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Florida man takes elderly neighbors hostage in bizarre attack over cup of salt

An elderly Florida couple was held hostage by their neighbor who asked to borrow a cup of salt on Friday, authorities said.  Louis and Irene Rosen, of Tamarac, invited their neighbor’s son, Leonard Benitez, inside to give him salt. But, Benitez then threatened the couple with a knife and gun, a Broward Sheriff’s spokeswoman told WPLG.  Benitez, 45, reportedly demanded $50,000...
Boehner says Congress won’t repeal, replace Obamacare

Boehner says Congress won’t repeal, replace Obamacare

As the Senate prepares for a crucial vote Tuesday on health care, former House Speaker John Boehner, R-West Chester, predicted congressional Republicans will never have enough votes to scrap the 2010 health law known as Obamacare and devise a replacement. In a speech last Friday in Las Vegas, Boehner told a private gathering “they not going to repeal and replace Obamacare. It’s been around...
Homeowner who shot, killed burglar dressed like woman will not face charges

Homeowner who shot, killed burglar dressed like woman will not face charges

Police said a homeowner shot and killed a man dressed like a woman after he broke into his home. It happened in Lithonia, Georgia, near Brownsmill Road just after 2 a.m. >> Read more trending news "The homeowner gave him a warning. The suspect continued to approach him at which time the homeowner fired one shot," DeKalb County Police Lt. Lonzy Robertson told WSB-TV on Monday. He said...
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Rosenstein: "mutual respect" needed for confidence in police

Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told the nation's oldest civil rights organization on Tuesday that building public confidence in law enforcement "is one of our great challenges." He said police have a special responsibility to follow the law, and citizens have an obligation to respect the police. Rosenstein spoke to the NAACP's national convention in Baltimore, a city that experienced...

Texas mulls revived 'bathroom bill' despite uncertain odds

Texas senators have begun an emotionally charged floor debate over a revived "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people. The chances of passage remain tenuous even though Republicans firmly control the Legislature. State senators approved a proposal mandating transgender Texans use public restrooms corresponding to their birth-certificate genders during the regular legislative session...
Trump message manager ready to clean house to stop leaks

Trump message manager ready to clean house to stop leaks

President Donald Trump's new communications director says he's prepared to clean house in order to stop information leaks which have plagued the administration. Anthony Scaramucci, the Wall Street financier tapped for the role last week, said Tuesday that he was prepared to "fire everybody" to stop information leaks from the press office. Speaking to reporters, Scaramucci said that he was...
Trump message manager ready to clean house to stop leaks

Trump message manager ready to clean house to stop leaks

President Donald Trump's new communications director says he's prepared to clean house in order to stop information leaks which have plagued the administration. Anthony Scaramucci, the Wall Street financier tapped for the role last week, said Tuesday that he was prepared to "fire everybody" to stop information leaks from the press office. Speaking to reporters, Scaramucci said that he was...
Must see: Infant photo shoot fit for Disney princesses

Must see: Infant photo shoot fit for Disney princesses

All little girls are princesses in their parents eyes when they’re born, but a California photographer has made the dream come true. Karen Marie of Belly Beautiful Portraits came up with the idea of dressing the newborns as Ariel, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Belle and Jasmine, KCRA reported.
Polish president emerges as independent in judiciary row

Polish president emerges as independent in judiciary row

In Poland's most-watched political satire, the president is mocked as a marginal and pitiful figure. He waits endlessly outside the office of the country's powerful ruling party chairman, who can never be bothered to see him, the chairman's secretary not even aware of the president's position or real name. The writers of the hit series "The Chairman's Ear" will now have to change their script...
TSA ends testing, will not screen passengers’ books separately

TSA ends testing, will not screen passengers’ books separately

TSA officials will not screen and search books separate from luggage during security checks before passengers board planes at airports across the country. The agency announced the decision to end testing the practice at select airports at the end of June. Testing was being performed at two U.S. airports. >> Read more trending news Many people criticized the book screenings, saying TSA agents...
Ex-Marine killed fighting Islamic State in Syria

Ex-Marine killed fighting Islamic State in Syria

A former Marine who secretly traveled to Syria earlier this year to battle the Islamic State was killed while fighting for a Kurdish militia, his father said Tuesday. David Taylor Sr. told The Associated Press that his 25-year-old son, David Taylor, told only a high school friend about his plans to join the Kurdish group, and he swore his friend to secrecy. Taylor's father said he didn't even know...
Top Vatican official to face Australian court on sex charges

Top Vatican official to face Australian court on sex charges

The most senior Vatican official ever charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis is expected to make his first court appearance in Australia on Wednesday, as he vows to clear his name in a scandal that has rattled Rome. Cardinal George Pell, Australia's highest-ranking Catholic and Pope Francis' top financial adviser, was charged last month with sexually abusing multiple people years ago in his...
Moon’s interior could hold vast quantities of water – why is that good news? 

Moon’s interior could hold vast quantities of water – why is that good news? 

