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Tubman still part of $20 bill redesign as Mnuchin focuses elsewhere

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. government agency that prints currency notes hasn't been instructed to take Harriet Tubman's picture off the $20 note redesign project and is proceeding with the Obama administration's plan.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said last month he would review the Obama-era initiative, adding that it's not a high priority ...Read more

2 more lawsuits say Hollywood nursing home and utility share responsibility for deaths

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MIAMI -- Last month, Manuel Mendieta and Carolyn Eatherly celebrated their final birthdays while living at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills.

They were in the nursing home for different reasons. Mendieta, 96, had multiple health conditions, but was alert and spoke in Spanish with his family when they visited, which was often, ...Read more

Facebook to be called before Senate panel on Russian meddling

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WASHINGTON -- The Senate Intelligence Committee expects representatives of Facebook Inc. to testify at a public hearing examining Russia's use of social media to influence last year's U.S. presidential election.

The panel hasn't yet determined all of the issues that will be covered or invited company representatives, Chairman Richard Burr, R-N....Read more

Senate Republicans want houses of worship to help aid Harvey, Irma victims

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans are moving quickly to assure houses of worship can routinely receive federal disaster aid as hurricane-battered Texas and Florida struggle to recover.

Four Senate Republicans, including Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, Tuesday proposed legislation to permit religious institutions to get federal relief....Read more

Trump will use campaign funds to pay for Russia legal bills

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump will use money donated to his campaign and the Republican National Committee to pay for his personal legal bills related to investigations into his campaign's ties to Russia, two people familiar with the matter said.

The first payments from the campaign and RNC have already been made to Trump lawyers John ...Read more

Analysis: Trump defines his foreign policy doctrine as sovereignty for major powers

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump used variations of the word "sovereign" 21 times during Tuesday's 42-minute speech to the U.N. General Assembly, driving home his belief that countries, not international institutions like the U.N., will and should determine the fate of the world by pursuing their own best interests.

The speech offered the ...Read more

Fox News seeks dismissal of suit by contributor who said he was used to deflect Trump-Russia story

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NEW YORK -- Fox News has filed a motion to dismiss a defamation and discrimination lawsuit filed by a former contributor who said he was used by the network in a plot to downplay reporting on President Donald Trump's ties to Russia.

Rob Wheeler, a private investigator and former Washington, D.C., police detective, alleged in a suit filed Aug. 1...Read more

Domestic violence homicide rate drops with stricter gun law, study finds

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When domestic violence offenders are required to relinquish their guns, instead of simply being barred from owning firearms, the risk that those offenders may kill their partners goes down, a new study finds.

The paper, described in the Annals of Internal Medicine, highlights a simple method for lowering the risk women face of being killed by ...Read more

Third person arrested after London underground attack

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LONDON -- British police have arrested a third person in connection with last week's terror attack on the London underground railway.

A 25-year-old man was arrested by counterterrorism officers in Newport, Wales, London's Metropolitan Police said Tuesday in a statement.

Two men arrested on Saturday were still in custody, and searches were ...Read more

Appeals court blocks San Francisco law requiring health warnings on soda

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SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court Tuesday blocked a San Francisco ordinance that requires advertisers of sugary drinks to post health warnings, saying in a unanimous decision that it likely violates freedom of speech.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals faulted the 2015 ordinance for mandating a large warning on ...Read more

France's Macron defends Iran nuclear deal and says climate pact is not up for renegotiation

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In a pointed rejection of President Donald Trump's "America first" approach to foreign policy, French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday urged world leaders to join together to confront global challenges, including war, terrorism, immigration and climate change.

"Today, more than ever, we need multilateralism," Macron said in his maiden ...Read more

Some airlines capping fares before Maria

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MIAMI -- Taking a lesson from Hurricane Irma, Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., is asking airlines to proactively limit the cost of their flights for travelers trying to get out of Hurricane Maria's path.

And airlines are agreeing.

On Monday, Nelson sent a letter to CEOs at 10 major U.S. airlines asking them to regulate the prices of their flights to ...Read more

Netanyahu to UN: Iran is a menace and nuclear deal a mistake

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UNITED NATIONS -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had little to say about prospects for peace with the Palestinians -- but plenty to say about the Iran nuclear accord, which he vehemently opposes.

Netanyahu, addressing the General Assembly on its opening day Tuesday, called Iran's nuclear ambitions a "dark shadow" and said its rulers ...Read more

Powerful 7.1 earthquake strikes Mexico

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MEXICO CITY -- A powerful earthquake shook central Mexico on Tuesday, crumbling buildings and sending thousands of people in Mexico City fleeing into the streets screaming.

The temblor caused buildings to sway violently in the center of Mexico City, including in the historic districts of El Centro and Roma. But it was not immediately clear ...Read more

Hurricane Irma damage could be as high as $65 billion

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MIAMI -- Hurricane Irma's monstrous 185 mph winds seemed to be the biggest menace as the storm inexorably made its way toward Florida earlier this month.

But according to a study by the information company CoreLogic, flooding wreaked the costliest damage to homes and businesses in the storm's path.

According to the analysis, the total insured ...Read more

Modern-day slavery is alive and well across globe, report says

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NEW YORK -- A report published Tuesday highlighting the scourge of modern-day slavery paints a stark picture.

"We now have the largest number of slaves on Earth than we've had in human history," said Andrew Forrest, founder of the Walk Free Foundation, an organization working to end contemporary slavery and human trafficking, which co-authored ...Read more

World leaders skip out on Trump to avoid the embarrassment

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WASHINGTON -- Leaders of some of the world's most influential -- or controversial -- countries skipped Donald Trump's debut at the United Nations rather than face the prospect of being caught up in an embarrassing controversy by the unpredictable U.S. president.

The list of state leaders missing the international event is long and growing. ...Read more

Trump threatens Venezuela and puts Cuba on notice

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump threatened "further action" against Venezuela on Tuesday and promised not to lift sanctions against Cuba until the government in Havana makes fundamental reforms.

"We cannot stand by and watch," Trump told world leaders gathered at the United Nations.

In a speech that moved quickly from criticism of America...Read more

Trump gives a forceful first address to UN General Assembly

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UNITED NATIONS -- President Donald Trump delivered a forceful inaugural speech to a packed U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, a sprawling 42-minute address that ranged from warlike to flowery and that challenged some long-cherished tenets of U.S. foreign policy.

With the cavernous hall packed so full that scores of people jammed into the aisles,...Read more

New York crowd gets glimpse of President Jeb(!)

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NEW YORK -- He was gracious and measured, stern but sober -- and tough on Russia -- as he addressed the greatest challenges facing the United States.

Standing in a hotel ballroom a few blocks from the spot where Donald Trump was threatening to "totally destroy" North Korea, Jeb Bush offered a glimpse of the presidency that could have been.

"At...Read more