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Makers of driverless cars want Congress to free them from state safety standards

Makers of driverless cars want Congress to free them from state safety standards

By Eliza Fawcett, Los Angeles Times

July 12, 2018


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The House passed a bill last fall and similar legislation is pending in the Senate. Both aim to boost the driverless car industry by streamlining rules and preventing states from imposing their own safety and performance standards.

Parkland students who survived shooting file federal lawsuit

Parkland students who survived shooting file federal lawsuit

By Rafael Olmeda, Sun Sentinel

July 12, 2018


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The lawsuit specifically names Broward County, retired school resource officer Scot Peterson, Broward Sheriff's Office Capt. Jan Jordan and campus monitor Andrew Medina as defendants.

US withdraws from UN Human Rights Council

US withdraws from UN Human Rights Council

By Tracy Wilkinson | Tribune Washington Bureau

June 19, 2018


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WASHINGTON _ The Trump administration announced Tuesday it is withdrawing from the U.N. body that oversees human rights around the globe, saying the 47-nation council has shown an "unconscionable" bias against Israel and a blind willingness to ignore abuse elsewhere. The decision to leave the U.N....

Diplomats hustle to prepare for still-uncertain Trump-Kim summit in Singapore

Diplomats hustle to prepare for still-uncertain Trump-Kim summit in Singapore

By Eli Stokols and Tracy Wilkinson |Tribune Washington Bureau

May 30, 2018


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The Trump administration moved on multiple fronts Tuesday to prepare for a possible nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore next month, as U.S. diplomats scrambled to revive the meeting that Trump had publicly scrapped last week. Most importantly, the White House said Secretary...

Study: Hurricane Maria’s death toll 70 times higher than Puerto Rican officials have reported

Study: Hurricane Maria’s death toll 70 times higher than Puerto Rican officials have reported

By Karen Kaplan and Amina Khan | L.A. Times

May 29, 2018


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Officials in Puerto Rico say that 64 people lost their lives after Hurricane Maria slammed into the island in September. A new report says that estimate is off _ by about 4,600. If the analysis is correct, it means that for every hurricane-related death that's currently on the books, another 70 fatalities...

Blue State AGs fight for their jobs while fending off Trump

Blue State AGs fight for their jobs while fending off Trump

By By Kartikay Mehrotra | Bloomberg News (TNS)

May 17, 2018


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SAN FRANCISCO — Democratic attorneys general spent the past 16 months suing the current administration at a record pace, often thwarting President Donald Trump’s most ambitious policy maneuvers with lawsuits questioning their constitutionality. While the most prominent of Trump’s critics, New ...

Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti accused of stiffing law partner on $2 million debt

Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti accused of stiffing law partner on $2 million debt

By Michael Finnegan| Los Angelos Times (TNS)

May 17, 2018


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Michael Avenatti, the attorney for porn actress Stormy Daniels, broke his promise to make a $2 million payment that was due Tuesday under the settlement of his firm’s bankruptcy, a new lawsuit alleges. To resolve the bankruptcy, Avenatti promised in December to pay $4.85 million to Jason Frank, a fo...

Women reaching new levels in political donations

Women reaching new levels in political donations

By Kate Ackley | CQ-Roll Call

May 16, 2018


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WASHINGTON—An unprecedented rise in female donors to political campaigns, fueled largely by opposition to President Donald Trump, continues to grow in the run-up to the 2018 elections. The number of women donating to federal candidates has surged by 182 percent when compared with this time in the 2016 ...

Supreme Court’s embrace of states’ rights could aid California in its battle with the Trump administration

Supreme Court’s embrace of states’ rights could aid California in its battle with the Trump administration

By David G. Savage | Tribune Washington Bureau

May 16, 2018


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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court decision upholding states’ rights to offer sports betting was backed mostly by conservative justices, but it may also give a boost to California and other liberal states that are defying the Trump administration’s drive for stricter immigration enforcement. At i...

Shkreli pledges to be ‘honest’ if he gets a break on prison time

By Patricia Hurtado | Bloomberg News

March 1, 2018


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A remorseful Martin Shkreli promised the judge who's going to sentence him next week that he'll be "more careful, open and honest" if she doesn't impose a long prison term, acknowledging "I was a fool. I should have known better." "I assure you that any mercy shown at sentencing will be met with a...

FBI and White House in open conflict over classified GOP memo

By Joseph Tanfani and Chris Megerian | Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

February 1, 2018


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In an extraordinary public break with the White House, the FBI warned Wednesday that it has "grave concerns" about the accuracy of a disputed Republican memo on secret surveillance during the 2016 campaign that President Donald Trump has promised to release. The FBI said it only had a "limited opportunity"...

