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Esteban Santiago researched layout of Los Angeles airport days before Fort Lauderdale shooting, feds say

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Three days before carrying out the deadly mass shooting at Fort Lauderdale's main airport, Esteban Santiago researched the layout of the Los Angeles international airport, prosecutors revealed Monday.

Santiago used his cellphone to look up a map of the LAX airport on Jan. 3, 2017, prosecutors wrote in court records. ...Read more

Corker and Hatch won't be moving Down Under

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker will not be leaving the chamber to become ambassador to Australia, and neither will Finance Chairman Orrin G. Hatch.

An aide to Corker confirmed a report that the Tennessee Republican had been under consideration for the post.

Corker told The Tennessean newspaper that he had discussed ...Read more

Ex-boyfriend of woman killed in Calif. spa explosion to remain behind bars

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LOS ANGELES -- Saying that he posed a possible flight risk and danger to the community, a federal judge on Monday ruled that the former boyfriend of a woman who was killed in an explosion at her Southern California spa should remain in custody without the possibility of bail.

Stephen Beal of Long Beach has not been charged in connection with ...Read more

Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz made cellphone video of himself

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Nikolas Cruz made three video recordings of himself on his cellphone around the time of his attack, according to a summary of evidence turned over to his lawyers by prosecutors in the case.

The defense this month demanded a portion of the evidence prosecutors intend to use when putting Cruz, 19, on ...Read more

Trump meets with Justice leaders, and latest clash over Russia probe eases — for now

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WASHINGTON -- It began, like so many other controversies these days, with a tweet. And it seemed to end Monday in typical fashion -- with a stalemate and confusion over President Donald Trump's intentions.

Fuming over reports that a confidential FBI informant met with three campaign aides, Trump tweeted Sunday that he would demand the Justice ...Read more

NM man sentenced for attacks on business and government websites

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A New Mexico man who admitted paying hackers to sabotage websites affiliated with his former employers and government agencies in Minnesota, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

John K. Gammell of Las Cruces was sentenced last week in federal court in St. Paul to five years of supervised release and restitution that authorities were still...Read more

Xi Jinping can make or break any deal between Trump and Kim

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BEIJING -- Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un will meet next month to negotiate a deal that could avert nuclear war. But the ultimate success of any agreement hinges on someone else: China's President Xi Jinping.

As North Korea's largest trading partner, China's enforcement of United Nations sanctions helped bring Kim to the negotiating table while ...Read more

In his first major policy speech, Pompeo calls for global anti-Iran coalition

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration, two weeks after it withdrew from an international arms control deal that curbed Iran's nuclear ambitions, called Monday for a new global coalition to force the Islamic Republic to capitulate to a long list of political and military demands.

In his first major policy address, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo...Read more

White House condemns 'sham' Venezuela vote, likens humanitarian crisis to Syria

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WASHINGTON -- The White House on Monday announced it would block the Venezuelan government from selling off the nation's assets in exchange for cash in response to what it called an illegitimate and "sham" election Sunday that gave leader Nicolas Maduro another term.

Senior administration officials said the goal of the executive order was to ...Read more

5 women sue USC, alleging they were victimized by campus gynecologist

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LOS ANGELES -- Five women filed civil lawsuits Monday alleging that a longtime gynecologist at the University of Southern California victimized them under the pretext of medical care and that USC failed to address complaints from clinic staffers about the doctor's behavior.

One woman alleged Dr. George Tyndall forced his entire ungloved hand ...Read more

After being cleared in fatal shooting, Chicago cop fired for lying about unrelated arrest

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CHICAGO -- A Chicago police officer cleared in a controversial fatal shooting of an unarmed teen has been fired along with another veteran officer for lying about the circumstances of a domestic violence arrest almost five years ago.

In a unanimous decision, the Chicago Police Board voted at its monthly meeting Thursday night that Officers ...Read more

Trump welcomes first female CIA director, tries to make amends with the agency

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump led the swearing-in ceremony for the first female CIA director in the agency's history on Monday, calling it "a ceremony like few will ever have again."

Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath.

"They love you," Trump said as officials and agents applauded Haspel during the ceremony. "They respect ...Read more

Two attacked by cougar identified; wildlife officials say predator was 'emaciated'

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SEATTLE -- The cougar that attacked two bicyclists near North Bend, Wash., on Saturday, killing one and leaving the other with serious injuries, was "emaciated," according to a fish and wildlife official.

Capt. Alan Myers, of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife police, said the brain of the 100-pound cat will be tested to determine why it...Read more

Two die, 12 hurt when church van hits deer, second vehicle and runs into pond

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ROLESVILLE, N.C. -- Two people died when a church van hit a deer, crashed into another vehicle head-on and then went off N.C. 96 and into a pond late Sunday afternoon, the State Highway Patrol said Monday.

First Sgt. Michael Baker, a highway patrol spokesman, said the van from the First Missionary Baptist Church of Smithfield was southbound on ...Read more

Supreme Court deals defeat to workers' rights, upholding arbitration for individuals only

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court has sharply restricted the rights of American workers to join with others to challenge their company for allegedly violating federal laws on wages, hours or civil rights.

The justices by a 5-4 vote Monday agreed with Trump administration lawyers on two key issues.

First, workers do not have a right to go to ...Read more

Dad arrested after 'mass casualty' crash into restaurant kills daughter

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Two people are dead and others are injured after a man crashed a car into a Bessemer City, N.C., restaurant around noon Sunday, according to police.

The man, Roger Self, was arrested, Bessemer City Police Chief Thomas Ellis Jr. said.

Self's daughter, Katelyn Self, was one of the people killed. She was inside the restaurant ...Read more

China said to consider ending birth limits as soon as this year

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BEIJING -- China is planning to scrap all limits on the number of children a family can have, according to people familiar with the matter, in what would be a historic end to a policy that spurred countless human-rights abuses and left the world's second-largest economy short of workers.

The State Council, China's cabinet, has commissioned ...Read more

Rating changes in 19 House races, all toward Democrats

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WASHINGTON -- Despite forecasts of a blue tsunami, it's still not guaranteed that Democrats will win back the House majority. But the playing field of competitive House races is expanding and shifting to almost exclusively Republican territory.

After the latest round of changes, Inside Elections now has 68 Republican seats rated as vulnerable ...Read more

This California congressman is avoiding a #MeToo backlash so far. Here's why

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WASHINGTON -- Asked recently whether she would push Rep. Tony Cardenas of California to resign over allegations in a lawsuit that he molested a teenager in 2007, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi threw up her hands and walked away.

That seems to sum up Washington's collective response so far to the latest #MeToo sexual misconduct crisis ...Read more

San Francisco will use new technology to automatically reduce marijuana convictions

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When recreational marijuana use was legalized in California, it presented an opportunity to reduce or expunge convictions for possession crimes that made it harder for some people to get ahead in life.

Since then, some counties have worked to address those convictions, taking on the lengthy bureaucratic process so that people would not have to ...Read more