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Trump retreats from China tariffs amid White House trade discord

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump retreated from imposing tariffs on billions of dollars worth of Chinese goods because of White House discord over trade strategy and concern about harming negotiations with North Korea, according to people briefed on the administration's deliberations.

Trump also succumbed to pressure from farm-state ...Read more

California attorney general appeals judge's decision to overturn physician-assisted suicide law

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LOS ANGELES -- California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Monday filed an appeal against a judge's recent ruling overturning the state's physician-assisted suicide law.

The controversial law, which allows terminally ill patients to request lethal medications from their doctors, has been the subject of litigation since it was enacted two ...Read more

Campaign staff for Archie Parnell quit after candidate's past abuse revelations

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WASHINGTON -- South Carolina Democrat Archie Parnell physically abused his former wife in the 1970s, according to court documents unearthed by his campaign and obtained by The (Charleston) Post and Courier.

Parnell's campaign manager and his finance manager have quit, according to a source close to the campaign.

Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, who ...Read more

Snubbed UK lawmakers send Zuckerberg questions to Brussels

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LONDON -- Facebook Inc. co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, who has so far refused to appear before U.K. lawmakers over the Cambridge Analytica scandal, may indirectly face questions from London on Tuesday after parliamentarians appealed to their counterparts in Brussels for help.

Damian Collins, chairman of the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media...Read more

Nation and world news briefs

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Roger Ailes' estate can't hold up arbitration over sexual harassment claims

Ousted Fox Chairman Roger Ailes' estate can't hold up arbitration over sexual harassment allegations -- at least for now, the New York Daily News has learned.

Ailes and the media giant were sued by ex-Fox News anchor Andrea Tantaros in 2016 in Manhattan Supreme Court ...Read more

Death toll in Cuba plane crash rises to 111, airline suspended

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MEXICO CITY -- The death toll in the crash of a passenger jet in Cuba last week has risen to 111 following the death Monday of one of three survivors in the hospital.

The 23-year-old died of her injuries, her medical team confirmed Monday, according to Cuban state media.

She had suffered severe head trauma and severe neurological damage. ...Read more

Sheriff defends officers' response to Texas school shooting

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SANTA FE, Texas -- Minutes after a school shooter opened fire in an art class last week, killing 10 people and wounding 13, including a local police officer, fellow officers returned fire in a protracted gun battle before isolating the suspect, the local sheriff said Monday.

Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset praised first responders as ...Read more

Reach out or resist? A Texas runoff tests Democrats' midterm strategy

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HOUSTON -- Democrats say they're ready to take charge in Washington. They just can't agree how.

After nearly a decade of GOP rule, the party stands its best chance in years to seize control of the House, an opening that's intensified the long-standing fight between progressives, pragmatists and party professionals.

Some at the grassroots favor...Read more

Scalise announces plan for immigration, farm bill votes third week of June

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WASHINGTON -- The farm bill, which failed on the House floor Friday, will get a second vote June 22 after a vote on a conservative immigration bill earlier that week, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise said Monday.

The immigration bill that leaders have scheduled a vote on is a conservative measure by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte of ...Read more

Uniformed Florida deputy is accused of shoplifting action figures

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A 13-year veteran of the Broward Sheriff's Office was in uniform when he swiped action figures and DVDs from a Walmart without paying for them, officials said Monday.

Henry Guzman, 44, was arrested at the sheriff's office headquarters on West Broward Boulevard at 11 a.m. Monday and taken to the Broward Main Jail, said ...Read more

Manafort argues against Mueller's reasons to search storage unit

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NEWARK, N.J. -- FBI agents overstepped their legal authority in searching the northern Virginia storage unit belonging to Paul Manafort's company, the former campaign chairman for Donald Trump said in a court filing Monday.

The agents improperly conducted a search in 2017 when they persuaded a Manafort employee to unlock the unit, Manafort's ...Read more

Rep. John Conyers' son ruled off primary ballot to succeed his father

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WASHINGTON -- John Conyers III, the son of former U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., will not appear on the Aug. 7 Democratic primary ballot to replace his father in Congress, Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett decided Monday.

The decision, which could be final, was largely based on an earlier review of nominating petition signatures submitted ...Read more

Blankenship vows third-party bid in West Virginia Senate race

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WASHINGTON -- Former West Virginia coal executive Don Blankenship said he'll mount a third-party bid for the U.S. Senate after losing in the state's Republican primary, a move that if allowed by the courts could upend GOP attempts to unseat Democrat Joe Manchin.

Blankenship, who spent a year in prison on a criminal conviction after a 2010 mine ...Read more

Trump hits Venezuela over 'fraudulent' presidential election

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump took steps Monday to punish Venezuela for what the administration called fraudulent presidential elections Sunday in the once-oil-rich country now devastated by economic and social crises.

The action came amid a growing international rebuke of Venezuela's socialist leader Nicolas Maduro, who claimed victory ...Read more

Esteban Santiago researched layout of Los Angeles airport days before Fort Lauderdale shooting, feds say

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Three days before carrying out the deadly mass shooting at Fort Lauderdale's main airport, Esteban Santiago researched the layout of the Los Angeles international airport, prosecutors revealed Monday.

Santiago used his cellphone to look up a map of the LAX airport on Jan. 3, 2017, prosecutors wrote in court records. ...Read more

Corker and Hatch won't be moving Down Under

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker will not be leaving the chamber to become ambassador to Australia, and neither will Finance Chairman Orrin G. Hatch.

An aide to Corker confirmed a report that the Tennessee Republican had been under consideration for the post.

Corker told The Tennessean newspaper that he had discussed ...Read more

Ex-boyfriend of woman killed in Calif. spa explosion to remain behind bars

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LOS ANGELES -- Saying that he posed a possible flight risk and danger to the community, a federal judge on Monday ruled that the former boyfriend of a woman who was killed in an explosion at her Southern California spa should remain in custody without the possibility of bail.

Stephen Beal of Long Beach has not been charged in connection with ...Read more

Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz made cellphone video of himself

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Nikolas Cruz made three video recordings of himself on his cellphone around the time of his attack, according to a summary of evidence turned over to his lawyers by prosecutors in the case.

The defense this month demanded a portion of the evidence prosecutors intend to use when putting Cruz, 19, on ...Read more

Trump meets with Justice leaders, and latest clash over Russia probe eases — for now

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WASHINGTON -- It began, like so many other controversies these days, with a tweet. And it seemed to end Monday in typical fashion -- with a stalemate and confusion over President Donald Trump's intentions.

Fuming over reports that a confidential FBI informant met with three campaign aides, Trump tweeted Sunday that he would demand the Justice ...Read more

NM man sentenced for attacks on business and government websites

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A New Mexico man who admitted paying hackers to sabotage websites affiliated with his former employers and government agencies in Minnesota, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

John K. Gammell of Las Cruces was sentenced last week in federal court in St. Paul to five years of supervised release and restitution that authorities were still...Read more