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Having devastated Yemen in bombing campaign, Saudi Arabia pledges $1.5 billion in humanitarian aid

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In a gesture inspiring both praise and scorn, Saudi Arabia announced Monday that it would donate $1.5 billion in new humanitarian aid to Yemen, where almost three years of war has devastated the country's infrastructure, tanked the economy and caused widespread hunger and disease.

The money will be donated to the United Nations, and represents ...Read more

Schwarzenegger to Trump: 'If you want to drill, do it off Mar-a-Lago'

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Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday blasted President Donald Trump's move to allow increased offshore drilling, saying he ought to drill in the waters off his Palm Beach, Fla., resort rather than California.

"Don't touch California. If you want to drill, do it off Mar-a-Lago," Schwarzenegger tweeted. "Or better yet, look to ...Read more

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Scalise back at Capitol after successful surgery

WASHINGTON -- House Majority Whip Steve Scalise returned to the Capitol Monday after surgery and a 12-day hospital stay to cast a "yes" vote on a stopgap spending bill that will reopen the government through Feb. 8.

"I'm feeling real good," the Louisiana Republican said regarding his health ...Read more

Tesla, reportedly on 'Autopilot,' rear-ends fire truck on California freeway

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A Tesla Model S reportedly on "Autopilot" smashed into the back of a fire truck parked at a freeway accident scene in California Monday morning, authorities said.

The union representing Culver City firefighters whose truck was hit around 8:30 a.m. on Interstate 405 in Culver City said on Twitter that the Tesla driver said he had been using ...Read more

Scientists smash thousands of proteins to find four 'Legos of life'

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By "smashing" proteins and looking at the broken bits, scientists at Rutgers University say they've discovered four basic building blocks that can be stacked like Legos to build all kinds of different proteins.

The results described in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences could help researchers better understand the origins of life ...Read more

Pa. court orders new election map for House seats in a boost for Democrats

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WASHINGTON -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday struck down the state's congressional map, which was drawn to give Republicans a 13-5 majority, a ruling that could shift two or three seats to Democrats this fall.

The decision is the third in a year to strike down a state election map as a partisan gerrymander. Unlike the others, however,...Read more

Trump's shifting stance on DACA vexed both parties as lawmakers resolved shutdown crisis

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump stood in the East Room of the White House last February and haltingly addressed what he called "a very, very difficult subject for me" -- the hundreds of thousands of immigrants who came to this country illegally as children.

"We're going to show great heart," he said. "You have these incredible kids, in ...Read more

Video shows border patrol officers detaining woman at Florida bus station

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A video of border patrol officers boarding a bus in Fort Lauderdale and removing a woman whose visa expired has sparked an outcry from immigration activists.

The video shows agents detaining the woman on a Greyhound bus about 4:30 p.m. Friday after asking passengers for their identification, according to the Florida ...Read more

Border Patrol agents boarded a bus and asked for citizenship papers. Is that legal?

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MIAMI -- U.S. Border Patrol agents took someone off a Greyhound bus outside the Fort Lauderdale station after allegedly asking everyone on board for proof of citizenship, according to witness video and immigration advocates.

The Border Patrol's Miami section confirmed Monday: Yes, that's us, and we can do that.

The email didn't address whether...Read more

Private information of hundreds of Kansas voters exposed by Florida

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TOPEKA, Kan. -- Partial Social Security numbers of nearly 1,000 Kansas voters were released publicly by Florida after Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office provided the data as part of a program that looks for double voter registrations.

Kobach called the disclosure unfortunate, but defended the program, called Crosscheck, as key to his ...Read more

Trump slaps big tariffs on imported solar panels, riling renewables industry

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration announced Monday that it will impose hefty tariffs on the cheap, imported panels that have driven the rapid expansion of solar power in the United States, a move that industry groups warn will slow the spread of renewable energy and cost thousands of jobs.

The tariffs come as Trump has vowed to take a ...Read more

Analysts say Russian Twitter accounts promoted Republican talking points during government shutdown

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WASHINGTON -- The White House branded the federal budget impasse, which appeared to be ending on Monday, as the "Schumer Shutdown" in its attempt to pin the blame on Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y.

But it wasn't just Republicans using that phrase during the weekend government shutdown. Independent analysts said Twitter ...Read more

Teen with 10-pound facial tumor dies days after surgery, reports say

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A teenage boy who came to South Florida from Cuba to have a massive facial tumor removed has died days after surgery, according to news reports.

Emanuel Zayas, 14, flew to Miami in late November because of the 10-pound tumor that developed from a disorder called polyostotic fibrous dysplasia.

The tumor covered his face...Read more

DACA protesters temporarily block Disneyland entrance

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and their allies temporarily blocked a vehicle entrance to Disneyland on Monday, just as the Senate reached an agreement to end the government shutdown brought on in part by a stalemate over the young immigrants' future.

The DACA recipients, commonly called "...Read more

Trump's draft public works plan asks cities, states to pony up

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WASHINGTON -- Half of the federal money in President Donald Trump's promised $1 trillion infrastructure plan would go for a new incentive program to encourage states and localities to secure their own funding for projects, according a draft copy of principles obtained by Bloomberg News.

A quarter of the federal funding would provide grants for ...Read more

Florida man attacks girlfriend with an unlikely weapon — his dinner, cops say

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MIAMI -- A St. Petersburg man got angry with his live-in girlfriend and lashed out.

Juwan Brown ended up getting arrested on domestic battery charges.

This is, unfortunately, not a unique occurrence.

But his weapon of choice was.

The suspect used a piece of chicken, cops say.

The 23-year-old was taken into custody Wednesday night after the ...Read more

With deal on ending shutdown, Trump wins immigration leverage

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump won valuable leverage in the fight over young immigrants on Monday following the Democrats' caving to the White House in agreeing to end the shutdown.

The issue goes way beyond Democrats agreeing to vote to reopen the government. They have also offered to spend billions to build Trump's signature wall along ...Read more

Pa. Supreme Court strikes down congressional map as unconstitutional

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Monday that the state's congressional map "clearly, plainly and palpably" violates the state constitution and blocked its use in the May 2018 primaries.

In a split decision, the seven-member panel sided with a group of voters who contended the state's 18 U.S. House of Representatives ...Read more

Scalise back at Capitol after successful surgery

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WASHINGTON -- House Majority Whip Steve Scalise returned to the Capitol Monday after surgery and a 12-day hospital stay to cast a "yes" vote on a stopgap spending bill that will reopen the government through Feb. 8.

"I'm feeling real good," the Louisiana Republican said regarding his health after what he called a "major surgery" he had 12 days ...Read more

In Trump's first year, anti-abortion forces make strides despite setbacks

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As a candidate, President Donald Trump promised abortion opponents four specific actions to "advance the rights of unborn children and their mothers."

A year into his presidency, three of those items remain undone. Nevertheless, abortion opponents have made significant progress changing the direction of federal and state policies on the issue. ...Read more