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25 years after LA riots, vigil honors Rodney King and other victims

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LOS ANGELES -- When an angry mob erupted in violence across Los Angeles 25 years ago this week, two names were commonly invoked by those in the streets.

One is well-known: Rodney G. King, the black man beaten by a group of baton-wielding police officers whose acquittal in a Simi Valley courtroom sparked the riots on April 29, 1992.

King ...Read more

Trudeau's reward for courting Trump is a trade war over lumber

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OTTAWA, Ontario -- Justin Trudeau has always played nice with Donald Trump. The refugee-hugging liberal bit his tongue, flooded Washington with envoys, feted Ivanka Trump on Broadway and relentlessly talked up Canada-U.S. ties.

It hasn't worked.

On Monday, Trump teed off a fresh trade war by slapping tariffs of up to 24 percent on Canadian ...Read more

University of California administration is paying excessive salaries and mishandling funds, state audit says

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LOS ANGELES -- The administration of the University of California system pays top workers salaries significantly higher than that of similar state employees, has provided millions of dollars in benefits not typical to the public sector and failed to disclose to the Board of Regents and the public that it had $175 million in budget reserve funds,...Read more

With opening day for Kansas water park approaching, slide where boy died is still standing

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- When Schlitterbahn opens again for the season, the Verruckt water slide might still be standing as a grim reminder of last summer's tragedy.

The world's tallest water slide remains closed since 10-year-old Caleb Schwab died on it on Aug. 7. Since then, the Kansas Legislature has moved to tighten regulations on amusement park...Read more

Trump solemnly marks Holocaust 2 weeks after press secretary apologizes for Hitler comments

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump delivered a sober and uplifting speech Tuesday recognizing the Holocaust and emphasizing the need to speak out against evil, two weeks after his press secretary apologized for a series of awkward remarks about the dark chapter in Jewish history.

Trump struck a far more formal tone than usual, sticking ...Read more

Ivanka Trump draws groans in Berlin for defending her father

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BERLIN -- Ivanka Trump encountered a critical reception from an audience in Berlin after calling her father "a tremendous champion of supporting families."

The president's daughter was met with groans as she made the remark during on a panel on women's economic empowerment that included German Chancellor Angela Merkel and IMF Managing Director ...Read more

Chicago passes 1,000 gunshot victims for the year

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CHICAGO -- Two people were killed and five others were wounded over a single hour in Chicago on Monday as the number of gunshot victims this year passed the 1,000 mark.

The city reached the grim milestone four days later than last year, which saw the worst gun violence in two decades, according to data kept by the Chicago Tribune.

As of ...Read more

US Air Force to launch test missile off Central California coast

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LOS ANGELES -- An unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile will be launched Wednesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to test the weapon's effectiveness, accuracy and readiness, according to the Air Force Global Strike Command.

The Minuteman III missile test launch will occur between 12:01 and 6:01 a.m. from the north end of the ...Read more

Schumer hopeful that Trump has caved on the wall

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WASHINGTON -- Even after President Donald Trump tweeted, "Don't let the fake media tell you that I have changed my position on the WALL," the Senate's top Democrat is sounding optimistic that the commander-in-chief has caved.

"I want to say that it's really good news that the president seems to be taking the wall off the table in the ...Read more

Kris Kobach says he plans to stay in Kansas, where he is weighing a run for governor

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach plans to stay in the Sunflower State for the time being, according to an interview Tuesday morning on Fox News.

Kobach advised President Donald Trump on immigration policy throughout the campaign and met with him multiple times after the election, fueling speculation that he could be ...Read more

Megan McArdle: No, 'The Handmaid's Tale' series is not shockingly timely

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We are all necessarily prisoners of our own place and time, and thus, I was in my youth necessarily a fan of "The Handmaid's Tale." I read it; I discussed it very earnestly with like-minded friends; I copied author Margaret Atwood's muted style and dystopian preoccupations in my own, less competent fiction.

But that youth has fled, alas; it has...Read more

A purse snatch, car chase, crash at school lead to felony charges for a 12-year-old

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MIAMI -- A simple purse snatching that escalated into a car and foot chase, a damaged police vehicle and a crash into a school ended with a 12-year-old and two 14-year-olds charged with a major felony.

The only adult in the group, 27-year-old Charles Flowers, who police say drove a getaway car that purposely hit a patrol vehicle, was arrested ...Read more

Aviation cop: 'Minimal but necessary force' was used to remove United passenger

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CHICAGO -- A Chicago aviation police officer said "minimal but necessary force" was employed to remove Dr. David Dao from a United Airlines flight after he reacted aggressively when asked to get off the plane, according to records released Monday by the city.

The incident reports provide additional detail into the April 9 incident at O'Hare ...Read more

Clerks for new Supreme Court justice know Capitol Hill

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WASHINGTON -- The clerks who Justice Neil Gorsuch hired to help launch his Supreme Court career bring a wealth of experience from the political branches of government, including work on Capitol Hill, at the Justice Department and the White House.

That, in turn, could help guide Gorsuch on legal issues this term dealing with cases about the ...Read more

Indian officials can no longer use flashing lights to skip traffic, but 'VIP culture' remains

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MUMBAI, India -- They zip through toll plazas in dedicated lanes. They enjoy special access to tickets on overcrowded trains. And they're notorious for showing up late to commercial flights, making regular passengers wait.

Being an Indian government official of even moderate standing carries seemingly endless perks and privileges. But no symbol...Read more

Couple is charged with assault in shooting outside Yiannopoulos speech

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SEATTLE -- Assault charges filed Monday against a couple in connection with the shooting of a protester outside a speech by former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos on Jan. 20 allege they went to the University of Washington campus that night looking for trouble.

Marc and Elizabeth Hokoana of Ravenna had armed themselves -- him with pepper-...Read more

Japanese restaurants thwart push toward 'smoke-free' Olympics

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TOKYO -- Japan's plans to make Tokyo "smoke free" ahead of the Olympic Games hit a fresh roadblock as lawmakers remain deadlocked over a bill to ban the use of cigarettes in indoor public spaces after a backlash from the nation's restaurant industry.

The health ministry's bill, which aims to restrict smoking in public places such as schools, ...Read more

Trump White House touts achievements but downplays 100-day expectations

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WASHINGTON -- In the closing weeks of his campaign last year, Donald Trump laid out what he called a "100-day contract" with voters -- an ambitious flurry of administrative and legislative steps that he vowed would start the process of "draining the swamp" and protecting American workers.

With many of those promises as yet unfulfilled or ...Read more

Social activists prepare to examine race at White Privilege Conference

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- This is not going to feel good: The National White Privilege Conference is coming to Kansas City.

The notion that whites in America step into their communities with more advantages of earned and unearned privileges than their neighbors of color is a hard conversation starter.

The social activists who urged the annual ...Read more

In California prisons, inmates teach each other how to start over

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VACAVILLE, Calif. -- The men Daniel Hopper teaches about drug and alcohol abuse are serving sentences of 10 years to life at a state prison in the Vaca Mountains of Northern California. They grew up in different places, but under the same circumstances: dangerous schools and neighborhoods, fathers in prison, brothers in gangs.

Hopper can relate...Read more


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