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    Sixteen rescued from SeaWorld ride hanging over a California bay

    San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFR) crews lowered the park guests one-at-a-time with ropes and harnesses into boats in Mission Bay and they were assessed by emergency medical workers waiting on the dock, the SDFR said on twitter. "All 16 persons trapped in the gondolas ride are safe and on

  • U.S. states sue Trump administration in showdown over border wall funds
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    U.S. states sue Trump administration in showdown over border wall funds

    The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California came after Trump invoked emergency powers on Friday to help build the wall that was his signature 2016 campaign promise. Trump's order would allow him to spend on the wall money that Congress appropriated for other

  • Former Trump adviser Stone apologizes to judge after photo post
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    Former Trump adviser Stone apologizes to judge after photo post

    President Donald Trump's former adviser Roger Stone apologized on Monday after posting on Instagram a photo of the judge overseeing his trial for allegedly making false statements to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering. The photo of U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, which included

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    Leader of U.S. anti-harassment group Time's Up resigns

    "It is with deep regret that I must resign from Time's Up to address family concerns that require my singular focus," Lisa Borders said in a statement. Chief Operating Officer Rebecca Goldman will serve as interim chief executive while Time's Up searches for a replacement, the group

  • U.S. FAA investigates Southwest over baggage weight discrepancies: WSJ
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    U.S. FAA investigates Southwest over baggage weight discrepancies: WSJ

    A company spokeswoman said there was an open Letter of Investigation (LOI), which is a common mechanism for the FAA to document and share safety interests or concerns with an airline. The airline has not been issued fines and faces no enforcement action regarding its weight and balance program, Southwest

  • Official cites 'unlawful' balloting in U.S. congressional vote
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    Official cites 'unlawful' balloting in U.S. congressional vote

    Kim Strach, executive director of the state election board, on Monday said investigators had uncovered a "coordinated, unlawful and substantially resourced absentee ballot scheme" orchestrated by a political operative working for Harris. Strach said operative Leslie McCrae Dowless hired workers

  • Exclusive: Air Force to push Congress for military housing tenant bill of rights
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    Exclusive: Air Force to push Congress for military housing tenant bill of rights

    The proposed measure, outlined in an interview at the Pentagon by Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Chief of Staff David L. Goldfein, follows complaints from military families who say they are often powerless to challenge private industry landlords when they encounter dangerous mold, lead

  • Presidents Day protests decry Trump's emergency declaration
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    Presidents Day protests decry Trump's emergency declaration

    Calling Trump's declaration an abuse of power and usurpation of Congress, organizers with the nonprofit advocacy group MoveOn.org and other participants said it was important to let the outrage over the move be heard. “We disagree with the state of emergency declared by the president and stand with

  • FAA investigates Southwest over baggage weight discrepancies: WSJ
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    FAA investigates Southwest over baggage weight discrepancies: WSJ

    The airline has not been issued fines and faces no enforcement action regarding its weight and balance program, Southwest spokesman Brandy King said. "In this case, the LOI addresses an issue that Southwest voluntarily reported to the FAA last year and since that time, Southwest has implemented

  • Illinois factory gunman killed five victims after being fired
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    Illinois factory gunman killed five victims after being fired

    The gunman who killed five co-workers and wounded five police officers at an Illinois factory was a violent felon who had just been fired, and the plant manager and a young intern were among his victims, authorities said on Saturday. Gary Martin, 45, armed himself with a handgun, which he owned illegally

  • California tells Trump that lawsuit over border wall is 'imminent'
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    California tells Trump that lawsuit over border wall is 'imminent'

    California will "imminently" challenge President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to obtain funds for a U.S.-Mexico border wall, state Attorney General Xavier Becerra said on Sunday. "Definitely and imminently," Becerra told ABC's "This Week" program

  • Trump vows emergency declaration over wall, agrees to shutdown-averting bill
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    Trump vows emergency declaration over wall, agrees to shutdown-averting bill

    Conceding defeat in his demand that Congress provide him with $5.7 billion in wall money, Trump agreed to sign a government funding bill that lacks money for his wall but prevents another damaging government shutdown. The bill, passed by the Republican-led Senate on Thursday, will go to the Democratic-led

  • Trump's 'relentless attack' on FBI prompted memoir by former official: NPR
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    Trump's 'relentless attack' on FBI prompted memoir by former official: NPR

