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SAN DIEGO - A Spring Valley man who authorities say recorded himself practicing carrying out a mass shooting from a downtown San Diego hotel room was charged with several felonies Monday, including illegal weapons possession. The charges against Steve Homoki do not specifically arise from two short video recordings, made in March and uploaded online in September. The two YouTube videos show a ...

Comcast customers can see Starz for a little longer as the cable giant has decided to keep the premium channel in its TV packages until at least the end of the month. The Philadelphia-based company had planned to remove Starz from all packages and drop 11 Starz and Encore channels on Tuesday as the cable giant battles the network over how much it pays to carry Starz content. On Monday, Comcast ...

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BALTIMORE - A Maryland law aimed at extending the state's campaign finance oversight into online political ads goes too far, a federal appeals court has ruled. The Online Electioneering Transparency and Accountability Act, passed in 2018, would require newspapers and other media platforms to publish information on their websites about the political ads they display. The state law followed ...

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LOS ANGELES - California's Salinas Valley is grappling with a new outbreak of E. coli contamination linked to packaged salads. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that the latest multistate outbreak, which sickened eight people in upper-Midwest states and 16 in Canada, involves a different E. coli strain than the one involved in a previous set of illnesses announced ...

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When Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, she was hailed as an imprisoned martyr dedicated to bringing democracy and human rights to a country that for decades had withered under a brutal military junta. Now, as Myanmar's de facto leader, she is set to face her European peers, defending her country in The Hague on the charge of genocide. On Tuesday, the International ...

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Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has imported into the American military lexicon a new rationale for U.S. military actions in the Middle East. It's called "mowing the lawn," but it has nothing to do with keeping the grass trimmed. "To mow the lawn," Esper recently remarked to reporters, "means, every now and then" giving your adversary a good, swift kick in the shins. "You have to do these ...

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Even as Washington is mired in political infighting, we have to admit that Texas Rep. Bill Flores has a point when he said last week, "The best thing that the folks in this Capitol building can do is to give the American people the USMCA as a Christmas present." Flores, along with a bipartisan group of 16 other members of Congress from Texas, held a news conference last week outside the U.S. ...

Social media is indispensable to many foreign documentary filmmakers. It is the way they connect with the subjects of their films, research the stories they are telling and share their work with global audiences. But the Trump administration's new visa application requirements are now leaving these filmmakers with little choice but to censor their online speech if they ever want to be able to ...

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SAN DIEGO - Tommy Pham effectively passed a series of physicals this weekend, but the Padres' trade for the outfielder remains in limbo due to the team's lingering concerns over the health of his elbow. "We're still working through some final details but hope to have some clarity on that in the next 24 hours," General Manager A.J. Preller said. "... When we made the trade, we made the trade ...

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As many as 13 people may have died following a volcanic eruption on New Zealand's White Island, while dozens more were injured after two explosions that sent a plume of white smoke and ash burst thousands of yards into the air. Five people are confirmed dead and eight are missing and presumed dead after the eruption Monday, police said early Tuesday. Another 31 people were being treated at ...

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - At least 18 officers, the majority of them from Miami-Dade Police, fired their guns Thursday afternoon as jewelry store robbers shot at them, Rod Skirvin, the president for the Broward County Police Benevolent Association, said Monday. Officers chased a hijacked UPS truck from Coral Gables to Miramar after the robbers held up a Regent Jewelers on Miracle Mile in Coral ...

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PHILADELPHIA - A star of the local addiction recovery scene - who emerged from crippling opioid dependence to launch a successful chain of Philadelphia-area rehab centers - has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after admitting he illegally profited from the struggles of the patients he had pledged to help. Joseph Lubowitz, former CEO of Humble Beginnings Recovery Centers in Willow Grove ...

Supreme Court rejects challenge to Kentucky's 'informed consent' abortion law WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court left intact a Kentucky law that forces doctors who perform abortions to first show the woman an ultrasound and give her a detailed description of the fetus, even if she doesn't want to listen. The justices, without comment Monday, rejected an appeal by the state's only abortion ...

WASHINGTON - The Bush political dynasty is on the march again. In suburban Houston, Pierce Bush, grandson and nephew of presidents, jumped into the race Monday for an open seat where GOP Rep. Pete Olson is retiring – a race that has attracted more candidates than any other in the country. Bush, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star, is the grandson of the late President George H.W. Bush ...

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DETROIT - In the first eight days of legal weed sales, $1.6 million of recreational marijuana was sold at the five retail shops open around the state. And three of those shops either sold out or had limited supplies of cannabis products. The sales from Dec.1-8 totaled $1,629,007 and brought in $162,900 from the 10% state excise tax and $107,514 from the 6% state sales tax. The state House ...

