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Pakistan's ex-premier Nawaz Sharif indicted on corruption charges

A Pakistani court on Thursday indicted former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as well as his daughter and son-in-law on corruption charges stemming from documents leaked from a Panama law firm. A lawyer for the 67-year-old Sharif, who is currently in London, where his wife is receiving medical ...

Spain ready to revoke Catalan autonomy amid independence bid

Spain's government on Thursday immediately rejected a threat by Catalonia's leader to declare independence unless talks are held, calling a special Cabinet session for the weekend to activate measures to take control of the region's semi-autonomous powers. Catalan president Carles ...

Ex-Oklahoma police officer convicted in shooting death of daughter's black boyfriend

A white former Oklahoma police officer was convicted of first-degree manslaughter in the off-duty fatal shooting of his daughter's black boyfriend after jurors in three previous trials couldn't decide whether to find him guilty of murder. Jurors deliberated about six hours Wednesday night before...

Solace or silence? Not all families of fallen got a call from President Trump

Some got sympathy and solace. Some got silence. One got a promise of cash. Relatives of people who died in military service have recounted varied interactions with President Donald Trump in the difficult days and weeks after their loved one's death. Despite Trump's boast that he reaches out ...

It was Bob and Harvey Weinstein against the world. Then they turned on each other.

For the Weinsteins, it had always been Bob and Harvey against the world. In 1979, the twenty-something rock promoters brought their unpolished demeanor, fast-talking style, and rough negotiating tactics to the movie business, naming their new film production company after their parents, Miriam...

'Shrinking, shrinking, shrinking': Puerto Rico faces demographic disaster as it struggles to rebuild

Long before the winds of Hurricane Maria reached Puerto Rico, another disaster had been wrenching and scattering the lives of island residents. During the decade before Maria, economic decline and depopulation, a slower-moving catastrophe, had been taking a staggering toll: The number of ...

White House wavers on sending Trump to demilitarized zone along North Korean border

It has become the ultimate symbol of American resolve against the threat of North Korea: a visit by the U.S. commander in chief to "freedom's frontier," the heavily guarded demilitarized zone that has separated the North and South for 64 years. Wearing bomber-style jackets, surrounded by military...

Russian Twitter account pretending to be Tennessee GOP fools celebrities, politicians

Russian operatives used a fake Twitter account that claimed to speak for Tennessee Republicans to convince American politicians, celebrities and journalists to share select content with their own massive lists of followers, two people familiar with the matter said. The list of prominent people...

California wildfires worsen housing crunch in famously costly Bay Area

Even before fire wiped out the home she rented for 17 years, Suzanne Finzell had thought about leaving this city on the edge of the San Francisco Bay Area because of rising prices. A spike in housing and other living costs had driven her friends to Nevada and Oregon. Now, Finzell wonders if that...

Texas execution of 'Tourniquet Killer' halted amid alleged confession scheme

A judge on Wednesday halted the execution of a man known as the Houston area's "Tourniquet Killer" so authorities can investigate an alleged scheme in which the inmate says a fellow death row prisoner asked him to confess to another killing. Anthony Allen Shore was scheduled to be given a lethal...

Trump promised $25,000 to a grieving military father in a phone call. The check hasn’t arrived.

President Donald Trump, in a personal phone call to a grieving military father, offered him $25,000 and said he would direct his staff to establish an online fundraiser for the family, but neither happened, the father said. Chris Baldridge, the father of Army Sgt. Dillon Baldridge, said that ...

Trump defends call that soldier's grieving family says showed 'disrespect'

President Donald Trump emphatically rejected claims Wednesday that he was disrespectful to the grieving family of a slain soldier, as the firestorm he ignited over his assertions of empathy for American service members spread into a third contentious day. "I have proof," he insisted. The ...

Trump offered a grieving military father $25,000 in a call, but didn't follow through

President Donald Trump, in a personal phone call to a grieving military father, offered him $25,000 and said he would direct his staff to establish an online fundraiser for the family, but neither happened, the father said. Chris Baldridge, the father of Army Cpl. Dillon Baldridge, told The ...

Man suspected of shooting six people - three fatally - in Maryland, Delaware taken into custody

A man suspected in a workplace shooting in Harford County that killed three people and critically injured two others was in custody Wednesday night after a multi-state manhunt. State and federal authorities located Radee L. Prince, 37, late Wednesday, the Harford sheriff’s office confirmed. ...

Republican, Democratic senators push health deal as Trump keeps distance

The authors of a bipartisan plan to calm health insurance markets said Wednesday they'll push the proposal forward, even as President Donald Trump's stance ricocheted from supportive to disdainful to arm's-length and the plan's fate teetered. "If something can happen, that's fine," Trump told ...

Fact check: Are insurers 'enriched' by Obama health law, as Trump says?

President Donald Trump says health insurers have been "enriched" by President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. So why are companies pulling back from the law's insurance marketplaces? __ TRUMP: "I won't do anything to enrich the insurance companies because right now the insurance companies are...