Supreme Court signals it might block Pennsylvania ruling against partisan gerrymandering

By David G. Savage | Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

January 30, 2018


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The Supreme Court signaled Monday it may be open to blocking a state ruling on partisan gerrymandering at the behest of Pennsylvania's Republican leaders. Last week Pennsylvania's high court struck down the state's election districts on the grounds they were drawn to give the GOP a 13-5 majority of...

Women’s Marches nationwide set sights on ballot box while praising #MeToo

By By Laura King, Andrea Castillo and Nina Agrawal | Tribune Washington Bureau

January 22, 2018


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WASHINGTON _ In a boisterous coast-to-coast outpouring, hundreds of thousands of marchers in dozens of cities staged a reprise of last year's massive Women's March, seeking to not only deliver a powerful rebuke to the policies of President Donald Trump, but also mount a crucial mobilization for this...

Eagles blow out Vikings to earn franchise’s third trip to Super Bowl

By Sam Farmer | Los Angeles Times

January 22, 2018


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The Philadelphia Eagles secured a Super Bowl rematch Sunday, and denied the Minnesota Vikings in their bid to make history. Led by quarterback Nick Foles and a smothering defense, the Eagles posted a 38-7 victory over Minnesota before a towel-swirling crowd so raucous at Lincoln Financial Field that...

Turkey, ignoring US warnings, attacks Kurds in Syria

By Selcan Hacaoglu | Bloomberg News (TNS)

January 21, 2018


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Turkey pushed ahead with a ground offensive against Kurdish forces in northwest Syria — in defiance of the United States — to create what it called a security buffer along the border. Turkish soldiers moved into the town of Afrin Sunday morning, penetrating 3 miles from the Turkish border, NT...

As Trump announces ‘Fake News Awards,’ GOP senators assail his attacks on the press as anti-democratic

By Noah Bierman | Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

January 18, 2018


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On a day President Donald Trump promised to deliver "Fake News Awards," two Republican senators as well as several Democrats warned Wednesday that his unceasing attacks on a free press are undermining a fundamental tenet of democracy and emboldening despots abroad. Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who...

Kansas lawmaker apologizes for racist comments on African-Americans, marijuana

By Jonathan Shorman and Hunter Woodall | Kansas City Star (TNS)

January 8, 2018


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A Kansas state lawmaker made racist comments about blacks and marijuana, saying that because of their "character makeup, their genetics" African-Americans had the worst response to the drug. He apologized Monday after mounting criticism. Republican state Rep. Steve Alford of Ulysses made the statements...

Behind Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis

By Shashank Bengali | Los Angeles Times

January 8, 2018


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MANDALAY, Myanmar —  Myawady Sayadaw, a crimson-robed monk whose eyes dance behind round spectacles, casts himself as a genial warrior in Myanmar's long struggle against military rule. Inside his monastery stands a tall stone monument to students killed in pro-democracy protests. In 2007, he an...

Alabama, Georgia brace for bruising national-title battle

By David Wharton | Los Angeles Times

January 8, 2018


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This is the type of football game that Alabama wants. "Grimy, hard," linebacker Rashaan Evans says. "Physical, violent." This is the type of football game the Crimson Tide defense feels it was built for. "We always try to out-physical our opponents," defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick said. "Get...

No. 15 Miami hold off No. 24 Florida State in basketball

By Michelle Kaufman | Miami Herald

January 8, 2018


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While most of the nation braced for record-breaking cold weather and ice storms on Sunday, South Florida warmed up significantly, as did the 15th-ranked University of Miami men's basketball team. Playing in front of a near-capacity crowd and 17 NBA scouts, the Hurricanes made 13 of their first 14...

North Korea accepts proposal for talks next week on Olympics

By Kanga Kong | Bloomberg News

January 8, 2018


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SEOUL, South Korea _ North Korea accepted a proposal to hold talks with South Korea on Tuesday aimed at reducing tensions ahead of the Winter Olympics next month. The agenda would include North Korea's offer to send a delegation to the Games as well as overall inter-Korean relations, South Korea's...

Bannon apologizes over damning portrait in book as White House presses defense of Trump

By Laura King | Tribune Washington Bureau

January 8, 2018


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With President Donald Trump cheering from the sidelines, the White House Sunday pressed its defense of the president's fitness to govern, as fired former aide Steve Bannon reversed course and apologized for his role in a new book's explosive portrait of Trump. The president's critics, meanwhile, said...

Bannon apologizes over damning portrait in book as White House presses defense of Trump

By Laura King | Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

January 8, 2018


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With President Donald Trump cheering from the sidelines, the White House Sunday pressed its defense of the president's fitness to govern, as fired former aide Steve Bannon reversed course and apologized for his role in a new book's explosive portrait of Trump. The president's critics, meanwhile, said...

