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Manafort judge says he fears for jurors' safety

The judge in Paul Manafort's financial fraud trial saiys he has received threats and he fears for the "peace and safety" of the jurors deciding the fate of the former Trump campaign chairman. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III revealed his concerns Friday when explaining why he doesn't intend to make jurors' names public at the end of the trial. Jury lists are presumed to be public unless...


California governor grants pardons to 3 facing deportation

California governor grants pardons to 3 facing deportation

California Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday he pardoned three former prisoners facing the threat of deportation to Cambodia, including one who became a youth pastor after serving six years in the 1990s for murdering a rival gang member. The three were among 36 pardons granted by Brown within the past week. He's also commuted the sentences of 31 current inmates who can now seek speedier paroles. Among...
Former Iowa Congressman Leonard Boswell dies

Former Iowa Congressman Leonard Boswell dies

Former U.S. Rep. Leonard Boswell, an Iowa farmer and soldier turned politician who served 16 years in Congress, has died. He was 84. The Democrat and former state Senate president, died at a Des Moines hospital on Friday after suffering complications from a rare form of cancer, said family spokesman and former chief of staff Grant Woodard. Although he focused his political career on agriculture, securing...
Judge tells US officials, ACLU to come up with asylum plan

Judge tells US officials, ACLU to come up with asylum plan

A federal judge on Friday called on the U.S. government and the American Civil Liberties Union to come up with a plan to address the rights of parents and children separated at the U.S.-Mexico border to seek asylum. The request was made during a hearing a day after U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw extended a freeze on deportations of recently reunified families, giving a reprieve to hundreds of children...
Is the ever-weird Florida man becoming Florida politician?

Is the ever-weird Florida man becoming Florida politician?

Florida's penchant for the weird and strange — often manifested in new ways of criminal behavior (think chasing people through a store with a live alligator) — is so prevalent it's created a cottage industry of chroniclers and followers. But like a contagion that has escaped a hermetically-sealed lab, the swamp fever of Florida weirdness appears to be spreading now to the politicians who...
AP source: It's not just audio, Manigault Newman has video

AP source: It's not just audio, Manigault Newman has video

It's not just audiotapes. Omarosa Manigault Newman has a stash of video, emails, text messages and other documentation supporting the claims in her tell-all book about her time in the Trump White House, a person with direct knowledge of the records told The Associated Press Friday. Manigault Newman has made clear that she plans to continue selectively releasing the pieces of evidence if President...
Justice lawyers try to halt Trump financial records release

Justice lawyers try to halt Trump financial records release

Justice Department lawyers asked a federal judge Friday to let them file a legal appeal that could, for now, keep President Donald Trump's critics from getting access to financial records related to his Washington, D.C., hotel. Trump has been fighting multiple lawsuits that argue that foreign representatives' spending money at the Trump International Hotel is a violation of the U.S. Constitution's...
Will other states follow Pennsylvania on church abuse?

Will other states follow Pennsylvania on church abuse?

Attorneys general around the U.S. have been largely silent this week about any plans to conduct an investigation like Pennsylvania's that uncovered widespread child sexual abuse in six Roman Catholic dioceses, although New York's top prosecutor is an exception, saying she is exploring teaming up with the local district attorneys. The comments by the New York attorney general's office Friday come on...
Arrest made in more than 100 synthetic pot overdoses in park

Arrest made in more than 100 synthetic pot overdoses in park

A 53-year-old man has been arrested in connection with more than 100 synthetic-marijuana overdoses, many of them in the same New Haven park, after authorities say they caught him with 32 bags of the drug, police said Friday. Some of the victims identified John Parker, of New Haven, as one of the people who was dealing K2 on the New Haven Green, where most of the overdoses occurred Wednesday and Thursday...
Sales director for Backpage.com pleads guilty to conspiracy

Sales director for Backpage.com pleads guilty to conspiracy

The sales and marketing director of Backpage.com pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring to facilitate prostitution, acknowledging that he participated in a scheme to give free ads to prostitutes in a bid to draw them away from competitors and win over their future business. Dan Hyer is the second Backpage.com employee to plead guilty in cases in Arizona in which the site has been accused of ignoring...
Stinky 'corpse flower' in full bloom in California

Stinky 'corpse flower' in full bloom in California

Visitors were flocking to the Huntington Library in Southern California on Friday to get a whiff of a so-called corpse flower, known for the rotten stench it releases when it blooms. The flower, nicknamed "Stink," began blooming unexpectedly on Thursday night, Huntington spokeswoman Lisa Blackburn said. "We thought we had a few more days to go. But it was ready, and it was pretty spectacular...
Kansas independent candidate wants to lure votes from Kobach

