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Facebook bans pro-Trump news outlet from buying ads

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Facebook has banned the Epoch Times, a news outlet that was reportedly hiding its spending on pro-Trump ads, from buying ads on its platform.

According to an NBC News investigation published this week, the New York-based outlet spent $1.5 million on thousands of pro-Trump ads in the past six months, more than anyone besides ...Read more

US says summer heat, not Israel, may be cause of Iraq blasts

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration suggested the blistering summer heat in Iraq, not alleged Israeli airstrikes, may have been responsible for at least some of the recent explosions that have destroyed Iraqi weapons depots linked to Iran.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, two administration officials said the U.S. had no corroboration that ...Read more

More than 40 wild burros slaughtered in the Southern California desert

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LOS ANGELES -- More than 40 wild burros have been found shot and killed along the Interstate 15 near the California-Nevada border, federal officials said on Friday, and they've offered a reward of up to $18,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

It is one of the largest killings of its kind on public land...Read more

Al Franken seeks paid speaking gigs in return to the public eye

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LOS ANGELES -- Al Franken is ready to make his comeback.

After resigning from the U.S. Senate at the beginning of 2018 due to sexual harassment allegations, the comedian is working with Hollywood firm United Talent Agency to make paid public speeches. The agency sent an email this week pitching Franken to potential bookers and promoters, ...Read more

Minneapolis City Council approves $200,000 settlement in Jamar Clark case

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minneapolis City Council on Friday signed off on a $200,000 settlement to the family of Jamar Clark, bringing to an end an emotional chapter in the city's history of police-community relations.

After briefly retreating to a closed session to finalize the deal, Council President Lisa Bender opened the room to reporters and ...Read more

Many federal agencies at risk for cyberattacks, OMB says

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WASHINGTON -- Several large federal agencies continue to be at risk for cyberattacks even as the number of cyber incidents reported during fiscal 2018 fell compared with the previous year, the Office of Management and Budget said in a report sent to Congress on Friday.

The number of cyber incidents reported by federal agencies fell 12% to 31,...Read more

Kentucky must pay $225,000 legal bill from Kim Davis case, appeals court says

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The state of Kentucky must pay nearly $225,000 in legal fees and court costs incurred by couples who sued then-Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis in 2015 because she refused to issue marriage licenses due to her religious opposition to same-sex marriage, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in ...Read more

Illinois resident dies from a mysterious vaping-related illness, health officials say

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CHICAGO -- One of the Illinois residents hospitalized for an unknown respiratory illness after vaping has died, public health officials said Friday.

The Illinois Department of Public Health would not disclose further details about the individual or circumstances surrounding the death.

In recent weeks, 22 people, ages 17 to 38, have been ...Read more

North Korea jabs Pompeo over potential Senate run

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WASHINGTON -- Foreign adversaries have taken note of widespread talk in Washington that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo may leave his post to run for Senate in Kansas.

North Korea's foreign minister, Ri Yong Ho, issued a scathing statement targeting Pompeo on Friday claiming the Kansan's political aspirations are impeding U.S. diplomacy.

"He ...Read more

Federal appeals court rules for St. Cloud couple seeking to deny same-sex wedding film services

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MINNEAPOLIS -- A three-judge federal appeals court ruled Friday to revive the challenge of a St. Cloud couple suing Minnesota over the right to refuse to film same-sex weddings, arguing that the videos are a form of speech subject to First Amendment protections.

Carl and Angel Larsen, who run a Christian videography business called Telescope ...Read more

After China threatens new tariffs, Trump says the US would be 'better off' without it

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BEIJING -- U.S. President Donald Trump blasted China on Friday, saying that the United States doesn't need the country as a trading partner and telling U.S. companies to pack up their operations and bring them back to U.S. shores.

His comments came hours after China said it plans to impose tariffs on an additional $75 billion worth of U.S. ...Read more

Estranged husband of missing Connecticut woman says 2 oldest children can decide where to live

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- In the two years since Fotis and Jennifer Farber Dulos filed for divorce, the oldest of the five children, twin boys, have grown into young teens -- old enough, Fotis Dulos' lawyers now say, to choose whether to live with their father while the search for their missing mother continues.

Jennifer Farber Dulos' mother has had ...Read more

Dad accused in college admissions scandal hits USC with subpoena to get records

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LOS ANGELES -- In a new twist to the college admissions scandal, a father accused of resorting to fraud and bribery to get his daughter into the University of Southern California has subpoenaed the university for records detailing its admissions process and to what degree, if any, it is influenced by donations.

The subpoena is an early ...Read more

Trump blasts Federal Reserve, threatens to escalate trade war with China

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Friday slammed the Federal Reserve leader as an "enemy" and unleashed a flurry of tweets attacking China after Beijing announced retaliatory tariffs on U.S. products.

In a heady morning that sent stock markets tumbling, Trump lit into Jerome H. Powell, whom he appointed as chairman of the U.S. central ...Read more

Background checks are still on the table for Trump, Sen. Chris Murphy says

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Chris Murphy is working with the White House to keep alive conversations about a potential deal on expanded background checks for gun purchases.

The Connecticut Democrat said Friday he is willing to work with President Donald Trump because lives are at stake, but admits that he sees the chances of passing broad gun control ...Read more

Moulton drops out of 2020 Democratic presidential race

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WASHINGTON -- Massachusetts Democrat Seth Moulton, who ran on a centrist, pro-military platform that never ignited the Democratic base, on Friday became the fourth Democratic presidential candidate to drop out of the race.

During his brief bid, Moulton, an Iraq veteran and former Marine infantry officer, focused primarily on foreign policy and ...Read more

David Koch, Wichita son who influenced American industry, philanthropy and politics, has died

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WICHITA, Kan. -- David Koch, who along with his brother Charles ran Koch Industries for decades and became a household name in American politics, has died.

Koch was 79. Koch Industries said in a statement he died "after many years of fighting various illnesses." A friend of the family said Koch died Thursday night and had been able to visit ...Read more

Long-term use of e-cigarettes may increase risk of emphysema, study shows

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Some may consider vaping safer than smoking traditional cigarettes, but new research from the UNC School of Medicine suggests that using e-cigarettes long-term may lead to a higher risk of emphysema.

In the study, lung fluids were sampled from 41 people -- smokers, vapers and non-smokers. Researchers found that vapers, like ...Read more

5 years before police shootout in North Philly, alleged gunman and same cop crossed paths

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PHILADELPHIA -- She took one look at the handgun on the bedroom dresser and knew she was in trouble.

She'd been called to this two-story, red-brick rowhouse on Greenway Avenue near 70th Street in Southwest Philadelphia on Oct. 22, 2014, to meet with the man who'd given her an ounce of marijuana a week earlier, with the clear expectation that ...Read more

Gary Ray Bowles: Florida executes Jacksonville serial killer who preyed on gay men

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Serial killer Gary Ray Bowles was executed Thursday night after a five-hour delay while the U.S. Supreme Court considered a last appeal from his attorneys, who contended the murderer was too intellectually disabled to die.

Bowles, 57, who committed the first of his six murders in Daytona Beach and the last in the ...Read more


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