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Thanks for the help, Putin tells Trump on the phone

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WASHINGTON -- Vladimir Putin phoned President Trump to thank him for what the Russian president said was CIA help in foiling a terrorist attack, the Kremlin said Sunday.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed the conversation. It was the second time that the two leaders had talked in four days; Trump called Putin Thursday ...Read more

California wildfire continues to grow as strong shifting winds bring new dangers

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MONTECITO, Calif. --The Thomas fire spread further Sunday morning after an battle to protect homes along the Santa Barbara County coast Saturday succeeded despite intense winds.

The third-largest fire in California history was burning from Santa Barbara to Ventura, fueled by Santa Ana winds. On Sunday morning, the San Fernando Valley was being ...Read more

4 killed, 7 others wounded in Chicago

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CHICAGO -- A man and woman were killed, and another man was critically wounded, in a shooting late Saturday on the city's Southwest Side, police said.

The three were among 11 people shot, four fatally, in city shootings Saturday and early Sunday.

The triple shooting happened around 9:40 p.m. in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood.

The three were ...Read more

Sen.-elect Jones says he'll be independent, doesn't think Trump should resign

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WASHINGTON –– Days after being elected in an upset in one of most Republican of states, Sen.-elect Doug Jones had a message for his new colleagues: I'll work with both parties.

The Alabama Democrat, whose long-shot candidacy was boosted by allegations of sexual misconduct against his Republican opponent, also President Donald Trump doesn't ...Read more

Tropical storm kills 33 in Philippines

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MANILA, Philippines -- At least 33 people were killed in landslides, flash floods and other incidents caused by Tropical Storm Kai-Tak in the Philippines.

Twenty-three people died in landslides in three towns in the island province of Biliran, about 300 miles southeast of Manila, the local government said Sunday.

Twenty-five were reported ...Read more

Cornyn says firing Mueller 'would be a mistake'

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WASHINGTON -- John Cornyn, the Senate's No. 2 Republican, said Sunday that it "would be a mistake" for President Donald Trump to fire special counsel Robert Mueller.

Cornyn's comments on ABC's "This Week" came as some congressional Republicans have called for Mueller's firing. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., said in a radio interview Friday that ...Read more

Government paying private firm $297 million to help hire 5,000 Border Patrol agents

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SAN DIEGO -- With a mandate from President Donald Trump to hire 5,000 new Border Patrol agents, Customs and Border Protection awarded a $297 million contract to a private company to help recruit and hire the new agents and other workers.

The contract with a division of Accenture, an international professional services corporation with $35 ...Read more

Mnuchin says shutdown could happen this week, but it's unlikely

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WASHINGTON -- Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said Sunday that a government shutdown this week was unlikely but possible.

A two-week stopgap spending bill passed by Congress this month provided enough funding to keep the government running through Friday. A deadlock on another temporary funding measure could lead to a shutdown.

"I can't ...Read more

Violations prompt Washington state to cancel Atlantic salmon farm lease

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SEATTLE –– A Washington state company has lost the lease for its Atlantic salmon net-pen farm in Port Angeles and must shut down and remove it, said Hilary Franz, state commissioner of public lands.

The farm, operated by a series of owners since 1984, currently holds nearly 700,000 Atlantic salmon. Franz said the Washington Department of ...Read more

Pennsylvania Democratic candidate accused of inappropriate conduct

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Former staff members have accused Democratic Pennsylvania state Sen. Daylin Leach, a top candidate in the race to run against Republican U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, of inappropriate comments and touching, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The Inquirer reported Sunday that Leach made inappropriate sexual comments, which he said were in jest, and...Read more

At UC Berkeley, civil disobedience gives way to civil discourse at debates

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BERKELEY, Calif. -- On a recent evening at the University of California, Berkeley, liberal and conservative students argued for nearly an hour about health care, economic policy and climate change.

There wasn't a police officer, security guard or heckler in sight. No one waved protest signs. Observers applauded politely.

People who did not ...Read more

GOP tax bill cost estimate keeps rising

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WASHINGTON -- With a final tax overhaul bill in hand, congressional Republicans say they have enough votes to pass legislation next week and deliver a major victory for themselves and President Donald Trump by Christmas. But at what cost?

On paper, the tax package hammered out Friday carries a price tag of a net $1.5 trillion over 10 years. In ...Read more

Las Vegas victims fund raised $22 million, but it's not enough to cover everyone affected by the shooting

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LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas committee overseeing the millions of dollars donated after the mass shooting in October has expanded the scope of those that could make a claim on money, but thousands will remain ineligible to receive any cash under the final guidelines.

Scott Nielson, chairman of the Las Vegas Victims Fund Committee, says the fund ...Read more

Nevada Democrat under pressure amid sexual harassment allegations says he won't seek re-election

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LAS VEGAS -- Ruben Kihuen, a Nevada congressman seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party, said Saturday he will not seek re-election next year amid allegations of sexual harassment and the launch of a House Ethics Committee investigation.

The 37-year-old freshman congressman is the latest lawmaker to say he would not seek another term or ...Read more

Billionaire businessman and ex-TV anchorman face off in Chile's presidential election

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SANTIAGO, Chile -- Chileans will vote Sunday in a runoff presidential election to choose between former President Sebastian Pinera and one-time TV news anchor Alejandro Guillier in a race that pollsters say is too close to call.

Analysts describe the vote as a choice between economic growth incentives as promoted by Pinera, or a continuation of...Read more

Facing harassment allegations, Kihuen won't run for re-election

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Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev., announced Saturday that he would not seek re-election in 2018 -- a day after the House ethics committee said it would open an investigation into the freshman Democrat.

Two women have accused Kihuen of sexual harassment. He maintained his innocence in his retirement announcement.

"However, the allegations that have ...Read more

Anita Hill to lead commission to combat sexual harassment in Hollywood

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LOS ANGELES--A newly formed commission comprised of top Hollywood executives has chosen Anita Hill to chair its efforts to combat sexual harassment across the entertainment industry, it was announced Friday.

A powerhouse committee including studio, talent agency and guild leaders from across the film, television, digital and music industries ...Read more

Pentagon spent $22 million on UFO research, reports say

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The Pentagon spent millions of dollars investigating reports of unidentified flying objects, according to reports from The New York Times and Politico.

The $22 million Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program began in 2007 after its funding was pushed by Sen. Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat who retired this year, according to The Times. ...Read more

2015 court case said losing air conditioning at Florida nursing home would be a 'catastrophe'

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Representatives of the Hollywood, Fla., nursing home where 12 people were fatally stricken after days without air conditioning have said they acted prudently in not evacuating the building. Such a move can be dangerous to the frail and elderly, they said.

But the owner had a different view. In a court filing in ...Read more

Fox seeks to quell uproar over Rupert Murdoch's comments about sexual harassment

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21st Century Fox Saturday sought to tamp down a furor over Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch's comments that downplayed the magnitude of the sexual harassment scandal that has roiled Fox News for the past 18 months.

During a interview Thursday with Sky News to discuss the Murdoch family's sale of most of Fox to Walt Disney Co., Murdoch was ...Read more