Kansas independent candidate wants to lure votes from Kobach

Kansas election officials certified independent Greg Orman as a candidate for Kansas governor on Friday, and the businessman immediately tried to appeal to disaffected Republicans, who he said view GOP hopeful Kris Kobach as "incompetent and corrupt." Orman's entry into the race presents a major obstacle to Democrats, who had hoped to lure the same moderate Republicans away from Kobach,...
Judge told to consider protections for Montana grayling fish

Judge told to consider protections for Montana grayling fish

An appeals court on Friday told a judge to take another look at whether a Montana fish should be protected, saying that U.S. wildlife officials did not consider all environmental factors when they decided against designating the Arctic grayling as a threatened or endangered species. The three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon's 2016 ruling...
US regulators target Facebook on discriminatory housing ads

US regulators target Facebook on discriminatory housing ads

Federal regulators are alleging that Facebook's advertising tools allow landlords and real estate brokers to engage in housing discrimination. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said in an administrative complaint this week that Facebook violated the Fair Housing Act because its targeting systems allow advertisers to exclude certain audiences, such as families with young children...
Rapper Young Thug booked on weapons charge in Los Angeles

Rapper Young Thug booked on weapons charge in Los Angeles

Rapper Young Thug was arrested in Los Angeles after officers found a concealed firearm inside his car, authorities said Friday. The rapper, whose real name is Jeffery Lamar Williams, was booked on a weapons possession charge just after midnight Friday, said Officer Drake Madison. He was being held on $35,000 bail. Madison said several hundred people had gathered outside a Dave & Buster's sports bar...
Trump attends Hamptons fundraiser hosted by hot dog magnate

Trump attends Hamptons fundraiser hosted by hot dog magnate

President Donald Trump headlined a closed-door fundraiser Friday at the Hamptons, New York, home of one of his closest friends, the chairman of the iconic Nathan's Famous hot dog business. Trump participated in a roundtable with high-dollar donors before delivering remarks at a luncheon in Southampton hosted by Howard Lorber, a New York real estate executive who is Chairman of Douglas Elliman Realty...
The Latest: Ellison says he won't quit race amid abuse claim

The Latest: Ellison says he won't quit race amid abuse claim

The Latest on Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison's response to an allegation of domestic abuse (all times local): 12:20 p.m. Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison says he won't abandon his run for Minnesota attorney general amid allegations from an ex-girlfriend that he once physically abused her, "because I didn't do it." Ellison made his most expansive comments about the allegations Friday before joining...
Program combats ageism by having students live with seniors

Program combats ageism by having students live with seniors

Victoria Kozar, like many students, met one of her best friends while in college. The now 23-year-old, who attended Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, says she and Beth lived in the same building and spent hours talking about everything from boyfriends to baking. Her other friends are usually surprised when they find out that Beth Eichelman is 91 years old. "I don't refer to her as like, my...
Sessions: Judges costing taxpayers with immigration rulings

Sessions: Judges costing taxpayers with immigration rulings

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions told an audience of hundreds of judges and attorneys on Friday that "erroneous rulings" by federal judges have been costly to taxpayers, and he criticized judges who've thwarted some of President Donald Trump's immigration policies. Sessions, speaking during a judicial conference in Des Moines, also lambasted what he said was an increasing number of federal...
Synthetic pot seen as a public health danger

Synthetic pot seen as a public health danger

A decade after first appearing in the United States, synthetic marijuana is seen as a growing health danger. Some marijuana smokers turned to it because it is relatively cheap and not detected in routine drug testing. Dozens of people in New Haven, Connecticut, went to the hospital this week after overdosing on a batch of synthetic pot. A look at the issue: WHAT IS IT? While states have moved to legalize...
Cuomo on his 'inartful' remark: 'Of course America is great'

Cuomo on his 'inartful' remark: 'Of course America is great'

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, running for a third term and a potential candidate for president in 2020, acknowledged Friday that he was "inartful" when he said this week that America "was never that great." The Democrat went on to expound on something that few elected officials ever need to spell out. "I want to be very clear: Of course America is great and of course America has always...
Miss America: Leadership bullied, manipulated, silenced me

Miss America: Leadership bullied, manipulated, silenced me

The reigning Miss America says she has been bullied, manipulated and silenced by the pageant's current leadership, including Gretchen Carlson. In a letter sent Friday to former Miss Americas, Cara Mund says she decided to speak out despite the risk of punishment. Her letter is reminiscent of the movie "Mean Girls," in which characters Gretchen and Regina bully the heroine and make her life...
The Latest: 60 more ex-CIA officials criticize Trump

The Latest: 60 more ex-CIA officials criticize Trump

The Latest on President Donald Trump and the revoking of security clearances (all times local): 5:40 p.m. Sixty former CIA officials are joining a chorus of national security professionals denouncing President Donald Trump's decision to yank the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, one of the president's harshest critics. Trump says he pulled Brennan's clearance because he had to...
Trump help for Cruz could spell new twist for odd couple