Grand jury report: Penn State failed to properly monitor fraternities, hazing

By Susan Snyder | The Philadelphia Inquirer (TNS)

December 15, 2017


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Pennsylvania State University failed to properly monitor and discipline its fraternities for years, leading to life-threatening conditions and widespread violations of policies involving alcohol, according to a grand jury report released Friday. The long-awaited report on Greek life at Penn State...

Assault rifle, open-carry appeals rejected by Supreme Court

By Greg Stohr | Bloomberg News (TNS)

November 28, 2017


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The U.S. Supreme Court steered clear of the intensifying gun debate after the mass shootings in Nevada and Texas, turning away two appeals from firearms advocates, including one that sought a constitutional right to own a semi-automatic assault rifle. The justices, without comment Monday, left intact...

Rep. John Conyers quits House committee post amid sexual harassment probe

By Tracy Wilkinson | Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

November 27, 2017


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Sexual abuse allegations continued to roil U.S. politics Sunday, with Democrat Rep. John Conyers Jr. stepping down from a powerful House post and President Donald Trump again voicing support for Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. Conyers announced he was stepping down as ranking member...

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe remains president, at least temporarily, after ruling party fires him

By Robyn Dixon | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

November 20, 2017


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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who was widely expected to resign Sunday after the ruling party sacked him and threatened to impeach him if he did not leave office, conceded a need for change but remained in the leadership post. Mugabe, stripped of executive power when the military took control...

House passes its tax reform plan as Senate version comes under new attack

By Lisa Mascaro and Jim Puzzanghera | Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

November 17, 2017


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House Republicans approved their sweeping tax-cut package Thursday, setting up a showdown with the Senate, where Republicans are struggling to win support for their own significantly different approach. Senate GOP leaders, after making some revisions this week, are facing mounting dissent and criticism...

Sparked by #MeToo campaign, sexual assault survivors rally and march in Hollywood

By Brittny Mejia | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

November 13, 2017


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Some wore T-shirts with the words "Me Too" emblazoned across the front, while others held up signs that said "No more sexual abuse" and "Rape is not a joke." On Sunday, several hundred survivors of sexual harassment and assault and their supporters gathered in front of the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood...

GOP’s Roy Moore pushed to quit Senate race after accusation he molested 14-year-old girl

By Michael Finnegan | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

November 10, 2017


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Republicans' lock on an Alabama seat in the U.S. Senate was thrown into doubt Thursday when the party's religious-right candidate was accused of initiating a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32. The explosive allegation, in a Washington Post report, led Senate GOP leader Mitch...

Carter Page tells Russia probe he’s ‘biggest embarrassment’ to Trump

By Billy House | Bloomberg News (TNS)

November 7, 2017


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Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, refused last week to give a congressional committee documents related to the Russia investigation because he said they might not all "match up" with information from earlier wiretaps that caught his conversations. The...

26 dead in Texas church shooting, with children among the victims

By Matt Pearce and John Savage | Los Angeles Times

November 5, 2017


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At least 26 people were shot and killed Sunday when a 26-year-old gunman dressed in black opened fire at a Baptist church in a small town near San Antonio. An additional 20 people were injured in the attack, which happened as a church service was underway at First Baptist Church in the town of Sutherland...

Indictment expected from Mueller’s probe into Trump campaign aides

By David Willman | Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

October 30, 2017


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One of two former top strategists for the Trump campaign is "likely" to face indictment as early as Monday, a senior Democrat said Sunday, previewing what would be the first criminal charges in the intensifying probe led by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III into current and former members of President...

Trump divide trickles down to colleges

By Teresa Watanabe and Rosanna Xia | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

October 23, 2017


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LOS ANGELES — University of California, Irvine senior Ariana Rowlands is buddies with Milo Yiannopoulos, the right-wing provocateur who has sparked campus uproars over free speech. She writes for Steve Bannon’s Breitbart News. And she is unapologetically combative in campus culture wars. Leesa Danze...

38 women have come forward to accuse director James Toback of sexual harassment

By Glenn Whipp | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

October 22, 2017


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He prowled the streets of Manhattan looking for attractive young women, usually in their early 20s, sometimes college students, on occasion a high schooler. He approached them in Central Park, standing in line at a bank or drug store or at a copy center while they worked on their resumes. His opening...

Florida Republican who once claimed alien abduction announces House bid

By Griffin Connolly | Roll Call (TNS)

October 16, 2017


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Either Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera has been watching too much Syfy Channel or she's really just that special. We'll probably never know for sure. No matter, the 59-year-old Republican, who once recalled in an interview a visit from three blond-haired aliens who took her aboard their spacecraft, is...

276 killed in Somalia’s worst-ever bomb attack

By Robyn Dixon | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

October 15, 2017


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Hundreds of Somalis marched in the streets of Mogadishu on Sunday to protest a deadly blast that killed 276 people in a busy shopping district in the country's deadliest single bomb attack. About 300 others were reported injured in the attack, Information Minister Abdirahman O. Osman said. It occurred...

