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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

Maduro declared winner in disputed Venezuela presidential election

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MARACAIBO, Venezuela -- Embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro won the right to rule the shattered nation through 2025, after the government said he convincingly won an election Sunday that dozens of nations, including the United States, are calling a sham.

Electoral authorities said Maduro had won 67 percent of the vote versus the 21 ...Read more

Al Gore urges graduates 'to reclaim the integrity of American democracy'

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Speaking to 2018 graduates at the University of Maryland on Sunday, it wasn't until 19 minutes into a 22-minute speech that former Vice President Al Gore mentioned President Donald Trump's name.

But his address nonetheless marked a commencement ceremony that pushed graduates to fight what both Gore and university President ...Read more

US is putting new tariffs on hold while negotiating with China, Mnuchin says

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration carefully stepped back Sunday from a looming trade war with China, saying that it would refrain for now from applying major tariffs on Chinese goods in the wake of Beijing's promise to ramp up purchases of American products to reduce the trade deficit.

"We're putting the trade war on hold," Treasury ...Read more

Voice recorder found at plane-crash site in Cuba

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As Cubans grieved over one of the worst air crashes in the island's history, investigators hoped that the recovery of one of the recorders from a leased Boeing 737 would yield clues to what caused the 39-year-old aircraft to fall from the sky and explode in a yucca field.

The cockpit voice recorder was recovered in good condition, Transport ...Read more

Populist parties in Italy back single candidate for prime minister

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ROME –– Italy's anti-establishment Five Star Movement and the far-right League party have agreed to support a single candidate for prime minister, clearing a major hurdle as they enter the homestretch in their attempt to form a new government.

The parties have agreed on the government program, the cabinet and the prime minister, League ...Read more

Trump says he'll order inquiry into informant in Russia investigation

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said on Twitter Sunday that he will order an investigation into whether law enforcement "infiltrated or surveilled" his presidential campaign "for political purposes," escalating an already extraordinary clash between the president and the Justice Department.

The decision could lead to a new level of ...Read more