• Ex-mistress of 'El Chapo' says she was 'traumatized' by tunnel escape
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    Ex-mistress of 'El Chapo' says she was 'traumatized' by tunnel escape

    Testifying for the prosecution in federal court in Brooklyn, Lucero Sanchez Lopez, a onetime local lawmaker in Guzman's home state of Sinaloa, also gave an emotional account of her relationship with Guzman, saying she at times feared for her safety. "I didn't want for him to mistrust me

  • Judge acquits Chicago policemen in conspiracy trial
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    Judge acquits Chicago policemen in conspiracy trial

    A judge on Thursday found three Chicago policemen not guilty of conspiring to protect white fellow police officer Jason Van Dyke after he fatally shot a black teenager in 2014 in an incident that helped fuel the "Black Lives Matter" movement. A jury convicted Van Dyke in October of second-degree

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    Amtrak canceling trains, cutting service ahead of winter storm

    Amtrak said it will cancel six trains on Saturday from Chicago to Washington and New York. For Sunday, Amtrak has canceled six of its Keystone Service trains that normally travel from New York to Philadelphia and then on to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

  • Talks resume as Los Angeles teachers' strike enters fourth day
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    Talks resume as Los Angeles teachers' strike enters fourth day

    Negotiators for striking Los Angeles teachers and America's second-largest school district returned to the bargaining table on Thursday for the first time since talks collapsed last week, as a walkout by some 30,000 educators entered its fourth day. "They are resolute on reaching an agreement

  • Judge blocks Republican-backed Wisconsin early-voting law
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    Judge blocks Republican-backed Wisconsin early-voting law

    The early-voting bill was part of a package of laws that the Republican-controlled legislature passed during a rare all-night lame-duck session in December, which included measures aimed at curbing the powers of incoming Democratic Governor Tony Evers. The effort drew criticism from Democrats that Republicans

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    Sixteen coal ash pits contaminating Texas groundwater: report

    Sixteen coal ash pits in Texas are leaking contaminants into groundwater, including arsenic, boron, cobalt and lithium, according to a report released on Thursday by the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP). Coal ash is the residue left after coal has been burned to generate power, and can include

  • U.S. separated 'thousands' more immigrant children than known: watchdog
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    U.S. separated 'thousands' more immigrant children than known: watchdog

    The Office of Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said the agency had identified many more children in addition to the 2,737 included as part of a class action lawsuit challenging family separations brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) last year

  • Teachers' strike tests Los Angeles mayor's White House hopes
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    Teachers' strike tests Los Angeles mayor's White House hopes

    The move may help Garcetti, who is considering a presidential run but has not officially declared his intentions, raise his national profile. Strategists said it also could tie his reputation to the outcome, with a quick deal giving him a boost while drawn-out scenes of the union's 30,000 teachers

  • Los Angeles mayor to mediate in talks to settle first teachers' strike in 30 years
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    Los Angeles mayor to mediate in talks to settle first teachers' strike in 30 years

    Wednesday's announcement of the breakthrough capped the third day of a strike that has disrupted classes for nearly 500,000 students as teachers pressed their demands for higher pay, smaller classes and more support staff. Representatives of the two sides - the Los Angeles Unified School District

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    UCLA's perfect 10 gymnast targets domestic violence, body shaming

    Soon after she graduates from the University of California, Los Angeles, in June, her ambition is to appear on "Dancing With the Stars" and then, within five years, to work with victims of domestic violence, she told Reuters. "I hope to be starting or working on domestic violence and

  • U.S. Army vows to fix 'broken' housing at Fort Meade in wake of Reuters report
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    U.S. Army vows to fix 'broken' housing at Fort Meade in wake of Reuters report

    The garrison commander at Maryland’s Fort Meade made the remarks in meetings with residents this month in response to a Reuters report https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-military-developer in December that detailed the problems, which ranged from mold and rodent infestations to flooding

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    Five deaths blamed on storms that dump snow, rain on California

    Forecasters expect the bitter weather to push eastwards into the Rockies and U.S. Midwest through the weekend, while the California Highway Patrol said rain-slicked highways led to two fatal accidents that killed four people. A family of three, including a one-year-old baby, died in El Dorado County

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    Los Angeles mayor offers to mediate talks to end teachers strike: union leaders

