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Kim, Moon hold 'serious and honest' discussion about denuclearization

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SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korean President Moon Jae In and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have held "serious and honest" discussions about denuclearization, Moon's spokesman said Friday.

"At the summit, the two leaders held serious and honest discussions on ways to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, establish permanent peace and develop ...Read more

Billionaire Deripaska is said to plan to keep hands on Rusal

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MOSCOW -- Oleg Deripaska plans to keep control of United Co. Rusal even as the Russian aluminum giant battles for survival in the face of harsh U.S. sanctions, according to people familiar with the matter.

Deripaska is counting on lobbying by European governments to help ease the U.S. sanctions, said the people, who asked not to be identified. ...Read more

Kim Jong Un makes historic crossing into South Korea for summit

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SEOUL, South Korea -- Kim Jong Un on Friday walked across the military demarcation line for a historic summit, becoming the first North Korean leader to step foot in South Korea since the end of the Korean War.

Kim shook and held hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and the two leaders briefly walked back across the line -- marked by a...Read more

Republicans avoid confronting Trump over whether he can fire special counsel

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WASHINGTON -- The Senate Judiciary Committee appeared an island of civility Thursday as Democrats and Republicans politely debated and voted 14-7 to approve bipartisan legislation intended to prevent President Donald Trump from firing special counsel Robert S. Mueller III without cause.

But the action only highlights how intractable the ...Read more

Analysis: Cosby's third act: Guilty in sex assault case

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LOS ANGELES--Bill Cosby remained stoic as a jury on Thursday pronounced him guilty on multiple charges of sexual assault. But it was apparent to many in the courtroom, and the millions who tuned in to the aftermath of the trial on television, that they were witnessing a watershed moment.

Cosby, 80, became one of the first in a line of powerful,...Read more

Pompeo confirmed as secretary of State — but he's also ready for higher office

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WICHITA, Kan. -- Tucked behind a bloc of office suites off a dead-end road in Wichita sit three storage units that house old yard signs, campaign office furniture and other relics of Mike Pompeo's political past -- and clues to his possible future.

More than 1,200 miles away, the U.S. Senate confirmed Pompeo on Thursday as secretary of State. ...Read more

'Oswald's KGB handler': New JFK docs fill in some blanks on events around assassination

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WASHINGTON -- Just months before President John F. Kennedy was gunned down in Texas almost 55 years ago, an FBI field agent sent word back to headquarters on the activities of a Soviet sympathizer named Lee Harvey Oswald.

FBI agent James P. Hosty Jr. wrote to Washington that Oswald "reportedly drank to excess and beat his wife on numerous ...Read more

Trump pick to lead FTC confirmed by Senate amid Facebook probe

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WASHINGTON -- Washington lawyer Joseph Simons, President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Federal Trade Commission, was confirmed by the Senate as the agency tackles high-profile consumer-protection cases like the Facebook Inc. data scandal.

The Senate confirmed Simons late Thursday along with four other nominees -- Republicans Noah Phillips ...Read more

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Trump to make long-delayed visit to Britain in July

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's long-delayed visit to the United Kingdom has been scheduled for July 13, 18 months into his presidency that has been notable for its occasional tensions with America's closest ally.

The two governments Thursday announced the trip for Trump to hold talks ...Read more

Peru's highest court orders release of ex-president Humala

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LIMA, Peru -- Peru's Constitutional Court ordered the release of former President Ollanta Humala and his wife, Nadine Heredia, who were jailed nine months ago pending a trial on money laundering allegations.

The country's highest court ruled in a 4-3 vote to grant the couple's habeas corpus request, paving the way for their immediate release, ...Read more

On Capitol Hill, EPA chief Scott Pruitt takes little responsibility for his troubles

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WASHINGTON -- Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt offered lawmakers little contrition Thursday for questionable spending and management decisions that have plunged his agency into scandal, as he accused critics of fabricating stories about him in an effort to undermine President Donald Trump's agenda.

Pruitt spent a tense day on ...Read more

Trump says Michael Cohen 'represented me' in Stormy Daniels deal

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WASHINGTON -- The legal thicket around a hush-money payment to a porn star was tangled further Thursday after President Donald Trump appeared to confirm that Michael Cohen was representing him when the lawyer paid $130,000 to Stormy Daniels on the eve of the 2016 election.

Trump, who previously said he was unaware of Cohen's payment, vigorously...Read more

Investigator on Greitens' criminal case refuses to answer deposition questions

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ST. LOUIS -- A former FBI agent who investigated an invasion of privacy charge against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens refused to answer questions in a deposition Thursday, leading defense lawyers to call for witnesses and evidence linked to the investigator to be excluded from the case.

If they are successful, that could include the woman who says...Read more

Golden State Killer detectives used genealogical website to identify suspect

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The break that authorities said led them to the man accused of being the Golden State Killer came when they linked DNA evidence from the killings to genetic information contained on a consumer genealogical website, authorities said Thursday.

Investigators knew the killer only through a string of DNA recorded in several of the dozen murder ...Read more

Deputy union says it has 'no confidence' in Broward Sheriff Scott Israel

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.--A deputies' union on Thursday decided it has "no confidence" in Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, citing crushed morale amid national criticism of how the agency handled its response to the Parkland school massacre.

The Broward Sheriff's Office Deputies Association revealed 85 percent of the union members who voted -- ...Read more

9 hikers killed in Dead Sea flash floods, Israel medical services say

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TEL AVIV, Israel -- Nine young people died in flash floods that struck while they were hiking in southern Israel, medical services said Thursday.

Israeli police said that a group of 25 hikers had been hit by flash floods in Nahal Tzafit, a riverbed near the Dead Sea, but did not confirm any casualties.

But Zaka, an Israeli emergency rescue ...Read more

Here's why the apparent increase in autism spectrum disorders may be good for US children

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The prevalence of autism spectrum disorder among American children continues to rise, new government data suggest. And that may be a good thing.

Among 11 sites across the U.S. where records of 8-year-olds are scrutinized in detail, 1 in 59 kids was deemed to have ASD in 2014. That's up from 1 in 68 in 2012.

Normally, health officials would ...Read more

Michigan approves marijuana legalization vote for November

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LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan's battle to free the weed officially started Thursday when the State Board of Canvassers ruled that a group pushing a proposal to legalize marijuana for recreational use got enough signatures to qualify for the Nov. 6 ballot.

The 4-0 decision by the board was met with cheers by advocates for the proposal.

"The people...Read more

America was already at war with al-Qaida by 9/11, Guantanamo judge rules

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MIAMI -- The United States was at war with al-Qaida at the time of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the military judge presiding at the trial of the alleged plotters has ruled. But he sidestepped a crucial question: When precisely did the war begin?

For now, Army Col. James L. Pohl wrote in his 20-page ruling dated Wednesday, it is "unnecessary to ...Read more

Senate confirms Pompeo as Trump's second secretary of state

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WASHINGTON -- Overcoming a bruising confirmation fight, the Senate voted Thursday to confirm CIA Director Mike Pompeo as President Donald Trump's second secretary of state -- but the first who Trump says shares his worldview and opinions on Iran, North Korea and other key concerns.

The vote was 57-42, an unusually low margin of approval for ...Read more