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Lobbyist lodges complaint alleging that California lawmaker threatened to hit her

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California State Sen. Joel Anderson is facing a legislative investigation after a female lobbyist accused him of threatening to "bitch slap" her and harassing her at a Capitol-area bar last week, sources say.

Stephanie Roberson, a lobbyist with the California Nurses Association, filed a complaint with the Senate Rules ...Read more

'We are all going to die': Uber driver taunted and kidnapped 3 women, they say

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- An Uber ride home from book club turned into a scene out of a horror story for three Sacramento women when their driver allegedly began speeding erratically while telling the women that they were "all going to die," according to passengers.

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Shaun Hampton said the June 15 ...Read more

California lawmakers move to cap prison time for felons, including robbers, murderers

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California's approach to crime and punishment is complicated enough that a state watchdog agency once referred to it as a "chaotic labyrinth of laws with no cohesive philosophy or strategy."

The penal code covers thousands of different offenses, each carrying three terms of varying lengths that may be applied depending on ...Read more

Rand Paul suggests talking to Russia about the size of NATO

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rand Paul floated the possibility of a dialogue with Russia about keeping NATO from further expanding its umbrella into Eastern Europe.

The Kentucky Republican, who recently returned from a trip to Russia for meetings with Russian lawmakers, suggested that the country's leaders may have fears of NATO seeking to go as far as ...Read more

Trump attacks report his staff urged him to deny briefings to Obama

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump denied a report in the New Yorker that advisers urged him to deny Barack Obama access to intelligence briefings -- a benefit extended to other former presidents.

"Fake News, of which there is soooo much (this time the very tired New Yorker) falsely reported that I was going to take the extraordinary step of ...Read more

95-year-old suspected Nazi camp guard sent to Germany by US

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BERLIN -- Jakiw Palij, who was stripped of his U.S. citizenship because he lied about his collaboration with the Nazis during World War II, was deported to Germany by the U.S.

The U.S. claims the 95-year old was a Nazi guard at the Trawniki camp who helped to prevent the escape of prisoners. Palij played an "indispensable role" in ensuring ...Read more

Microsoft says it stopped Russian spearphishing attack on Senate and think tanks

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WASHINGTON -- Microsoft announced late Monday that it thwarted a spearphishing attack against the U.S. Senate by a group affiliated with Russian intelligence.

In a statement, the tech giant said its digital crimes unit "executed a court order to disrupt and transfer control of six internet domains created by a group widely associated with the ...Read more

Protesters topple Silent Sam Confederate statue at UNC

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Protesters toppled the Silent Sam Confederate statue on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill on Monday night.

The monument was ripped down after 9:15 p.m. Earlier in the evening, protesters covered the statue with tall, gray banners, erecting "an alternative monument" that said, in part, "For a world without white supremacy."

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Accused killer flees US for Cuba, but Cuban court convicts him of the crime there

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MIAMI -- With the help of U.S. prosecutors, a young Cuban man accused of shooting a Palm Beach County doctor in the head in 2015 and fleeing to the island to escape the reach of the U.S. law has been convicted by a Cuban court of murder and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

The highly unusual tactic to get a conviction was undertaken because the...Read more

Progressive vets, gun control advocates join forces on the campaign trail

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WASHINGTON -- Democrats are ready to play offense on the issue of gun control -- led by a coterie of veteran candidates competing in competitive districts.

A pair of organizations -- one led by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, another that supports progressive veterans -- will campaign on behalf of more than a half-dozen candidates next month, a...Read more

Mexico's outgoing president and president-elect vow to work together despite differences

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MEXICO CITY -- Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and his once-fierce rival, President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, on Monday pledged cooperation in confronting the nation's challenges despite differences on issues such as education reform and a controversial airport project.

Pena Nieto and Lopez Obrador -- along with many current ...Read more

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull survives leadership challenge

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CANBERRA, Australia -- Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday survived a party leadership challenge from Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton.

The Liberal Party's whip, Nola Marino, told reporters outside parliament in Canberra that Turnbull beat Dutton in the internal ballot by 48 votes to 35.

Turnbull, 63, had declared the party...Read more

Study: DACA recipients think frequently about deportation, family separation

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SAN DIEGO -- Many unauthorized immigrants who came to the U.S. as children think at least daily about getting deported from the U.S., a new study finds.

The study, published by the Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank, is the third in a series of surveys of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program recipients by ...Read more

Effort to end cash bail in California clears major hurdle in Legislature

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A landmark bill to end money bail in California passed out of the state Assembly on Monday, clearing a major legislative hurdle despite mounting opposition to last-minute changes that gave judges greater power to decide who should remain incarcerated ahead of trial.

In a heated debate on the Assembly floor, both ...Read more

As the economy tanks and workers flee, Venezuela tries to restart a desperate country

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CARACAS, Venezuela -- Maria Celeste Molina warily pulled cash from a downtown ATM and stuffed the bolivars in her purse. Come tomorrow, she had no idea what they might buy.

"I need the cash to travel tomorrow," the 24-year-old university student said. "But I don't know if there will be public transport or how much the new fares will be."

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Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh faces key test with Susan Collins planning to ask about abortion

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WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh faces a crucial test Tuesday when he sits down for a meeting with Republican Sen. Susan Collins, who plans to ask him about abortion and other topics.

Collins said she intended to talk to Kavanaugh about his praise for the then-Justice William Rehnquist's dissent in Roe v. Wade, the landmark ...Read more

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Democrats want to know if Bolton told White House about contact with alleged spy

WASHINGTON -- Top Democrats on the House Oversight Committee want to know if national security adviser John Bolton told the White House about his reported contact with alleged Russian spy Maria Butina before he was appointed by President Donald Trump.

Bolton ...Read more

Trump sees political win in some Democrats' calls to abolish ICE

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump brandished two of his favorite political weapons at the White House on Monday: a phalanx of uniformed law enforcement officers by his side, and an angry denunciation of Democrats as a party of lawlessness and open borders.

Unabashedly politicizing the federal agency established in 2003, the president aligned...Read more

Trump administration's rewrite of Clean Power Plan will be boon to coal industry

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration is poised Tuesday to unveil a sweeping rewrite of emissions rules for power plants that would be a boon to the coal industry, laying the groundwork for a revival of the most polluting facilities and abandoning Obama-era mandates for reorienting the electricity sector toward clean energy.

The draft ...Read more

Iraqi ISIS suspect ordered to remain in Sacramento, Calif., jail

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A suspected Iraqi terrorist was ordered Monday to remain in jail as a flight risk and danger to the community while U.S. authorities determine whether he should be extradited to his home country to face a murder charge.

Omar Ameen, who was arrested last week in an FBI raid in Sacramento County, made a brief appearance in ...Read more