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'I'm here. I'm here.' Father reunited with son amid tears, relief and fear of what's next

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LOS ANGELES -- Hermelindo Che Coc learned his son was coming home and immediately began to prepare for his arrival.

Nearly two months had passed since he'd seen his 6-year-old boy after they were separated at the border while traveling from Guatemala to seek asylum.

On Saturday, the father mopped floors and washed bed sheets at the home in the...Read more

Cave diver criticizes Musk's kid-sub rescue plan. Musk suggests he's a pedophile

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LOS ANGELES -- The Elon Musk story took a bizarre turn Sunday morning, as the world famous entrepreneur took to Twitter to suggest a critic of his submarine rescue plan is a pedophile.

Musk's tweet was directed at British cave diver Vern Unsworth, who had participated in the rescue of 12 Thai children and their soccer coach from a water-filled ...Read more

Schools should set up 'threat assessment teams' to prevent massacres, Secret Service says

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To prevent school shootings like the one in Parkland, Fla., in February, the U.S. Secret Service released a guide intended to help schools identify troubled students and other threats to their campuses.

The agency urges schools to establish "threat assessment teams" -- groups comprising teachers, guidance counselors, coaches and administrators ...Read more

Preparing to meet with Putin, Trump calls the European Union a 'foe'

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HELSINKI -- On the eve of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump Sunday described the European Union as a trading "foe," further unnerving some of America's closest partners after disruptive visits to NATO headquarters and the United Kingdom.

Trump has not said what he hopes to gain from four hours of ...Read more

Trump resists Mueller interview, leaving decision on subpoena before fall elections

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WASHINGTON -- After months of negotiations could not secure an interview with President Donald Trump, special counsel Robert Mueller warned the president's lawyers in March that he could use a grand jury subpoena if necessary to compel his testimony.

That prompted a furious response from John M. Dowd, the president's lead attorney at the time. ...Read more

Fire near Yosemite explodes as officials mourn firefighter killed on front line

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A forest fire burning near Yosemite National Park exploded to 4,000 acres, forcing the closing of a major highway into the park and prompting evacuations of nearby communities, officials said.

The fire was only 2 percent contained early Sunday, the day after a firefighter was killed battling the blaze.

The fire was burning in a wilderness area...Read more

Chicago officers, crowd clash after fatal police shooting

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CHICAGO -- A fatal shooting by Chicago police Saturday afternoon fueled a violent clash between officers and a large crowd of onlookers who threw bottles and rocks as officers hit back with clubs.

The shooting happened around 5:30 p.m. CDT on the South Side, and police took about five hours to bring the ensuing disturbance under control. Some ...Read more

US, North Korea agree to search for remains of 5,300 soldiers

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The United States and North Korea have agreed to search for the remains of 5,300 U.S. soldiers who died in the Korean War and whose bodies were never recovered, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement Sunday.

The statement was issued after "the first general officer-level talks" between the two countries since 2009.

"Today's talks ...Read more

FDA recalls heart medication valsartan, citing cancer concerns

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a voluntary recall of several medications that contain the active ingredient valsartan, which is used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure.

"This recall is due to an impurity, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which was found in the recalled products, the FDA said in a statement. "However, not...Read more

Trump calls European Union a US 'foe,' citing trade disputes

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WASHINGTON –– President Donald Trump said the European Union is a "foe" of the U.S. in an interview after a contentious meeting last week with NATO allies.

Asked to name the U.S.'s "biggest foe globally" in an interview conducted Saturday and aired Sunday on CBS, Trump turned first to the EU, saying, "We have a lot of foes."

"I think the ...Read more

US officials play down hopes for Trump-Putin meeting

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WASHINGTON –– The Trump administration dampened expectations for Monday's meeting in Helsinki between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"It isn't a summit," Jon Huntsman, the U.S. ambassador to Russia, said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." "I've heard it called a summit. It's a meeting."

Trump faces intensifying...Read more

Judge orders LA Times to alter story about Glendale cop, sparking protest from newspaper

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LOS ANGELES--A federal judge on Saturday ordered the Los Angeles Times to remove information from an article that described a plea agreement between prosecutors and a Glendale police detective accused of working with the Mexican Mafia, a move the newspaper decried as highly unusual and unconstitutional.

The agreement was supposed to have been ...Read more

Bitcoin, malware and blind luck helped Russian agents hack Democratic Party computers in 2016 election

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WASHINGTON -- The email landed in John Podesta's crowded inbox around March 19, 2016, during the height of the presidential primaries, and it appeared to be a standard security request from Google for Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman to change his password.

Doing so ultimately led to a political firestorm that is still raging.

The email was...Read more

Trump closed little-known door for family reunification, leaving refugees stranded

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She dreamed for 16 years of bringing her children from El Salvador to live with her near San Francisco.

Her youngest daughter and her grandson were set to arrive in February 2017, thanks to a federal program that reunited Central American children with their parents in the United States. But the month came and went without their expected flight...Read more

California midterm shaping up as a referendum on Trump

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Katie Hill and Steve Knight are waging one of the most fiercely competitive congressional races in the country, a free-for-all spilling from the pin-neat subdivisions of Simi Valley to the scrubland of the high desert.

Hill, a Democrat, has been featured on HBO and profiled in several national publications. Knight, a two-term GOP incumbent, is ...Read more

Kevin de Leon wins endorsement of California Democrats in rebuke of Sen. Dianne Feinstein

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OAKLAND, Calif.--California Democratic Party leaders took a step to the left Saturday night, endorsing liberal state lawmaker Kevin de Leon for Senate over Democratic icon Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

De Leon's victory reflected the increasing strength of the state party's liberal activist core, which was energized by the election of Republican ...Read more

White House, CNN trade barbs over scrapped Bolton interview

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WASHINGTON -- The White House press secretary said the Trump administration had punished "bad behavior" after a planned CNN interview with national security adviser John Bolton was canceled following a tense exchange between President Donald Trump and one of the network's correspondents.

Bolton had been booked to appear on CNN's "State of the ...Read more

Firefighter killed while battling blaze near Yosemite National Park

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A firefighter was killed Saturday morning while battling a wildfire in the Sierra National Forest, officials said.

Braden Varney, a heavy equipment operator with Cal Fire, died at the scene as crews battled the Ferguson fire in the rugged area near Yosemite National Park, said Cal Fire spokesman Scott McLean.

Varney, 36, of Mariposa, had ...Read more

As al-Assad tightens grip on Syria's south, Jordan rethinks rebel support

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JABER AS-SARHAN, Jordan -- Standing on the edge of this once busy border crossing, you can glimpse the black, white and red of the Syrian flag across the no man's land linking Jordan to Syria. Off to one side, a group of soldiers lounges around an entrenched tank, as army trucks kick up dust on a dirt track hugging the border.

It's a novel ...Read more

Trump heads to Putin summit with no clear goal — and worries that he'll make concessions

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HELSINKI, Finland--When President Donald Trump flew to Singapore last month to meet with Kim Jong Un, he had a clear agenda: to try personal diplomacy, rather than insults and threats, in a still-unsuccessful effort to convince North Korea to give up its arsenal of nuclear weapons.

But Trump has no obvious goal and no agreed-upon agenda other ...Read more