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August 26, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders and Maher Abukhater
JERUSALEM - Palestinians warned Monday that newly restarted peace talks could be derailed after a deadly clash between Palestinian refugees and Israeli security forces. Three Palestinians were shot and killed at the Kalandia refugee camp near Jerusalem. Israeli security forces say they fired in self-defense after a predawn raid to arrest a suspected militant sparked a riot among residents. It was the deadliest such clash since 2009, when three Palestinians were killed in Nablus during a standoff against Israeli soldiers attempting to arrest them.
August 21, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - House Republicans will return to Washington next month continuing their efforts “at full throttle” to check the Obama administration on several fronts, a GOP leader indicated Wednesday. As most lawmakers spend the month in their districts with few popular legislative accomplishments to cite, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) is instead touting aggressive oversight efforts that he says is a fulfillment of a Republican promise to voters in 2010 to pursue “a reform agenda aimed at changing the culture in Washington.” “Congressional oversight that exposes these abuses is the first step in ending the abuse, controlling spending, and reforming Washington.
August 20, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
CAIRO -- Egyptian authorities early Tuesday arrested the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, another demoralizing blow to the Islamist organization amid a crackdown by the military to silence dissent and build support for its control of the nation. Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie was arrested in a Cairo apartment. Dressed in a gray tunic, the 70-year-old spiritual leader looked shaken, sitting next to a bottle of water in police custody. The image distilled the desperation the world's most influential Islamist organization faces against an army that appears determined to crush it. Most of the Brotherhood's top leaders, including Khairat Shater, its chief strategist and financier, and former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, who was overthrown in a coup last month, are in detention or have gone underground.
August 7, 2013 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela's Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed opposition leader Henrique Capriles' lawsuit seeking the nullification of April presidential election results and alleging voter irregularities and levied a $1,500 fine against him for "offensive and disrespectful allegations" against the court and other officials. The court also asked public prosecutors to make a “detailed analysis” of whether criminal charges should be filed against Capriles for having made unfounded favoritism charges against government officials.
August 2, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
Mechanics for American Airlines may soon check their mail and find a strange package: airplane vomit bags. They're part of a campaign by the Transport Workers Union to fend off a challenge from a rival union: the Teamsters, which wants the mechanics to defect to its ranks. The bag is part of a Transport Workers' defense campaign, which includes ads on billboards and in magazines with the slogan: "Teamster Air: More job departures to China than any other union. " Members are valuable to labor unions for the millions they pay in dues, as well as the clout that comes along with the potential votes members cast in U.S. elections.
August 1, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
State Sen. Ronald Calderon (D-Montebello) reported raising $62,650 for a 2014 campaign committee for state controller and $30,147 for a 2014 campaign committee for the Assembly. Calderon has been in the spotlight for lavish spending from his campaign accounts ever since the FBI raided his Capitol office June 4 as part of a corruption investigation. In reports filed Wednesday, Calderon said he used $6,700 in campaign funds to pay for a “cultural exchange trip” to Cuba in the spring, including $2,650 in airfare paid to Virgin America.
July 29, 2013 | By Alexei Koseff
WASHINGTON -- More than 100 sexually exploited teenagers, some as young as 13, were recovered in a nationwide sex trafficking sting over the weekend, the FBI announced Monday. The three-day sweep of 76 cities, focusing on underage victims of prostitution, rescued 105 teens and resulted in 150 arrests of pimps and other individuals. Working with nearly 4,000 local, state and federal law enforcement officers, it was the seventh and largest operation to date in the FBI's Innocence Lost initiative, which it says has identified and rescued more than 2,700 sexually exploited children since 2003.
July 26, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Joseph Serna and Anthony York
LAKEPORT, Calif. - When authorities raided the marijuana growing operation, they found greenhouses filled with plants over 6 feet tall, neatly lined with individual irrigation systems. But the rest of the property, one federal agent recalled, looked like a horror scene. They found dilapidated trailers where farmers appeared to live, caches of weapons and a bloody towel. "To me, it smacked of a scene from 'Deliverance,'" said David Prince, assistant special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Northern California.
July 22, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Two men have been charged with more than 100 counts of animal cruelty in connection with a Lake Elsinore breeding facility where thousands of rodents and reptiles had to be euthanized because of the conditions inside. Mitchell Steven Behm, 54, and David Delgado, 29, have each been charged with 106 counts of animal cruelty after a two-month undercover sting by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals revealed the conditions at Global Captive Breeders. Behm owns Global Captive Breeders and was arrested Friday at his home in Orange County; he was freed on bail Saturday.
July 18, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
Teams from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department found two outdoor marijuana plant cultivations at separate Phelan residences when they served search warrants Thursday morning. At least one suspect was arrested at each location. Investigators said they seized 135 marijuana plants, ranging from 3 to 4 feet tall, from a 1-acre property on 4 th Street, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department. The investigators arrested resident Kenneth Wayne Hand, 48, on suspicion of marijuana cultivation and being a convicted felon in possession of ammunition, according to the release.
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