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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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Doyle McManus: The U.S. has a problem in Saudi Arabia, and it's still not being fixed

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WASHINGTON -- Almost six months after Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered, the man believed to have ordered the killing has cemented his position as President Donald Trump's closest ally in the Arab world.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, has weathered the initial storm over the Oct. 2 killing in ...Read more

End of Mueller probe roils political scene, testing both parties as much remains unknown

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WASHINGTON -- The end of the special counsel's inquiry into the far corners of President Donald Trump's White House and campaign is poised to upend the political landscape. But with the final report still secret, both parties are left to scramble in the dark to seize political advantage.

Congress is still waiting for Attorney General William ...Read more

In a vast, dust-swept landscape, Islamic State caliphate ends in rubble and wreckage

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BEIRUT -- Its militants believed they would conquer Rome, Paris and Washington. It sought to smash the century-old borders that defined the Middle East, and create a project whose central slogan was "Enduring and expanding."

Instead, the culmination of that vision came in a dust-swept hamlet on Syria's border with Iraq on Saturday. There, U.S.-...Read more

Tracing the footsteps of Las Vegas gunman

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LAS VEGAS -- Some days, Stephen Paddock left an impression. Like the time he walked into the Sportsman's Warehouse in St. George, Utah, to buy guns wearing white gloves. Other times, he barely registered in a store clerk's mind.

But purchase firearms he did -- more than 55 of them in the year leading up to Oct. 1, 2017, when he carried out the ...Read more

Once the site of Bernie Sanders' last stand, California now is pivotal to his 2020 prospects

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LOS ANGELES--Tim Johnson hasn't stopped feeling the Bern.

A committed Bernie Sanders acolyte since 2016, Johnson was at a University of California, Los Angeles labor strike on Wednesday to watch the senator make his first California appearance as a 2020 presidential candidate. He's taking part in Sanders rallies this weekend as well.

"It's ...Read more

Off-duty Chicago police officer killed in attack on parked car

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CHICAGO -- An off-duty Chicago police officer was shot to death Saturday morning and a companion was critically injured when two assailants attacked a parked car on the city's Near North Side.

The men, both 23, were sitting in the car about 3:30 a.m. when the assailants walked up, and one pulled a gun and began firing into the vehicle.

Another...Read more

On anniversary of March for Our Lives, students organize nationwide celebration

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One year ago Sunday, at the center of a huge Washington rally, Emma Gonzalez rattled off the names of her dead classmates and teachers, standing in pained silence for several minutes as tears rolled down her cheek.

The crowd was confused. A chant broke out. Her timer buzzed.

"Since the time that I came out here, it has been six minutes and 20 ...Read more

Pentagon, Trump cheer liberation of Islamic State in Syria

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BEIRUT –– The last territory held by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has been liberated, the Pentagon said, hours after a largely Kurdish fighting force in Syria claimed victory.

Saturday's statement by acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan followed one by President Donald Trump. Unlike the president, who's said for months that victory ...Read more

Barr not ready to give Congress Mueller's 'principal conclusions' in Russia investigation

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WASHINGTON -- Attorney General William Barr apparently decided he was not ready Saturday to provide Congress with a summary of the "principal conclusions" from the Russia investigation.

Barr received a confidential report from special counsel Robert Mueller Friday, and he subsequently released a letter to senior members of Congress saying he ...Read more

'Remain in Mexico' policy may prompt more illegal border crossings

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SAN DIEGO -- Three months into the Department of Homeland Security's new program that requires asylum-seeking migrants to wait in Mexico until their U.S. immigration hearings, experts said the policy may encourage illegal border crossings.

This past week, migrants rushed the border at least four times at Playas de Tijuana, many of them claiming...Read more

Report blames lack of leadership at VA for Forever GI Bill implementation failures

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs failed to modify its electronic systems and lacked an accountable official to oversee implementation of the Forever GI Bill, resulting in a bungled introduction last year that affected thousands of college students, a new report from the agency's inspector general says.

The Forever GI Bill, the widely ...Read more

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