    Former top FBI official Andrew McCabe decried the "relentless attack" he said U.S. President Donald Trump has launched against the agency, according to released excerpts of an interview with NPR's Morning Edition, to be aired early Monday. "I think the FBI has been under a relentless

  • Chicago police seek follow-up interview with 'Empire' actor
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    Chicago police seek follow-up interview with 'Empire' actor

    Chicago police have shifted the direction of their investigation into actor Jussie Smollett's report of a hate-crime assault and are seeking to interview him again, after releasing two men detained for questioning in the probe, a police spokesman said on Saturday. According to Smollett's account

  • Alabama jury awards $152 million in Ford Explorer rollover case
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    Alabama jury awards $152 million in Ford Explorer rollover case

    The jury awarded $100 million in punitive damages and the rest in compensatory damages after finding on Friday that the 1998 Ford Explorer did not meet Ford's own safety guidelines and that Ford "acted wantonly" in designing the vehicle, according to a court document seen by Reuters and

  • Ex-congressman Weiner released from prison after sexting scandal
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    Ex-congressman Weiner released from prison after sexting scandal

    Weiner, 54, has been released from the Federal Medical Center in Devens, Massachusetts, and is under the supervision of a residential re-entry management office in Brooklyn, according to prison records. The seven-term congressman who ran unsuccessfully several times for New York City mayor will be free

  • Acting Pentagon chief not decided yet on funding border wall
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    Acting Pentagon chief not decided yet on funding border wall

    President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency in a bid to fund his promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border without congressional approval. A U.S. defense official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that Shanahan was likely to approve the $3.6 billion being redirected from

  • Illinois factory gunman obtained firearm permit despite felony conviction
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    Illinois factory gunman obtained firearm permit despite felony conviction

    Gary Martin, 45, who carried his pistol to work on Friday apparently suspecting he faced dismissal from his job, opened fire after being told of his termination in a meeting at the Henry Pratt Company plant in Aurora, Illinois, about 40 miles (64 km) west of Chicago, police said. The dead included the

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    College intern on first day among Illinois factory shooting victims

    Trevor Wehner was working his first day as a human resources intern at Henry Pratt Company in Aurora, Illinois, when a worker who had just been fired killed him and four of his colleagues. Friday's shooting rampage at the water distribution products factory and warehouse west of Chicago also killed

  • U.S. military not decided yet on necessity of border wall
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    U.S. military not decided yet on necessity of border wall

    Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Saturday he had not yet determined whether a border wall with Mexico was a military necessity or how much Pentagon money would be used. President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency in a bid to fund his promised wall at the U.S.

  • Dismissed employee kills five co-workers in Illinois factory shooting
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    Dismissed employee kills five co-workers in Illinois factory shooting

    A gunman opened fire at an Illinois factory just after receiving notice of termination from his job there on Friday, killing five fellow workers and wounding five policemen before he was slain by police, authorities said. The assailant, identified as Gary Martin, 45, had worked at the Henry Pratt Company

  • Lee Radziwill, Jackie Kennedy Onassis' younger sister, dies at 85
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    Lee Radziwill, Jackie Kennedy Onassis' younger sister, dies at 85

    CBS News, citing family friend Mathilde Favier, the public relations director for Christian Dior, said Radziwill died on Friday. Women's Wear Daily had first reported the death on its website, saying it occurred at Radziwill's New York City home. Radziwill's world was inhabited by doyennes

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    College intern on first day among Illinois factory shooting victims

    Friday's shooting rampage at the water distribution products factory and warehouse west of Chicago also killed the plant's manager and its head of human resources. Wehner, 21, from the village of Sheridan, Illinois, was on track to graduate in May from Northern Illinois University (NIU) with

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    Gunman in Aurora, Illinois, shooting described as 'loner'

    Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman said Martin shot six fellow employees, five of them fatally, at the sprawling warehouse where he had worked for 15 years, and wounded five police officers before he was slain by police 90 minutes later. Jeremy Sherman, a neighbor of Martin's at Acorn Woods Condominium

  • Former U.S. Cardinal McCarrick defrocked for sex crimes
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    Former U.S. Cardinal McCarrick defrocked for sex crimes

    Pope Francis has decided that the ruling, which followed an appeal by McCarrick, a power-broker as Archbishop of Washington, D.C. from 2001 to 2006, was now final. A Vatican statement said his crimes were made more serious by "the aggravating factor of the abuse of power". The 88-year-old