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Pentagon 'indefinitely' suspends Korean military exercises

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NEW YORK -- The U.S. has "indefinitely suspended" military exercises in South Korea to foster Washington's fledgling relationship with Pyongyang in the wake of President Donald Trump's meeting in Singapore earlier this month with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis suspended the Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises as well...Read more

John Mack, LA civic leader and a prominent voice on police reform, dies at 81

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LOS ANGELES--When John Mack arrived in Los Angeles in 1969 as a rising civil rights figure, he plunged into work on behalf of the city's minorities and working class.

It was a struggle in a city that had just experienced the devastating 1965 Watts riots and where many black residents faced serious mistreatment at the hands of the police.

Over ...Read more

Nation and world news briefs

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As US airlines resist flying immigrant children taken from parents, Volaris offers to reunite families

Several of the nation's biggest airlines, including American and United, have jumped into the fray over children who were being separated from their parents under the Trump administration's controversial immigration policy.

The carriers ...Read more

Uncertain prospects for Mideast peace plan

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's two top Middle East advisers have quietly crisscrossed the region all week, stopping in five countries in an effort to drum up support for their still-secret proposal to help resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Details of the plan that Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, and Jason ...Read more

Stormy Daniels wants collusion lawsuit sent back to state court

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LOS ANGELES -- Stephanie Clifford, the adult-movie star professionally known as Stormy Daniels, wants the lawsuit alleging her former lawyer colluded with Donald Trump's longtime attorney Michael Cohen sent back to state court.

Cohen used "procedural gamesmanship" to have the case she filed June 6 in California state court in Los Angeles ...Read more

Suspect in killing of 2 Kansas deputies is charged with capital murder

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Wyandotte County, Kan., District Attorney Mark A. Dupree said Friday that his office has charged Antoine Fielder with two counts of capital murder in the shooting deaths of two sheriff's deputies while they were transporting Fielder after a court hearing in downtown Kansas City, Kan.

Capital murder in Kansas carries the possibility of the death...Read more

The life of migrant children at a South Florida shelter

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Several dozen boys, many of whom were wearing gray government-issued T-shirts and navy blue shorts, walked out of a building labeled "DINING HALL" after breakfast. Behind metal barricades, the boys formed a single-file line on the way to their next scheduled activity. Some smiled and waved, seemingly amused by all the people with pens and ...Read more

Italy turns away new rescue boat carrying 200 migrants

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ROME -- A ship carrying more than 200 migrants is being blocked from entering Italian waters, the second time in two weeks that a new anti-immigrant government in Rome has turned away a vessel carrying people rescued from drowning in the Mediterranean.

The vessel -- named Lifeline and operated by the German aid group Mission Lifeline -- is ...Read more

Harris says Trump guilty of 'crimes against humanity' on border

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WASHINGTON -- Calif. Sen. Kamala Harris charged that the Trump administration had committed "crimes against humanity" after meeting at a U.S. detention center on Friday with immigrant mothers who had been separated from their children.

Harris became the latest prominent Democrat to travel to the southern border as controversy rages over ...Read more

Walden won't give odds on horse racing bill leaving the gate

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WASHINGTON -- House Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden said Friday he remained open to advancing a bipartisan proposal that would establish a national authority for regulating doping and medication in horse racing.

But after a raucous Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection subcommittee hearing that revealed an industry divided over how ...Read more

Boyfriend urged on woman in fatal YouTube stunt, new videos and transcripts show

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MINNEAPOLIS -- A pregnant Monalisa Perez cried and pleaded with her boyfriend several times to put a stop to a YouTube stunt but the man urged her on, eventually dying after she fired a gun at him as he held an encyclopedia to his chest.

Norman County authorities released videos, evidence and transcripts Friday showing that Pedro Ruiz III, 22, ...Read more

As US airlines resist flying immigrant children taken from parents, Volaris offers to reunite families

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Several of the nation's biggest airlines, including American and United, have jumped into the fray over children who were being separated from their parents under the Trump administration's controversial immigration policy.

The carriers notified the U.S. government -- and the public -- that they wished to have no part in transporting those ...Read more

Inside the Ukraine peace plan in the Mueller probe: More authors, earlier drafting than believed

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WASHINGTON -- A controversial peace plan for Ukraine and Russia that has drawn headlines and scrutiny from special counsel Robert Mueller was initially devised in early 2016 with significant input from an ex-congressman and a Ukrainian-American billionaire, according to a former Ukrainian legislator who promoted the proposal before Donald Trump'...Read more

Chicago group confirms 66 separated minors are being housed in the city

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CHICAGO -- A Chicago nonprofit said Friday it is housing 66 migrant children who have been separated from their parents under the "zero tolerance" policy in the last six weeks.

Evelyn Diaz, president of Heartland Alliance, welcomed Sen. Dick Durbin for a visit to one of the organization's nine shelters that is accommodating the children -- two-...Read more

Dozens of baby gulls pushed to their deaths in Chicago were attacked by other gulls, not humans, wildlife official says

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CHICAGO -- Wildlife officials say some 70 baby seagulls found on a Chicago sidewalk were attacked and, in most cases, dropped to their death by older birds in their colony.

Annette Prince, director of the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors, said her organization first was notified of the injured birds along the 600 block of West Harrison Street on...Read more

Illinois to pull license plate with number tied to white supremacy after owner threatened on Twitter

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CHICAGO -- There was a palpable sense of shock in the voice of the man when told his Illinois license plate contains a symbolic number used by white supremacists.

"I had no idea that ... I had no idea," the man said, tripping over his words during a telephone conversation with a Tribune reporter. "I am completely blown away, blown away and a ...Read more

Out of control iguanas infesting South Florida

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- South Florida's not quite Jurassic Park, but it's getting close.

Packs of green iguanas are swarming seawalls, roaming yards and parks, and leaving a path of destruction and filth in their wake. Like a shot of espresso, the hot summer sun has stoked activity in the cold-blooded creatures, which experts say may be at ...Read more

3 decades after Michella Welch's death, a picture starts to emerge of suspected killer

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TACOMA, Wash. -- Gary Charles Hartman wasn't what people expected to see as he shuffled into a Pierce County, Wash., courtroom Thursday.

The 66-year-old had white hair on his balding head, wore black wire-rimmed glasses and appeared timid.

One person who went to court to see him described Hartman as "a little, old man."

But in his younger ...Read more

Q&A: What it's like to be interviewed for a job by Koko the gorilla: 'She had a lot to say'

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There aren't many people who've had to impress a gorilla for a job interview, but Mary Lee Jensvold is one of them.

The interviewer in question was Koko, the western lowland gorilla who made a name for herself by learning American Sign Language and demonstrating for the world that animals have more intelligence and emotional depth than humans ...Read more

Trump kills off House immigration bill he had vowed to support '1,000 percent'

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WASHINGTON -- With an early morning tweet Friday, President Donald Trump put the likely final nail in the coffin of an immigration measure supported by the House GOP leadership, saying that lawmakers shouldn't bother with legislation he had claimed to support just days before.

"Republicans should stop wasting their time on Immigration until ...Read more