Trump help for Cruz could spell new twist for odd couple

Gary Malcik wore a Trump T-shirt as he waited in a long, post-rally line to pose for pictures with Ted Cruz. It was a far cry from the waning weeks of the 2016 GOP presidential primary, when Donald Trump supporters repeatedly heckled the Texas senator at campaign events, and from that year's Republican National Convention when Cruz was booed for refusing to endorse the party's nominee. But Malcik...
The Latest: Manafort jury sent home for the weekend

The Latest: Manafort jury sent home for the weekend

The Latest on the trial of Paul Manafort (all times local): 5:05 p.m. The jury in the fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been sent home for the weekend after concluding a second day of deliberations without reaching a verdict. Judge T.S. Ellis III sent jurors home around 5 p.m. Friday. That's about a half-hour earlier than normal, at the request of a juror who had an unspecified...
US ends Syria stabilization funding, cites more allied cash

US ends Syria stabilization funding, cites more allied cash

The Trump administration is ending funding for Syria stabilization projects as it moves to extricate the U.S. from the conflict, citing increased contributions from anti-Islamic State coalition partners. The State Department said it had notified Congress on Friday that it would not spend some $230 million that had been planned for Syria programs and would instead shift that money to other areas. Most...
Bishop: I have 'profound remorse' after sex abuse report

Bishop: I have 'profound remorse' after sex abuse report

A Pennsylvania bishop named in a grand jury report on rampant sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy said Friday he has "profound remorse" and offers his "heartfelt apology" to the victims. Speaking at a Mass of forgiveness, Harrisburg Bishop Ronald Gainer opened by reading the first paragraph of this week's stunning report that said more than 300 predator priests had abused more...
The Latest: Trump blames DC for military parade cancellation

The Latest: Trump blames DC for military parade cancellation

The Latest on President Donald Trump's military parade (all times local): 8 p.m. President Donald Trump's Veterans Day parade was swiftly canceled after senior White House and Pentagon leaders saw the estimated $92 million price tag play out in public. The drama that unfolded Thursday and Friday also highlighted, not for the first time, a disconnect between the Pentagon and the White House when it...
Lawyers will seek to shift blame for warehouse fire at trial

Lawyers will seek to shift blame for warehouse fire at trial

Lawyers for the two men charged in the Northern California warehouse fire that killed 36 people said Friday they are now preparing for a trial where they will try to shift blame for the blaze from their clients to others, including the building's owner and government officials. Derick Almena, 48, and Max Harris, 28, on Friday appeared briefly in an Oakland courtroom for the first time since a judge...
Officials investigate cause of death for Colorado mom, kids

Officials investigate cause of death for Colorado mom, kids

The bodies of two young girls were submerged in crude oil for four days before authorities discovered them, according to court documents filed by an attorney defending the girls' father against accusations that he killed his children and wife. The motion filed Friday by Christopher Watts' attorney, James Merson, also asked that DNA swabs be taken from the girls' necks. The request quotes an expert...
Alaska man gets life in prison for Florida airport shooting

Alaska man gets life in prison for Florida airport shooting

An Alaska man will spend the rest of his life in prison for the January 2017 Florida airport shooting that left five people dead and six wounded, a federal judge ordered Friday. U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom accepted a plea deal in which Esteban Santiago, 28, agreed to admit to the shooting if prosecutors would not seek the death penalty. Santiago pleaded guilty in May to 11 charges of causing death...
Next mission for women with military service: Run for office

Next mission for women with military service: Run for office

A dragon winds around a cherry tree in the tattoo across MJ Hegar's arm and back, over the shrapnel wounds she had, at one point, not wanted to see with her young children around. But nine years after being shot down in Afghanistan, then winning a lawsuit against the federal government, writing a book and now running for a Texas congressional seat, Hegar isn't hiding much anymore. "I carry my...
After stumbles, Trump and McConnell forge bond for midterms

After stumbles, Trump and McConnell forge bond for midterms

As the Senate convened for a rare August work period, the late-summer session serves as a reminder of how much has changed in the partnership between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump. This time last year, the two men were barely on speaking terms. Trump bashed the GOP leader on Twitter after the collapse of Republican efforts to repeal President Barack Obama's health...
Manafort judge says he's received threats, won't name jurors

Manafort judge says he's received threats, won't name jurors

The judge in Paul Manafort's financial fraud trial said Friday he has received threats and he fears for the "peace and safety" of the jurors deciding the fate of the former Trump campaign chairman. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III revealed his concerns when explaining why he doesn't intend to make jurors' names public at the end of the trial. Jury lists are presumed to be public unless...
Phantom of the Courthouse: Manafort trial is Trump-free zone

