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For a second straight day, Trump walks back his comments about threats from Russia

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WASHINGTON--President Donald Trump said Wednesday that Russia is no longer targeting the United States, contradicting his top intelligence adviser's warning days ago that "the lights are blinking red" about cyberattacks and reigniting bipartisan concerns over his recent embrace of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The president's flat "no" came...Read more

From crib to court: Trump administration summons immigrant infants

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The Trump administration has summoned at least 70 infants to immigration court for their own deportation proceedings since Oct. 1, according to Justice Department data provided to Kaiser Health News.

These are children who need frequent touching and bonding with a parent and naps every few hours, and some were of breastfeeding age, medical ...Read more

House passes pro-ICE resolution with most Democrats not taking a stance

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WASHINGTON--The House on Wednesday adopted a resolution expressing support for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials and rejecting calls to abolish the agency with primarily Republican support as most Democrats voted "present." The final vote was 244-35, with 133 Democrats voting present.

Republicans readily acknowledged the vote ...Read more

Putin asked Trump to let Russia question McFaul, White House says

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump entertained a proposal from Vladimir Putin to let Russian authorities question the former U.S. ambassador to Moscow, Michael McFaul, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday.

Trump made no commitments to the Russian leader when Putin raised the idea at a private meeting in Helsinki ...Read more

State Supreme Court removes measure to split California into three states from November ballot

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Supreme Court decided Wednesday to remove a measure aimed at dividing California into three states from the November ballot.

In a brief order, the court said it acted "because significant questions have been raised regarding the proposition's validity and because we conclude that the potential harm in permitting ...Read more

California's scenic Highway 1 fully reopened for the first time in more than a year

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A stretch of Highway 1 south of Big Sur, closed for 14 months after a massive landslide, reopened Wednesday morning, two days ahead of schedule, according to Caltrans.

The road reopened at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday. That's good news for travelers, who can now drive between Carmel and San Luis Obispo without having to navigate around the closure at ...Read more

PETA alleges 'cover-up' in death of 54 stingrays at Brookfield Zoo, lawsuit says

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CHICAGO -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is suing for documents that could shed light on the 2015 deaths of 54 stingrays that were part of an exhibit at the Brookfield Zoo.

For several years now, the animal rights group has asked the Forest Preserves of Cook County, which in partnership with the Chicago Zoological Society operates...Read more

'Serial stowaway' found mentally fit to stand trial, freed on ankle monitor to Chicago treatment facility

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CHICAGO -- A Cook County judge on Wednesday found a woman known as the "serial stowaway" mentally fit to stand trial and ordered her released on electronic monitoring from a state mental health hospital in Elgin, Ill.

The decision by Judge Maura Slattery Boyle comes almost four months after the same judge found Marilyn Hartman unfit and ...Read more

Derided as Trump protector, Kavanaugh defies easy label on probe

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WASHINGTON -- Democrats say Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's own words show he would shield President Donald Trump from special counsel Robert Mueller's criminal inquiry. The reality is a bit more complicated.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said Trump "chose the candidate who he thought would best protect him from the ...Read more

Rep. Jim Jordan reportedly named in new Ohio State wrestler lawsuit

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WASHINGTON -- Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan was named in a new class-action lawsuit regarding allegations of sexual abuse at Ohio State University.

The Republican congressman, who was an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State from 1986 to 1994, is one of three former school officials named in the lawsuit, Rolling Stone reported, including former team ...Read more

Trump again skips intelligence briefing after siding with Putin

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WASHINGTON -- For the second consecutive day since he broke with America's spy agencies over Russia's election meddling, President Donald Trump on Wednesday will not get an intelligence briefing.

The daily presidential guidance email sent out each evening by the White House initially featured only one item, an 11:30 a.m. Cabinet meeting. It was...Read more

US asks federal judge to hold Butina in jail before trial

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. prosecutors asked a judge to keep Russian national and gun rights advocate Mariia Butina in jail prior to her trial, saying she appears to have ties to Russian intelligence services and there's a risk she might flee if released on bail.

Butina, 29, faces federal charges that she illegally conspired to establish a back channel...Read more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court upholds Philadelphia soda tax

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PHILADELPHIA -- In a victory for Mayor Jim Kenney's administration, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld Philadelphia's controversial tax on soda and other sweetened beverages.

In a 4-2 majority opinion, the court found that the city had not violated state law by taxing the distribution of beverages. Opponents of the tax had ...Read more

Trump claims credit for Roby GOP primary win

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WASHINGTON -- Eager for a win after his controversial summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump on Wednesday took credit for an incumbent Republican's primary victory.

Alabama Rep. Martha Roby easily won her Republican primary runoff Tuesday evening by 36 percentage points.

Her victory came after she initially ...Read more

Searchers find fourth body after planes collide and crash over the Florida Everglades, police say

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A fourth body was located in the Everglades Wednesday morning, killed after two planes collided Tuesday afternoon in the sky over the Everglades. Three other people also died in the crash in western Miami-Dade County.

Rescue crews located the fourth body, Miami-Dade police said.

After Tuesday's search was halted by ...Read more

Democrats keep raking in the cash after costly primaries

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WASHINGTON -- The surge in Democratic candidates running for the House raised a critical question at the start of the cycle: Would crowded and costly primaries weaken the eventual nominees by draining their campaign cash? So far the answer appears to be "no."

On average, Democrats in competitive races who faced expensive primaries have more ...Read more

Negotiations over sexual harassment bills continue, but no timetable yet

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WASHINGTON -- Even as lawmakers and staff work to reconcile legislation passed by the House and Senate to curb sexual harassment on Capitol Hill, a timeline for enacting the bills is unclear, months after they were fast-tracked for floor votes.

"We're confident we are going to get there at some point. We're not quite there," House ...Read more

Thai boys, released from hospital, speak for first time since cave ordeal

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CHIANG RAI, Thailand -- Smiling and dressed in matching soccer uniforms, 12 Thai boys and their coach Wednesday made their first public appearance since being rescued from a flooded cave, with one saying "it is a miracle" they survived.

The boys were released from a hospital in Chiang Rai in northern Thailand, where they were being treated ...Read more

Trump stumbles into second day of Putin summit walkback

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Wednesday morning continued trying to portray his widely panned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin as a success amid a bipartisan backlash.

Despite many reviews to the contrary, the commander in chief described a rocky NATO summit last week that was dominated by him lashing out at America's ...Read more

IRS ruling on political donation reporting sets off campaign finance fight

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WASHINGTON -- Monday's announcement by the Treasury Department that it will no longer collect information about donors to some political non-profits was met with applause from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, perhaps the leading advocate for unrestricted campaign donations, even as it ignited a campaign finance fight in the middle of the ...Read more