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Rand Paul's neighbor to plead guilty in assault case

WASHINGTON -- The neighbor of Sen. Rand Paul who allegedly assaulted the Kentucky Republican while he was mowing his lawn has now signed a federal plea agreement.

The U.S. attorney in Indianapolis made the announcement Friday. His office was assigned the case following the recusal by the U.S...Read more

In Cape Town, 'Day Zero' is coming very soon — the day the water runs out

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JOHANNESBURG -- Cape Town, South Africa's second-largest city, is facing its worst drought in a century, with its water supply expected to run dry April 21.

They're calling it "Day Zero." In this city of 4 million, people will have to line up in the streets at just 200 water stations. The police and army will enforce a limit of 6.6 gallons per ...Read more

US and Somali troops free 30 children from al-Shabab school

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MOGADISHU, Somalia -- At least 30 children have been rescued from a school run by the terrorist militia al-Shabab during a raid by Somalian troops and U.S. special forces, a senior Somali intelligence officer told dpa on Friday.

"Among the dead were six Islamist militants and four children," he added.

Al-Shabab was using the school in the ...Read more

Twitter finds 1,062 more accounts linked to Russian agency

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Twitter Inc. said it found another 1,062 accounts linked to the Russian government-backed Internet Research Agency accused of trying to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The social media company said it is emailing notifications to 677,775 people in the U.S. who followed one of these accounts or retweeted or liked ...Read more

In picking next police chief, LA mayor faces pivotal choice tinged with politics, race and gender

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LOS ANGELES--Shortly after Charlie Beck announced he will retire as chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, City Councilman Joe Buscaino declared on Twitter that it was time for a woman to take his place.

Others speculated Friday about whether the department should be led by an insider or an outsider, someone who will keep the department on...Read more

Executive privilege, while not invoked, colors Russia investigation

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WASHINGTON -- There's no mention of executive privilege in the Constitution. Nor was it discussed at the Constitutional Convention, when delegates gathered in Philadelphia in 1787 to draft the country's governing principles.

But executive privilege -- the president's right to keep some communications and records secret -- has been part of ...Read more

He killed a 9-year-old girl the same day his son was born. Now he's going to prison for 22 years

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CLAYTON, Mo. -- A man left the maternity ward and his own baby boy to fire shots that killed a 9-year-old Ferguson girl, Jamyla Bolden, in 2015, prosecutors said after the man pleaded guilty and was sentenced Friday.

De'Eris Brown, 23, pleaded guilty in St. Louis County Circuit Court to second-degree murder, unlawful use of a weapon-shooting at...Read more

Vice President Pence heads to the Middle East with prospects for peace deal all but dashed

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WASHINGTON -- Vice President Mike Pence arrives in the Middle East on Saturday, launching a high-stakes tour that was delayed after President Donald Trump's decision recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital sparked protests across the region.

He will visit Egypt, Jordan and Israel over four days but won't meet with Palestinians, reflecting the...Read more

US will retry Menendez on corruption charges

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Federal prosecutors said Friday that they would retry U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., two months after a jury in Newark deadlocked on bribery charges against him.

The Justice Department said it would also retry Menendez's co-defendant, Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen.

After an 11-week trial, a judge in November declared a mistrial when ...Read more

Rand Paul's neighbor to plead guilty in assault case

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WASHINGTON -- The neighbor of Sen. Rand Paul who allegedly assaulted the Kentucky Republican while he was mowing his lawn has now signed a federal plea agreement.

The U.S. attorney in Indianapolis made the announcement Friday. His office was assigned the case following the recusal by the U.S. attorney in the western part of Kentucky.

"...Read more

US criticizes Turkey over military offensive in Kurdish-held northern Syria

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration on Friday branded as "destabilizing" a Turkish military offensive against a Kurdish-held region in neighboring Syria, threatening to further inflame tensions between the two NATO allies.

But U.S. officials also scrambled to backtrack from a U.S. military plan to recruit and train a 30,000-member local ...Read more

Prosecutors to seek death penalty for kidnapping, killing of Chinese scholar at University of Illinois

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CHICAGO -- Federal prosecutors announced Friday they will seek the death penalty for a former University of Illinois graduate student accused of kidnapping, torturing and killing a visiting scholar from China in June.

In making the announcement, prosecutors alleged for the first time that Brendt Christensen "choked and sexually assaulted" ...Read more

Sheriff: Las Vegas shooter kept child porn and amassed stockpile of weapons

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LAS VEGAS -- Stephen Paddock, the mass shooter who killed 58 people in Las Vegas in October, kept child pornography on his computer and amassed large stockpiles of weapons leading up to the crime, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said Friday.

Paddock's brother, Bruce Paddock, 58, was arrested in October in Los Angeles for possession of child ...Read more

Instagram video of pot party sends rapper Kodak Black back to jail on gun and child neglect charges, police say

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Instagram video of an alleged pot party at Kodak Black's Pembroke Pines home -- when a guest held a handgun while an infant was present -- led to the performer's return to jail Thursday, the Broward Sheriff's Office said.

Black, 20, whose real name is Dieuson Octave, did not take the baby away from the group on Saturday...Read more

After a year, top Trump staffers still working without certified financial disclosures

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WASHINGTON -- A year into Donald Trump's presidency, records show five of his top staffers still have not secured final approval of their financial reports -- disclosures that are required by law to ensure Americans that these senior officials aren't personally benefiting from their White House jobs.

Another four staffers received certification...Read more

Supreme Court will decide on Trump's travel ban

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court Friday agreed to decide whether President Donald Trump has the legal power to bar tens of thousands of visitors and immigrants from several mostly Muslim nations from entering this country.

The court's ruling could be one of its most significant pronouncements on the chief executive's power, acting on his own, to...Read more

Trump tells abortion opponents he'll defend right to life

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump criticized the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision and vowed that his administration would defend what he called the first right enumerated by the Declaration of Independence -- the right to life -- in remarks to an abortion march in Washington.

"Roe v. Wade has resulted in some of the most permissive ...Read more

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck announces early retirement, ending 8-year tenure

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LOS ANGELES -- Charlie Beck, the son of a police officer whose own career with the Los Angeles Police Department spanned four decades, announced Friday that he will retire early, ending an eight-year tenure as police chief before finishing out the remainder of his second term.

Beck made the abrupt announcement, drawing gasps, during a press ...Read more

Jonathan Bernstein: Trump's approval ratings one year into his term

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At the one-year mark, it's time to check in again on President Donald Trump's approval ratings.

The good news for him is that he's been rallying for the last month. After bottoming out (according to the FiveThirtyEight estimate, based on an adjusted averaging of all the polls that are out there) at a dismal 36.4 percent approval rating on Dec. ...Read more

White House promises this shutdown 'will look very different.' Will it?

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WASHINGTON -- The government shutdown is fast becoming an unwelcome and costly staple of American democracy. After the last prolonged closure delivered a substantial hit to the economy and created hardship and frustration for millions, lawmakers vowed never again.

And yet, here we are again.

The Trump administration is scrambling to soften the...Read more