Phantom of the Courthouse: Manafort trial is Trump-free zone

Donald Trump is the phantom of U.S. District Courtroom 900. His name has rarely been uttered during the two-week trial of his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. References to his campaign and administration have slipped in only through carefully scrubbed exchanges. The Trump name has been so studiously avoided that when the trial judge said "Mr. Trump" during a morning hearing Thursday...
Trump warns he'll revoke clearance of Justice Dept official

Trump warns he'll revoke clearance of Justice Dept official

President Donald Trump said Friday that he suspects he'll "very quickly" revoke the security clearance for a Justice Department official whose wife worked for the firm involved in producing a dossier on Trump's ties to Russia. Signaling that his efforts to target clearances over his frustration with the Russia investigation were not over, Trump tweeted that it was a "disgrace"...
Trump blames DC, as military parade plans unravel over costs

Trump blames DC, as military parade plans unravel over costs

The cancellation of President Donald Trump's Veterans Day parade came swiftly when senior White House and Pentagon leaders saw the estimated $92 million price tag play out in public, setting off a chaotic volley of tweets and accusations between the president and the mayor of the nation's capital. The drama that unfolded Thursday and Friday also highlighted, not for the first time, a disconnect between...
Mattis says further Taliban assaults likely in weeks ahead

Mattis says further Taliban assaults likely in weeks ahead

Western-backed Afghan defenses will not break under the weight of Taliban violence in advance of scheduled parliamentary elections in October, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said. In his most detailed comments on the Taliban's assault on the eastern city of Ghazni since it began Aug. 10, Mattis said the Taliban had six objectives in and around the city and failed to seize any of them. He would...
Vegas victims' attorneys criticize MGM's legal maneuver

Vegas victims' attorneys criticize MGM's legal maneuver

Attorneys for a group of victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting harshly criticized MGM Resorts International this week over its legal maneuver seeking to consolidate multiple lawsuits stemming from the massacre. The victims' attorneys in court documents filed Tuesday say the casino operator is acting with improper motives in seeking to have the cases combined in one court. They also argue the company...
Uber driver charged with assaulting woman in San Francisco

Uber driver charged with assaulting woman in San Francisco

An Uber driver from San Francisco is accused of picking up a woman while off-duty and sexually assaulting her, police said Thursday. Kevin Barillas-Saballas, 30, was charged Thursday by the Alameda County district attorney's office with sexual assault, sexual battery, kidnapping, imprisonment and criminal threats. Union City Police Lt. Steve Mendez said the woman was intoxicated when either she or...
The Latest: Pentagon puts off military parade until 2019

The Latest: Pentagon puts off military parade until 2019

The Latest on the Veterans Day military parade (all times local): 8:10 p.m. The Defense Department says the Veterans Day military parade ordered up by President Donald Trump won't happen in 2018. Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, said Thursday that the military and the White House "have now agreed to explore opportunities in 2019." Manning says the Pentagon had "originally targeted...
Church president: Use 'Latter-day Saints' not 'Mormon'

Church president: Use 'Latter-day Saints' not 'Mormon'

The faith has the famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir, recently made a documentary about its members called "Meet the Mormons" and uses "Mormon" in its official website addresses. But on Thursday Mormon church President Russell M. Nelson said he wants people to stop using "Mormon," or "LDS" as substitutes for the full name of the religion: The Church of Jesus Christ...
Pennsylvania bishops mostly silent on prosecutor's challenge

Pennsylvania bishops mostly silent on prosecutor's challenge

Reeling from a landmark grand jury report on child sexual abuse, the leadership of Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic Church is under pressure to support a change in state law to give those victims — now adults — a temporary opportunity to file lawsuits on decades-old abuse claims. So far, it has been avoiding the topic. It is a change in state law that bishops have successfully fought in recent...
The Latest: Jury sends 4 questions to Manafort judge

The Latest: Jury sends 4 questions to Manafort judge

The Latest on the trial of Paul Manafort (all times local): 5:15 p.m. The jury in the fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has submitted a note to the judge with four questions. The questions came as the jury began deliberations Thursday. One question asked for a redefinition of "reasonable doubt." Others dealt with the list of exhibits, filing rules for foreign bank...
Senate confirms more Trump judges

Senate confirms more Trump judges

President Donald Trump has put more judges on the circuit courts this far into his first two years than other administrations had, thanks to Senate Republicans. The Senate on Thursday confirmed two more of Trump's nominees, bringing to 26 the number of new appellate judges that have been approved this session of Congress. The judges confirmed Thursday — U.S. District Judge A. Marvin Quattlebaum...
Remains found in New Mexico desert tunnel are missing boy

