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Johnson gets to work naming cabinet and taking U.K. out of EU

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LONDON -- Boris Johnson will appoint top ministers to his cabinet on Monday as he pushes ahead with Brexit, emboldened by the historic majority he won in last week's British general election.

The prime minister needs to fill the roles of culture secretary, Welsh secretary and environment minister that were vacated after Nicky Morgan quit ...Read more

No date set for U.S.-China 'phase two' talks, Lighthizer says

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WASHINGTON -- No date has been set so far for the U.S. and China to kick off "phase two" trade talks, said U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, contradicting a suggestion by President Donald Trump that negotiations would start right away.

For now, the two sides are focused on implementing the agreement reached on Friday, which is ...Read more

Britain can agree quick Brexit trade deal with EU, minister insists

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LONDON -- Britain's Conservative government can conclude negotiations on future trade with the European Union by the end of next year, senior cabinet minister Michael Gove insisted on Sunday.

Gove was responding after many politicians and analysts said the government was highly unlikely to meet its target of agreeing a trade deal just 11 months...Read more

Hong Kong protesters clash with police as Lam visits Beijing

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong's demonstrators clashed with police late Sunday as Chief Executive Carrie Lam visited Beijing where she's expected to update Chinese President Xi Jinping and other senior officials on the violent protests that have gripped the city for the past six months.

Roads in Mong Kok, a tourist area known for its night market, were...Read more

Senate impeachment trial is expected. How it will work is very uncertain

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans on Sunday publicly diverged over how to conduct the expected impeachment trial of President Trump, with some calling for allegations against him to be summarily quashed and others advocating a lengthier process that would include summoning witnesses for fresh testimony.

Key Democrats in the House of ...Read more

Turkey doubles down on the fight in Libya, but its sights are elsewhere

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BEIRUT -- Libya's aspiring strongman Khalifa Haftar has besieged Tripoli for months in a bid to enter the capital, unseat the U.N.-recognized government and cement his hold over the country. But the septuagenarian general, who heads a grouping of factions styling themselves as the Libyan National Army, has made little headway, despite his many ...Read more

Schiff says impeachment not failure if Trump acquitted by Senate

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WASHINGTON -- The impeachment process won't be a failure if President Donald Trump is acquitted by the Senate, as seems almost certain, Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff said Sunday.

"No, it isn't a failure. At least it's not a failure in the sense of our constitutional duty in the House," Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said on...Read more

Scuffles break out in Glendale as Rep. Adam Schiff speaks at Armenian genocide event

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LOS ANGELES -- Scuffles broke out Saturday during a Glendale town hall event on Armenian genocide that was attended by Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank), who is at the center of the effort to impeach President Trump.

The event at the Glendale Central Library was meant for an Armenian organization to thank U.S. government officials for their ...Read more

Carbon markets fail to win backing at UN climate talks

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Envoys from almost 200 countries endorsed a limited set of measures to rein in climate change, shelving efforts to expand carbon markets as a tool to fight global warming.

Delegates at a United Nations meeting in Madrid expressed an "urgent need" to make more ambitious cuts in fossil fuel emissions and advanced work on a mechanism to compensate...Read more

West Point investigating hand symbol with possible links to white power used by cadets during Army-Navy game

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PHILADELPHIA -- West Point is investigating a hand gesture made by several cadets and midshipmen during an ESPN pre-game broadcast at the Army-Navy game Saturday after clips of the signals went viral because of their association with white power.

"West Point is looking into the matter," a spokesperson said in an emailed statement. "At this time...Read more

Comey admits being 'overconfident' in approving Trump probe

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WASHINGTON -- James Comey, the former FBI director, agreed on Sunday with the conclusions of an independent investigator that found flaws in the agency's decision to probe individuals in Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

"He's right, I was wrong." Comey, who was fired by Trump in May 2017, said on "Fox News Sunday." "I was ...Read more

China suspends additional US tariffs

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BEIJING -- China will suspend planned additional punitive tariffs on some U.S. products after "phase one" of a long-awaited trade deal was reached between the countries, state-run news agency Xinhua reported on Sunday.

Beijing had threatened to retaliate if the United States had gone ahead with imposing further tariffs on $160 billion of ...Read more

As one East Bay church builds tiny homes for the homeless, others may follow

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- It was a cold, rainy night when Pastor Jake Medcalf saw the desperate, middle-aged man at the door of his church.

He was clearly in need of shelter, but all Medcalf could do was give him a blanket and send him on his way.

"I remember looking around at the space, and going 'We have this gym here and this parking lot here, ...Read more

Devin Nunes lives on a congressman's salary. How is he funding so many lawsuits?

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Devin Nunes' critics have obsessed over how he is paying for the six lawsuits he filed this year, but there are no public records showing how he has paid his Virginia lawyer.

That means Nunes is either paying for the lawsuits out of his own pocket, promising to pay his lawyer a portion of any money they're awarded in court at...Read more

Beverly Hills police investigate vandalism at Nessah Synagogue as a hate crime

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LOS ANGELES -- Beverly Hills police are investigating vandalism of Nessah Synagogue on Saturday morning after an employee arrived at the place of worship at 7 a.m. to discover an open door, overturned furniture and damage to several relics.

Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime but report that there is no evidence to suggest ...Read more

Two children and a county probation officer are killed in shooting at Ontario home

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LOS ANGELES -- It started as a routine call for medical attention at an Ontario home early Saturday morning. But with a series of terrifying twists -- a husband with gunshot wounds, a wife firing on arriving police, a five-hour hostage standoff -- the call for help revealed a domestic tragedy.

Just after dawn, SWAT officers forced their way ...Read more

Rep. Rashida Tlaib's talk will happen, perhaps even at Poway school

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POWAY, Calif. -- The abrupt withdrawal of a permit allowing Rep. Rashida Tlaib to speak at a San Diego County high school, reportedly to allow staff time to clean the facility before the holiday break, will not block the Democratic congresswoman's visit, organizers say.

The Poway Unified School District first approved the event Wednesday, then ...Read more

Impeachment costing Democrats a House member as Van Drew reportedly plans party switch

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WASHINGTON -- New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew, whose election to a GOP-district last fall helped Democrats flip the House, plans to switch parties after meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House on Friday, according to multiple Garden State sources.

Members of his party were already wishing him good riddance.

"This party switch is ...Read more

'Pure pandemonium': 1 injured, suspect at large after shooting at Atlanta mall

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ATLANTA -- Shots rang out inside Cumberland Mall on Saturday afternoon as frightened shoppers scrambled for cover, police said.

The shooting was the result of a verbal altercation that occurred between two people in the mall's food court, said Cobb County police spokeswoman Sarah O'Hara.

The gunman fled the scene after the shooting, and ...Read more

Police bring up Parkland shooting to justify deadly street shootout. But experts say that's wrong

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- By invoking the Parkland school shooting, police officers may be going too far to justify their actions in a police shootout that left four people dead last week in Miramar, some experts say.

Officers contend that the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018 has made them more aggressive on the streets. ...Read more