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In Guam, living in fear
Thu, 10 Aug 2017 07:31:56 +0200
HAGATNA, Guam - Residents of the tiny Pacific island of Guam say they're afraid of being caught in the middle of escalating tensions between the United States and North Korea after Pyongyang announced it was examining plans for attacking the strategically...
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Confusing signals on N. Korea crisis
Thu, 10 Aug 2017 04:09:07 +0200
WASHINGTON - President Trump and his top national security aides delivered contrasting messages of alarm and reassurance over North Korea's expanding nuclear capabilities, with the commander in chief touting America's atomic supremacy a day after threatening...
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N. Korea advances; Trump threatens
Wed, 09 Aug 2017 07:31:28 +0200
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. - President Trump threatened North Korea "with fire and fury like the world has never seen" on Tuesday after suggestions that the communist country has mastered one of the final hurdles to being able to strike the United States...
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Singer Glen Campbell dies at 81
Wed, 09 Aug 2017 07:31:24 +0200
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Chicago sues over sanctuary city de-funding
Tue, 08 Aug 2017 07:31:28 +0200
Chicago officials on Monday filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Justice Department over a plan to withhold federal public safety grants from jurisdictions with so-called "sanctuary city" policies.
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Trump urged Mexican president to end his public defiance on border wall, transcript reveals
Fri, 04 Aug 2017 04:36:06 +0200
WASHINGTON - President Trump made building a wall along the southern U.S. border and forcing Mexico to pay for it core pledges of his campaign.
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Mueller using grand jury in federal court as part of Russia probe
Fri, 04 Aug 2017 04:36:04 +0200
WASHINGTON - Special counsel Robert Mueller began using a grand jury in federal court in Washington several weeks ago as part of his probe into possible coordination between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign, according to two people familiar with the...
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First human embryo editing experiment in U.S. 'corrects' gene for heart condition
Thu, 03 Aug 2017 07:31:51 +0200
Scientists have successfully edited the DNA of human embryos to erase an inheritable heart condition, cracking open the doors to a controversial new era in medicine.
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Senate confirms Wray as FBI director
Wed, 02 Aug 2017 07:31:23 +0200
WASHINGTON - The Senate on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to confirm Christopher Wray as the next FBI director, filling the critical post that has remained vacant since President Trump fired James Comey in May.
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Scaramucci out as communications director
Tue, 01 Aug 2017 07:31:28 +0200
WASHINGTON - President Trump on Monday removed Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director just days after the New York financier was named to the job - a move made at the request of new White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, according...
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Trump dismisses Priebus, names Kelly as chief of staff
Sat, 29 Jul 2017 07:30:38 +0200
WASHINGTON - President Trump ousted White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and replaced him with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Friday, a major shake-up designed to bring order and military precision to a West Wing beset for six months by...
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GOP blame-a-thon over health-bill crash, but no clear path
Sat, 29 Jul 2017 07:30:37 +0200
WASHINGTON - The resounding Senate crash of the seven-year Republican drive to scrap the Affordable Care Act incited GOP finger-pointing Friday but left the party with wounded leaders and no evident path forward on an issue that won't go away.
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Experts: North Korea missile test puts much of U.S. within range
Sat, 29 Jul 2017 04:23:06 +0200
PYONGYANG, North Korea - North Korea on Friday test-fired its second intercontinental ballistic missile, which flew longer and higher than the first, according to its wary neighbors, leading analysts to conclude that a wide swath of the United States...
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Fri, 28 Jul 2017 07:31:40 +0200
WASHINGTON - The Senate Republican plan for a scaled-back overhaul of the Affordable Care Act was headed for a cliff-hanger vote when House Republican leaders said late Thursday that they were willing to use the proposal as a basis for negotiating a broader...
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Military will await order on transgender troops
Fri, 28 Jul 2017 06:15:07 +0200
WASHINGTON - Unmoved by President Trump's proclamation-by-Twitter, top Pentagon leaders declared on Thursday they'll allow transgender troops to remain in uniform until Defense Secretary Jim Mattis receives an authoritative directive to remove them.
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Trump administration says job bias law does not cover sexual orientation
Fri, 28 Jul 2017 06:15:06 +0200
The Justice Department, intervening in an important private employment case, urged a federal appeals court to rule that civil rights law does not bar job discrimination based on sexual orientation.
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Philly novelist Andrew Ervin takes us on a ride through video game history
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:17:15 +0200
If Shakespeare were alive today, he wouldn't waste his time writing plays. Or film scripts, for that matter. No, he'd be a video game designer.
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Trapped in ovenlike trailer, 10 migrants lost their lives
Tue, 25 Jul 2017 07:31:01 +0200
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - 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.
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'I did not collude,' Kushner asserts
Tue, 25 Jul 2017 07:30:55 +0200
WASHINGTON - Jared Kushner, President Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, spent two hours Monday answering questions from Senate investigators about his contacts with Russian officials, as the various probes into Russian interference during the 2016...
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Spicer resigns, Scaramucci to be White House communications director
Sat, 22 Jul 2017 07:30:35 +0200
WASHINGTON - President Trump overhauled his White House on Friday in a dramatic shake-up of his senior team at the six-month mark of his presidency, which so far has been beset by a special counsel's widening Russia investigation, a floundering legislative...
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Accounts contradict Sessions
Sat, 22 Jul 2017 04:18:04 +0200
WASHINGTON - Russia's ambassador to Washington told his superiors in Moscow that he discussed campaign-related matters, including policy issues important to Moscow, with Jeff Sessions during the 2016 presidential race, contrary to public assertions by...
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New Recordings: Offa Rex, Haim, Jade Jackson
Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:31:48 +0200
Offa Rex is a collaboration between British folk musician Olivia Chaney and the bookish American indie-rock band the Decemberists. With Chaney taking almost all the lead vocals, the explicit template comes from British folk-rock bands, circa 1970, such...
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From Shakespeare and Rilke to Tetris and Warcraft: Philly novelist Andrew Ervin offers a literate ride through video game history
Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:31:46 +0200
If Shakespeare were alive today, he wouldn't waste his time writing plays. Or film scripts, for that matter. No, he'd be a video game designer.
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Trump lawyers explore pardoning powers and ways to undercut Russia probe
Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:25:16 +0200
The president has asked his advisers about his power to pardon aides, family members and even himself in connection with the probe, according to one person.
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Trump lawyers seekto thwart Mueller's Russia probe
Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:31:51 +0200
Some of President Trump's lawyers are exploring ways to limit or undercut special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, building a case against what they allege are his conflicts of interest and discussing the president's authority to grant pardons,...
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