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Democratic consultants to be dragged into Manafort trial

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Several prominent Democrats who once worked with Paul Manafort have been dragged into court filings before his fraud trial, most prominently Tad Devine, a political consultant who helped run Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign.

The names appear on a list of documents that special counsel Robert Mueller could show to the jury to be selected ...Read more

Manafort faces federal trial with a hint of a presidential pardon

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WASHINGTON -- When Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, goes on trial Wednesday in Virginia on charges of money laundering, tax fraud and other crimes, he may have reason to hope he can avoid prison if he is convicted.

Last month, Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal lawyer, suggested that Trump may pardon ...Read more

Whale sharks are bigger than had been thought and can live 130 years, study finds

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Whale sharks, the largest of the shark species, can travel the ocean for up to 130 years and can grow as long as 61.7 feet, a study found.

Researchers at Nova Southeastern University's Guy Harvey Research Institute and the Maldives Whale Shark Research Program, a nonprofit whale shark research group, did the research.

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California panel strips ex-USC dean's medical license

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LOS ANGELES--The state agency that regulates physicians on Friday ordered the University of Southern California's former medical school dean stripped of his license to practice medicine, citing "an appalling lack of judgment" in his use of drugs and association with a circle of addicts and criminals while leading the major institution.

The ...Read more

Hamas, Israel agree to ceasefire after day of violence in Gaza

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Hamas has declared a ceasefire with Israel in the Gaza Strip, a Hamas spokesman said early Saturday, after a day of violence that saw one Israeli soldier and four Palestinians killed.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said on Twitter an agreement with "the occupiers" (Israel) had been reached with assistance from Egypt and ...Read more

Missouri lake disaster in high winds kills 17, raising new safety concerns about duck boats

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At least 17 people were killed when an amphibious boat carrying sightseers on a lake sank after encountering high winds and choppy waters, Missouri authorities said Friday.

The disaster began Thursday evening at Table Rock Lake, a popular tourist spot in Missouri's Ozarks, when a tour company vessel known as a duck boat -- which has wheels and ...Read more

Facebook sets lobbying record amid Cambridge Analytica fallout

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WASHINGTON -- Facebook Inc. set a company record for lobbying spending in the second quarter, the period during which Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress and the social media giant faced ongoing fallout from the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

The company spent almost $3.7 million on influencing federal policy from ...Read more

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No charges to be filed in fatal shooting during argument over handicap parking space in Florida

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri announced Friday that his agency will not arrest a man deputies say fatally shot another man during an argument over a handicap parking space.

The incident falls under Florida's self-defense ...Read more

Minnesota man who wrote of 'armed rebellion' convicted of possessing pipe bomb

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An Oklee, Minn., man who allegedly kept a notebook outlining plans for violently overthrowing the government was found guilty Friday of illegally possessing homemade pipe bombs found on a family hunting property last year.

Jurors in Fergus Falls found Eric James Reinbold, 41, guilty after about an hour of deliberation. Though prosecutors ...Read more

A World War II hero is finally buried at home

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LOS ANGELES--David Rosenkrantz was a hometown hero in the summer of 1943.

"L.A. Paratrooper, Buddy Capture 200 Italians," read one newspaper headline. "Los Angeles Warrior 'Captures his Captors,'" read another.

Army Staff Sgt. David Rosenkrantz had been overseas for just three months when he and another paratrooper were mistakenly dropped into...Read more

Judge optimistic that a 'very significant' number of separated families will be reunited by deadline

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SAN DIEGO -- A federal judge said Friday that he was impressed with the effort to reunify about 2,500 children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border and that it appeared promising that a very significant number of families would be joined by next Thursday's deadline.

"It appears this process is working, is on track and is on ...Read more

4-year-old accidentally shoots and kills toddler cousin in San Bernardino County

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LOS ANGELES--A 4-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his 2-year-old cousin in a small San Bernardino County town Friday morning, authorities said.

San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies responded to the shooting, which occurred in the unincorporated town of Muscoy a little after 9 a.m. When they arrived, they found a young girl with ...Read more

4 years after E. coli killed daughter, Minnesota woman dies of same infection

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A severe bacterial E. coli infection that killed a 4-year-old Minnesota girl four years ago has now played a role in her mother's death.

Karen Odens, 39, died July 14 from prolonged complications of the E. coli infection she contracted while caring for her daughter, Sophia, her father said.

At a funeral in Detroit Lakes Saturday, relatives and...Read more

Their duck boat made it to shore. The one they were supposed to be on sank, killing 17

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A family of seven was transferred to a different duck boat Thursday afternoon, swapping places with a woman and her three children due to space constraints.

The boat they were supposed to be on would eventually sink into the choppy water of Table Rock Lake. Seventeen of the 31 people on board drowned Thursday evening in this idyllic state park ...Read more

Feeling dissed, Puerto Rico governor may skip House hearing

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WASHINGTON--The governor of Puerto Rico is threatening to withdraw from a scheduled appearance before the House Natural Resources Committee after the panel posted a tweet his office said was "shameful," "hostile" and "condescending."

The committee deleted a tweet from its Twitter account July 19 about its invitation for Gov. Ricardo Rossello to...Read more

Colombian president welcomes ex-guerrillas to 'inclusive' Congress

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BOGOTA, Colombia -- Colombia's new Congress on Friday held its inaugural session with the unprecedented presence of lawmakers and senators from the former guerrilla movement FARC, whom outgoing President Juan Manuel Santos welcomed "to this temple of democracy."

"Many won't like seeing (FARC members) at this scene," but "it fills me with ...Read more

Capital Gazette shooting suspect indicted on 23 counts

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BALTIMORE -- Anne Arundel County prosecutors filed a 23-count indictment Friday against Jarrod Ramos, the suspect in the deadly shooting at the Capital Gazette newsroom last month, they announced in a news release.

The indictment means Ramos, 38, is now charged with attempted murder, assault and weapons offenses in addition to five counts of ...Read more

Trump's lawyer secretly recorded him; tape reveals discussion of payment to ex-Playboy playmate who alleged an affair

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WASHINGTON -- Federal authorities have obtained a recording, made two months before the presidential election, of Donald Trump discussing a payment to a former Playboy playmate who said she had an affair with him, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

The former playmate, Karen McDougal, received $150,000 from the publisher of ...Read more

Trump rejects Putin offer for vote in disputed Ukraine region

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump rejected Russian leader Vladimir Putin's offer to settle the conflict in eastern Ukraine with a referendum in the disputed region, the White House said Friday.

"The administration is not considering supporting a referendum in the eastern Ukraine," said Garrett Marquis, a spokesman for the White House ...Read more

GOP picks Charlotte for 2020 convention

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Charlotte won its second national convention in a decade Friday, kicking off two years of planning, fundraising and anticipation.

The city joined a small group of cities that will have held both major party gatherings after the Republican National Committee on Friday formally awarded the 2020 event.

The vote capped a dramatic ...Read more