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Trump seeks symbolic win this week as 100-day milestone nears

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WASHINGTON -- The White House on Sunday urged lawmakers to make progress this week on a high-profile issue such as health care or tax reform -- or at least to avoid the disruption and embarrassment of a federal government shutdown on Friday, a day before President Donald Trump marks his first 100 days in office.

But Trump's hopes for a tangible...Read more

Two die in separate falls in Sequoia National Park

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Two people died after falling in separate incidents in California's Sequoia National Park over the weekend, according to the National Park Service.

On Friday afternoon, a group of climbers was descending the eastern slope of Mount Whitney when they passed a man who was climbing alone up the Mountaineer's Route. The route -- like the more ...Read more

Jeff Sessions, Xavier Becerra trade jabs over California's immigration policy

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Sunday disputed criticism from California Attorney General Xavier Becerra that a federal immigration crackdown is "reckless," and accused state officials of jeopardizing public safety with so-called sanctuary city policies that restrict cooperation with federal agents.

Taking their ...Read more

Two inmates found dead in separate cells at California prison

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Two inmates were found dead inside separate cells at a California state prison in Monterey County early Saturday, officials said.

Authorities at Salinas Valley State Prison are investigating the death of Cedric J. Saunders as a homicide, saying the 22-year-old inmate serving a five-year sentence for robbery was found unresponsive inside his ...Read more

Le Pen, Macron in French presidency runoff as major parties lose

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PARIS –– Far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron won the first round of the French presidential election Sunday, triggering a runoff on May 7 between two radically different visions of the country's future.

National Front leader Le Pen was on course to take 24.3 percent in Sunday's election, with Macron, a first-...Read more

White House talks tough on Mexican wall funding before this week's spending fight

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WASHINGTON –– The White House appeared ready to press for its proposed Mexican border wall in this week's must-pass spending bill, setting up a clash with Democrats that may make a government shutdown next weekend more likely.

"The Democrats don't want money from budget going to border wall despite the fact that it will stop drugs and very ...Read more

North Korea reportedly detains US citizen

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BEIJING -- North Korean authorities have reportedly detained a U.S. citizen, raising the number of Americans known to be detained in North Korea to three and potentially deepening animosity between Washington and Pyongyang at an already tense time.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency, which first reported the detention Sunday, identified the man ...Read more

Budget director says details of Trump tax plan won't be ready until June

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The White House will offer "specific governing principles" for its tax plan this week along with indications of what new rates would be, but a complete proposal probably won't be ready until June, President Donald Trump's budget director said.

Trump said in a Twitter post Saturday that tax reform and reduction would be announced this week.

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Conservationist Kuki Gallmann shot and injured in Kenya

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NAIROBI, Kenya -- Italian-born conservationist and author Kuki Gallmann was shot and injured at her Kenyan ranch Sunday, colleagues and media reports said.

Gallmann, 73, was wounded in the stomach, said Paula Kahumbu, director of the organization Wildlife Direct.

Media reports said cattle herders fired at her as she was patrolling her ranch, ...Read more

San Francisco considers banning sale of menthol cigarettes, other flavored tobacco products

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A San Francisco official has proposed an anti-tobacco law that would ban the retail sale of menthol cigarettes and other flavored tobacco or tobacco-related products that are often the first choice of minority group members and teenagers who smoke.

Supervisor Malia Cohen, sponsor of the proposed ordinance, joined last week with public health ...Read more

The lawyer who will oversee the Russia inquiry has experience investigating the White House

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WASHINGTON -- As a young federal prosecutor in the 1990s, Rod J. Rosenstein played a key role in the highly charged independent investigation of the President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, over their investments in a failed real estate company known as Whitewater.

Rosenstein now is poised to take over another sensitive investigation: the ...Read more

College libraries ditch books for study space

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BERKELEY, Calif. -- The remodeled undergraduate library at the University of California, Berkeley, is modern and sleek. Its top two floors have low-slung couches, a nap pod, and meeting spaces with glass walls made to be written on and colorful furniture meant to be moved.

The library has even dropped its rules against food and drinks on those ...Read more

 

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