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Judge Awards Minn. Sexual Assault Victim $17 Million in Damages
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Judge Awards Minn. Sexual Assault Victim $17 Million in Damages

Jared Scheierl knows he likely won’t ever see the $17 million awarded to him for the suffering he endured from a stranger’s sexual assault on a frozen night in Cold Spring, Minn., nearly 30 years ago. But that was never ... Read More

Former Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Pleads Guilty to Lying About Russia Hotel Project
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Former Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Pleads Guilty to Lying About Russia Hotel Project

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, admitted Thursday to concealing the extent of Trump’s efforts to develop a luxury hotel and condominium complex in Moscow during the 2016... Read More

Attorneys Argue Case of ‘Serial’ Subject Adnan Syed in Maryland’s Highest Court
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Attorneys Argue Case of ‘Serial’ Subject Adnan Syed in Maryland’s Highest Court

With Adnan Syed’s family and friends in the courtroom, attorneys argued before Maryland’s highest court Thursday about whether his murder conviction — thrown out by a lower court — should be reinstated. Syed was... Read More

2020 Elections
Moderate Cheri Bustos Elected to Lead House Democrats’ Re-Election Effort

Rep. Cheri Bustos, a moderate from the Midwest, will lead the Democrats’ campaign arm in the 2020 election and will be one of the few women in House leadership.The Illinois congresswoman was elected to lead the... Read More

Senate Defies Trump on Saudi Arabia, Advances Yemen Measure
Foreign Affairs
Senate Defies Trump on Saudi Arabia, Advances Yemen Measure

In a rebuke to the White House, the Senate cast a procedural vote Wednesday to advance a resolution that would cut off most U.S. military aid to Saudi Arabia’s war operations in Yemen. The Senate voted 63-37 to ... Read More

FEMA Trailers Have a Bad Name, But the Camp Fire Could Bring 2,000 to Paradise
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FEMA Trailers Have a Bad Name, But the Camp Fire Could Bring 2,000 to Paradise

FEMA trailers got such a bad name after Hurricane Katrina that a top federal official swore the agency would never use them again to house disaster survivors. But the humble trailers never completely disappeared — and could... Read More

Fewer People Signing Up for Affordable Care Act as Trump Pushes Other Options
Health
Fewer People Signing Up for Affordable Care Act as Trump Pushes Other Options

The market for “Obamacare” plans is shrinking but not collapsing, two years after President Donald Trump said not repealing the program would “destroy American health care forever.” More than halfway through the... Read More

Rep. Katherine Clark Elected House Democratic Caucus Vice Chair
Congress
Rep. Katherine Clark Elected House Democratic Caucus Vice Chair

Massachusetts Rep. Katherine M. Clark was elected House Democratic Caucus vice chair for the 116th Congress, handily beating California Rep. Pete Aguilar. The vote tally was 144-90. Clark’s election to the No. 6 leadership... Read More

In Health Insurance Wastelands, Rosier Options Crop Up for 2019
Health
In Health Insurance Wastelands, Rosier Options Crop Up for 2019

In recent years, places such as Memphis and Phoenix had withered into health insurance wastelands as insurers fled and premiums skyrocketed in the insurance marketplaces set up by the Affordable Care Act. Read More

Voting Rights Activists File Major Federal Lawsuit Against Georgia Election Officials
Voting
Voting Rights Activists File Major Federal Lawsuit Against Georgia Election Officials

Voting rights activists working with Democrat Stacey Abrams filed a sweeping federal lawsuit Tuesday against Georgia election officials, alleging they “grossly mismanaged” the recent midterm, depriving Georgia citizens — especially those of color — of their “fundamental right to vote.” Read More

Kentucky Gov. Bevin Plans to Move Ahead With Medicaid Changes, But Another Court Battle Is Likely
Health
Kentucky Gov. Bevin Plans to Move Ahead With Medicaid Changes, But Another Court Battle Is Likely

Kentucky now has federal approval to try again next April with a plan imposing 80-hour-a-month work requirements, premiums and monthly check-ins on several hundred thousand able-bodied adults enrolled in its $9.7 billion-a-year Medicaid program... Read More

Democrat TJ Cox Takes Lead Over Republican David Valadao in Last Remaining Undecided House Race
2018 Midterms
Democrat TJ Cox Takes Lead Over Republican David Valadao in Last Remaining Undecided House Race

Democrat TJ Cox moved ahead of Republican incumbent David Valadao on Monday to take the lead in the country’s sole remaining undecided congressional race, positioning Democrats to pick up a seventh House seat in California... Read More

GOP Rep. Mia Love Rips Trump in Concession Speech
2018 Midterms
GOP Rep. Mia Love Rips Trump in Concession Speech

Utah GOP Rep. Mia Love took a parting shot at President Donald Trump for living in a cynical world with “no real relationships, just convenient transactions” at her first news conference since her midterm election defeat nearly three weeks ago. Read More

A Man Claims He’s Killed at Least 90 Across the Country. It’s up to Police to Find the Truth
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A Man Claims He’s Killed at Least 90 Across the Country. It’s up to Police to Find the Truth

Sam Little had been arrested for murder at least twice in the 1980s. Both times, he walked away a free man. It would take three decades before DNA evidence would conclusively link him to the brutal strangulations of three... Read More

Population Growth Doesn’t Equal Wage Growth in These Cities
Economy
Population Growth Doesn’t Equal Wage Growth in These Cities

Since the beginning of the 21st century, Sun Belt cities have drawn flocks of new residents looking for warm weather, recreation and a low cost of living. But instead of creating widespread wealth, the influx has led to a proliferation... Read More

