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The new face of the White House: polished, smooth and noncombative

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WASHINGTON -- Six months into his presidency, an embattled Donald Trump may finally have found the mouthpiece he wants -- a fellow New York tycoon who gushes about his "love" for the president and blames White House woes on poor communication, not a burgeoning scandal.

Anthony Scaramucci, Trump's new communications director, appeared confident ...Read more

Trump insiders face congressional investigators as president mulls pardons

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WASHINGTON -- Three members of Donald Trump's inner circle face congressional investigators this week, and with the president talking about pardons for his family and warning Special Counsel Robert Mueller not to probe to deeply, the stakes could hardly be higher.

Members of Congress on the Intelligence and Judiciary committees want to unearth ...Read more

Sea level rise could bring costly flooding in coastal communities within decades

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SAN DIEGO -- As glaciers melt amid the heat of a warming planet, scientists predict that coastal communities in the United States could eventually experience flooding from higher tides.

Conservative estimates range from an increase of about one to four feet in sea-level rise by the end of the century. Experts also warn that people should be ...Read more

In tweets, Trump turns on fellow Republicans

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A day after unleashing a barrage of angry tweets venting his frustration at the widening investigation into suspected Russian election interference and possible collusion with members of his campaign team, President Donald Trump turned his ire against members of his own political party.

In tweets Sunday, Trump accused Republicans of "doing ...Read more

Man with hammer beat four homeless people in their sleep in St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS -- A homeless woman was clinging to life Saturday after she and three homeless men were injured when a man attacked them with a hammer as they slept in the vacant Carr School building at 15th and Carr streets on Saturday.

St. Louis police are investigating the assaults that happened at 10:33 a.m., according to police. All of the ...Read more

Israel installs new security cameras at Jerusalem holy site

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TEL AVIV -- Israel installed new security cameras on Sunday at the entrance to a flashpoint holy site in Jerusalem, an official told dpa, following violent clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened a cabinet meeting Sunday morning and is expected to hold another meeting of the ...Read more

Snooty, oldest manatee in captivity, dies at 69

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BRADENTON, Fla. -- A day after celebrating his 69th birthday, Snooty, the oldest living manatee in captivity, has died, according to the South Florida Museum.

The museum, which housed Snooty at its Parker Aquarium, announced the news Sunday via Twitter and Facebook, saying the manatee died as the result of an apparent accident. Three other ...Read more

UK joins US in calling for an end to boycott of Qatar

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Britain has joined the U.S. in calling for an end to the boycott of Qatar after the country's pledge to fight terrorism.

"I welcome the Emir of Qatar's commitment to combat terrorism in all its manifestations, including terrorist financing," U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said in a statement on Sunday. "We hope in turn Saudi Arabia, U.A.E...Read more

Protests backing court independence continue in Poland

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Mass protests extended to an eighth consecutive night across Poland after the parliament, defying allies including the U.S. and the European Union, passed legislation giving the nation's ruling party more control over the judiciary.

Tens of thousands of opposition-backed protesters in dozens of cities marched peacefully on Sunday, holding flags...Read more

Dave Cogdill, former California state senator, dies at 66

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Former California state Sen. Dave Cogdill died Sunday morning after battling pancreatic cancer, according to a statement from his family. He was 66.

"My dad was my hero and I strive to be half as good a man, father, and servant as he was," David Cogdill, Jr. said in the statement. "While we mourn our beloved father, a man ...Read more

Three female students sexually assaulted during party at NC State, campus police report

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Three female students were sexually assaulted by male students at a party at N.C. State University on Friday, according to reports received by campus police.

Campus police are investigating three reports of sexual assault on Friday at Wolf Village. All three incidents were allegedly committed by male students known to the ...Read more

Democrats remove Sen. Julian Carroll from leadership, call for his resignation

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The Kentucky Senate Democratic Caucus voted to remove former governor and current state Sen. Julian Carroll as minority whip on Sunday and called on him to resign following a TV report that Carroll propositioned and allegedly groped a then-30-year-old man in 2005.

The fallout continued from Saturday when the story first broke ...Read more

Human trafficking suspected in Texas after 8 found dead in truck

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WASHINGTON -- Federal prosecutors vowed to identify and bring to justice the suspected human traffickers responsible for the deaths of eight people found Sunday in an overheated trailer truck in Texas.

Police in San Antonio called it a "human trafficking crime," after they were called after midnight to the scene in a parking lot outside a ...Read more

Damaging storms leave tens of thousands without power in the Kansas City area

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Nearly 100,000 people woke up without power Sunday morning after severe storms swept through the Kansas City area overnight, downing trees and power lines. Some outages are expected to stretch into Monday amid potentially dangerous heat.

Widespread power outages were being reported across the Kansas City area after winds ...Read more

Legal leaders discuss challenges of Trump presidency at NAACP convention panel

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BALTIMORE -- President Trump's election integrity commission is what keeps Kristen Clarke up at night. For Thomas Saenz, the issue on the front-burner is immigration enforcement.

Fatima Goss Graves and Sarah Warbelow say it's impossible to pick just one issue from the first six months of the Trump administration that worries them most.

These ...Read more

Duterte wins significant majority to extend martial law in Mindanao

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte won a Congressional vote on Saturday to extend martial law in the southern island of Mindanao, strengthening his legislative hand in the year ahead.

With government troops battling Islamic State-linked militants in Marawi City, the House of Representatives voted 245 to 14 in favor of extending martial law ...Read more

Schumer predicts Trump firing Mueller would be GOP tipping point

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Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said President Donald Trump would trigger "a cataclysm" if he fires Special Counsel Robert Mueller or pardons himself, even as one of the president's lawyers said pardons aren't being discussed.

Schumer said he can't imagine his Republican colleagues, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and ...Read more

Sex capsules with undeclared Viagra and Cialis ingredients are recalled

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Days after coffee too similar to Viagra was recalled, a supplement with the active ingredients in Viagra and Cialis has been taken off the shelves.

Ultra Shop Supplement markets Super Panther 7X as a sexual enhancement capsule, but the Food and Drug Administration found sildenafil and tadalafil in the capsules. The presence of those ingredients...Read more

France's Macron suffers approval setback after two months on job

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President Emmanuel Macron's approval rating fell sharply in the past month as French voters were either confused by plans for the tax system, shocked by a dispute with the head of the army or unsettled by upcoming labor laws reform, an Ifop pollster told Journal du Dimanche.

The rating for Macron, elected in early May, fell 10 percentage points...Read more

Fast-track training put officer Mohamed Noor on Minneapolis police force

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minneapolis made a significant financial investment in Mohamed Noor.

The officer who fatally shot Justine Damond graduated in 2015 from the city's accelerated police cadet program. The seven-month training is a quicker, nontraditional route to policing aimed at helping those who already have a college degree enter law enforcement...Read more

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