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Women's March will go on, shutdown or not

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WASHINGTON -- The 2018 Women's March in Washington will move forward as planned on Saturday despite a looming government shutdown.

An estimated 5,500 marchers will gather at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool at 11 a.m. for a series of speeches before winding their way east down Constitution Avenue and north to the White House gates to ...Read more

Trump delays trip to Mar-a-Lago and tweets 'Shutdown coming?'

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WASHINGTON -- President Trump suggested a government shutdown was "coming" in a tweet early Friday as lawmakers scrambled to patch together a last-minute spending deal by midnight Eastern time, a task complicated by the president's remarks.

A White House official said Trump would not leave for his private club Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., ...Read more

Rider douses woman with liquid on Chicago Transit train, then sets seats on fire

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CHICAGO -- A man on a CTA Red Line train doused another passenger with an unknown liquid then set a small fire on the train car in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood on Thursday, according to witnesses and authorities.

Leora Arsers, 26, was riding in a crowded southbound Red Line train car a little after 5 p.m., headed to her Lakeview apartment, ...Read more

Baltimore Mayor Pugh replaces police commissioner Kevin Davis

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BALTIMORE -- Mayor Catherine Pugh replaced police commissioner Kevin Davis on Friday, citing the need to get a handle on Baltimore's record levels of violence.

Deputy Commissioner Darryl D. DeSousa, the top commander in the police department's patrol bureau, will take Davis' place, effectively immediately.

Pugh said his appointment will be ...Read more

With shutdown looming, Trump doubts Dems will keep lights on

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WASHINGTON -- With just hours to go before his government will shut down, President Donald Trump started the day by using that prospect to make the case for Republican candidates in November's midterm elections.

And he teased the possibility of a shutdown in his showman style -- "Shutdown coming?"

The House on Thursday night passed a four-week...Read more

How House Republicans got to 'yes' on funding the government

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WASHINGTON -- All eyes will be on the Senate on Friday as lawmakers there race against the clock to avert a government shutdown. But over in the House, Republicans are happy they were able to pass a four-week stopgap measure without turning to the Democrats for help.

It wasn't an easy task for House GOP leaders to cobble up the 216 votes within...Read more

Trump's first year: Support erodes among surveyed voters

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump began his presidency a polarizing figure; he ends his first year a beleaguered one.

As the anniversary of Trump's inauguration approaches Saturday, the president's support has eroded, his opposition has gained energy and his party faces bleak prospects for the midterm election in November, according to a new USC ...Read more

That time a reporter was mistaken for Gianni Versace's killer Andrew Cunanan during manhunt

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.-- "I am not a serial killer," I repeatedly told a crush of cops as they surrounded me outside a Fort Lauderdale office building.

It was July 1997 and South Florida's eyes were on the lookout for Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace's killer.

I had gone to interview a gentleman who may have known Cunanan. But the man mistook my ...Read more

Taking to the streets and the polls

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NEW YORK--A year after a sea of knitted pink "pussyhats" greeted Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45th U.S. president, women and their allies will again take to the streets this weekend in dozens of cities across the country, voicing anger, channeling hopes and weighing how the country has fared in the year after one of the most divisive ...Read more

After 3 years, orphaned manatee leaves rehabilitation center for open waters

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MIAMI -- Last time Junebug the manatee saw open waters, she was a couple of months old, recently orphaned, and her species was endangered.

But on Thursday, after nearly three years in rehabilitation and a reclassification of the species, the West Indian sea cow boarded a truck in Miami bound for Tampa to join a group of about 600 others in ...Read more

Trump to mark one-year anniversary with gala benefit at Mar-a-Lago

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump will mark the first anniversary of his inauguration with a celebration at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, with tickets starting at $100,000 a pair.

That amount, according to the invitation, will pay for dinner and a photograph with the president. For $250,000, a couple can also take part in a roundtable.

...Read more

Judge tentatively allows testimony at trial on Laquan McDonald's 'violent nature'

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CHICAGO -- A Cook County judge on Thursday allowed as many as nine people to potentially testify about Laquan McDonald's "violent and aggressive nature" at the first-degree murder trial of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke.

Under Illinois law, a defendant making a claim of self-defense can try to include evidence of the victim's violent ...Read more

Cremated remains of Las Vegas mass shooter to be kept in safe deposit box, brother says

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LAS VEGAS -- Without fanfare, the cremated remains of Las Vegas mass shooter Stephen Paddock were released to his brother, who said he intends to store them in a bank deposit box "to make sure there's no hoopla around Steve's remains."

Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg issued a statement Thursday saying that, "due to security concerns, we ...Read more

Congress votes to extend warrantless-spying program through 2023

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WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted Thursday to reauthorize the government's warrantless-spying program through 2023, overcoming bipartisan opposition over concern for Americans' privacy rights.

The bill, passed 65-34, will extend the National Security Agency's authority to intercept calls and emails from suspected foreign terrorists under Section ...Read more

Self-described Trump Russia associate back in spotlight

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WASHINGTON -- The mysterious Russian businessman who went by the name Sergei Millian claimed last year to have long helped Donald Trump pursue Russian investors, a claim the president's team flatly denied.

The claim is again under scrutiny with the sudden release late Thursday of closed-door congressional testimony.

A Washington intelligence ...Read more

Ex-cop says fatal Fla. shooting of stranded motorist was 'classic case of self-defense'

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The former police officer who shot and killed stranded motorist Corey Jones says it was "a classic case of self-defense" and he shouldn't be prosecuted any longer.

Lawyers for Nouman Raja on Thursday filed a claim under Florida's controversial "stand your ground" law, arguing the charges from the shooting Oct. 18, 2015,...Read more

Supreme Court gives North Carolina Republicans a delay in partisan gerrymander case

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court came to the aid of North Carolina's Republican leaders Thursday, putting on hold a lower court's ruling that declared the state's election map an unconstitutional "partisan gerrymander" and required the GOP-controlled Legislature to redraw congressional districts in time for this year's election.

The justices ...Read more

Nation and world news briefs

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US is said to withhold added $45 million in Palestinian aid

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. State Department is reneging on a pledge to contribute $45 million in food aid, health services and other relief it promised to deliver to Palestinian refugees by early January, adding to cutbacks announced earlier this week, according to people familiar with the...Read more

Approval of US leadership under Trump tumbles globally in poll

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LONDON -- An annual Gallup poll of international support for U.S. leadership, conducted after President Donald Trump's election and published Thursday, shows a sharp fall in approval since 2016.

Gallup found that U.S. approval ratings fell by 10 percentage points or more in 65 of the 134 countries surveyed in March to November last year. ...Read more

Ed Moses, 'Cool School' painter who helped forge LA's art scene, dies at 91

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LOS ANGELES -- When he was 90 years old, preparing for a 2016 exhibition of new work, Ed Moses zipped across the courtyard of his Los Angeles art studio in a paint-spattered wheelchair and stained Birkenstocks. The artist, who was still working every day, jerked his chair to a stop at a row of enormous canvases, the fresh paint drying in the sun...Read more