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WASHINGTON - On a trip to Iran a decade ago, former Rep. Jim Slattery exchanged a "Rock Chalk, Jayhawk" cheer with an Iranian official who had attended the University of Kansas and remembered Slattery's time as a Democratic congressman from the state. Slattery struck up a friendship with Majid Takht-Ravanchi, now Iran's ambassador to the United Nations, based on their Kansas ties. This ...

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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg was freed Monday from a confidentiality pact that barred him from publicly identifying the clients of a controversial management consulting firm that employed him a decade ago. The mayor of South Bend, Ind., was facing growing pressure from Democratic rival Elizabeth Warren and others to reveal specifics of the work he performed for McKinsey & ...

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WASHINGTON - The Justice Department's internal watchdog sharply criticized the FBI on Monday for its clandestine surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser suspected of working with Russian intelligence, describing a systematic breakdown and numerous errors in a politically charged investigation during a presidential campaign. Inspector General Michael Horowitz said his investigators ...

Rankings for hardcover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected bookstores: ___ Nonfiction ___ 1. "A Warning," by Anonymous (Twelve: $30) A behind-the-scenes expose of the Trump administration. 2. "Talking to Strangers," by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown: $30) Examples of miscommunication explain potential conflicts and misunderstandings. 3. "The Truth Will Set You Free," by ...

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WASHINGTON - Jared Kushner will travel to Mexico on Tuesday to finalize talks over a revised North American trade pact after reaching a tentative agreement with Republican and Democratic lawmakers to ratify its passage, two administration officials told McClatchy. Kushner, son-in-law and senior adviser to President Donald Trump, will travel with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, who ...

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WASHINGTON - An Office of Congressional Ethics report released Monday shows in detail how Duncan Hunter's campaign committee spent money on a range of personal expenses, including flights for a pet bunny rabbit, NFL Red Zone, Jack in the Box, Starbucks and family trips to Italy and Hawaii. The OCE report was released by the House Ethics Committee, a panel that will lose its jurisdiction over ...

WASHINGTON - Google asked the government to eliminate rules that categorize anyone watching "child-directed" content online as under 13 while regulators revamp privacy regulations that could have a sweeping impact on the company's YouTube video service. The Alphabet Inc. unit filed comments with the Federal Trade Commission on Monday as the agency considers changing its rules under the ...

ViacomCBS is exploring the sale of the historic CBS headquarters known as 'Black Rock' in midtown Manhattan. ViacomCBS Chief Executive Bob Bakish revealed the plan Monday during his appearance at the UBS Global TMT Conference in New York. Bakish said a Black Rock sale was one of a number of real estate transactions the company will look it with the recombination of Viacom and CBS that was ...

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Ever stop to contemplate how different life was before computers and smartphones? How inefficient and complicated those days seemed? Here's another thankfully distant memory: high inflation. Back in the 1970s that paycheck you earned began to dissolve in your fingers the moment you received it because prices constantly rose. Maybe you got a pay raise, but all it did was keep you from slipping ...

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LOS ANGELES - A Newport Beach woman has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, admitting she plotted with William "Rick" Singer, the consultant at the center of the college admissions scandal, to have an employee take online classes for her son and submit them to Georgetown. Karen Littlefair will plead guilty by Jan. 17 to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, ...

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WASHINGTON - Congressional leaders wrestled with a host of unresolved issues kicked upstairs after a productive weekend of spending talks, ranging from border wall construction to unrelated riders such as surprise medical billing and satellite television legislation. Wall funding has been the major impediment to a spending deal. Sources familiar with the talks said negotiators were moving ...

DALLAS — La fila de pacientes comienza mucho antes del amanecer, a las 4 a.m. en la Clínica Ágape en Old East Dallas. Sus problemas son numerosos. Nadie será excluido por falta de dinero. Un paciente adolescente llegó a la clínica peligrosamente cerca del shock, reportando a los médicos que un oficial fronterizo confiscó su insulina cuando regresaba de México. Otro, un niño pequeño, tenía una ...

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CHICAGO - Bears inside linebacker Roquan Smith's second season had been on the upswing when he left Thursday's victory over the Cowboys with a pectoral injury. The 2018 first-round pick overcame a personal issue and a midseason slump to put together some of his best football over the last few weeks, including a Thanksgiving performance against the Lions in which he recorded 16 tackles and two ...

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One sexual assault is too many. So Uber's study released Thursday, showing that 3,045 sexual assaults were reported during its rides in the United States last year, was disconcerting. The market didn't react kindly, driving down the price of Uber stock by nearly 3% on Friday. And critics of the San Francisco-based ride-hailing app are likely to jump on Uber's new data. But before they do, they ...

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AUSTIN, Texas - An employee at a South Austin Taco Bell is accused of swinging a machete at a customer in the drive-through lane over the weekend, according to court documents. Austin police have charged the worker, 21-year-old Samuel Hemmit, with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was in the Travis County Correctional Complex on Monday with bail set at $15,000, jail records showed. ...