Remains found in New Mexico desert tunnel are missing boy

Forensic investigators said Thursday they identified the remains of a Georgia boy whose father is accused of abducting him and performing purification rituals on the child as he died at a remote New Mexico desert compound. The cause of the child's death remained unknown. The body of Abdul-ghani Wahhaj (ahb-DOOL' GAH'-nee wah-HAJ') was found Aug. 6 in an underground tunnel. It was so severely decomposed...
2 brothers pay respects as Marine killed in WWII is buried

2 brothers pay respects as Marine killed in WWII is buried

The remains of a Marine lost since the early days of World War II have been buried in Philadelphia, more than 70 years after he was killed. Dominic Ragucci had thought that the body of brother Emil was swept out to sea during a battle on the Pacific atoll of Tarawa. On Tuesday, the 86-year-old and his family finally held a funeral after the remains were recovered and brought back to the U.S. He was...
US vows to work more closely with states to fight wildfires

US vows to work more closely with states to fight wildfires

As wildfires choke California and other Western states, the Trump administration pledged Thursday to work more closely with state and local officials to prevent wildfires from ever starting. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the Forest Service and other agencies will step up efforts to cut down small trees and underbrush and set controlled fires to remove trees that serve as fuel for catastrophic...
Phantom of the Courthouse: Manafort trial is Trump-free zone

Phantom of the Courthouse: Manafort trial is Trump-free zone

Donald Trump is the phantom of U.S. District Courtroom 900. His name has rarely been uttered during the two-week trial of his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. References to his campaign and administration have slipped in only through carefully scrubbed exchanges. The Trump name has been so studiously avoided that when the trial judge said "Mr. Trump" during a morning hearing Thursday...
GOP buys Cuomo ticket to Canada after US greatness comment

GOP buys Cuomo ticket to Canada after US greatness comment

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's political opponents on the right and left seized Thursday on his comment that America "was never that great," with Republicans buying him a bus ticket to Canada and intra-party rival Cynthia Nixon accusing him of trying and failing to sound like a progressive. The Democratic governor's allies, meanwhile, rallied around Cuomo, saying his comment was merely an...
AP NewsBreak: No plea deals in Oakland warehouse fire case

AP NewsBreak: No plea deals in Oakland warehouse fire case

A Northern California district attorney has reversed course and says she will no longer consider plea deals to resolve the only criminal case filed in connection to a 2016 warehouse fire that killed 36 people, according to a court document obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday. Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley informed the judge presiding over the case that she now wants the...
Woman caught in flood called 911, family: I'm going to drown

Woman caught in flood called 911, family: I'm going to drown

When her camper began filling with water from the pre-dawn flash flooding inundating a Finger Lakes campground where she was staying, Rene Halligan had just enough time to call 911 and then her daughter and boyfriend, telling them she didn't think she'd survive. But she did, despite being trapped inside her camper and then being swept away by a torrent of debris-filled water that deposited her into...
Montana governor touts ability to win in Trump country

Montana governor touts ability to win in Trump country

Montana's Democratic governor was in Iowa on Thursday railing against money's corrupting influence in government and talking up his ability to win in Trump country, but he continued to deflect questions about his plans for a 2020 presidential run. Gov. Steve Bullock's speech at the Iowa State Fair marked his third trip to the Hawkeye State this year and comes a week before he travels to another early-voting...
Libertarian Gary Johnson throws US Senate race in chaos

Libertarian Gary Johnson throws US Senate race in chaos

Former Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson said in seeking to make history and capture a U.S. Senate seat in New Mexico he'll have to give up a few of his favorite activities: marathon biking rides, hanging out in his northern New Mexico "dream" home and tuning out news about President Donald Trump. But he can't promise he won't smoke an occasional joint. Johnson, who served...
Los Angeles mayor: Trump sows division, does 'racist things'

Los Angeles mayor: Trump sows division, does 'racist things'

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, considering a 2020 presidential run, said Thursday that President Donald Trump has done "plenty of racist things" to divide the nation while failing to deliver on health care reform and other promises. In an interview with The Associated Press, the two-term Democratic mayor who already has visited the important presidential election states of Iowa and New...
Dems say they'll sue if they don't get Kavanaugh documents

Dems say they'll sue if they don't get Kavanaugh documents

Senate Democrats said Thursday they will file a federal lawsuit next month if government agencies deny their requests for documents from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's days as an aide to President George W. Bush. The threat represents Democrats' latest attempt to focus the public — and perhaps more importantly, senators — on potential game-changers they hope are hidden in millions...
Group sues to expand protected orca habitat along West Coast

