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Greek deal on debt relief founders as talks stretch until June

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BRUSSELS -- Euro-area finance ministers gathering in Brussels on Monday failed to break an impasse on debt relief for Greece, delaying the completion of the country's bailout review and the disbursement of about 7 billion euros ($7.9 billion) in fresh loans.

The International Monetary Fund sought more debt relief for the country, pushing euro-...Read more

At least 19 dead, 50 injured after explosion at Ariana Grande concert in England

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At least 19 people were killed and 50 injured Monday night in an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, that police are treating as a possible terrorist attack.

The explosion happened near an entrance to the 21,000-seat arena just minutes after Grande's concert ended and the singer left the stage, witnesses said.

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Lawmakers react to latest Trump-Russia bombshell: 'What now?!'

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WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers on Monday evening seemed resigned to yet another bombshell report suggesting President Donald Trump attempted to interfere with a federal investigation aimed at, in part, determining whether there was collusion between his campaign and Russia.

Though many had yet to read the potentially explosive article, some Democrats ...Read more

Nacho cheese from Northern Calif. gas station blamed for botulism death

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- One person has died of botulism after eating nacho cheese sauce from a Walnut Grove gas station, California health officials confirmed Monday. The man was one of 10 people who fell ill with the rare form of food poisoning in recent weeks after eating at Valley Oak Food and Fuel.

The nacho cheese sauce tested positive for ...Read more

For 70-year-old president who likes his own bed, this trip is exhausting

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JERUSALEM -- He stifles yawns. His eyes narrow. And ultimately, when he garbles part of his speech, an aide explains that President Donald Trump is "just an exhausted guy."

It was only second day of an eight-day trip that includes four countries, a city-state (the Vatican) and an occupied territory (the West Bank). By the third day, in Israel, ...Read more

In legal retreat, Sessions puts limits on financial consequences for 'sanctuary cities'

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WASHINGTON -- In an apparent retreat on the war against cities and counties that refuse to cooperate with immigration enforcement, the Trump administration has settled on a narrow definition of what it means to be a "sanctuary city," and limited the potential financial consequences for state and local governments.

At most, the sanctuary ...Read more

Lawmaker apologizes for 'lynching' comment about removal of Confederate statues

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BILOXI, Miss. -- It took a while, but most Republicans caught up in the uproar over Mississippi state Rep. Karl Oliver's comments about the removal of four Confederate statues in New Orleans have crawfished away from the Republican.

The latest was U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., whose office was seemingly caught off guard by a constituent's ...Read more

Flynn refuses to comply with Senate subpoena for Russia records

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, refused Monday to comply with a Senate subpoena seeking records of his dealings with Russia, invoking his constitutional protection against self-incrimination.

Lawyers for the former -star Army general said he would not cooperate with the Senate Intelligence...Read more

House Democrat: Flynn misled Pentagon on Russia ties during security clearance review

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WASHINGTON -- Former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn appears to have lied to federal investigators last year about who paid for his 2015 trip to Moscow during a Defense Department inquiry into the renewal of his top-secret security clearance, a leading Capitol Hill Democrat said Monday.

Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ...Read more

Saudis gave the US $360billion in deals. Now they want Trump to rescind 9/11 lawsuit law

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- President Donald Trump struck a series of deals with Saudi Arabia on his two-day visit but the kingdom is still anxiously waiting for him to deliver on something else: the repeal of a contentious 2016 law that allows relatives of 9/11 victims to sue the kingdom for their deaths.

Saudi officials have been quietly lobbying...Read more

Israelis angry at Trump's failure to move US Embassy to Jerusalem as promised

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JERUSALEM -- Israeli officials say Trump has led them astray by failing to follow through on repeated promises to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

"For the record, we recognize Washington, D.C.," said Michael Oren, a former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. who now serves as deputy minister for diplomacy in the Netanyahu ...Read more

Haitians get 6 months' protection from deportation but told to get ready to go

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Haitian nationals who have been protected from deportation from the U.S. for more than seven years since an earthquake struck their homeland won another temporary reprieve Monday: The Department of Homeland Security announced that it will extend the benefit, which expires on July 22, for six more months.

But even though Homeland Security ...Read more

Trump's visit venues are imbued with history, controversy

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JERUSALEM --Here, the stones can speak.

Perhaps nowhere else are the passions of the Israeli-Palestinian divide as plainly visible as in Jerusalem, the holy city both sides claim as their capital. With this visit, the second stop on his inaugural overseas trip as president, Donald Trump is treading on sacred ground.

The U.S. president has said...Read more

5 chosen in first day of Cosby jury selection in Pittsburgh

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PITTSBURGH -- Three men and two women were chosen Monday as the first of 12 jurors who will hear Bill Cosby's sexual assault case.

All five are white, and at least three said they had prior knowledge of the scandals that have bedeviled the 79-year-old entertainer since late 2014, but vowed to put what they had heard aside.

Their selection came...Read more

Flynn takes the Fifth but fights over testimony are just beginning

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WASHINGTON -- Former national security adviser Michael Flynn's decision to invoke the Fifth Amendment might protect him against self-incrimination -- but it could also escalate a clash involving immunity, contempt and some tough choices for Senate Republicans.

Flynn formally invoked the Fifth Amendment on Monday, thwarting Senate Intelligence ...Read more

Kansas official says park can't tear down water slide until investigation is over

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Monday that while he understands the desire to tear down Verruckt, the 17-story water slide where Caleb Schwab was killed, that can't happen until his staff completes its investigation into whether criminal charges are warranted.

Schmidt's office said in a statement that while his ...Read more

Inattention cost hammer throw victim his life, police say

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A moment of inattention cost Wheaton College student Ethan Roser his life when he was hit in the head by an errant hammer throw at an April track meet, Wheaton, Ill., police said Monday.

Detective Andrew Uhlir said Roser, 19, was struck when he was standing with two others about 30 feet outside the in-bound landing area for the hammer throw, an...Read more

Pediatricians take aim at juice, urge parents to give children fruit instead

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The American Academy of Pediatrics has some new advice about juice: Kids should resist the urge to drink it.

If you're craving something fruity and refreshing, try eating a piece of fruit instead. If you're thirsty, you can wash it down with some water.

Sure, juice has some things going for it. It can be an excellent source of vitamin C, ...Read more

African American Caucus leaders want to know why U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters was cut off during state convention speech

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The head of the California Democratic Party African American Caucus said Monday he was working with state party officials to determine who was responsible for cutting off the sound to U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters' microphone as she spoke to the group at the party's convention on Saturday.

"This is a very unusual situation, and ...Read more

Supreme Court finds the GOP packed black voters into two North Carolina districts to help win more House seats

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court struck down two congressional districts in North Carolina on Monday because they had been gerrymandered along racial lines, with Justice Clarence Thomas joining the court's liberals to form the majority.

The justices said North Carolina's Republicans had packed additional black voters into the two already heavily...Read more


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