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For farmers, Trump and trade deals are a winning ticket

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Two days before he goes on trial in the U.S. Senate for high crimes and misdemeanors, President Donald Trump came to Austin on Sunday to celebrate the administration's breakthrough trade deals at the annual convention of the politically consequential American Farm Bureau Federation. Its 6 million member families are the backbone...Read more

New cease-fire in Libya's intractable conflict announced after Berlin summit

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BERLIN -- World leaders announced a new cease-fire Sunday and pledged to respect an arms embargo in Libya, concluding a U.N.-sponsored summit that marked an eleventh-hour push by European nations to reengage in an intractable conflict they had long ignored.

"I cannot stress enough the summit's conclusion that there is no military solution to ...Read more

Number of bodies found buried in Tijuana home now up to 4

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TIJUANA, Mexico -- Tijuana authorities found two more bodies beneath a dirt floor in a home where a missing California couple was recently found buried, authorities said.

Police were investigating the deaths of Jesus Lopez Guillen, 70, and his wife, Maria Teresa Guillen, 65, of Garden Grove, whose bodies were found last week in the Obrera ...Read more

A baby gorilla is born at LA Zoo, the first in over 20 years

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LOS ANGELES -- A gorilla was born at the Los Angeles Zoo this weekend, the first such birth in more than 20 years, officials announced.

N'djia, a 25-year-old endangered western lowland gorilla, gave birth early Saturday. The mother and her infant spent their first day together bonding privately, zoo officials said.

The gorilla birth is the ...Read more

DNA testing confirms coyote captured by police was the same one that bit a 6-year-old in Chicago

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CHICAGO -- Chicago Animal Care and Control officials Sunday announced they used DNA testing to determine the coyote they caught was the same animal that bit a 6-year-old boy near Lincoln Park earlier this month.

With help from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, local officials tested the animal and said it was the same one that on Jan. 8 ...Read more

Wuhan pneumonia outbreak widens with China increasing screening

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- A pneumonia outbreak in central China widened after authorities in Wuhan began screening for the new SARS-like virus. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there are signs of limited human-to-human spread.

Health officials in Wuhan reported 136 cases at the weekend, taking to 198 the number of people ...Read more

Trump's lawyers and Democrats preview arguments before impeachment trial

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WASHINGTON -- President Trump's legal team will argue in his Senate trial that abuse of power is not an impeachable offense, while Democrats called that claim "absurdist" and a signal that the president has no defense against the case against him.

The third impeachment trial in U.S. history will start in earnest on Tuesday, after its ceremonial...Read more

White House Homeland Security adviser being shifted out of job

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WASHINGTON -- Rear Admiral Peter Brown, President Donald Trump's third homeland security and counterterrorism adviser, is being moved out of his role after about six months, said four people familiar with the issue.

It's the latest turnover in an office that's seen its responsibilities narrow.

Brown replaced Doug Fears, who departed in July, ...Read more

Trump's China deal is his hedge against impeachment damage

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WASHINGTON -- Hours before the seven House Democrats managers marched articles of impeachment across the Capitol last week, President Donald Trump secured what he's relying on to counter any political damage -- a cease-fire in the trade war with China.

With little chance the Republican-controlled Senate will convict him on two articles of ...Read more

Hong Kong leaders rebuff key protest demand as violence persists

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam's government again pushed back on a key demand of protesters as a downtown rally turned violent, showing the unrest that began last June still has no end in sight.

In a lengthy statement on Sunday, a government spokesman recapped failed attempts to implement a promise of universal suffrage since China ...Read more

Dershowitz says voters should judge President Trump's conduct

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NEW YORK -- Alan Dershowitz, the former Harvard Law School professor, says he sees no grounds for the impeachment of President Donald Trump ahead of the Senate trial that begins on Tuesday.

"If the allegations are not impeachable, then this trial should result in an acquittal, regardless of whether the conduct is regarded as OK by you or by me ...Read more

U.S. agencies stonewalling to avoid Trump's ire, Democrat says

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WASHINGTON -- Congress is being stonewalled by intelligence agency officials who refuse to testify in public for fear of drawing President Donald Trump's ire, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said.

"Part of their job is to speak truth to power," Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, said Sunday on "This Week" on ABC. "The ...Read more

On social media, Robert Hyde portrayed himself as a man of influence and power — then notoriety struck

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Robert F. Hyde's carefully curated social media accounts tell the story of a man hovering close to the center of political power. There he is, next to President Trump in a gilded room at Mar-a-Lago on Easter weekend. Or beaming as he flanks Vice President Mike Pence. Or wearing sunglasses inside the Trump International Hotel ...Read more