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The biggest indictments, guilty pleas and dramas in the Russia investigation

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The Russia investigation has provided a barrage of headlines, court cases, tweets and speculation since before the last presidential election.

Despite the clamor, several key events stand out. Here are the milestones that have shaped the investigation -- and rattled the White House.

May 17, 2017

Mueller picked

Former FBI Director Robert S. ...Read more

Henry Tseng, who exercised every day at age 111, dies

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LOS ANGELES -- Every day at 3 p.m., Henry Tseng arrived at a gym on the Westside for his daily workout -- not an unusual sight in Los Angeles, except Tseng was 111.

Tseng's passion for physical fitness made him something of a local celebrity at the Collins & Katz Family YMCA in the Sawtelle neighborhood, where he had been a member for more than...Read more

Arsonist suspected of scorching Calif. mosque left note referencing deadly shootings in New Zealand

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ESCONDIDO, Calif. -- The arsonist suspected of setting a fire that blackened the walls of an Escondido mosque early Sunday left a message in graffiti on the driveway referencing a shooting rampage at two New Zealand mosques that left dozens dead, investigators said.

There were seven people inside the Islamic Center of Escondido on West Sixth ...Read more

Analysis: Mueller report doesn't say what GOP says it does

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WASHINGTON -- The way GOP lawmakers reacted to Attorney General William Barr's letter to Congress on Sunday outlining the key findings of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's final Russia investigation report, you would think special counsel prosecutors went out of their way to prove Trump's innocence on collusion and obstruction allegations....Read more

Rep. Ilhan Omar says Trump's anti-Islam remarks inspire attacks like New Zealand shooting

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LOS ANGELES -- Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, one of the first two Muslim women in Congress, accused President Donald Trump on Saturday of inciting hatred of Islam and inspiring attacks like the killing of 50 people last weekend in a mass shooting at mosques in New Zealand.

In a speech to a packed hotel ballroom at a Muslim civil-rights banquet ...Read more

Diplomats accept that Trump is not going anywhere, at least until 2021

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WASHINGTON -- The findings -- or lack of findings -- in the Robert Mueller report removes one of the major hurdles that has frustrated President Donald Trump's foreign policy.

On the eve of a meeting between Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House Monday, the diplomatic community, including allies and adversaries...Read more

Thailand's junta leader will keep grip on power, early election returns indicate

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BANGKOK -- A party backed by Thailand's military government had a strong showing Sunday in Thailand's first elections since a 2014 coup and appeared likely to hold off opponents who campaigned on restoring democracy in the Southeast Asian kingdom.

With more than 90 percent of votes counted, unofficial results released late Sunday showed the pro...Read more

Democrats zero in on obstruction to plot relentless campaign against Republicans

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WASHINGTON -- Sunday's news that Robert Mueller unearthed no evidence that Donald Trump's campaign team colluded with Russia might deny Democrats the grounds to impeach the president. But Democratic leaders see potential in one part of Attorney General William Barr's summary of the special counsel's findings: an opening to argue that the ...Read more

Mueller leaves obstruction question to attorney general, who clears Trump

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Obstruction of justice is a crime that requires more than overt acts. It also requires intent.

That principle helps explain special counsel Robert Mueller's decision not to press an obstruction case against President Donald Trump and instead leave it up to the Justice Department.

Attorney General William Barr's initial summary of Mueller's ...Read more

Another Stoneman Douglas student dies in apparent suicide, the second in a week

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CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- A second student from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School died Saturday night in what police are calling an apparent suicide.

"We are not going to release the name," said Officer Tyler Reik, a spokesman for the Coral Springs Police Department. "It's a juvenile ... and out of respect for the family."

It was unclear ...Read more

Barr prepares to give Mueller report 'conclusions' to Congress

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WASHINGTON -- Attorney General William Barr planned Sunday to send Congress what he considers the "principal conclusions" from the Russia investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, according to a person familiar with his plans.

Barr spent the weekend reviewing Mueller's confidential report, which was submitted to him Friday, and ...Read more

Shut out of California's legal marijuana market, Indian tribes pursue sales on their own land

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The legalization of recreational marijuana in California left American Indians out in the cold.

Proposition 64, approved by voters in 2016, lets local governments decide whether to allow cannabis dispensaries to operate within their jurisdictions. But it made no provisions for tribes.

As far as the state is concerned, tribes can do whatever ...Read more

Cyclone death toll climbs in Mozambique

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The death toll has risen in Mozambique, the country hardest hit by Cyclone Idai, a government minister said Sunday.

Environment Minister Celso Correia said 446 people were confirmed dead, up from 417 a day earlier. As rescue operations continue these numbers may increase, he said.

"We mapped areas at risk and the good news is that we are ...Read more

Mystery parent paid $6.5 million to get children into top universities

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Of the many outrageous allegations by federal prosecutors in the college cheating scandal, one stands out.

Someone paid $6.5 million to get his or her children into elite schools. But the identity of that parent -- and details about which schools were involved -- remains a mystery nearly two weeks after authorities in Boston filed the charges ...Read more

House leader sees 'cover-up' if Barr doesn't release full Mueller report

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WASHINGTON ––Democrats demanded Sunday that Attorney General William Barr provide Congress with unclassified access to special counsel Robert Mueller's report and its underlying evidence, saying they would take their demand to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said providing ...Read more

US starts small with 'smart walls' to protect Mexican border

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SAN DIEGO -- Deep in the Otay Mountain Wilderness, there is no wall.

The only boundary between the U.S. and Mexico is a section of barbed-wire fence in a pastoral valley. And miles and miles of treacherous terrain.

It's a territory crisscrossed with steep trails that disappear into tunnels of thick brush, a place looped by violently rutted ...Read more

Southbound 5 Freeway in Gorman reopens after dozens are hurt in multi-vehicle crash

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LOS ANGELES -- All southbound lanes of the 5 Freeway in Gorman were reopened Saturday night after a fiery multi-vehicle crash forced the closure of the roads for about four hours, clogging weekend traffic for miles, authorities said.

The freeway was reopened shortly before 7 p.m., according to the California Department of Transportation.

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