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Europe's embargo threat over Syria attack rings hollow in Turkey

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ANKARA, Turkey -- Following days of condemnation over Turkey's military offensive into Syria, all the European Union could decide on was to ask member states to think twice before signing new arms deals with Ankara.

Foreign ministers from the EU's 28 nations agreed Monday to restrict defense industry exports to Turkey to send President Recep ...Read more

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Jayme Closs, who freed herself from captor, feels 'stronger every day'

BARRON, Wis. -- Jayme Closs, the teenage girl who freed herself from her captor after she was abducted by a stranger in her home who murdered her parents one year ago, said in a statement released Monday that she is feeling "stronger every day."

Closs, now 14, said in the ...Read more

Saddleridge fire started under high-voltage transmission tower; cause remains undetermined

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles arson investigators confirmed Monday that, although the cause of the Saddleridge fire remains undetermined, the blaze started Thursday beneath a high-voltage transmission tower.

The Saddleridge fire broke out in Sylmar on Thursday night and was fueled by Santa Ana winds, burning almost 8,000 acres, destroying 17 ...Read more

Emotions run high as former Ga. cop is acquitted of murder in naked vet's shooting

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ATLANTA -- Jurors in the Robert "Chip" Olsen murder trial reached split verdicts for the former DeKalb County police officer.

They found him not guilty on two felony murder counts, sparing him a sentence of life in prison. But jurors reached guilty verdicts on four lesser charges: two counts of violation of oath of office, aggravated assault ...Read more

Chileans with short-term visas taking 'burglary tourism' jaunts in Florida, police say

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MIAMI -- Most tourists come to South Florida to lie in the sun, visit glitzy nightclubs and eat at fine restaurants. But law enforcement investigators suspect a group of Chileans have been visiting for more nefarious reasons -- like to steal safes loaded with expensive jewelry.

Commonly referred to as "burglary tourism," local and federal ...Read more

California finds widespread water contamination of 'forever chemicals'

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WASHINGTON -- Nearly 300 drinking water wells and other water sources in California have traces of toxic chemicals linked to cancer, new state testing has found.

Testing conducted this year of more than 600 wells across the state revealed pockets of contamination, where chemicals widely used for decades in manufacturing and household goods have...Read more

Miami-Dade police aide accused of racist comment about black sergeant

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MIAMI -- A Miami-Dade police public service aide is under internal investigation after an allegation surfaced that he said a black sergeant "looks like a monkey."

Pablo Espinoza, a longtime public service aide, has now been reassigned to "administration duties" as the department conducts an investigation into the alleged conduct, according to a...Read more

Gov. Newsom urges PG&E to give customers rebates after power outages

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday urged Pacific Gas & Electric to provide $100 rebates to residential customers affected by last week's unprecedented power shut-offs, asserting that the company's communications failures "put lives at risk."

"PG&E has an obligation to the customers affected by the company's inadequate preparation...Read more

Under fire for his abrupt Syria withdrawal, Trump imposes sanctions, higher tariffs on Turkey

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump, facing blowback over his abrupt troop withdrawal from Syria and amid reports that Islamic State detainees have escaped in the ensuing chaos, imposed sanctions Monday on three Turkish officials and two government agencies, and called for an immediate cease-fire.

Just hours after Trump issued a statement that...Read more

Still grieving Parkland parents warn lawmakers not to return former sheriff to his post

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MIAMI -- A group of parents who lost children in the state's worst school shooting issued a message to state lawmakers on Monday: They don't want ousted Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel to get his job back.

Standing in the midafternoon heat in front of the Parkland Public Safety building, about a half-dozen parents expressed outrage over the...Read more

On eve of Haiti departure, UN names new head of political mission

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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has tapped a familiar face to head the global body's new political mission for Haiti just as its peacekeeping presence comes to an end Tuesday.

Former State Department diplomat Helen Meagher La Lime, who currently serves as U.N. special representative in Haiti, will now head the U.N. Integrated ...Read more

EU needs more time over Boris Johnson's Brexit deal

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LONDON -- The European Union Presidency said it's unlikely to strike a deal with the U.K. this week, dimming British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's hopes of avoiding another delay to Brexit.

Antti Rinne, premier of Finland -- which currently has the rotating presidency of the EU -- said the two sides need more time to reach an agreement before ...Read more

At least 13 police officers killed in an ambush in Mexico

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MEXICO CITY -- At least 13 police officers were killed early Monday in the state of Michoacan in western Mexico, the latest in a series of high-casualty attacks by armed criminal groups across the country.

The state police were enforcing a judicial order in the small town of El Aguaje not long after daybreak when they were ambushed, security ...Read more

California extends new protections to immigrants under laws signed by Newsom

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California lawmakers continued the state's expansion of rights and protections this year for immigrants who enter the country illegally, with laws signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom allowing them to serve on government boards and commissions and banning arrests for immigration violations in courthouses across the state.

The ...Read more

Tom Steyer will debate for the first time Tuesday; did he buy his spot on stage?

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PHILADELPHIA -- Tom Steyer dropped by a South Philadelphia barbershop last month for a trim and some casual conversation. He spent about an hour and a half chatting about gun control, criminal justice reform and impeachment with the guys.

"To be honest with you ... I was impressed at how long he stayed," said Anton Moore, a local ward leader ...Read more

UK family held at detention center after accidentally crossing Canadian border into US, attorneys say

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PHILADELPHIA -- A couple from England who was visiting Canada and took a wrong turn into the United States -- swerving to avoid an animal in the road -- has been detained with their 3-month-old baby and shipped to the Berks Detention Center in Leesport, Pa., according to their attorneys.

The baby boy has been subjected to frigid and filthy ...Read more

Fort Worth officer who shot and killed Atatiana Jefferson has resigned amid investigation

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Fort Worth police announced at a news conference Monday that the officer who shot and killed a woman in her home has resigned.

Chief Ed Kraus identified the officer as Aaron Dean. He said he was going to fire the officer if he had not resigned.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price said the shooting death of Atatiana Jefferson by a...Read more

Staff ran fight club for dementia patients at North Carolina nursing home, police say

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Three women who ran a "fighting ring" at a North Carolina assisted living facility encouraged residents to get into a physical altercation, officials say.

They were workers at the Danby House in Winston-Salem in June when they didn't intervene in a fight between two residents with dementia, according to a report from the N.C. ...Read more

Ukraine aid delay sparked bipartisan scramble to keep millions from expiring

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WASHINGTON -- When the White House finally released $400 million in defense assistance it had withheld from Ukraine while pressuring its government to investigate President Donald Trump's political opponents, Republican and Democratic lawmakers had mere days to ensure millions of dollars for military equipment would not expire.

Even as the ...Read more

Jayme Closs, who freed herself from captor, feels 'stronger every day'

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BARRON, Wis. -- Jayme Closs, the teenage girl who freed herself from her captor after she was abducted by a stranger in her home who murdered her parents one year ago, said in a statement released Monday that she is feeling "stronger every day."

Closs, now 14, said in the statement read aloud by her guardian that she wanted to "thank everyone ...Read more

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