US to pull all remaining diplomatic staff from Venezuela Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

WASHINGTON, (AFP) - The United States will withdraw all remaining diplomatic personnel from its embassy in Caracas as the crisis in Venezuela deepens, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said late Monday. The move worsens already tattered relations, with President Donald Trump having said he rules out..

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SMAP celebrates Grand Shiv Jayanti

Long Beach, CA: Shivaji Maharaj America Parivaar (SMAP) celebrated Grand Shiv Jayanti festival on Saturday, March 9th at Furjanick & Sandberg Auditorium Long Beach. The event started with an outdoor Unity March. A Dhol Tasha Pathak (team) comprised of fourteen performers, SMAP members,..

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Bill Shine resigns from White House communications post Saturday, March 9th, 2019

KEVIN FREKING, WASHINGTON, (AP) - Bill Shine, a former Fox News executive who took over as President Donald Trump's communications director last summer, exited the White House on Friday, the latest person to step away from a job that has become a revolving door within the turbulent West..

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U.S. job growth seen slowing in February after outsized gains Friday, March 8th, 2019

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. job growth likely slowed to a five-month low in February as the weather-related boost in the prior two months faded, workers became more scarce and tighter financial conditions began to weigh on the labor market. Still, the pace of hiring was probably strong enough to..

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Ex-NY mayor Bloomberg rules out run for US president in 2020 Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

NEW YORK, (AFP) - Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, the centrist billionaire Democrat who positioned himself as a potential challenger to Donald Trump, said Tuesday he would not run for president in 2020. "I believe I would defeat Donald Trump in a general election. But I am clear-eyed..

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US sanctions six Venezuelan security officials over blocking aid Friday, March 1st, 2019

WASHINGTON, (AFP) - The United States imposed sanctions Friday on six Venezuelan security officials for obstructing aid, which Washington had tried to force in as part of its effort to topple President Nicolas Maduro. The six include Major General Richard Jesus Lopez Vargas, the commanding general..

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Trump, Kim share smiles, dinner before nuke talks Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, FOSTER KLUG and DEB RIECHMANN, HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, leaders of two nations with a long history of hostility, opened their second summit Wednesday with smiles, hopeful talk and a friendly dinner that set the stage..

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Trump picks ambassador to Canada for UN post Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

By ZEKE MILLER and MATTHEW LEE, WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Friday that he has selected Kelly Craft, the U.S. ambassador to Canada, as his nominee to serve as the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Trump said in a pair of tweets that Craft “has done an..

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US debt hits record under Trump, Republicans mum Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

WASHINGTON, (AFP) - More massive than the US economy, the national debt hit a new record of $22 trillion under President Donald Trump but Republicans who traditionally rail against debt and deficits have remained mum. The sum of borrowing to cover chronic deficits as well as growing interest..

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Trump emergency declaration faces fights in the courts Saturday, February 16th, 2019

WASHINGTON, (AP) — Let the lawsuits begin. President Donald Trump declared a national emergency along the southern border and predicted his administration would end up defending it all the way to the Supreme Court. That might have been the only thing Trump said Friday that produced..

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Trump declares national emergency to build border wall

By ALAN FRAM, CATHERINE LUCEY and ZEKE MILLER, WASHINGTON (AP) — Battling with one branch of government and opening a new confrontation with another, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency Friday to fulfill his pledge to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Bypassing..

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Pelosi, Schumer rip Trump emergency declaration Friday, February 15th, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and border security (all times local): 11:25 a.m. Congress’ two top Democrats say they’ll use “every remedy available” to oppose President Donald Trump’s declaration of an emergency to shift billions of federal dollars into..

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Trump calls for end of resistance politics in State of Union Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

By JULIE PACE and CATHERINE LUCEY, WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a divided Congress for the first time, President Donald Trump on Tuesday called on Washington to reject “the politics of revenge, resistance and retribution.” He warned emboldened Democrats that “ridiculous partisan..

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Plane breaks apart over California neighborhood, 5 killed Monday, February 4th, 2019

YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) — Five people died and two were injured after a small plane apparently came apart Sunday over a suburban Southern California neighborhood, raining debris on streets and backyards and igniting a house fire, authorities said. Four people in the house that burned in the..

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American living in Mexico shot dead Sunday, February 3rd, 2019

ACAPULCO, Mexico, (AFP) - An American man was shot dead in the Mexican resort town of Acapulco, Guerrero state officials said Saturday, with local media reporting he was a supporter of legal medical marijuana. The prosecutor's office said the man -- named by local media as activist John Galton --..

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