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USC was told gynecologist could be preying on Asian students, records show

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LOS ANGELES -- After decades of complaints about a campus gynecologist, administrators at the University of Southern California hired a team of medical experts to evaluate him.

The experts came back with a disturbing report saying there was evidence Dr. George Tyndall was preying on vulnerable Asian students and had signs of "psychopathy."

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Prosecutors subpoenaed records of 9 Chapman University students in admissions scandal

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LOS ANGELES -- Chapman University turned over records for nine students to prosecutors investigating ties between the Orange County school and a Newport Beach consultant who has since admitted to orchestrating a national test-rigging and bribery scheme, Chapman's president said Thursday.

The school received $400,000 from a foundation controlled...Read more

Kushner Cos. gets $800 million federally backed apartment loan

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NEW YORK -- Kushner Cos., the real estate firm owned by the family of President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, has received about $800 million in federally backed debt to buy apartments in Maryland and Virginia -- the company's biggest purchase in a decade.

The loan was issued by Berkadia, a lender co-owned by Warren Buffett's ...Read more

Trump authorizes Barr to declassify documents in 'spying' probe

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Thursday gave Attorney General William Barr "full and complete authority" to declassify information related to his inquiry into investigations of the 2016 presidential election.

The president, in a memorandum, directed U.S. intelligence agencies to cooperate with Barr's review, which he has said would ...Read more

Warren, Ocasio-Cortez question Steven Mnuchin about his ties to Sears

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CHICAGO -- Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday challenged Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin over his role in Sears' bankruptcy.

In a four-page letter to Mnuchin, who was on the retailer's board until December 2016, the two Democrats said they were "deeply concerned by the financial ...Read more

Anguished parents hail final passage of Ethan's Law requiring safe storage of firearms

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- The Connecticut Senate on Thursday gave overwhelming bipartisan approval to a bill that mandates stricter rules regarding gun storage, proving a template for similar legislation on the federal level.

The measure, which cleared the chamber on a 34-2 vote, is named Ethan's Law, in honor of Ethan Song, the Guilford teen who ...Read more

With anti-American movies and memories of the Long March, China digs in for a struggle bigger than the trade war

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BEIJING -- The 10-minute segment that ran on Chinese state television this week showed cadet trainees of the People's Liberation Army scrambling over towering walls, dragging enormous tires, crawling through mud and shouting motivational slogans as President Xi Jinping exhorted the academy to be ready to fight and win a modern war.

The trade ...Read more

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Trump merchandise seller charged with assault, robbery at president's Pa. rally

PHILADELPHIA -- A traveling Trump merchandise seller in a camouflage "Make America Great Again" hat was charged with assaulting and robbing another vendor shortly after the president's visit to Lycoming County on Monday.

According to the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, ...Read more

Right set for gains as Britain, Netherlands open European elections

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LONDON -- Veteran eurosceptic Nigel Farage's new Brexit Party is expected to dominate in Britain, while a new right-wing group is also set to challenge established parties in the Netherlands, as the two countries kicked off elections to the European Parliament on Thursday.

From Thursday until Sunday, more than 400 million voters across the ...Read more

Google disables Baltimore's Gmail accounts used during ransomware recovery over mistaken security concern

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BALTIMORE -- Gmail accounts used by Baltimore officials as a workaround while the city recovers from a ransomware attack were disabled because the creation of a large number of new accounts in one place triggered Google's automated security system, a spokesman for the company said.

Lester Davis, a spokesman for Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young, ...Read more

Trump orders government to collect bills for immigrant welfare

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump ordered the government to enforce a decades-old law that requires Americans who bring migrants into the country to take financial responsibility if they claim welfare benefits, his latest attempt to curb U.S. immigration.

In a memo signed Wednesday and released Thursday, Trump directed his administration to ...Read more

Trump's $16 billion farm aid package gets tepid reception

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's new $16 billion aid package for farmers raises the federal government's bill for the trade war but isn't easing anyone's concerns about damage to the U.S. economy.

Farmers would prefer a resumption of normal trade over government handouts. Several farm-state lawmakers say the payments are too meager. And ...Read more

California's police use-of-force bill gets buy-in from law enforcement after changes

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Law enforcement groups opposing a California bill that promises the nation's toughest police use-of-force standard have unexpectedly stood down, and now the legislation is poised to win approval by year's end after a series of changes Thursday.

Assembly Bill 392 has been one of the year's hardest-fought measures, with ...Read more

Princess Diana's death is a draw at the new National Enquirer Live! theme park

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Who needs Disneyland's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge when you have this new theme park offering: a re-creation of the 1997 fatal car crash of Diana, Princess of Wales.

No, we're not kidding.

The attraction can be found at the new National Enquirer Live! when the park opens Friday. It's located in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., just a few miles from Dolly ...Read more

Chicago slips in population but is still third-largest city in US — for now

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CHICAGO -- The majority of municipalities in the Chicago region, including the city itself, lost population last year, according to newly released estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, part of a familiar trend of overall stagnation and decline among Midwestern cities.

Though Chicago remains the third-largest city in the United States, behind ...Read more

Britain's Theresa May: A political deathwatch for a prime minister done in by Brexit

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LONDON -- British politicians agree on precious little these days. But on one matter, there's near-unanimity across the spectrum: Theresa May's days as prime minister are numbered.

The political deathwatch comes against the backdrop of Britons' vote Thursday for the European Parliament -- balloting that would not have taken place if the country...Read more

Lake Tahoe's clarity improved dramatically over past year

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The famed cobalt blue waters of Lake Tahoe became more clear last year, gaining 10 feet in visibility from the year before, according to a new study released Thursday by scientists at the University of California, Davis.

The jump is the largest annual improvement in water clarity at the iconic Sierra Nevada lake since ...Read more

Florida restricts access to mass killing videos

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Florida is blocking the public from seeing videos or photographs kept by government agencies that show a mass killing, a measure inspired in part by the Parkland school shooting and the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Thursday that creates a public records exemption for images...Read more

Analysis: Trump, Pelosi engage in war of insults worthy of 'Veep' storyline

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WASHINGTON -- HBO's hit series "Veep," with its hysterically dysfunctional depiction of official Washington, wrapped its seven-season run earlier this month. Or did it?

The president called the speaker of the House "crazy" after she pleaded for White House aides and his family members to hold an "intervention" for the leader of the free world. ...Read more

Key lawmaker wants US to invade Venezuela to counter Cuba's influence

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WASHINGTON -- A U.S. senator and former presidential candidate said the U.S. military should invade Venezuela if Cuba does not immediately remove its security forces from the country, calling Cuba the Western Hemisphere's version of Iran.

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed posted online Wednesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican ...Read more