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Marilyn Monroe is missing from the top of a 25-year-old Hollywood installation

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LOS ANGELES -- For 25 years, a glittery sculpture of Marilyn Monroe has perched high above the "Four Ladies of Hollywood" gazebo -- a statuesque gateway to the Walk of Fame. In the predawn hours of Monday morning, Marilyn went missing.

LAPD's Hollywood division and forensics experts are searching for the missing figure, which depicts Monroe in ...Read more

LA County to pay $7 million settlement in shooting involving tattooed deputy group

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LOS ANGELES -- Secret societies of Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies with matching skeleton tattoos have long been a liability in cases in which inked deputies are accused of excessive force and harassment.

Now, county taxpayers will pay $7 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the family of a 31-year-old man who was shot and killed when ...Read more

Attorneys for ex-Broward sheriff call removal from office 'brutal political ploy'

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Attorneys for a defiant Scott Israel told a state Senate hearing officer Tuesday that the ousted former Broward County sheriff was the victim of a politically motivated ploy by Gov. Ron DeSantis and he should get his job back.

The governor's removal of Israel "was not for any legal matter, was not for any constitutional ...Read more

Blunt: Border deal slowed by provision that Democrats worry may lead to deportations

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WASHINGTON -- A dispute over information-sharing between agencies about potential sponsors for unaccompanied children is holding up a bipartisan deal on border-related supplemental spending ahead of a scheduled Wednesday morning markup by the Senate Appropriations Committee, according to a senior GOP panel member.

Senate Labor-HHS-Education ...Read more

Woman found dead in Costco parking lot was mauled by dogs, police say

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LOS ANGELES -- A woman whose body was discovered over the weekend in a Costco parking lot in Bakersfield had been mauled by three dogs, according to police.

The woman was found dead in the parking lot of the Costco store on Rosedale Highway about 6 a.m. Sunday with traumatic injuries that investigators determined were wounds from a dog attack, ...Read more

Feds: Philly port bust nets more than $1 billion in cocaine, 'one of largest seizures' in US history

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PHILADELPHIA -- Federal authorities Tuesday seized more than 16 tons of cocaine from a cargo ship docked at the Port of Philadelphia -- a massive haul they estimated was worth more than $1 billion and described as one of the largest busts in the nation's history.

The contraband was discovered in several shipping containers aboard a vessel bound...Read more

Is the Federal Reserve about to cave to Trump's demand to cut interest rates?

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump has been hectoring the Federal Reserve to lower interest rates, and financial markets are screaming for a cut. This even though rates are historically low and the economy is sailing along, albeit with some recent gray clouds.

What's a central bank to do?

Fed policymakers are expected to stand pat on rates ...Read more

Group that backed Ocasio-Cortez targeting longtime New York Rep. Eliot Engel

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WASHINGTON -- Longtime New York Rep. Eliot L. Engel is getting a primary challenger who has support from the progressive group that backed New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in her bid for office.

Jamaal Bowman, 43, a public school principal from the Bronx, announced Tuesday he is challenging Engel in the Democratic primary for New York's ...Read more

Boris Johnson extends lead in race to lead Britain's Conservatives

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LONDON -- Outspoken former foreign secretary Boris Johnson has extended his lead in the race to become the next leader of Britain's Conservative Party.

Johnson won 126 of 313 votes in the second round of voting Tuesday, in which six candidates were vying to become Prime Minister Theresa May's successor as party leader.

His nearest rival, ...Read more

Trump kicks off his reelection bid with immigration threat

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WASHINGTON -- Four years and two days after he came down that "beautiful escalator" in Trump Tower in New York to formally announce his first run for the White House, President Donald Trump plans to launch his reelection campaign Tuesday night in a packed arena in Orlando, Fla.

The tourists and passersby paid to applaud the New York real estate...Read more

Poll: 3 of 4 Californians want to restrict housing in wildfire-prone areas

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Three quarters of California voters believe the state should restrain home building in areas at high risk of wildfires, a new survey has found.

The University of California, Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies Poll, prepared for the Los Angeles Times, shows bipartisan support for such restrictions after deadly fires...Read more

Trump vows to deport 'millions' of migrants, but it's unclear if there is a plan to for mass arrests and removals

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's bold but vague pledge to deport "millions" of undocumented immigrants starting next week came on the eve of his reelection kickoff rally Tuesday night in Florida -- and it vastly overstates the number of likely deportees and the ability of federal agents to round them up.

Like many of Trump's ...Read more

Why tiny microbes may be a big factor in how climate change unfolds

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Climate change is about big things: melting ice sheets, rising seas, the feverish temperature of the planet.

But scientists say it's also about little things -- namely, microbes.

Everywhere you look on Earth, you'll find these single-celled organisms making a living. And in the process, they produce and consume greenhouse gases including ...Read more

White House explored legality of demoting Fed Chairman Powell

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WASHINGTON -- The White House explored the legality of demoting Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell in February, soon after President Donald Trump talked about firing him, according to people familiar with the matter.

The White House counsel's office weighed the legal implications of stripping Powell of his chairmanship and leaving him as a ...Read more

Acting Defense Secretary Shanahan withdraws; Army Secretary Esper to take over

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WASHINGTON -- Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan has withdrawn from consideration to take over the post on a permanent basis, President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday, after reports surfaced of a domestic abuse incident almost a decade ago.

Trump said he will name Secretary of the Army Mark Esper as the new acting defense secretary, a ...Read more

California lawmakers make big changes to vaccine exemptions bill

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A key California lawmaker has amended contentious legislation to tighten vaccine exemptions amid a national measles outbreak, sharpening its focus on bad doctors while easing the list of medical conditions that doctors could cite in allowing schoolchildren to skip required immunizations.

The amendments to SB 276 made ...Read more

Spending talks between White House, Hill leadership to resume Wednesday

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WASHINGTON -- The four top congressional leaders from both parties plan to sit down again Wednesday morning with senior Trump administration officials to try to hammer out an agreement on next year's spending levels.

The talks at the Capitol will include acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and ...Read more

Jon Stewart ups pressure on McConnell to shore up 9/11 survivor fund

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WASHINGTON -- Jon Stewart ratcheted up pressure on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to reauthorize the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund in a late-night television appearance Monday night.

On "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," the comedian continued to lobby for restoring payments to 9/11 responders and survivors who face medical...Read more

Interior held back FOIA'd documents after political screenings

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WASHINGTON -- Documents sought under the Freedom of Information Act were withheld by the Interior Department under a practice that allowed political appointees to review the requests, internal emails and memos show.

The policy allowed high-ranking officials to screen documents sought by news organizations, advocacy groups and whistleblowers, ...Read more

Hong Kong's leader offers her 'sincerest apologies,' but refuses to resign

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HONG KONG -- With her term likely reduced to lame duck status, Hong Kong's leader offered her most forceful apology yet for championing a massively unpopular extradition bill, but still declined to accede to the demands of 2 million people who took to the streets last Sunday to call for her ouster.

Speaking solemnly at a news conference Tuesday...Read more