10 at LSU charged in alleged hazing that killed freshman

By Alexis Stevens | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (TNS)

October 12, 2017


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ATLANTA — The arrests of 10 people associated with a college fraternity for an alleged hazing incident that killed a freshman are intended to send a tough message: Louisiana State University will not tolerate the alcohol-fueled behavior. But the arrests alone may do little to end a campus tradition t...

No evidence of shooting at USC after lockdown, search, LAPD says

By Richard Winton, Tracy Boucher and Joseph Serna | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

October 5, 2017


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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles police said they found no evidence of a shooting on the University of Southern California campus Monday after reports of gunfire prompted a lockdown and a huge LAPD response. “No danger to community,” the LAPD said on Twitter after completing a search of campus build...

Rep. Tim Murphy announces he will not seek re-election

By Tracie Mauriello and Chris Potter | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (TNS)

October 4, 2017


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Congressman Tim Murphy, R-Pa., announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election. "After discussions with my family and staff, I have come to the decision that I will not seek reelection to Congress at the end of my current term," Murphy said in a statement. "I plan to spend my remaining months...

Anthony Scaramucci’s back. This time, he’s running his own news site

By Katie Glueck | McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS)

October 3, 2017


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The last time much of America heard from Anthony Scaramucci, he was spewing graphic insults at White House colleagues in an infamous New Yorker interview and was promptly fired. That was about 60 days ago. Scaramucci is counting. But as he kicked back with a cauliflower steak in the softly lit...

From China to Las Vegas, the NHL has a lot going on

By Helene Elliott | Los Angeles Times

October 2, 2017


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The NHL will begin its second century with a franchise in Las Vegas, its marketing sights set on China, and its players unhappy that they can't compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics. None of those concepts would have made sense to the men who gathered at the Windsor Hotel in Montreal on Nov. 26, 1917...

Spanish leader unrepentant for crackdown on Catalan referendum

By Esteban Duarte and Maria Tadeo | Bloomberg (TNS)

October 1, 2017


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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Sunday that his government's efforts to disrupt a referendum on independence in Catalonia had succeeded, despite hundreds of injuries as police tried to stop the voting. While pledging to bring parties together with talks starting Monday, Rajoy made no apology...

Health Secretary Tom Price says he will reimburse government for charter flights

By Noam Levey | Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

September 28, 2017


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Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, who faces mounting criticism over his use of charter flights for routine travel around the country, said Thursday he would personally reimburse the federal government for the travel. "I regret the concerns this has raised regarding the use of taxpayer...

USC assistant coach Tony Bland among 10 charged in college basketball corruption probe

By Nathan Fenno | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

September 27, 2017


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LOS ANGELES — Federal prosecutors have charged USC assistant men's basketball coach Tony Bland with conspiracy to commit bribery, soliciting a bribe and wire fraud as part of a wide-ranging series of indictments related to fraud and corruption in college basketball. Arizona assistant Emanuel Richardson,...

Trump administration says it won’t budge on deadline for ‘Dreamers’

By Patricia Hurtado | Bloomberg News (TNS)

September 27, 2017


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The Trump administration says it won't budge on an Oct. 5 deadline for young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children by undocumented immigrants to renew their permits to work legally in the U.S., prompting a judge to label the government's stance "unacceptable." U.S. District Judge Nicholas...

California suspends medical license of former USC dean tied to drug use

By Paul Pringle and Adam Elmahrek | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

September 26, 2017


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LOS ANGELES — The Medical Board of California has suspended the license of former University of Southern California medical school dean Carmen Puliafito pending a final decision on his fitness to practice medicine. The medical board opened an inquiry into Puliafito after a Los Angeles Times inves...

Doubtful any NFL owner would push to fire player over anthem protest

By Geoff Baker | The Seattle Times

September 26, 2017


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Firing a National Football League player for kneeling during the national anthem isn't as easy as President Donald Trump made it sound. A team owner would need to be mighty determined and willing to endure some long-term public relations damage and legal bills. But those who know sports contract law...

Protesters disrupt Comey’s speech at Howard University

By Colleen Shalby | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

September 25, 2017


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More than 50 students at Howard University in Washington protested former FBI Director James Comey’s convocation address to students Friday. After a delay, Comey delivered his speech and received a standing ovation. It was one of his few public appearances since he was fired by President Donald Tr...

‘No Progress’ in NAFTA talks, Canadian labor leader says

By Josh Wingrove and Eric Martin | Bloomberg News (TNS)

September 24, 2017


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The head of Canada's largest private-sector union said there's been "no progress" in North American Free Trade Agreement talks and that he expects the U.S., Mexico and Canada to eventually abandon them. The U.S. hasn't presented detailed written proposals at the third round of talks being held in...

