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Duck and cover 2.0: How North Korea is prompting new efforts to prepare for a nuclear attack
Fleets of big black trucks, harbor boats and aircraft, equipped with radiation sensors and operated by specially trained law enforcement teams, are ready to swing into action in Los Angeles for a catastrophe that nobody even wants to think about: a North Korean nuclear attack. American cities have...
(Tue, 25 Jul 2017 03:00:00 PDT)

Troubles deepen for Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions as Trump calls him 'very weak' on Clinton emails
Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions confronted increasing questions about his future as he faced fresh public slaps from his boss, President Trump, and new calls to testify about his conversations with the Russian ambassador last year. Sessions, the first senator to endorse Trump, was a strong influence during...
(Tue, 25 Jul 2017 07:45:00 PDT)

The Senate is about to vote on Obamacare repeal. Then what happens?
A primer on what happens if the Obamacare vote succeeds of fails
(Tue, 25 Jul 2017 07:25:00 PDT)

Detroit judge blocks deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqi nationals
A federal judge in Detroit has temporarily halted the deportations of more than 1,400 Iraqi immigrants, ruling that they deserve to have their cases play out in court because of the risk that they could be targeted for persecution in Iraq. In a ruling Monday, U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith...
(Mon, 24 Jul 2017 21:15:00 PDT)

Migrants trapped in sweltering truck in Texas were 'lying on the floor like meat,' driver says
By the time they climbed up into the pitch-black truck, they had already crossed the Rio Grande on rafts and walked all night through wild brush land. The air was hot inside the 18-wheeler, and there was no food or water. But just before they set off, according to an account of the fatal journey...
(Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:30:00 PDT)

Ailing John McCain to make dramatic return to Senate today for key healthcare vote
With a strong, last-minute push from President Trump, Senate Republicans face a pivotal vote Tuesday in their long bid to repeal or replace the Affordable Care Act. But the outcome remained in doubt, largely because senators have not even been told which of the various GOP plans will be considered....
(Mon, 24 Jul 2017 18:45:00 PDT)

Jared Kushner denies 'collusion' with Russia but confirms damaging details
President Trump's son-in-law and senior White House advisor Jared Kushner told a Senate committee Monday that he held four separate meetings with Russians during the presidential campaign last year, but he insisted he did not “collude” with Moscow in an effort to get Trump elected or to ease U.S....
(Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:10:00 PDT)

Baby whale dies at SeaWorld San Antonio
Kyara, a 3-month-old killer whale born at SeaWorld San Antonio, died at the Texas theme park on Monday. The calf, born to 26-year-old Takara in April, was the final orca to be been born in captivity at a SeaWorld park. Orlando-based SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment decided to stop breeding orcas...
(Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:30:00 PDT)

District court refuses to block federal government voter information collection
A federal court in Washington on Monday cleared the way for President Trump’s election commission to ask states to turn over personal voter information as part of its investigation into Trump’s claims about voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election. The U.S. District Court ruled against the...
(Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:20:00 PDT)

Texas' bathroom bill debate shows a widening gap between liberal cities and the conservative state
For Ashley Smith, the idea of entering a men’s restroom is absurd. The San Antonio architect and mother has long, sleek brown hair and often wears figure-hugging dresses and jewelry. Yet her birth certificate, like those of many transgender women, reads “male.” When Texas lawmakers met last week...
(Mon, 24 Jul 2017 06:00:00 PDT)

'Ruthless human smugglers' blamed for deaths of 9 people left in a truck in 100-degree Texas heat
The call came around midnight. A disoriented man had emerged from a tractor trailer in a Walmart parking lot near San Antonio, Texas, to ask a store employee for water. After fetching water, the employee called police, who found eight dead bodies and dozens struggling for their lives in the back...
(Sun, 23 Jul 2017 17:10:00 PDT)

Anthony Scaramucci, the new face of the White House, is polished, smooth and noncombative
Six months into his presidency, an embattled Donald Trump may finally have found the mouthpiece he wants — a fellow New York tycoon who gushes about his “love” for the president and blames White House woes on poor communication, not a burgeoning scandal. Anthony Scaramucci, Trump’s new communications...
(Sun, 23 Jul 2017 17:00:00 PDT)

