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Senate sends spending bill to Trump

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WASHINGTON--The Senate cleared the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending package early Friday, less than 24 hours ahead of what would have been a government shutdown.

Following the 65-32 vote, north of the 60 votes needed for passage, the bill now heads to President Donald Trump for his expected signature.

Before the Senate could vote on the measure,...Read more

Hollywood nursing home where a dozen elders died 'made it worse,' state expert testifies

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MIAMI -- After Hurricane Irma knocked out the air conditioning at a Hollywood nursing home with a history of questionable living conditions, workers set up portable coolers to chill the sweltering air.

The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills usually required 125 tons of cooling capacity to keep its residents safe. But the nine functioning ...Read more

Protesters block Golden 1 Center entrance before Kings' NBA game

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Hundreds of protesters demonstrating against the fatal police shooting of Stephon Clark shut down Interstate 5 in both directions in downtown Sacramento at the height of the afternoon commute Thursday.

Around 6:15 p.m., the protest moved from the freeway to the main spectator entrance of Golden 1 Center, where protesters ...Read more

Ex-Playboy model shares fresh details on alleged love affair with Trump

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A former Playboy model recalled having sex with Donald Trump dozens of times in the early years of the president's marriage to Melania Trump, sharing elaborate details in an interview televised Thursday of what she described as a 10-month love affair.

Karen McDougal, the magazine's 1998 Playmate of the Year, told CNN that she was racked with ...Read more

House Republicans demand Clinton, McCabe documents from Justice

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WASHINGTON -- House Republicans Thursday subpoenaed Justice Department documents tied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's abandoned inquiry into Hillary Clinton's private email use and last week's firing of Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.

"Given the department's ongoing delays in producing these documents, I am left with no choice but ...Read more

Zuckerberg summoned by Congress as lawmakers fume over data leak

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WASHINGTON -- Facebook Inc.'s co-founder and chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg has been called to appear before a House panel as fallout continues from revelations that data of millions of users was obtained by a political consulting firm linked to President Donald Trump.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee said in a statement ...Read more

Fired war court overseer says he was exploring plea deals in 9/11, USS Cole cases

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The overseer of the Guantanamo war court who was fired without explanation told the 9/11 trial judge in an affidavit obtained by the Miami Herald that he was considering plea deals in the terror case and took a number of other actions.

At issue is whether Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis' surprise Feb. 5 firing of Military Commissions Convening ...Read more

16-year-old victim of Maryland school shooting to be taken off life support, family says

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BALTIMORE--The 16-year-old victim of Tuesday's shooting at Great Mills High School will be taken off life support, her family announced Thursday night.

Jaelynn Willey was one of two students who were injured after a third student, identified as 17-year-old Austin Wyatt Rollins, opened fire in a hallway right before school started Tuesday, St. ...Read more

H.R. McMaster out as national security adviser; John Bolton to replace him

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he was replacing his national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, with John Bolton, a tough conservative with a sometimes irascible manner, in the latest move suggesting the president's shift to a more hard-line foreign policy team.

The decision to name his third national ...Read more

Another journalist has been gunned down in Mexico

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MEXICO CITY -- An independent Mexican journalist who reported on politics and crime was shot dead Wednesday night in the violent coastal state of Veracruz, one of the world's most dangerous places for journalists, with 22 slain there since 2000.

Leobardo Vazquez Atzin, who previously wrote for a local newspaper and recently launched an ...Read more

On the other side of Austin's racial divide, fear lingers after death of serial bomber

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AUSTIN, Texas -- The serial bomber who terrorized the Texas capital for three weeks is dead, but many on the city's predominantly minority, blue-collar east side where the blasts began said they have been left with lingering fears about the attacker's motives.

"I wish I were sorry, but I am not," Mark Conditt said in the cellphone recording he ...Read more

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Rex Tillerson says goodbye to 'mean-spirited' Washington in farewell remarks

Outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday said goodbye to his colleagues and bid farewell to the "very mean-spirited town" that is Washington, D.C.

In the brief remarks ahead of his official departure -- scheduled for the end of the month -- Tillerson ...Read more

New details revealed in police investigation of Baltimore detective's death

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BALTIMORE -- When Baltimore Police Detective Sean Suiter was shot in West Baltimore last fall, responding officers found their dying colleague lying face down in a vacant lot. He'd been shot once in the head -- and his freshly fired service weapon was beneath his body.

Moments before his death, surveillance cameras showed, Suiter had paced back...Read more

Chicago Tribune says cartoonist Scott Stantis had fake Twitter followers

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Tribune said Thursday that 5,000 fake Twitter followers were purchased for editorial cartoonist Scott Stantis' account, an act that violated the Tribune's code of ethics.

In a letter to readers, Chicago Tribune Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Bruce Dold said the Twitter followers were bought on Stantis' behalf through a ...Read more

Lawyer challenges Zachary Cruz bond, blaming 'hysteria'

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.--The "hysteria" that followed the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting cannot justify the "outrageous" bond imposed on Zachary Cruz in a misdemeanor trespassing case, his lawyer argued in court papers filed Thursday.

"Zachary Cruz should not be in a jail cell," defense attorney Joseph Kimok said in a 17-page petition ...Read more

Trump pick Bolton to drive hard-line agenda against Venezuela

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WASHINGTON -- John Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is expected to put a sharper focus on Venezuela as President Donald Trump's new national security adviser, applying a hard line against Nicolas Maduro's government.

"For Latin America, he has always emphasized how Cuba and Venezuela and Nicaragua have undermined U.S. ...Read more

Ethics Committee finds Democratic Reps. Rush, Gutierrez in violation

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WASHINGTON -- The House Ethics Committee released two separate findings Thursday involving Illinois Democrats implicated in separate infractions.

The panel found that Rep. Bobby L. Rush has improperly accepted free office space in a Chicago shopping center over the course of two decades, while Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez used his member's ...Read more

EU leaders agree that Russia is to blame for nerve-agent attack

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BRUSSELS -- Leaders of the European Union agreed that Russia was "highly likely" responsible for the nerve-agent attack on former Russian spy Sergey Skripal and his daughter, according to a statement released early Friday morning.

EU leaders gathered in Brussels discussed the attack and decided to back Britain's assessment that Russia was ...Read more

Senate, $1.3 trillion in spending wait while Rand Paul reads budget

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rand Paul was single-handedly bringing the U.S. Senate, and progress on $1.3 trillion in federal spending, to a halt.

As his Senate colleagues and the U.S. government waited, the Kentucky Republican was hunkered down in his Senate office into the evening Thursday, methodically reading the 2,232-page spending bill he considers...Read more

Autopsy: St. Joe's rugby player died from fall in Bermuda; no foul play suspected

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PHILADELPHIA--Mark Dombroski, the 19-year-old St. Joseph's University freshman whose body was recovered Monday afternoon in Bermuda, died as a result of a fall, and no wrongdoing is suspected, authorities said at a news conference Thursday afternoon in the Bermudian capital of Hamilton.

"My conclusions from my examination are that Mark died ...Read more