A group of Brown University scientists has discovered evidence suggesting the moon is hiding a lot more water than previously thought. The researchers studied layers of lunar rock samples containing tiny glass beads formed from magma inside the moon billions of years ago, trapping water inside them.  After examining satellite data to see where else those glass beads are located, the scientists...

Coast Guard: Paddlers can use Potomac near Trump golf course

Kayakers, paddleboarders and other active groups can continue to use the Potomac River near a Virginia golf course owned by President Donald Trump, the commandant of the Coast Guard said Tuesday. The Coast Guard has been closing a 2-mile section of the river when Trump is at his golf course, prompting protests from boaters and other groups, including a group of wounded veterans who use the area for...
Greek bond issue marks milestone in recovery from bailout

Greek bond issue marks milestone in recovery from bailout

Greece's first attempt to finance itself on bond markets since 2014 raised 3 billion euros ($3.5 billion) Tuesday from investors attracted by a high rate of return, in an encouraging sign that the country will be able to smoothly exit its bailout era next year. The left-led government said the five-year bond issue was more than twice oversubscribed, with the yield set at 4.62 percent — showing...
Brain disease seen in most football players in large report

Brain disease seen in most football players in large report

Research on 202 former football players found evidence of brain disease in nearly all of them, from athletes in the NFL, college and even high school. It's the largest update on chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a brain disease linked with repeated head blows. But the report doesn't confirm that the condition is common in all football players; it reflects high occurrence in samples at a Boston...

Police: S. Carolina mom killed woman, 2 kids, then herself

A woman used a gun she stole from her parents to fatally shoot her two children, a woman at her estranged husband's apartment complex and herself, authorities said. Jessica Edens called her estranged husband once just before she shot their 5-year-old daughter and her 9-year-old son in the back of her Jeep and again just before she shot herself in the head in the locked, running vehicle on July 13...
Retired police go on tourist patrol at Rome's Trevi Fountain

Retired police go on tourist patrol at Rome's Trevi Fountain

Retired traffic officers at Rome's Trevi Fountain are working to keep tourists on good behavior. The Italian city's mayor signed an order last month aimed at protecting Trevi and some 40 other historic fountains. The order prescribes stiff fines for climbing, sitting or eating on the monuments. Several former police officers started shooing tourists off the stone rim of the Trevi Fountain on Tuesday...
Survivors: Truck in deadly immigrant-smuggling incident had up to 200 people at one point

Survivors: Truck in deadly immigrant-smuggling incident had up to 200 people at one point

Immigrants who survived a trip inside a big rig in which eight people were found dead in San Antonio this weekend told police as many as 180 to 200 people had been in the trailer at some point during the trip, according to court documents. A criminal complaint filed Monday against James Mathew Bradley Jr. also outlines the danger and cost of crossing the Texas-Mexico border illegally, including an...
5-year-old genius visits 'The Dr. Oz Show'

5-year-old genius visits 'The Dr. Oz Show'

Kid genius Anson Wong is still beaming after a trip to visit Dr. Mehmet Oz on the set of his show. Anson, 5, of Atlanta, was thrilled to meet Dr. Oz and tape an episode of the show, which is scheduled to air Tuesday. Since infancy, Anson has demonstrated an impressive ability to absorb new information with ease. Videos shared by his mother online show him reading at just 17 months old. Anson went...
Health care vote: What time, what to know, live updates

Health care vote: What time, what to know, live updates

The Senate is expected to hold a vote Tuesday on a motion to proceed to debate the House version of the health care bill. The vote, a procedural one, is the first step in a Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Here’s what you need to know about the bill and the vote expected for Tuesday afternoon. The vote is expected around 2:30 p.m. ET. It is set for after Republican...

Long-lost class ring found after 52 years

Fifty-two years after losing his high school ring shortly after graduation, a man has gotten it back — and it was all of 3 miles away from where he grew up in New Hampshire. Ray Goodwin, of White River Junction, Vermont, graduated from Lebanon High School in 1965. The Valley News reports (http://bit.ly/2uRXcfk) he lost his ring before being drafted into the Air Force that year. The retired 70-year-old...

Trump ask federal appeals court to dismiss protester lawsuit

Attorneys for President Donald Trump want a federal appeals court to dismiss a lawsuit by protesters that accuses him of ordering his supporters to rough them up at a campaign rally in Louisville last year. The Courier-Journal reports that Trump's lawyers have asked the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a March ruling that the suit can proceed. U.S. District Court Judge David J. Hale said ample...
Trump's political speech to Scouts inspires parental outrage

Trump's political speech to Scouts inspires parental outrage

President Donald Trump's fiery speech at the National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia has infuriated parents and former scouts. Standing before thousands of school-aged Scouts, Trump began with a bit of profanity Monday night and then went on to rage for more than half an hour against the media and other perceived political enemies. Trump was cheered by the crowd, but his comments put an organization...
Mother left infant son buckled into car seat, without food, for days, police say

