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Elephant seals take over California beach during shutdown

Elephant seals take over California beach during shutdown

SAN FRANCISCO — A colony of elephant seals took over a beach in Northern California during the government shutdown when there was no staff to discourage the animals from congregating in the popular tourist area, an official said.
Prosecutor: El Chapo feared prosecution on US soil

Prosecutor: El Chapo feared prosecution on US soil

NEW YORK — Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was portrayed Wednesday in closing arguments at his U.S. trial as a ruthless Mexican drug lord who also became skilled at evading capture and escaping prison because he feared facing justice on American soil.

Sen. Cory Gardner endorses Trump re-election

DENVER — Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado is endorsing President Donald Trump, a reversal after he opposed Trump's election in the final days of the 2016 race.

Report: Toddler bruised after fall into rhino exhibit at zoo

MELBOURNE, Fla. — A toddler who fell into a rhinoceros exhibit at a Florida zoo earlier this month suffered bruises to her chest, stomach, back and behind her right ear after being bumped by two rhinos.
Opera singer Daniels, husband arrested on sex assault charge

Opera singer Daniels, husband arrested on sex assault charge

DALLAS — A renowned opera singer and University of Michigan professor is in police custody on allegations that he and his husband in 2010 sexually assaulted a singer in Houston. Countertenor David Daniels and his spouse, William A.
Dems make opening offer, with no money for Trump's wall

Dems make opening offer, with no money for Trump's wall

WASHINGTON — Democrats in the House offered a border security plan on Wednesday that would not provide a penny for Donald Trump's border wall, ignoring — for now — an early-morning warning from the president that they'd be "wasting their time" if the
Foxconn factory jobs touted by Trump will not come to pass

Foxconn factory jobs touted by Trump will not come to pass

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Feds indict powerful Philly union boss, councilman, others

Feds indict powerful Philly union boss, councilman, others

PHILADELPHIA — A powerful union boss with a tight grip on construction jobs in the Philadelphia region and outsized influence in city and state politics has been indicted in alleged schemes to embezzle more than $600,000 and have a councilman on the
For US-China trade talks, hopes are high, expectations low

For US-China trade talks, hopes are high, expectations low

WASHINGTON — U.S. and Chinese negotiators are holding high-level talks aimed at settling a six-month trade war that has weakened both sides, shaken financial markets and clouded the outlook for the global economy.
Venezuela's Maduro 'willing to sit down' with opposition

Venezuela's Maduro 'willing to sit down' with opposition

MOSCOW — More than a week into a standoff with the opposition, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Wednesday he was willing to negotiate.