Judge sets steep bonds for 3 suspects in violent riot at Georgia Tech

By Alexis Stevens | Atlanta Journal-Constitution (TNS)

September 22, 2017


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ATLANTA — The three people arrested during a protest on the Georgia Tech campus were all granted bond Wednesday. But getting out of the Fulton County jail will come with a price: The bonds range from $20,000 to $107,500. Vincent Castillenti, 31, of Decatur; Jacob Wilson, 22, of Atlanta; and Andrew ...

Mexico rescues continue; death toll reaches at least 274

By Patrick J. McDonnell, Andrea Castillo and Laura King | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

September 22, 2017


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Scenes of desolation and rejoicing unspooled Thursday at the sites of buildings crumbled by Mexico's deadly earthquake, which killed at least 274 people and galvanized heroic efforts to reach those trapped. But a parallel drama transpired as the government announced that there were no missing children...

Family, and friendly, ties bind Rams coach Sean McVay to a lineage of NFL greatness

By Gary Klein | Los Angeles Times

September 22, 2017


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Framed photographs, plaques and magazine covers adorn nearly every inch of wall space, memorabilia from a life in football that spans more than seven decades. A few are keepsakes from Massillon High in Ohio. Others are from college days at Miami (Ohio), coaching stops in the World Football League...

Georgia Tech student called 911 before shooting, authorities say

By Christian Boone | Atlanta Journal-Constitution (TNS)

September 18, 2017


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Georgia Tech student Scout Schultz called 911 before being shot by campus police, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Monday. Schultz called 911 alerting them "of a suspicious person on campus." In the call, Schultz describes the person as a "white male, with long blonde hair, white T-shirt and...

Creativity, timing and perseverance: How LA got the 2028 Olympics

By David Wharton | Los Angeles Times

September 18, 2017


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The afternoon had turned uncomfortably hot in Qatar as the two men stepped outside, away from the crowds at an international sports assembly. They needed to speak in private. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and his companion on that November day in 2016 _ Thomas Bach, president of the International...

Iran’s supreme leader warns US against making ‘wrong move’ on nuclear deal

By Shashank Bengali and Ramin Mostaghim | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

September 17, 2017


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Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned Sunday that Iran would respond strongly to "any wrong move" by the United States on the multilateral nuclear deal struck in 2015. President Donald Trump has threatened to declare Iran in violation of the landmark agreement next month, which could pave the...

University of Florida sees little chance of stopping speech by white nationalist

By Jeff Weiner / Orlando Sentinel

September 17, 2017


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As the University of Florida prepares to allow white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak on its campus, experts said the school is making the legally correct decision, even as other colleges hold firm in rejecting him. UF is one of several universities recently forced to deal with a planned visit by Sp...

Former USC assistant gives up NFL career to pursue path in ministry

By David Wharton | Los Angeles Times

September 14, 2017


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A metallic growl _ low-pitched and frantic _ came from somewhere above him. Rocky Seto was taking his morning run, jogging around a quiet lagoon, when he looked up to see a small plane tumble out of the sky and smash into the water not 50 yards away. "Three people killed instantly," he recalls....

Los Angeles officially awarded 2028 Olympic Games

By David Wharton | Los Angeles Times

September 14, 2017


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Los Angeles' roller coaster campaign to host the Olympics for a third time _ an effort marked by early defeat and last-second negotiations _ reached a conclusion Wednesday when the city was formally awarded the 2028 Summer Games. International Olympic Committee members voted their approval with a...

Unraveling Russia’s Facebook strategy calls for deep dive by investigators

By Peter Stone and Greg Gordon | McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS)

September 13, 2017


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 Some cyber industry experts and former government investigators suspect that Russians’ newly revealed purchase of $150,000 in election-related Facebook ads was merely a trial run for a much bigger, more secretive operation aimed at helping Donald Trump win the White House. To discover the truth, th...

Berkeley braces for right-wing commentator Ben Shapiro’s visit

By Anna M. Phillips | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

September 12, 2017


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Girding itself for a visit from another polarizing political figure and the possibility of more violent protests, the University of California, Berkeley is tightening campus security. In a message sent earlier this week, Provost Paul Alivisatos said the university was taking precautions in advance of the ...

Hard-hit Virgin Islands residents feel like ‘bastard step-children’ of US after Irma

By Jim Weiss | Miami Herald (TNS)

September 12, 2017


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As Hurricane Irma bore down on the Caribbean last week, Laurel Brannick, a park ranger on far-flung St. John Island, flipped through news channels to see how she might be affected. It appeared the U.S. Virgin Islands didn’t exist. “The weather channels didn’t even include us,” she said. “All t...

