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Armed with only a martini and a long memory, former Vegas mayor talks mobsters, 'rats' and Trump
Oscar Goodman sits in the chair, head bowed. The glow of his cellphone reflects in his large glasses. The dark, pinstriped suit jacket hangs long on his body. The martini, when not in his hand, is never far from reach. The people begin to filter into the private room decorated with black-and-white...
(Wed, 26 Sep 2018 03:00:00 PDT)

Maxine Waters is one of Trump's fiercest critics. She'll get a powerful, new platform if Democrats take the House
Rep. Maxine Waters has tried for months to get a House committee chairman to subpoena documents from Deutsche Bank about Russian money laundering and the finances of President Trump and his family. If Democrats win the House majority in November, the 14-term Los Angeles lawmaker is almost certain...
(Wed, 26 Sep 2018 03:00:00 PDT)

With growing support from women, Democrats poised for major gains in midterm, new poll shows
Boosted by growing support among suburban women and widespread antipathy toward President Trump, Democrats approach the midterm election poised to make major gains nationwide, a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll shows. Democrats had a 14-point margin, 55% to 41%, when likely voters were asked...
(Wed, 26 Sep 2018 03:00:00 PDT)

It took 13 years, two trials and an army of accusers to convict Bill Cosby of one sexual assault
It was 2005 when Andrea Constand reported that a year earlier, when she was manager of the women’s basketball team at Temple University, she had been drugged and sexually assaulted by her mentor at the school — Bill Cosby. Prosecutors declined to file criminal charges against the comedian and television...
(Tue, 25 Sep 2018 17:55:00 PDT)

Led away in handcuffs, Bill Cosby will serve three to 10 years in prison for sexual assault
Bill Cosby undid his crimson silk tie, removed the jacket of his navy pinstripe suit and rolled up his sleeves before being handcuffed and led slowly from the courtroom. “This is it; this is the day,” said Tamara Green, a 70-year-old Cosby accuser who had traveled from San Diego to Pennsylvania...
(Tue, 25 Sep 2018 17:30:00 PDT)

Kavanaugh vs. Kavanaugh: Supreme Court nominee has offered conflicting accounts of his teenage drinking
The toughest challenge facing Judge Brett Kavanaugh when he appears at a Senate hearing Thursday about allegations of a decades-old sexual assault may be reconciling the two starkly different depictions circulating about his high school and college years. Unfortunately for Kavanaugh, both versions...
(Tue, 25 Sep 2018 16:05:00 PDT)

Trump blasts Democrats for 'con game' against Kavanaugh and dismisses second accuser as 'messed up'
President Trump unloaded Tuesday on Democrats and the second woman publicly accusing his Supreme Court nominee of sexual misconduct, an escalation of his attacks that reflected the peril facing Brett Kavanaugh as the Senate weighs his confirmation vote. Defending Kavanaugh as "a high-quality person"...
(Tue, 25 Sep 2018 15:55:00 PDT)

Trump's boasts in his address to the U.N. prompt laughter — and then a wary silence
President Trump had barely begun his address to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday when he declared his tenure had “accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country,” the kind of over-the-top boast he often makes at his campaign rallies. Around the cavernous...
(Tue, 25 Sep 2018 15:00:00 PDT)

Trump tweet mocking Stormy Daniels was free speech, not defamation, judge says
A federal judge cast doubt Monday on a defamation claim that Stormy Daniels filed against President Trump for a tweet questioning the credibility of the adult-film actress. Judge S. James Otero of U.S. District Court in Los Angeles said the Trump tweet that gave rise to Daniels’ lawsuit looked...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 18:45:00 PDT)

Bill Cosby should get up to 10 years in prison and be branded a sex offender for life, prosecutors say
Bill Cosby, the first high-profile American celebrity to be convicted of sexual assault in the #MeToo era, should be locked up for as long as a decade and be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life, prosecutors said Monday in the first day of a hearing that will determine...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:45:00 PDT)

Trump, backing Kavanaugh, calls allegations of sexual misconduct 'political'
President Trump on Monday continued to stand behind his embattled Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, calling him “an outstanding person” and dismissing a second woman’s accusation of sexual misconduct as being part of an “unfair, unjust” political attack. The president made his comments at...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:00:00 PDT)

Trump returns to United Nations with praise for North Korea's dictator and warnings for Iran
A year after he derided North Korea’s dictator as “Rocket Man,” President Trump expressed lavish praise for Kim Jong Un on Monday as the president prepared to use his second United Nations address to denounce what an aide called Iran’s “global torrent of destructive activity.” In New York for the...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:15:00 PDT)

