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Calif. Gov. Brown declares state of emergency after latest storms

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After another round of heavy rains soaked parts of California, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency late Monday for several counties dealing with an estimated tens of million dollars in damage from flooding, erosion and mud flows.

The governor's order cited the destruction to roads and highways from the so-called atmospheric river ...Read more

Scientology neighborhood bucks Hollywood, goes for Trump

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LOS ANGELES -- It surprised no one last fall when Los Angeles and California at large overwhelmingly backed Hillary Clinton in her failed bid for the presidency. Just seven of the city's 1,700 precincts went for Donald Trump.

But while nearly all of the surrounding region voted for the Democratic former secretary of State, one little chunk of ...Read more

Top contender for US Supreme Court emerges

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WASHINGTON -- Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, a highly regarded conservative jurist best known for upholding religious liberty rights in the legal battles over Obamacare, has emerged as a leading contender for President Donald Trump's first Supreme Court nomination.

Gorsuch, 49, was among 21 potential high court candidates circulated by Trump's team ...Read more

Tackling patients' social problems can cut health costs

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HOUSTON -- Donning a protective gown, rubber gloves and a face mask, Dayna Gurley looks like she's heading into surgery. But Gurley is a medical social worker charged with figuring out why her client, a man who uses more health care services than almost anyone else in Houston, has been in three different hospitals in the last month.

The patient...Read more

Republican states look to customize Medicaid expansion, not eliminate it

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WASHINGTON -- As candidates two years ago, the Republican governors of Kentucky and Arkansas swore they would do away with "Obamacare" if elected. But a funny thing happened between the campaign trail and the governor's mansion: Reality set in.

After promising to uproot Kentucky's Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, Republican Gov...Read more

Making crowd estimates is a mix of science, statistics, computer analysis and guesswork

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It's what everyone wants to know -- but is literally impossible to answer: How many people took to the streets Saturday in the women's marches across the United States?

Initial reports in The Associated Press settled for the wildly inconclusive "more than 1 million." But a project this week by two professors to sum up the tallies at 680 marches...Read more

The latest battlefront in the abortion wars: Some states want to require burial or cremation for fetuses

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LOS ANGELES -- Tucked against a fence in an East Los Angeles cemetery, a long, flat headstone reads: "In memory of the 16,500 precious unborn, buried here, Oct. 6, 1985."

The aborted fetuses had been found in a metal storage container repossessed from the Woodland Hills home of a former medical laboratory owner who had kept them after testing. ...Read more

From the wrestling mat to White House: Linda McMahon's fight to enter Washington

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Linda McMahon was hardly dressed for a wrestling match that day back in 1999, when she marched into a ring in Anaheim, Calif., to face wrestling megastar Triple H.

Triple H was a beefy wrestler; McMahon was one of the World Wrestling Federation's top executives. A YouTube video shows Triple H grabbing McMahon's jacket. Outrageous! Her husband, ...Read more

Ghost Ship fire: Derick Almena's lawyers say fire started next door

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The defense team for Derick Almena released a report Monday alleging that the deadly Oakland warehouse fire that killed 36 people last year started not in the now infamous Ghost Ship artists collective, but rather in an adjacent building.

The 10-page report, which was prepared by an unidentified private investigator hired by ...Read more

Calif. Senate votes for final confirmation of Xavier Becerra as state attorney general

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California Senate on Monday voted 26-9 in favor of final confirmation of Rep. Xavier Becerra as the state's attorney general, putting on watch a veteran politician who has promised to block efforts by President Donald Trump to roll back state policies on immigration, civil rights and the environment.

Becerra, a Los ...Read more

Trump wrongly tells congressional leaders millions of 'illegals' cost him popular vote

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump welcomed congressional leaders to the White House for a reception Monday evening, and the conversation at one point returned to the November election.

Trump told the congressional leaders that he lost the popular vote to Democratic rival Hillary Clinton because millions of "illegals" cast ballots, according ...Read more

Trump's HHS pick favored drugmakers, device makers and doctors

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As Cabinet nominee Tom Price faces a Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday, a newly released trove of documents sheds further light on how he interacted as a congressman with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the massive agency he may soon oversee.

Letters provided by CMS after an open records request show that the Health and Human ...Read more

Pompeo CIA confirmation vote: A preview of the 2020 presidential debate?

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WASHINGTON -- Monday night's Senate vote on Kansas Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo as CIA director was a preview of the battle -- and the views of some key players -- concerning privacy issues likely to erupt in the 2020 presidential campaign.

Pompeo was confirmed, 66-32. But the vote was probably the first chapter in a debate that's going to ...Read more

Florida man accused of stabbing his dog for barking too much

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Frustrated with his dog's barking, a Florida man stabbed the animal with a kitchen knife while it was held in a cage, police said.

Michael O'Brien of Sunrise took the heavily bleeding Husky to an animal hospital in Cooper City after a witness insisted, but he told the veterinarian that the dog had run into a glass door,...Read more

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton faints near end of his annual statewide address

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton fainted near the end of a 45-minute state of the state speech Monday night at the Capitol. Aides caught him as he fell while standing behind a lectern in the House chambers in St. Paul. The legislators immediately adjourned the gathering, and Dayton appeared to be seated upright and aware shortly ...Read more

Senate confirms Trump's choice for CIA director, Rep. Mike Pompeo

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's nominee to head the CIA, Rep. Mike Pompeo, was overwhelmingly confirmed Monday by the Senate.

Senators voted 66-32 despite resistance from a core group of Democrats who remained critical of Pompeo's shifting views on the government's surveillance programs. They also wanted assurances he would oppose ...Read more

Woman smears bananas on cars at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, police say

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A banana-wielding, trespassing, U.S. postal worker marred Inauguration Day at President Donald Trump's newly dubbed winter White House in Palm Beach, according to police.

A few hours before Trump on Friday took the oath of office in Washington, D.C., a woman smeared bananas on cars parked at Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club, ...Read more

FBI refuses to say how stolen machine gun was stored in agent's car

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The sponsor of a new California law requiring law enforcement officers to lock up guns in parked vehicles said on Monday that the FBI should be more forthcoming about how a powerful submachine gun was stolen from an agent's car in central Contra Costa County two weeks ago.

"There should absolutely be more transparency from ...Read more

White House press secretary signals he'll be as sensitive to media coverage as his boss

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's top spokesman gave an unusually raw assessment of his boss' views about the media Monday.

Even after moving into the White House, the new leader of the free world doesn't appear to have gotten over the slights of not being taken seriously. Trump finds what's written and said about him frustrating, ...Read more

Analysis: Trump moves quickly in bid to revamp America's trade policy

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WASHINGTON -- It was quick and easy for President Donald Trump to fulfill his campaign promise to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

With a stroke of his new presidential pen, he buried the massive Pacific free-trade agreement that the Obama administration had painstakingly negotiated, even though the 12-nation accord had been ...Read more

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