Mother left infant son buckled into car seat, without food, for days, police say

A Michigan woman faces a murder charge after police say she buckled her 6-month-old son into a car seat and deprived him of food, water and air conditioning for days. Lovily Kristine-Anwonette Johnson, 22, of Wyoming, was charged Monday with first-degree murder and first-degree child abuse in the death of Noah Johnson. MLive reported that Johnson brought Noah, who was already dead, to Helen DeVos...
Lyft, Taco Bell partner to help cure late-night munchies on your ride home

Lyft, Taco Bell partner to help cure late-night munchies on your ride home

Ever call your Lyft (or Uber) driver after a night out and wonder if he or she would be so inclined to make a quick stop for food on the way? >> Read more trending news Well, Lyft is here to cure those late-night munchies. In an unexpected yet genius cross-marketing campaign, the rideshare company has announced a new partnership with everyone’s favorite fourth-meal joint: ...

Macedonian court rejects custody for former prime minister

A Macedonian appeals court has rejected a prosecutor's bid for former prime minister Nikola Gruevski to be remanded in custody pending trial on charges connected with a wiretapping scandal. But the court Tuesday upheld a previous court decision banning Gruevski and four senior officials in his conservative party from leaving the country, and confiscating their passports. A special prosecutor investigating...
Kurdish official says US role essential in post-IS Syria

Kurdish official says US role essential in post-IS Syria

A senior Kurdish official says the U.S. role in the fight against Islamic State militants in Syria's Raqqa must not end with the liberation of the city but continue as a guarantor of its future stability. Ilham Ahmed says the Kurdish-led effort to secure the city after liberation needs U.S. political and financial support. Ahmed is the co-president of the Syrian Democratic Council, the political wing...
Paul Manafort subpoenaed to testify about attempts to influence U.S. election

Paul Manafort subpoenaed to testify about attempts to influence U.S. election

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday night issued a subpoena to compel President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort to testify publicly Wednesday. A spokesperson for Manafort previously confirmed to CNN that he had received a request to testify on Wednesday. In a statement released Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee said Manafort was subpoenaed to testify about...

Official: US Navy ship fires warning shots near Iranian ship

A U.S. Navy patrol boat fired warning shots Tuesday near an Iranian vessel that came close to it during a tense encounter in the Persian Gulf, an American defense official said. Iran's hard-line Revolutionary Guard later blamed the American ship for provoking the incident. The encounter involving the USS Thunderbolt, a Cyclone-class patrol ship based in Bahrain as part of the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet...
Bond is back: Daniel Craig comes back as 007

Bond is back: Daniel Craig comes back as 007

Craig, Daniel Craig. The latest in the line of actors who have portrayed super spy James Bond will take another crack at the iconic role, the New York Times is reporting. >> Read more trending news Craig, who was rumored to be stepping down, is proving them all wrong and will be in at least one more film set to be released in November 2019. The untitled film will be written by Neal Purvis and...
'Media Day' at the White House favors conservative outlets

'Media Day' at the White House favors conservative outlets

The White House is hosting a day's worth of live broadcasts to tout President Donald Trump's first six months in office using a media group that promotes Christian and conservative values. The "media day" event kicked off at 6 a.m. featuring 15 hours of live radio broadcasts from the Salem Media Group. Participating hosts include Hugh Hewitt and Joe Piscopo. Both are broadcasting from tents...
CareFlight requested to crash near West Liberty-Salem school

CareFlight requested to crash near West Liberty-Salem school

A CareFlight medical helicopter has been requested to the scene of two-vehicle crash near West Liberty-Salem High School in Champaign County Tuesday morning.  Dispatchers said emergency crews were dispatched to the area of the high school in the 7200 block of U.S. 68 around 9:10 a.m. after the crash was reported.  Additional details were not available.  We’re monitoring this developing...
The Latest: Vatican: Too late to start care for Charlie Gard

The Latest: Vatican: Too late to start care for Charlie Gard

The Latest on the court hearing on critically ill British baby Charlie Gard (all times local): 3:45 p.m. A Vatican pediatric hospital says experimental therapy "could have been an opportunity" to help Charlie Gard, but it was too late to start care for the critically ill baby. Bambino Gesu hospital had offered to treat the 11-month-old while his parents were trying to persuade British courts...

Wisconsin retail tech company offers to microchip its staff

A Wisconsin company is offering to microchip its employees, enabling them to open doors, log onto their computers and purchase break room snacks with a simple swipe of the hand. Three Square Market, also known as 32M, says it expects about 50 employees to take advantage of the technology. The chips are the size of a grain of rice and will be implanted underneath the skin between the thumb and forefinger...
Joanna Gaines will not leave 'Fixer Upper' to focus on cosmetics line

Joanna Gaines will not leave 'Fixer Upper' to focus on cosmetics line

Joanna Gaines has been addressing rumors about her relationship to her husband, Chip Gaines, and her career in the last few months. However, one rumor in particular prompted her to take to social media and make a public statement. >> Read more trending news Joanna Gaines posted on her Facebook page Friday to address rumors that she’s leaving HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” to...
Syria activists: Despite truce, strikes near Damascus kill 8

