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New digital 'hurricane' churns, gathering strength to land blow on the internet

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WASHINGTON -- Just as hurricane trackers chart storms in the Atlantic before they make landfall, cybersecurity researchers track viral infections that threaten mayhem. They've found a doozy.

A massive zombie robotic network, or botnet, has expanded to infect "an estimated million organizations" and could bring corners of the internet to its ...Read more

Accuser files new suit against former mayor Ed Murray, adds city of Seattle as defendant

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SEATTLE -- A Kent, Wash., man who earlier this year withdrew a lawsuit that helped expose a wider alleged child sex-abuse scandal that drove Ed Murray out of public office has refiled a legal case against Seattle's former mayor.

Delvonn Heckard's new lawsuit not only accuses Murray of repeatedly raping and molesting him as a teenager, but it ...Read more

Firm tied to Trump dossier tries to block House panel's subpoena

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WASHINGTON -- A private firm that produced an opposition-research dossier that claimed President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russia asked a federal court to prevent the House Intelligence Committee from obtaining its financial records.

Fusion GPS's lawyer, Joshua Levy, filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in Washington on Friday ...Read more

Amazon receives 238 bids for its second headquarters

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SEATTLE -- Amazon says it received 238 proposals from North American cities, states and provinces interested in serving as the online retailer's second home.

The tally, released on Monday, includes cities in 43 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Outside the U.S., cities from seven Canadian provinces applied, as did ...Read more

4 Wheaton College football players accused of hazing plead not guilty

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CHICAGO -- Four of the five Wheaton College student football players accused of injuring another player during an alleged hazing incident pleaded not guilty Monday to nine felony counts.

The four players, flanked by half a dozen attorneys, made their first appearances in DuPage County since they were charged in September. A fifth player, James ...Read more

Man found dead in Arkansas bar probably sat there for hours

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A man sat in the corner of a Hot Springs, Ark., bar for hours Saturday before fellow patrons discovered he'd died, police say.

Kenneth Norling, 53, had probably died five or six hours earlier, according to a coroner's report, Cpl. Kirk Zaner of the Hot Springs Police Department told McClatchy. The exact cause of death has not been determined ...Read more

Spanish government takeover in Catalonia could spark disobedience, Catalan officials say

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BARCELONA, Spain -- Catalonia's leaders have no divine right to stay in power, Spain's deputy prime minister asserted Monday, hardening a threat to oust the northeastern region's independence-minded president as the two sides moved closer to a showdown.

A senior Catalonia official, meanwhile, sent a new signal of defiance, suggesting that the ...Read more

Areas freed from Islamic State will test US policy on limiting overseas role

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WASHINGTON -- As U.S.-backed forces succeed in driving Islamic State militants from territory in Iraq and now Syria, the Trump administration has difficult choices -- and divided opinions -- about how the heavily devastated region can recover in an era when U.S. policy is to take a back-seat role.

The administration has stated unequivocally ...Read more

As sanctuary state, California takes deportation fight to new level

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WASHINGTON -- As more states and counties take immigration policy into their own hands, California is stepping up its fight to protect immigrants in the country illegally by not only refusing to detain immigrants slated for deportation, but now also by declining to tell federal immigration officials when they will be released from local jails.

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Federal flood insurance pushed to brink by storms

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WASHINGTON -- An unprecedented wave of destructive hurricanes has brought the long-struggling federal flood insurance program to the brink.

Now Congress faces tough questions about whether to again bail out the nearly 50-year-old program and how to implement reforms to make it more sustainable, secure and cost-effective.

With five major ...Read more

Are GOP retirements draining the swamp?

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WASHINGTON -- On the campaign trail, President Donald Trump pledged over and over to "drain the swamp," promising to gut what he said was a gridlocked Washington political establishment.

His supporters chanted the catchy slogan at rallies and kept doing so at Trump events even after the reality television figure moved into the White House.

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Congress should revise base closure rules, report recommends

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WASHINGTON -- Congress should revise the rules guiding base realignment and closure and authorize a new round, a new paper from a conservative think tank recommended.

Done properly, a round of base realignment and closure, or BRAC, is a good example of federal efficiency, wrote Frederico Bartels, an analyst with the Heritage Foundation.

"It ...Read more

This boy was found dead in the sand and police can't find his family

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HILTON HEAD, S.C. -- Authorities in Texas are asking the public to share a sketch of a young child whose 30-pound body was found Friday in a case that police are calling "extremely unusual."

Galveston police found the body of a 3- to 5-year-old boy in the sand close to the surf around 5:30 p.m. Friday, according to a press release.

The ...Read more

Fire loss total surges to 8,400 structures in Northern California

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SANTA ROSA, Calif. -- The wine country wildfires destroyed at least 8,400 homes and other buildings, authorities said Monday, a significant increase in the already staggering property loss.

Efforts continued by firefighters to gain control of the fires and by searchers looking for more victims. The death toll as of Monday remained at 42, making...Read more

Murder-suicide in Joshua Tree may have been act of 'sympathy' after injury, family member says

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An uncle of the woman found dead in Joshua Tree National Park reportedly said investigators believe her boyfriend may have killed her in a "sympathetic murder-suicide" after she suffered a head injury.

Joseph Orbeso, 22, shot and killed his girlfriend, Rachel Nguyen, 20, and then turned the gun on himself, according to a news release Friday ...Read more

Disaster program issues loom over future aid

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WASHINGTON -- As lawmakers shuttle multiple supplemental spending packages through Congress to address the devastation from one of the worst hurricane seasons on record, federal audit reports show major ongoing problems with federal agencies' ability to ensure money is spent correctly.

Tens of billions of dollars are expected to flow from two ...Read more

Jonathan Bernstein: Trump's first nine months? Not so huge

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There's a bit of a phony debate breaking out about Donald Trump's accomplishments.

On the one hand, the president himself is his usual bombastic and factually inaccurate self about what he's done in office. In a series of tweets over the weekend, Trump claimed "perhaps no Administration has done more in its first 9 months than this ...Read more

In GOP retirements, some see an omen

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WASHINGTON -- The departure of key Ways and Means Republicans could be a sign of diminished optimism for major legislative achievements, but some GOP observers say it may actually signal confidence about getting a landmark tax bill signed into law.

Six Republicans on the powerful committee with broad sway over taxes, health care and trade are ...Read more

Weekend toll in Chicago: 31 people shot, 2 fatally

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CHICAGO -- Patrons of a late-night restaurant in Chicago's Greektown witnessed some of the first bursts of the weekend violence as eight men and women punched each other, wrestled on the floor and threw chairs across the room.

One person knocked to the ground began firing shots, wounding two people as well as striking himself in the leg early ...Read more

'He couldn't remember my husband's name,' Sgt. Johnson's widow says of President Trump

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U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson's account of President Donald Trump's condolence call to Myeshia Johnson, the widow of U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson and mother of his three children, was completely accurate, Johnson told ABC News "Good Morning America" Monday morning.

But that's not what hurt her the most.

"He couldn't remember my husband's name,...Read more


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