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LAPD officer at center of cadet scandal charged with sex assault of 15-year-old girl

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles police officer at the center of a scandal roiling the department's signature youth initiative has been charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old member of the cadet program, prosecutors announced Friday.

Robert Cain, 31, was charged Thursday with two counts each of oral copulation of a person under the age of...Read more

3 Palestinians killed in clashes over Jerusalem shrine

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TEL AVIV, Israel -- Violent clashes with Israeli security forces across East Jerusalem and the West Bank left three Palestinians dead and hundreds injured Friday after thousands of Muslim worshippers held midday prayers in the streets around Jerusalem's Old City, in one of the worst days of unrest in years.

Palestinians called the mass prayer ...Read more

Sean Spicer out as White House press secretary

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WASHINGTON -- White House press secretary Sean Spicer has resigned, it was announced Friday.

The decision came after President Donald Trump hired Anthony Scaramucci, a New York financier, as communications director.

In a Twitter statement, Spicer said he would leave the White House in August.

For months, Spicer's daily news briefings were ...Read more

Fighting AIDS in the nation's capital

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WASHINGTON -- Ten years ago, Washington, D.C., was on the verge of a public health disaster: It had the highest reported rates of HIV in the country. And in a city of 588,000, 1,333 people tested positive for HIV in 2007 alone. By the time they were tested, most had full-blown AIDS.

Back then, city officials acknowledged that they didn't have a...Read more

Evacuation orders lifted for Mariposa, Calif., as crews slow wildfire's progress

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MERCED, Calif. -- Evacuation orders were lifted for the historic mining town of Mariposa on Friday morning, as firefighters slowed the progress of a massive wildfire burning near Yosemite National Park.

Authorities lifted the evacuation order at 11 a.m., but warned residents: "There will still be smoke in the respective areas as firefighters ...Read more

Sean Spicer's highlight reel

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WASHINGTON -- Confusing, offensive, and downright strange incidents and statements often punctuated Sean Spicer's six-month tenure as White House press secretary.

That ended abruptly on Friday, when he announced his resignation.

Spicer got off to a strong start just one day into Donald Trump's presidency, when he accused the media of "...Read more

Former CBO directors confront assaults on agency

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WASHINGTON -- All eight former directors of the Congressional Budget Office -- Democrats and Republicans alike -- sent a letter to Congress Friday protesting the ongoing attacks on the agency's integrity and urging that Congress continue to rely on CBO estimates.

In the letter, the former directors registered what they said was their "strong ...Read more

Hundreds rally and march to honor Damond's life, mourn her death

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Hundreds of people dismayed by the death of Justine Damond rallied and marched Thursday night in the south Minneapolis neighborhood where she lived and died, their numbers swelling as people emerged from their houses to join them and others gathered on lawns and sidewalks to watch.

Kathy Rappos, who lives in the neighborhood, ...Read more

Democratic AGs invoke Antonin Scalia to make case to protect 'Dreamers'

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WASHINGTON -- Attorneys general from 20 states invoked the memory of a conservative icon, the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, to make a case that President Donald Trump should defend nearly a million young immigrants who could soon be back in line for deportation.

The group of Democratic attorneys general, led by California Attorney ...Read more

NC law replacing HB2 is still a bathroom bill that discriminates, challengers claim

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina's controversial House Bill 2 has been off the books for three months, but organizations that filed suit against the so-called "bathroom bill" say the law that replaced it leaves transgender people in this state unprotected from discrimination after they were put in the middle of highly publicized political debate....Read more

Jonathan Bernstein: What happens if Trump goes on a pardon-fest?

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Donald Trump -- who seemed to be trying to intimidate the Justice Department and the special counsel in a New York Times interview this week -- is reportedly considering a variety of dramatic moves against the Russia investigation, perhaps including firing special counsel Robert Mueller (something many have been reporting on for some time) and ...Read more

Noah Feldman: Self-pardoning is not a realistic possibility

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Here's some unsolicited advice for President Donald Trump: Don't listen to any lawyers who might tell you that you can pardon yourself, or even that it's a close legal question. You can't -- and no court is going to rule otherwise.

There's a decent historical argument about why, but it's beside the point. The bottom line is that if the ...Read more

GOP senators take Sessions' side in spat with Trump

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WASHINGTON -- Confronted with the rare and awkward choice of siding with either a president of their party or a Cabinet member who's a former colleague, Senate Republicans are sounding of single mind:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, until five months ago a senior GOP senator from Alabama, has done nothing to merit the upbraiding he's been ...Read more

NC island's mysterious birth appears on NASA satellite images

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NASA has released satellite images that show North Carolina's newly formed Shelly Island was born in November.

The photos, acquired by the Operational Land Imager on the Landsat 8 satellite, show the sands that grew into the island first registered in November 2016 in the shoal area off Cape Point.

A second image, taken in January 2017, shows ...Read more

House appropriators ignore Trump's proposed cuts to arts

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WASHINGTON -- Federal arts and humanities programs targeted for elimination by the Trump administration would get a lifeline from House appropriators willing to ignore the president's proposal and keep them running.

The $31.5 billion fiscal 2018 Interior-Environment spending bill approved by the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday ...Read more

Then there was one: Saudi prince all alone near summit of power

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Saudi Arabia has never been a democracy but for several decades it's been governed by a loose consensus among an extended royal family. Not, it seems, anymore.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, one step away from the throne, has emerged as the dominant figure in the desert kingdom. He controls almost all the levers of ...Read more

Push to sanction North Korea in the UN hung up on what's an ICBM

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NEW YORK -- North Korea boasted that it successfully test-fired its first intercontinental ballistic missile on the Fourth of July, and the U.S. angrily agrees. Russia says not-so-fast, and that's blocking action at the United Nations.

After the launch that brought Kim Jong Un's regime closer to delivering on its vow to develop a nuclear weapon...Read more

Massachusetts Republican to offer 'alternative vision' for GOP

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WASHINGTON -- John Kingston wants to show Republicans how they can win Senate races in deep-blue states like Massachusetts.

The first step, a top adviser says, is to prove he's nothing like President Donald Trump.

Kingston is beginning a run for Senate in a state that, even in ideal conditions, is hostile to Republican candidates for federal ...Read more

When congressional spouses (allegedly) misbehave

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WASHINGTON -- With congressional job approval hovering around 17 percent, members of Congress are carrying their own baggage into their re-election races, even without the weight of a spouse in legal trouble.

Jane Sanders isn't a stranger to the spotlight, as her husband, Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, ascended the political ladder ...Read more

Former Trump associates helped fugitive Kazakhs in visa scheme

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SANDS POINT, N.Y. -- Two former associates of Donald Trump helped a family of wealthy Kazakh fugitives make extensive investments in the United States, some aimed at helping family members obtain legal residency here, a McClatchy investigation shows.

Felix Sater, an ex-con and onetime senior adviser in the Trump Organization, helped the Trump ...Read more

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