Syria activists: Despite truce, strikes near Damascus kill 8

Airstrikes in a Damascus suburb have killed eight people, including children, the area's first casualties since Russia said three days ago that it reached an agreement with the Syrian opposition on the boundaries for a de-escalation zone in the capital's eastern suburbs, opposition activists and a paramedic group said Tuesday. The airstrikes on Arbeen, just before midnight Monday, also caused material...
The Latest: Manafort meets with Senate officials on Russia

The Latest: Manafort meets with Senate officials on Russia

The Latest on probes into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible ties to the Trump campaign (all times local): 12:05 p.m. President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman has told Senate investigators about his recollection of a Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer last year. That's according to two people familiar with the Senate intelligence committee investigation. The people...

8 Indiana siblings rack up 448 years of combined marriage

Eight siblings who grew up in southwestern Indiana have amassed nearly 450 years of combined marriage. Bruce Clinkenbeard of Freelandville, Indiana, and his wife Sally have been married for 53 years, but that's just the tip of the Clinkenbeard family's matrimonial iceberg. Bruce and his seven siblings have together racked up a combined 448 years of marriage, and counting. Seven of the eight siblings...
Man sentenced for beating child to death over missing shoe

Man sentenced for beating child to death over missing shoe

A London man could spend the rest of his life behind  bars after being found guilty of beating his girlfriend’s son to death over a lost shoe last November. Authorities said Marvyn Iheanacho beat Alex Malcom, 5, so severely that he died. Witnesses said that they heard a child, with a scared voice, saying “sorry,” along with what was described as loud banging and a man yelling...

Philadelphia-area transit agency deals with station spiders

The Philadelphia area's transit agency is dealing with a spider problem at one station in the city. KYW-TV (http://cbsloc.al/2utfAKR ) reports the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority has hired an exterminator to battle the bugs that keep dropping down onto waiting passengers at its station in Northern Liberties. A SEPTA spokesman says that agency has also been cleaning light fixtures where...
Parents ask court to let them take Charlie Gard home to die

Parents ask court to let them take Charlie Gard home to die

Charlie Gard's mother returned to a London court Tuesday to ask a judge to let her and the baby's father take their critically ill son home to die. Lawyers for the family of the 11-month-old infant and the hospital treating him appeared in Britain's High Court, a day after Charlie's parents said they were dropping their long legal battle to get him experimental treatment. The family attorney, Grant...
The Latest: Rand Paul to vote

The Latest: Rand Paul to vote "yes" on health care vote

The Latest on the effort by congressional Republicans to pass a health care bill (all times local): 11:30 a.m. Sen. Rand Paul says he will vote "yes" on a pivotal health care vote Tuesday afternoon after receiving assurances from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Paul had been a holdout against McConnell's plans for legislation to repeal and replace "Obamacare." He argued it did...
President Erdogan ramps up rhetoric ahead of Turkey-EU talks

President Erdogan ramps up rhetoric ahead of Turkey-EU talks

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ramped up his anti-Western rhetoric Tuesday ahead of a meeting between his foreign minister and top European Union officials, saying the era of a submissive Turkey bowing to every Western demand is over. Turkey has been mired in an escalating diplomatic row with EU powerhouse Germany following the arrests last week of a group of human rights activists, including...
Microsoft announces Paint will be available, but through store

Microsoft announces Paint will be available, but through store

For those who were mourning the loss of a basic, but beloved computer painting program, there’s good news. Microsoft says it will be keeping its popular Paint program, The Guardian reported. Complaints hit social media after Microsoft announced that it was depreciating the 32-year-old drawing program, signaling its potential future demise. The company announced that the program will be available...
Jeff Sessions: What to know about his relationship with Donald Trump

Jeff Sessions: What to know about his relationship with Donald Trump

President Donald Trump has reportedly discussed with White House advisers firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, according to a story from the Associated Press.  Trump, who has seemed to grow increasing angry with Sessions over his decision to recuse himself from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, referred to Sessions as “beleaguered” in a tweet on Monday...

Putin spokesman: No Kremlin order for Kushner-Gorkov talks

A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin says a meeting between Donald Trump's son-in-law and the chairman of a Russian bank did not occur on Kremlin orders. The meeting in December between Jared Kushner, who is a senior adviser to the U.S. president, and Vneshekonombank head Sergei Gorkov, was included in a Monday statement by Kushner to Congress as part of the probe into Trump's possible...

