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Trump visits Israel's Holocaust memorial

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JERUSALEM -- President Donald Trump, visiting Israel's national Holocaust memorial, paid solemn tribute Tuesday to the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis, calling it "history's darkest hour."

At the memorial, Yad Vashem, Trump lighted an eternal flame and laid a wreath honoring the victims. He called the Nazi campaign of extermination against ...Read more

Men convicted of gay sex caned in Indonesia's Aceh province

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JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Two men convicted of gay sex were caned Tuesday in front of a crowd of onlookers in Indonesia's sharia-ruled province of Aceh in the first such case in the devoutly Muslim region.

The crowd of about 500 people cheered as the men, who covered their faces with their shirts, were led onto a raised platform in front of a ...Read more

New tax reform to draw Indian businesses into digital economy

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NEW DELHI -- India's biggest tax reform in history is also set to make its small-to-medium businesses more transparent.

On July 1, as India rolls out its landmark national sales tax, businesses that make less than 100 million rupees -- which the government refers to as micro, small and medium enterprises -- will all have to digitize. The firms,...Read more

Trump could try to keep Comey memos secret — by using one of Nixon's tricks

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump would seem to have a legal ace to play if he wants to stop James Comey from testifying or to prevent the release of the fired FBI director's memos: executive privilege.

Except that Trump would probably lose, just as President Richard Nixon did when he tried to claim executive privilege in the Watergate case....Read more

Telepsychiatry helps mental health patients in rural Missouri 

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Holden Comer lives in Owensville, a town of 2,600 22 miles from the nearest interstate highway in east central Missouri. When he was 5, he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress and attention deficit disorders.

Holden saw his mother suffer domestic abuse, said his aunt, Debbie Fischer. He was mad all the time.

"He would lash out at other ...Read more

Brazil downsizes economic reform agenda to post-crisis reality

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BRASILIA, Brazil -- Engulfed by a crippling corruption scandal, Brazilian President Michel Temer is regrouping his diminished political base and pushing a more modest legislative agenda in an effort to showcase some normalcy.

Temer's largest coalition partners on Monday agreed to conditionally support him and a series of bills that had been ...Read more

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Pediatricians take aim at juice, urge parents to give children fruit instead

The American Academy of Pediatrics has some new advice about juice: Kids should resist the urge to drink it.

If you're craving something fruity and refreshing, try eating a piece of fruit instead. If you're thirsty, you can wash it down with some water.

Sure, juice ...Read more

Trump proposes selling off half the US strategic oil reserve

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WASHINGTON -- The White House plan to trim the national debt includes selling off half of the nation's emergency oil stockpile, part of a broad series of changes proposed by President Donald Trump to the federal government's role in energy markets.

Trump's first complete budget proposal, released in part on Monday, would raise $500 million in ...Read more

Trump's budget reportedly puts Medicaid, children's health funding in crosshairs

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's new budget proposal to be released Tuesday reportedly would strip more than $800 billion from the Medicaid program over the next 10 years -- providing an executive-branch rubber stamp of key provisions in Obamacare repeal legislation being championed by Republicans in the House of Representatives.

That ...Read more

Trump's visit to Israel sparks hope of unconventional peace deal

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TEL AVIV, Israel -- In the last few years, the word "peace" has become something of a dirty word in Israeli politics.

In the wake of a string of unfulfilled efforts to negotiate an agreement between Israelis and Palestinians, followed by successive rounds of violent confrontations, the whole concept of shalom has come to be seen by many ...Read more

Trump budget hinges on higher-than-forecast growth, breaks Medicaid promise

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump in his first full budget says he will produce a surplus in a decade, though his fiscal pathway relies on projections of growth more optimistic than other government and private-sector economists expect and deep cuts in anti-poverty programs such as Medicaid.

The budget to be released Tuesday will show that ...Read more

Missouri to remove hundreds of GPS monitoring devices recently put on sex offenders

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ST. LOUIS -- Hundreds of sex offenders will soon have GPS monitoring devices removed from their ankles after Missouri officials recently required that they wear the bulky devices, according to a preliminary injunction filed in Cole County Circuit Court on Monday.

"We are hoping to have a permanent injunction," said Clayton-based attorney Matt ...Read more

Looking for quick, massive infrastructure spending in Trump's budget? Forget it

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump made rebuilding the nation's infrastructure a major job-creating campaign pledge. But while his first big federal budget proposal has $200 billion for that purpose, most of it won't be available until late 2018 and beyond.

And there are likely to be few specifics on the plan until fall.

White House Budget ...Read more

Greek deal on debt relief founders as talks stretch until June

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BRUSSELS -- Euro-area finance ministers gathering in Brussels on Monday failed to break an impasse on debt relief for Greece, delaying the completion of the country's bailout review and the disbursement of about 7 billion euros ($7.9 billion) in fresh loans.

The International Monetary Fund sought more debt relief for the country, pushing euro-...Read more

22 dead, 59 injured after explosion at Ariana Grande concert in England

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Twenty-two people were killed and 59 injured Monday night in an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, that police are treating as a possible terrorist attack.

The explosion happened near an entrance to the 21,000-seat arena just minutes after Grande's concert ended and the singer left the stage, witnesses said.

...Read more

Lawmakers react to latest Trump-Russia bombshell: 'What now?!'

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WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers on Monday evening seemed resigned to yet another bombshell report suggesting President Donald Trump attempted to interfere with a federal investigation aimed at, in part, determining whether there was collusion between his campaign and Russia.

Though many had yet to read the potentially explosive article, some Democrats ...Read more

Nacho cheese from Northern Calif. gas station blamed for botulism death

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- One person has died of botulism after eating nacho cheese sauce from a Walnut Grove gas station, California health officials confirmed Monday. The man was one of 10 people who fell ill with the rare form of food poisoning in recent weeks after eating at Valley Oak Food and Fuel.

The nacho cheese sauce tested positive for ...Read more

For 70-year-old president who likes his own bed, this trip is exhausting

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JERUSALEM -- He stifles yawns. His eyes narrow. And ultimately, when he garbles part of his speech, an aide explains that President Donald Trump is "just an exhausted guy."

It was only second day of an eight-day trip that includes four countries, a city-state (the Vatican) and an occupied territory (the West Bank). By the third day, in Israel, ...Read more

In legal retreat, Sessions puts limits on financial consequences for 'sanctuary cities'

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WASHINGTON -- In an apparent retreat on the war against cities and counties that refuse to cooperate with immigration enforcement, the Trump administration has settled on a narrow definition of what it means to be a "sanctuary city," and limited the potential financial consequences for state and local governments.

At most, the sanctuary ...Read more

Lawmaker apologizes for 'lynching' comment about removal of Confederate statues

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BILOXI, Miss. -- It took a while, but most Republicans caught up in the uproar over Mississippi state Rep. Karl Oliver's comments about the removal of four Confederate statues in New Orleans have crawfished away from the Republican.

The latest was U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., whose office was seemingly caught off guard by a constituent's ...Read more

 

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