With a daughter's tribute, aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford is commissioned in Virginia
The aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford came to life Saturday in a commissioning ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, a time-honored tradition that ushered in a new generation of naval sea power. Ship sponsor Susan Ford Bales made the call that sent dozens of sailors in crisp white uniforms running onto...
(Sat, 22 Jul 2017 16:20:00 PDT)

Amid widening Russia investigation, Trump tweets that the president 'has complete power to pardon'
President Trump raised the specter of presidential pardons Saturday — declaring his “complete power” to grant them — amid a string of angry tweets that reflect his growing concern about the widening criminal investigation into potential collusion with Russia that he has long dismissed as “fake...
(Sat, 22 Jul 2017 16:20:00 PDT)

Minneapolis police chief resigns six days after an officer kills an unarmed Australian woman
Less than a week after the Minneapolis police shooting of an unarmed Australian woman, the city’s chief has resigned amid uproar that saw international scrutiny and protests. Chief Janee Harteau said Friday she left her post after the mayor asked her to step down. “Last Saturday’s tragedy, as...
(Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:30:00 PDT)

Spicer resigns as an embattled Trump shakes up his press and legal teams
President Trump’s well-known but increasingly sidelined press secretary, Sean Spicer, resigned abruptly on Friday, as the beleaguered president shuffled his legal and communications teams amid mounting investigations and legislative troubles. Spicer told the president of his decision on Friday...
(Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:55:00 PDT)

Could Trump pardon himself? No president ever has, and legal opinions are mixed
In recent days, President Trump has asked advisers about his ability to pardon family and even himself. But can he?
(Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:55:00 PDT)

Who is new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci?
They call him the Mooch. Anthony Scaramucci (pronounced scare-uh-MOOCH-ee), a New York financier, TV personality and GOP donor, is the latest addition to the Trump administration’s top ranks. Hours after his hiring as White House communications director, Scaramucci appeared in front of reporters...
(Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:55:00 PDT)

State Department will ban U.S. citizens from traveling to North Korea
The State Department said Friday it will prohibit U.S. citizens from traveling to North Korea starting late next month, citing the risk of arrest and imprisonment by the authoritarian regime in Pyongyang. The decision by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson bars use of U.S. passports "to travel in,...
(Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:15:00 PDT)

In Seattle, vouchers let voters steer city money to political campaigns. But some aren't buying it
The nation’s first “political voucher” system — a coupon of sorts that lets voters direct public money into the campaigns of candidates — is a rousing success in Jon Grant’s view. Vying for a seat on the Seattle City Council, Grant has raised $186,000 through the vouchers, which are funded by a...
(Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:00:00 PDT)

As freedom awaits, newly paroled O.J. Simpson isolated at prison for his protection
O.J. Simpson was on the move again — this time to his own cell in the Lovelock Correctional Facility. Prison officials said Friday the former football star was removed from the general population for his own protection as he waits for his release in early October. Brooke Keast, spokeswoman for...
(Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:35:00 PDT)

'I don't even know what we're proceeding to next week.' Obamacare vote nears with key details still missing
As the Senate hurtles toward a potential vote next week to roll back the Affordable Care Act, Republican lawmakers still don’t know what legislation they will consider or what impact it could have on health coverage for tens of millions of Americans. Senate GOP leaders have said senators may be...
(Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:20:00 PDT)

Trump’s lawyers looking for conflicts of interest among Mueller’s investigators
President Trump's legal staff is evaluating potential conflicts of interest among members of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team, according to three people with knowledge of the matter. The revelation comes as Mueller's probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential...
(Fri, 21 Jul 2017 05:00:00 PDT)

Hurtling toward a showdown with the special counsel
Donald Trump’s career before his election was shaped by a few massive, risky gambles — at least one of which, his plunge into buying casinos in Atlantic City, N.J., nearly ruined him. Now, as president, he seems headed for another. In his interview Wednesday with the New York Times and in other...
(Fri, 21 Jul 2017 04:00:00 PDT)

'I had to photograph this shocking event.' What one journalist remembers 50 years after the Detroit riots
In 1967, a young photographer working for a suburban Michigan newspaper lived just blocks from the flash point of what would become one of the most destructive riots in U.S. history. James Hubbard was one of the first journalists on the scene, and for five days he chronicled violence that left...
(Fri, 21 Jul 2017 03:00:00 PDT)

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