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  • Puerto Ricans cheer return of electricity but remain wary In this July 12, 2018 photo, a laborer from the Puerto Rico Power Authority works to restore power in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico. (AP Photo/Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo)ADJUNTAS, Puerto Rico (AP) — It was finally a night to celebrate in this village tucked into the mountains of central Puerto Rico. People pressed TV remote buttons, clicked on fans and plugged in refrigerators as electricity again flowed into homes that had been without power since two major hurricanes devastated the U.S. territory nearly a ...
  • Trump resists Mueller interview, leaving decision on subpoena before fall elections Mueller and Trump(PhatzNewsRoom / LA Times)    —-   WASHINGTON – After months of negotiations could not secure an interview with President Donald Trump, special counsel Robert Mueller warned the president’s lawyers in March that he could use a grand jury subpoena if necessary to compel his testimony. That prompted a furious response from John M. Dowd, the president’s lead ...
  • Deadly fire shuts down key route to Yosemite National Park A plane battling the Ferguson Fire passes the setting sun in unincorporated Mariposa County Calif., near Yosemite National Park on Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Noah Berger) MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire that killed a California firefighter grew quickly and forced the closure of a key route into Yosemite National Park as crews contended with sweltering conditions Sunday, authorities said. The so-called Ferguson Fire that broke out Friday scorched nearly 7 square miles (18 square kilometers) of dry brush along steep, remote ...
  • Manafort loses bid to stay in ‘VIP’ jail, could face evidence from 1980s FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, file photo, Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, leaves Federal District Court, in Washington. Prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller are accusing former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort of making several attempts to tamper with witnesses in his ongoing criminal cases. Mueller’s team says in a new court filing that Manafort and one of his associates made several attempts to contact two witnesses in an effort to influence their testimony while he was on house arrest earlier this year. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)(PhatzNewsRoom / Reuters)    —  U.S. President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort may face evidence at trial about alleged wrongdoing in the 1980s and lost a bid to stay at a jail where he said he was being treated like a “VIP,” court papers on Wednesday showed. The developments came as Manafort gets closer to ...
  • Mueller Probe: Inside Mueller’s New Army Mueller 2(PhatzNewsRoom / The Daily Beast)    —-   Chelsea Manning, Iranian extortionists, and Hillaryland’s original hacker—they’ve all been targets for prosecutors that now work for Team Mueller. As special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe has quietly chugged along, outraging the president and encircling some of his top campaign officials, the investigation has slowly grown. When Mueller first started his ...
  • Immigration Crisis: Detaining immigrant kids is now a billion-dollar industry FILE - In this June 18, 2018 file photo, dignitaries take a tour of Southwest Key Programs Casa Padre, a U.S. immigration facility in Brownsville, Texas, where children who have been separated from their families are detained. The American Civil Liberties Union says it appears the Trump administration will miss a Tuesday, July 10 deadline to reunite young children with their parents in more than half of the cases. The group said the administration provided it with a list of 102 children under 5 years old who must be reunited by Tuesday under an order by U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego. It said in a statement that it SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Detaining immigrant children has morphed into a surging industry in the U.S. that now reaps $1 billion annually — a tenfold increase over the past decade, an Associated Press analysis finds. Health and Human Services grants for shelters, foster care and other child welfare services for detained unaccompanied and separated children soared ...
  • Shouting, insults as FBI agent faces angry Republicans FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok testifies before the House Committees on the Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform during a hearing on “Oversight of FBI and DOJ Actions Surrounding the 2016 Election,” on Capitol Hill, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) WASHINGTON (AP) — An embattled FBI agent whose anti-Trump text messages exposed the Justice Department to claims of institutional bias vigorously defended himself at an extraordinary congressional hearing that devolved into shouting matches, finger-pointing and veiled references to personal transgressions. Peter Strzok on Thursday testified publicly for the first time since being removed from special counsel ...
  • White House Orders Broader Access to Files About F.B.I. Informant FBI Director Wray (PhatzNewsRoom / NYT)   —   WASHINGTON — The White House has rebuffed concerns among American intelligence and law enforcement officials and ordered that more lawmakers be given access to classified information about an informant the F.B.I. used in 2016 to investigate possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, according to two American officials with knowledge ...
