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Youth activists raised the U.N. climate summit's profile. Will it leave them disappointed?

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UNITED NATIONS -- As the U.N. Climate Action Summit kicks off Monday in New York, young environmental activists who swarmed the streets in protest are already looking beyond the official gathering, a recognition that it will take sustained pressure to force governments, many of them allied with the fossil fuel industry, to take meaningful action...Read more

Mystery deepens as search for Dulce Maria Alavez, missing NJ 5-year-old, extends into 2nd week

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PHILADELPHIA -- The mystery of 5-year-old Dulce Maria Alavez's disappearance from a park in Bridgeton, N.J., is deepening, with officials reporting no major break in their search for the little girl after a week of investigation.

Authorities say they are still looking for a man in a red van who has been described by investigators as both a ...Read more

Prosecutors in college admissions scandal double down on requests for prison time

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Shortly before she sentenced Felicity Huffman this month to two weeks in prison for her role in the college admissions scandal, a judge settled a lingering legal dispute.

Prison sentences for parents who admitted to taking part in the scheme would not be based on how much money they paid to take part in the scam, U.S. District Judge Indira ...Read more

Man accused of shooting a Chicago cop, woman faces attempted murder charges

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CHICAGO -- A man authorities say shot a police officer and tried to kill a woman last week was charged Monday morning with four counts of attempted murder, as he remains hospitalized and in custody, police said.

Anthony Guglielmi, the chief spokesman for Chicago police, announced four felony attempted murder charges against Michael Blackman, 45...Read more

Search underway for Kentucky woman missing in the Virgin Islands

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A 48-year-old woman from Louisville, Ky., was reported missing in the U.S. Virgin Islands Thursday, according to the Virgin Islands National Park.

A search is now underway for Lucy Schuhmann, who left her Airbnb around 7:30 to 8 a.m. Wednesday and never returned that night, according to a missing person's page. A hiker found her backpack ...Read more

What the … . ? Trump and 2020 Democrats are cursing a blue streak

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The subject line, targeting President Donald Trump, was purposely provocative: A string of angry emojis and a call to "dump the ^%#%/!!!!!!!"

"Sometimes," read the email launching a progressive fund-raising drive, "cursing is required."

Sometimes actually seems to be quite often, as the path to the White House has become a blue streak of ...Read more

Ivanka Trump brings 'star power' to global women's empowerment. But is it helping women?

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ASUNCION, Paraguay -- During a five-day South American trip to promote women's empowerment, Ivanka Trump was greeted like a head of state everywhere she went.

At lavish banquets in her honor, she was toasted by the presidents of Colombia and Paraguay. People tracked her motorcade with their cellphone cameras as she was met with military bands ...Read more

Trump at this week's UN: Diplomacy's largest stage amid a cascade of crises

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump returns to diplomacy's largest stage this week, facing the possibility of a spiraling conflict with Iran but with few prospects for finding the friends he needs to ease global tensions.

Last year, the world leaders gathered at the annual United Nations General Assembly laughed at Trump when he bragged about ...Read more

Behind Elizabeth Warren's surge: Emotional punch coupled with attention to detail

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- One by one, each candidate who took the stage at an LGBTQ presidential candidate forum here got the same question and gave a nearly identical answer.

What would they do from Day 1 of their presidencies to address concerns of gay, lesbian and transgender communities, the moderators asked. Each of the first eight candidates ...Read more

GM strike may stretch out awaiting UAW workers' vote on tentative deal

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DETROIT -- The UAW is considering staying on strike against General Motors until rank-and-file members approve a tentative agreement, a process that could add more than a week to the length of the work stoppage, the Free Press has learned.

No deal has been reached yet. Negotiations continued Sunday as the strike reached its seventh day.

Three ...Read more

Ken Herman: In Houston, 'Howdy, Modi!' event offers warm welcome to Trump

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HOUSTON -- First, and with the deepest and most sincere sense of appreciation and jealousy, a tip of the cowboy hat to the genius who came up with the name of the event in which a crowd announced at 50,000 people of Indian descent gathered Sunday to greet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Houston home stadium of the Texans.

"Howdy, ...Read more

Rare Egypt protests give new resonance to actor's viral videos

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It took an unlikely trigger to get Egyptians back on the streets of Cairo to protest against President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi's government.

More than eight years after Egypt's uprising against then-leader Hosni Mubarak, and reeling under worsening living standards, hundreds of people defied a ban on protests to demonstrate in several major cities...Read more

Pelosi warns of 'grave new chapter' over Trump's Ukraine call

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signaled her readiness to take stronger action against President Donald Trump over a phone call with Ukraine's president, now the subject of scrutiny after the administration refused to release a whistle-blower's complaint about the call.

"If the administration persists in blocking this whistle-blower from disclosing ...Read more

Trump appears to acknowledge Biden was topic in July phone call with Ukraine president

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WASHINGTON -- President Trump appeared to acknowledge Sunday that he discussed political rival Joe Biden with the president of Ukraine during a July 25 phone call, at the same time renewing his attacks on a whistleblower from within the intelligence community who sounded the alarm about the conversation.

The complaint, according to multiple ...Read more

Johnson to attend UN summit despite Britain's political uncertainty

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LONDON -- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will travel as planned to this week's United Nations meetings in New York, Downing Street said on Sunday, despite uncertainty over whether Britain's top court might intervene in his suspension of parliament.

Johnson is expected to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel, U.S. President Donald Trump, ...Read more

Ocasio-Cortez says Democrats' failure to impeach Trump is its own scandal

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Democrats were being weak on President Donald Trump, in the wake of reports that he asked Ukraine's government to investigate the son of Democratic front-runner Joe Biden.

"At this point, the bigger national scandal isn't the president's lawbreaking behavior -- it is the Democratic Party's refusal to impeach ...Read more

Trump says 'no intention' to meet Rouhani at United Nations

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said he doesn't plan to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during the United Nations General Assembly meeting this week, while leaving open the possibility that he might.

"Nothing is ever off the table completely, but I have no intention of meeting with Iran," the U.S. president told reporters at the ...Read more

Pompeo says US is working on Iran diplomacy after 'act of war'

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Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said the U.S. is "working diligently" toward a diplomatic resolution with Iran after accusing the Islamic republic of attacks on Saudi Arabian oil fields, but that President Donald Trump is prepared to take other action if necessary.

"Make no mistake about it, if we're unsuccessful in that and Iran continues to...Read more


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