Penn State trainer: ‘I wasn’t in charge of discipline’ at frat house where pledge died

By Susan Snyder / The Philadelphia Inquirer

September 1, 2017


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The 56-year-old Pennsylvania State University football trainer who was living in a campus fraternity house when a sophomore pledge died in February said he had no role in the house party that night and didn't know the teen was left to die on a couch after an alleged night of booze-soaked hazing. "I...

University of Maryland marching band will stop playing state song with Confederate ties

By Talia Richman (TNS) | The Baltimore Sun

August 29, 2017


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The University of Maryland's marching band will no longer play the state's song, which was used as a pro-Confederate battle hymn and bashes "the Northern scum." The state's flagship university has suspended the playing of the controversial tune to "evaluate if it is consistent with the values of our...

At least 9 people dead as Harvey continues its rampage across Texas

By Matt Pearce, Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Jenny Jarvie (TNS) | Los Angeles Times

August 28, 2017


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Tropical Storm Harvey continued to pummel southeast Texas on Monday, leaving at least nine people dead and vast swaths of the nation's fourth-largest city unrecognizable as murky brown water submerged highways, houses, shopping plazas and entire neighborhoods. Federal officials said more than 30,000...

US credit rating at risk if debt limit is not raised in a ‘timely manner,’ Fitch warns

By Jim Puzzanghera (TNS) | Tribune Washington Bureau

August 23, 2017


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The nation's credit rating is at risk if the $19.9 trillion debt limit is not raised "in a timely manner" before the Treasury runs out of cash in October, Fitch Ratings warned on Wednesday. "Brinkmanship over the debt limit could ultimately have rating consequences, as failure to raise it would jeopardize...

Putin announces cut of 755 US diplomatic staff in Russia, stepping up confrontation over sanctions

By Laura King and Sabra Ayres | Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

July 31, 2017


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Touching off the Kremlin's most serious diplomatic confrontation with Washington since President Donald Trump took office six months ago, President Vladimir Putin announced Sunday that the United States would have to cut its embassy and consulate staff by 755, by far the biggest such forced reduction...

Pentagon caught off guard by Trump’s ban on transgender troops

By Vera Bergengruen | McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS)

July 26, 2017


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The Pentagon was blindsided by President Donald Trump's announcement on Wednesday that his administration would block transgender people from the U.S. military, and the Defense Department has no idea yet how it will affect troops already serving. The president's declaration on Twitter, saying transgender...

Two more Republican senators announce opposition to health care bill, dooming latest GOP plan

By Lisa Mascaro | Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

July 18, 2017


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Republican efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act collapsed in the Senate on Monday evening as two more GOP senators announced they would oppose the latest plan backed by their party's leadership. The announcements by Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas brought to four the number...

Donald Trump Jr. emails reveal knowledge of Russian government offer to aid father’s campaign

By David S. Cloud | Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

July 11, 2017


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Donald Trump Jr. was offered "high level and sensitive information" in June 2016 as "part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump," according to emails he released Tuesday. The emails said a person described as a Russian government attorney had "official documents and information" that...

Auschwitz memorial tells US congressman: ‘It’s not a stage’

By Eric Garcia | Roll Call (TNS)

July 5, 2017


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Louisiana Rep. Clay Higgins was criticized for posting a video of himself at the former Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz for political commentary. The five-minute video, posted to Lee Johnson Media, shows Higgins at one point in a gas chamber before making a commentary about the United States...

Senate Obamacare repeal bill would leave 22 million more without health insurance

By Tony Pugh | McClatchy Washington Bureau

June 26, 2017


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WASHINGTON — The road to passage for the Senate Republican health care bill got a little steeper on Monday after the Congressional Budget Office determined the embattled draft legislation would cause 22 million people to lose health coverage by 2026. The legislation would cause 15 million more people to los...

Sessions said to suggest resigning as tensions grow with Trump

By Chris Strohm | Bloomberg News (TNS)

June 7, 2017


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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions had suggested in the past several weeks he might resign amid a widening rift with President Donald Trump, according to a person familiar with the matter. Sessions has come under fire from the president over his recusal from an investigation of Russian meddling in...

House committee chairman says he’ll talk to fired FBI Director Comey Monday

May 23, 2017


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The conversation between Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Comey would be the first between the two since Trump dismissed Comey May 9, he said. Chaffetz, a Utah congressman since 2009, said last week that he’ll leave office June 30. The New York Times reported Friday that Trump called Comey “a nut j...

Penn State plans ‘report card’ on frats

By Susan Snyder | The Philadelphia Inquirer

May 22, 2017


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Pennsylvania State University for the first time this fall plans to publish a "report card" on its fraternities and sororities, listing their status - active or suspended - and their history of conduct infractions. Although some area universities already publish on their websites which fraternities...

