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Death toll up in Jerusalem unrest

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JERUSALEM -- East Jerusalem continued to smolder Saturday after one of the worst days of Israeli-Palestinian unrest in years. Masked youths clashed with riot police on streets littered with stones hurled by rioters and shops were shuttered to protest violence that left three Palestinians dead the day before and at least one more on Saturday ...Read more

Mexico sees surge in drug violence

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MEXICO CITY -- Drug war bloodshed in Mexico has jumped to record levels, with more homicides recorded in June than in any month in at least two decades.

Prosecutors opened 2,234 homicide investigations last month, according to government statistics released Friday. That's an increase of 40 percent over June of last year and 80 percent over June...Read more

Man arrested in connection with sexual assaults in Beverly Hills

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LOS ANGELES--A man accused of sexual assaults in the heart of the Beverly Hills shopping district was arrested Friday night, authorities said.

Joshua Daniel Stevens, a 26-year-old from the Culver City area, is accused of three assaults, according to a watch commander at the Beverly Hills Police Department.

The incidents occurred between 6 and ...Read more

Wall Street Journal writer Joseph Rago found dead in his apartment

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Joseph Rago, a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial writer for the Wall Street Journal, was found dead in his New York City apartment Thursday night.

A New York Police Department spokeswoman told the New York Times that foul play is not suspected in the 34-year-old's death. "The cause and manner of death are pending further studies following today'...Read more

Scaramucci purges Twitter messages to avoid being 'distraction'

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WASHINGTON -- Anthony Scaramucci has purged his Twitter account of previous criticisms of President Donald Trump, saying he didn't want to be a "distraction" for the White House in his new role as communications director.

Among the missives that disappeared into the digital ether on Saturday were a post referring to Trump's campaign as a "...Read more

Teen girl suspected of fleeing Germany to join Islamic State identified in Iraq

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LEIPZIG, Germany -- A 16-year-old girl from Germany has been identified in Iraq one week after the capture of 20 female Islamic State fighters in the liberated city of Mosul, officials in her home state of Saxony confirmed.

Prosecutors in Dresden, the capital of the eastern state, said the girl is receiving assistance at the German embassy in ...Read more

Brother of Palestinian who killed three Israelis arrested

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TEL AVIV -- A brother of the Palestinian man who stabbed to death three Israelis has been arrested after a raid on his home, according to Israeli and Palestinian media reports on Saturday.

The 20-year-old Palestinian forced his way into a home in the West Bank settlement of Neve Tsuf, northwest of Ramallah, and stabbed four members of a family ...Read more

Smoke from Mariposa fire obscures vistas in Yosemite National Park

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YOSEMITE VALLEY, Calif. -- Smoke was taking a visible toll Saturday on Yosemite National Park, where some of the most picturesque vistas on earth were hidden behind eerie curtains of thick haze drifting in from the devastating Detwiler fire, about 35 miles to the west.

From the famous Tunnel View overlook on Highway 41, granite monoliths ...Read more

Qatar emir breaks silence on Gulf feud, is open to dialogue

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BEIRUT -- Qatar's ruler said his country is open to dialogue -- if sovereignty is respected -- to resolve the Gulf dispute, in his first remarks since a Saudi-led bloc cut diplomatic ties and transport links last month.

In a televised speech, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said Friday that Qatar isn't afraid of identifying and correcting ...Read more

Israel signals willingness to compromise on shrine detectors

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JERUSALEM -- Israel signaled a willingness to remove metal detectors at a contested Jerusalem shrine that have touched off deadly confrontations between Israel and the Palestinians and created tensions with the Muslim world.

"We are willing to consider alternatives to metal detectors as long as the solution or alternative guarantees that the ...Read more

Errant US airstrike kills 16 Afghan police officers in Helmand province, officials say

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KABUL, Afghanistan -- A U.S. airstrike mistakenly hit an Afghan police unit in the southern province of Helmand, killing 16 police officers and wounding two others, the provincial governor's office said Saturday.

The Pentagon confirmed that coalition forces had launched the errant strike on Friday near the town of Gereshk, where U.S. and Afghan...Read more

'American Idol' winner Scotty McCreery cited for trying to carry loaded gun through airport checkpoint

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Season 10 "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery was cited last week for trying to carry a loaded gun through a passenger checkpoint at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, authorities reported.

McCreery, 23, told police that he had gone to a firing range before arriving at the airport and forgot to remove the weapon -- a ...Read more

1 dead, 9 wounded in Chicago shootings

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CHICAGO -- One person was shot dead and at least nine other people, including a Chicago police officer, were wounded in separate attacks within an 11-hour period Friday.

The fatal shooting happened about 10:20 p.m. Friday in the Gresham neighborhood on the South Side.

Officers responded to a call of shots fired and found a man who had been ...Read more

Witness in Justine Damond shooting steps forward; source says part of encounter was filmed

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MINNEAPOLIS -- A witness who was nearby when Justine Damond was fatally shot by a Minneapolis police officer has been located and is cooperating, according to state investigators.

The witness, who was seen bicycling in the area immediately before the shooting and who stopped and watched officers perform CPR "has been cooperative and provided an...Read more

Aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford joins the Navy

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NORFOLK, Va. -- The aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford came to life Saturday in a commissioning ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, a time-honored tradition that ushered in a new generation of naval sea power.

Ship sponsor Susan Ford Bales made the call to send dozens of sailors in crisp white uniforms running onto the first-in-class ship that ...Read more

Trump tweets that the president 'has complete power to pardon'

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump, in one of a long string of Saturday morning tweets venting various frustrations, confirmed that he is pondering presidential pardons related to the probe into his campaign's potential collusion with Russia.

In the tweet, Trump said a president "has complete power to pardon," suggesting he believes he can ...Read more

Russia, Iran sanctions deal is said to clear way for House vote

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WASHINGTON -- Republican and Democratic leaders in the House appear to have reached a deal to move ahead on a bill that would prevent the Trump administration from acting unilaterally to remove sanctions on Russia.

The agreement to fix procedural concerns, add sanctions against North Korea, and modify provisions that would restrict the ...Read more

Trump, aboard new aircraft carrier, urges military funds boost

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump urged Congress to pass a budget that provides for higher, stable and predictable funding for the U.S. military.

"Call that congressman and call that senator, and make sure you get it," Trump said Saturday at the commissioning of the Gerald R. Ford, the Navy's newest aircraft carrier. "We must end the defense...Read more

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