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Trump can block funding to clinics that make abortion referrals, appeals court rules

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SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court decided unanimously Thursday to lift three injunctions that barred the Trump administration from denying funds to family planning clinics that refer clients for abortions.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said the 2019 Trump directive may be enforced pending appeal of orders ...Read more

Democrats fear Trump, Republicans are making inroads with Hispanic voters in Florida

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MIAMI -- When Donald Trump's campaign manager said in Miami recently that he planned to launch a national Hispanic outreach effort in Florida, Democrats took notice.

The state's 2.2 million Hispanic voters make up an outsized portion of Florida's electorate, and nearly two-thirds voted in 2016 for Hillary Clinton. Last year, Trump's hard-line ...Read more

US border faces 'overwhelming' strain, agency chief says

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WASHINGTON -- The head of U.S. Border Patrol defended using military personnel at the U.S.-Mexico border, saying extra resources are needed "as long as we face this crisis" of an influx of migrants.

Speaking at a House Homeland Security hearing Thursday, Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost said apprehensions and drug seizures at the border have ...Read more

Prosecutors say Roger Stone's social media posts violated his terms of release

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NEW YORK -- Prosecutors in the Roger Stone case say President Donald Trump's longtime ally violated the terms of his release with posts on social media in recent days targeting Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The judge should consider changing the conditions of his release, prosecutors said, claiming...Read more

Witness in SEAL trial says he — not Gallagher — killed wounded Iraqi

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SAN DIEGO -- A key witness in the Navy SEAL court-martial trial said he, not Chief Edward Gallagher, killed a wounded Islamic State fighter in Iraq in 2017, testimony that appears to up-end the prosecution's main claim in a nationally watched murder and attempted murder case.

Corey Scott, a first class petty officer, testified that he was there...Read more

Senate panel approves judge over objections by California lawmakers

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WASHINGTON -- The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday on party lines to support a controversial nominee to the California-based federal appeals court, overriding the objections of the state's two senators.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Sen. Kamala Harris, both Democrats, argued that Daniel A. Bress, whom President Donald Trump had nominated ...Read more

Education Department investigating Duke-UNC event for anti-Semitic rhetoric

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WASHINGTON -- The Department of Education plans to investigate a Middle East studies event hosted by Duke University and the University of North Carolina in which a Palestinian guest performer appeared to lead the attendants in anti-Semitic rhetoric.

The Duke-UNC consortium on Middle East studies used $5,000 of federal grant money from DOE for ...Read more

After college admissions scandal, UC rolls out reforms to avoid more fraud

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LOS ANGELES -- The University of California on Thursday released a sweeping list of recommendations aimed at better policing of fraud and conflicts of interest in admitting students -- a process triggered by the national college admissions scandal.

The recommendations, which UC President Janet Napolitano now plans to implement, include stronger...Read more

Roy Moore running again for Senate in Alabama

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WASHINGTON -- Roy Moore, who lost a 2017 special election following allegations of sexual misconduct, announced Thursday that he is once again making a run for the Senate.

Moore joins a number of Republicans already vying for their party's nomination to take on Alabama Democratic Sen. Doug Jones, who narrowly defeated Moore in 2017.

"Can I win...Read more

Trump downplays Iranian shootdown of US surveillance drone

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WASHINGTON -- A Navy surveillance drone was shot down by a missile fired from Iran, the Pentagon said Thursday, but U.S. and Iranian military officials disputed whether the unmanned aircraft was in Iranian airspace.

The incident was the most serious military clash between the U.S. and Iran since the Pentagon began beefing up its presence in the...Read more

White House threatens to veto resolutions blocking Saudi arms sales

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WASHINGTON -- The White House said Thursday it would veto Senate-passed measures to block its proposed arms sales to Saudi Arabia and other Middle East countries.

"The transfer of these capabilities and services to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan directly supports the foreign policy and...Read more

NRA suspends chief lobbyist accused of assisting coup attempt

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NEW YORK -- Chris Cox, the National Rifle Association's chief lobbyist who was viewed widely as a future leader of the gun rights group, has been suspended from his job.

The move came after Oliver North, the former NRA board president, was ousted from the organization in April for attempting to lead a coup against Wayne LaPierre, the executive ...Read more

Congressional leaders at odds over pay raise for lawmakers

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WASHINGTON -- Congressional leaders seem to be on a collision course over the issue of raising members' pay, as the two majority leaders in the House and Senate are heading in opposite directions on the politically fraught issue.

House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer told CQ Roll Call Thursday that he expects to bring the Legislative Branch ...Read more

Hiker who accepted a ride from North Carolina deputy was meth dealer in US illegally, cops say

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A man who said he'd walked for hours after having a disagreement with his girlfriend ended up arrested on drug trafficking and immigration charges Tuesday, after a Rowan County Sheriff's deputy stopped to offer him a ride, according to a press release.

The 30-year-old man, identified as Erick Gabriel Cuevas-Pastrana, was ...Read more

Analysis: Before any Iran conflict, Trump faces war within his own team

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump is facing one of the biggest tests of his presidency after Iran shot down a U.S. military aircraft, prompting him to declare the Islamic Republic "made a very big mistake."

His tweet at 10:16 a.m. Thursday broke the nearly 15 hours of essential White House silence on the missile takedown of the RQ-4 Global Hawk drone ...Read more

Trump energy plan faces legal blitz over weaker emissions standards

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WASHINGTON -- Blue states and green groups are gearing up to sue the Trump administration over its new carbon emissions rule finalized Wednesday, which critics say fails to address climate change and the public health risks associated with pollution from the power sector.

The EPA's Affordable Clean Energy rule rescinds the Obama administration'...Read more

Johnson, Hunt will vie for leadership of Britain's Conservatives

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LONDON -- British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and strong favorite Boris Johnson will vie to succeed Prime Minister Theresa May in a vote by Conservative party members, following a final ballot by the party's lawmakers on Thursday.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove was narrowly eliminated in the last of five votes by the 313 Conservative ...Read more

Once known as 'Asia's finest,' Hong Kong police now stand accused of brutality

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HONG KONG -- Ethan Chu was volunteering at an aid station near government headquarters here last week for what started out as a peaceful demonstration.

Then, without warning, the 18-year-old high school student heard the pop and hiss of tear gas canisters and the shrieks of fellow protesters being pelted by rubber bullets.

"I was in complete ...Read more

Citizenship for military service? California Democrat renews bill to let 'Dreamers' enlist

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Josh Harder knows there's little chance that a big immigration bill will pass in Congress this year. But so-called Dreamers -- people who came to the country illegally as children -- in his district want any path to citizenship they can get.

"I've heard from Dreamers, 'Just give me any route,'" Harder, D-Calif., told ...Read more

Hong Kong's leader ignores call to retract extradition bill. More protests may come

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong's leader ignored a deadline imposed by student groups to retract an unpopular extradition bill Thursday, raising the specter of more demonstrations and civil unrest nearly a week after 2 million people took to the streets to repudiate her leadership.

Student unions from various universities, including the Chinese ...Read more


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