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Rep. Duncan Hunter cancels international travel ahead of criminal trial

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SAN DIEGO -- Shortly after a judge granted Rep. Duncan Hunter permission on Friday to travel abroad ahead of his criminal trial in January, the lawmaker canceled plans to leave the country.

U.S. Magistrate Judge William V. Gallo signed off on Hunter's request to accept an invitation to travel to Belgium from Dec. 13 through Dec. 16, according ...Read more

Pablo Escobar's former lover loses lawsuit over revolver sex scene in Netflix's 'Narcos'

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MIAMI -- The hit Netflix show "Narcos" didn't steal copyrighted material from a book written by the one-time lover of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, a Miami federal judge has ruled.

The judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by Virginia Vallejo, who claimed the popular show unlawfully stole copyrighted material from a memoir ...Read more

Animal welfare activists suspected of vandalizing western Wisconsin deer stands

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said over the weekend that the destruction of a stand in the Prairie Farm area could be tied to similar incidents to the south in neighboring Dunn County, where the structures along with trail cameras were vandalized.

"There may be a possible connection to a group called Animal Liberation ...Read more

9-month-old to be taken off life support against mom's wishes

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Trinity Lewis said all she wants is for her 9-month-old daughter, who is on life support, to have a chance to get better. But on Sunday, physicians at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth planned to stop all treatment for Tinslee Lewis, she said.

On Sunday evening, a judge granted Lewis and her family a temporary ...Read more

McConnell on Kentucky governor race: 'All indications are … we'll have a new governor'

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday it appears that Gov. Matt Bevin has lost the election for Kentucky governor, but he declined to say whether he thinks the Republican governor should concede.

"I'm sorry Matt came up short, but he had a good four years and all indications are, barring some dramatic ...Read more

President Trump to discuss Israeli-American relations at South Florida event

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- President Donald Trump will headline a convention on Israeli-American relations at The Diplomat in Hollywood, Fla., on Dec. 7 during what could be a tumultuous time in his administration.

The Israeli-American Council, which calls itself the fastest-growing American-Jewish organization in the United States, expanded ...Read more

The Hong Kong police gunshot that unleashed a day of mayhem

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HONG KONG -- Even before most of Hong Kong got to work Monday, protesters already had a fresh grievance against the police.

A traffic cop seeking to break up a rush-hour roadblock grabbed a masked protester in a headlock and shot another in the abdomen at close range. The demonstrator collapsed on the crosswalk as blood pooled under him, ...Read more

Veterans Day turns jubilant for 70-year-old Army vet after he wins lottery in NC

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CHARLOTTE, NC. -- A 70-year-old Army veteran found himself counting cash on Veterans Day, after he won more than a quarter of a million dollars in the North Carolina Education Lottery.

Ernest Dodson bought the Cash 5 ticket at Sons of Nie, an Asian market in Greensboro, and realized the next morning that it was worth $276,688, lottery officials...Read more

Suspect in student's 'unthinkable' death spent time with victim's family

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ATLANTA -- A murdered Clark Atlanta student considered one of her alleged killers as her best friend, a family spokesman said Sunday, and had invited the woman to spend holidays with her family.

Alexis Crawford's family hosted Jordyn Jones for both Easter and Thanksgiving, said the Rev. Markel Hutchins during an interview Sunday on behalf of ...Read more

Couple took girl from Nicaragua to US 14 years ago, never gave her back, feds say

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GREENVILLE, S.C. -- A couple is accused of taking a young girl from Nicaragua 14 years ago for medical treatment in the United States and never bringing her back to her parents, according to a federal indictment in South Carolina.

Federal authorities say Michael and Charlotte Taylor took the girl, described as a "small minor child at the time,"...Read more

Connecticut woman, 95, died of bites from pit bull owned by family of animal rights activist, Suffield police chief says

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An autopsy shows that the 95-year-old Connecticut woman who died last week after being bitten by a pit bull died as a result of the mauling, a police official said Monday.

Janet D'Aleo suffered "massive injuries including flesh, muscle and tendon loss to the lower extremities," Police Chief Richard Brown said.

Investigators, after talking to ...Read more

Hong Kong violence spirals as police shoot protester, man set alight

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HONG KONG -- Two people were in critical condition following a citywide strike in Hong Kong that devolved into chaotic scenes of flaming barricades and tear gas after a protester was shot in the torso by a police officer.

At an impromptu press conference late Monday, the territory's chief executive, Carrie Lam, said more than 60 people were ...Read more

Plane slides off runway at O'Hare, flights canceled as snow settles into Chicago area, followed by bitter cold

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CHICAGO -- A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m. Monday in much of the Chicago area and northwest Indiana and forecasters say 3 to 6 inches of snow could fall, making for a sloppy commute for those working on the Veterans Day holiday.

Since Monday is a federal holiday, fewer commuters than usual were traveling. But for those ...Read more

Her attacker said he'd kill her if she went to police; 25 years later, she testified in court

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- She said it was the threat that she remembered the most, his promise to her of what awaited if she told anyone what happened.

"He said I should never tell the police, that he would find out if I told the police," she said. "He said I wouldn't know where, I wouldn't know when, I wouldn't know how, but he would come back and...Read more

Bolivia faces power vacuum and more chaos after Morales quits

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BOGOTA, Colombia -- Bolivia is in chaos after another night of arson attacks and clashes as the resignation of President Evo Morales left the nation with no clear leadership and no date set for new elections.

Morales quit on Sunday after election irregularities triggered weeks of violence and intervention from the armed forces. His vice ...Read more

Miami's Torch of Friendship, once a beacon to refugees, has flamed out

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MIAMI -- Miami's Torch of Friendship, erected in 1960 as a welcoming beacon to the city's Latin American and Caribbean neighbors, has flamed out.

"I guess the friendship is over," surmised Dwight Mancera, who snapped pictures of his family by the downtown landmark on Friday. "How can it be a torch if there is no fire?"

Mancera, a tourist from ...Read more

State of emergency declared in Australian state due to fire danger

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CANBERRA, Australia -- The eastern Australian state of New South Wales, which has seen dozens of devastating bushfires since last week, has declared a weeklong state of emergency starting from Monday.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Monday she declared the emergency due to "the catastrophic weather conditions predicted for this week, ...Read more

Heading into crucial British vote, a patrician prime minister takes up the populist Brexit banner

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LONDON -- From his elite education to his posh accent, Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson is, despite his shambling appearance, the very embodiment of a wealthy, powerful and privileged British establishment. But as the 55-year-old prime minister crisscrosses the country in advance of an enormously consequential election next month, he is ...Read more

Pressure grows on Britain to return its last African colony

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JOHANNESBURG -- From a one-story house with mustard-colored walls off a bustling road in Mauritius, Olivier Bancoult is defying the U.K. by plotting a return to the tiny tropical island where he was born.

A 55-year-old native of the remote Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean, Bancoult heads a group of mostly elderly women who, like him, were ...Read more

Supreme Court case of Trump vs. 'Dreamers' may come down to Chief Justice Roberts

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WASHINGTON -- A somewhat reluctant Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in this year's most far-reaching immigration case and decide whether President Donald Trump was justified in seeking to revoke a popular Obama-era policy that allowed more than 700,000 immigrants brought to the country illegally as children to temporarily live and work ...Read more

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