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China will restrict oil exports to North Korea

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BEIJING -- China will soon begin restricting oil exports to North Korea, the country's Commerce Ministry announced Saturday, marking a major step by Pyongyang's top ally and trading partner to further isolate the country from the global economy.

China said the new restrictions are in accordance with United Nations sanctions leveled against the ...Read more

Another earthquake jolts Mexico

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MEXICO CITY -- A new earthquake sent Mexico City residents streaming onto the streets early Saturday, creating more alarm in a country still trying to recover from two powerful earthquakes over the past three weeks.

The U.S. Geological Survey said Saturday's magnitude 6.1 earthquake, which hit just before 8 a.m., was centered about 12 miles ...Read more

Americans should be wary of Cuban humanitarian fund

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After Hurricane Irma's devastating 72-hour pass through northern Cuba, the Cuban government took a novel approach to storm relief: It posted a Cuban bank account number on social media where donations can be sent.

Even though the Cuban Foreign Ministry provided the code to facilitate donations to an account at the government Banco Financiera ...Read more

Iran tests new ballistic missile

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TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran has successfully tested a new ballistic missile that can carry multiple warheads and travel up to 1,242 miles, state media reported Saturday.

The launch comes after U.S. President Donald Trump told world leaders at the United Nations this week that the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran was "an embarrassment" and "one of the ...Read more

Tillerson plans to keep job and Haley says she doesn't want it

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WASHINGTON ––It's among the most persistent parlor games in Washington: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is said to be ready to bolt -- or be fired -- at any moment. And Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, may already be angling to take his job.

During a week in New York for the U.N. General Assembly, Tillerson said he ...Read more

House panel wants to overhaul Defense Intelligence Agency

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WASHINGTON--The Pentagon's Defense Intelligence Agency is in the crosshairs of the House Intelligence Committee, which is aiming for a radical overhaul of the military's spy arm.

The committee sees it as bloated and ineffective. But how far such an effort would go remains to be seen as several other congressional oversight panels that would ...Read more

Mnuchin's incomplete Treasury staff could be a risk in crisis, experts say

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WASHINGTON -- The Treasury Department still lacks permanent officials in half of its highest-ranking political jobs more than eight months into Donald Trump's presidency, leaving Secretary Steven Mnuchin shorthanded as he tries to carry out the administration's ambitious economic agenda.

Only nine of the 18 positions in Treasury requiring ...Read more

SEC hack threatens a bedrock of US capitalism: transparency

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WASHINGTON ––The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission says its database of company filings has significantly increased corporate transparency. But a hack that led to the theft of market-moving secrets is the latest sign that technology also brings dangers the SEC is struggling against.

The breach adds to a growing list of SEC ...Read more

Menendez trial offers glimpse into secret world of favors and luxury

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NEWARK, N.J. -- When federal prosecutors investigating Sen. Robert Menendez brought a Ukrainian model before a grand jury in 2013, they bluntly pressed her about her relationship with a donor accused of bribing the senator.

"You became intimate with Dr. Melgen, correct?" a prosecutor asked Svitlana Buchyk, who the government says obtained a ...Read more

Facebook comment during Slender Man trial was benign, prosecutor says

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MILWAUKEE--A Facebook comment made on the live stream of jury deliberations in the Slender Man stabbing case was a benign bluff and was not based on any breach of the sequestration order, officials announced Friday.

As the jury deciding the insanity defense of Anissa Weier tried to get its verdict straight late on the evening of Sept. 15, WISN-...Read more

Franken says he won't run for president in 2020

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Minnesota Sen. Al Franken delighted a huge and enthusiastic audience that filled Hogg Auditorium Friday to see him in person, and the adjacent Texas Union Theater to see him, seconds later, in simulcast, to kick off the 2017 Texas Tribune Festival on the University of Texas campus.

But ultimately, Franken, who counts himself ...Read more

Kim's insult helps US residents expand vocabulary

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President Donald Trump fired off "Rocket Man."

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, the target of that verbal missile launch, shot back a flurry of taunts, calling America's leader "a rogue," "a frightened dog," a "gangster fond of playing with fire."

But it was one word that lighted up social media, sent countless masses thumbing through ...Read more

Trump pledges to campaign for Moore if Strange loses in Alabama

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President Donald Trump traveled south Friday night to urge Alabamians to vote for Sen. Luther Strange. But he said he would campaign for Strange's opponent if Strange loses.

Strange, who was appointed to the seat, faces former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore in the Tuesday GOP primary runoff to serve out the rest of former Sen. ...Read more

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Former Senate leader Bob Dole hospitalized for low blood pressure

WASHINGTON -- Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., last week for low blood pressure, Fox News reported.

Dole, 94, and his wife, former Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C., tweeted confirmation of the story....Read more

Search narrows for last possible survivors of Mexican quake

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MEXICO CITY -- As the search for the last possible survivors of this week's powerful earthquake intensified Friday, the scale of damage across central Mexico became more evident.

At least 3,000 buildings in the densely packed capital have suffered damage from the devastating 7.1 quake, Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said, with a number of ...Read more

Navy won't punish vice admiral stripped of security clearance during 'Fat Leonard' probe

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SAN DIEGO -- Fretting about his possible role in the "Fat Leonard" bribery scandal, in late 2013 the Navy stripped the security clearance of its top spy, destroying the career of Vice Adm. Ted "Twig" Branch.

On Friday, the Navy closed its review with what it called appropriate administrative action for Branch, the former director of Navy ...Read more

Last of 5 Wheaton College football players charged in hazing turns self in

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CHICAGO--The final of five Wheaton College football players facing criminal charges in a 2016 hazing incident turned himself in Friday to police.

James Cooksey, 22, of Jacksonville, Fla., appeared at the Wheaton police station before 2 p.m. Friday. The other four players posted the required $5,000 bail -- 10 percent of their bonds -- and were ...Read more

Death toll above 20 after migrant boat sinks off Turkish coast

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ISTANBUL -- At least 21 people are dead after a fishing boat carrying migrants sank off Turkey's Black Sea coast Friday, according to the country's coast guard.

The boat capsized near the coastal town of Kefken in northwestern Turkey. The coast guard said that 40 people had been rescued.

The nationalities of those on board was unclear, as were...Read more

Trump administration is considering new 'tailored' travel restrictions

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is considering a proposal to replace his controversial travel ban on six mostly Muslim countries with a set of "tailored" screening rules and restrictions that will depend on the threat from each country, administration officials said Friday.

The officials said Trump has not made a decision and it wasn't ...Read more

11th person dies in Florida nursing home saga

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- An 11th person has died as a result of stifling heat at a Hollywood, Fla., nursing home that lost power during Hurricane Irma.

Constance Alice Thomas, 94, died Thursday at 8:58 a.m., more than a week after eight people succumbed to stifling heat at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills.

Among those who died, ...Read more

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