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Trump's 'fake news' claims are real, say 46 percent of voters in poll

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WASHINGTON -- It isn't just President Donald Trump who thinks the media engages in "fake news" about him and his administration.

A poll by Morning Consult and Politico, the Washington, D.C-area media brand, shows that 46 percent of registered voters believe the nation's major news organizations fabricate stories about the president, his ...Read more

Tillerson uses speech on 'partner' India to take jab at China

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WASHINGTON -- Ahead of his first trip to India, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday used a speech about the world's largest democracy to take a jab at the Pacific region's other powerhouse, China.

Tillerson heaped praise on India's vibrant growth and declared the United States its partner.

He also commended India for respecting ...Read more

Vice president's brother files papers to run for Congress in Indiana

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WASHINGTON -- Greg Pence, the oldest brother of Vice President Mike Pence, has filed paperwork to run for Congress, The Associated Press reports.

Pence has long been considering running for Indiana's 6th District, which Rep. Luke Messer is vacating to run for Senate. Pence is currently the finance chair of Messer's Senate campaign.

Pence has ...Read more

Kenyan election official flees to US in fear, saying new election will not be fair

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JOHANNESBURG -- A repeat presidential election in Kenya due next week was plunged into crisis Wednesday when senior electoral officials spoke out against threats and interference from politicians, and a senior electoral commissioner fled to the U.S. citing death threats.

With a new election due in just over a week, after the Supreme Court ...Read more

Sessions again refuses to answer questions about his talks with Trump before Comey firing

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WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Jeff Sessions told a Senate panel Wednesday that he would not answer questions about his conversations with President Donald Trump leading up to the firing of former FBI Director James B. Comey, saying he considered them confidential.

Sessions, the former senator from Alabama and 20-year member of the Senate ...Read more

Executives of firm tied to Trump dossier won't answer queries

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WASHINGTON -- Two executives of a firm that helped produce an opposition research dossier that makes salacious claims about President Donald Trump's ties to Russia refused to answer questions Wednesday in a private meeting with the House Intelligence Committee.

Fusion GPS partners Peter Fritsch and Thomas Catan invoked their Fifth Amendment ...Read more

Jerry Sandusky won't get a new trial, judge says

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Jerry Sandusky will not get a new trial.

Jefferson County President Judge John Foradora's decision to dismiss the Post-conviction Collateral Relief Act petition was announced Wednesday.

It came after attorneys petitioned for a last-minute addition of evidence.

Sandusky, the retired Penn State football defensive ...Read more

5 shot, 3 dead in Maryland business park, gunman on the run, Harford sheriff says

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BALTIMORE -- Three people died and two were injured in a shooting Wednesday morning at an Edgewood, Md., area business park, the Harford County sheriff said.

The shooting occurred around 8:58 a.m. at Advanced Granite Solutions, and sheriff's deputies were on the scene within four minutes, according to Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler. All five people ...Read more

Death toll rises to 42 as containment increases in Northern California fires

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SANTA ROSA, Calif. -- Crews on Wednesday continued to increase containment of a cluster of deadly wildfires that have ravaged Northern California, while authorities announced the discovery of another fire victim -- a development that brought the fatality count to 42.

Authorities confirmed a 23rd death in Sonoma County -- 22 from the Tubbs fire ...Read more

Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland block Trump's new travel ban

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A federal judge in Maryland early Wednesday joined another federal judge in Hawaii, halting President Donald Trump's latest travel ban.

U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang's order came just hours after U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii issued an order Tuesday blocking Trump's ban for what he said was its violation of immigration law....Read more

Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland block Trump's new travel ban

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A federal judge in Maryland early Wednesday joined another federal judge in Hawaii, halting President Donald Trump's latest travel ban.

U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang's order came just hours after U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii issued an order Tuesday blocking Trump's ban for what he said was its violation of immigration law....Read more

Senators ready to confront Sessions at oversight hearing

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WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Jeff Sessions returns to face his former Senate Judiciary Committee colleagues Wednesday in an oversight hearing likely to include contentious questions about Justice Department actions since he took on the role eight months ago.

"The attorney general will earn his money that day," said committee member John ...Read more

Netanyahu's Iran challenge is helping Trump fix or scrap deal

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TEL AVIV, Israel -- Israel is wasting no time in trying to translate Donald Trump's call for a tougher approach to Iran into action.

The government is making a diplomatic push to extend restrictions in the international nuclear deal with Iran to its development of ballistic missiles, sponsorship of terrorist acts and weapons proliferation to ...Read more

Trump claims proof Rep. Wilson fabricated words to military widow

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WASHINGTON -- A Democratic Florida congresswoman became the latest target of a morning presidential twitter attack, with Donald Trump alleging Rep. Frederica Wilson "totally fabricated" his call to the widow of a U.S. soldier killed in Niger.

Trump called the widow of Sgt. La David T. Johnson on Tuesday afternoon, shortly before his body was ...Read more

Trump twists Judiciary leaders' findings on Comey actions

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump started Wednesday by twisting the findings of two senior Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans, tweeting that Hillary Clinton was among "people not interviewed" by the FBI in an investigation into her use of a private email server as secretary of State.

The FBI released documents Monday that show then-FBI ...Read more

Trump: Congresswoman 'totally fabricated' my response to Miami Gardens soldier's widow

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MIAMI -- President Donald Trump accused a Miami-Dade Democratic congresswoman Wednesday morning of lying about his response to a fallen soldier's widow -- that "he knew what he signed up for" -- and said he had proof of the conversation.

U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, who represents Miami Gardens, "totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a ...Read more

Taliban suicide bomber kills at least six police in Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD -- A Taliban suicide bomber attacked a vehicle carrying police in southwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, killing six officers and wounding nearly two dozen other people, officials said.

The bombing occurred in the city of Quetta, the capital of the province of Balochistan, which shares borders with Afghanistan and Iran, police official ...Read more

Tribal representatives to meet to discuss repatriation issue

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PHILADELPHIA--Representatives from as many as 59 American Indian tribes will meet next month in Minnesota to discuss the next steps in the repatriation of children's remains from the former Carlisle Indian Industrial School, now the grounds of the Army War College.

A gathering of a large number of tribes would represent a significant broadening...Read more

Trump's small-dollar donors fuel surge in GOP fundraising

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WASHINGTON -- The Republican National Committee raised more than $100 million in the first nine months of 2017, marking the first time it has raised that much, that fast, in a non-presidential election year.

The record-breaking fundraising can be largely attributed to a flurry of small-dollar donors responding to fundraising appeals by the ...Read more

Raids on pot grow houses finding more Chinese nationals, mysterious financing

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Police are arresting large numbers of Chinese nationals in raids on illegal marijuana operations in California, Colorado and other states, raising questions about who is financing these grow houses and recruiting the immigrants to tend them.

In one recent indictment obtained by McClatchy, money from a southern China bank ...Read more