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has offered to mediate in renewed contract talks proposed for Thursday between negotiators for 30,000 striking teachers and the nation's second-largest school district, union leaders said late on Wednesday. There was no immediate word from the Los Angeles Unified

  • Ex-Michigan governor says he will resign university post in Nassar fallout
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    Ex-Michigan governor says he will resign university post in Nassar fallout

    Nassar, who was a team doctor for USA Gymnastics, was sentenced to up to 300 years in prison in two different trials last winter after more than 350 women testified that he abused them. Engler said in a letter published by the university the chair of MSU's board of trustees advised him that a majority

  • Los Angeles teachers strike 'bigger than a paycheck'
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    Los Angeles teachers strike 'bigger than a paycheck'

    Instead Castillo, when asked what drove her to walk out of her classroom at Harbor City Elementary School to join the city's first teacher strike in 30 years, talked about the colleague whose job was eliminated while she was on maternity leave, and the classes that keep growing in size. "My

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    Man charged in plot to attack White House with anti-tank rocket

    Hasher Jallal Taheb, of the Atlanta suburb of Cumming, was arrested in Gwinnett County on Wednesday and appeared briefly in federal court in Atlanta in a case brought by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Byung Pak, the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, told reporters. "His

  • U.S. watchdog faults handling of government lease for Trump D.C. hotel
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    U.S. watchdog faults handling of government lease for Trump D.C. hotel

    Amid intensifying scrutiny of possible conflicts of interest involving Trump's businesses, the inspector general of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) found fault with the agency's review of the lease of the Old Post Office Pavilion. The Romanesque Revival landmark on Pennsylvania

  • 'Grifters, weaklings, felons': Christie on the Trump White House
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    'Grifters, weaklings, felons': Christie on the Trump White House

    Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie sees the Trump White House as a rogues' gallery of flawed people sidetracking the work of the U.S. president, according to excerpts of his forthcoming memoir posted on the news site Axios on Wednesday. President Donald Trump employs a "revolving door

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    Cheers! Furloughed workers offered a free beer (or two)

    An ad hoc group, called Pay It Furloughed, has set up a website that allows furloughed federal workers or those working without pay to grab a cold one - or two - at several craft breweries in Washington, including Atlas Brew Works, DC Brau and Shop Made in DC. "We are frustrated by the lack of

  • U.S. shutdown taking toll on FDA, USDA inspection roles: experts
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    U.S. shutdown taking toll on FDA, USDA inspection roles: experts

    Workers in public health laboratories are reporting disruptions in the analysis of DNA from food samples involved in foodborne outbreaks, and have raised concerns about a USDA program that tests agricultural commodities for unsafe levels of pesticides, they said. The shutdown is "putting our nation

  • Tennessee ex-teacher who took off with student sentenced to 20 years
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    Tennessee ex-teacher who took off with student sentenced to 20 years

    Tad Cummins, 52, was sentenced in federal court in Nashville by U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger, according to emails from a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Tennessee. Cummins had faced a sentence of up to life in prison for transporting a minor with intent to

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    Georgia man charged with plotting attack on White House: media

    (Reuters) - A Georgia man has been arrested and charged for allegedly plotting to destroy the White House and other government buildings in Washington, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported on Wednesday.

  • As shutdown lingers, Pelosi pushes Trump to delay State of Union speech
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    As shutdown lingers, Pelosi pushes Trump to delay State of Union speech

    With the partial U.S. government shutdown now in its 26th day, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday urged President Donald Trump to reschedule his State of the Union address - a move that could deny him the opportunity to use the pageantry of the speech to attack Democrats in their own chamber over

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    USDA recalls workers to help with farm loans, taxes; data uncertain

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture will reopen about 980 Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices for three days starting on Thursday to help process farm loans and tax documents during the partial federal government shutdown. About 2,500 FSA employees who have been furloughed by the partial shutdown that

  • U.S. watchdog faults handling of government lease for Trump D.C. hotel
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    U.S. watchdog faults handling of government lease for Trump D.C. hotel

    Amid intensifying scrutiny of possible conflicts of interest involving Trump's businesses, the inspector general of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) found fault with the agency's review of the lease of the Old Post Office Pavilion. The Romanesque Revival landmark on Pennsylvania