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Trump campaign chief urges firing Sessions, ending Mueller probe

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's 2020 campaign manager wants the president to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions and end special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference that intelligence agencies say was meant to help Trump's 2016 campaign.

"Time to fire Sessions. End the Mueller investigation. You can't obstruct something...Read more

Trump blames Democrats, smugglers and Mexico for border crisis as Republicans press him for solution

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump unabashedly defended his policy of separating children from their migrant parents on the southern border, spreading blame Tuesday among Democrats, Mexico and child smugglers ahead of a meeting with congressional Republicans eager for him to end the mounting political crisis.

In a partisan speech to a ...Read more

Supreme Court gerrymandering decision signals more legal challenges to come

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court's handling of two cases alleging partisan gerrymandering is expected to spur even more legal action over the constitutionality of crafting electoral maps that tend to favor one political party.

Opponents of gerrymandering were hoping the Wisconsin and Maryland cases involving partisan gerrymandering would ...Read more

Poll finds Newsom has a commanding lead over Cox in California governor's race

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Democrat Gavin Newsom has a dominant lead over Republican John Cox in California's race for governor, a contest where a significant number of voters appear to have cast ballots strategically to sway the outcome of the state's top-two primary, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.

Forty-five percent of registered voters who ...Read more

Florida Congress members denied access to immigrant center for children

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- As outrage grew about family separations at the border, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz were denied entry to a shelter in Homestead where more than 1,000 migrant teenagers are being housed.

The Florida Democrats said they wanted to tour the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied ...Read more

US officials likely lost track of nearly 6,000 unaccompanied migrant children

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration has likely lost track of nearly 6,000 unaccompanied migrant children, thousands more than lawmakers were alerted to last month, according to a McClatchy review of federal data.

Federal officials acknowledged last month that nearly 1,500 unaccompanied minors arrived on the southern border alone without ...Read more

Another 'panga-style' boat motors ashore in Orange County, Calif.; authorities search for occupants

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LOS ANGELES -- The discovery of a panga-style boat that may have been used to smuggle immigrants onto an Orange County beach triggered the temporary lockdown of an elementary school as authorities searched the area for the vessel's occupants Tuesday morning.

The boat came ashore on Moro Beach, in Crystal Cove State Park, about 6:25 a.m. with ...Read more

'Freedom city'? Going beyond 'sanctuary,' Austin, Texas, vows to curtail arrests

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Ever since the Texas legislature last year passed one of the country's most aggressive "anti-sanctuary city" laws, some enclaves have fought officials over the extent to which police can ignore federal immigration law.

The state regulation known as Senate Bill 4 has been described by opponents as the "show your papers" law for allowing officers...Read more

Judge dismisses Charleston church shooting lawsuits, says FBI can fix gun checks

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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A federal judge has dismissed 16 lawsuits by survivors and victims in the 2015 Charleston church massacre but also said bureaucratic "nonsense" caused the gun background check system to fail, allowing Dylann Roof to get a gun to carry out his killings.

In his 22-page order, U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel called the FBI's...Read more

With latest China visit, North Korea's Kim can again play statesman and reassure Beijing he's an ally

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BEIJING -- Decades ago, former Chinese leader Mao Zedong described his country's relationship with North Korea as one of "lips and teeth" -- a loosely defined metaphor from an imperial era Mao used to define a close, yet different, relationship.

It perhaps remains an apt description of their relationship now.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's ...Read more

3 found dead in pool at NC apartment complex

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DURHAM, N.C. -- Three people were found dead early Tuesday in a swimming pool at an apartment complex in west Durham.

Police found two males and one female submerged at the Chapel Tower apartment complex after being called shortly after 3 a.m.

The three, whose ages and identities were not immediately disclosed, were pronounced dead at Duke ...Read more

Painkillers may have made cancer patient a target; 3 charged in her death

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A woman with stage 4 lung cancer was found dead six days after going missing from her Covington home. Investigators believe her painkillers may have made her a target.

Denita M. Satchwell, 58, was found dead on Friday in a wooded area near Rabbit Hash, according to news station WCPO. She was reported missing on June 11, ...Read more

Teen dies 20 hours after he was covered with sheet as Chicago paramedics tended other gunshot victims

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CHICAGO -- A teenage boy died early Tuesday, more than 20 hours after he was shot in the head at a party on the Near West Side and his body covered with a sheet as paramedics treated others who were hit by gunfire.

Erin Carey, 17, was among six people who were shot after two cars circled the party around 4:50 a.m. Monday in the 1200 block of ...Read more

CFPB nominee Kathy Kraninger faces questions on her role in 'zero tolerance' immigration policy

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WASHINGTON -- Two Senate Democrats want to know what role Kathy Kraninger, who is President Donald Trump's choice to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, played in the administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy as a White House aide.

Kraninger oversees the budgets for the Department of Homeland Security and the Justice ...Read more

5 things to watch in House immigration debate this week

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WASHINGTON -- House Republicans this week will vote for the first time in their running eight-year majority on the divisive issue of legalizing certain undocumented immigrants.

The House is expected to hold Thursday votes on two immigration bills that address the legal status of so-called Dreamers, young undocumented immigrants brought to the U...Read more

House budget would direct $302 billion in 10-year spending cuts

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WASHINGTON -- House Budget Chairman Steve Womack's fiscal 2019 budget resolution charts a path to balancing the budget in nine years through a combination of steep cuts in mandatory spending programs, freezing nondefense discretionary spending and banking on robust economic growth, according to a summary.

Under the draft fiscal blueprint, which...Read more

Adding to family's grief, death certificate says son's life ended a month before his heart stopped

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PHILADELPHIA -- The death certificate for 10-year-old Jayden Auyeung, whose family went to court last month to challenge Children's Hospital of Philadelphia over its efforts to take him off life support, lists the day he died as May 15, when physicians found that he was brain dead. Yet, his grieving family says, his heart did not stop beating ...Read more

Dad of kids hit by SUV on Minneapolis playground questions patrol's high-speed chase

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The father of three children who were run over in a Minneapolis playground by an SUV driver fleeing two State Patrol squad cars is questioning the troopers' actions.

In the meantime, the most seriously injured of the kids from the June 11 crash near Jenny Lind Elementary School remains in critical condition Tuesday.

Kayden ...Read more

Drew Peterson asks US Supreme Court to hear appeal of murder conviction in 3rd wife's death

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CHICAGO -- Drew Peterson is taking his case to the nation's highest court as the former Bolingbrook, Ill., police officer seeks to undo his murder conviction for the death of his third wife.

The Illinois Supreme Court has twice rejected Peterson's request for a new trial for the murder of his ex-wife Kathleen Savio, whose death was re-examined ...Read more

World Health Organization says video game addiction is a disease. Why American psychiatrists don't

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The World Health Organization has made it official: digital games can be addictive, and those addicted to them need help.

In the latest edition of its International Classification of Diseases, released Monday, the United Nations agency concluded that people whose jobs, educations, family or social lives have been upended by video games probably...Read more