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As Beverly Hills weighs tobacco ban, aficionados rally behind a 'treasured' cigar club

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LOS ANGELES -- The city of Beverly Hills is expected to approve what officials say is the most stringent tobacco ban in the country, eliminating the sale of virtually all recreational nicotine products -- with one very Beverly Hills exception.

For an elite group of aficionados, hundreds of whom swamped committee meetings and wrote the city in ...Read more

Ford begins final round of US layoffs

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DETROIT -- The first of 500 U.S. Ford Motor Co. salaried employees are expected to be notified in meetings Tuesday that they're being let go.

Ford's operations in Dearborn were quiet Tuesday morning ahead of the last round of white-collar job cuts, with parking lots filling and employees filing in as usual.

CEO Jim Hackett notified employees ...Read more

Review identifies 1,700 additional children potentially separated at border

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SAN DIEGO -- The Trump administration, under court order to determine how many additional families had been separated at the border prior to the nationwide rollout of the controversial zero tolerance policy, has so far identified 1,712 potential cases during an initial review, according to the official leading the effort.

The review -- a ...Read more

Judge allows lawsuit seeking paper ballots in Georgia to advance

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ATLANTA -- A lawsuit attempting to require paper ballots in Georgia elections can move ahead, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg rejected a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, which alleges that the state's current electronic voting machines are unsafe and should be replaced with hand-marked paper ballots.

Georgia's 17...Read more

Amid rising hardship and death toll, UN says Venezuelans should be considered 'refugees'

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BOGOTA, Colombia -- As the death toll and hardships for fleeing Venezuelans continue to mount, the United Nations on Tuesday asked the region -- once again -- to treat the migrants as refugees and refrain from deporting them.

In a statement, the U.N. Refugee Agency said that at least 3.7 million people have left the country in recent years and ...Read more

NC day care center to close, months after toddlers found on highway

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- A North Carolina day care is closing months after 2- and 3-year-olds wandered onto a highway.

The children left the child care center at Pinedale Christian Church, and five of them were found along a Winston-Salem road that had a 55 mph speed limit, WGHP-TV reported at the time.

Drivers and a police officer stopped to help the...Read more

California rail authority sues Trump administration over terminating grant

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LOS ANGELES -- California's high-speed rail agency announced Tuesday it is suing the federal government over the Trump administration's decision to terminate a $929 million grant for the state's beleaguered bullet train.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Sacramento, further escalates the conflict between California and the Trump ...Read more

Trump held off punishing Huawei until China trade talks stalled

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration held off on blacklisting Huawei Technologies Co. out of concern the move could disrupt trade negotiations with China and only took action after the last round of talks hit an impasse, according to people familiar with the matter.

Plans to target the Chinese telecommunications equipment maker over security ...Read more

Lawmakers spurn May as she offers 'one last chance' for Brexit deal

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LONDON -- Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday urged lawmakers to seize "one last chance" to approve a deal for Britain to leave the European Union, after they rejected her Brexit deal three times.

But senior lawmakers in her own Conservatives and opposition parties rejected May's offer and said they planned to vote against the deal.

"The ...Read more

Nadler prepares contempt vote for McGahn — but what are the consequences?

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WASHINGTON -- House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler is preparing a committee vote to hold former White House counsel Don McGahn in contempt of Congress, the second Trump official to get such treatment for defying one of Nadler's subpoenas to testify about the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

"Let ...Read more

Cook County sheriff's office wants answers about hospital's handling of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez case

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CHICAGO -- Cook County authorities said Monday they will explore whether child welfare reporting laws were violated after the woman accused of killing Marlen Ochoa-Lopez and cutting her baby from her womb showed up at a hospital last month claiming the child was hers.

Clarisa Figueroa, 46, and her daughter, Desiree, 24, were both charged last ...Read more

ICE wants more immigration detention space in California

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SAN DIEGO -- Immigration and Customs Enforcement wants to hold up to 5,600 more people in custody in California, according to a Request For Information document the agency posted last month.

The agency is responsible for immigration detention nationwide and often contracts that work out to private prison companies. Its recent request indicates ...Read more

NC city sues to take down massive US flag — and fines company $50 a day for flying it

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Just in time for Memorial Day, one North Carolina city has filed a lawsuit to force an RV store to pull down a 40-foot by 80-foot U.S. flag because it's too large, reports WBTV and other news outlets.

To put the 3,200-square-foot size in perspective, that's about 1,000 square feet bigger than the average Starbucks.

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Garcetti said he backs US Embassy in Jerusalem. Now religious groups want an apology

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LOS ANGELES -- A year after the Trump administration moved the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti waded into the still simmering political controversy, drawing criticism from L.A. religious groups.

"I support the embassy being here," Garcetti told The Times during his trip to Israel last week with the U.S. ...Read more

This early storm in the ocean now has a name. But there's no need for hurricane anxiety

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MIAMI -- Hurricane season doesn't start until June 1, but there's already a named storm churning in the Atlantic.

Don't worry. South Florida is in the clear.

In fact, so is the rest of the U.S.

On Monday evening, hurricane forecasters gave it a name: Subtropical Storm Andrea. The disturbance, about 300 miles southwest of Bermuda, is the first...Read more

Impeachment? Democratic Hill aides say no

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WASHINGTON -- Since the release of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's report last month, some Democrats have reiterated, or joined, the calls for impeaching President Donald Trump, on the grounds that he obstructed Mueller's probe.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, for example, said on May 7 that the only mechanism to hold the president...Read more

Nadler prepares contempt vote for McGahn — but what are the consequences?

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WASHINGTON -- House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler is preparing a committee vote to hold former White House counsel Don McGahn in contempt of Congress, the second Trump official to get such treatment for defying one of Nadler's subpoenas to testify about the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

"Let ...Read more

For 2020 Democrats, a bull market for bashing Wall Street?

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WASHINGTON -- In 2016, a New York City real estate developer who inherited hundreds of millions of dollars managed to win the presidency after convincing thousands of Rust Belt voters that the daughter of a textile salesman was an untrustworthy elitist because she gave a few paid speeches to a Wall Street investment bank. Four years later, some ...Read more

'How are you going to pay for it?' — 2020 candidates wrestle with their costly plans

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They keep piling up, sometimes trillions of dollars at a time.

The competition among 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls to be bold in confronting vexing social and economic challenges has created a mountain of policy promises. The rising price tag has implications the contenders prefer to sidestep.

Candidates' breezy assurances that ...Read more

Alarming lessons from Facebook's push to stop fake news in India

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BENGALURU, India -- The world's largest election has become something of a test case in how technology giants handle fake news after years of scandal. It's not working out so well.

India has as many as 900 million voters in an election that culminates this week, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling coalition headed for apparent victory. ...Read more