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Kushner to tell senators 'I did not collude' with Russians

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WASHINGTON -- Jared Kushner is set to tell the Senate Intelligence Committee he was unaware that Donald Trump Jr. took a meeting with a Russian lawyer expecting to be given Kremlin-provided dirt on Hillary Clinton.

In prepared remarks the president's son-in-law and senior White House adviser will deliver to the panel behind closed doors later ...Read more

'I did not collude' with foreign officials, Jared Kushner says in advance of testimony

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WASHINGTON -- "I did not collude" and "had no improper contacts" with Russia or any other foreign government, Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, declared in a statement ahead of meetings with congressional investigators.

Kushner's representatives released the 11-page statement early Monday morning. He is scheduled to ...Read more

Kislyak leaves his post with Russiagate in his wake

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WASHINGTON -- Sergei Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to Washington who was in contact with multiple U.S. officials in Donald Trump's administration during the 2016 presidential campaign and the lead-up to Trump's inauguration, left his post over the weekend, the Russian embassy announced in a Saturday morning tweet.

Kislyak was replaced in the ...Read more

GOP preempts Democratic messaging with new digital ad

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WASHINGTON -- A Republican super PAC aligned with House leadership is preempting the new Democratic messaging point with its own digital ad.

Democrats are expected to unveil their new slogan, "A Better Deal" on Monday. And the Congressional Leadership Fund is launching a digital ad in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's district and in 12 ...Read more

Liberal group offers Trump White House staff free legal advice

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WASHINGTON -- A liberal group will offer Donald Trump's White House staffers free legal advice amid his ongoing Russia scandal -- but if the president's legal analysis is correct, they might choose to decline it.

Tax March is poised to announce an initiative the organization described as a "lifeline" to those who chose to take positions in ...Read more

Israeli security Cabinet meets to reconsider metal detectors at sacred Jerusalem plaza

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MODIIN, Israel -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu huddled with Cabinet ministers Sunday to reconsider the placement of metal detectors at the entrance to a sacred Jerusalem plaza, which touched off a wave of deadly Palestinian unrest and a diplomatic crisis for Israel.

Palestinian leaders and Israel's Arab neighbors have assailed the ...Read more

Will San Jose to Fresno bullet train become the Silicon Valley Express?

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- California's Central Valley and Silicon Valley are less than three hours apart by car, but the small towns and vast stretches of farmland along the middle of the state are a world away from $3,000-per-month studio apartments and jammed freeways.

America's first-ever high-speed rail line would shrink the distance between the ...Read more

Climate change lawsuits face uphill battle, but could have radical implications

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SAN DIEGO -- Does a trio of new lawsuits aimed at forcing the world's largest oil companies to pay for the projected effects of rising seas along California's coast have a fighting chance?

The litigation is perhaps the boldest attempt so far to test a broad legal strategy -- holding corporate America accountable for cashing in on products that ...Read more

Massive Detwiler fire near Yosemite National Park is 40 percent contained

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A massive wildfire burning near Yosemite National Park that forced the evacuation of thousands of residents last week is now 40 percent contained, officials said Sunday.

The Detwiler fire erupted last Monday east of Lake McClure in Mariposa County, Calif., and has burned more than 75,000 acres and uprooted residents and businesses in ...Read more

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

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