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Intel officials say Russia boosting Trump candidacy

Posted yesterday in National

Intelligence officials have warned lawmakers that Russia is interfering in the 2020 election campaign to help President Donald Trump get reelected, three officials familiar with the closed-door briefing said Thursday.



US: Taliban's 'reduction of violence' deal to start tonight

Posted yesterday in National

The seven-day "reduction of violence" deal promised by the Taliban will begin on Friday night, a senior U.S. State Department official said, without specifying the exact time.



NFL Saints backed by church in effort to keep emails secret

Posted yesterday in National

An attorney for New Orleans' Roman Catholic archdiocese Thursday strongly defended the New Orleans Saints' behind-the-scenes help in dealing with the clergy sex abuse crisis, saying the legal effort to release hundreds of confidential emails between them is aimed at trying to shame those "who had the audacity" to back the church.



Trump ally Roger Stone sentenced to over 3 years in prison

Posted yesterday in National

Roger Stone, a longtime confidant of President Donald Trump, was sentenced to more than three years in prison Thursday for obstructing a congressional investigation in a case that has sparked fears about presidential interference in the justice system.



Analysis: Dems' civility gives way to combustible conflict

Posted 2/20/2020 in National

Through a year of campaigning, the Democratic presidential candidates played nice, talking up party unity, disagreeing mostly politely on policy. No more.



Trump ousts top defense official who certified Ukraine aid

Posted 2/20/2020 in National

President Donald Trump has ousted the Pentagon's top policy official who had certified last year that Ukraine had made enough anti-corruption progress to justify the Trump administration's release of congressionally authorized aid to Kyiv in its conflict against Russian-backed separatists.



Lawyer: Assange was offered US pardon if he cleared Russia

Posted 2/20/2020 in National

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange plans to claim during an extradition hearing that the Trump administration offered him a pardon if he agreed to say Russia was not involved in leaking Democratic National Committee emails during the 2016 U.S. election campaign, a lawyer for Assange said Wednesday.



9 killed in suspected far-right attack in Germany

Posted 2/20/2020 in National

A 43-year-old German man shot and killed nine people at several locations in a Frankfurt suburb in attacks that appeared to have been motivated by far-right beliefs, officials said Thursday.



NFL's Saints head to court in Catholic Church email dispute

Posted 2/20/2020 in National

The New Orleans Saints headed to court Thursday in a bid to block the release of hundreds of confidential emails detailing the behind-the-scenes public relations work the team did for the area's Roman Catholic archdiocese amid its sexual abuse crisis.



Toxic Superfund cleanups decline to more than 30-year low

Posted 2/20/2020 in National

The Trump administration completed the fewest cleanups of toxic Superfund sites last year than any administration since the program's first years in the 1980s, figures released by the Environmental Protection Agency indicated Wednesday.



AP source: Barr tells people he might quit over Trump tweets

Posted 2/19/2020 in National

Attorney General William Barr has told people close to him he's considering quitting his post after President Donald Trump wouldn't heed his warning to stop tweeting about Justice Department cases, an administration official told The Associated Press.



Misguided virus fears hitting Asian American businesses

Posted 2/19/2020 in National

In Arizona, a burgeoning Asian American community fields xenophobic calls about a planned night market featuring Asian street foods. In New York, a dim sum restaurant owner worries he won't make rent. In the San Francisco Bay Area, a local Asian American-owned restaurant chain is mulling temporarily shuttering one of its properties because of the downturn in trade.



Democrats diverge on outreach to anti-abortion swing voters

Posted 2/19/2020 in National

In a party that's shifted leftward on abortion rights, Democratic presidential hopefuls are offering different approaches to a central challenge: how to talk to voters without a clear home in the polarizing debate over the government's role in the decision to end a pregnancy.



Is the new virus more 'deadly' than flu? Not exactly

Posted 2/19/2020 in National

What's more deadly -- the flu, SARS or the new coronavirus discovered in China?



Blagojevich returns to Chicago, maintains innocence

Posted 2/19/2020 in National

Rod Blagojevich returned home to Chicago early Wednesday, shaking hands and signing autographs after President Donald Trump cut short the 14-year prison sentence handed to the former Illinois governor for political corruption.



Virginia lawmakers reject assault weapon ban

Posted 2/19/2020 in National

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's push to ban the sale of assault weapons failed on Monday after some of his fellow Democrats balked at the proposal.



'Good Times' Ja'Net DuBois dies; co-wrote 'Jeffersons' theme

Posted 2/19/2020 in National

Ja'Net DuBois, who played the vivacious neighbor Willona Woods on "Good Times" and composed and sang the theme song for "The Jeffersons," has died.



Health tips from Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen for 2-18-20

Posted 2/18/2020 in National



Boy Scouts file for bankruptcy due to sex-abuse lawsuits

Posted 2/18/2020 in National

Barraged by hundreds of sex-abuse lawsuits, the Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday in hopes of working out a potentially mammoth victim compensation plan that will allow the hallowed, 110-year-old organization to carry on.



Bloomberg makes debate stage, facing rivals for 1st time

Posted 2/18/2020 in National

Billionaire Mike Bloomberg has qualified for the upcoming Democratic presidential debate, marking the first time he'll stand alongside the rivals he has so far avoided by bypassing the early voting states and using his personal fortune to define himself through television ads.



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