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Plans pushed back to explode 2 cranes in New Orleans

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 12:52 p.m.

Plans have been pushed back a day to bring down two giant, unstable construction cranes in a series of controlled explosions before they can topple onto historic New Orleans buildings, the city’s fire chief said Friday, noting the risky work involved in placing explosive on the towers.
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After deadly shooting, Pittsburgh synagogue plans reopening

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 12:47 p.m.

Leaders of the Pittsburgh synagogue where worshippers were fatally shot last year want to rebuild and renovate the building, turning it into what they hope will be a “center for Jewish life in the United States” and a symbol against hatred.

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Trump touts Turkey cease-fire, even as it appears shaky

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 7:08 p.m.

President Donald Trump punched back Friday at criticism that his Syria withdrawal is damaging U.S. credibility, betraying Kurdish allies and opening the door for a possible resurgence of the Islamic State. He touted a cease-fire agreement that seemed at risk as Turkey and Kurdish fighters differed over what it required and whether combat had halted.
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Mattis jabs Trump in comedic address; critics say former secretary should go further

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 9:47 p.m.

For the last year, former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has taken heat for his reluctance to directly criticize President Donald Trump, especially after he resigned from the position in protest last December. For one night at least, on Thursday, Mattis dropped that tendency as he saturated a comedic keynote address with direct jabs at Trump, who earlier this week called his former Cabinet official "the world's most overrated general."
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White House: Ukraine aid held up partly over election probe

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 10:57 a.m.

The White House acknowledged that President Donald Trump’s decision to hold up military aid to Ukraine was linked to his demand that Kyiv investigate the Democratic National Committee and the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, a shifting new explanation about events at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.
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Study: California’s big July quakes strain major fault

The earthquakes that hammered the Southern California desert near the town of Ridgecrest last summer involved ruptures on a web of interconnected faults and increased strain on a major nearby fault that has begun to slowly move, according to a new study.
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US envoy says Giuliani was given role on Ukraine policy

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019, 5:27 p.m.

The U.S. ambassador to the European Union said Thursday that President Donald Trump directed him and other envoys to work with his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, on Ukraine policy and that he disagreed with the directive.
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Cummings, powerful congressman leading Trump probe, has died

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019, 7:04 p.m.

Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a sharecropper’s son who rose to become a civil rights champion and the chairman of one of the U.S. House committees leading an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, died Thursday of complications from longstanding health problems. He was 68.