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UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 19, 2019, 9:16 p.m.

White House officials eye payroll tax cut in effort to reverse weakening economy

Several senior White House officials have begun discussing whether to push for a temporary payroll tax cut as a way to arrest an economic slowdown, three people familiar with the …


Paul Simon plants a tree at Hawaii forest preserve on Maui

Musician Paul Simon joined environmentalists trying to reinvigorate a Hawaii forest on Maui and planted a tree during a ceremony, a report said.


California governor signs law to limit shootings by police

California is changing its standards for when police can kill under a law signed Monday by Gov. Gavin Newsom, as it tries to deter police shootings of young minority men …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 19, 2019, 12:27 p.m.

Pentagon conducts 1st test of previously banned missile

The U.S. military has conducted a flight test of a type of missile banned for more than 30 years by a treaty that both the United States and Russia abandoned …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 19, 2019, 1:51 p.m.

Planned Parenthood leaves federal family planning program

Planned Parenthood said Monday it’s pulling out of the federal family program rather abide by a new Trump administration rule prohibiting clinics from referring women for abortions.


Ex-Gov. Kathleen Blanco dies, led Louisiana through Katrina

Even after Hurricane Katrina ended her political career and as cancer ate away her strength, former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco still described her life as “charmed.” With strength in her …


Memorial to victims of Boston Marathon bombing completed

The memorial to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing is complete. Three stone pillars representing the three victims who died at the race’s Boylston Street finish line were installed early Monday, …


Rueful over heritage claim, Warren woos Native American vote

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren offered a public apology Monday to Native Americans over her past claim to tribal heritage, directly tackling an area that’s proved to be a big …


Detained immigrants sue over conditions, medical care

Immigrants held in U.S. detention facilities filed a lawsuit Monday demanding adequate medical care and treatment and accommodations for disabilities.


NYPD fires officer for 2014 death of Eric Garner

After five years of investigations and protests, the New York City Police Department on Monday fired an officer involved in the 2014 chokehold death of the black man whose dying …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 19, 2019, 2:53 p.m.

Omar: Go to Israel, see ‘cruel reality of the occupation’

Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib sharply criticized Israel on Monday for denying them entry to the Jewish state and called on fellow members of Congress to visit while …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 19, 2019, 10:33 a.m.

Early Epstein accuser: Police could have stopped him in 1997

More than two decades before Jeffrey Epstein took his own life, a woman went into a California police station and filed one of the earliest sex-crime complaints against him: that …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 19, 2019, 10:51 a.m.

Trump dismisses worries of recession, says economy is strong

President Donald Trump dismissed concerns of recession on Sunday and offered an optimistic outlook for the economy after last week’s steep drop in the financial markets.


Trump dismisses worries of recession, says economy is strong

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. – President Donald Trump dismissed concerns of recession on Sunday and offered an optimistic outlook for the economy after last week’s steep drop in the financial markets. …


Odor advisory issued for Salton Sea area; hydrogen sulfide leads to rotten-egg smell

An odor advisory was issued Sunday for the Salton Sea area in Riverside County due to elevated levels of a gas that smells like rotten eggs, according to California air …


Getting shot by police is a leading cause of death for black men in America

Black men, boys 2.5 times more likely than white men and boys to die during an encounter with cops.


The real Brian Banks speaks out on prison injustice, reform

When Brian Banks’ home was a prison cell due to a crime he didn’t commit, he never imagined he would be the subject of a film. He was only concerned …


Evangelical Lutheran Church in America becomes nation’s first ‘sanctuary denomination’

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has become the first North American denomination to declare itself a sanctuary church, committed to supporting and sheltering migrants entering the country.


Java still a no-no for Mormons despite fancy coffee names

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued a warning to members that coffee is prohibited no matter how fancy the name and that vaping is banned despite …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019, 9:14 p.m.

Energized liberals fear Warren, Sanders can’t beat Trump

They want fundamental change: single-payer health care, debt-free college, environmental protections and the end of big money in politics. But as liberal voters size up the two leading candidates running …


California’s 113-month job growth ties record set in 1960s

California’s unemployment rate has again fallen to an historic low of 4.1% as the world’s fifth-largest economy continues to add jobs following the Great Recession.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019, 8:17 p.m.

Lawyer: Iranian supertanker captain no longer wants the job

A lawyer representing the captain of an Iranian supertanker caught in a diplomatic standoff says his client no longer wants to be in command of the ship


Recession signs worry Trump ahead of 2020

President Donald Trump has been warning of an economic crash if he loses reelection, but recession may be coming before that.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019, 8:20 p.m.

Mystery lung illness linked to vaping. Health officials investigating nearly 100 possible cases.

State and federal health officials are investigating almost 100 cases of mysterious lung illnesses linked to vaping and e-cigarette use in 14 states, many of them involving teens and young …


’Easy Rider’ star and writer Peter Fonda has died at age 79

‘Easy Rider’ writer and actor Peter Fonda, a key counter-culture figure, has died at 79


Governor’s initial is missing, so new bridge signs need fix

Roughly year-old signs for the new Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge are being patched over because his middle initial is missing


Medical examiner rules Epstein death a suicide by hanging

Jeffrey Epstein’s prison death has been confirmed a suicide by hanging, the medical examiner’s office said Friday


Pelosi: Gun action needed to ensure ‘domestic tranquility’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the country’s elected officials have a responsibility to “ensure domestic tranquility” and is calling on the Senate to return to work to vote on the …


California man convicted of torture of pot dispensary owner

A California man who previously escaped from jail and was on the run for a week was convicted of kidnapping and torturing a marijuana dispensary owner who he mistakenly believed …


Greenland to Trump: Thanks, but we’re not for sale

The government of Greenland says that it’s happy President Donald Trump has taken an interest in the nation, talking to aides and allies about buying the island for the U.S., …