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Political path for Trump, Republicans in midterms cuts through America's soybean fields Political path for Trump, Republicans in midterms cuts through America's soybean fields
WASHINGTON – As goes the soybean harvest, so could go control of Congress. One-third of the nation’s most contested House districts are home to major soybean farms, primarily in the Midwest, a USA TODAY analysis shows. President Donald Trump performed strongly in that region in 2016, but the area is now girding for a substantial harvest-time blow from his tariffs, just before voters head to the...
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Five die, thousands flee relentless California Carr Fire Five die, thousands flee relentless California Carr Fire
REDDING, Calif. — A wildfire roaring out of control Sunday in Northern California has claimed at least five lives, burned hundreds of homes and driven more than 30,000 stunned, mourning residents from communities threatened by the relentless blaze. More than 3,000 firefighters were battling the blaze, which had grown to 140 square miles. High temperatures and heavy winds conspired to complicate...
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'This fire’s getting so big': Huge Northern California fire grows by 35 percent 'This fire’s getting so big': Huge Northern California fire grows by 35 percent
REDDING, Calif. – The winds driving a tornadic wildfire in Northern California temporarily aided firefighters Saturday by keeping it from more populated areas, but also unleashed the flames at a frightening pace into communities dotting the southwest of Redding, forcing chaotic overnight evacuations. At the same time, fire officials warned, winds were likely to shift again, driving the runaway ...
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Trump and EU's Juncker pull back from all-out trade war Trump and EU's Juncker pull back from all-out trade war
The US and EU have agreed to avoid an all-out trade war and work to lower tariffs, in talks that US President Donald Trump hailed as "a very strong understanding". He and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker announced a "new phase" in EU-US relations, after Wednesday's meeting at the White House. Mr Trump's threat to impose tariffs on European cars was put aside. The EU plans to ...
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California DMV worker slept thousands of hours on the job, state report finds California DMV worker slept thousands of hours on the job, state report finds
A California Department of Motor Vehicles employee slept thousands of hours on the job since 2014, a report released Tuesday from the state's auditor says. The report estimates the employee slept three or more hours daily at her desk since February 2014, totaling over 2,200 hours of work time and costing more than $40,000. The employee worked as a key data operator. Her duties included "rout...
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Judge delays ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's criminal trial until July 31 Judge delays ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's criminal trial until July 31
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The criminal trial of former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort was delayed until next week to give defense attorneys additional time to review thousands of documents recently provided by prosecutors. The ruling by U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III comes on the eve of the bank and tax fraud case that was to open Wednesday with jury selection. Ellis reset jury selection fo...
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Forest fires near Sequoia, Yosemite national parks grow Forest fires near Sequoia, Yosemite national parks grow
The Horse Creek Fire in Sequoia National Park is growing, spreading Sunday to more than 30 acres in a high-terrain area dense with dead trees. The fire is visible for several miles on the south side of the Mineral King Road and Slapjack Creek, National Park officials said. Since the fire is burning in a steep, dense part of the forest, firefighters are mostly using helicopters and air tank...
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Here are the 17 victims of the Branson duck boat tragedy Here are the 17 victims of the Branson duck boat tragedy
The Stone County Sheriff's Office released on Friday night the identity of those killed in Thursday's duck boat sinking on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri. Officials say the duck boat, an amphibious tour vessel, went down during a windy thunderstorm with 31 people aboard, and 17 died. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating. Coleman family Nine members of an Ind...
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Pentagon delays release of report that ranks bases by risk of sexual assault Pentagon delays release of report that ranks bases by risk of sexual assault
WASHINGTON – The Pentagon is delaying release of a report by the nonpartisan RAND Corp. that rates the risk of sexual assault for troops by military base, according to Defense Department officials. The report relied on surveys of troops and data from 2014 that have underpinned several previous reports from RAND. It was supposed to have been released months ago. Military officials say the rep...
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Air pollution in national parks as bad as some large U.S. cities, may be causing drop in visitors Air pollution in national parks as bad as some large U.S. cities, may be causing drop in visitors
Air pollution in national parks such as Yellowstone, Yosemite and Acadia is as bad as some of America's largest cities, and the foul air may be causing tourists to cut visits short or avoid going at all, according to a study released Wednesday. “Even though the national parks are supposed to be icons of a pristine landscape, quite a lot of people are being exposed to ozone levels that could be ...
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