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Hiker dies after fall from Half Dome cables in Yosemite

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A hiker has died after he slipped and fell from the Half Dome cables in Yosemite National Park, officials said Tuesday.

The male, who was not named, was hiking with another person during a thunderstorm when he fell at about 4:30 p.m. Monday, according to the National Park Service. Rangers recovered the hiker's body Tuesday afternoon.

The death...Read more

Rubio, Diaz-Balart want investigation of Raul Castro in 1996 shoot-down of exile planes

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MIAMI -- Two Florida Republicans, Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, have asked President Donald Trump to consider an investigation into whether Cuba's former ruler, Raul Castro, should be indicted for the 1996 shoot-down of two Brothers to the Rescue planes.

The shoot-down by Cuban military planes resulted in the deaths of three U.S....Read more

Woman who shot Wichita abortion doctor, bombed clinics in 1990s released from prison

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KANSAS CITY, Mo.--The Oregon woman who shot and wounded a Wichita abortion doctor 25 years ago and firebombed several clinics in three states has been released from federal prison, causing concern among clinic operators who worry her release could spark a new wave of attacks.

Rachelle "Shelley" Shannon, whose actions triggered a federal ...Read more

Los Angeles man confessed to making deadly Kansas hoax call, detective testifies

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LOS ANGELES -- A Los Angeles man confessed to placing a hoax phone call that led to a fatal police-involved shooting in Kansas late last year, a detective testified Tuesday.

Tyler Barriss, 25, was charged earlier this year with involuntary manslaughter for his role in an incident that stemmed from an online gaming dispute and ended with a ...Read more

Audit of Schlitterbahn water park finds many violations ahead of May 25 opening

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An audit by state regulators earlier this month identified 11 violations of the Kansas Amusement Ride Act at the Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City, Kan.

Regulators from the Kansas Department of Labor visited Schlitterbahn Vacation Village on May 16 and 17, resulting in an audit report that identified a total of 160 ...Read more

Democrats won't get data on Trump campaign intelligence source

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WASHINGTON -- Democrats will be shut out of a White House-brokered meeting during which Justice Department officials will tell two House GOP chairmen about an intelligence source who provided information about President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

Trump asked White House chief of staff John Kelly to set up the meeting, which ...Read more

Pompeo defends tough US demands on Iran as 'very simple'

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WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday defended his list of U.S. demands for Iran, rebuffing critics who said his goals were unrealistic in seeking fundamental change by the government in Tehran.

"The tasks that Iran needs to undertake aren't that difficult," Pompeo said at the State Department a day after he warned in a hard-...Read more

Soon you can visit this pristine California beach — if you're a nearby landowner, on a guided tour or willing to paddle 2 miles

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- One of California's least tarnished stretches of coastline will be accessible only to wealthy property owners, visitors with guides and those who can boat or paddle two miles under a deal between state officials and landowners in Hollister Ranch, who have for decades fought to keep their beaches almost entirely to ...Read more

Cohen's taxi partner enters plea deal, suggesting cooperation

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NEW YORK -- A longtime business partner of Michael D. Cohen, the personal lawyer of President Donald Trump, has pleaded guilty to tax evasion in a deal that allows him to dodge prison time, indicating that he is cooperating with prosecutors.

Evgeny Freidman, a taxi operator who allegedly owed some $5 million in back taxes, entered into the ...Read more

Trump casts doubt on US-North Korea summit as he meets with South Korea's Moon

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump threw plans for next month's historic summit with North Korea into greater uncertainty Tuesday even as he met at the White House with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in to try to keep the diplomatic breakthrough on track.

"It may not work out for June 12," he told reporters at one point, then further ...Read more

Members join Rubio in criticizing Trump over China talks

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WASHINGTON -- It was Sen. Marco Rubio, not Donald Trump, who used a morning tweet Tuesday to help shape the day's agenda. The Florida Republican slammed the president's trade talks with China, prompting other members to voice their concerns.

Rubio wrote that China is "out-negotiating the administration & winning the trade talks right now," ...Read more

Allow 'Dreamers' to enlist in military for citizenship, House members urge

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WASHINGTON -- "Dreamers" should be able to enlist in the military and become legal residents, says a strong coalition of congressional Republicans and Democrats as they make a renewed push for their initiative.

They have enough votes in the House to pass their plan, but Republican leaders are balking.

Reps. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., Carlos ...Read more

Federal appeals court calls off Guantanamo eavesdropping inquiry

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MIAMI -- A federal court has canceled its inquiry into monitoring of attorney-client meetings at Guantanamo, and will instead permit a Pentagon review panel to tackle underlying issues that have paralyzed the USS Cole war crimes case.

The three judges at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit had sought answers after a ...Read more

Venezuela says it's expelling top US diplomats

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WASHINGTON -- Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro announced that he is expelling the top U.S. diplomat in Venezuela and his deputy for conspiring against Venezuela. He said they must leave for the "dignity and independence" of Venezuela.

Maduro declared Charge d'Affaires Todd Robinson and his deputy, Brian Naranjo, "persona non grata" and gave ...Read more

Stolen from another sun: This backward-traveling asteroid could be an interstellar space fossil

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Scientists have discovered an immigrant in our midst: an asteroid near Jupiter's orbit that arrived from outside the solar system some 4.5 billion years ago.

The orbit of 2015 BZ509, described in a letter in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, could offer a way for scientists to sample the contents of distant star systems.

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Officer who fired fatal Kansas 'swatting' shot didn't see anything in victim's hand, he said

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WICHITA, Kan. -- The Wichita police officer who killed Andrew Finch on Dec. 28 didn't see a gun in Finch's hand, he said on Tuesday.

Justin Rapp testified about what happened when he and his partner received information from dispatch that there was a man who had shot his father in the head and was holding his mother and sibling hostage inside a...Read more

Law firm of Stormy Daniels' attorney is hit with $10 million judgment

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LOS ANGELES -- The law firm of Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti was hit with a $10 million judgment Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court after he broke his promise to pay $2 million to a former colleague.

Judge Catherine Bauer of U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Santa Ana ordered the Eagan Avenatti law firm to pay $10 million to Jason Frank, a ...Read more

Trump casts doubt on US-North Korea summit as he meets with South Korea's Moon

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump threw plans for next month's historic summit with North Korea into greater uncertainty Tuesday even as he met at the White House with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in to try to keep the diplomatic breakthrough on track.

"It may not work out for June 12," he told reporters at one point, then confused the ...Read more

New poll finds volatile race for second place in California governor's contest

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The fight for second place in California's governor's race between Republican John Cox and Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa remains unpredictable and volatile as the June 5 primary approaches, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom led both by 10 percentage points or more, validating ...Read more

Florida's Everglades now have 1,000 fewer pythons

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MIAMI -- Snake hunters for the South Florida Water Management District hit a major milestone when they bagged their 1,000th Burmese python, before heading out and quickly catching eight more.

On Tuesday, the district held a celebratory check-in at the Homestead field station, documenting No. 1,000: an 11-foot, 2-inch male snake.

Hunter Brian ...Read more