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WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump traveled Thursday to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, for the arrival of the remains of two American soldiers who died in Afghanistan earlier this week. Chief Warrant Officer David Knadle, 33, of Texas and Chief Warrant Officer Kirk Fuchigami, 25 of Hawaii - were killed Wednesday in Logar Province when their helicopter crashed, the Pentagon said in a ...

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Former President Barack Obama on Thursday appealed to Democrats to "chill out" about their differences during the presidential nomination race and focus instead on beating President Donald Trump. "There will be differences," he said, but they are minor compared with "the ultimate goal, which is to defeat a president and a party that has, I think, taken a sharp turn away from a lot of the core ...

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NEW YORK - It's been more than 14 years since Natalee Holloway's mysterious disappearance in Aruba made international headlines and left her family and friends heartbroken. But even though the prime suspect in the case, Joran van der Sloot, has never been charged in her death, Holloway's mother has no doubt he killed the high school grad. "He's a monster," Beth Holloway told ABC News' "20/20." ...

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CHICAGO - An Illinois judge took the rare step Thursday of declaring a Kankakee man innocent of murder after the state's attorney agreed the man had spent nearly two decades in prison for a crime he didn't commit. Judge Michael Sabol granted Terrence Haynes a certificate of innocence, a proclamation that signifies Haynes never should have been charged with the fatal shooting of Cezaire Murrell ...

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BOGOTA, Colombia - Protests in the Colombian capital of Bogota turned violent on Thursday, as people across the country took part in mostly peaceful rallies against liberal economic policies and armed conflict. President Ivan Duque's government had ramped up security measures ahead of the marches, in the fear that Colombia could join the violent protest wave sweeping other Latin American ...

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Deputies converged on convicted killer Markeith Loyd during a court hearing Thursday, after he jumped up from his seat and yelled expletives at a judge who told him to "watch his tone" while addressing a recent complaint he made against his attorney. "You watch your mother-(expletive) tone," Loyd replied to Circuit Judge Leticia Marques, before being escorted out of the ...

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WASHINGTON - Sen. Elizabeth Warren, trying to diversify her support, told an audience at a historically black university in Atlanta about the travails of black women fighting for equality since the Civil War and how her policies would address the scars of that past. Warren took the stage at Clark Atlanta University beside Rep. Ayanna Pressley, a black woman from Warren's home state of ...

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The impeachment hearings have given Americans a view into a world rarely seen beyond the Washington beltway and in foreign capitals, namely the work performed by U.S. diplomats and Foreign Service professionals. Much has rightly been made about the elaborate ways the White House sidelined, undermined and contradicted the work of the officials and diplomats charged with managing relations with ...

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HONG KONG - Impeachment proceedings have overshadowed another riveting drama half a world away: ongoing pro-democracy protests in this iconic city. Peaceful marches of millions of Hong Kong citizens have given way to violent student protests as Beijing continues to curb the city's freedoms. Meantime, an almost unanimous vote in Congress passed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act this ...

The new movie "The Report" is a powerful telling of the story of the Senate investigation into the horrors of the CIA's torture program and the fight to allow the public to see what the government had done in its name. Yet to this day, the full 6,700-page report produced by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence detailing the CIA's post-Sept. 11 program of detention, torture and other ...

Yosemite and most of the other national parks in California suffer from a malaise that would have sickened legendary conservationist John Muir, who reveled in Yosemite's awe-inspiring views, among many other pleasures. "Another glorious day," he wrote in 1911, "the air as delicious to the lungs as nectar to the tongue." More than a century later, California has nine national parks - the most ...

Republicans want to make it harder for kids to smoke, so now they're waiting on Donald Trump WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he expects "everybody" to support his bill raising the legal age for cigarette, e-cigarette and vaping product purchases from 18 to 21 - a major legislative priority for the Kentucky Republican. But McConnell has yet to receive a guarantee of ...

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Having been a finalist before for the Baseball Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award hasn't made Cubs radio voice Pat Hughes any less vulnerable to daydreams now that he's a contender again. "You try not to think about it, but it's like trying to keep the sun from coming up in the morning," Hughes said of the sport's high honor for broadcasters. "It's just impossible." There's plenty to distract ...

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WASHINGTON - Two weeks of public hearings in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump closed Thursday with a collective warning from witnesses: Russia is again trying to sow political discord in the U.S. and interfere in the presidential election in a repeat of its success in 2016. In marathon days of testimony, a dozen current and former officials recounted in vivid detail how ...

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LOS ANGELES - Every day, millions of Californians burn a planet-warming fossil fuel to cook dinner, stay warm or take a hot shower. Persuading people to stop using that fuel, natural gas, is shaping up to be the next act in California's war on climate change. And unlike the state's successful push to ditch coal - which mostly affected out-of-state mines and power plants, and was relatively ...

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DONNA, Texas - President Donald Trump promised during his campaign to "build the wall." But nearly three years later, the only new barrier erected along the 1,900-mile southwestern border stretches just 32 feet. The four steel and concrete panels were installed two weeks ago here in Texas, just east of this town of 17,000. Chad Wolf, the new acting secretary of Homeland Security, visited the ...

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Two of Colombia's top diplomats - caught in a moment of candor in a surreptitiously taped conversation - declared the U.S. State Department "destroyed" and said a Washington-backed effort to force humanitarian aid into Venezuela earlier this year was "a fiasco." Colombian newspaper Publimetro earlier this week released a 24-minute audio of Colombia's Ambassador to the U.S. Francisco Santos and ...