After ‘7 Minutes of Terror,’ NASA’s InSight Lander Has Touched Down on Mars
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After ‘7 Minutes of Terror,’ NASA’s InSight Lander Has Touched Down on Mars

The lander came in hot — at 12,300 miles per hour — before it slowed to a stop on the surface of a large Martian plain, ending its six-month journey from Earth. When NASA’s InSight lander stretched its legs on the Martian... Read More

House Democrats Plan to Investigate Trump’s Financial Ties to Saudi Arabia
Congress
House Democrats Plan to Investigate Trump’s Financial Ties to Saudi Arabia

Democrats will investigate whether President Donald Trump has financial ties with Saudi Arabia that colored his response to the killing of a U.S.-based journalist, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said. Read More

NASA’s Mars InSight Has Traveled 300 Million Miles. The Last One Will Be the Most Critical
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NASA’s Mars InSight Has Traveled 300 Million Miles. The Last One Will Be the Most Critical

On Sunday, about a dozen engineers and scientists gathered in the mission control room at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. They listened intently through headsets while training their eyes on a curving wall of monitors to follow the progress of ... Read More

Search for the Missing in Paradise Grows Desperate as California's Worst Fire Is Finally Contained
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Search for the Missing in Paradise Grows Desperate as California's Worst Fire Is Finally Contained

At the Ridgewood Mobile Home Park for senior citizens in Paradise on Sunday, more than 100 search and rescue workers in white jumpsuits and gas masks combed through the rubble with shovels and rakes. Read More

US-Mexico Crossing Closed Down for Hours After Migrants Rush Port of Entry in Chaotic Scene
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US-Mexico Crossing Closed Down for Hours After Migrants Rush Port of Entry in Chaotic Scene

Weeks of growing tensions in Tijuana, Mexico, over thousands of migrants who have poured in hoping to enter the United States boiled over Sunday when a group of them rushed the border, prompting U.S. Border Patrol agents to fire ... Read More

Trump Says He Ordered Mexican Border Closed and Authorized Lethal Force
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Trump Says He Ordered Mexican Border Closed and Authorized Lethal Force

President Donald Trump said Thursday that he signed an order to close the U.S. border with Mexico and authorized troops to use lethal force against migrants who attempt to enter the U.S. Read More

Texas Democrats Won 47 Percent of Votes in Congressional Races. Should They Have More Than 13 of 36 Seats?
Elections
Texas Democrats Won 47 Percent of Votes in Congressional Races. Should They Have More Than 13 of 36 Seats?

Texas Republicans collected half of the votes statewide in congressional races this month. But even after Democrats flipped two districts, toppling GOP veterans in Dallas and Houston, Republicans will control 23 of the state’s 36 seats. Read More

Trump’s Claim of Bias by New York AG Rejected in Foundation Suit
White House
Trump’s Claim of Bias by New York AG Rejected in Foundation Suit

President Donald Trump’s claim that a New York lawsuit against his personal charitable foundation was motivated by political bias of the state attorney general’s office was rejected by a judge. Read More

Just North of the US-Mexico Border, ‘Little Dog,’ ‘Weasel’ and Other Militia Members Keep an Eye Out for Migrants
Immigration
Just North of the US-Mexico Border, ‘Little Dog,’ ‘Weasel’ and Other Militia Members Keep an Eye Out for Migrants

Robert Crooks is up before sunrise on a hill he calls “Patriot Point,” walkie-talkie in hand and loaded semi-automatic handgun holstered on his right hip. Read More

Mysterious Egg on Ocean Floor Was Actually a Catshark, And It Was Moving, NOAA Says
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Mysterious Egg on Ocean Floor Was Actually a Catshark, And It Was Moving, NOAA Says

A mysterious “translucent egg case” found last week off an uninhabited island near Puerto Rico has been identified by NOAA explorers as something few scientists had seen. Read More

He Alerted People to the Thousand Oaks Shooting, Then Warned of the California Fires That Came Next
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He Alerted People to the Thousand Oaks Shooting, Then Warned of the California Fires That Came Next

For the last 10 years, the sound of police scanners has served as Thomas Gorden’s preferred soundtrack. He doesn’t pay attention to every bit of information broadcast from the handful of devices he owns. But there are certain words ... Read More

Trump Calls for Wall Funding After Claiming He’s Closed Border
White House
Trump Calls for Wall Funding After Claiming He’s Closed Border

President Donald Trump called on lawmakers to fund his proposed wall along the Mexico-U.S. border, a day after he said he’d ordered parts of it closed. Read More

Finding Gratitude Among the Loss Inflicted by Southern California Wildfire
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Finding Gratitude Among the Loss Inflicted by Southern California Wildfire

Sheryl Evans’ plan for Thanksgiving was to make more memories in the home she shared with her 9-year-old son, Nathan. Instead, the week leading up to the holiday was spent sifting through deep piles of ash and charred wood in ... Read More

Congress
Midwest Democrat With a Knack for Winning Over Trump Voters Seeks Higher Role in Party Leadership

A few days before the midterm, Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., — an up-and-coming Democratic leader who was campaigning for one of her party’s House candidates — walked into a dimly lit pizza shop for lunch and a break. Read More

What Did It Take to Launch the Internet’s Most Notorious Neo-Nazi Site? A Little Help From Dad
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What Did It Take to Launch the Internet’s Most Notorious Neo-Nazi Site? A Little Help From Dad

The white nationalists mailed their donations in dribs and drabs: Sometimes a $10 check, sometimes as money orders, sometimes in cash — often in U.S. dollars, but also in British pounds and other foreign currencies. Read More

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