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Brock Turner's appeal arguments 'all lack merit,' prosecutor says

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DAYTON, Ohio -- California's attorney general responded to Brock Turner's appeal effort in a filing made public Monday, arguing the Ohio sex offender was not deprived of due process during his 2016 trial.

In the 95-page court brief reviewed by the Dayton Daily News, the state's attorney said Turner's "claims of error all lack merit" and "could ...Read more

Hawley, who won't say if he'd back McConnell as leader, still takes his money

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will headline a fundraiser for Missouri's Josh Hawley, a Senate candidate who won't back the Kentucky Republican for leader.

Still, the fundraiser for Hawley, the Missouri attorney general, is the latest evidence of an improved political scenario for McConnell's efforts to keep GOP control of...Read more

Florida woman accused of killing mother; eyes were found on a cardboard box

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A blood trail along a living room floor grew heavier in the kitchen and led to the garage of a Royal Palm Beach home. There, detectives say, was the body of Francisca Monteiro-Balla, 55, who had been slashed in her head, arms, chest and stomach.

Placed on top of a cardboard box: Monteiro-Balla's eyes, which had been ...Read more

For triumphant Putin, more muscle-flexing likely, especially on international stage

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MOSCOW -- A day after his not-at-all-surprising landslide win in Russia's presidential election, Vladimir Putin slipped comfortably into a favored role Monday: that of the magnanimous victor.

In an ornate conference room deep inside the Kremlin, with golden draperies as a backdrop, the 65-year-old leader, now set to remain in power until at ...Read more

Actress Cynthia Nixon confirms she will run for governor of New York

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NEW YORK -- After dropping hints for days and huddling with powerful political consultants, actress Cynthia Nixon announced Monday that she will run for governor, all but guaranteeing a spirited election season for New Yorkers.

The former "Sex and the City" star began her campaign in cinematic fashion -- posting a video showing Nixon dropping ...Read more

Pentagon picks Missouri firm to build legal-meeting site at Guantanamo

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A Missouri firm that specializes in providing prefabricated buildings to the U.S. military has won a contract to provide a $235,156 pop-up site for defense lawyers to meet with six captives at Guantanamo.

The Pentagon announcement awarding the contract to Hunter Saak of Jonesburg, Mo., included a sketch of the proposed wheelchair-accessible, 30...Read more

Senate pushes ahead with bill to pursue internet sex traffickers

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Lawmakers championing a bipartisan bill to make it easier to go after sex trafficking on the internet are on the verge of victory.

In the Senate, it's a large coalition led by Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.

The current law "was enacted back in 1996, 22 years ago when the internet was in its infancy," Portman ...Read more

Supreme Court turns down gerrymander appeal from Pennsylvania's GOP

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court refused Monday to block a new election map for Pennsylvania that gives Democrats a chance to win four or more congressional seats in November.

The justices turned down a second and final appeal from Pennsylvania's Republican leaders, who defended the gerrymandered districts that had given them a steady 13-5 ...Read more

15 children killed in airstrike on school in Syria, monitor says

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BEIRUT -- At least 15 children were killed late Monday when an airstrike hit a school shelter in Eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus, a conflict monitor said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said planes believed to be Russian hit the school shelter, which was being used by civilians.

"Usually regime planes ...Read more

Supervised injection sites aimed at cutting opioid overdoses risk wrath of DEA, prosecutors

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WASHINGTON -- A handful of cities could soon face a legal showdown with the Trump administration over their efforts to open "supervised injection facilities" where drug addicts can shoot up with powerful illegal drugs while trained personnel stand by to prevent fatal overdoses.

In an effort to stem its growing opioid death rate, San Francisco ...Read more

US imposes more sanctions on Venezuela but no oil ban

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration imposed fresh economic sanctions on the leftist government of Venezuela on Monday in a move aimed in part at stopping use of digital currency, but did not impose a long-threatened ban on the country's oil exports.

U.S. officials say Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's cash-strapped government has ...Read more

Saudi crown prince to meet defense, entertainment executives in LA

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WASHINGTON -- Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived Monday in Washington, the first stop on a two-week trip that will include a visit to Los Angeles to meet with entertainment and defense executives, and Silicon Valley to meet with tech leaders.

The powerful prince, considered the heir apparent to the Saudi throne, is expected to meet ...Read more

Arizona pedestrian is killed by Uber self-driving car; company puts testing on hold

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In what is believed to be the first death of a pedestrian hit by a self-driving car on a public street, a woman in Tempe, Ariz., was killed in an accident involving an Uber autonomous vehicle Sunday night.

Uber confirmed the accident occurred, and that there was a person in a front passenger seat acting as operator of the vehicle. Uber said ...Read more

California's fire-scarred communities brace for biggest storm of the season

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LOS ANGELES -- An atmospheric river that forecasters are billing as the biggest storm of the season is expected to drench Southern California beginning Tuesday night and will bring with it the potential for mud flows and widespread flooding, the National Weather Service said.

The storm, which is fueled by warm, western Pacific waters, will ...Read more

Grassley considers hearing with Facebook, Google, Twitter CEOs after reports of data harvesting

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WASHINGTON -- The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman is considering holding a hearing with the chiefs of Facebook Inc., Alphabet Inc.'s Google and Twitter Inc. after reports that a company that worked for President Donald Trump's campaign harvested data on millions of Facebook users without their consent.

Sen Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has "taken...Read more

Vulnerable House Republicans craft an immigration plan

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WASHINGTON -- Republicans represent 23 congressional districts that Democrat Hillary Clinton won in 2016. Thirteen of those Republicans are banding together to push their own plan to force action on immigration.

It's probably going nowhere, meaning the plan's purpose is to help protect these vulnerable GOP lawmakers politically as Republicans ...Read more

White nationalist Richard Spencer says he's rethinking approach to college tour

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AKRON, Ohio -- White nationalist Richard Spencer says it is time to "take a step back" from his college speaking tour and apparently is no longer trying to speak at Kent State University.

Spencer posted a video to YouTube earlier this month in which he said, "I don't have any firm answers about what we should do going forward, and also I am ...Read more

Trump adds conservative lawyer to his legal team

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WASHINGTON -- Joseph DiGenova, a former U.S. attorney and occasional commentator on Fox News, will join President Donald Trump's legal team, his attorneys announced Monday, signaling a more confrontational approach to the investigation headed by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

DiGenova will start this week, according to a statement ...Read more

Trump issues new sanctions against Venezuelan digital currency

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump imposed new sanctions against the Venezuelan government Monday targeting the government's new digital currency.

The measures were spelled out in an executive order Trump signed blocking U.S. financial transactions involving Venezuela's version of the "bitcoin" created last month as a means to get around U.S....Read more

Washington aims at Venezuela's cryptocurrency in new round of sanctions

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BOGOTA, Colombia -- The White House on Monday continued tightening financial sanctions on Venezuela, issuing an order prohibiting U.S. citizens from making any transactions in the Petro, the socialist administration's newly launched cryptocurrency.

The presidential order prohibits U.S. citizens from dealing in "any digital currency, digital ...Read more