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Shepard Fairey defends fellow artist's mural at LA campus

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LOS ANGELES -- If the Los Angeles school district moves forward with plans to paint over a controversial mural at a Koreatown campus, artist Shepard Fairey said he will insist on the removal of his large outdoor portrait of Robert F. Kennedy at the school named after him.

In support of artist Beau Stanton, Fairey told the Los Angeles Times that...Read more

Saudi Arabia rejects US resolution blaming prince for Khashoggi death

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Saudi Arabia on Monday rejected a resolution passed by the U.S. Senate last week, which directly pinned the blame for the slaying of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The resolution was "based upon unsubstantiated claims and allegations, and contained blatant interferences in the ...Read more

White House rejects compromise in shutdown, border wall dispute with Congress

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration signaled Sunday that it would not compromise to avert a partial government shutdown at the end of this week.

Senior White House policy adviser Stephen Miller said "we're going to do whatever is necessary" to secure money for the president's wall on the Mexican border.

From the Democratic side came ...Read more

Giuliani says 'over my dead body' will Trump meet with special counsel

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WASHINGTON –– Donald Trump won't sit down with Special Counsel Robert Mueller to answer more questions in his investigation into election interference, Rudy Giuliani, the president's attorney, said Sunday.

"Over my dead body," Giuliani, the former New York City mayor and federal prosecutor said on "Fox News Sunday."

Giuliani, who at times ...Read more

San Jose police look to federal prosecutors to handle gun crimes

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- In what the region's top FBI official said could be as a model for other agencies, San Jose police are sending more gun crimes to federal court to obtain harsher sentences for violent offenders they say benefit from soft spots created by California's criminal-justice reforms.

Under the new approach, San Jose detectives, ...Read more

May's team rejects new Brexit referendum after week of crisis

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LONDON –– Theresa May's team pushed back against reports that they are warming to a second referendum on Brexit as the U.K. prime minister prepares to face Parliament Monday.

David Lidington, May's effective deputy, and chief of staff Gavin Barwell said they don't favor another vote after newspapers reported they'd held talks on the issue. ...Read more

San Diego audits marijuana businesses as tax revenue starts to roll in

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SAN DIEGO -- San Diego is trying to increase tax revenue from the city's dozen legal marijuana dispensaries by auditing them and tightening restrictions on sales to medical cannabis patients, which are tax-exempt.

The audits, which are expected to conclude this month, are intended to ensure that the dispensaries are complying with a 5 percent ...Read more

Sri Lanka's president reinstates prime minister he fired 2 months ago

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka's ousted prime minister was reinstated Sunday, ending a seven-week constitutional crisis that had raised fears that the island nation was drifting back to political instability.

Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in by the man who had fired him, President Maithripala Sirisena.

Wickremesinghe, 69, called it "a ...Read more

Senate Democrats say preventing government shutdown rides with Trump

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Top Senate Democrats say stopping a government shutdown over President Donald Trump's proposed wall on the U.S. border with Mexico is now up to the president to resolve.

Senate Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer of New York said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that Trump needs to understand there are not enough votes in either the House or Senate ...Read more

Sri Lanka swears in ousted prime minister to end political crisis

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- In a move to end Sri Lanka's ongoing political crisis, President Maithripala Sirisena has sworn in Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister, seven weeks after he was sacked from the post, officials said Sunday.

Sirisena, who removed Wickremesinghe from the post on Oct. 26 and appointed former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as ...Read more

 

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