Woman gets kidney donation from stranger-turned-friend

A Massachusetts mother has a new outlook on life after receiving a kidney donation from a complete stranger. WBZ-TV reports (http://cbsloc.al/2vV5eRX ) Nicole Baltzer never thought about being a living donor. Then she read a Facebook post about a single mother with lupus who needed a new kidney. Baltzer says she remembers reading about Kara Yimoyines and thinking "this is so unfair." She...
China fires back at US accusations over aerial encounter

China fires back at US accusations over aerial encounter

China on Tuesday denied its fighter jet pilots operated dangerously during an encounter with a U.S. surveillance plane in international airspace in which the American pilot took evasive action to avoid a possible collision. Spokesman Ren Guoqiang said in a statement on the defense ministry's microblog that the performance of the pilots of the two J-10 fighters was "legal, necessary and professional...
Mexican officials: At least 25 people in truck were Mexican

Mexican officials: At least 25 people in truck were Mexican

The tractor-trailer was pitch-black inside, crammed with maybe 90 immigrants or more, and already hot when it left the Texas border town of Laredo for the 150-mile trip north to San Antonio. It wasn't long before the passengers, sweating profusely in the rising oven-like heat, started crying and pleading for water. Children whimpered. People took turns breathing through a single hole in the wall....
The Latest: Speaker Ryan defends Trump's prerogative

The Latest: Speaker Ryan defends Trump's prerogative

The Latest on President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions (all times local): 10:30 a.m. Speaker Paul Ryan says President Donald Trump gets to decide his personnel. Ryan's comment came amid reports that the president has spoken with advisers about firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Ryan told reporters on Tuesday that it's the prerogative of the president to decide who works for him...
Reporter Q&A: A look at Duterte's state of the nation speech

Reporter Q&A: A look at Duterte's state of the nation speech

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his second state of the nation speech to a joint session of Congress on Monday, vowing to continue his bloody war on illegal drugs despite international and domestic criticism. The tough-talking president also insisted he would not hold peace talks with communist rebels because of continuing attacks. The Associated Press' chief Manila correspondent, Jim...
McCain's return sets stage for big Senate health bill vote

McCain's return sets stage for big Senate health bill vote

President Donald Trump urged Republicans to "step up to the plate" for Tuesday's crucial Senate vote on their bill eviscerating much of the Obama health care law. A cliff-hanger roll call was likely, with added drama from Sen. John McCain's return to the Capitol for his first vote since being diagnosed with brain cancer. No stranger to heroic episodes, the Navy pilot who persevered through...
When he travels, Trump favors states that voted for him

When he travels, Trump favors states that voted for him

President Donald Trump surveyed the crowd of thousands of Boy Scouts at their summit Monday and assessed, "There's a lot of love in this big, beautiful place. And a lot of love for our country." He singled out for affection West Virginia, a state that gave him his largest margin of victory in November. "What we did, in all fairness, is an unbelievable tribute to you and all of the other...
House rejects effort to move money around to fund VA program

House rejects effort to move money around to fund VA program

The House has rejected a plan to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to shift $2 billion from other programs to cover a sudden budget shortfall in its Choice program of private-sector care following opposition from veterans' groups. The vote was 219-186 Monday on a bill to provide a six-month funding fix, falling short of the two-thirds majority needed to pass. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi...
EPA chief taps taxpayer dollars for weekend flights home

EPA chief taps taxpayer dollars for weekend flights home

Records show the head of the Environmental Protection Agency spent weekends in his home state during his first three months in office, frequently flying to and from Oklahoma at taxpayer's expense. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's expense reports from March, April and May were released following a Freedom of Information request filed by Environmental Integrity Project, a nonprofit watchdog group. The...
4 meetings with Russians disclosed by Jared Kushner

4 meetings with Russians disclosed by Jared Kushner

President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, disclosed in a statement to members of Congress four distinct interactions with Russians during the presidential campaign and transition period. The 11-page statement provides his first detailed account of meetings over the last year with the Russian ambassador to the United States, a Russian lawyer and a Russian banker. The encounters: APRIL 27...
Trump vents anew on Sessions, who's under pressure to quit

Trump vents anew on Sessions, who's under pressure to quit

President Donald Trump turned up the heat on Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, launching a fresh Twitter tirade against him while musing privately about firing the man who was the first U.S. senator to endorse his candidacy. The future of the nation's top law enforcement officer seemed to hang in the balance as pressure on him to resign mounted by the hour, even as the pushback to Trump's...
Vast support for Russia sanctions quashes potential for veto

Vast support for Russia sanctions quashes potential for veto

Strong congressional support from Republicans and Democrats for a new package of Russia sanctions effectively scuttles the potential for President Donald Trump to derail the legislation. The House is set to vote Tuesday on the penalties that aim to punish Moscow for its meddling in the presidential election and military aggression in Ukraine and Syria. The Senate is expected to act soon after that...
California governor to extend climate change bill 10 years

California governor to extend climate change bill 10 years

Gov. Jerry Brown is set to sign legislation Tuesday keeping alive California's signature initiative to fight global warming, which puts a cap and a price on climate-changing emissions. The Democratic governor will be joined by his celebrity predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who signed the 2006 bill that led to the creation of the nation's only cap and trade system to reduce greenhouse gases in all...
French leader plays peacemaker, hosting top Libyan rivals

