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Even after huge earthquakes, much of Southern California still unprepared for The Big One

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LOS ANGELES -- A sizable crowd had already gathered outside the Surplus Store early July 6 when Victor Hernandez arrived at the West Los Angeles shop to unlock the doors.

An orange banner strung between two white columns advertising earthquake and survival supplies in large block letters welcomed the nervous throngs as they filed in. Dozens ...Read more

House's condemnation of Trump may just be the beginning

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WASHINGTON -- Although Tuesday's long day of heated debate ended with the House voting to condemn President Donald Trump for racist tweets, the chamber's brawl over the president's behavior may be just beginning.

The House voted, 240-187, to approve a nonbinding resolution that says the chamber "strongly condemns" Trump's "racist comments that ...Read more

Elizabeth Warren gets big bucks from employees of the tech companies she wants to break up

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Elizabeth Warren's plan to break up the country's biggest tech firms hasn't stopped employees of those companies from bankrolling her campaign.

The Massachusetts senator came in second among the Democratic presidential candidates in donations from employees of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Google's parent company ...Read more

Congress is Trump's best hope for drug pricing action

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WASHINGTON -- An upcoming Senate bill is the Trump administration's best hope for a significant achievement before next year's election to lower prescription drug prices, but a lot still needs to go right for anything to become law.

Despite the overwhelming desire for action, there are still policy gulfs between Republicans and Democrats in the...Read more

Fatal gas line explosion in California a warning for home contractors

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Southern California Gas Co. said a huge explosion Monday at a house in Murrieta, Calif., that left a utility worker dead and 15 others injured underscores the dangers of home improvements and construction without following gas safety rules.

Cedric Williams, the company's vice president of construction, said a preliminary investigation shows ...Read more

Defense pick faces questioning

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's nominee for Defense secretary reassured lawmakers he would restore stability to a troubled Pentagon, if confirmed by the Senate, as he rejected criticism that his ties to a defense contractor where he formerly worked "smacks of corruption."

Mark Esper, who has been serving as acting secretary since June, ...Read more

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens dead at 99

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WASHINGTON -- Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, the independent-minded jurist whose bright bow ties and courteous manner symbolized an old-fashioned style of integrity, died Tuesday. He was 99.

Although he joined the court as a centrist Republican, he emerged in his later years as the leading voice of its liberal bloc.

Stevens ...Read more

Epstein says suspicious passport was to fend off hijackers

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NEW YORK -- Lawyers for Jeffrey Epstein again pleaded for a federal judge to release him on bail, saying a 1980s-era Austrian passport found in his New York mansion, with his photo but another name, was just in case of hijacking.

"Epstein -- an affluent member of the Jewish faith -- acquired the passport in the 1980s, when hijackings were ...Read more

Trump administration diverts Central America aid to US-backed opposition in Venezuela

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration plans to divert more than $40 million in humanitarian aid from Central America to the U.S.-backed opposition in Venezuela, according to an internal memo and interviews.

The memo, dated July 11 and obtained by the Los Angeles Times, is a notification to Congress from the U.S. Agency for International ...Read more

No more social media for you, an irked judge tells Roger Stone

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WASHINGTON -- A federal judge who has warned Roger Stone to stop criticizing the criminal case against him on social media finally banned him from the platforms outright.

Prosecutors have complained to U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson that the longtime Republican party operative and former adviser to President Donald Trump has been using ...Read more

Planned Parenthood ousts its president after less than a year

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WASHINGTON -- Planned Parenthood on Tuesday abruptly removed its president after less than a year as the group faces threats to its funding from President Donald Trump and abortion opponents in several state houses.

"I just learned that the @PPFA Board ended my employment at a secret meeting," Leana Wen wrote on Twitter.

Wen, a physician and ...Read more

Trump administration sued for blocking asylum applications

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LOS ANGELES -- The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups sued to halt a Trump administration rule that would bar most Central American immigrants from seeking asylum at the U.S. border.

"This is the Trump administration's most extreme run at an asylum ban yet," ACLU lawyer Lee Gelernt said Tuesday in a statement announcing the ...Read more

Sen. Amy Klobuchar lays out 100 actions for first 100 days if she wins White House

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WASHINGTON -- Laying out 100 actions she would take in the first 100 days if she were elected president, Sen. Amy Klobuchar pledged Tuesday to reverse President Donald Trump's rollback of environmental agreements and regulations and go further than former President Barack Obama in battling high drug prices and raising federal contractors' wages....Read more

New policy blocks asylum seekers at border

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HOUSTON -- The young Honduran woman hoped to enter the United States through Brownsville, Texas, but early Tuesday she was among thousands of asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border who could not be sure what might happen next.

Melisa said she and other migrants had crossed through two or more countries on their way north, but she did not feel...Read more

Trump administration agrees to final order ending census fight

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NEW YORK -- The Trump administration has agreed to a court order that would formally block it from asking about citizenship on the 2020 Census, U.S. lawyers told a judge.

New York and immigrant advocacy groups successfully sued to block the question, including a win in the Supreme Court in June, prompting President Donald Trump to claim he was ...Read more

Trump says Turkey won't get F-35s over Russian missile system

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump confirmed reluctantly that Turkey won't be able to buy the U.S. F-35 fighter that it helps build after the country began taking delivery this week of a Russian missile defense system.

"We are now telling Turkey that 'because you have really been forced to buy another missile system, we are not going to sell ...Read more

Women in jail endured group strip searches. L.A. County to pay $53 million to settle suit

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LOS ANGELES -- During her brief incarceration several years ago, Jessica Almaraz said she was ushered into a dirty bus garage with 60 or so other inmates at a women's jail in Lynwood.

The inmates, some of whom were menstruating, were told to remove their clothes, and lift and spread their body parts, in full view of one another. Deputies yelled...Read more

Threats against members increasing, Capitol police chief says

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WASHINGTON -- Threats against members of Congress continue to grow, Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund said Tuesday at his first appearance as head of the department before the House Administration Committee.

"We continue to see the threat assessment cases that we're opening continue to grow," Sund said. "For FY 2018, we had approximately 4,894 ...Read more

Puerto Rico governor refuses to resign after 'Chatgate' scandal

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MEXICO CITY -- Puerto Rico's governor, Ricardo Rossello, on Tuesday rejected calls for his resignation after remarks he made in a private group chat were leaked.

The disparaging and sexist remarks sparked three days of demonstrations in San Juan, the capital of the U.S. territory. Police clashed with protesters on Monday.

"I'll continue ...Read more

Von der Leyen secures top EU position with slim majority

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STRASBOURG, France -- Ursula von der Leyen is to become the first female president of the European Commission after she narrowly won over the required majority of EU lawmakers with a final plea for a united and "climate-neutral" Europe on Tuesday.

Von der Leyen, who is stepping down on Wednesday as German defense minister, will succeed Jean-...Read more

 

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