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Trump to call for death penalty for some opioid dealers, but White House won't say how it would be applied

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump plans to push ahead with a controversial call for the death penalty for some drug dealers as part of a larger initiative to fight opioid abuse, a senior White House official said Sunday.

But in a conference call with reporters, a senior administration official declined to provide any examples of ...Read more

Stoneman Douglas survivors speak out on '60 Minutes'

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Five leaders of the #NeverAgain movement said Florida lawmakers get a C, or C-minus, grade for their response to the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The panel of student survivors appeared Sunday on CBS' "60 Minutes" with correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi. They reflected on their activism and the response from lawmakers after the ...Read more

Turkish military and allied Syrian rebels seize Afrin, Syria, after nearly two-month offensive

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ISTANBUL, Turkey -- The Syrian Kurd dream of creating an autonomous state stretching across the country's north suffered a crushing blow Sunday when Turkey-backed rebel forces routed a militia from the city of Afrin after a nearly two-month offensive.

The enclave along the Syria-Turkey border had been controlled by the People's Protection Units...Read more

Candidates for Illinois governor spend $65.7 million on TV ads –– just for the primaries

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CHICAGO -- Like Chicago's downtown on St. Patrick's Day weekend, a river of green has flowed through TV sets ahead of Tuesday's primary vote, as candidates for Illinois governor have spent tens of millions of dollars on advertising during the long campaign.

The final weekend of in-person campaigning supplemented the nearly $65.7 million spent ...Read more

Trump's quick agreement to meet Kim was a surprise, diplomat says

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WASHINGTON –– President Donald Trump's immediate willingness to meet with Kim Jong Un about North Korea's nuclear and missile programs probably caught the North Korean leader by surprise, forcing him to consider his position before responding publicly, the South Korean foreign minister said.

"We were all quite surprised by the readiness of ...Read more

Putin easily wins re-election as Russian president

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MOSCOW –– Russian President Vladimir Putin has cemented his position in power at the Kremlin by winning what early results indicated will be his largest-ever victory.

According to exit polls published by state media, Putin won 73.9 percent of the vote. The Central Election Commission said that with about a third of the ballots counted, more...Read more

UK says Russia stockpiled nerve agent, Johnson Says

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LONDON –– The United Kingdom accused Russia of developing and stockpiling nerve agents for a decade, after Moscow suggested that a British laboratory may have been the source of the substance used to poison a former spy and his daughter.

"We actually had evidence within the last 10 years that Russia has not only been investigating the ...Read more

Republican senators push back against Trump on McCabe's firing

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Republican lawmakers spoke against the firing of FBI official Andrew McCabe and efforts by President Donald Trump and his lawyer to link it to the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

McCabe shouldn't have been fired two days before he was due to retire in an episode that risks demoralizing and "smearing" agents, said Sen. ...Read more

Rand Paul threatens filibuster on State Department, CIA nominees

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WASHINGTON –– Sen. Rand Paul said Sunday that he would "do everything to stop" President Donald Trump's nominations of Mike Pompeo for secretary of state and Gina Haspel for CIA director, but conceded that he may not be able to stop them.

Paul, R-Ky., said on CBS' "Face the Nation" that he wants someone who's not "advocating for war," ...Read more

Saudi crown prince heads to White House and Silicon Valley

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WASHINGTON -- Promoting the image of a new Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives Monday in Washington on a cross-country trip to court government officials, Silicon Valley technology companies, investors and one of his biggest fans: President Donald Trump.

He is a prince on a mission and in a hurry.

The 32-year-old heir to the...Read more

Trump renews attack on ousted FBI official, questions special counsel's fairness

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump Sunday continued his attack on fired FBI official Andrew McCabe, who is likely to be a significant witness in the investigation being conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller.

After reports that McCabe made contemporaneous notes about his encounters with the president, Trump said on Twitter that he doubts...Read more

UCLA student wins sexual misconduct claim against professor

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LOS ANGELES -- UCLA graduate student Kristen Glasgow says she first met Gabriel Piterberg, a history professor, in 2008. They had coffee together and then, she alleged, he walked her to her car, pushed her against it and forced his tongue into her mouth.

Glasgow detailed this and other claims of Piterberg's sexual misconduct over five years in ...Read more