French leader plays peacemaker, hosting top Libyan rivals

President Emmanuel Macron opened meetings on Tuesday with the two main rival leaders of chaotic Libya, trying to play peacemaker for a country where the stakes are high for both Europe and Africa. The series of meetings at a chateau in La Celle Saint-Cloud, west of Paris, bring together Fayez Serraj, prime minister of the U.N.-backed unity government, and Gen. Khalifa Hifter, the Egyptian-backed commander...
McCain's return cheers fellow Republican senators

McCain's return cheers fellow Republican senators

At the twilight of a storied career and battling a brain tumor, Sen. John McCain stands poised to deliver for his party and his president on the issue that's defined the GOP for the past seven years. It's a situation heavy with drama and symbolism. The 80-year-old Arizona senator is returning to Washington just days after a cancer diagnosis, to cast what could be the deciding vote Tuesday to open...
Kushner, Manafort meet with congressional investigators

Kushner, Manafort meet with congressional investigators

Two key members of President Donald Trump's presidential campaign met Tuesday with congressional investigators probing Russia's interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion with Trump associates. Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner returned to Capitol Hill for a second day of private meetings, this time for a closed-door conversation with lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee...
The Latest: UN urges resolution of Jerusalem shrine crisis

The Latest: UN urges resolution of Jerusalem shrine crisis

The Latest on the escalation in Israel and the Palestinian territories over a contested Jerusalem holy site (all times local): 7 p.m. The U.N. Mideast envoy is warning that the crisis at the holy sites in Jerusalem has demonstrated the dangerous risk of turning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict into a religious conflict "and dragging both sides into the vortex of violence with the rest of the...
Former contract workers key in Mississippi Nissan union vote

Former contract workers key in Mississippi Nissan union vote

A bid by workers at Mississippi's Nissan Motor Co. plant for United Auto Workers representation could turn on a key voting bloc — 1,500 workers who are Nissan employees today, but were initially hired through contract labor agencies. Those workers say they make less than longtime Nissan employees and have worse benefits, and UAW supporters say that's a disparity they'd like to address through...
Black seniors test power of reminiscing to guard aging brain

Black seniors test power of reminiscing to guard aging brain

It's more than a stroll down memory lane. Steen enrolled in a small but unique study to see if jogging memories where they were made can help older African-Americans stay mentally sharp and slow early memory loss. "What we find when we walk, all of us, is that there are a lot of things we haven't had to remember, and that we can't remember. And then as we walk and talk, the memories pop up and...
Polish president signs 1 of 3 contested laws on judiciary

Polish president signs 1 of 3 contested laws on judiciary

The office of Poland's president said Tuesday that he has signed into law one of three contested bills that critics say limit the independence of the judiciary. President Andrzej Duda announced Monday after days of protests that he would veto two of the bills. His office said early Tuesday he signed the third one, despite demonstrations the previous evening in several cities urging him to block that...
Bright skies, pleasant today; storms return Thursday

Bright skies, pleasant today; storms return Thursday

Clear and cool morning with temperatures climbing through the 60s on Tuesday, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs. Cool and quiet morning Tuesday Very high UV index Tuesday Storms return Thursday RELATED: Sky Witness 7   TODAY: Lots of sunshine on tap for the afternoon which means a very high UV index. Remember to wear SPF 30 or higher sunblock. Feeling warm, but...
Lawmakers accuse Japan's Abe of false testimony in scandal

Lawmakers accuse Japan's Abe of false testimony in scandal

Japanese lawmakers questioned Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in parliament for a second day Tuesday about a cronyism scandal, with some opposition members accusing him of testifying falsely a day earlier when he denied using his influence to help a friend. Documents and whistleblowers suggest that officials bent rules and provided special advice to Abe's friend, Kotaro Kake, to help him open a new veterinary...
Rep. Blake Farenthold calls out 'female senators' on health care, suggests he would duel them

Rep. Blake Farenthold calls out 'female senators' on health care, suggests he would duel them

In an interview with a Corpus Christi radio station, Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold, a Republican, called out “female senators from the Northeast” for the latest snag in the GOP's effort to repeal Obamacare, adding that he “might” challenge them to a duel if they were men. Farenthold spoke to KEYS host Bob Jones on Friday morning, according to the Houston Chronicle....
Teenage driver livestreams crash that killed sister

Teenage driver livestreams crash that killed sister

A teenage driver lost control of her car while she was livestreaming on Instagram and recorded part of the crash that authorities say killed her younger sister in California. After a gap in the livestream, the driver is seen leaning over the body of the girl, trying to shake her awake and saying she was sorry. She said she expected to spend the rest of her life in prison but doesn't care. "This...
Muslims keep up shrine boycott despite Israeli concessions

Muslims keep up shrine boycott despite Israeli concessions

Muslim leaders urged the faithful Tuesday to keep up their prayer protests and avoid entering a contested Jerusalem shrine, even after Israel dismantled metal detectors that initially triggered the tensions. Israel said it would replace the metal detectors with new security arrangements based on "advanced technology" to be installed in the next six months. This reportedly refers to sophisticated...
US safety board to detail findings of deadly NY train crash

US safety board to detail findings of deadly NY train crash

The National Transportation Safety Board is scheduled to meet and detail a probe into a 2015 crash between a commuter train and an SUV that killed six people in the New York suburbs, a day after a U.S. official told The Associated Press that investigators determined the crash was extra deadly because of an unusual rail design. The NTSB is scheduled to meet Tuesday in Washington, where a final report...

