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Britain's Prince Andrew rejects involvement in Epstein scandal

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LONDON -- British Prince Andrew has rejected any involvement in alleged sex crimes by the late U.S. billionaire Jeffrey Epstein.

Epstein's death on Aug. 10 in his New York prison cell has been ruled a suicide.

He was due to face trial on child sex-trafficking charges.

"The Duke of York (Andrew) has been appalled by the recent reports of ...Read more

Iran warns US against targeting oil tanker headed to Greece

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LONDON -- Iran warned the U.S. against targeting a supertanker carrying the Middle East country's oil as the vessel departed Gibraltar after being seized last month by U.K. forces and held in the British territory.

The tanker, detained by the British on suspicion of hauling oil to Syria in violation of European sanctions, set sail from ...Read more

K. Connie Kang, pioneering Korean American journalist, dies at 76

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LOS ANGELES -- When riots broke out in Los Angeles in the spring of 1992, few local reporters covering the historical unrest were able to interview the Koreans whose neighborhoods were suddenly besieged by violence. They couldn't speak the language.

In the eyes of the Korean American Journalists Association, this was a huge problem. So, on the ...Read more

A $100,000 bribe got teen a UCLA soccer scholarship without even playing

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LOS ANGELES -- On paper, the high school senior from British Columbia was a promising soccer player. So much so that UCLA admitted the teen last fall as an athletic recruit and even awarded him a scholarship.

The teen, however, didn't play soccer -- and his admission to UCLA was bought with a $100,000 bribe William "Rick" Singer paid to Jorge ...Read more

A tale of two rallies: Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders have similar ideas, competing paths to 2020 victory

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FRANCONIA, N.H. -- For progressive voters such as Richard Poulin, the 2020 Democratic presidential primary offers an agonizing choice between two heroes of the left, Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

Poulin, a New Hampshire store owner, was a devoted supporter of Sanders' unsuccessful 2016 campaign. Now, he ...Read more

Odor advisory issued for Salton Sea area; hydrogen sulfide leads to rotten-egg smell

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LOS ANGELES -- An odor advisory was issued Sunday for the Salton Sea area in Riverside County due to elevated levels of a gas that smells like rotten eggs, according to California air regulators.

The advisory was issued for the Coachella Valley and will remain in effect until at least Monday because of winds from the south, with peak ...Read more

Trump calls Greenland 'interesting' as Denmark rules out a sale

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said buying Greenland would be "a large real estate deal" that could ease a financial burden on Denmark, which administers the island, but hours earlier its Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen ruled out any sale to the U.S.

"Strategically it's interesting and we'd be interested, but we'll talk to them a little ...Read more

US sanctions on the high seas test European allies' patience

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BEIRUT -- In the escalating tanker wars between the West and Iran, Washington is facing resistance from its traditional international partners.

The Trump administration wants to take its "maximum pressure" campaign to the high seas, blocking Tehran's ability to export oil via its tanker fleet while safeguarding international shipping from ...Read more

Wedding attack shows a U.S.-Taliban deal wouldn't end killing in Afghanistan

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KABUL, Afghanistan -- Abdul Sattar was leaving his cousin's wedding with his wife and a son when he noticed the late-arriving guest, a well-dressed man who pulled up on a bicycle festooned with flowers and rushed inside the hall.

After decades of carnage in Afghanistan, little things can set off alarm bells. Sattar, a sergeant in the Afghan ...Read more

Pondering a bid, Mark Sanford says Trump doesn't deserve second term

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NEW YORK -- Mark Sanford said he's exploring a bid for the 2020 Republican nomination since Donald Trump doesn't deserve re-election -- but that he'd still vote for the president over a Democrat.

"He's taking us in the wrong direction," Sanford said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, citing business investments "cratering" over the past few ...Read more

Focused on Iowa, Klobuchar is looking for some room to grow

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CARROLL, Iowa -- In this deep red county of western Iowa, which President Donald Trump won by 30 points, Sen. Amy Klobuchar stopped at a crowded cafe recently to stress that she can talk about issues like guns and immigration in practical, common-sense terms that should be appealing to voters in the Midwest.

"I have won in Republican districts....Read more

Hong Kong protests: Tens of thousands spill out of pro-democracy rally and march across the city

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kongers defied police restrictions and pouring rain to march across the city on Sunday, spilling out of a large public park and filling major streets in the latest edition of a summer of pro-democracy demonstrations.

Protesters began the afternoon by rallying at Victoria Park, the starting point for the two peaceful marches in...Read more

Kudlow pushes back on recession, says U.S.-China calls positive

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WASHINGTON -- Larry Kudlow pushed back Sunday on the notion that the U.S. economy is headed toward a recession, and said recent phone calls between U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators had produced more "positive news."

Kudlow, the White House National Economic Council director, and Peter Navarro, President Donald Trump's trade adviser, made ...Read more

Iran ready to escort seized oil tanker back home if needed

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TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's navy is ready to send a flotilla to escort a supertanker detained for more than a month off Gibraltar back to Iran, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported, citing a naval commander.

"We have no intention of sending a flotilla to Gibraltar, but we are ready to do so to escort the Grace 1 back to Iran's territorial ...Read more

Anti-abortion Democrats, pro-abortion-rights Republicans feel ostracized in their parties

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The confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh last fall brought abortion into the public consciousness in a way perhaps not seen in years.

The court's landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision became vulnerable in the eyes of many observers wary of the increased conservatism of President Donald Trump's judicial appointees.

...Read more

63 killed in Islamic State bombing of wedding in Kabul

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KABUL -- The Islamic State terrorist group claimed responsibility on Sunday for a suicide bombing at a wedding ceremony in Afghanistan's capital that left 63 people dead.

A total of 182 others were injured in the incident, which took place at a wedding hall in the west of Kabul late Saturday night, Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said...Read more

Why was Jeffrey Epstein allowed to purchase small women's panties from the Palm Beach jail?

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MIAMI -- A decade ago, during a brief stint in Palm Beach County Jail, convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein made an odd purchase at the facility's store: two pairs of small women's panties, size 5.

It was just one of thousands of dollars of purchases made by the disgraced financier while in jail after pleading guilty in 2008 to soliciting a ...Read more

Human smugglers face a dry spell with Mexico's crackdown on Central American migration

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AGUACATAN, Guatemala -- These are lean times for Hugo and others in his time-honored profession.

He hasn't worked regularly in weeks and is back in college studying accounting, which he took up after ditching criminal science as unsuitable considering his full-time gig.

"It's just too hard to do the job right now," said Hugo, who makes his ...Read more

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