  • FBI agent: My work has never been tainted by political bias FILE - In this June 27, 2018, file photo, Peter Strzok, the FBI agent facing criticism following a series of anti-Trump text messages, walks to gives a deposition before the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Strzok, whose anti-Trump text messages fueled suspicions of partisan bias will tell lawmakers July 12 that his law enforcement work has never been tainted by political considerations and that the intense congressional scrutiny of him represents “just another victory notch in Putin’s belt,” according to prepared remarks obtained by The Associated Press.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — An FBI agent whose anti-Trump text messages fueled suspicions of partisan bias will tell lawmakers Thursday that his work has never been tainted by politics and that the intense scrutiny he is facing represents “just another victory notch in Putin’s belt,” according to prepared remarks obtained by The Associated Press. Peter Strzok, who ...
  • Government reopens probe of Emmett Till slaying FILE - This undated photo shows Emmett Louis Till, a 14-year-old black Chicago boy, who was kidnapped, tortured and murdered in 1955 after he allegedly whistled at a white woman in Mississippi. The federal government has reopened its investigation into the slaying of Till, the black teenager whose brutal killing in Mississippi helped inspire the civil rights movement more than 60 years ago. (AP Photo, File) BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The federal government has reopened its investigation into the slaying of Emmett Till, the black teenager whose brutal killing in Mississippi shocked the world and helped inspire the civil rights movement more than 60 years ago. The Justice Department told Congress in a report in March it is re-investigating Till’s slaying in ...
  • A new round of proposed Trump tariffs would hit US consumers FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2011, file photo, wine imported from the U.S. is displayed at a supermarket in Beijing. China announced a list of U.S. goods including pork, apples and steel pipe on Friday, March 23, 2018, that it said may be hit with higher import duties in response to President Donald Trump’s tariff hike on steel and aluminum. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan,) WASHINGTON (AP) — Now consumers are in the cross-hairs. Americans could soon find themselves paying more for goods they might not have known were imported from China. It’s a potential consequence of a new round of tariffs the Trump administration is proposing to slap on Chinese imports as soon as September. And it marks a new phase in ...
  • Dems meet Supreme Court pick with mixed message In this July 10, 2018, photo, Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Schumer says it’s all about health care. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., worries about the impact on the special counsel investigation. And Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., sees an assault that could set women’s rights back decades. There’s so much for Democrats to dislike about Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick. And that may be the problem. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) WASHINGTON (AP) — Chuck Schumer, the Senate Democratic leader, says it’s all about health care. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., worries about the impact on the special counsel investigation. And Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., sees an assault that could set women’s rights back decades. There’s so much for Democrats to dislike about Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s ...
  • Government falls short of deadline to reunite kids, parents Ever Reyes Mejia is reunited with his 3-year-old son at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)  office building in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. More than 2,000 children were reportedly separated from their parents after crossing the Southern U.S. border as part of an immigration strategy by the Trump administration. (Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press via AP) SAN DIEGO (AP) — Some immigrant toddlers are back in the arms of their parents, but others remained in holding facilities away from relatives as federal officials fell short of meeting a court-ordered deadline to reunite dozens of youngsters forcibly separated from their families at the border. In Grand Rapids, Michigan, Ever Reyes Mejia walked out ...
  • Dozens of immigrant children will be reunited with parents Randi Weingarten tries to deliver a teddy bear and other items for children to federal agents at the port-of-entry, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in Fabens, Texas, along the international border where immigrant children are being held. The group tried to deliver items to the children housed in tents at the facility but were turned away. (AP Photo/Matt York) SAN DIEGO (AP) — Dozens of immigrant children will be released from detention centers and reunited with their parents Tuesday. A government lawyer said Monday at least 54 children under the age of 5 would join their parents by a court-ordered deadline, only about half the 100 or so children covered by the order. The Trump ...
  • Trump picks Kavanaugh, a GOP favorite, for Supreme Court New SCOTUS Nom WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump chose Brett Kavanaugh, a solidly conservative, politically connected judge, for the Supreme Court, setting up a ferocious confirmation battle with Democrats as he seeks to shift the nation’s highest court ever further to the right. A favorite of the Republican legal establishment in Washington, Kavanaugh, 53, is a former law ...