Group sues to expand protected orca habitat along West Coast

An environmental group sued President Donald Trump's administration Thursday to make officials move more quickly to protect the Pacific Northwest's endangered orcas. The recent grieving of one whale for her dead calf and scientists' extraordinary attempts to save another from starvation highlight the urgency of their plight, the Tucson, Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity said as it filed...
Prosecutor: Officer who shot black teen was 'trigger happy'

Prosecutor: Officer who shot black teen was 'trigger happy'

A former Texas police officer accused of killing a black teenager was angry, out of control and "trigger happy" when he fired at a car full of teenagers while responding to a house party, a prosecutor told jurors Thursday during the ex-officer's murder trial. Ex-Balch Springs officer Roy Oliver's actions were unreasonable on the night he fatally shot 15-year-old Jordan Edwards last year...
The Latest: Kudlow: Chinese economy is 'terrible'

The Latest: Kudlow: Chinese economy is 'terrible'

The Latest on news that the United States and China are resuming trade talks, raising hopes for the resolution of a dispute between the world's two biggest economies (all times local): ___ 1:42 p.m. White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow says the Chinese economy "looks terrible." Asked by President Donald Trump to assess China's prospects at a cabinet meeting, Kudlow on Thursday asserted...
Pentagon delays Trump's military parade until at least 2019

Pentagon delays Trump's military parade until at least 2019

The Defense Department said Thursday that the Veterans Day military parade ordered up by President Donald Trump won't happen in 2018. Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, said the military and the White House "have now agreed to explore opportunities in 2019." The announcement came several hours after reports that the parade would cost about $92 million, according to U.S. officials citing...
US officials: Ex-IS fighter accepted in US as refugee

US officials: Ex-IS fighter accepted in US as refugee

An Iraqi man accused of killing for the Islamic State entered the U.S. as a refugee after claiming to be a victim of terrorism, in a case drawing attention amid the Trump administration's criticism of the resettlement program's vetting process. Omar Abdulsattar Ameen, 45, was arrested in California on Wednesday and will be extradited to Iraq under a treaty with that nation, U.S. officials said. He...
Record-breaking fire tornado killed California firefighter

Record-breaking fire tornado killed California firefighter

In the history of California wildfires there has never been anything like it: A churning tornado filled with fire, the size of three football fields. An official report describes in chilling detail the intensity of the rare fire phenomenon and how quickly it took the life of Redding firefighter Jeremy Stoke, who was enveloped in seconds as he tried to evacuate residents on July 26. Three videos released...
Queen of Soul also leaves a powerful civil rights legacy

Queen of Soul also leaves a powerful civil rights legacy

Aretha Franklin, who was born and rose to fame during the segregation era and went on to sing at the inauguration of the first black president, often used her talent, fortune and platform to inspire millions of black Americans and support the fight for racial equality. "She not only provided the soundtrack for the civil rights movement, Aretha's music transcended race, nationality and religion...
Recording: Omarosa offered $15,000 a month to be 'positive'

Recording: Omarosa offered $15,000 a month to be 'positive'

Omarosa Manigault Newman on Thursday released another secret audio recording that she says proves President Donald Trump wanted to silence her after firing her from the White House. In the recording played on MSNBC, Trump's daughter-in-law Lara Trump offers Manigault Newman a job earning $15,000 a month. The job wouldn't require her to report to any particular office or have a specific set of duties...
Washington cardinal entangled in two sex-abuse scandals

Washington cardinal entangled in two sex-abuse scandals

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Washington, is facing a storm of criticism and calls for his resignation after becoming entangled in two major sexual abuse scandals roiling the church that he has served with distinction since 1966. A scathing grand jury report this week on rampant abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses accused Wuerl of helping to protect some child-molesting priests...
GOP divide emerges over Trump's Space Force

GOP divide emerges over Trump's Space Force

Two House Republican leaders are backing President Donald Trump's proposed Space Force, but key Republicans in the Senate aren't sold on the idea, setting up a debate over establishing and paying for a new branch of the military. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California told The Associated Press the proposal is a "smart way" to address growing investments by China and others in space...
Big question for Wisconsin Senate race focuses on megadonor

Big question for Wisconsin Senate race focuses on megadonor

A week after accusing a billionaire donor of attempting to buy a Wisconsin U.S. Senate seat, Republican nominee Leah Vukmir is now hoping to persuade the same Illinois businessman to open his wallet for her campaign against Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin. Vukmir's change of heart comes after she won Tuesday's divisive and expensive Republican primary over Kevin Nicholson, the preferred candidate of...
Pompeo forms Iran Action Group to run policy after nuke deal

Pompeo forms Iran Action Group to run policy after nuke deal

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday formed a group to coordinate and run U.S. policy toward Iran as the Trump administration moves ahead with efforts to force changes in the Islamic Republic's behavior after withdrawing from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Accusing Iran of unleashing "a torrent of violence and destabilizing behavior against the United States, our allies, our partners and,...
Police work to stop overdoses after 76 fall ill

