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Nation at Los Angeles Times

Sunday, Nov 19

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2 months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico struggles to regain electricity and thousands flee the island

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The lights remain off in bustling cities and in small rural villages. Gas generators, the only alternative to the downed power lines that seem to be everywhere, continuously hum outside hospitals and bodegas. When night falls, it’s the…

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Trump changes mind on 3 UCLA students arrested in China: 'Should have left them in jail!'

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President Trump complained Sunday that the father of one of the three UCLA basketball players who were arrested in China for shoplifting had played down his role in winning their release, and that he therefore should not have interceded…

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Strong economy boosts Trump among otherwise skeptical voters

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In 2016, the U.S. economy served as a punching bag for then-candidate Donald Trump. Today, it has become a lifeline for an otherwise embattled presidency.

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7 Chicago officers given desk duty as cases linked to corrupt ex-cop are reviewed

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Seven Chicago police officers who were once part of a crew led by a corrupt sergeant have been removed from their street duties while their conduct years ago is investigated.

Saturday, Nov 18

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Trump administration updates demands as NAFTA talks continue

President Trump’s top trade official has issued new objectives for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement — including some likely to irk Canada and Mexico, as well as the U.S. recording industry and other major business…

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After backlash, Trump says he will postpone plan to allow elephant trophy imports

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In a surprise move, the Trump administration will suspend its recent decision to allow hunters to bring elephant trophies back to the U.S. from parts of southern Africa, President Trump announced Friday night on Twitter.

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Al Franken photo is 'really bad,' says Trump, but president remains silent about Roy Moore allegations

President Trump has steadfastly refused to answer questions about Roy Moore, the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama accused of molesting a teenage girl and making advances on others decades ago. Yet mere hours after a radio broadcaster…

Congressional critics slam State Department as rudderless

When Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made his first official trip to Myanmar on Wednesday, he did not describe the country’s brutal military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims as ethnic cleansing, as other diplomats have done.

Friday, Nov 17

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For Republicans in upscale Alabama suburbs, Roy Moore presents a conundrum

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Roy Moore, the 70-year-old former chief justice of Alabama, was not Ellen Tipton’s ideal candidate for the U.S. Senate.

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Donald Trump Jr.'s 2016 trip to Paris for lunch with Moscow-linked couple remains a puzzle

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Shortly before last year’s presidential election, Donald Trump Jr. flew to France for lunch at the Hotel Ritz Paris with a Syrian peace activist, who says she meets regularly with Russian officials, and her French husband, who nominated…

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Congress and Trump will try jamming a year of work into a month

The House, the Senate and President Trump are all about to leave Washington for a Thanksgiving break — members of Congress to their districts, the president to his Mar-a-Lago resort.

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DACA negotiations slow as Trump demands more than Democrats will give

Bipartisan negotiations over protecting so-called Dreamers from deportation have stalled over demands from President Trump and Republican lawmakers that any new law also include tougher measures on legal and illegal immigration.

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Trump, who has avoided talk of Roy Moore allegations, weighs in on accusations against Al Franken

Sen. Al Franken apologized Thursday after a Los Angeles radio show anchor said that he had forcibly kissed her and later groped her on a 2006 USO tour, and amid a blizzard of criticism said that he would “gladly cooperate” with a Senate…

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In rare mass exoneration, 15 drug cases tied to corrupt Chicago ex-cop are thrown out

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In the wake of the mass exoneration Thursday of 15 men, attorneys vowed to continue to review potentially hundreds of convictions tied to a corrupt former Chicago police sergeant and his crew.

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Judge declares mistrial in New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez's corruption trial

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In the first prosecution of a sitting U.S. senator in nearly a decade, a federal judge in Newark, N.J., declared a mistrial Thursday in the case against Robert Menendez, who was accused of trading political favors for trips and other gifts.

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Case against Libyan accused in 2012 Benghazi attacks goes to jury

The terrorism case against a Libyan militia leader accused of plotting the deadly Benghazi attacks concluded in a federal courtroom Thursday, with prosecutors depicting him as a “stone-cold terrorist” driven by a rage against Americans.

Does trophy hunting 'enhance survival of the species'? Trump administration policy allowing elephant trophies stirs debate

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Partially reversing an Obama-era ban, the Trump administration will now allow U.S. hunters to bring home the remains of elephants they’ve killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia in southern Africa.

Thursday, Nov 16

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House passes its tax reform plan as Senate version comes under new attack

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House Republicans approved their sweeping tax-cut package Thursday, setting up a showdown with the Senate, where Republicans are struggling to win support for their own significantly different approach.

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Obamacare 101: Will the GOP tax bill force big Medicare cuts?

As congressional Republicans move forward with their tax legislation, there are growing concerns that the costs, which are projected to increase the deficit by $1.5 trillion over the next decade, will force a host of big cuts in government…

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Defiant Roy Moore gets reprieve — both Trump and Alabama GOP say voters should decide

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Roy Moore won a reprieve in his struggle to survive as a U.S. Senate candidate Thursday when the Alabama Republican Party affirmed it would continue backing him despite allegations that he sexually assaulted teenagers.

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Trump's environmental rollbacks hit California hard, despite Sacramento's resistance

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When 50,000 acre-feet of water went gushing out of the Sacramento River last month, it fast became a test of California’s ability to protect its environmental policies from an increasingly hostile Trump administration.

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Roy Moore challenges woman's claim of sexual assault as a new groping charge surfaces

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Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama sought Wednesday to discredit a woman’s accusation that he sexually assaulted her when she was 16, suggesting that what looks like his signature on her high school yearbook is a forgery.

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So what's behind the recent fraternity hazing incidents on college campuses nationwide?

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In recent weeks, a rash of fraternity hazing deaths have taken place from Pennsylvania to Texas. Why does this continue to happen on college campuses?

Trump proclaims success of his Asia trip but cites no major breakthroughs

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President Trump on Wednesday proclaimed “the tremendous success” of his five-nation tour of Asia, but his message was undermined by the lack of significant accomplishments he could point to from the trip.

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Senate tax bill ditches stock option change after outcry from tech start-ups

A revised Senate tax bill has ditched a change in the treatment of stock options after an outcry from technology start-ups.

The Roy Moore controversy is a thorny issue for Alabama Baptists

When Kenneth Frost, a Baptist deacon, first heard that a woman had accused Roy Moore of sexual abuse, he was skeptical. Not only did the allegation stem from nearly 40 years ago, but Moore — a figure he admires and believes to be a man of…

Wednesday, Nov 15

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Some GOP senators raising doubts about revised Republican tax overhaul

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A gambit by Senate Republicans to make a large corporate tax cut permanent by having benefits for individuals expire at the end of 2025 created new problems for the legislation Wednesday as lawmakers were still grappling with the…

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Richard Cordray is resigning as Consumer Financial Protection Bureau chief

The nation’s top consumer financial watchdog will step down this month, sparking concern from advocacy groups — and relief from financial firms — that the federal agency he has led since 2012 will soon be much friendlier to the industry it…

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Republicans consider expelling Roy Moore if he does win a Senate seat — a rare and severe punishment

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Expulsion from the U.S. Senate is rare, but Roy Moore’s refusal to drop his run for an Alabama seat amid sexual assault allegations has led fellow Republicans to suggest kicking him out of Congress before the election even takes place.

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Prosecutor describes tense, armed standoff at Cliven Bundy ranch: ‘We were outgunned’

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Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his sons repeatedly violated court orders to remove their cattle from public land while inciting and escalating an armed standoff with government agents near their Bunkerville ranch more than three years ago…