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Obama deploys troops to South Sudan

Wed, 2016-07-13 13:12

President Obama notified Congress Wednesday that he has deployed more than 200 U.S. troops to South Sudan to protect U.S. embassy staff who are facing a "deteriorating security situation."

The first 47 troops arrived in Juba, South Sudan, Tuesday "to support the security of U.S. personnel, and our embassy," supported ...

NY to pay citizenship application fee for 2,000 immigrants

Wed, 2016-07-13 11:48

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state will cover the application fee for U.S. citizenship for an estimated 2,000 low-income immigrants, with winners to be selected by a lottery, state officials announced Wednesday.

The drawing is an effort to help those immigrants who cannot easily afford the existing $680 fee ...

Dallas sniper attack recalls 1973 slayings in New Orleans

Wed, 2016-07-13 11:44

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The gunman was a black former military man who targeted white police at a time of social unrest. The chaos and confusion led authorities to conclude there must be more than one shooter. When it was over, a major city mourned five dead officers.

Last week's ...

White House laughs off Ruth Bader Ginsburg's comments on Donald Trump

Wed, 2016-07-13 10:37

The White House dismissed with a joke Wednesday the incendiary comments by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg about Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

"She didn't earn the nickname 'the notorious RBG' for nothing," said White House press secretary Josh Earnest.

But Mr. Earnest said he wouldn't comment ...

Hillary Clinton: Trump a threat to democracy and has ruined 'party of Lincoln'

Wed, 2016-07-13 10:36

Speaking in the spot where Abraham Lincoln gave his famous "house divided" speech, Hillary Clinton on Wednesday called Republican Donald Trump a legitimate threat to democracy and said the billionaire has forever tarnished the GOP, turning it from the "party of Lincoln" to the "party of Trump."

At the old ...

Latest polling shows Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump shakeup in swing states

Wed, 2016-07-13 10:33

The presidential polling picture grew more complicated Wednesday with surveys showing drastically different results in Pennsylvania, underscoring the unpredictability of the campaign.

A Marist-NBC-Wall Street Journal survey gives likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton a 9-point lead over Republican candidate Donald Trump. Just hours earlier, a Quinnipiac Poll showed Mr. Trump ...

Hillary Clinton takes substantial lead in Colorado polling

Wed, 2016-07-13 10:16

Hillary Clinton holds a substantial 48-35 lead over Donald Trump in a new Monmouth University Poll of voters in Colorado, where the GOP candidate is still struggling to unify his own party base.

Mrs. Clinton is winning 93 percent of self-identified Democrats, compared to just 78 percent of Republicans who ...

Officials: BYU police records not public under state law

Wed, 2016-07-13 09:04

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah public records officials say Brigham Young University's police department is not a public institution and its records do not have to be released under the state open records law.

The Salt Lake Tribune requested emails from BYU's police department and departments in the Mormon ...

California Editorial Roundup

Wed, 2016-07-13 09:04

July 11

East Bay Times on gun laws:

The Dallas shootings give Californians reason to take a closer look at the six new gun control bills signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on July 1.

They won't make us instantly safer. But they are a good step in what ...

Senate advances bill to tackle opioid addiction

Wed, 2016-07-13 08:56

A long-awaited bill to combat the prescription painkiller and heroin epidemic breezed through a Senate test vote Wednesday, clearing the way for final passage and President Obama's signature.

Senators voted 90-2 to advance the bipartisan effort after months of negotiations that hinged on Democratic demands for hundreds of millions in ...

Evan Bayh officially announces U.S. Senate run in Indiana

Wed, 2016-07-13 07:49

Former Sen. Evan Bayh officially announced Wednesday he will run for U.S. Senate in Indiana, two days after Democratic Rep. Baron Hill announced he was bowing out of the race.

"With the challenges facing Indiana and our country, I can no longer sit on the sidelines and watch as partisan ...

Donald Trump visits Mike Pence at home amid VP talk

Wed, 2016-07-13 07:33

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump met with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Wednesday morning at Mr. Pence's home in Indianapolis, amid speculation that Mr. Trump could soon announce Mr. Pence as his running mate.

Also at the meeting were Mr. Trump's children and his son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Mr. Pence appeared ...

Open carry law will be upheld during Republican convention

Wed, 2016-07-13 07:19

CLEVELAND (AP) - Cleveland's police chief said Wednesday that while he'd prefer that people not openly carry firearms during next week's Republican National Convention in the city, state law allows for it and police will do everything possible to keep everyone safe.

"I'm bound to uphold the law in the ...

Obama files new trade complaint against China with WTO

Wed, 2016-07-13 07:17

In a move that could impact the presidential campaign, the Obama administration leveled a new trade complaint against China Wednesday at the World Trade Organization, accusing Beijing of failing to eliminate export duties on nine raw materials.

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the export duties "provide an unfair competitive ...

Indiana high court rejects rehearing in lawmaker emails case

Wed, 2016-07-13 07:12

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indiana Supreme Court has declined to rehear a case that sought to force lawmakers to release their email correspondence with lobbying groups and businesses.

Tuesday's order denied a request by consumer advocates for a rehearing following an April ruling that lawmakers can ignore public record requests ...

Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by 3 points nationally: poll

Wed, 2016-07-13 06:36

Donald Trump has closed the gap to within 3 points of Hillary Clinton in a national poll released Wednesday, as Mrs. Clinton continues to deal with fallout from the controversy over her private email server.

Mrs. Clinton held a 3-point, 42 percent to 39 percent, lead over Mr. Trump in ...

Bruce Ash, RNC official, suggests support for anti-Trump effort is overblown

Wed, 2016-07-13 06:25

The chairman of the GOP's standing committee on rules said Wednesday he suspects the level of support for the stop-Trump movement is softer than the New York billionaire's opponents would suggest.

In a last-ditch effort to derail Donald Trump from capturing the nomination at the Republican National Convention next week, ...

Obama hosts meeting with police, civil-rights leaders

Wed, 2016-07-13 06:16

President Obama hosts a meeting at the White House Wednesday to seek common ground between police and civil-rights leaders, a day after he spoke out in support of black protesters at a memorial service for five slain police officers in Dallas.

Mr. Obama said the purpose of the meeting is ...

Tom Cotton says he plans to speak at GOP convention

Wed, 2016-07-13 05:56

Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas said on Wednesday he plans to be speaking at the Republican National Convention next week in Cleveland.

"We're waiting to nail down the final date and time, but I look forward to talking about our military and our veterans and what we need to do ...

Some Texas legislators criticize use of emergency leave

Wed, 2016-07-13 05:52

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Some Texas legislators have criticized giving ex-state workers weeks or months of emergency leave pay in place of severance pay or as settlements.

The House Committee on General Investigating & Ethics met Tuesday in Austin amid efforts to draft legislation to ban such practices that benefit ...

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