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Advocate for bill to help rape victims distances herself from Al Franken

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MINNEAPOLIS--When sexual harassment allegations surfaced last week against U.S. Sen. Al Franken, Abby Honold was shaken.

Franken, who had written a bill with Honold to help rape victims like her, was now himself the focus of misconduct allegations. Honold decided she needed a different sponsor, fearing that legislation with Franken's name ...Read more

Caribbean gets $2 billion to rebuild, but US gave only $4.3 million of that

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The international community has pledged over $2 billion, almost half in loans and debt relief, to help rebuild the Caribbean islands decimated by this year's string of hurricanes.

The pledges came from some familiar donors and some surprising new ones. They included The Netherlands' $700 million pledge, the European Union's $352 million, quake-...Read more

Argentina says missing submarine was hit by explosion but doesn't know crew's fate

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- The Argentine navy confirmed Thursday that its missing submarine experienced an explosion Nov. 15 in the south Atlantic Ocean but had no information on the fate of the 44 crew members.

"There was an anomalous event (which was) unusual, short, violent and non-nuclear, consistent with an explosion," Argentine navy ...Read more

Merkel offered path to a majority government as resistance wanes

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BERLIN –– Germany's biggest opposition party is ready to begin talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel on a minority government, offering her a way to restore political leadership.

It's the first sign the Social Democratic Party is ready to help Merkel remain in office after her talks on forming a coalition with three other parties fell apart. ...Read more

Rwanda offers to host 30,000 African migrants sold as slaves in Libya

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KIGALI, Rwanda -- Rwanda's government has offered to host up to 30,000 African migrants held as slaves by armed groups in Libya.

Thursday's announcement came after CNN showed video of African migrants being auctioned off as slave labor in Libya for as little as $400.

"Given Rwanda's political philosophy and our own history, we cannot remain ...Read more

Mugabe won't be prosecuted in Zimbabwe, ruling party says

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HARARE, Zimbabwe –– Former President Robert Mugabe won't face prosecution and is free to remain in the Zimbabwe after his resignation on Tuesday after 37 years in power.

Simon Khaya Moyo, a spokesman for the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front, said: "We don't have anything against him or his family. He's the hero of our ...Read more

Republican push tax plan hard, but voters seem uninterested

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WASHINGTON--Republicans are investing enormous amounts of political capital and dollars to pump up support for their tax bill in a risky, last-ditch legislative undertaking ahead of next year's midterm elections.

A group aligned with House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., has spent $20 million so far on ads and outreach in communities across the ...Read more

In message to troops, Trump claims 'win' in Afghanistan

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President Donald Trump Thursday used a message to American troops overseas to take credit for a "win" in Afghanistan.

The Thanksgiving message was delivered by Trump from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida over an internet connection to military men and women stationed near Kabul.

"I have to say just directly to the folks in Afghanistan: ...Read more

A Miami Republican makes enemies in Washington

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WASHINGTON -- Carlos Curbelo is picking fights.

He attacked the National Rifle Association for opposing his bill to ban a firearm accessory that allows semi-automatic rifles to fire like automatics. He attacked the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, currently all Democrats, for denying his membership application.

And he is attacking the Trump ...Read more

Myanmar says it will take back Rohingya refugees

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DHAKA, Bangladesh -- Myanmar has agreed to take back hundreds and thousands of Muslim Rohingya refugees who fled to neighboring Bangladesh, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Dhaka said.

Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali and Myanmar's Union Minister U Kyaw Tint Swe signed the agreement in Myanmar Thursday, the day after U.S. ...Read more

With so many Democratic candidates, campaigns are obsessing over announcement videos

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WASHINGTON--Mia-Khan Tran needed only a two-minute video to tell a unique story for a Democratic congressional candidate. Aided by a montage of old photos and tear-jerking interviews, she explained how she once invited a seriously wounded U.S. military veteran to stay in her home -- permanently.

It was a compelling story. And for Tran, it was ...Read more

Roy Moore's Senate campaign is a train wreck; so why does he still have a decent shot at winning?

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Roy Moore, the flailing Alabama candidate for U.S. Senate, has been abandoned by the national Republican Party and most of its leaders.

He's being vastly outspent by his Democratic rival, pummeled on the television airwaves and battered in the state's newspapers. "Stand for Decency, Reject Roy Moore," Alabama's three leading papers thundered in...Read more

As 'Fat Leonard' scandal grinds on, another Navy fraud case is under the radar

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SAN DIEGO -- More than four years ago in a San Diego hotel, federal investigators arrested Leonard Glenn "Fat Leonard" Francis in what was the opening step in a fraud and bribery scandal that continues to resonate through the Navy.

Francis soon pleaded guilty to a decade-long scheme in which he bribed Navy officers and officials and enlisted ...Read more

How Jackie Speier used her own experience to shine the spotlight on sexual harassment

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier was a 23-year-old congressional staffer excited about her new job on Capitol Hill when her chief of staff got her alone in a room. Her 50-year-old boss grabbed her face and stuck his tongue down her throat.

At the time, in 1973, there were no official channels to report what had happened -- and even ...Read more

Search for three US sailors missing in Philippine Sea expands

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TOKYO -- Four destroyers have been added to the search for three U.S. sailors still missing following an aircraft crash southeast of Okinawa on Wednesday, the U.S. Navy said Thursday.

Eight of those onboard a C-2A Greyhound plane carrying crew and passengers in a routine transport flight from Marine Corps Air Base Iwakuni in Japan to the USS ...Read more

Tillerson calls Myanmar actions ethnic cleansing

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WASHINGTON -- The United States on Wednesday joined other world powers and declared that the brutal campaign against Muslims in Myanmar amounts to ethnic cleansing.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the violence that has claimed the lives of thousands of Rohingya Muslims and driven many more from their homes must be stopped.

Tillerson ...Read more

Tillerson calls Myanmar actions ethnic cleansing

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WASHINGTON -- The United States on Wednesday joined other world powers and declared that the brutal campaign against Muslims in Myanmar amounts to ethnic cleansing.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the violence that has claimed the lives of thousands of Rohingya Muslims and driven many more from their homes must be stopped.

Tillerson ...Read more

California wildfire evacuees sue senior home

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Residents in a senior living center in Santa Rosa, Calif., have filed suit against the facility's owners, claiming that staffers abandoned them in the face of last month's devastating wildfire.

In a lawsuit filed Monday in Sonoma County Superior Court, four residents of the now-destroyed Villa Capri assisted living center said they were ...Read more

Former Rep. Maurice Hinchey Dies at 79

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Former Rep. Maurice D. Hinchey, a longtime Democratic congressman from New York, died Wednesday. He was 79.

He had been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, or FTD, his family announced in June amid the debate over repealing the 2010 health care law.

First elected in 1992, Hinchey represented parts of New York's Southern Tier, as well as ...Read more

He spent 39 years behind bars for two murders he didn't commit; Gov. Jerry Brown just pardoned him

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California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday pardoned a 70-year-old man who spent nearly four decades behind bars for two murders that officials now believe he did not commit.

Craig Coley was convicted in 1980 of strangling to death his ex-girlfriend and fatally smothering her 4-year-old son, according to Brown's pardon. For 39 years, Coley ...Read more