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Trump favors personal connections in his foreign policy

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:40:00 PDT

By the time President Trump sat down with the leaders of the world’s other industrialized powers at a former monastery here Friday, he already had met and spent time with each individually. The mood around the circular table was one of a “family dinner,” the White House said, with discussions ranging...

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Maine's latest fishing frenzy brings in $1,200 a pound — and it's not lobster

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:55:00 PDT

It is just past midnight, rain clouds stalking a full moon, and Julie Keene is out on a muddy riverbank in thigh-high rubber boots and a camouflage jacket, a headlamp strapped over her hair.

As she wrestles with an oversize fishing net, Keene tells how she went from rags to riches, and that’s not...

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Everyone's a winner! Or what to take away from that special congressional race in Montana

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:55:00 PDT

Republicans were celebrating Friday, and relieved, and it was easy to see why: The party hung on to Montana’s sole congressional seat even though its candidate faced a freshly lodged criminal charge for physically assaulting a reporter on election eve.

Though they fell short in yet another special...

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A glowing orb and a not-so-glowing review of the GOP healthcare bill: Trump's week was filled with events he didn't control

Fri, 26 May 2017 10:00:00 PDT

President Trump’s nine-day trip to the Mideast and Europe, his first foreign excursion as president, hasn’t produced any diplomatic breakthroughs so far, but has generated some memorable images.

There was Trump with his hands on a glowing orb in Saudi Arabia; First Lady Melania Trump appearing...

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Murderer known as 'Houdini of death row' executed in Alabama

Thu, 25 May 2017 23:50:00 PDT

Called the "Houdini" of death row, Alabama inmate Thomas Arthur has been scheduled to die Thursday, after seven postponements.(image)



Overcoming assault charge, Republican Gianforte wins Montana congressional seat

Thu, 25 May 2017 23:00:00 PDT

Republican Greg Gianforte overcame a last-minute assault charge to win Montana’s special congressional election Thursday, keeping its lone House seat in GOP hands and dealing Democrats a setback in their bid to gain a red-state toehold ahead of the 2018 midterm election.

Gianforte, 56, a wealthy...

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Some conservatives justify 'manly' Montana candidate's alleged body-slam of 'snowflake' reporter

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:05:00 PDT

After he was accused of physically attacking a reporter, Greg Gianforte had some very visible defenders while he went invisible for election day Thursday.

The Republican candidate for Montana’s open congressional seat canceled his national TV appearances after he was charged with misdemeanor assault...

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Who is Greg Gianforte? In Montana, the Republican's outburst against reporter came as little surprise

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:25:00 PDT

He’s a wealthy software entrepreneur, known for his brash persona and political ambitions.

And as election day neared, Greg Gianforte seemed a shoo-in to win a special election for Montana’s lone congressional seat.

But as voters headed to the polls Thursday, questions swirled about his candidacy:...

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Trump is dealt another defeat on travel ban as U.S. appeals court in Virginia blocks enforcement

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:55:00 PDT

President Trump suffered another legal defeat Thursday when the U.S. appeals court in Virginia ruled his foreign travel ban may not be enforced, on the grounds that it appears to discriminate based on religion and that the administration’s argument that the order was needed to protect national...

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Trump finds a new ally in his war on leaks: Britain

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:35:00 PDT

President Trump gained something Thursday he's been craving: validation from America's closest ally for his war on leaks.

Trump, a onetime fan of leaks who has spent much of his early term decrying them, vowed a “complete review” of possible intelligence leaks related to this week's deadly terrorist...

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Trump scolds NATO allies for not spending more on defense

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:00:00 PDT

President Trump directly rebuked NATO allies for not paying their fair share of military costs, as they stood stone-faced nearby, and stopped short of reaffirming the alliance’s mutual defense pledge as the foreign leaders met Thursday for a celebration of unity.

The unusually pointed remarks at...

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What's at stake as Trump gets to 'see you in court' over the travel ban

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:45:00 PDT

President Trump faced two major court cases in May over his travel ban in Seattle and Richmond, Va. The fight over the ban is expected to go to the U.S. Supreme Court.(image)



As Trump wavers over Paris climate accord, European leaders give him an earful

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:00:00 PDT

With President Trump balking on his vow to shred the Obama-negotiated Paris agreement on climate change, the last place the pact’s staunch opponents wanted to see the president is where he will be this weekend — meeting other world leaders unanimous in their warnings that withdrawal from the accord...

