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Report: FBI rejected White House request to deny Trump Russia links

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WASHINGTON -- The FBI declined a recent White House request to deny media reports about contact between campaign staff for president Donald Trump and Russian intelligence before last year's election, CNN reported on Thursday.

The broadcaster cited U.S. officials as saying that the Trump administration had asked the agency to intervene.

Such a ...Read more

Sen. Risch has retro plan to thwart hackers: Rely more on humans, less on technology

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WASHINGTON -- Idaho Republican Sen. Jim Risch says it's time for a retro approach to protect the nation's power grid, relying more on humans and less on sophisticated technology as a way to thwart hackers.

"I'm convinced that the next huge incident in the United States -- not a big incident, but a huge incident -- is going to be a cybersecurity...Read more

Duterte relies on his childhood hunting buddy to fund drug war

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MANILA, Philippines -- Before his childhood friend Rodrigo Duterte decided to run for president of the Philippines, Carlos "Sonny" Dominguez used to spend his days hunting a white-tailed deer in Idaho and watching episodes of "Narcos" on Netflix.

Now, instead of following the escapades of narcotics kingpin Pablo Escobar on TV, he has a drug war...Read more

Conservatives laud Trump's decision on transgender bathroom access

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For Texas state Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, requiring people to use the bathroom according to the gender on their birth certificate has always been about public safety.

It's why Kolkhorst is the prime sponsor of a controversial transgender bathroom bill -- the Texas Privacy Act -- being debated in the Legislature, and why she welcomed news that the ...Read more

Milwaukee sheriff tells conservatives to charge elected officials to end sanctuary cities

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Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. said Thursday he has a way to put a stop to sanctuary cities -- use a federal statute to charge local officials for harboring aliens.

"I'm telling you right now, folks, you charge one mayor, one governor, one council president that adopts these laws, this stuff is going to end right away," Clarke ...Read more

VX nerve agent used to kill North Korean in Malaysia, police say

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KUALA LUMPUR -- A nerve agent known as VX was used to kill Kim Jong Nam, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's estranged half-brother, in Malaysia last week, police said Friday.

Kim Jong Nam was allegedly poisoned by two women who wiped the highly toxic chemical agent on his face at Kuala Lumpur's international airport on Feb. 13, Malaysian police ...Read more

Trump supporter Caitlyn Jenner calls rollback of transgender rights a 'disaster'

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LOS ANGELES -- Caitlyn Jenner sent out a message Thursday calling out President Donald Trump for dropping federal protections for transgender students.

"I have a message for the trans kids of America: You're winning. I know it doesn't feel like it today or every day, but you're winning," said Jenner on a video posted to her Twitter account.

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'We need them here,' Trump Labor pick Acosta once said of unauthorized immigrants

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MIAMI -- About a month before Donald Trump -- then merely a celebrity real-estate mogul -- completed the purchase of the Doral Resort & Spa, the hotel hosted a conference of the Hispanic Leadership Network, a fledgling Republican group created to grow the party's Latino outreach.

A discussion titled "Immigration Policy and the Hispanic ...Read more

Suspect in fatal Kansas shooting allegedly yelled, 'Get out of my country'

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OLATHE, Kan. -- A Kansas man who reportedly told two strangers -- Garmin engineers originally from India -- to "get out of my country" before he shot them in an Olathe bar was charged Thursday with first-degree murder in the death of one of his victims.

Adam W. Purinton, 51, of Olathe, allegedly shot Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32; Alok Madasani, 32,...Read more

Calif. state senator removed from floor after criticizing late lawmaker Tom Hayden

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California Senate was thrown into chaos and anger Thursday when a Republican member was forcibly removed from the floor for allegedly speaking out of turn during a session.

Republican colleagues say Sen. Janet Nguyen of Garden Grove was silenced by the Democratic majority when the Senate sergeant-at-arms escorted her ...Read more

How did officials so badly miscalculate the flooding that ravaged San Jose?

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MILPITAS, Calif. -- Thousands of residents returned to their soggy homes Thursday as San Jose officials worked to mop up the worst flooding event in the city's recent history and pinpoint the reason why water rose so much faster than they expected.

City officials have acknowledged that they were caught off guard by the scale and severity of the...Read more

Justice Department rescinds order phasing out use of private prisons

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WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Jeff Sessions has jettisoned an Obama administration order to phase out the use of private prisons to hold federal inmates.

The new order reverses one issued by former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates in August that sought to eliminate the department's use of private for-profit prisons, which hold slightly more...Read more

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Texas law against 'harboring' immigrants can stand, appeals court rules

AUSTIN, Texas -- A federal appeals court threw out a suit against Texas Thursday, ruling that the state can continue enforcing a provision of a state law that added criminal penalties for "harboring" immigrants who were in the country illegally.

When the Legislature passed...Read more

Why it's raining so much in California

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Why is it raining so much this year in California?

Two words: Pineapple Express.

In a typical year, California has between 10 to 15 "atmospheric river" storms -- the fire hoses that rampage in from Hawaii and account for up to 50 percent of the state's annual rainfall -- and nearly all of its floods. But since the rainy ...Read more

'Stand Your Ground' law helps free Miami teens accused of MLK Day shooting that wounded 8

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MIAMI -- Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law has helped free two teens of allegations that they took part in a gun battle that wounded eight people at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in Miami.

Prosecutors on Thursday declined to file charges against Gerrel "Woo" Brownlee, 18, and Robert "Bob" Britt, 17, in the Jan. 16 shooting that caused ...Read more

Before leaving office, NC governor protected 908 state jobs from political firings

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- After Roy Cooper's election, the North Carolina Legislature ordered that the new Democratic governor should have hundreds fewer political appointees than his Republican predecessor, Pat McCrory.

It fell to McCrory to decide which political jobs subject to hiring and firing would become civil service jobs whose employees are ...Read more

Ginsburg, mum on Trump, says immigration makes US great

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WASHINGTON -- Ruth Bader Ginsburg didn't mention President Donald Trump or his immigration policies in a public appearance Thursday. She didn't need to.

The liberal U.S. Supreme Court justice, who last year called then-candidate Trump a "faker," hailed the country as one made great by immigration, diversity and free speech, and suggested the U....Read more

Last holdouts are cleared from main Dakota Access pipeline protest camp

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Law enforcement took control of the largest Dakota Access pipeline protest camp Thursday, arresting or moving the few dozen people who had remained in the mud and snow in one of the largest environmental protests in American history.

"At 2:09 p.m., Oceti Sakowin protest camp was completely cleared by law enforcement!" the Morton County Sheriff'...Read more

With officials divided, Trump taking time, care with new travel ban

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration is still struggling to revise its executive order limiting travel to the United States for citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries and won't be prepared to unveil its new version until next week.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer acknowledged the delay Thursday, saying the administration is ...Read more

With new anti-ISIS plan due next week, Pentagon considering troops in Syria

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WASHINGTON -- The top U.S. military officer declined repeatedly Thursday to rule out committing U.S. ground troops to battle the Islamic State in in Syria, stressing that the Pentagon will present President Donald Trump with "a full range of options" to combat the terror organization.

Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of ...Read more