  • Hunger, fear, desperation: What came of an ordinary ICE raid FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2018, file photo U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents serve an employment audit notice at a 7-Eleven convenience store in Los Angeles. Immigration officials have sharply increased audits of companies to verify that their employees are authorized to work in the country, signaling the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration is reaching deeper into the workplace to create a “culture of compliance” among employers who rely on immigrant labor. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File) COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — It had taken a decade for Brandon Tomas Tomas to establish a life in America: a wife, a steady job and five American-born children. It took 20 seconds for that life to be taken away. An immigration officer looking for someone else spotted him and asked an innocuous question: “Cómo estás?” How ...
  • Trump administration takes another swipe at ‘Obamacare’ © Drew Angerer/Getty Images House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, (D-Calif.), speaks during a protest on Capitol Hill July 26 against the GOP health care plan. WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is freezing payments under an “Obamacare” program that protects insurers with sicker patients from financial losses, a move expected to add to premium increases next year. At stake are billions in payments to insurers with sicker customers. The latest administration action could disrupt the Affordable Care Act, the health care ...
  • US Army quietly discharging immigrant recruits In this Tuesday, July 3, 2018, photo, a Pakistani recruit, 22, who was recently discharged from the U.S. Army, holds an American flag as he poses for a picture. The man asked his name and location to be undisclosed for safety reasons. The AP interviewed three recruits from Brazil, Pakistan and Iran, all of whom said they were devastated by their unexpected discharges. (AP Photo/Mike Knaak) SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Some immigrant U.S. Army reservists and recruits who enlisted in the military with a promised path to citizenship are being abruptly discharged, the Associated Press has learned. The AP was unable to quantify how many men and women who enlisted through the special recruitment program have been booted from the Army, but ...
  • Pruitt is out, handing EPA reins to former coal lobbyist FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2017, file photo, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks to employees of the EPA in Washington. Dow Chemical is pushing the Trump administration to scrap the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species. Lawyers representing Dow and two other makers of organophosphates sent letters last week to the heads of three Cabinet agencies. The letters, obtained by The Associated Press, show the companies asked them “to set aside” the results of government studies. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing out after months of scandals, Scott Pruitt is turning the Environmental Protection Agency over to a far less flashy deputy who is expected to continue Pruitt’s rule-cutting, business-friendly ways as steward of the country’s environment. With Pruitt’s departure, President Donald Trump lost an administrator many conservatives regarded as one of the more ...
  • Sanctioned Russian oligarch linked to Cohen has vast US ties FILE - In this May 25, 2018, file photo, Renova CEO businessman Viktor Vekselberg attends the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia. in St. Petersburg, Russia. Long before Vekselberg was tied to a scandal over the president and a porn star, the Russian oligarch had been positioning himself to extend his influence in the United States. (Alexander Ryumin/TASS News Agency Pool Photo via AP, file) WASHINGTON (AP) — Long before Viktor Vekselberg was tied to a scandal over the president and a porn star, the Russian oligarch had been positioning himself to extend his influence in the United States. Working closely with an American cousin who heads the New York investment management firm Columbus Nova, Vekselberg backed a $1.6 million lobbying ...
  • Court vacancy fuels abortion politics in midterm elections Nevada state Attorney General Adam Laxalt speaks with members of the media at a campaign event Monday, June 11, 2018, in Las Vegas. Laxalt is running as a Republican for governor of Nevada. (AP Photo/John Locher) DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democrats and Republicans once largely agreed that the upcoming midterm elections would hinge on the economy, health care and President Donald Trump’s popularity. Not anymore. A Supreme Court vacancy has pushed abortion to the forefront of election year politics, with both supporters and opponents suggesting that the emotional issue could drive ...
  • Growing fires in US West put damper on holiday festivities A plane drops fire retardant on homes in the area of Basalt, Colo., Wednesday, July 4, 2018, during the Lake Christine Fire. (Anna Stonehouse/The Aspen Times via AP) DENVER (AP) — Large wildfires grew across the American West on Wednesday, keeping thousands of people out of their homes for the July 4 holiday and forcing some strict bans on fireworks to prevent new fires from igniting in the hot, dry region. The National Interagency Fire Center on Wednesday reported more than 60 large, active ...