Rod Rosenstein, Justice Department official overseeing the Russia investigation, will stay — for now
Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein stepped into his government SUV on Monday morning for the short ride from the Justice Department to the White House, where he was convinced he was about to be fired. Just three days earlier, the New York Times reported that Rosenstein, who supervises the high-stakes...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:05:00 PDT)

A fun spot in post-hurricane Puerto Rico helps the healing: 'A little beer. Some dancing. You get distracted'
A middle-aged man sways across the outdoor dance floor, nodding and smiling at friends as he moves to the rhythm of the bachata coming from a band called Grupo Melaza Mania. In his left hand, the man holds a can of Medalla Premium Light beer. He extends his right hand to a woman in tall black heels,...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 03:00:00 PDT)

New sexual abuse allegations roil Kavanaugh nomination
Brett Kavanaugh’s embattled nomination for the Supreme Court faced further disarray Sunday night after an explosive new account emerged of alleged sexual misconduct when he was in college, putting the White House on the defensive and the judge’s confirmation in fresh doubt. Scrambling to respond,...
(Sun, 23 Sep 2018 21:45:00 PDT)

Republicans' troubles with women get worse after Trump defends Kavanaugh on sexual assault accusation
The video Katie Hill posted Friday on social media opens with a striking declaration for a congressional candidate: “I have experienced sexual assault multiple times, different ways.” The 31-year-old Democrat, who is trying to unseat Republican Steve Knight of Palmdale, tells viewers she knows...
(Sun, 23 Sep 2018 17:40:00 PDT)

Burials begin in Tanzania as deaths from capsized ferry rise to 224
Relatives wept in grief Sunday at the mass burial in Tanzania of many of the 224 people who drowned when a ferry in capsized on Lake Victoria. Colorfully painted coffins were lined up for burial on Ukara Island. Grieving family members places wreaths of flowers on the coffins. The overloaded boat...
(Sun, 23 Sep 2018 15:05:00 PDT)

A year after his stormy debut at the U.N., Trump will claim foreign policy successes from his brash diplomacy
President Trump had a stormy debut at the annual United Nations gathering of world leaders last September. From the podium of the packed U.N. General Assembly, he blasted North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as “Rocket Man,” threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea and warned of global peril from...
(Sun, 23 Sep 2018 13:20:00 PDT)

Climate change swells ranks of refugees as Trump administration retreats to the sidelines
From African farms shriveled into desert to monster storms revved up by warmer air over the oceans, climate change is stoking environmental disasters around the globe and uprooting millions of people a year — adding to a refugee crisis said to be the worst since World War II. The increasingly extreme...
(Sun, 23 Sep 2018 03:00:00 PDT)

Number of immigrants in U.S. illegally could be double the widely accepted estimates, study suggests
The number of people living in the U.S. illegally could be more than double the widely accepted estimate of 11 million, according to a new study by researchers at Yale and MIT. Unlike previous studies that have concentrated on census statistics, the study used fresh federal data on border arrests,...
(Sat, 22 Sep 2018 19:40:00 PDT)

Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford reaches tentative deal to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday
Christine Blasey Ford, the California woman who alleges Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school, is willing to “provide her firsthand knowledge” to the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, her attorneys said Saturday, and the committee has tentatively agreed...
(Sat, 22 Sep 2018 18:05:00 PDT)

Maryland warehouse shooting victim was a newlywed
On the day he died, Sunday Aguda had a new job and new wife. They had been planning to celebrate his birthday, just three days away. But he never reached 45 years old. Thursday morning, Aguda went for his break outside a Rite Aid warehouse in Harford County, Md. He found himself in the path of...
(Sat, 22 Sep 2018 17:30:00 PDT)

Six siblings of Arizona GOP congressman endorse his opponent
Six siblings of U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar have urged voters to cast their ballots against the Arizona Republican in November in an unusual political ad sponsored by the rival candidate. The television ad from Democrat David Brill combines video interviews with Gosar family siblings who ask voters to...
(Sat, 22 Sep 2018 16:00:00 PDT)

Trump asked why Kavanaugh's accuser didn't report him at the time. History provides some answers
Christine Blasey Ford, the Palo Alto University professor accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempted rape when they were high schoolers, says she never called police and did not speak about the incident to anyone for decades after the alleged attack in the early 1980s. Trying to...
(Sat, 22 Sep 2018 12:20:00 PDT)

Trump raises doubts about Kavanaugh's accuser, suggests assault allegations made up by 'radical left'
In a Friday morning tweet storm after days of restraint, President Trump intensified the controversy over his embattled Supreme Court nominee, Brett M. Kavanaugh, by expressing doubt about the woman accusing him of attempting to rape her when they were in high school. Trump portrayed the allegations...
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 20:05:00 PDT)

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