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Trump issues broad ban on transgender people in the military

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump has banned transgender people from the U.S. military in most circumstances.

Trump, in a White House statement released on Friday night, said "transgender persons with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria--individuals who the policies state may require substantial medical treatment, including ...Read more

'Shoot her 20 times in the back': Protest over Stephon Clark's death turns ugly

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SACRAMENTO, Calif.--A second day of protests over the fatal police shooting of Stephon Clark turned unruly and occasionally violent Friday, as marchers tied up downtown streets, surrounded Sacramento police officers and doused one bystander with drinks, shouting, "Shoot her in the back 20 times!"

The 200 protesters in the afternoon march ...Read more

US to hold military exercise in Trinidad and Tobago, just miles from Venezuela

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BOGOTA, Colombia -- U.S. Southern Command announced that it will be participating in military exercises just a few miles off Venezuela's coast next month, as the island of Trinidad and Tobago plays host to an annual event called "Fused Response."

In a statement, Southcom said the multilateral exercise is "aimed at strengthening relationships, ...Read more

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Schlitterbahn corporation indicted in Kansas water slide death

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Claiming corporate executives were rushed, careless and lacked expertise to design a thrill ride, an indictment Friday levied criminal charges against Schlitterbahn Water Park in the death of 10-year-old Caleb Schwab.

The 47-page indictment pulls together ...Read more

Walking into FedEx was the beginning of the end for Austin bomber

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AUSTIN, Texas -- In the 28-minute confession he recorded on his phone shortly before his death, Austin serial bomber Mark Conditt lamented his poor judgment in attempting to send two explosives through FedEx, a mistake he assumed had enabled investigators to identify him as the culprit.

He was right.

After 20 days of churning through theories ...Read more

Aides to recommend that Trump to expel Russian envoys over UK poison attack

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WASHINGTON –– President Donald Trump's advisers agreed to recommend that he expel some Russian diplomats from the U.S. in response to the nerve-agent poisoning of a former Russian spy living in the United Kingdom, a person familiar with the matter said.

The advisers reached the preliminary recommendations at a National Security Council ...Read more

Hawley's office has issued 15 subpoenas in investigation of Missouri Gov. Greitens' veterans charity

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Attorney General's office has subpoenaed 15 people affiliated with groups created by Gov. Eric Greitens as part of its investigation into possible violations by the charity he founded, The Mission Continues.

The charity has been the subject of much scrutiny since Greitens' campaign for governor. The Missouri ...Read more

Texas bomber had no criminal record or arrests, police records show

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AUSTIN, Texas -- The paper trail of Mark Conditt reveals little about the man who killed two people and wounded five others in a bombing spree.

Records show that Conditt had never been arrested and had no criminal record.

Pflugerville police report only one interaction with him: a traffic stop in 2015, when he was issued a citation while ...Read more

On eve of gun control march, Trump announces proposed ban on 'bump stocks'

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration on Friday announced a new regulation that would outlaw "bump stocks," the mechanical device used by the Las Vegas shooter to make his rifles fire like more lethal automatic weapons.

President Donald Trump announced the regulation in a Twitter message a day before the so-called March for Our Lives, which ...Read more

Her son was killed in New Orleans, one of hundreds gunned down; here's why she's marching

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NEW ORLEANS -- If you stand close enough, you can make out the names and numbers in small font on the beige plasterboard outside St. Anna's Episcopal Church.

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There are so many names, dozens and dozens, that the display runs out of room with 2012 and resumes inside the church with more panels listing yet more ...Read more

Missouri governor used secret messaging app in invasion of privacy case, attorney alleges

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ST. LOUIS -- Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner's office alleged Friday in a new filing that Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens used a message-destroying smartphone app "to engage in criminal behavior" that led to the invasion of privacy indictment against him.

The motion filed Friday alleges a conflict of interest in the St. Louis-based Dowd Bennett law ...Read more

Trump didn't want to give Haiti $11 million for cholera, so Congress found another way

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MIAMI--Included in the $1.3 trillion spending package that was passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump on Friday is $10 million to help Haiti fight cholera.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, who unsuccessfully tried to get the Trump administration last year to turn over $11 million in unspent Haiti peacekeeping money to the United Nations' ...Read more

Protesters gather at California Capitol to condemn police shooting of unarmed black man

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Dozens of activists gathered Friday at the state Capitol in Sacramento to protest the fatal police shooting of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man.

About 100 protesters -- some carrying signs that said "What Weapon?" and "No Justice, No Peace" -- gathered outside the Capitol building early Friday afternoon. The rally ...Read more

Zachary Cruz new bond hearing to be scheduled next week

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A Broward judge will reconsider the $500,000 bond set in a misdemeanor trespassing case against Zachary Cruz, brother of the Parkland school shooter, and will hear arguments from both sides next week.

Broward County Judge Melinda Brown had originally told Cruz's attorneys that she could not hear arguments on his motion ...Read more

Washington plans to curb gun violence, with NRA's permission

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WASHINGTON -- Republican-controlled Washington is taking steps to curb gun violence. Steps approved by the National Rifle Association.

Two narrow gun safety measures included in a funding bill President Donald Trump signed Friday -- each sponsored by both Republicans and Democrats -- have the group's explicit support.

One is designed to ensure...Read more

China announces retaliatory tariffs on 128 US products

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BEIJING -- China on Friday announced it would impose retaliatory import tariffs on 128 U.S. products -- goods that amount to $3 billion -- targeting staples that include California wines, fruits and almonds.

The move follows President Donald Trump's decision this week to slap tariffs on about $50 billion worth in Chinese goods, triggering a ...Read more

Trump administration will contribute to UN's request to help Venezuelan refugees

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration is considering giving up to nearly $10 million more to help Latin American and Caribbean nations with the flow of displaced Venezuelans.

The appropriation would be part of the U.S. contribution to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' $46 million special request to address what the U.N. group ...Read more

Man arrested for threatening to murder Rep. Scott Taylor

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WASHINGTON -- A 69-year-old Virginia Beach, Va., resident was arrested Friday for threatening to murder his congressman, Republican Rep. Scott Taylor.

Wallace Grove Godwin is being charged with threatening to murder and assault a U.S. official, a crime that carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison if convicted, Tracy Doherty-McCormick, ...Read more

Author of Trump dossier moves closer to testimony in lawsuit

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. lawyer for a Russian tech mogul suing online news site BuzzFeed will travel to London to take testimony from the former British spy at the center of the allegations of possible Trump campaign collusion with the Kremlin.

A British court on Wednesday accepted a compromise between lawyers that compels narrow testimony from ...Read more

Trump signs government spending bill after last-minute threat to veto

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Friday signed a $1.3 trillion bill to fund government agencies after a last-minute threat to veto the measure -- a step that likely would have triggered a government shutdown.

In a hastily called signing ceremony at the White House, Trump railed against a "ridiculous situation" in which he was being asked...Read more