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WASHINGTON -- Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan has withdrawn from consideration to take over the post on a permanent basis, President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday, after reports surfaced of a domestic abuse incident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

Trump tax law made Americans less charitable

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WASHINGTON -- Americans gave less money to charities last year partly because the Republican tax law changes made many people ineligible for tax breaks that can inspire donations.

Giving by individuals fell an estimated 3.4%, after adjusting for inflation, last year, according to a report released Tuesday by Giving USA. The numbers reflect the ...Read more

Lawyers for Sandy Hook victims allege threats from Alex Jones during tirade over child pornography

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- During his Infowars internet radio show last Friday, lawyers for Sandy Hook families who are suing Alex Jones say the controversial radio host threatened one of them when he discussed the presence of child pornography in emails from his program's computer server.

A Superior Court judge will hold an emergency hearing Tuesday ...Read more

Trump targets Florida electoral haul with Orlando campaign kickoff

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump will pull out all the stops Tuesday in Orlando, Florida, when he announces his re-election bid in a state he narrowly won in 2016 and needs again as he tries to reconfigure the electoral map that put him in the White House.

But Democrats are already countering his expected message of a strong economy and ...Read more

Pelosi faces a tough summer trying to keep Democrats away from impeachment talk

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LOS ANGELES -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tried again this week to shift focus away from a divisive debate over impeachment and move it to a signature issue that Democrats credit with helping them win back a majority in that chamber: health care.

After a panel discussion on the Democrats' health policy agenda in Monterey Park, Calif....Read more

'I knew I had to do something' says 11-year-old boy who stopped thief with his machete

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MEBANE, N.C. -- Braydon Smith had a $30 gift card to spend as he was walking down an aisle at Academy Sports + Outdoors and saw an ax and a machete.

The 11-year-old decided he could use them to help cut down trees and branches for campfires. His dad put up the extra $15 to make the purchase possible.

"Me and my Dad go camping a decent amount,"...Read more

At Costco food sample line, gunfire, death and unanswered questions

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LOS ANGELES -- It was a typical Friday night at Costco.

The cavernous Corona store was packed, and customers waited in line for food samples -- the quintessential Costco experience.

An off-duty Los Angeles police officer, his wife and their baby were among those in the tasting queue. So was 32-year-old Kenneth French and his parents, who were ...Read more

Booker adds a dash of anti-Trump anger to his message of love

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WASHINGTON -- Cory Booker spent the first five months of his presidential bid dispensing a message of love and unity. But it hasn't caught on with a Democratic electorate that is seething with anger toward President Donald Trump and desperate to throw him out of office.

The New Jersey senator long seen as a potential star of Democratic politics...Read more

California needs a lot of money to fight fires. But how much?

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California leaders are calling for a giant pot of money to help electricity providers pay for wildfires, a critical move to head off another utility bankruptcy and prevent Wall Street from downgrading the state's utilities again.

But it could prove difficult to achieve in Sacramento this year.

With a deadline to take ...Read more

As his Florida kickoff rally nears, Trump is fixated on maintaining his base

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WASHINGTON -- Early in his improbable 2016 run for president, Donald Trump boasted he could shoot someone in the middle of New York's Fifth Avenue and "I wouldn't lose any voters, OK?"

President Trump will kick off his reelection campaign Tuesday at a rally in Orlando, Fla., and he is likely to make a full-throated pitch to keep his ardent ...Read more

3 wounded when gunman opens fire on Chicago bus, police say

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CHICAGO -- A gunman opened fire on a Chicago Transit Authority bus Monday evening, leaving three people wounded, two of them seriously, authorities said.

The shooting occurred on a northbound No. 75 bus in the 7700 block of South State Street in the Chatham neighborhood just before 6:20 p.m., police said.

Police said a 35-year-old man was ...Read more

 

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