchy Washington Bureau have learned.

"While we cannot comment on internal planning processes, the U.S. ...Read more

 

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