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MS-13 committed gruesome killings with knives and machetes, cutting out victim's heart, prosecutors say

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LOS ANGELES -- Members of the notorious MS-13 street gang were charged in a years-long string of grisly homicides in the Los Angeles area, including some in which victims were hacked to death in the Angeles National Forest.

Members of the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, the Los Angeles County District...Read more

California doesn't have enough doctors. To recruit them, the state is paying off medical school debt

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Bryan Ruiz's hands were still shaking an hour after he learned the $300,000 in medical school loans he took out to become a dentist were being wiped away by California taxpayers.

A year out of medical school, Ruiz thought it would take decades to pay off the debt, particularly since he had accepted a less lucrative ...Read more

Ex-ICE chief said he thought of giving congressman 'a beating' after clashing at House hearing

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The former head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said on Fox News Monday he thought about "beating" Illinois Congressman Jesus "Chuy" Garcia when the two got into a heated exchange at a hearing on Capitol Hill.

Tom Homan, who previously served as acting ICE director under President Donald Trump, said he "broke" when Garcia "called me...Read more

Trump's new asylum rule strands Central American migrants in Tijuana

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TIJUANA, Mexico -- There was confusion on Monday among northbound migrants in Tijuana, following the Trump administration's latest effort to ban virtually all foreigners from filing for asylum in the United States.

Many, like Milsa Garcia, hadn't even heard of the plan. The 33-year-old Guatemalan woman has been in this sprawling border town for...Read more

'It's surreal': After 28 years in prison, Philly man freed after prosecutors call him 'likely innocent' in 1991 murder

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PHILADELPHIA -- Twenty-eight years after police arrested Chester Hollman III for murder, 25 years after a judge sentenced him to life in prison, and seven years after a key trial witness admitted she had falsely implicated him because of pressure from investigators, a judge on Monday accepted prosecutors' acknowledgment that Hollman was "likely ...Read more

How many students cheated to get into USC? A look inside the admissions investigation

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LOS ANGELES -- Shortly after federal authorities took down a national college admissions scam in March, officials at USC launched their own investigation with emails to dozens of students.

They did not mince words: The school wanted to know whether the 33 students had lied on their applications to USC. Some of the students understood what was ...Read more

A surging Harris lags in fundraising, while Buttigieg leads the Democratic pack

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LOS ANGELES -- The money race reinforced the tiers in the Democratic presidential contest on Monday, as candidates released their fundraising figures for recent months.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris -- the five candidates who have been atop recent polls -- ...Read more

Alligator in Chicago's Humboldt Park lagoon caught overnight

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CHICAGO -- The alligator that eluded authorities for a week in Chicago's Humboldt Park lagoon was caught overnight and will be featured at a news conference to be held later Tuesday morning, according to Chicago officials.

City animal control officials said the capture was "safe and humane" but gave no other details. They have scheduled a news ...Read more

She survived her father's vicious attack as an infant. 43 years later, she wasn't so lucky, according to new charges

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BALTIMORE -- When Dominique Foster was just 7-months-old, her father threw her through a glass door.

Now, more than four decades later, Baltimore Police have again arrested her father, Lawrence Banks, and this time they've charged him with her murder.

Foster, a 43-year-old mother of six, was discovered on May 12, her dismembered body hidden in...Read more

Papaya outbreak highlights FDA's food safety challenge

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WASHINGTON -- Salmonella infections caused by contaminated papayas highlight the challenges federal officials face in fighting foodborne illness, as a law from nearly a decade ago meant to modernize the food safety system is starting to show its age.

The Food and Drug Administration is trying to bring its efforts to track and prevent outbreaks ...Read more

Ridgecrest earthquake aftershocks are moving toward dangerous faults, sparking concerns of triggered temblors

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LOS ANGELES -- Aftershocks of the magnitude 7.1 earthquake near Ridgecrest have been creeping into areas close to two major earthquake faults, a development that is generating interest and some concern among seismologists over whether it could trigger another huge temblor.

Both faults are capable of producing new earthquakes of magnitude 7 or ...Read more

Del. Holmes Norton 'sees good news' in a poll finding a majority reject DC statehood

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WASHINGTON -- Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton "sees good news" in a new Gallup poll that found a majority of Americans reject D.C. statehood.

The Gallup poll, conducted in June and released Monday, found 64% of Americans oppose making Washington a separate state. It was released to coincide with a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on ...Read more

'She's upending expectations': Warren fans say her appeal is about more than liberal policies

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MIAMI -- Joanna Berens freely admits that she once doubted if an academic such as Elizabeth Warren could win the presidency.

That was before she watched one of the senator's televised town halls.

"She doesn't just have some sound bites," said Berens, a 57-year-old event planner, marveling at what she remembers seeing minutes before she was set...Read more

Commentary: A brief history of presidents making racist remarks

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President Donald Trump's vicious verbal assaults on four women of color who are members of Congress have sparked an avalanche of well-earned criticism, including from some of his supporters. As regular readers know, I'm fascinated by history, so I've been wondering where Trump's tweeted comments rank among the most racist ones made by presidents...Read more

As Trump doubles down on racist comments, House to vote on condemning them

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump delivered some of the most incendiary comments of his presidency on Monday, signaling that he intends to build his reelection bid as much around divisive racial and cultural issues as on low unemployment and economic growth.

The rhetoric sparked unusual pushback from several Republicans, and led to a ...Read more

Border personnel are investigated for role in Facebook group with violent and sexist posts

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WASHINGTON -- Seventy current and former Customs and Border Protection personnel are under investigation as part of an administrative probe into a secret Facebook group in which members used dehumanizing and derogatory language toward Latina members of Congress and deceased migrants.

On Monday, officials for the first time provided details of ...Read more

Defense Department scrambles to fill top job as vacancies and acting appointees pile up

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WASHINGTON -- Who is running the Pentagon?

These days it can change with dizzying speed as the Trump administration struggles to find nominees for top civilian and military jobs whom President Donald Trump likes and who can survive Senate confirmation.

The latest job shuffling came Monday as Trump formally nominated acting Defense Secretary ...Read more

Trump moves to eliminate nearly all asylum claims at US southern border

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration moved Monday to in effect end asylum for the vast majority of migrants who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border, an enormous shift in policy that could block hundreds of thousands of people from seeking protection in the U.S. -- and is certain to draw legal challenges.

The new rule, published in the Federal ...Read more

Thousands protest against Puerto Rico governor after profane chats leaked

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Beleaguered Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello vowed not to step down even as the streets of San Juan were choked with demonstrators calling for his ouster following the release of profane chats with aides that disparaged political opponents and ordinary Puerto Ricans.

In a statement Sunday evening, Rossello said "...Read more

UK's Boris Johnson warns Trump he won't support a war with Iran

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LONDON -- Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, the two contenders to be Britain's next prime minister, condemned tweets by U.S. President Donald Trump but refused to say if they think they were racist.

Johnson, the favorite to succeed Theresa May, also said he wouldn't support U.S.-led military strikes against Iran, as the transatlantic alliance ...Read more


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