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From New York to Los Angeles, thousands march in a weekend for women

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Dusting off pink knit hats and brandishing colorful signs, marchers gathered Saturday in the shadow of the capital's Lincoln Memorial, in midtown Manhattan and in scores of other cities across the country -- not aiming to re-create the record-shattering crowds of the Women's March a year ago this weekend, but vowing to make a mark at the ballot ...Read more

Government shutdown continues as senators struggle to make a deal

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WASHINGTON -- The American public woke up to a sobering reality Saturday -- the first partial government shutdown in five years after Democrats and the Republicans who control both houses in Congress could not make a deal with President Trump to keep the government open before a midnight deadline expired.

Lawmakers in both parties said they ...Read more

Graham cuts a deal that could end shutdown

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WASHINGTON -- Lindsey Graham spent the hours before the government shutdown shuttling between Democratic and Republican leadership offices, a lonely, lively quest to somehow broker a deal that would stop the imminent government shutdown.

Over the course of almost two hours, ending just after the government shut down at midnight, Graham held ...Read more

In Ireland, Pence tells U.S. troops to forget the shutdown and focus on their mission

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On his way to Cairo for a Middle East tour, Vice President Mike Pence shook hands and chatted with U.S. service members Saturday during a stop to refuel Air Force Two at Shannon Airport in Ireland.

Pence is to visit three Middle East nations.

As the vice president took photos with some of the troops, he brought up the U.S. government shutdown,...Read more

After a year of Trump and outrage, women's march focuses on electoral politics

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A year after a sea of knitted pink "pussyhats" greeted Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45th president, women and their allies again took to the streets this weekend in dozens of cities across the country, voicing anger, channeling hopes and considering how the country has fared in the year after one of the most divisive presidential elections...Read more

Las Vegas shooter researched San Diego before mass shooting

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SAN DIEGO -- Last May 18 -- about four months before the deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history unfolded on the Las Vegas Strip -- gunman Stephen Paddock was thinking about San Diego.

On a laptop computer seized from one of his Mandalay Bay hotel rooms after the massacre, authorities found a web search from that Thursday in May for "La...Read more

Group that first raised sexual harassment issues in California capital has an app to report misconduct

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Leaders of the Sacramento-based "We Said Enough" campaign are introducing an app to help victims of sexual harassment report workplace abuse across the nation, no matter their location or industry.

The nonprofit organized by a group of lobbyists and legislative staffers became a powerful force last year, spurring nearly ...Read more

California Gov. Brown reverses decision to parole Manson family killer

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California Gov. Jerry Brown has reversed a parole board's decision to free Manson family killer Leslie Van Houten.

In September, the Board of Parole Hearings found Van Houten, 68, suitable for release. At 19, Van Houten had taken part in the brutal slayings of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca in Los Angeles on Aug. 10, 1969.

"The question I must ...Read more

For some immigrants, a wrenching dilemma: Stay or leave?

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WASHINGTON -- When the Trump administration decided to end protected status for people from El Salvador, Hector Soriano faced a wrenching decision and a big gamble.

In the 17 years since he gained protection from deportation -- giving him the right to work legally in the U.S. -- Soriano established a successful landscaping business and fathered...Read more

Democrats energized by intraparty 'Resistance'

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WASHINGTON –– Jennifer Mosbacher cried in a doctor's office the morning after Donald Trump's election, unable to control herself during a routine physical. The Atlanta suburbanite had avoided politics her entire life but was overcome with shock by an outcome she never saw coming.

She decided to act on her anger. In the year since, a woman ...Read more

Lawyer for man suing ex-Sheriff David Clarke over airport incident is forced off case on eve of trial

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MILWAUKEE -- Just days before he takes on former Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. in federal court, the plaintiff who says Clarke infringed on his free speech rights after an airport encounter has lost his lawyer.

William F. Sulton has represented Dan Black since he sued Clarke in February, claiming several violations of his civil ...Read more

Members of Congress with most to gain or lose from a shutdown

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WASHINGTON -- Voters have made it clear for years they're fed up with Washington's chaos, and nothing better illustrates the capital's disarray than a down-to-the-wire fight over government spending.

That's why this week's votes to keep the federal government running were tough votes, votes that vulnerable congressmen and senators will be ...Read more

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Rand Paul's neighbor to plead guilty in assault case

WASHINGTON -- The neighbor of Sen. Rand Paul who allegedly assaulted the Kentucky Republican while he was mowing his lawn has now signed a federal plea agreement.

The U.S. attorney in Indianapolis made the announcement Friday. His office was assigned the case following the recusal by the U.S...Read more

In Cape Town, 'Day Zero' is coming very soon — the day the water runs out

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JOHANNESBURG -- Cape Town, South Africa's second-largest city, is facing its worst drought in a century, with its water supply expected to run dry April 21.

They're calling it "Day Zero." In this city of 4 million, people will have to line up in the streets at just 200 water stations. The police and army will enforce a limit of 6.6 gallons per ...Read more

US and Somali troops free 30 children from al-Shabab school

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MOGADISHU, Somalia -- At least 30 children have been rescued from a school run by the terrorist militia al-Shabab during a raid by Somalian troops and U.S. special forces, a senior Somali intelligence officer told dpa on Friday.

"Among the dead were six Islamist militants and four children," he added.

Al-Shabab was using the school in the ...Read more

Twitter finds 1,062 more accounts linked to Russian agency

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Twitter Inc. said it found another 1,062 accounts linked to the Russian government-backed Internet Research Agency accused of trying to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The social media company said it is emailing notifications to 677,775 people in the U.S. who followed one of these accounts or retweeted or liked ...Read more

In picking next police chief, LA mayor faces pivotal choice tinged with politics, race and gender

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LOS ANGELES--Shortly after Charlie Beck announced he will retire as chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, City Councilman Joe Buscaino declared on Twitter that it was time for a woman to take his place.

Others speculated Friday about whether the department should be led by an insider or an outsider, someone who will keep the department on...Read more

Executive privilege, while not invoked, colors Russia investigation

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WASHINGTON -- There's no mention of executive privilege in the Constitution. Nor was it discussed at the Constitutional Convention, when delegates gathered in Philadelphia in 1787 to draft the country's governing principles.

But executive privilege -- the president's right to keep some communications and records secret -- has been part of ...Read more

He killed a 9-year-old girl the same day his son was born. Now he's going to prison for 22 years

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CLAYTON, Mo. -- A man left the maternity ward and his own baby boy to fire shots that killed a 9-year-old Ferguson girl, Jamyla Bolden, in 2015, prosecutors said after the man pleaded guilty and was sentenced Friday.

De'Eris Brown, 23, pleaded guilty in St. Louis County Circuit Court to second-degree murder, unlawful use of a weapon-shooting at...Read more

Vice President Pence heads to the Middle East with prospects for peace deal all but dashed

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WASHINGTON -- Vice President Mike Pence arrives in the Middle East on Saturday, launching a high-stakes tour that was delayed after President Donald Trump's decision recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital sparked protests across the region.

He will visit Egypt, Jordan and Israel over four days but won't meet with Palestinians, reflecting the...Read more