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LOS ANGELES - A Philippine Airlines flight headed to Manila made an emergency landing Thursday shortly after leaving Los Angeles International Airport after its right engine apparently started shooting flames. Philippine Airlines Flight 113, a Boeing 777, landed without further incident at LAX about 11:50 a.m. after its flight crew reported a right-engine problem on departure, according to the ...

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WASHINGTON - Lawyers for the House, citing the "rapidly advancing impeachment inquiry," urged the Supreme Court on Thursday to reject President Donald Trump's bid to shield his tax returns and financial records from congressional investigators. The new focus on impeachment came as the justices were set to meet Friday to decide how to proceed in two cases involving Trump's taxes. In both, ...

FORT WORTH, Texas - A 51-year-old Navy veteran whose body was found in a DeSoto apartment had been dead for about three years. A cause of death for Rodney Wayne White is pending toxicology reports and other tests. White was found dead last week on the kitchen floor of his apartment at DeSoto Town Center. DeSoto police found no evidence of foul play, according to Fort Worth Star-Telegram media ...

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LAS VEGAS - Andrew Yang was having lunch with eight recipients of his $1,000 monthly "Freedom Dividend" in a private poolside room inside the Bellagio hotel when one lucky winner offered up how he was pitching this unconventional presidential candidacy to friends. "He wants to be your sugar daddy!" said Chad Sziszak, a 30-year-old from Ponchatoula, La., who planned to put his stipend toward ...

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WASHINGTON - The former top Russia adviser at the White House at impeachment hearings Thursday criticized one of Rep. Devin Nunes' defenses of President Donald Trump, calling the congressman's repeated assertion that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election a "fictional narrative." "Some of you on this committee appear to believe that Russia and its security services did not conduct a campaign ...

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WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he expects "everybody" to support his bill raising the legal age for cigarette, e-cigarette and vaping product purchases from 18 to 21 - a major legislative priority for the Kentucky Republican. But McConnell has yet to receive a guarantee of support from President Donald Trump, who promised to make his position on tobacco sales and ...

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WASHINGTON - After five grueling days of public testimony by a dozen witnesses, evidence appeared overwhelming in the House impeachment inquiry Thursday that President Donald Trump directed a campaign to get Ukraine's leader to investigate Democrats in exchange for an Oval Office meeting. But as Congress left for a long Thanksgiving break, there was no sign that the damaging testimony had ...

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration said Thursday it will sue the Trump administration over its efforts to push more water through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, saying the federal plan would harm the estuary and the fragile fish populations that live there. In a 610-page environmental report, Newsom's administration said the plan by President Donald Trump - ...

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When The Baltimore Sun broke news this spring that Mayor Catherine Pugh had sold hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of her poorly written "Healthy Holly" children's books to the University of Maryland Medical System, on whose board she sat, she dismissed questions as part of a "witch hunt" and suggested she was an open book with nothing to hide. But as more such sales were revealed and ...

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SAN DIEGO - Just as the Death Star exploded into stardust in the movie "Return of the Jedi," the popular Star Wars attraction at Legoland California will also soon evaporate. Jan. 6 is the last day visitors at the Carlsbad theme park will be able to tour Star Wars Miniland, an extensive outdoor collection of more than 2,000 Lego brick models inspired by the Star Wars film canon. Along with the ...

Twenty-two years after two women were sexually assaulted in Alameda County, Calif., officials have identified a suspect in the cases using DNA evidence collected from a Baskin-Robbins spoon. Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley announced this week that multiple felony sexual assault charges had been filed against Gregory Paul Vien, 60, of Livermore, Calif. "For over 20 years, the ...

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SAN DIEGO - The Trump administration's controversial asylum policy, Migrant Protection Protocols, faces mounting criticism from Senate and House representatives concerned by reports that migrants in the program have been robbed, beaten and sexually assaulted in Mexico. The program, commonly known as Remain in Mexico, forces asylum seekers to wait for their immigration court cases in Mexico. ...

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Four phone companies will have to turn over eight years of cellphone records for National Football League team owners and other top league brass as part of a lawsuit over the Rams moving from St. Louis to Los Angeles. The Missouri Supreme Court earlier this week dismissed an attempt by the owners to block a subpoena by attorneys for St. Louis asking for the records, which ...

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump traveled Thursday to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, for the arrival of the remains of two American soldiers who died in Afghanistan earlier this week. Chief Warrant Officer David Knadle, 33, of Texas and Chief Warrant Officer Kirk Fuchigami, 25 of Hawaii - were killed Wednesday in Logar Province when their helicopter crashed, the Pentagon said in a ...

Former President Barack Obama on Thursday appealed to Democrats to "chill out" about their differences during the presidential nomination race and focus instead on beating President Donald Trump. "There will be differences," he said, but they are minor compared with "the ultimate goal, which is to defeat a president and a party that has, I think, taken a sharp turn away from a lot of the core ...

NEW YORK - It's been more than 14 years since Natalee Holloway's mysterious disappearance in Aruba made international headlines and left her family and friends heartbroken. But even though the prime suspect in the case, Joran van der Sloot, has never been charged in her death, Holloway's mother has no doubt he killed the high school grad. "He's a monster," Beth Holloway told ABC News' "20/20." ...

CHICAGO - An Illinois judge took the rare step Thursday of declaring a Kankakee man innocent of murder after the state's attorney agreed the man had spent nearly two decades in prison for a crime he didn't commit. Judge Michael Sabol granted Terrence Haynes a certificate of innocence, a proclamation that signifies Haynes never should have been charged with the fatal shooting of Cezaire Murrell ...