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Trump to visit UK in June, risking repeat of public protests

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LONDON -- Queen Elizabeth II will host Donald Trump on a state visit to the U.K. on June 3-5, risking a repeat of the nationwide public protests which greeted the U.S. president during his trip last year.

A state visit is the highest honor afforded to visiting dignitaries and comes at a critical time for Prime Minister Theresa May's government ...Read more

Sri Lanka bombings were retaliation for New Zealand mosque attacks, official says

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- A Sri Lankan defense official said Tuesday that an initial investigation has determined the Easter bombings were carried out in retaliation for the shooting attacks at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, that left 50 people dead last month.

Junior defense minster Ruwan Wijewardene's statement to Parliament, which ...Read more

Supreme Court weighs Trump's push to add citizenship question to census

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's lawyers will urge the Supreme Court on Tuesday to overturn three lower courts and to clear the way for census takers to ask all American households next year whether their residents are U.S. citizens.

Debates over the census are usually reserved for demographers and statisticians, but the dispute over the ...Read more

Gourmet popcorn chain alleges former employee stole secret recipes. 'Once it has been shared, there is no way to 'undo' the disclosure,' lawsuit says.

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CHICAGO -- Garrett Popcorn Shops says it guards its recipes so closely that only three employees have access to the information, by verifying their identity via thumbprint.

On Monday, the company, whose formal name is Caramel Crisp, filed a federal lawsuit against one of those three people who it says was fired in early March, alleging that ...Read more

Trump attacks media, says N.Y. Times should 'beg for forgiveness'

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WASHINGTON -- After days of media coverage describing the White House portrayed in special counsel Robert S. Mueller's report as rife with dysfunction and ignored presidential orders, Donald Trump on Tuesday lambasted those who cover him.

He even suggested one of his top media targets, The New York Times, should "get down on their knees & beg ...Read more

In California National Guard, claims of whistleblower retaliation go beyond Fresno

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LOS ANGELES -- Allegations of retaliation against whistleblowers in the California National Guard are more widespread than the complaints made at a Fresno air base that led to a dramatic leadership shakeup of the organization earlier this month, the Los Angeles Times has found.

Interviews with current and former Guard members and an examination...Read more

Will Newsom end oil drilling in California? Many environmentalists are betting yes

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California's legacy of oil drilling should be just that, many environmentalists argue -- relegated to the history books.

They are urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to ban new oil and gas drilling in California and completely phase out fossil fuel extraction in one of the nation's top petroleum-producing -- and gasoline-consuming --...Read more

Kamala Harris supports Trump impeachment during town hall

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, one of President Donald Trump's most vocal critics among the Democratic presidential candidates, said on Monday he worried that pursuing impeachment would undercut Democrats' chances of beating him at the ballot box.

"If for the next year and half all Congress is talking about is Trump, Trump, Trump...Read more

New IRA admits murder of Northern Irish journalist Lyra McKee

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DUBLIN -- The New IRA admitted responsibility for the slaying of Northern Ireland journalist Lyra McKee in a letter to local media late Monday.

"In the course of attacking the enemy Lyra McKee was tragically killed while standing beside enemy forces," the militant group said in a statement provided to The Irish News, which was verified using a ...Read more

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Loughlin demands evidence in college scandal, reportedly feels 'pressure' to plead guilty

"Full House" star Lori Loughlin wants prosecutors to show their hand before she argues any major motions in the college admissions bribery scandal.

Lawyers for the actress, her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli and 15 other defendants filed joint...Read more

David Picker, studio chief who brought James Bond and the Beatles to the theater, dies at 87

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He was the first to guide an X-rated film to the top of the Oscar heap, introduced the Beatles to Hollywood with "Hard Day's Night" and "Help!" and convinced a reluctant Ian Fleming that, yes, James Bond might fare pretty well as a cinematic character.

A third-generation movie man, David V. Picker was a studio chief at United Artists, Columbia ...Read more

Obscure Islamist group blamed for Sri Lanka bombings

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Even for experts on terrorist organizations, National Thowheeth Jamaath is far from a household name.

"We know very, very little about them," said Ajai Sahni, who runs the South Asia Terrorism Portal, which tracks extremist groups in the region. "Other than the fact they are a fundamentalist Islamist organization, they ...Read more

Kansas governor vetoes 'abortion reversal' bill, but legislative override still possible

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TOPEKA, Kan. -- Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly on Monday vetoed a bill that would have required doctors to inform patients that the abortion pill is reversible -- a controversial practice that Democrats and abortion rights advocates have criticized for being scientifically unproven.

The Republican-held legislature, however, could override Kelly's veto...Read more

Giuliani puts off formal rebuttal to Mueller report as he defends Trump

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's legal team has decided to shelve a plan to issue a formal rebuttal to Robert Mueller's report, said Rudy Giuliani, even as the president unleashes his own attempts on Twitter to discredit the special counsel and his findings.

The president's lawyers will focus instead on knocking down specific accounts in Mueller's ...Read more

Off-duty Chicago cop under investigation after 'altercation' with officers at shooting scene

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CHICAGO -- A Chicago police sergeant is under investigation after he showed up at the scene of a fatal shooting over the weekend while off duty and was forcibly led away by officers.

"You're gonna cuff me? You're gonna (expletive) cuff me?" the off-duty sergeant protested as officers grabbed his arms and walked him toward a police car after the...Read more

May returns to face Brexit crisis as leadership pressure grows

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LONDON -- Theresa May is fighting to keep her job so she can complete the defining task of her premiership and take the U.K. out of the European Union -- but her hopes of success now rest with her archrival.

Senior officials in the prime minister's team believe the only realistic chance of a Brexit deal passing a vote in Parliament is if the ...Read more

No fingerprints on Minneapolis police car belonged to woman who was fatally shot, specialist testifies

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MINNEAPOLIS -- A fingerprint specialist testified Monday in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor that none of the 51 prints lifted from his police vehicle belonged to Justine Ruszczyk Damond, while adding that in some cases testing came back inconclusive.

But, under questioning by the defense, Minnesota Bureau of ...Read more

Probe of Illinois boy's disappearance still focuses on home, people who may have last seen him

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CHICAGO -- Police on Monday said the investigation into the disappearance of 5-year-old Andrew "AJ" Freund continues to focus "on the residence and the individuals that may have seen or had contact with the boy."

The boy was reported missing by his parents Thursday morning after he was last seen at bedtime Wednesday night at the family's home ...Read more

Mueller couldn't answer some crucial questions in Russia investigation

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WASHINGTON -- Judging by the numbers, special counsel Robert S. Mueller III left no stone unturned in the Russia investigation. His office issued more than 2,800 subpoenas, carried out almost 500 search warrants and spoke with roughly 500 witnesses.

But as his 448-page redacted report makes clear, some answers -- and some witnesses -- remained ...Read more

Sri Lanka placed under state of emergency after Easter bombings

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka was placed under a state of emergency late Monday as authorities aimed to maintain security and essential services during investigations into the multiple suicide bombings at churches and hotels that killed more than 290 people the day before.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena declared the state of ...Read more

 

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