Comey memo says Trump asked him to end investigation into Flynn

By Joseph Tanfani | Tribune Washington Bureau

May 16, 2017


Filed under National News, Uncategorized

President Donald Trump, in a private meeting with then-FBI Director James B. Comey, asked him to end the criminal investigation into retired Gen. Michael Flynn, according to a memo written by Comey shortly after the meeting. According to the memo, the meeting took place on Feb. 14, which was the day ...

Duke divinity professor calls diversity training ‘a waste,’ faces discipline

By Jane Stancill | News and Observer

May 9, 2017


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A divinity professor at Duke University has apparently resigned following disciplinary actions against him, after he questioned the value of diversity training at the school. Paul Griffiths, a professor of Catholic theology at the school, could not be reached for comment Tuesday about the flap. A col...

Chris Taylor hits a grand slam in Dodgers’ 12-1 rout of Pirates

By Andy McCullough / Los Angeles Times

May 9, 2017


Filed under National News

At the time, the trade looked unremarkable. There was little reason to think otherwise. On June 19, 2016, the Los Angeles Dodgers sent Zach Lee, a first-round pick who had slipped in the organization's pitching hierarchy, to Seattle. In return, the team acquired a light-hitting utility infielder named...

College libraries ditch books for study space

By Teresa Watanabe | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

April 23, 2017


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BERKELEY, Calif. — The remodeled undergraduate library at the University of California, Berkeley, is modern and sleek. Its top two floors have low-slung couches, a nap pod, and meeting spaces with glass walls made to be written on and colorful furniture meant to be moved. The library has even drop...

Mom who donated son’s body to science alleges remains were illegally trafficked

By Becky Yerak | Chicago Tribune (TNS)

April 20, 2017


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CHICAGO — As he suffered from spindle cell sarcoma, Jacob Sandersfeld told his mother that he’d like to donate his body to medical research. A day after her son died in June 2014 at age 23, Poplar Grove resident Dawn Carroll carried through with his wishes, signing a form authorizing that his b...

Professor put on leave after tweet on Trump

By By Melissa Etehad / Los Angeles Times (TNS)

April 20, 2017


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A history professor at California State University, Fresno has been placed on paid leave after writing on Twitter that President Donald Trump "must hang" to save American democracy. Cal State Fresno President Joseph Castro announced Monday that Lars Maischak has agreed to go on paid leave for the...

UC Berkeley cancels Ann Coulter appearance, citing safety concerns after violent protests

By Sonali Kohli and Nina Agrawal | Los Angeles Times

April 19, 2017


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University of California, Berkeley officials on Wednesday canceled conservative commentator Ann Coulter's appearance at the university next week, citing safety concerns following several violent clashes between right-wing and left-wing protesters in the famously liberal city. The decision further...

Duke’s Grayson Allen to return to school for senior season

By Jessika Morgan | The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) (TNS)

April 19, 2017


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Duke junior guard Grayson Allen will return for his senior year, the school announced Thursday. Allen, a 6-foot-5 point guard from Jacksonville, Fla., averaged 14.5 points for the Blue Devils his junior year, one that was marred by controversy. After tripping an Elon player Steven Santa Ana in December, Allen was ...

Snapchat’s newest feature lets people dance around rainbows

By Paresh Dave | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

April 18, 2017


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LOS ANGELES — No matter how silly and ridiculous they complain the feature is, even non-Snapchat users have appreciated the novelty of lenses. That’s the special effects tool on Snapchat where with a tap of the screen people can warp themselves in video messages to sprout bunny ears, bee wings, pop...

Republicans brace for results of Georgia special congressional election

By Alex Roarty | McClatchy Washington Bureau

April 17, 2017


Filed under National News

President Donald Trump has been in office fewer than 100 days and already is facing the prospect of a major electoral setback. Or at least Democrats hope so. Voters in a suburban Atlanta congressional district will decide Tuesday whether Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff will win outright a special...

Erdogan follows slim referendum win with warnings to opponents

By By Benjamin Harvey / Bloomberg News (TNS)

April 17, 2017


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An emboldened Recep Tayyip Erdogan followed his win in a referendum that ratified the supremacy of his rule by taking aim at political opponents at home and abroad. At his victory speech late on Sunday, supporters chanted that he should bring back the death penalty — a move that would finish off...

Trump’s likely drug-control director is an anti-marijuana hard-liner

By Sam Wood | The Philadelphia Inquirer (TNS)

April 16, 2017


Filed under National News

PHILADELPHIA — The Pennsylvania congressman who appears to be President Donald Trump’s choice as director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy has a track record that is making him a lightning rod for criticism in the drug-treatment community and among advocates for patients’ rights. R...

Penn State frat leaders apologize in student’s death

By Susan Snyder / The Philadelphia Inquirer

April 14, 2017


Filed under National News

Student leaders of Pennsylvania State University's fraternity system apologized to the family of Tim Piazza, the sophomore who died after pledge night in February, in an open letter released this week. "The fraternity experience failed your son," wrote Penn State's Interfraternity Council Executive...