Trump blasts newspaper's reporting on US-Syria policy

President Donald Trump has assailed The Washington Post in connection with a story about termination of U.S. efforts to aid rebels fighting to oust Syria's President Bashar Assad. In a post on his Twitter account Monday, Trump said, "The Amazon Washington Post fabricated the facts on my ending massive, dangerous, and wasteful payments to Syrian rebels fighting Assad." U.S. officials told...
Smugglers offer crammed big rigs as 'VIP treatment' to US

Smugglers offer crammed big rigs as 'VIP treatment' to US

When Thomas Homan, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was awakened Sunday morning with news that migrants were found dead inside a sweltering tractor-trailer outside a San Antonio Walmart, his mind flashed back to 2003, when he stood at the back of a truck about 120 miles (200 kilometers) southeast of San Antonio that carried 19 dead migrants. "It is sad that 14...

$1M bail set for Colorado man accused of killing teenage son

A judge has set bail at $1 million for a Colorado man who was arrested in the 2012 death of his 13-year-old son. Mark Redwine was arrested in Washington state and appeared in court Monday for the death of Dylan Redwine, whose remains were found about 10 miles from the father's southwestern Colorado home in 2013. The Durango Herald reports https://goo.gl/G9qR7p the boy had traveled to be with his father...
Pressure mounts to curtail surgery on intersex children

Pressure mounts to curtail surgery on intersex children

Children whose sexual characteristics don't neatly align with the norm have for decades faced surgery to rearrange their anatomy to resemble that of more typical boys and girls — long before they were old enough to have a say in the decision. But now the practice is under assault, as never before. The American Medical Association is considering a proposal discouraging it. Three former U.S. surgeons...

10 family members killed in flash flood mourned in Arizona

The 10 white caskets belonging to three generations of a Mexican immigrant family were arranged in a horseshoe around the altar at the Catholic church, each one bearing a metal crucifix inside its satin-lined lid. They died together in mere seconds when a dark torrent of water rushed through the placid swimming hole where they were celebrating a family birthday on July 15, taking a grandmother, aunts...
Australia denies reneging on a UNHCR deal to accept refugees

Australia denies reneging on a UNHCR deal to accept refugees

The Australian foreign minister on Tuesday rejected the United Nations refugee agency's allegation that her government reneged on a deal to resettle some refugees who attempted to reach Australia by boat. The UNHCR said on Monday it had agreed to facilitate a deal in which the United States would take up to 1,250 refugees among more than 2,000 asylum seekers languishing in immigration camps on the...
Disney workers' union says $10 minimum wage doesn't make the magic happen

Disney workers' union says $10 minimum wage doesn't make the magic happen

Citing an increasing cost of living and relatively stagnant pay, workers at Disney parks in Central Florida are working with the company to negotiate a higher minimum wage. Travis Joyner is a driver at Animal Kingdom’s safari ride, one of the park’s most popular attractions. He enjoys his job, but has a hard time making ends meet while being paid less than $12 an hour. “My goal is...
The Latest: Parents say teen didn't mean to kill sister

The Latest: Parents say teen didn't mean to kill sister

The Latest on a fatal car accident in California that was livestreamed on Instagram (all times local): 7:45 p.m. The parents of a teenage driver who livestreamed on Instagram the fatal crash that killed their younger daughter in California say they believe their daughter didn't mean for her sister to die. Nicandro Sanchez of Stockton tells Fresno television station KFSN (http://abc30.tv/2tSlnpX )...
McCain's return, heavy with drama for

McCain's return, heavy with drama for "Obamacare" repeal

At the twilight of a storied career and battling a brain tumor, Sen. John McCain stands poised to deliver for his party and his president on the issue that's defined the GOP for the past seven years. It's a situation heavy with drama and symbolism. The 80-year-old Arizona senator will return to Washington just days after a cancer diagnosis, to cast what could be the deciding vote Tuesday to open debate...
Oklahoma teacher captures worldwide attention, raises thousands after panhandling

Oklahoma teacher captures worldwide attention, raises thousands after panhandling

A teacher’s act to get Oklahoma lawmakers’ attention has now been recognized worldwide. Teresa Danks is a third-grade teacher in the Tulsa Public Schools system. As a result of serious education budget cuts, Danks said she is now spending between $2,000 and $3,000 of her $35,000 salary on supplies for her students. Last week, Danks said she decided to ask the public for help after...
Ex-Gitmo detainee deported from Morocco, returns to Uruguay

