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Trump says impeachment has a 'silver lining' as Democrats back new trade deal

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HERSHEY, Pa. -- President Donald Trump dismissed and mocked the articles of impeachment House Democrats unveiled Tuesday, predicting they will backfire, as he rallied a crowd of more than 10,000 supporters in a state crucial to his reelection bid.

"Any Democrat that votes for this sham will be voting to sacrifice the House majority, their ...Read more

Trump barred from building border wall with military funds

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A U.S. judge permanently barred President Donald Trump from using $3.6 billion in military construction funds to pay for a wall along the Mexico border.

Tuesday's order follows an October ruling by U.S. District Judge David Briones in El Paso, Texas, in which he concluded that Trump's declaration of a national emergency to redirect Defense ...Read more

Death of Chicago rapper Juice Wrld remains under investigation while family mourns 'good kid'

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CHICAGO -- The circumstances surrounding the death of a young and gifted Chicago musician remained under investigation Tuesday by the Chicago Police Department, two days after he collapsed at Midway Airport.

The cause of death of rapper Jarad A. Higgins, who performed as Juice Wrld, was still pending the completion of an examination by the Cook...Read more

Trump readies executive order on anti-Semitism, setting up First Amendment battle

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump will sign an executive order this week directing the government to consider a specific definition of anti-Semitism in discrimination cases, circumventing Congress, White House and congressional sources told McClatchy.

Jewish American groups and Israel advocates have pressed Congress and the White House to ...Read more

North Korea's Kim tests Trump's patience with rockets, taunts

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WASHINGTON -- All year, President Donald Trump refused to respond as North Korea carried out short-range missile tests and chipped away at crippling international sanctions. He even ignored a new volley of insults branding him a "heedless and erratic old man."

That restraint may not last much longer as North Korea hints darkly that it will make...Read more

US Navy suspends flight training for Saudi students after shooting

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Navy said Tuesday that it has paused aviation training for some 300 Saudi Arabian military personnel at three bases in Florida.

The announcement comes after a 21-year-old Saudi airman opened fire at naval base in Pensacola, Fla., last week, in a case authorities are treating as terrorism.

"A safety stand-down and ...Read more

PETA seeks shareholder vote to ban SeaWorld trainers from riding dolphins

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SAN DIEGO -- A leading animal rights group is taking its fight to stop SeaWorld trainers from riding dolphins during shows directly to the company's shareholders.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which has long battled SeaWorld over its handling of killer whales, proposed on Tuesday a shareholder vote to ban certain performance ...Read more

Pelosi balances impeachment and USMCA with eye on 2020 elections

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WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pulled off a delicate political maneuver by announcing in quick succession articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump as well as the delivery of a trade deal that's one of his highest priorities.

The seemingly conflicting turn of events in the space of a single hour on Tuesday illustrates the...Read more

3 arrested in alleged $722 million cryptocurrency fraud scheme

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Three men have been arrested in connection with an alleged cryptocurrency mining scheme that authorities say defrauded investors out of hundreds of millions of dollars from April 2014 through December 2019. The Department of Justice announced charges Tuesday.

Matthew Brent Goettsche, 37, of Lafayette, Colo.; Jobadiah Sinclair Weeks, 38, of ...Read more

California officials need to move faster on sea level rise, legislative study finds

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LOS ANGELES -- In one of the most comprehensive assessments of the crisis that rising seas pose to California, an influential state panel issued a clarion call Tuesday, urging local officials to take ownership of the issue and lawmakers to move fast and consider much-needed legislation.

The Legislative Analyst's Office, a nonpartisan arm of the...Read more

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US starts sending families seeking asylum to Guatemala, even if they're not from there

WASHINGTON -- U.S. officials have started to send families seeking asylum to Guatemala, even if they are not from the Central American country and had sought protection in the United States, the Los Angeles Times has learned.

In July, the Trump ...Read more

Hearing set to determine if Cook Children's Hospital can end baby's life support

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- A hearing has been set to determine whether or not Cook Children's Medical Center will be barred from ending the life-sustaining treatment of a 10-month-old baby.

A hearing for Tinslee Lewis' case has been scheduled at 9 a.m. Thursday in the 48th District Court in Fort Worth, Tinslee's family's attorney Joe Nixon confirmed ...Read more

'I know nothing': Mother of slain UPS driver asks law enforcement for transparency

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MIAMI -- The mother of the UPS driver who was held hostage and killed last week said she was being kept in the dark by authorities about the details surrounding her son's death.

"Today is the fifth day and I know nothing.," said Luz Apolinario as she left the funeral for her son, 27-year-old Frank Ordonez.

"The only thing I know is that I have...Read more

Say no to 'false god': Missouri lawmaker urges governor to block historic statue

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Although he acknowledged the move will be ridiculed, a Missouri lawmaker is asking Gov. Mike Parson to block the return of a nearly century-old statue to its perch on the dome of the Capitol.

Republican State Rep. Mike Moon cited scripture in his request to Parson, arguing that the statue of the Roman goddess of ...Read more

Pete Buttigieg's former clients include Best Buy, Postal Service and the Pentagon

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Under pressure from Democratic presidential rival Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg on Tuesday released the names of clients he worked for at the management consulting firm that employed him a decade ago.

Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., worked for the Best Buy electronics chain, the U.S. Postal Service, the Pentagon, Blue Cross Blue ...Read more

US starts sending families seeking asylum to Guatemala, even if they're not from there

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. officials have started to send families seeking asylum to Guatemala, even if they are not from the Central American country and had sought protection in the United States, the Los Angeles Times has learned.

In July, the Trump administration announced a new rule effectively ending asylum at the southern U.S. border and ...Read more

Betsy DeVos wants to change campus sexual assault policies. House bill aims to stop her

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., proposed legislation Tuesday to stop Education Secretary Betsy DeVos from advancing rules that critics say could hurt efforts to fight sexual harassment and assaults on college campuses.

Slotkin is one of several members of the Democratic majority in the House pushing a bill that would prevent ...Read more

Pelosi and Pence eye voters with trade agreement

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WASHINGTON -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed victory for House Democrats Tuesday, saying they had reshaped a trade agreement designed to replace the long vilified 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement that organized labor has blamed for manufacturing jobs lost to Mexico.

In a sign of the potential political importance of the agreement to a ...Read more

White House says Trump warned Russian envoy. But did he?

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WASHINGTON -- For three bewildering years, President Donald Trump has flatly dismissed, joked about or simply brushed aside Russia's well-documented intervention in America's 2016 presidential election.

In July 2018, during a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland, Trump stopped just short of saying he believed Putin's denials ...Read more

Congress holds first hearing on Haiti in 20 years amid political instability

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WASHINGTON -- Minutes after House Democrats announced articles of impeachment on President Donald Trump on Tuesday, Rep. Frederica Wilson entered a meeting room in Washington and asked a group of Haitian activists about efforts to impeach their embattled president, Jovenel Moise.

"We live in the United States and we have corruption ... right in...Read more