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Woman is sentenced to 5 years for framing husband's ex-fiancee in Craigslist rape fantasy plot

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LOS ANGELES -- A woman has been sentenced to five years in California state prison in what prosecutors called a "diabolical scheme" to frame her husband's ex-fiancee in a Craigslist rape fantasy plot.

Angela Maria Diaz, 32, pleaded guilty Tuesday to 10 felony and 22 misdemeanor charges, including kidnapping, false imprisonment and falsely ...Read more

Meet the challengers who outraised House incumbents

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WASHINGTON--Nearly one year out from the 2018 midterms, challengers outraised nearly 30 percent of the incumbents in competitive races during the third quarter.

Sixteen Republican incumbents in competitive races raised less than their Democratic challengers during the third quarter. One Democratic incumbent was outraised by a GOP challenger.

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Contrary to rhetoric, military mishaps have been declining

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WASHINGTON -- Hawks in Congress have said military mishaps are up because the defense budget is down, but the data say otherwise.

The summer of 2017 saw a rash of fatal military accidents -- ships colliding at sea, planes crashing and vehicles catching fire -- that were deadlier than attacks from America's enemies.

Still, major military ...Read more

As parties scramble, Jokowi won't commit to Indonesia vote race

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JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Even as four political parties throw their weight behind Joko Widodo running for re-election, Indonesia's president isn't committing.

While the election in Southeast Asia's largest economy won't be held until April 2019, parties are already gearing up for what will be a lengthy -- and potentially divisive -- campaign. A ...Read more

Trey Gowdy pledges to be a 'different' sort of watchdog; but can he be effective?

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WASHINGTON -- It's long been considered the House bomb-throwing committee, a panel known for investigating everything, no matter how outrageous or far-fetched things seem.

That's changed. Rep. Trey Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican known for his judicious temperament and tough-minded but fair approach to investigations -- and his loyalty to ...Read more

Facebook and Google helped anti-refugee campaign in swing states

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SAN FRANCISCO -- In the final weeks of the 2016 election campaign, voters in swing states including Nevada and North Carolina saw ads appear in their Facebook feeds and on Google websites touting a pair of controversial faux-tourism videos, showing France and Germany overrun by Shariah law. French schoolchildren were being trained to fight for ...Read more

Tax cut failure could rattle stock market, Mnuchin warns

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WASHINGTON -- Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said that failure to pass the Republican tax overhaul would trigger a "significant" drop in the stock market, which has rallied to record highs in recent months.

His warning, which some market analysts disputed, came as a new poll showed 52 percent of Americans oppose the tax plan, which is ...Read more

Georgia teacher who told students to remove Trump shirt resigns

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ATLANTA -- A Cherokee County high school math teacher embroiled in a controversy has tendered her resignation to the school board.

Lyn Orletsky's resignation is on the agenda set for Thursday.

She was put on administrative leave last month after a video of her request that two students wearing "Make America Great Again" T-shirts turn them ...Read more

Somalia's president vows revenge against al-Shabab after deadly blast

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MOGADISHU, Somalia -- Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, on Wednesday to show their frustration with repeated attacks by Islamist terrorist group al-Shabab, after a weekend truck bombing killed almost 300 people.

Protesters wore red bands around their arms and heads in support of the families of the...Read more

Catalonia faces Spanish deadline to drop independence bid or see possible takeover

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Spain and Catalonia hurtled toward a potential secession showdown, with the president of the northeastern region facing a Thursday deadline set by the central government to back away from a bid for independence.

Madrid has warned that if Catalonia moves unilaterally to secede, the government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will invoke a never-...Read more

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Trump is said to tell senators they might see his taxes one day

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump told a bipartisan group of senators Wednesday that they may see his tax returns one day, according to a Democratic aide who was briefed on the meeting.

The aide said the remark appeared to be flippant, and it's not clear the attendees believed ...Read more

How did Trump's response to Niger deaths go so wrong?

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump kept silent on the deaths of four American soldiers for nearly two weeks, while finding time to tweet about "fake news" and Republicans' fundraising, attack Puerto Ricans and a Republican senator, among others, and keep up his complaints against protesting professional football players.

When he finally spoke...Read more

Regulators move to permanently shut down nursing home after 14 died without AC

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.--Florida regulators have moved to permanently revoke the operating license of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills after 14 people died when it lost air conditioning during Hurricane Irma.

The state Agency for Health Care Administration also wants the owners to pay a fine of about $43,000 for violations of health ...Read more

Trump administration to impose duties on Argentina's major export

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration will impose substantial trade penalties on a critical export for Argentina, delivering a significant blow to one of President Donald Trump's few friends in the hemisphere.

According to two people familiar with the plans, the Commerce Department will announce aggressive anti-dumping duties on biodiesel ...Read more

Dead woman billed on 100th birthday by Florida nursing home

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Even though Albertina Vega is dead and the sweltering nursing home where she died is shut down, the facility still billed her on what would have been her 100th birthday.

Vega, 99, was one of 14 deceased residents of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills where the central air conditioning failed during Hurricane ...Read more

California Senate leader Kevin de Leon kicks off US Senate campaign

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LOS ANGELES -- Following months of intense speculation, Democratic California Senate leader Kevin de Leon officially kicked off his U.S. Senate campaign Wednesday at an event in downtown Los Angeles.

Appearing before a crowd of more than 100 supporters, de Leon played on the themes of change and bold action that he's embraced as a leader of ...Read more

Victim said she had 'inside story' about a disappearance, witness testifies in Robert Durst murder case

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LOS ANGELES -- Shortly before she was shot to death inside her Los Angeles home, Susan Berman told a close female friend she had the "inside story" about the disappearance of the wife of a male friend in New York with whom she was angry and disappointed, according to testimony Wednesday in the murder case of Robert Durst.

The witness, Robin ...Read more

Trump punts his top priorities to Congress, setting stage for a year-end showdown

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WASHINGTON -- In kicking his top priorities to Congress, President Donald Trump is setting the stage -- intentionally or not -- for weeks of messy horse-trading that may culminate in a year-end standoff to avoid another government shutdown.

Trump is betting he can pressure Congress into breaking its gridlock and squeeze some concessions from ...Read more

Alarm in Russia as US becomes the unpredictable superpower

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SOCHI, Russia -- Russia may have got what it wished for with the election of U.S. President Donald Trump, but almost a year later Moscow's foreign policy community shows more signs of alarm than triumph.

Alongside statements of neutrality toward the U.S. vote from officials and others at a Kremlin-sponsored gathering of foreign and domestic ...Read more

Lewandowski is said to be interviewed in Senate Russia probe

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WASHINGTON -- Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump's onetime presidential campaign manager, was questioned Wednesday behind close doors by the Senate Intelligence Committee, according to a person familiar with the interview.

The committee, like its House counterpart, has been looking into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and whether there ...Read more


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