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Trump raises doubts about Kavanaugh's accuser, suggests assault allegations made up by 'radical left'

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WASHINGTON -- In a Friday morning tweet storm after days of restraint, President Donald Trump defended his embattled Supreme Court nominee, Brett M. Kavanaugh, and sought to cast doubt on the woman accusing the conservative jurist of attempting to rape her when they were in high school.

Portraying the allegations by Christine Blasey Ford as ...Read more

After bawdy photos, California Lottery workers demand resignations

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Five veteran California Lottery employees on Thursday demanded that senior department executives resign amid investigations into hiring practices and alleged misconduct on a work-related trip two years ago.

They addressed the state Lottery Commission one month after an anonymous writer sent a letter to officials in Gov. ...Read more

2 homeless men die after Los Angeles attacks; detectives probe link to body found under Santa Monica Pier

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LOS ANGELES -- Two of the homeless men who were brutally beaten in downtown Los Angeles earlier this week died of their injuries Thursday, and police are investigating whether those attacks are linked to the death of a homeless man whose pummeled body was discovered under the Santa Monica Pier.

Both men had been hospitalized since Sunday ...Read more

Trump calls on Kavanaugh accuser to present police report

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump suggested Friday that if Christine Blasey Ford had been sexually assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh when they were both in high school that charges would've been filed against him.

That claim runs contrary to the fact that most sexual assault victims do not report the incidents.

Trump called on Blasey Ford to ...Read more

Kidnapping suspect with AK-47 is dead after shooting at cops near Miami airport

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MIAMI -- A man who was at the center of an armed kidnapping FBI case was shot and killed late Thursday by police after he fired at several officers with an assault rifle, police said.

Rapid gunfire erupted near Northwest 72nd Avenue and Seventh Street -- just blocks away from Miami International Airport. Police officials said City of Miami ...Read more

Vietnamese president, who supported closer US ties, dies at 61

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HANOI, Vietnam -- Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang died Friday from a serious illness at a Hanoi military hospital, according to a posting on the government website citing state-run Vietnam News Agency.

"President Tran Dai Quang died today despite the utmost efforts from doctors," the post said.

Quang, 61, a former minister of public ...Read more

87 days of smog: Southern California just saw its longest streak of bad air in decades

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LOS ANGELES -- Southern Californians might remember the summer of 2018 for its sweltering heat waves, record ocean temperatures and destructive wildfires. But it also claimed another distinction: the summer we went nearly three months without a day of clean air.

The region violated federal smog standards for 87 consecutive days, the longest ...Read more

Vietnam's President Quang dies at 61 following 'serious illness'

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HANOI, Vietnam -- Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang died on Friday in Hanoi at the age of 61 following a "serious illness," the government has announced.

He died at 10:05 a.m. 108 Military Central Hospital, the government said, without specifying the nature of his illness.

Quang had long been rumored to be ailing, although the secretive ...Read more