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Trump says he 'maybe' regrets picking Fed's Jerome Powell

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump stepped up his attacks on Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, saying he "maybe" regrets appointing him to the post and demurring when asked under what circumstances he would fire the central bank chief.

Trump told The Wall Street Journal in an interview Tuesday that he was intentionally sending a direct ...Read more

Still 1,000 miles from the border, migrant caravan pauses in Mexico to regroup

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HUIXTLA, Mexico -- The center of this town about 50 miles north of Mexico's southern border has been transformed into a giant homeless camp.

Thousands of Hondurans began arriving here early Monday and by late Tuesday filled up the central plaza.

Exhausted, they decided to spend the day, seeking out whatever shade they could find from the ...Read more

Elementary school lockdown triggered by … Civil War re-enactor horses?

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SPANISH LAKE, Mo. -- The horses at the Division Cavalry Brigade barn knew the grass was greener at Larimore Elementary's playground -- just a few hundred yards from their fence.

And on Tuesday, when they saw an opportunity to make a break for it, about half of them did. The sight of loose horses on the campus prompted school officials there to ...Read more

Former Mo. resident boasted of killing prisoners in Syria, buying 16-year-old Yazidi slave, feds say

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ST. LOUIS -- Federal prosecutors say that a former St. Louis County resident who fought and died in Syria boasted in Facebook messages to his supporters here about killing prisoners and buying a 16-year-old Yazidi slave.

The testimony came Tuesday in a hearing called to have three defendants in the criminal case against his alleged supporters ...Read more

Judge reverses order that barred reporting on search warrant in Robicheaux case

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LOS ANGELES -- A California judge Tuesday reversed an order barring journalists from reporting on a search warrant filed in the case against a surgeon facing felony charges of drugging and raping seven women dating to 2009.

Grant Robicheaux, 38, of Newport Beach, once dubbed Orange County's most eligible bachelor, and his girlfriend, Cerissa ...Read more

UN: No change in North Korea rights situation since Trump-Kim talks

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NEW YORK -- There has been no improvement to the human rights situation in North Korea despite political progress made on the Korean Peninsula in the last year, the United Nations' rights rapporteur to Pyongyang said Tuesday.

At a news conference in New York, Tomas Ojea Quintana warned against sidelining rights issues in future peace talks ...Read more

Vintage plane crashes onto 101 Freeway; no injuries are reported

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LOS ANGELES -- A vintage small plane crashed onto the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills on Tuesday afternoon, shutting down the freeway in both directions, authorities said.

Los Angeles County firefighters arrived at the crash site near Liberty Canyon Road about 1:50 p.m. According to spokeswoman Vanessa Lozano, the plane crashed "in the middle of ...Read more

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Trump to meet Putin again next month after another White House reversal

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet in Paris next month, their second one-on-one meeting this year as the Justice Department continues looking into whether the president's 2016 campaign sought help from Moscow.

National ...Read more

US says border crossings rebounded as Trump declared crisis

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WASHINGTON -- Apprehensions of people illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border rose 30 percent in the last fiscal year and the number of migrants who unlawfully entered the U.S. with a family member spiked in September as President Donald Trump cast immigration as a crisis.

U.S. officials apprehended 396,579 people between ports of entry on ...Read more

Heated tobacco device said to be safer than cigarettes really isn't, studies say

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In 30 countries around the world, consumers can slide a roll of dried tobacco into a sleek device, heat it to 350 degrees and inhale. The result is a hit of nicotine that feels like it's coming from a traditional cigarette without producing any smoke.

Tobacco giant Philip Morris International wants to sell this device in the United States and ...Read more

Allentown's ex-mayor sentenced to 15 years for corruption; judge denies bail

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- Former Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski's stunning fall from power ended Tuesday with a judge sentencing him to 15 years in federal prison -- the stark finale of a corruption drama that opened more than three years ago with a raid on City Hall.

Denied bail while the case is appealed, Pawlowski was taken from the courtroom in ...Read more

Rod Rosenstein's closed-door interview abruptly postponed

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WASHINGTON -- Late Tuesday, the chairmen of two House oversight committees announced they would be delaying a highly anticipated interview with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that had been scheduled for Wednesday.

"The Committees are unable to ask all questions of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein within the time allotted for ...Read more

Trump's decision to exit arms treaty with Russia could free the US to put new missiles in Asia

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump says he is withdrawing from a landmark Cold War-era arms treaty with Russia because Moscow has been violating the agreement for years.

But scrapping the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty also serves another key Trump goal: intensifying military pressure on China.

Because Beijing is not a ...Read more

Microplastics detected in human feces internationally, study finds

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There's plastic in the poop.

A team of scientists say they have found tiny plastic particles in human stools from a global sampling -- and every sample tested positive.

"This is the first study of its kind, and confirms what we have long suspected, that plastics ultimately reach the human gut," said lead researcher Philipp Schwabl, a physician...Read more

Senate GOP forges ahead with judicial nominations despite more Democratic opposition

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WASHINGTON -- The Senate is still away, but its Judiciary Committee keeps plugging away.

The panel is scheduled to hold another likely sparsely attended confirmation hearing on Wednesday to hear from more of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees, including a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals selection opposed by home-state Democratic ...Read more

Extremist website once again runs racist robocalls in campaign for Florida governor

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MIAMI -- Once again, an out-of-state website is running racist robocalls attacking a candidate who aims to be the first black governor in Florida's history.

On Tuesday, voters began receiving phone calls with a pre-recorded message from a narrator pretending to be Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and speaking with intentionally poor and ...Read more

Trump to meet Putin again next month after another White House reversal

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet in Paris next month, their second one-on-one meeting this year as the Justice Department continues looking into whether the president's 2016 campaign sought help from Moscow.

National security adviser John Bolton made the announcement -- another reversal from ...Read more

Trump criticizes, and again mischaracterizes, California's water management

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump claimed Tuesday that California mismanages its water resources, dismissing the possibility of drought and accusing the state of sending water out to sea that could be used to help farmers in the Central Valley.

Trump also threatened to withhold federal disaster dollars from California, which he incorrectly ...Read more

Space Force should be created — and here's how to start, National Space Council says

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In creating the Space Force that President Donald Trump wants, one of the first steps should be to make an agency that buys cutting-edge space technology for all branches of the U.S. military, the National Space Council said Tuesday.

Creating a new branch of the military would be subject to Congress' approval, but the council, led by Vice ...Read more

Hawley campaign and NRA's political fund accused of illegal coordination

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WASHINGTON -- Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley's Senate campaign and the National Rifle Association's PAC have engaged in an elaborate scheme to conceal illegal coordination, a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission alleges.

Hawley's campaign is employing the same people to produce ads as the NRA Political Victory Fund. Last ...Read more