GOP tax plan allows corporations to keep tax break lost by millions of Americans

Millions of Americans would lose a prized tax break under President Donald Trump's sweeping revamp of the tax code, but corporations would get to keep it. The Republican proposal would eliminate the federal deduction for state and local taxes, a widely popular break used by some 44 million ...

Sessions tells Senate he will not discuss conversations with Trump about Comey firing

Attorney General Jeff Sessions repeatedly insisted Wednesday that his private talks with President Donald Trump were off-limits to lawmakers - infuriating Democrats who for months have sought details of how the FBI director was fired amid a probe into Russia election interference. During a ...

Obama campaigning in Virginia, New Jersey, as he returns to political life

Former President Barack Obama is stepping back into the political spotlight for the first time since leaving the White House, publicly stumping for Democratic gubernatorial candidates in Virginia and New Jersey in preparation for this fall's elections. Unlike more low-key appearances earlier this...

Puerto Rico governor and Trump to meet at White House

The White House says President Donald Trump and Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosello will meet Thursday to discuss the recovery and rebuilding effort on the island after it was ravaged by back-to-back hurricanes. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Rosello will visit the White ...

Federal judge orders Trump administration to allow abortion for pregnant, undocumented teen

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the U.S. government to allow an undocumented teenager in their custody to have an abortion, after saying she was "astounded" the Trump administration was trying to prevent the procedure. Lawyers for Attorney General Jeff Sessions signaled to U.S. District ...

Man convicted of plotting to behead blogger for Islamic State group

A man who authorities say fell under the influence of the Islamic State group was convicted Wednesday of plotting to behead a conservative American blogger for organizing a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest. Jurors found David Wright guilty of all charges, including conspiracy to provide material...

Mother of fallen soldier says Trump showed 'disrespect' to family

The mother of an Army sergeant killed in Niger said Wednesday that President Donald Trump, in a call offering condolences, showed "disrespect" to the soldier's loved ones as they drove to the airport to meet his body. Trump, engulfed in controversy over the appropriate way for presidents to show...

5 shot, 3 dead in Maryland business park shooting, gunman on the run, Harford sheriff says

A multi-state manhunt was continuing Wednesday for a man suspected in a workplace shooting in Harford County that killed three people and critically injured two others, and who is believed to have later shot another person in Delaware. State and federal authorities are searching for Radee L. ...

Mike Pence's brother plans to run for Congress

Greg Pence, one of Mike Pence's older brothers, has filed a tax document indicating he will seek the eastern Indiana congressional seat that the vice president and former governor represented for 12 years. He formed the Greg Pence for Congress Committee on Monday, according to a ...

President Trump gives more mixed signals in bipartisan health deal

President Donald Trump sent more perplexing signals Wednesday about whether he backs a bipartisan Senate deal for steadying health insurance markets, saying he backs lawmakers' efforts to strike that compromise but "can never support" federal bailouts for insurers. A chief sponsor of the ...

Man convicted of plotting to behead blogger for Islamic State group

A Massachusetts man was convicted Wednesday of plotting to behead conservative blogger Pamela Geller and kill other Americans on behalf of the Islamic State group. Jurors found David Wright guilty of all charges, including conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist...

Utah man will be tried for murder in girl's recorded suicide

A judge has ruled an 18-year-old Utah man accused of helping a friend kill herself and filming the act because he was fascinated with death should stand trial for murder. Judge James Brady in a ruling Tuesday called the case unusual but said Tyerell Przybycien should be tried on allegations that...

Trump says Comey knew he was going to exonerate Clinton

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to revive his long-standing complaint about the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation, alleging that then-Director James Comey had protected the Democratic presidential nominee by prematurely "exonerating" her before...

Gymnast McKayla Maroney alleges sexual abuse by team doctor

Two-time Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney says she was molested for years by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor, abuse she said started in her early teens and continued for the rest of her competitive career. Maroney posted a lengthy statement on Twitter early Wednesday that described the ...

Second judge rules against latest travel ban, saying Trump's own words show it was aimed at Muslims

A federal judge in Maryland early Wednesday issued a second halt on the latest version of President Donald Trump's travel ban, asserting that the president's own comments on the campaign trail and on Twitter convinced him that the directive was akin to an unconstitutional Muslim ban. U.S. ...

McKayla Maroney says USA Gymnastics team doctor began molesting her at the age of 13

Inspired to speak out by the burgeoning #MeToo movement, former Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney announced early Wednesday on Twitter that she had been molested by Larry Nassar, who pleaded guilty to federal child-pornography charges in June and has been accused by more than 100 women and...

Internal White House documents allege manufacturing decline increases abortions, infertility, and spousal abuse

White House officials working on trade policy were alarmed last month when a top adviser to President Donald Trump circulated a two-page document that alleged a weakened manufacturing sector leads to an increase in abortion, spousal abuse, divorce and infertility, two people familiar with the ...

Wounded casino security guard vanishes from Las Vegas — and surfaces on the set of 'Ellen'

The mystery is over: Las Vegas security guard Jesus Campos has been found. On the set of “Ellen.” On Wednesday, Ellen DeGeneres’ television talk show is expected to broadcast the much-anticipated first interview with the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino security guard, who was the first ...

