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California independents can cast ballots for Democrats — but not Trump — in March primary

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California voters who are unaffiliated with a political party will be able to participate in the Democratic presidential primary next year, but they will be prohibited from casting ballots for President Donald Trump or any possible Republican challenger, according to information released Monday by state elections officials....Read more

Brush fire burns near Pacific Palisades homes with evacuations underway

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LOS ANGELES -- Firefighters were battling a brush fire Monday that quickly chewed through at least 30 acres in Los Angeles' Pacific Palisades section, burning dangerously close to multimillion-dollar homes in a hillside neighborhood.

Firefighters responded about 10:40 a.m. Monday to the blaze, which erupted near 500 N. Palisades Drive. The fire...Read more

Fliers are bigger, seats are smaller: Consumer groups say airline safety tests are outdated

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A coalition of consumer groups that has questioned the safety of the nation's increasingly crowded airline cabins and shrinking seats is calling federal safety tests scheduled for next month outdated.

With airlines squeezing smaller seats in each cabin, federal regulations adopted last year required the Federal Aviation Administration to study ...Read more

Trudeau posts expected Atlantic losses in Canada election

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WASHINGTON -- Justin Trudeau's ruling Liberal Party was on track to lose roughly half a dozen seats in Atlantic Canada, as expected, as results began to roll in for what is poised to be one of the closest elections in the country's history.

The Liberals have won or were leading in 24 of 32 districts, according to preliminary results from ...Read more

Democrats seek insider trading probe after 'Trump Chaos' article

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WASHINGTON -- Democratic lawmakers are increasingly demanding that U.S. authorities investigate allegations raised in a recent magazine article that traders might be using nonpublic government information to reap huge illegal profits, even as the exchange where the transactions purportedly took place called the story "patently false."

In a ...Read more

California's spiking gas prices should be investigated for possible fixing, says Gov. Newsom

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Citing gasoline prices that are as much as 30 cents a gallon higher than those in other states, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday asked the state attorney general to investigate whether California's leading oil and gas suppliers are involved in price-fixing or other unfair practices.

"Simply stated, name-brand gas retail outlets...Read more

Health Department evaluation believes Capital Gazette shooting suspect is sane

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A forensic psychiatrist for the Maryland Health Department believes the man charged with killing five Capital Gazette staffers is legally sane, an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court judge said Monday.

The 124-page report was completed at least a month ago after the doctor extensively evaluated the man charged with murdering ...Read more

Woman breaks into house, curses homeowner and steals his toilet paper, NC cops say

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A foul-mouth toilet tissue thief was caught red handed in North Carolina, after she allegedly broke into a home, cursed the owner, then fled with his toilet paper, according to the Iredell County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators identified the suspect as 34-year-old Sarah Noel Davis. She is charged with felony breaking and ...Read more

'I didn't want to lose my husband.' For second time, wife of slain Ky. Marine testifies

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- For the second time, Megan Price had to recount for a jury the tragic events surrounding her husband's 2014 shooting death.

Price testified at a 2018 trial, but that jury was unable to reach a verdict against Dawan Q. Mulazim, 36, in the murder of Price's husband Jonathan, a Marine. Last Thursday, a second trial began in the ...Read more

Child porn suspect arrested after offering to host parties in 'My Little Pony' outfit

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Daniel Wayne Benner once worked as a janitor in an Orangevale, Calif.-area preschool, and offered on Facebook to dress up in a My Little Pony costume to entertain children at birthday parties.

He also had an affinity for trading child pornography, using a Kik internet account name of "hornylonely2005," the FBI says.

On ...Read more

Missing Kansas City-area man found 7 days after crash has died, police say

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Kansas City-area man who was found in a wrecked car one week after he had been reported missing died Saturday afternoon, according to police.

Ryan Linneman, 37, of Lee's Summit, Mo., had been in the hospital since he was found Wednesday in his vehicle at the bottom of a wooded gully along Interstate 470.

The Lee's Summit ...Read more

A Marine was killed in action during WWII. His remains have finally been identified

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PHILADELPHIA -- The remains of a Marine killed in a key battle in the Pacific during World War II have been identified as Private First Class Joseph F. Boschetti of Philadelphia 75 years after his death.

Boschetti, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Monday, was killed on Nov. 20, 1943 at the age of 23 in a battle on the island of ...Read more

End strike and go back to work while talks continue, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot asks teachers union. 'Not going to happen,' union responds.

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CHICAGO -- Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is calling on the Chicago Teachers Union to end its strike even before negotiations result in an agreement.

But a union member said "that's not going to happen," saying real progress has only come since the walkout began on Thursday.

In a Monday letter to CTU President Jesse Sharkey, the mayor and ...Read more

Baby born in laundry room as tornado swirled around North Texas Sunday night

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- As the tornado whipped through North Texas Sunday night, destroying homes and buildings, a baby girl was born.

In a laundry room.

Without power.

By candlelight.

"Baby girl born in our laundry room with the tornado sirens going off, a tornado on the ground half a mile away," stated a Facebook post by The Bump Birthing ...Read more

Trump's Cabinet meeting devolves into 71 minutes of gripes and grievances

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump, trying to dig out from political holes of his own making on top of the expanding House impeachment inquiry, held forth for 71 minutes Monday during what was ostensibly a Cabinet meeting but ended up being a familiar torrent of grievance, defensiveness and bold statements about his expansive view of his own ...Read more

Johnson plows on after speaker blocks Brexit deal vote

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LONDON -- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative government on Monday plowed on with its plan to conclude Brexit by Oct. 31, despite being blocked by the parliamentary speaker from from holding a vote on its Brexit deal.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, Johnson's leader in the Commons, parliament's elected main house, told lawmakers that the ...Read more

They were watching football when the sky fell without warning, Dallas tornado survivors say

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DALLAS -- Angela Boston crawled to a closet with her daughters when wind and rain started to bear down on their home late Sunday night.

"There was no time for a warning," she said Monday morning while surveying the damage to her home just north of Walnut Hill Lane.

The back of her house is gone.

The fence is in crumbles.

Tree limbs cover her...Read more

Bag with cell phone battery or charger explodes while being loaded onto flight at Chicago's Midway Airport; no injuries reported, police say

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CHICAGO -- A cell phone battery or charger exploded in a bag while the bag was being loaded onto a flight at Chicago's Midway International midday Monday, but there were no reports of injuries, police said.

Police were called to the airport just before 12:20 p.m. Monday after a bag exploded while being loaded onto a flight, said police ...Read more

'I am so ashamed I said what I said.' Man convicted of hate crime for berating woman wearing Puerto Rican shirt sentenced to probation, community service

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CHICAGO -- A Des Plaines, Ill., man found guilty of a hate crime for harassing a woman wearing a Puerto Rican flag shirt was sentenced Monday to two years of probation and 200 hours of community service and was also forbidden from going to any Cook County Forest preserves for two years.

Timothy G. Trybus, 63, was found guilty last month of a ...Read more

Trump trails top Democrats in new Minnesota Poll

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MINNEAPOLIS -- President Donald Trump trails several leading Democratic candidates, as well as U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, at this point in the presidential campaign in Minnesota, according to a new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll.

The two current front-runners for the Democratic nomination, former Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth ...Read more