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California governor turns to housing, rail after climate win

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown’s aggressive plea for lawmakers to renew California’s signature climate change law proved fruitful this week, bolstering his credibility as a world leader in the fight against global warming. It also again showcased the Democrat’s political skill in Sacramento, where just months earlier he helped convince the largely Democratic Legislature to raise gas prices to pay for road and bridge projects through a tax hike. Next up: Fulfilling a pledge to tackle California’s affordable housing crisis when lawmakers head … Read the referenced story here:…

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3 years after police chokehold death, US probe grinds on

AP Photo/John Minchillo NEW YORK (AP) — When federal prosecutors asked to meet last month with Eric Garner’s family, it stoked speculation that their investigation into his death was finally nearing a resolution three years after his last words – “I can’t breathe” – became a rallying cry for protests over police killings of black men. The speculation was wrong: The same day of the Brooklyn meeting, a grand jury heard testimony from a police academy instructor on takedown tactics, dragging out a presentation … Read the referenced story here: 3…

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Essential Phone is coming ‘in a few weeks’ after certification delay

A deadline apparently isn’t essential to the Essential Phone. Andy Rubin’s bizarre, bezel-less Essential Phone went up for order at the end of May. It was promised to ship in June. It is now the middle of July, and still the Essential Phone is not in buyers’ hands. And it’s not going to be in buyers’ hands for another couple of weeks, but today Essential is acknowledging their delays in an email sent to early registrants (and later in a public tweet) from Andy Rubin. We’ve been working around the…

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US Envoy to Afghanistan-Pakistan Named After Outcry Over Expected Office Closure

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently named Alice Wells, a career Foreign Service Officer (FSO), as the acting Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, a spokesperson confirmed to VOA on Thursday. Wells, the acting assistant secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs, will work to integrate the operations of the two offices. The State Department is at the beginning of a process to determine the bureaucratic and management steps required. The appointment came with little fanfare at a time when there is increasing attention on the expected closure of Office…

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Burundi Robotics Team Missing After Competition in Washington

Six teenage members of the Burundi robotics team have been reported missing after competing in an international competition in Washington. Police tweeted missing person fliers Wednesday asking for help finding the teens last seen in the area of the FIRST Global Challenge around the time of Tuesday’s final matches. The competition attracted teams of teenagers from more than 150 nations. The Washington Post reports that competition organizers said in a statement that the team’s mentor couldn’t find the group of six students and reports were submitted to police. Police reports…

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Trump making last-ditch effort after health bill collapse

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says it’s probably time to “just let Obamacare fail” after the latest humiliating heath bill collapse in the Senate. Still, he’s making a last-ditch effort to find some way to revive his party’s seemingly failed efforts on the bill. Trump stayed largely on the sidelines as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell struggled unsuccessfully to round up support to make good on the GOP’s years of promises to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s health … Read the referenced story here: Trump…

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Officials: Australian woman shot after cops heard loud sound

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An Australian woman who called 911 to report a possible assault was shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer after the officers heard a loud sound near their squad car, according to information released Tuesday by Minnesota investigators. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Justine Damond, whose maiden name is Justine Ruszczyk, approached the driver’s side window of the squad car immediately after the driver had been startled by the sound. The officer in the passenger seat, Mohamed Noor, fired … Read the referenced story here:…

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Republican Turmoil Grows after Health Care Vote Falls Short

Republicans sought to regroup Tuesday after their quest to scale back the U.S. government’s role in health care collapsed, leaving in place former President Barack Obama’s health care law, popularly known as Obamacare. “I’m certainly disappointed. For seven years, I’ve been hearing ‘repeal and replace’ from Congress,” said a visibly angry President Donald Trump. “And then when we finally get a chance to repeal and replace, they don’t take advantage of it.” Scorned by Republican fiscal hawks for allegedly retaining too much Obamacare spending, and by party moderates who feared…

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US-China Trade Rifts Resurface Even After Friendly Summit

Cake and conversation, it seems, can go only so far to mend longstanding economic rifts between the United States and China. Three months after President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, shared chocolate cake at an amiable summit in Florida, tensions between the world’s two biggest economies are flaring again. Just as officials of the two nations prepare to meet Wednesday in Washington, the Trump administration is considering slapping tariffs on steel imports, a step that risks igniting a trade war. For the United States, it’s a perilous…

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