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Trump plans to revoke rule that allows Calif. to set stricter auto pollution standards

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is expected on Wednesday to revoke a decades-old rule that empowers California to set tougher car pollution standards than those required by the federal government -- putting the state and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on a path to years of fighting in court.

The move, which has been in the works ...Read more

Navy SEAL acquitted of war crimes files lawsuit against ex-lawyers and military legal nonprofit

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SAN DIEGO -- A San Diego-based Navy SEAL acquitted of murder in a closely watched war crimes trial this summer has filed a lawsuit against two of his former attorneys and a military legal defense nonprofit, according to a complaint filed in federal court in Texas on Friday.

In the complaint, Petty Officer 1st Class Edward R. Gallagher says his ...Read more

Juul's sales are halted in China, days after debut

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Juul Labs Inc., America's largest e-cigarette brand, only started selling its nicotine vaporizers online in China last week, but the products have already disappeared from stores without explanation.

The Juul vaping devices and nicotine pods in a range of flavors, including mint, mango, creme and Virginia tobacco, had been ...Read more

Canadian mom charged with paying $400,000 to have son admitted to UCLA as fake soccer player

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LOS ANGELES -- A Canadian woman was arrested in Spain and charged with paying William "Rick" Singer, the consultant at the heart of the college admissions scandal, to ensure her son was admitted to UCLA as a bogus soccer player, federal authorities in Boston said Tuesday.

Xiaoning Sui, of British Columbia, was arrested by Spanish authorities on...Read more

Johnson will obey court ruling on suspension of Parliament, lawyer says

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LONDON -- Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson will obey any ruling that his suspension of Parliament is unlawful, a lawyer for the government said on Tuesday, on the first day of a hearing by Britain's highest court.

The Supreme Court began hearing legal challenges to Johnson's suspension of Parliament until Oct. 14, amid accusations that...Read more

Corey Lewandowski clashes with Democrats at impeachment hearing over Russia investigation

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's first campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, quickly clashed on Tuesday with Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee who are considering whether to impeach the president over allegations that he obstructed justice by trying to limit the investigation into Russia's election interference.

"The American ...Read more

US to return ambassador to Belarus as Minsk seeks new friends

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MINSK, Belarus -- The U.S. plans to return its ambassador to Belarus, ending a freeze in ties with the authoritarian former Soviet republic that had lasted for more than 11 years.

"We are happy to see that chapter closing, and we are closing it because of the concrete steps in the direction that you, Mr. President, had taken to improve this ...Read more

Protesters await Trump as he arrives in California after bashing state for homeless crisis

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LOS ANGELES -- President Donald Trump was scheduled to arrive in California late Tuesday morning amid growing questions over his administration's plans to get involved in the state's homeless crisis.

Trump is in the state for a two-day visit, with stops for fundraising in Palo Alto, Beverly Hills and San Diego. The fundraisers are expected to ...Read more

Senate Democrats prepare marathon floor session on gun violence

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WASHINGTON -- Nearly two dozen Senate Democrats plan to make it a late night on Tuesday, speaking out on the Senate floor about the impact of gun violence and legislative proposals Congress could explore.

The speeches are expected to begin around 5:30 p.m. and run late. Connecticut Democrat Christopher S. Murphy is leading the effort, spurred ...Read more

California Republican Rep. Paul Cook to retire from Congress

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LOS ANGELES -- Rep. Paul Cook, R-Calif., will retire from Congress at the end of his term and will announce a run for a seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, according to John Sobel, the congressman's chief of staff.

California's Republican U.S. House delegation has been greatly diminished in recent years. In the 2018 midterms...Read more

Rep. Steve Chabot gets new campaign treasurer amid probe into missing money

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WASHINGTON -- Ohio GOP Rep. Steve Chabot's campaign has hired a new treasurer after revealing earlier this month that federal investigators launched a probe into missing campaign funds totaling more than $123,000.

Natalie Baur, who has been the finance director and treasurer for Ohio GOP Sen. Rob Portman's campaign since 2009, is listed as ...Read more

Community leaders want high school to apologize after alleged racial slurs

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SAN DIEGO -- A group of San Diego community leaders on Monday called for San Clemente High in Orange County to apologize for racial slurs they say targeted Lincoln High students at a football game Friday night.

The Capistrano Unified School District and Lincoln High School said they each are conducting investigations of the allegations.

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Evidence in case involving accused synagogue shooter to be laid out in court

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SAN DIEGO -- There's security camera footage, a 911 call, an alleged confession and an internet posting that police and prosecutors say point to John Timothy Earnest as the man who fatally shot one person and wounded three others at a Poway synagogue in April.

This evidence and more could be presented at a preliminary hearing in San Diego ...Read more

Emory investigates 2 new cases of faculty using racial slur in class

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ATLANTA -- Emory University is investigating two instances this month of faculty members using a term in their classes that's often used to disparage African Americans.

The utterances of the n-word, both by adjunct law professors, occurred on Sept. 9, in different classes, Emory officials said. In one situation, a student confronted the ...Read more

A bobble on vaccines tarnished Gavin Newsom's first legislative year, experts say

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A measure to regulate vaccine exemptions had just passed the state Assembly when Gov. Gavin Newsom threw lawmakers a curveball.

The bill needed more changes, his office said in a tweet, "so medical providers, parents and public health officials can be certain of the rules of the road once the bill becomes law."

The ...Read more

Leana Wen, Planned Parenthood resolve dispute over severance, benefits

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BALTIMORE -- Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore's former health commissioner, has resolved a dispute with Planned Parenthood over her severance and benefits, which she said the organization was withholding to get her to sign a burdensome confidentiality contract after she was fired less than a year as president and CEO.

Both Wen and Planned Parenthood ...Read more

Tight race and high stakes for Israel's Netanyahu in Tuesday's vote

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JERUSALEM -- For the second time in five months, Israelis went to the polls Tuesday for a national election that pits the country's longest-serving prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, against a former military chief, Benny Gantz.

In unprecedented do-over balloting, Netanyahu, 69, is fighting not only for his political career but potentially for...Read more

High school cheerleaders 'on probation' after posing with Trump banner, NC district says

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Cheerleaders at a North Carolina high school were put on probation after a picture of them with a pro-Trump banner during a football game circulated on social media -- and some people aren't happy about it.

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association placed the cheerleading squad at North Stanly High School on probation for the ...Read more

North Carolina sheriff urged killing ex-deputy over racist recording, records allege

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OXFORD, N.C. -- Granville County, N.C., Sheriff Brindell Wilkins was indicted Monday on two counts of felony obstruction of justice amid allegations he discussed killing a former deputy who had a recording of him using "racially insensitive language."

Wilkins, who has served since 2009, was indicted after a recorded conversation with a "well-...Read more

Humberto forecast to reach Category 3 strength as another Atlantic disturbance could become Imelda

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Bermuda is under a tropical storm warning, up from yesterday's watch, as Hurricane Humberto has grown stronger, with the storm's winds now reaching 100 mph, making Humberto a Category 2 hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Humberto, heading away from the U.S., could potentially be a major hurricane by ...Read more

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