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A race for control of Syria's Manbij, with the US nowhere in sight

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AKCAKALE, Turkey -- By the time U.S. forces withdrew Tuesday from the northern Syrian city of Manbij, it had become the prize in a race for territory involving a mix of fighting groups with changing alliances.

The city, part of the territory controlled by Kurdish fighters backed by the United States until last week, appeared on the verge of ...Read more

LAPD changing controversial program that uses data to predict where crimes will occur

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Police Department leaders announced changes Tuesday to a controversial program that predicts where property crimes could occur throughout the city.

The changes come seven months after an inspector general couldn't determine whether the department's predictive-policing program, called PredPol, helped reduce crime. ...Read more

Halkbank charged in US indictment with fraud, laundering

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NEW YORK -- U.S. prosecutors filed criminal charges against Turkey's Halkbank, accusing it of fraud, money laundering and violating U.S. sanctions against Iran, in a case that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had pressed both President Donald Trump and President Barack Obama to dismiss.

Prosecutors accused the bank of participating in a ...Read more

House passes trio of measures supporting Hong Kong protesters

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WASHINGTON -- The House passed on Tuesday legislation aimed at helping Hong Kong democracy activists in their fight to preserve political freedoms from encroachment by mainland China.

The most important of the three bills, which passed by voice vote under suspension of the rules, would threaten Hong Kong's continued special trade status with ...Read more

Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke, convicted of killing Laquan McDonald, resigns

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CHICAGO -- Imprisoned Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke formally resigned from the Police Department last week, a police spokesman confirmed Tuesday.

Van Dyke, who is currently serving a nearly 7-year prison sentence for the slaying of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, stepped down ahead of formal termination proceedings before the Chicago Police Board, ...Read more

Judge orders 'serial stowaway' held without bail on new charge of trying to sneak past security at O'Hare

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CHICAGO -- A woman known as the "serial stowaway" was ordered held without bail Tuesday after her arrest over the weekend as she once again allegedly tried to pass a security checkpoint at O'Hare International Airport.

Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas, who sentenced Marilyn Hartman to 18 months of probation in March for a felony trespassing ...Read more

Trump emoluments' challenge to get rehearing in appeals court

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WASHINGTON -- A U.S. appeals court in Virginia agreed to reconsider a Maryland and District of Columbia lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of using his office to enrich himself in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

A three-judge panel had rejected the case in July. That decision overturned a pair of trial court rulings that had let the ...Read more

Pelosi is now testing the waters for a possible House vote on impeachment inquiry

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WASHINGTON -- Amid growing political pressure from Republicans, House Democratic leaders on Tuesday were gauging support for holding a vote to formally establish the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump -- even through the inquiry is already underway, according to Democratic sources.

Democratic leaders were touching base with members...Read more

Census Bureau seeking driver's license info, administrative records

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Census Bureau wants even more details on American residents, requesting states to provide driver's license and administrative records to add to a trove of federal data being collected by the agency in its census count.

Officials plan to use the administrative records to help catch people who might not otherwise respond to...Read more

Fla. man testifies he was in 'warrior mode' during slaying of pregnant ex-girlfriend

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Under questioning from prosecutors, Markeith Loyd testified Tuesday he was in "warrior mode" when he shot his pregnant ex-girlfriend Sade Dixon, killing her and their unborn child.

On the witness stand in his trial at the Orange County Courthouse, Loyd said the shooting wasn't his fault because he had been attacked by Dixon's ...Read more

Felicity Huffman reports to prison to serve 14-day sentence

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Felicity Huffman on Tuesday reported to a federal prison in Northern California, where she will spend two weeks behind bars for conspiring to rig her daughter's college entrance exams.

Huffman, 56, will serve her sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, a low-security facility about 30 miles southeast of Oakland, according to...Read more

Fla. man testifies he was in 'warrior mode' during slaying of pregnant ex-girlfriend

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Under questioning from prosecutors, Markeith Loyd testified Tuesday he was in "warrior mode" when he shot his pregnant ex-girlfriend Sade Dixon, killing her and their unborn child.

On the witness stand in his trial at the Orange County Courthouse, Loyd said the shooting wasn't his fault because he had been attacked by Dixon's ...Read more

GOP fails to endorse candidate in 50th District, including incumbent Duncan Hunter

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SAN DIEGO -- San Diego Republicans failed Monday to back a candidate for the 50th Congressional District, including the candidate who currently holds the seat.

None of the four candidates received the two-thirds majority necessary to get an endorsement from the Republican Party of San Diego County. Forty-nine members cast ballots after a forum ...Read more

Analysis: Trump's rash exit from Syria emboldens Russia and horrifies Israel

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WASHINGTON -- For the last 2 1/2 years of haphazard foreign policy under President Donald Trump, the refrain of reassurance was that at least the unconventional leader had not been faced with a major international crisis.

Now, Trump faces one of his own making -- something he started and might not be able to stop.

Until now, the consequences ...Read more

Murder warrant for ex-officer says victim was holding gun, but that's legal in Texas

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- The murder arrest warrant for a white officer who shot and killed a black woman on Saturday says that the victim was holding a gun after she heard noises outside her window.

But holding a gun inside your home is not illegal in Texas, and the former police officer who shot her was arrested on Monday.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy ...Read more

Edison reports it experienced 'impact' to system at start of Saddleridge fire

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LOS ANGELES -- Southern California Edison's electrical system was "impacted" around the time that investigators suspect the Saddleridge fire ignited beneath a high-voltage transmission tower in Sylmar, according to the utility.

In a letter to the California Public Utilities Commission on Friday, Southern California Edison said the incident, ...Read more

Felicity Huffman reports to prison to serve 14-day sentence in college admissions scandal

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Actress Felicity Huffman on Tuesday reported to a federal prison in Northern California, where she will spend two weeks behind bars for conspiring to rig her daughter's college entrance exams.

Huffman, 56, will serve her sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, a low-security facility in Alameda County that houses about 1,200...Read more

Syrian troops enter northern, Kurdish-held town of Manbij

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BEIRUT -- Syrian state forces have entered the northern, Kurdish-held town of Manbij as part of a deal with the Kurds to confront a Turkish incursion after the U.S. withdrew troops.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that Syrian troops had entered the town, and footage showing people in Manbij welcoming the troops ...Read more

Activist releases secret recording detailing allegations against state House speaker

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Conservative activist Michael Quinn Sullivan released Tuesday the secret recording at the heart of the allegations against Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen.

Sullivan, the CEO of the political advocacy group Empower Texans, first revealed he secretly recorded a June 12 meeting between himself, Bonnen and Rep. Dustin Burrows, R-...Read more

13-year-old who pointed finger gun might avoid original felony charge

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The 13-year-old Overland Park, Kan., girl who was arrested for pointing a finger gun at classmates has a chance of entering a diversion program to address her behavior instead of juvenile detention for a felony.

In her bright pink sweater, the bespectacled girl entered the Johnson County courtroom Tuesday morning clinging ...Read more