Ex-Gitmo detainee deported from Morocco, returns to Uruguay

The strange tale of a former Guantanamo Bay inmate who resettled in Uruguay, staged a hunger strike to leave and sparked a regional alarm when he went missing, took another unexpected twist when he was deported back from Morocco - even though officials here were unaware that he had ever left. Syrian native Abu Wa'el Dhiab arrived in Uruguay's capital on Saturday and was questioned by Interpol after...
Lacking Social Security income, Pulse nightclub shooter's widow asks court for defense funds

Lacking Social Security income, Pulse nightclub shooter's widow asks court for defense funds

In several documents filed and unsealed Monday in a federal court in Orlando, new details have come to light in the case against the widow of Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen. Noor Salman, who is being charged with helping her husband plan and carry out the Pulse attack -- which left 49 dead and dozens injured -- has been in jail since being arrested in California on Jan. 16. In a document filed...
Eclipse could drain North Carolina solar farm of energy

Eclipse could drain North Carolina solar farm of energy

Duke Energy built the biggest solar farm in the Charlotte, North Carolina area in rural Union County, and it just went online in April. The solar eclipse on Aug. 21 could affect the solar farm, which spans 500 acres and supplies power to customers in Monroe. The nearly full eclipse will bring that energy production to a near-halt, at a time when Duke Energy is relying on it to keep power flowing....
Dayton Children’s Hospital assists young man’s hopes for soccer team

Dayton Children’s Hospital assists young man’s hopes for soccer team

Mukhammad Shadhnanov hopes Dayton Children's Hospital's assist will help him score in his plan to start a competitive neighborhood soccer team and ultimately join a league. The hospital, which is active in the Old North Dayton neighborhood where it is located, donated four nets, two sets of flags to mark boundaries on the pitch, a striping machine to put down the lines for the pitch and practice vests...
Judge clears way for Trump commission to collect voter data

Judge clears way for Trump commission to collect voter data

A federal judge on Monday cleared the way for President Donald Trump's commission on election fraud to resume collecting detailed voter roll information from the states. The commission asked states last month to provide publicly available data including registered voters' names, birth dates and partial Social Security numbers, but it later told them to hold off until a judge ruled on a lawsuit filed...
Last orca calf born in captivity at a SeaWorld park dies

Last orca calf born in captivity at a SeaWorld park dies

The last killer whale born in captivity under SeaWorld's former orca-breeding program died Monday at the company's San Antonio park, SeaWorld said. Veterinarians were treating 3-month-old Kyara for an infection last weekend, but her health continued to decline, the Orlando-based company said in a news release. "Kyara had a tremendous impact on the entire zoological team, not to mention all of...
Report: Dog bites 3-year-old at Florida restaurant

Report: Dog bites 3-year-old at Florida restaurant

A family visiting from Louisville, Kentucky, said their 3-year-old son was badly bitten by a dog at a Neptune Beach, Florida, restaurant Wednesday. The boy had a cut on his lip and scratches on his face after the dog bit him at Craft Pizza Co. on July 19. The owner confirmed that the boy was on the outside patio when the dog bit him. A family member posted a review of the restaurant and photo of...

Dems block passage of intelligence bill

House Democrats on Monday blocked passage of a non-controversial intelligence policy bill, saying that Republicans were rushing to pass it without extensive debate. The vote was 241 to 163 against passing the intelligence authorization bill, which supports critical national security programs, including those addressing counterterrorism and cyberattacks. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California said...
US soldier pleads not guilty to support for Islamic State

US soldier pleads not guilty to support for Islamic State

A U.S. Army soldier based in Hawaii pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of attempting to support the Islamic State group. Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang was arraigned in federal court in Honolulu after a grand jury indicted him last week on four counts of attempting to provide material support to the group. The indictment and an FBI affidavit filed previously allege that Kang met with undercover agents...
Woman convicted of taking baby at mall gets 1½ to 7 years

Woman convicted of taking baby at mall gets 1½ to 7 years

A woman convicted of befriending another woman at a suburban Philadelphia shopping mall and then taking her baby has been sentenced to 1½ to seven years in prison. Cherie Amoore, 33, of Wayne, was convicted in March of kidnapping and child concealment in the March 2016 events at the King of Prussia Mall. A Montgomery County judge imposed the sentence late Monday afternoon. Prosecutors said...
Attorney: Client ate 'everything' bagel, did not take drugs

Attorney: Client ate 'everything' bagel, did not take drugs

An attorney for a man who pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in the takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge says his client tested positive for morphine because he ate an 'everything' bagel with poppy seeds. The Oregonian/Oregon Lives reported Monday (http://bit.ly/2eIZoQd ) that a federal judge in Portland, Oregon has ordered Jason Blomgren to avoid poppy seeds in addition to drugs. Blomgren took...
'My Friend Cayla' doll could give strangers access to your child, investigation finds

'My Friend Cayla' doll could give strangers access to your child, investigation finds

The “My Friend Cayla" doll gives anyone with a Bluetooth-enabled phone access to your child — and consumer groups want the federal government to pull the popular toy from store shelves. Using an app, parents can have entire conversations with their children through the doll — but so could strangers. That's why some people say the doll could open the door for a child predator...
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