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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

All those programs Trump wanted to end? GOP won't end 'em

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's plan to eliminate dozens of federal agencies and programs has collapsed, as a conservative Republican Congress refuses to go along.

Among the programs spared are agencies promoting rural business development and the arts, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Community Development Block Grants and the ...Read more

Nikki Haley condemns 'collective failure' by global leaders to help Africa

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President Donald Trump's ambassador to the United Nations called peace and security crises in Africa "a collective failure," saddling the global community with an equal share of the blame for man-made conflicts and terrorist threats that endanger 20 million people.

"This is a crisis that should be leading every newscast and on the front page of...Read more

Lawmakers divided over a ban on Venezuelan oil amid fears of a Russian takeover

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WASHINGTON -- In advance of a July 30 vote that could strip Venezuelan lawmakers of their constitutional power, Cuban-American politicians are going after Venezuela's jugular: the largest proven oil reserves in the world.

Over the past few weeks, as the tough talk on Venezuela reaches a fever pitch, South Florida lawmakers are uniformly behind ...Read more

SpaceX may have canceled Red Dragon Mars mission

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LOS ANGELES -- SpaceX may have canceled its mission to Mars with a Red Dragon capsule that was set for 2020.

Company Chief Executive Elon Musk retweeted a story late Friday afternoon titled "SpaceX skipping Red Dragon for 'vastly bigger ships' on Mars" that was published on Tesla enthusiasts blog Teslarati.

The news comes after Musk said ...Read more

Gender discrimination controversy grows at fabled Salk Institute

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SAN DIEGO -- Accusations of gender discrimination are growing at the Salk Institute, where a third female professor has sued the La Jolla science center for allegedly giving preference to men in pay, promotions, grant funding and leadership positions.

Beverly Emerson, a prominent biochemist who studies how genes contribute to disease, filed a ...Read more

Nation and world news briefs

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O.J. Simpson's parole hearing is a ratings dud with 13.5 million viewers

NEW YORK -- TV ratings aren't as big as they used to be, even for O.J. Simpson.

Based on preliminary Nielsen data provided by various networks that carried the hearing, around 13.5 million TV viewers watched the Thursday hearing in which the former football star, actor ...Read more

Terror suspect in 'Jihad Jane' case extradited to Philly

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PHILADELPHIA -- An Algerian-born terror suspect accused of recruiting Colleen "Jihad Jane" LaRose of Montgomery County in a 2009 plot to assassinate a Swedish artist made his first public appearance on U.S. soil Friday in Philadelphia, six years after he was indicted and just hours after his extradition from Spain.

Ali Charaf Damache, 52, is ...Read more

Venezuela death toll at 100; 132,000 soldiers to guard July 30 election

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CARACAS, Venezuela -- The death toll in Venezuela's anti-government protests hit 100 Friday, as the public prosecutor confirmed three more people had died.

Demonstrators have been clashing with police and the national guard since April in protests against the government of Socialist President Nicolas Maduro amid the country's worst-ever ...Read more

Unlocked gate, loose guns and a toothbrush; In Georgia prison break, a series of errors

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ATLANTA -- A series of security lapses allowed two dangerous inmates on a Georgia prison transport bus to free themselves from their chains and get to two correctional officers' guns, which the prisoners then used to kill the two guards, according to a report released Friday.

The report provides the first detailed accounting of how convicted ...Read more

Shootout raises anew specter of cartels in Mexico City

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MEXICO CITY -- It was still daylight when a Mexican military patrol was attacked on the city streets, leading to what authorities described as a fierce firefight with a heavily armed gang.

Soon the internet and newspapers were showing images of the gory aftermath: the bloodstained bodies of the gang leader and four of his confederates on the ...Read more

Minneapolis police chief Janee Harteau resigns

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau announced her resignation Friday in a statement posted to the police department website.

The chief's departure comes less than a week after the fatal police shooting of Justine Damond, a 40-year-old Australian woman. On Saturday, Damond called 911 to report a possible sexual assault near her...Read more

O.J. Simpson's parole hearing is a ratings dud with 13.5 million viewers

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NEW YORK -- TV ratings aren't as big as they used to be, even for O.J. Simpson.

Based on preliminary Nielsen data provided by various networks that carried the hearing, around 13.5 million TV viewers watched the Thursday hearing in which the former football star, actor and pitchman was granted parole after serving nine years in prison for a Las...Read more

SFO close-call: Air Canada pilot was not using guidance instruments, source says

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The wayward Air Canada pilot who nearly landed on a crowded San Francisco International Airport taxiway earlier this month did not activate his computer guidance system that would have helped guide his airplane onto the appropriate runway and not dozens of feet from a catastrophe, according to a source familiar with the federal ...Read more

Trump's inquiry on pardon power raises questions about pardoning himself: a Q&A

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It's not rare for presidents to grant pardons. They've pardoned friends and felons, political donors and even a former president.

But can a president pardon himself?

As a special counsel's investigation into possible collusion between President Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russia continues, reports have surfaced in recent days that...Read more

Kushner's amended financial filing shows sprawling assets

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WASHINGTON -- Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, on Friday filed an amended financial disclosure that reflected his family's sprawling real estate holdings -- and the approval of the federal Office of Government Ethics.

At the same time, Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and Kushner's wife, submitted her...Read more

No public testimony next week for Trump Jr., Manafort

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign manager, will not testify publicly next week under a deal worked out Friday with the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The two will meet with committee members and staff privately the committee chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, announced. Grassley said they were still ...Read more

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