Police work to stop overdoses after 76 fall ill

Police swarmed a Connecticut park near Yale University and searched people's homes for drugs Thursday in an effort to prevent more overdoses from a batch of synthetic marijuana blamed for sending more than 70 people to the hospital. Social workers and mental health professionals also responded to the New Haven Green, where most of the overdoses happened Wednesday. Authorities described a chaotic scene...
Melania Trump to address cyberbullying summit in Maryland

Melania Trump to address cyberbullying summit in Maryland

Melania Trump plans to address a cyberbullying summit in Maryland next week. The White House says the first lady will deliver remarks "addressing the positive and negative effects of social media on youth." She'll also attend a panel discussion with representatives from various social media platforms participating in the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Cyberbullying Prevention Summit...
Kudlow: China is sending team to Washington to talk trade

Kudlow: China is sending team to Washington to talk trade

The United States and China are resuming trade talks, raising hopes for a way out of an intensifying dispute between the world's two largest economies. White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told reporters Thursday that the U.S. team will be led by David Malpass, U.S. Treasury under secretary for international affairs. Earlier, China said it would send a delegation led by a deputy commerce minister...
Feds to review Ohio State response to claims of abuse by doc

Feds to review Ohio State response to claims of abuse by doc

Federal officials are investigating Ohio State University's response to allegations against a team doctor now accused of sexual misconduct against scores of athletes and other male students in the 1980s and 1990s. The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights will examine whether Ohio State has responded "promptly and equitably" to students' complaints, including claims that school...
Bodies of missing wife, daughters found in Colorado

Bodies of missing wife, daughters found in Colorado

After his pregnant wife and two daughters disappeared, Christopher Watts stood on his porch in Colorado and lamented to reporters how much he missed them. He longed for the simple things, he said, like telling his girls to eat their dinner and gazing at them as they curled up to watch cartoons. "Last night, I had every light in the house on. I was hoping that I would just get ran over by the...
Mike Huckabee on board quarantined American Airlines plane in Nashville

Mike Huckabee on board quarantined American Airlines plane in Nashville

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was among the passengers on board an American Airlines plane that was quarantined in Nashville early Thursday. That plane has since “been cleared” and the passengers allowed to leave, according to WZTV. Update 9:10 a.m. EDT Aug. 16: Huckabee thanked American Airlines employees for their professionalism  in a tweet Thursday morning. &ldquo...
The Latest: Ex-intel leaders admonish Trump in joint letter

The Latest: Ex-intel leaders admonish Trump in joint letter

The Latest on former CIA Director John Brennan (all times local): 10:50 p.m. Twelve former senior intelligence officials have issued a joint statement admonishing President Donald Trump for yanking former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance, calling it "ill-considered and unprecedented." The ex-officials say "the president's action regarding John Brennan and the threats of...
Nevada Democrats hope Latinos can propel them to victory

Nevada Democrats hope Latinos can propel them to victory

As temperatures topped 110 degrees last week outside a Latin American grocery store in Las Vegas, 19-year-old Diara Hernandez bounded up to customers, greeting them with a smile and a clipboard to ask in Spanish if they're registered to vote — or can vote. Hernandez, a College of Southern Nevada political science student and aspiring immigration lawyer, is part of the Democratic Party's battalion...
California considers limiting broad 'felony murder' law

California considers limiting broad 'felony murder' law

Brandon Hein was 18 when he and three other teenagers were charged in the 1995 stabbing death of the 16-year-old son of a Los Angeles police detective. One of Hein's friends pulled a knife during a fistfight over marijuana. James Farris III died; Jason Holland testified that he committed the stabbings in a backyard clubhouse, but Hein was also sentenced to life in prison under California's "felony...
'Weaponization of faith': Examples from clergy abuse report

'Weaponization of faith': Examples from clergy abuse report

A landmark grand jury report on clergy abuse in six Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania detailed how priests often used religious rituals, symbols of the faith and the threat of eternity in hell to groom, molest and rape children. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro called it the "weaponization of faith." Some of the examples cited in the report, released Tuesday, of how over...
Former US security leaders blast Trump for yanking clearance

Former US security leaders blast Trump for yanking clearance

Former U.S. security officials issued scathing rebukes to President Donald Trump on Thursday, admonishing him for yanking a top former spy chief's security clearance in what they cast as an act of political vengeance. Trump said he'd had to do "something" about the "rigged" federal probe of Russian election interference. Trump's admission that his extraordinary act of retribution...
Inside a super PAC that spends on everything but winning