U.S. Rep.: Trump says fallen soldier knew what he signed up for

President Donald Trump told the widow of a soldier killed in an ambush in Niger that her husband "knew what he signed up for," according to a Florida congresswoman who says she heard part of the conversation on speakerphone. Rep. Frederica Wilson said she was in the car with Myeshia Johnson on...

Up in smoke: Wildfires scorch California pot crop at harvest

Desperate to see if wildfires had damaged his farm, Marcos Morales gunned his four-wheel-drive station wagon along the hidden dirt roads that crisscross Sonoma County vineyards. After evading police roadblocks and passing vintners' well-tended pools and houses, he finally arrived to a ...

U.S.-backed Syrian fighters clearing war remnants in Raqqa

U.S.-backed forces fighting Islamic State militants in Syria were removing land mines and clearing main roads in Raqqa on Wednesday, a day after their commanders declared the city was under their control, a spokesman said. Mustafa Bali, spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, said...

Spanish premier urges Catalan secession leaders to back down

Spain's prime minister on Wednesday urged Catalonia's leaders to back down from their bid to gain independence for the region, a day before a central government deadline that could significantly deepen the country's political crisis. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has given Catalan president Carles...

Bipartisan deal on Obamacare subsidies stalls amid GOP opposition

Yet another last-ditch effort to tackle the nation's health care system stalled within hours of its release by a bipartisan pair of senators Tuesday, with President Donald Trump sending mixed signals and Republicans either declining to endorse the proposal or outright opposing it. The week began...

Roy Price resigns as Amazon Studios chief following sexual harassment allegation

Roy Price resigned as the head of Amazon Studios on Tuesday after an allegation that he had sexually harassed a television producer working on one of his shows. Price’s departure, confirmed by an Amazon Studios representative, comes less than a week after he was placed on unpaid leave ...

Free trade policies increase abortions, spousal abuse, White House document says

White House officials working on trade policy were alarmed last month when a top adviser to President Donald Trump circulated a two-page document that alleged a weakened manufacturing sector leads to an increase in abortion, spousal abuse, divorce and infertility, two people familiar with the ...

Former American hostage freed from Afghanistan rushed to hospital

Caitlan Coleman, an American rescued along with her family from five years of captivity in Afghanistan last week, had to be rushed to a hospital this week, her husband said. Joshua Boyle told The Associated Press in an email that his wife was admitted Monday. His email did not specify why she was...

Twelve days of silence, then a swipe at Obama: How Trump handled four dead soldiers

On Oct. 4, the day that four U.S. Special Forces soldiers were gunned down at the border of Niger and Mali in the deadliest combat incident since President Donald Trump took office, the commander in chief was lighting up Twitter with attacks on the "fake news" media. The next day, when the ...

Key senators reach bipartisan deal on Obamacare subsidies after Trump blocked them

Republican and Democratic senators joined in announcing a plan Tuesday aimed at stabilizing America's health insurance markets in the wake of President Donald Trump's order to terminate "Obamacare" subsidies. Trump himself spoke approvingly of the deal, but some conservatives denounced it as an...

Former American hostage freed from Afghanistan rushed to hospital

Caitlan Coleman, an American rescued along with her family from five years of captivity in Afghanistan last week, had to be rushed to a hospital this week, her husband said. Joshua Boyle said in an email that his wife was admitted Monday and remains hospitalized. He says his first concern is the...

Trump cites death of chief of staff's son to question if Obama did enough to honor fallen soldiers

President Donald Trump has pulled bereaved military families into a painful political fight of his own making, going so far Tuesday as to cite the death of his chief of staff's son in Afghanistan to question whether Barack Obama and other presidents did enough to honor the military dead. He's ...

Showrunner on Spike series 'The Mist' accuses Bob Weinstein of sexual harassment

Spike network is investigating reports of sexual harassment by the brother of disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein against the female showrunner of a series produced by The Weinstein Co. and aired on Spike. Amanda Segel, a former executive producer of the sci-fi series "The Mist," claims Bob ...

Key senators reach bipartisan deal on Obamacare subsidies after Trump blocked them

Republican and Democratic senators joined in announcing a plan Tuesday aimed at stabilizing America's health insurance markets in the wake of President Donald Trump's order to terminate Obamacare subsidies. Trump himself spoke approvingly of the deal, but some conservatives denounced it as an ...

Federal judge blocks Trump's third travel ban, setting up another legal showdown

A federal judge on Tuesday largely blocked the Trump administration from implementing the latest version of the president's controversial travel ban, setting up yet another legal showdown on the extent of the executive branch's powers when it comes to setting immigration policy. The decision from...

McCain endorses budget bill in win for GOP tax plan

Senate Republicans desperate to pass tax cuts as a way to salvage their deadlocked legislative agenda earned a series of much-needed victories Tuesday, raising GOP hopes of approving legislation this week that will lay the groundwork for rate cuts later. As President Donald Trump prepared to ...