Confederate flag is once again dividing S. Carolina Republicans

By Jim Morrill | The Charlotte Observer (TNS)

April 13, 2017


Filed under National News

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A South Carolina Republican running to replace Rep. Mick Mulvaney is blasting two GOP rivals for voting to remove the Confederate battle flag from the state capitol grounds. The flag came down in 2015 at the urging of then GOP Gov. Nikki Haley and with support from legislative Repub...

Republicans win a special House election in Kansas after an embarrassing red-state scare

By Cathleen Decker | Los Angeles Times

April 12, 2017


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Republicans survived an embarrassing scare and narrowly held on to a Kansas congressional seat Tuesday in a special election that served as a surprising red-state referendum on President Donald Trump. The single-digit victory for state Treasurer Ron Estes marked a far closer race than Democrats have...

Body of 19-year-old Northwestern crew member recovered

By Jennifer Johnson and Susan Berger / Pioneer Press (TNS)

April 12, 2017


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The body of a 19-year-old member of the Northwestern University men's crew team has been recovered, according to a statement from the school. The body of Mohammed Ramzan was pulled from the North Shore Channel in Lincolnwood, Ill., according to an emailed statement from Northwestern. The school was...

‘It feels like we go from one tragedy to another’: After school slayings, San Bernardino grieves again

By Paloma Esquivel | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

April 11, 2017


Filed under National News

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Lili Flores, a staff analyst for San Bernardino County, was at work not far from the Inland Regional Center when a husband and wife opened fire on an office holiday party there in 2015, killing 14 people, most of them her co-workers. She was at work again Monday when she learned of ...

United’s booting of passenger made no money sense, advocates say

By Curtis Tate | McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS)

April 10, 2017


Filed under National News

A viral video of a screaming passenger being dragged off a United flight Sunday by police raises a question: Was it even necessary to kick passengers off the flight to accommodate four airline employees who needed transportation? The answer is no, passenger advocates say. The airlines have agreements...

Tennessee House GOP group attacks bill granting in-state tuition rates to undocumented high school graduates

By Andy Sher / Chattanooga Times Free Press

April 10, 2017


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Republican opponents of a bill granting in-state college tuition rates to undocumented Tennessee high school graduates, brought to the U.S. by their parents who crossed illegally, charged Monday the bill is both too costly and unconstitutional. Critics, meanwhile, chanted "no hate, educate" in support...

Attacks on 2 Christian churches in Egypt kill 43; Islamic State claims responsibility

By By Makarios Nassar, Omar Medhat and Molly Hennessy-Fiske | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

April 9, 2017


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Islamic State claimed responsibility for bombing Egyptian Coptic Christian churches in two cities Sunday, killing at least 43 people and injuring more than 100. The claim was published by the militant group's Amaq news agency after the attacks, which targeted large crowds gathered for Palm Sunday. Egyptian...

Protesters disrupt talk by pro-police author at California college

By Howard Blume | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

April 9, 2017


Filed under National News

LOS ANGELES — Administrators expressed disappointment and threatened discipline in the wake of a demonstration that disrupted a planned public event last week featuring conservative commentator and author Heather MacDonald at Claremont McKenna College. The campus demonstration was among the latest...

US launches missile strikes at Syrian airfield, the spearhead of chemical attack

By By W.J. Hennigan and Tracy Wilkinson / Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

April 7, 2017


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The Pentagon ordered dozens of cruise missiles against an airfield in central Syria late Thursday in retaliation for a gruesome poison gas attack this week that U.S. officials said was carried out by President Bashar Assad's forces. President Donald Trump authorized the attack, the most significant...

Hillary Clinton says she won’t run for public office again

By Barbara Demick | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

April 6, 2017


Filed under National News

NEW YORK — Hillary Clinton said she doesn’t intend to run for elected office again, but vowed to remain involved in public service and to help Democrats regain control of Congress in the 2018 election. In her first postelection interview, Clinton alluded to the pain of her loss of the presidency...

Bannon out, Rick Perry in as Trump reshuffles National Security Council

By Alex Daugherty | McClatchy Washington Bureau

April 6, 2017


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Rick Perry was named to the National Security Council in a memo released on Wednesday, putting the secretary of energy and longtime Texas governor into Donald Trump's inner circle for national security decisions. The decision was part of a larger reshuffling of the NSC announced in a notice published...

Kansas student journalists proud of story that led to new principal’s resignation

By Mara Rose Williams / The Kansas City Star

April 6, 2017


Filed under National News

Just hours before publishing their story last week, four co-editors and two reporters on the Pittsburg High School newspaper, sitting at home in their bedrooms, powered on their laptops and engaged in a Google group chat to check every last fact. The six students were about to shed light on the questionable...

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