Inside a super PAC that spends on everything but winning

A Mississippi super PAC has raised nearly $1.4 million for Republican Chris McDaniel's insurgent bid for the Senate. Yet only a fraction of that money has been spent reaching voters who could boost his uphill battle to win a November special election. An analysis of federal records shows that at least 18 campaign consultants received the bulk of the money, highlighting how super PAC funds aren't always...
Manafort jury ends first day of deliberations with questions

Manafort jury ends first day of deliberations with questions

The jury in the fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort ended its first day of deliberations with a series of questions to the judge, including a request to "redefine" reasonable doubt. The questions came after roughly seven hours of deliberation, delivered in a handwritten note to U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III. Ellis read the questions aloud to lawyers for both...
Unhealthy smoky air blankets Northwest

Unhealthy smoky air blankets Northwest

Unhealthy air filled with smoke from wildfires blanketed the Northwest again on Wednesday. Washington state had the worst air quality in the country, according to the National Weather Service. In the central Washington cities of Chelan and Wenatchee the air quality Wednesday reached the hazardous level, prompting Chelan County officials to distribute masks. The smoke reached levels that were unhealthy...
Dave Dave, whose father set him on fire in 1983, dies at 42

Dave Dave, whose father set him on fire in 1983, dies at 42

Dave Dave, a respected Las Vegas artist who was badly scarred as a boy when his father tried to burn him to death in Southern California, has died. He was 42. Dave, who was born David Rothenberg, died on July 15 at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg said Wednesday. The cause of his death awaited results of toxicology and other tests and a police investigation, the coroner...
The Latest: Trump connects Russia probe, action on Brennan

The Latest: Trump connects Russia probe, action on Brennan

The Latest on the revocation of former CIA director John Brennan's security clearance (all times local): 11:30 p.m. President Donald Trump is drawing a direct connection between the Russia investigation and his decision to revoke former CIA director John Brennan's security clearance. Trump told The Wall Street Journal in an interview Wednesday that his decision — and threat to revoke other clearances...
Vital US reservoir OK for now, but shortages are looming

Vital US reservoir OK for now, but shortages are looming

A vital reservoir on the Colorado River will be able to meet the demands of Mexico and the U.S. Southwest for the next 13 months, but a looming shortage could trigger cutbacks as soon as the end of 2019, officials said Wednesday. A forecast from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation echoes previous warnings that a nearly 20-year trend toward a drier regional climate coupled with rising demand could drain...
Pot taxes pick up in California but still far off target

Pot taxes pick up in California but still far off target

When it comes to the taxman, California's legal pot market is off to a sluggish start. Marijuana cultivation and excise tax collections hit $48 million between April and June, state officials announced Wednesday. That's a jump from the prior three months but well below the windfall envisioned by the state. Finance officials had estimated California would bank $185 million from excise and cultivation...
GOP's McCarthy slams California Democrats, faces heckling

GOP's McCarthy slams California Democrats, faces heckling

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy blasted his home state of California as out of touch Wednesday, criticizing leaders for increasing the gas tax and failing to get a handle on long lines at the Department of Motor Vehicles. At the same time, the Republican defended the Trump administration's policies on taxes and tariffs. A protest from dozens of young immigrant activists seated throughout the...
US officials: Iraqi refugee was part of terror group

US officials: Iraqi refugee was part of terror group

A refugee from Iraq was arrested Wednesday in Northern California on a warrant alleging that he killed an Iraqi policeman while fighting for the Islamic State organization. Omar Abdulsattar Ameen, 45, and other members of ISIS killed the officer after the town of Rawah, Iraq, fell to the Islamic State in June 2014, according to court documents. He was arrested by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force...
Federal agency issues proposals for downsized Utah monuments

Federal agency issues proposals for downsized Utah monuments

The U.S. government on Wednesday issued proposals for managing two national monuments in Utah that were significantly downsized by President Donald Trump last year, saying its preference for one of the sites would be the "least restrictive to energy and mining development." The Bureau of Land Management listed four options for the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, saying the energy...
US newspapers to Trump: We're not enemies of the people

US newspapers to Trump: We're not enemies of the people

Newspapers from Maine to Hawaii pushed back against President Donald Trump's attacks on "fake news" with a coordinated series of editorials in defense of a free press on Thursday — and, not surprisingly, Trump didn't take it silently. The campaign was set in motion by an editor at the Boston Globe, which argued in its own editorial that Trump's label of the media as the enemy of the...
Church sex scandal: Abuse victims want a full reckoning

Church sex scandal: Abuse victims want a full reckoning

Six Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania joined the list this week of those around the U.S. that have been forced to face the ugly truth about child-molesting priests in their ranks. But in dozens of other dioceses, there has been no reckoning, leading victims to wonder if the church will ever truly take responsibility or be held accountable. "It happens everywhere, so it's not really so much...
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