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Banks want higher debit-card 'swipe fees,' but an effort to allow them has crumbled

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:50:00 PDT

Banks had hoped Congress would let them charge merchants higher fees to process debit card purchases, but an effort to allow that has crumbled — a victory for retailers and, possibly, shoppers who might have had to shoulder those costs.

In the latest chapter of a long-running fight, a repeal of...

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A look at the decline in refugees entering the U.S. under Trump

Thu, 25 May 2017 04:00:00 PDT

Despite court's blocking of Trump's travel ban, the number of refugees arriving to the U.S. has plummeted. Here are the important numbers to know.(image)



It's election day in Montana, and Gianforte's assault charge might not even matter

Thu, 25 May 2017 03:00:00 PDT

It’s election day in Montana after a wild 24 hours, with voters deciding who will fill the House seat vacated when Republican Ryan Zinke left to head the Interior Department under President Trump. The contest Thursday has drawn nationwide attention and an extraordinary amount of money — and that...

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Trump lawyers ask Supreme Court to reject 2nd Amendment claim by men who lost gun rights over nonviolent crimes

Thu, 25 May 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Trump administration lawyers are urging the Supreme Court to reject a 2nd Amendment claim that would restore the right to own a gun for two Pennsylvania men who were convicted more than 20 years ago of nonviolent crimes.

The case of Sessions vs. Binderup puts the new administration in a potentially...

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U.S. special operations forces face growing demands and increased risks

Thu, 25 May 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Touching down before dawn, Somali “Lightning” commandos climbed out of U.S. military helicopters and carefully advanced in the dark toward a ramshackle compound tucked into muddy farmland dotted by banana trees.

U.S. surveillance had monitored the site for days after an intelligence tip signaled...

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The GOP has held Montana's congressional seat for 23 years. Will Trump and an alleged body-slam change that?

Thu, 25 May 2017 00:05:00 PDT

On Thursday, the political world will eagerly look to Montana and a closely fought congressional race for the latest test of Democratic strength and Republican resilience in the turbulent age of Trump.

The major candidates and outside groups have sunk more than $17 million into the contest, a huge...

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Montana GOP candidate cited for assault after reporter says he was slammed to the ground

Wed, 24 May 2017 23:00:00 PDT

The Republican candidate for Montana’s open congressional seat was cited for misdemeanor assault Wednesday after a political reporter for the Guardian newspaper complained he was grabbed and slammed to the ground.

The announcement by the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office followed a bizarre series...

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Trump reveals location of 2 nuclear submarines to Philippines' president

Wed, 24 May 2017 19:40:00 PDT

President Trump praised the Philippines' president for an "unbelievable job" in a fight against illegal drugs that has left thousands dead and drawn condemnation from American lawmakers, according to a leaked transcript of their telephone conversation last month.

Trump's discussion with Rodrigo...

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Stolen statue featuring Mormon prophets is found by police; 2 suspects are arrested

Wed, 24 May 2017 17:50:00 PDT

It was a heist that, in retrospect, was unlikely to escape without notice.

Four thieves drove a truck with a large trailer into a parking lot in the wee hours of Tuesday morning and stole a bronze statue weighing approximately 700 pounds that depicts two Mormon prophets sitting on a park bench...

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Manchester attack makes terrorism the focus of Trump's NATO meeting

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:05:00 PDT

The deadly suicide bombing in Britain and threats of more attacks thrust counter-terrorism to the top of President Trump’s agenda for talks with NATO leaders here on Thursday, buttressing his bid to enlist the alliance he had called obsolete to join the fight against Islamic State.

Secretary of...

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DEA gave a false story about deadly 2012 attack in Honduras, U.S. report says

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:20:00 PDT

When a botched drug raid led to the shooting deaths of four civilians, including a teenage boy, on a Honduran river in May 2012, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officials insisted that the victims were cocaine traffickers who had shot first and that DEA agents were present only as advisors.

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Marc Kasowitz helped Trump through bankruptcy and divorce. Now he's taking on the biggest case of his career

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:50:00 PDT

As a heavy hitting New York lawyer, Marc Kasowitz has stepped in to help Donald Trump navigate predicaments ranging from divorce to bankruptcy, allegations of sexual harassment and fraud.

Now, President Trump is giving the $1,500-an-hour attorney a new assignment as his private counsel in the probe...

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