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Israelis angry at Trump's failure to move US Embassy to Jerusalem as promised

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JERUSALEM -- Israeli officials say Trump has led them astray by failing to follow through on repeated promises to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

"For the record, we recognize Washington, D.C.," said Michael Oren, a former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. who now serves as deputy minister for diplomacy in the Netanyahu ...Read more

Haitians get 6 months' protection from deportation but told to get ready to go

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Haitian nationals who have been protected from deportation from the U.S. for more than seven years since an earthquake struck their homeland won another temporary reprieve Monday: The Department of Homeland Security announced that it will extend the benefit, which expires on July 22, for six more months.

But even though Homeland Security ...Read more

Trump's visit venues are imbued with history, controversy

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JERUSALEM --Here, the stones can speak.

Perhaps nowhere else are the passions of the Israeli-Palestinian divide as plainly visible as in Jerusalem, the holy city both sides claim as their capital. With this visit, the second stop on his inaugural overseas trip as president, Donald Trump is treading on sacred ground.

The U.S. president has said...Read more

5 chosen in first day of Cosby jury selection in Pittsburgh

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PITTSBURGH -- Three men and two women were chosen Monday as the first of 12 jurors who will hear Bill Cosby's sexual assault case.

All five are white, and at least three said they had prior knowledge of the scandals that have bedeviled the 79-year-old entertainer since late 2014, but vowed to put what they had heard aside.

Their selection came...Read more

Flynn takes the Fifth but fights over testimony are just beginning

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WASHINGTON -- Former national security adviser Michael Flynn's decision to invoke the Fifth Amendment might protect him against self-incrimination -- but it could also escalate a clash involving immunity, contempt and some tough choices for Senate Republicans.

Flynn formally invoked the Fifth Amendment on Monday, thwarting Senate Intelligence ...Read more

Kansas official says park can't tear down water slide until investigation is over

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Monday that while he understands the desire to tear down Verruckt, the 17-story water slide where Caleb Schwab was killed, that can't happen until his staff completes its investigation into whether criminal charges are warranted.

Schmidt's office said in a statement that while his ...Read more

Inattention cost hammer throw victim his life, police say

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A moment of inattention cost Wheaton College student Ethan Roser his life when he was hit in the head by an errant hammer throw at an April track meet, Wheaton, Ill., police said Monday.

Detective Andrew Uhlir said Roser, 19, was struck when he was standing with two others about 30 feet outside the in-bound landing area for the hammer throw, an...Read more

Pediatricians take aim at juice, urge parents to give children fruit instead

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The American Academy of Pediatrics has some new advice about juice: Kids should resist the urge to drink it.

If you're craving something fruity and refreshing, try eating a piece of fruit instead. If you're thirsty, you can wash it down with some water.

Sure, juice has some things going for it. It can be an excellent source of vitamin C, ...Read more

African American Caucus leaders want to know why U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters was cut off during state convention speech

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The head of the California Democratic Party African American Caucus said Monday he was working with state party officials to determine who was responsible for cutting off the sound to U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters' microphone as she spoke to the group at the party's convention on Saturday.

"This is a very unusual situation, and ...Read more

Supreme Court finds the GOP packed black voters into two North Carolina districts to help win more House seats

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court struck down two congressional districts in North Carolina on Monday because they had been gerrymandered along racial lines, with Justice Clarence Thomas joining the court's liberals to form the majority.

The justices said North Carolina's Republicans had packed additional black voters into the two already heavily...Read more

Trump says he didn't name Israel in discussing counterterrorism intel with Russians

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JERUSALEM -- President Donald Trump on Monday denied that he revealed that Israel was the source of intelligence about a terrorist threat to commercial airliners during his meeting with Russian diplomats earlier this month.

Just arrived in Israel on Monday, and speaking here alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump insisted, "...Read more

Gorsuch dissents as Supreme Court upholds ban on big-money gifts to parties

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WASHINGTON -- New Justice Neil M. Gorsuch joined Clarence Thomas in dissent Monday when the Supreme Court rejected an appeal from a Republican Party lawyer seeking to strike down limits on big-money contributions to political parties.

By a 7-2 vote, the high court upheld limits set in the McCain-Feingold Act of 2002.

The dissent by Gorsuch is ...Read more

Michigan Businesswoman to Challenge Stabenow

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WASHINGTON -- Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow received her first Republican challenger as businesswoman Lena Epstein announced her candidacy for Michigan's Senate race.

Epstein is a third-generation co-owner of Vesco Oil Corp., which distributes automotive and industrial lubricants.

Epstein also served as co-chair of President Donald Trump's ...Read more

EPA sets aside $12 million for employee buyouts in FY 2017

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WASHINGTON -- The EPA is setting aside $12 million of its fiscal 2017 budget allocation for a previously announced plan to offer employee buyouts and incentives for early retirements as part of a Trump administration effort to cut the agency's workforce, according to a memo from its chief financial officer, David A. Bloom.

The $12 million comes...Read more

As Trump steps off Air Force One, Israelis worry about his mindset

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JERUSALEM -- Israelis want to know what Donald Trump is thinking right now.

Trump stepped off Air Force Monday and was immediately welcomed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with an elaborate red carpet ceremony at Ben-Gurion International Airport -- far away from the Russia-related investigations that roil Washington.

But residents of ...Read more

Iran's Rouhani: Trump went to a country where elections are 'not in their dictionary'

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TEHRAN, Iran -- Fresh off a resounding re-election victory, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani criticized President Donald Trump on Monday for visiting Iran's arch-rival Saudi Arabia, but also insisted that he wanted to improve relations with the U.S.

Rouhani said Trump's meetings in Riyadh over the weekend were "a sham" and drew laughter from ...Read more

How the Koch network could sink tax overhaul

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WASHINGTON -- The lobbying and political network of Charles and David Koch, bogeymen to Democrats for years, is poised for a significant policy win -- but it will come at the expense of fellow conservatives on Capitol Hill.

Their victory also could derail a policy goal they share with those same Republican lawmakers: a permanent comprehensive ...Read more

Chaffetz resignation sparks conflict, compressed campaigns in Utah

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WASHINGTON -- In any other year, Rep. Jason Chaffetz's decision to resign would have sparked a crowded Republican primary. But as one Utah GOP operative put it, this year is not like any other year.

Consultant Chuck Warren sat down with a state lawmaker Friday morning to talk about a possible run for Congress. The lawmaker pointed to a picture ...Read more

Nearly 40 shot in Chicago over weekend, but gun violence still behind last year

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CHICAGO -- Nearly 40 people were shot in Chicago over the weekend, but gun violence is still slightly down from the record level of last year, according to data kept by the Tribune.

Four people were killed and 35 other people were wounded from Friday afternoon trough early Monday, according to police. In a span of just three hours early Sunday,...Read more

Penn State plans 'report card' on frats

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Pennsylvania State University for the first time this fall plans to publish a "report card" on its fraternities and sororities, listing their status -- active or suspended -- and their history of conduct infractions.

Although some area universities already publish on their websites which fraternities and sororities have been in trouble for ...Read more

 

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