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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

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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

20 attorneys general pen letter to Trump urging him to defend DACA

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LOS ANGELES -- California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and 19 of his counterparts from across the country sent President Donald Trump a letter Friday urging his administration not to touch an Obama-era policy that shields as many as 750,000 young immigrants from deportation.

The letter comes a month after Texas and nine other states ...Read more

New White House communications director has traveled to Cuba to scout investment opportunities

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MIAMI -- Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director, has traveled to Cuba several times to explore the possibility of doing business on the island.

Scaramucci, whose appointment on Monday led to the resignation of White House press secretary Sean Spicer, is the founder of the global investment firm SkyBridge Capital. He ...Read more

Wrongful-death lawsuit filed in case of 2 teens who vanished off Florida coast

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. –– The family of one of two teenagers who disappeared at sea in 2015 filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Friday against the other boy's family.

The lawsuit filed by Perry Cohen's family alleges negligence against the family of Austin Stephanos, said Guy Rubin, the attorney representing Perry's mother, Pamela Cohen.

...Read more

USC orders outside investigation of former medical school dean's behavior

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LOS ANGELES -- Faced with mounting anger and questions, the University of Southern California announced Friday it was hiring an ex-federal prosecutor to investigate reports in the Los Angeles Times that the former dean of the university's medical school associated with criminals and drug abusers and used methamphetamine and other drugs with them...Read more

State Department will ban US citizens from traveling to North Korea

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WASHINGTON -- The State Department said Friday it will prohibit U.S. citizens from traveling to North Korea starting late next month, citing the risk of arrest and imprisonment by the authoritarian regime in Pyongyang.

The decision by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson bars use of U.S. passports "to travel in, through, or to North Korea," ...Read more

Jeff Sessions blasts sanctuary cities in Philadelphia appearance

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PHILADELPHIA -- The news cycle had not been kind to Attorney General Jeff Sessions by the time he made it to Philadelphia on Friday.

His boss was griping about him in The New York Times. He was fighting off rumors that he'd resign. And then, late Thursday, a federal judge had refused to reinstate the controversial executive order meant to be a ...Read more

Who is new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci?

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They call him the Mooch.

Anthony Scaramucci (pronounced scare-uh-MOOCH-ee), a New York financier, TV personality and GOP donor, is the latest addition to the Trump administration's top ranks.

Hours after his hiring as White House communications director, Scaramucci appeared in front of reporters in a dark blue suit and a bold, bright blue tie....Read more

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