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Protests after video appears to capture off-duty LAPD officer firing gun during confrontation with teens

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LOS ANGELES -- A day after an off-duty Los Angeles police officer fired his gun during a confrontation with a group of teenagers in Anaheim, videos purportedly showing the encounter spread online, prompting questions about the officer's actions.

No one was injured by the gunfire, but the footage -- posted on YouTube and Facebook -- sparked a ...Read more

10 arrested as authorities close in on Dakota Access pipeline protest camp

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As authorities closed in on the Dakota Access pipeline protest Wednesday, a small contingent of resisters refused to leave the site where they've stood for almost a year against the construction of the pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

The standoff marked the culmination of one of the nation's largest and longest environmental ...Read more

California city passes resolution calling for Trump impeachment

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RICHMOND, Calif. -- In an unanimous decision, the Richmond City Council passed a resolution asking the U.S. House of Representatives to investigate impeaching President Donald Trump for not selling off his business interests after assuming the nation's highest office.

The resolution is the first such move by a city, according to the activists ...Read more

Fearing deportation, California's 'Dreamers' are skipping out on financial aid

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As widespread fears of deportation sweep California, the number of undocumented immigrant students in California applying for college financial aid has dropped more than 40 percent, new data shows.

"We know the fear is real, and we see it in the numbers," said state Assemblyman Jose Medina, a Riverside Democrat, who heads the Assembly's higher ...Read more

Lawyers for man charged with killing 2 Sacramento-area deputies seek venue change

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Citing vast media coverage of the October 2014 slayings of two Sacramento-area deputies and the nationwide debate over President Donald Trump's immigration policies, lawyers for slaying suspect Luis Bracamontes say their client cannot get a fair trial and are asking a Sacramento Superior Court judge to move the case to ...Read more

Lawsuit against Lunada Bay surfers in Southern California suffers setback in federal court

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LOS ANGELES -- A federal judge denied a request this week that would have allowed more people to join a lawsuit that accuses a group of surfers of harassing and assaulting outsiders to keep them away from Lunada Bay, a big wave spot in Palos Verdes Estates.

U.S. District Judge James Otero on Tuesday rejected a motion for class-action status -- ...Read more

Florida panther population shows sharp rebound

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A new estimate puts the maximum number of Florida panthers prowling the state's forests and swamps at 230, a sharp increase from past years and a hopeful sign for a species once thought virtually certain to go extinct.

Federal and state wildlife agencies announced Wednesday they were revising the maximum estimated ...Read more

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Texas preschool teacher is fired over anti-Semitic posts

DALLAS -- A Texas preschool teacher has been fired over a series of anti-Semitic posts on social media, including a tweet that said "kill some Jews."

Nancy Salem, who was fired from The Children's Courtyard in Arlington, also retweeted: "How many Jews died in the Holocaust? Not enough!" ...Read more

Trump said to delay revamped immigration order until next week

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is delaying until next week issuing a new version of his order restricting immigration and banning travel to the U.S. from seven predominantly Muslim countries, according to a White House official.

Trump had said that a revamped executive order, tailored to address legal issues that blocked his original ...Read more

UN seeks momentum, not expecting a breakthrough in new Syria peace talks

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GENEVA -- The relaunch of the Syrian peace process on Thursday can at best create some momentum toward political transition in the war-ravaged country, U.N. mediator Staffan de Mistura said, dampening hopes for major progress in the Geneva talks.

"Am I expecting a breakthrough? No, I am not expecting a breakthrough," de Mistura told reporters ...Read more

Guantanamo Bay 'serves a very, very healthy purpose,' White House says

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MIAMI -- White House spokesman Sean Spicer dodged a question on whether the Trump administration would send U.S. citizens to Guantanamo but says the president "believes that Guantanamo Bay does serve a very, very healthy purpose in our national security."

As a general rule, advocates of housing suspected terrorists at the detention center in ...Read more

Air Force stumped by Trump's claim of $1 billion savings on jet

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WASHINGTON -- The Air Force can't account for $1 billion in savings that President Donald Trump said he's negotiated for the program to develop, purchase and operate two new Boeing Co. jets to serve as Air Force One.

"To my knowledge I have not been told that we have that information," Col. Pat Ryder, an Air Force spokesman, told reporters ...Read more

Scientists study ways to preserve world heritage sites damaged in armed conflicts

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Ancient heritage sites caught in the crossfire of war are, in many ways, little different from civilian populations trapped in the midst of armed conflict: Even when they continue to stand, they are crumbling inside.

A new study set out to re-create the impact of small arms fire on stone columns and structures that have endured thousands of ...Read more

Mexico to Trump: We won't take your unwanted immigrants

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WASHINGTON -- Mexico is not happy -- actually, angry -- about President Donald Trump's expectation that it would hold tens of thousands of apprehended migrants who can't be immediately deported, regardless of where they come from.

Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray vowed Wednesday that Mexico will not accept the Trump's administration "...Read more

Trump's top deputies hope to shore up ties with a suspicious Mexico

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MEXICO CITY -- Few international relationships have gotten off to a rockier start for the Trump administration than the one with Mexico.

Days after he took office, President Donald Trump argued on Twitter with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto over Trump's demand that Mexico pay billions of dollars to build a massive wall along the border. ...Read more

Trump administration poised to rescind guidelines on protections for transgender students

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration was set Wednesday to reverse an Obama-era directive aimed at preventing discrimination against transgender students, casting the decision as one respecting states' rights.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters to expect new guidance from the departments of Education and Justice late ...Read more

Kenneth Arrow, Nobel Prize winner whose theories changed modern economics, dies at 95

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Kenneth Arrow, the Nobel Prize-winning Stanford economist whose groundbreaking work redefined the world's understanding of the free marketplace, has died at his home in Palo Alto, Calif.

Stanford University, where Arrow spent much of his career, reported that the economist died Tuesday at the age of 95.

Arrow was the youngest person to win the...Read more

Trump expected to revoke Obama transgender bathroom directive

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's administration is expected to tell public school districts across the nation that they no longer have to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity.

When the administration would issue its directive was unclear, but word of Trump's decision drew immediate criticism ...Read more

Trump's new transgender policy could radically change HB2 fight

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CHARLOTTE, N.C.--The Trump administration's planned rollback of federal protection for transgender students could cripple the court fight against House Bill 2 and make a political compromise to rescind the controversial North Carolina law even harder to achieve, legal and political experts say.

Up to now, the American Civil Liberties Union and ...Read more

Convicted Afghan 'kill team' leader will get new day in court at Fort Leavenworth

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WASHINGTON -- Five years after his conviction for masterminding the murders of three Afghan civilians in 2010, former Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs will get another chance to prove his innocence when he returns to a military courtroom in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., next Tuesday.

The U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals ordered a four-day hearing for a ...Read more