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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

Catalonia crisis threatens Spain's budget

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MADRID –– Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy faces a resurgent confrontation with Catalonia over the regional government's choice of leaders, threatening passage of his 2018 budget.

Rajoy's government left open the option of vetoing a slate of senior officials proposed by regional chief Joaquim Torra Saturday, saying it's a provocation ...Read more

U.S. puts tariffs against China 'on hold,' Mnuchin says

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WASHINGTON –– The Trump administration has decided not to impose tariffs on Chinese products for now, after progress between the two nations on trade issues in two days of talks, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.

"We're putting the trade war on hold, right now," Mnuchin said on "Fox News Sunday."

President Donald Trump has threatened...Read more

Outcomes in school shootings can differ greatly despite presence of police officers

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Two high school shootings over two days last week show how radically different outcomes can occur despite the presence of armed police officers when someone enters a school and starts firing.

On Wednesday morning, the school resource officer at Dixon High School in north-central Illinois confronted a shooter in a hallway and was praised as a ...Read more

Memories of a massacre: The aftermath of the nation's deadliest shooting

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LAS VEGAS -- Last week the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department released more than 1,200 pages of witness statements and interviews conducted by law enforcement with survivors of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

In the course of the investigation, police gathered individual stories -- each like a quilt patch sewn next to ...Read more

After death threats, new rape laws, voters to finally decide if Brock Turner judge keeps job

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- No issue on the Santa Clara County June ballot has attracted as much attention or been as divisive as the proposed recall of a county judge over the sentence he gave nearly two years ago to a former Stanford athlete in a sensational sexual assault case.

There have been death threats on both sides, an impassioned statement ...Read more

Scandal after scandal focuses scrutiny on USC leadership, culture

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LOS ANGELES--Last year, the University of Southern California decided to oust longtime campus gynecologist George Tyndall after concluding that for years he had been making sexual comments and touching patients inappropriately during pelvic exams.

The university drew up a secret deal and Tyndall quietly left with a financial settlement.

But ...Read more

Patt Morrison: After centuries of practice, Britain's royals figure out how to turn a wedding into a global watch party

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The House of Windsor may be slow, but it's not dumb.

A dazzling royal wedding, watchable from just about anywhere in the connected world, served up one more example of how the British royal family has survived and even eked out triumphs through war, tabloids, television and Twitter.

And that's not cynicism speaking; it's admiration.

This ...Read more

Another woman accuses LA sheriff's deputy of sexual assault inside jail

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LOS ANGELES--The woman said the attack happened in a dimly lit part of the jail.

The officer ordered her to take off her clothes, then groped her breasts, the woman said. She claimed the lawman forced her into sexual acts again and again, threatening to remove her from educational classes if she did not comply.

The woman's allegations are the ...Read more

Immaculate Heart students in LA cheer on alumna Meghan Markle at viewing party

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LOS ANGELES--As wedding guests filtered into Windsor Castle less than an hour ahead of the royal wedding, students filtered into Immaculate Heart High School in Hollywood -- Meghan Markle's alma mater -- to watch.

Students and parents at the all-girls school laid out blankets and pillows in the auditorium. They wore pajamas, some topped with ...Read more

Texas school shooting suspect held in isolation after confessing; bombs found to be 'nonfunctional'

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SANTA FE, Texas -- A student who authorities said confessed to killing 10 people at a Houston-area high school was being held in isolation Saturday as the community continued to mourn.

Two bombs that junior Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, allegedly brought to Santa Fe High School Friday were "intended to be IEDs," improvised explosive devices, but ...Read more

As despair engulfs Venezuela, many voters plan to skip election

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CARACAS, Venezuela -- Mariana Leal won't vote in Sunday's presidential election because she believes the fix is in for President Nicolas Maduro to win re-election. Besides, the physical therapist from Caracas has something better to do: pack for her imminent departure from Venezuela.

"These elections don't mean anything," said Leal, 29, as she ...Read more

Some arrests at US-Mexico border raise questions about selective prosecution

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SAN DIEGO -- It was just after 9 p.m. April 27 when Border Patrol Agent Jamie Renteria spotted a group of 18 people walking north from the fence that marks the international border between the U.S. and Mexico in an area called Goat Canyon.

Within a few minutes, Renteria had arrested all of them -- 13 from Honduras, one from Guatemala, one from ...Read more

Pope Paul VI, slain archbishop, German nun to be canonized in October

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ROME –– Pope Paul VI, El Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero and German nun Maria Katharina Kasper will be canonized as Roman Catholic saints Oct. 14 in St. Peter's Square.

Pope Francis made the announcement Saturday during a meeting with cardinals to confirm the canonizations.

The ceremony is due to take place as part of an October Vatican...Read more

Bill would require airlines, commuter rail lines, bus companies to adopt anti-harassment rules

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Federal lawmakers have proposed legislation to require airlines and other transportation operations to adopt policies to crack down on harassment and abuse.

The bill by Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., calls on airlines, bus companies, railroads and commuter lines to adopt anti-harassment policies within 90 days of the bill's passage. DeFazio's ...Read more

Family of Pakistani girl killed in Texas school shooting begs U.S.: 'Please make sure this doesn't happen again'

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ISLAMABAD -- Sabika Sheikh spoke to her 9-year-old sister on the phone Friday, counting down the days before she would complete her high school exchange program in suburban Houston and return to the family home in Karachi, Pakistan.

"She told me that in 20 days we will be together," said the sister, Soha. "She had bought so many gifts for me." ...Read more

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are wed amid pomp and pageantry at Windsor chapel

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WINDSOR, England – Prince Harry, sixth in line to the British throne, and American actress Meghan Markle exchanged marriage vows Saturday in a tradition-imbued ceremony that was seen by millions worldwide but filled with intimate moments, including the groom's almost bashful-sounding aside as the bride arrived at the altar: "You look amazing."...Read more