  • Trump interviews with possible Supreme Court nominees begin FILE - In this June 26, 2017, file photo, the Supreme Court is seen in Washington. The Supreme Court is taking up a case about political maps in Wisconsin that could affect elections across the country. The justices are hearing argument on Oct. 3 in a dispute between Democratic voters and Wisconsin Republicans who drew maps that have entrenched their control of the legislature in a state that is otherwise closely divided between the parties. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has interviewed four prospective Supreme Court justices and had plans to meet with a few more as his White House aggressively mobilizes to select a replacement for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Eager to build suspense, Trump wouldn’t divulge whom he’s talking to in advance of his big announcement, set for ...
  • North California wildfire unchecked, threatens hundreds of homes FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2017, file photo, a firefighter monitors a house burning in Santa Rosa, Calif. California lawmakers may change the standard for determining whether utilities are liable for wildfire damage following the worst wildfire season in state history. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File) GUINDA, Calif. (AP) — A massive wildfire in rural Northern California has exploded in size and forced evacuations in hot, dry weather that is sweeping through several western states where blazes are threatening thousands of homes. The fast-moving fire that started over the weekend northwest of Sacramento grew dramatically to about 94 square miles (243 square ...
  • Court Blocks Trump Administration From Blanket Detention of Asylum Seekers The Essex County Correctional Facility in New Jersey, which houses detained immigrants. (PhatzNewsRoom / NYT)   —   In another blow to the Trump administration’s policies on immigration, a federal court on Monday blocked the systematic detention of migrants who have shown credible evidence that they were fleeing persecution in their home countries. In a sharply worded ruling, Judge James Boasberg of the Federal District Court for the District of ...
The monsoon season has arrived in Bangladesh, bringing fresh dangers to the 900,000 Rohingya refugees living in huts on unstable hills. But with a limited amount of land available to them, the Rohingya have run out of places to run. (July 17) [...]
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A Pennsylvania mother has been charged with killing her infant son after allegedly breastfeeding him with milk containing methamphetamine and other drugs [...]
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Hawaii officials say an explosion caused by lava oozing into the ocean sent molten rock crashing through the roof of a tour boat off the Big Island, injuring 23 people. A passenger on a nearby boat captured a plume after the explosion. (July 16) [...]
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Things take longer on island time. Even death. [...]
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A jury found a man accused of setting the Victoria Islamic Center ablaze guilty of three felony charges. Now he faces a potential lengthy prison term. [...]
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Comic-actor Jack Black got serious life lessons making fact-based film about alcoholic's rocky road to recovery. (July 16) [...]
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Comic-actor Jack Black got serious life lessons making fact-based film about alcoholic's rocky road to recovery. (July 16) [...]
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Comic-actor Jack Black got serious life lessons making fact-based film about alcoholic's rocky road to recovery. (July 16) [...]
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Comic-actor Jack Black got serious life lessons making fact-based film about alcoholic's rocky road to recovery. (July 16) [...]
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Comic-actor Jack Black got serious life lessons making fact-based film about alcoholic's rocky road to recovery. (July 16) [...]
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Comic-actor Jack Black got serious life lessons making fact-based film about alcoholic's rocky road to recovery. (July 16) [...]
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Comic-actor Jack Black got serious life lessons making fact-based film about alcoholic's rocky road to recovery. (July 16) [...]
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Comic-actor Jack Black got serious life lessons making fact-based film about alcoholic's rocky road to recovery. (July 16) [...]
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Comic-actor Jack Black got serious life lessons making fact-based film about alcoholic's rocky road to recovery. (July 16) [...]
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Meghan Trainor and Echosmith are on summer tours, actress Raven Symone working on sitcom. (July 16) [...]
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Meghan Trainor and Echosmith are on summer tours, actress Raven Symone working on sitcom. (July 16) [...]
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Meghan Trainor and Echosmith are on summer tours, actress Raven Symone working on sitcom. (July 16) [...]
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