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US citizen charged in worldwide fraud conspiracy discovered by Panama Papers investigation US citizen charged in worldwide fraud conspiracy discovered by Panama Papers investigation
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department announced charges on Tuesday against four people, including a U.S. citizen, whose alleged role in a worldwide conspiracy was unearthed after the Panama Papers investigation. Those charged include Ramses Owens, 50, a Panamanian citizen; Dirk Brauer, 54, a German citizen; Richard Gaffey, of Medfield, Mass.; and Harald Joachim Von Der Goltz, 81, a German citize...
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Putin trip to Washington to meet with President Trump is now 'out of question,' Kremlin says Putin trip to Washington to meet with President Trump is now 'out of question,' Kremlin says
WASHINGTON – Russian President Vladimir Putin won't be coming to Washington for a second summit with President Donald Trump anytime soon, a Putin spokesman said Monday. "Now it is out of (the) question," Dmitry Peskov, Putin's spokesman, told Russia's state's news agency Tass. He said it's unclear when the two world leaders could meet next, adding that the current diplomatic standoff had creat...
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Trumps to attend George H.W. Bush funeral; Wednesday will be day of mourning Trumps to attend George H.W. Bush funeral; Wednesday will be day of mourning
WASHINGTON – President Trump and first lady Melania will attend the funeral of former president George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral, the White House said Saturday, and Wednesday will be declared a national day of mourning. Trump was set to speak with George W. Bush Saturday morning to offer his condolences, the White House said. Details and timing of the funeral service at the cathe...
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Strong earthquake strikes near Anchorage, Alaska; tsunami warning issued Strong earthquake strikes near Anchorage, Alaska; tsunami warning issued
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 has struck near Anchorage, Alaska, alarming residents and sending office workers plunging under their desks, according to early reports. The quake struck at 8:29 a.m. local time about seven miles north of Anchorage, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. No damage or injuries were immediately reported. The National Tsunami Warning Center in Pal...
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Mike Pence casts deciding vote to advance controversial judicial appointment Mike Pence casts deciding vote to advance controversial judicial appointment
WASHINGTON - Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote on Wednesday to advance Thomas Farr’s nomination to a district judge post in North Carolina. The vote - mostly cast along party lines - sparked controversy due to some of Farr’s previous decisions, which has added a racially charged component in an already tough nomination. A final Senate vote on Farr’s nomination is schedu...
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Senate again blocks Senate bill that would protect special counsel Senate again blocks Senate bill that would protect special counsel
WASHINGTON – The Senate again blocked an expedited vote on legislation that would protect special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired. Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.; Chris Coons, D-Del., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., urged brisk debate on the legislation in an effort to prevent President Donald Trump from firing Mueller. Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah objected to the request, blocking immedia...
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Donald Trump threatens to cut GM subsidies over job cuts Donald Trump threatens to cut GM subsidies over job cuts
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump threatened Tuesday to cut U.S. subsidies to General Motors, describing its plans to close plants and cut workers as ingratitude to taxpayers. "Nothing being closed in Mexico & China," Trump tweeted. "The U.S. saved General Motors, and this is the THANKS we get!" The automaker received a federal bailout in 2009 under President Barack Obama's administration ...
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US border agents fire tear gas as some migrants protesting slow asylum process try to breach fence US border agents fire tear gas as some migrants protesting slow asylum process try to breach fence
As thousands of migrants from Central America wait in makeshift Tijuana shelters for a chance to apply for asylum in the U.S., a process that could take months, some have organized protests to pressure U.S. officials to devote more resources to speed up the process. On Sunday, one of those protests, peaceful at first, turned chaotic when several hundred migrants broke away, overwhelming Mexican...
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Trump demands an end to 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals thwarting his border policies Trump demands an end to 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals thwarting his border policies
President Donald Trump warned Thursday that someone – a group of judges or Congress – must step in to stop what he called "horrible decisions" by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that blocked several of his border and immigration orders. "We get a lot of bad court decisions from the 9th Circuit, which has become a big thorn in our side," Trump said during a televised teleconference with me...
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President Trump thanks Saudis for lower oil prices, a day after he defended kingdom over Khashoggi murder President Trump thanks Saudis for lower oil prices, a day after he defended kingdom over Khashoggi murder
A day after indicating he would do nothing to Saudi Arabia after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, President Donald Trump on Wednesday thanked the Saudis for lowering oil prices through more production. "Oil prices getting lower. Great! Like a big Tax Cut for America and the World," Trump tweeted. "Enjoy! $54, was just $82. Thank you to Saudi Arabia, but let’s go lower!" The thank-yo...
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