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Judge acquits 3 Chicago officers of Laquan McDonald cover-up

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 7:53 p.m.

A judge on Thursday acquitted three Chicago officers of trying to cover up the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald, dismissing as just one perspective the shocking dashcam video of the black teenager’s death that led to protests, a federal investigation of the police department and the rare murder conviction of an officer.

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Treasury poised to ease sanctions tied to Russian oligarch

The Treasury Department appears set to lift sanctions on three companies connected to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska despite concerns from lawmakers in both parties who say the Trump administration should be tougher on Russian President Vladimir Putin and his allies.
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Watchdog: Thousands more children may have been separated at border

Thousands more migrant children may have been split from their families than the Trump administration previously reported, in part because officials were stepping up family separations long before the border policy that prompted international outrage last spring, a government watchdog said Thursday.
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Trump denies Pelosi aircraft for trip abroad

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 4:03 p.m.

It took President Donald Trump one day to flex his executive power back at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, denying her an aircraft to visit troops abroad in apparent response to her attempt to delay his State of Union address.
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Trump administration to roll out new missile defense plan

The Trump administration will roll out a new strategy Thursday for a more aggressive space-based missile defense system to protect against existing threats from North Korea and Iran and counter advanced weapon systems being developed by Russia and China.
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Wrecks seen as wildfire areas brace for big California storm

Days of rain and snow across California have snarled rush-hour commutes and triggered deadly wrecks on slick roads even before the most intense storm hits Wednesday, with wildfire-ravished communities bracing for dangerous mudslides and mountain residents facing a “potentially life-threatening” blizzard.