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Iran tells Trump not to threaten its oil exports

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TEHRAN, Iran – Iran's president warned his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump not to threaten the Persian Gulf nation's oil exports and suggested that his country has alternatives to shipping crude through the Strait of Hormuz.

Trump is reimposing sanctions on Iran, which ships most of its oil through the strait, in an effort to squelch the ...Read more

Wildfire continues to move toward Yosemite

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The Ferguson fire continued its march toward Yosemite National Park over the weekend, growing significantly to more than 30,000 acres.

The explosive fire is eating through dead and dying trees in the forest and has prompted evacuations. California Highway 140 is closed.

The fire started July 13. It killed a firefighter on its first day when a...Read more

Tremors shove Washington state west, offer clues to next big earthquake

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SEATTLE –– Thousands of tiny tremors over the past few months have moved parts of Washington state and Vancouver Island westward. It's a near-annual event that backs expectations by some scientists that a big earthquake may hit the Seattle area harder than their previous models suggested.

The recent wave of activity began in May and appears...Read more

Israel evacuates search-and-rescue team from Syrian war zone

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Israel said Sunday that it evacuated hundreds of members of the White Helmets -- a volunteer Syrian search and rescue organization -- and transferred them to a neighboring country, apparently Jordan.

The evacuation, which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said was requested by U.S. President Donald Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin ...Read more

Protesters in Nicaragua demand Ortega's ouster as he denounces 'armed conspiracy'

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MANAGUA, Nicaragua -- Last week, after security forces moved against anti-government demonstrators, President Daniel Ortega declared victory against an opposition determined to end his more than decade-long tenure as leader of this Central American nation.

"They thought we were defeated, simply because we had patience," Ortega said July 19, the...Read more

Trump's 2 hours alone with Putin still rankles Washington

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WASHINGTON –– President Donald Trump's one-on-one meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin continues to unsettle lawmakers and foreign policy experts, who also rejected a possible follow-up meeting at the White House.

"We need to know everything, and the president's national security team needs to know everything" about the leaders' two-...Read more

Trump uses release of record to renew his attack on Russia investigation

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President Donald Trump used the release of an application to conduct surveillance on an adviser during his 2016 campaign to renew his claims of a "rigged" FBI investigation, even as a Republican senator said the request to a foreign intelligence court was legitimate.

In response to public-records lawsuits, the government Saturday released a ...Read more

Colombia has billions in sunken treasure off its coast, but ownership is still disputed

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BOGOTA, Colombia--Sitting at the bottom of the ocean, just off Colombia's coast, is one of the Western Hemisphere's richest treasures: a Spanish galleon packed with billions of dollars worth of New World gold, silver and emeralds.

The fight over who will profit from the San Jose shipwreck and its precious cargo -- thought to be worth between $4...Read more

Kavanaugh predicted end to affirmative action

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WASHINGTON ––U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh predicted two decades ago that the court would soon embrace a color-blind view of the Constitution, an approach that could outlaw affirmative action programs in government and education.

The comment was included in thousands of pages of speeches, testimony and court filings the federal...Read more

Los Angeles Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold dies at 57

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LOS ANGELES--Jonathan Gold, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times restaurant critic who richly chronicled the city's vast culinary landscape and made its food understandable and approachable to legions of fans, has died. He was 57.

Gold died of pancreatic cancer at St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles Saturday evening, according to ...Read more

Jonathan Gold didn't just elevate the art of restaurant criticism, he helped a fractured region understand itself

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LOS ANGELES--Few things truly connect our sprawling metropolis: the freeways, the Los Angeles Times and without a doubt, Jonathan Gold, who transcended the role of restaurant critic to become a modern-day ethnographer. His gift was his ability to explain the tribes of this place to each other by celebrating the things they cook and eat.

"Real ...Read more

Trump's attacks weaken transatlantic security relationship, but Europe has few alternatives

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WASHINGTON -- Deeply alarmed at President Donald Trump's attacks on NATO and the transatlantic relationship, European governments are rethinking their reliance on the United States as a strategic ally against Russia, but they are unlikely to make regional security arrangements independent of Washington.

Trump has forced the reassessment in ...Read more

In LA stop, Parkland students continue push for gun control and voter registration

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LOS ANGELES--The Parkland students -- survivors of a February mass shooting in Florida -- brought their activism to Los Angeles this week as they try to maintain momentum in their push for greater gun control at the local and national level.

The students, part of a recently formed organization called March for Our Lives, are on a bus tour to ...Read more

US fighter jet intercepts small plane near Trump golf resort

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WASHINGTON -- A U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jet on Saturday intercepted a small plane near Donald Trump's private golf resort in New Jersey, where the president is currently staying.

Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command said a "general aviation aircraft" entered a temporary restricted area "without proper clearances or ...Read more

Report: Ecuador close to evicting Julian Assange from London embassy

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Ecuador is close to withdrawing asylum for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and evicting him from the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he has been living for six years, journalist Glenn Greenwald reported Saturday.

Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno traveled to Britain Friday to meet with officials to finalize a deal under which protection for...Read more

Castro proposes changes to Cuban Constitution to impose term limits, allow gay marriage

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After leaving the Cuban government at age 86, Raul Castro is proposing a new constitution that would limit the age of future presidents to 60 at the start of their first terms.

The constitutional reforms, discussed Saturday by the Cuban parliament, also would erase the word "Communism" from the document and open the way for same-sex marriage, ...Read more

Police swarm Trader Joe's in Silver Lake amid gunfire in front of store

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LOS ANGELES--Los Angeles police descended a Trader Joe's in Silver Lake near downtown Los Angeles Saturday afternoon after a gunman opened fired outside the store at end of a police pursuit, sending shoppers diving for cover.

Los Angeles Police Department officers had swarmed around the store around 4 p.m.

The incident began as a pursuit from ...Read more

Sharp increase in liver-disease deaths is fueled by young Americans drinking

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From 1999 to 2016, liver disease deaths rose 65 percent, a study by two University of Michigan professors found.

Young Americans who drink are bearing the brunt of that trend, said Elliot Tapper and Neehar Parikh, the study's authors.

Young people seem to be drinking themselves to death at a higher rate than ever before. For adults ages 25 to ...Read more

Cuba seats 9 new ministers, but old-guard influence remains

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The Council of Ministers approved Saturday to work under Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel includes nine new members, but there's also plenty of continuity with the council of his predecessor, Raul Castro.

Diaz-Canel, 58, who was elevated to the Cuban presidency on April 19 when Castro retired, was born after the 1959 Cuban Revolution, but the ...Read more

Reports tally internal misuse of California police data network

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For decades, law enforcement officials across California have had access to a powerful computer network that, with a few keystrokes from a desk terminal or patrol car, can access information on any Californian with a driver's license, registered car, parking ticket, restraining order or dozens of other digital records.

The California Law ...Read more