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U.S.C. Moves to Fire Former Medical School Dean Over Drug Allegations

He added that the doctor was barred from the campus and any school-related events or activities. “We certainly understand that substance abuse is a tragic and devastating disease,” the statement said. “But we are also bound to our responsibilities as a university to take the necessary actions concerning Dr. Puliafito’s status.” Attempts to reach Dr. Puliafito on Saturday were unsuccessful. A phone number listed in public records with a Pasadena, Calif., residence was disconnected. A faculty page for him on the Keck School of Medicine website had been taken down….

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Candidates for Virginia Governor Employ Trump as a Barometer

Mr. Northam, a low-key Army veteran who twice voted for President George W. Bush before entering politics, is hardly the picture of the so-called liberal “resistance” to the president. But as he attempts to succeed Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a fellow Democrat who, by law, cannot seek consecutive terms, Mr. Northam is using strikingly caustic language to galvanize Virginia voters who are appalled by the president, but may be reluctant to vote in an off-year governor’s race. “As we say on the Eastern Shore, he lies like a rug,” Mr. Northam,…

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Chicago Pokemon Go festival goes awry when players can’t log in

A gathering of Pokemon Go aficionados in Chicago’s Grant Park went wrong Saturday when a technical glitch prevented many players from logging into the game. As many as 20,000 players had been expected at the event to mark the one-year anniversary of the augmented reality game’s debut. Players use GPS to locate, capture, battle and train virtual creatures. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that John Hanke, the CEO of game developer Niantic, was booed when he tried to explain the issue to the crowd. Hanke promised that “the whole Niantic team”…

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Sessions calls on local officials to comply with immigration crackdown

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Nury Chavarria is defying an order to return to her native Guatemala, taking refuge at a New Haven church instead. “I love this country,” Chavarria said.  Since entering the U.S. illegally in 1993, she’s had four kids. “She is not a criminal,” said her youngest daughter, Hayley Chavarria. She is calling on President Trump to allow her mother to stay.  “Don’t separate my family,” she said.  Nury Chavvaria has lived in the U.S. for more than 20 years, and is now seeking sanctuary in a New Haven,…

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Colorado man arrested in 2012 killing of 13-year-old son

A Colorado man has been arrested and accused of second-degree murder in the death of his 13-year-old son, who disappeared during a court-ordered visit in November 2012. Mark Redwine was arrested in Bellingham, Wash. Saturday after he was indicted by a grand jury. He was being held on a $1 million cash-only bond. In addition to the murder charge, Mark Redwine is also accused of child abuse resulting in the death of Dylan Redwine. Related Image Expand / Collapse Dylan Redwine was last seen alive Nov. 18, 2012. Partial remains…

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New WH comms director deletes old tweets contradicting Trump

A day after accepting a top White House job, President Trump’s new communications director announced Saturday that he’s deleting old tweets that were critical of his new boss, saying his own views have evolved and that what he said in the past shouldn’t be a distraction. Full transparency: I’m deleting old tweets. Past views evolved & shouldn’t be a distraction. I serve @POTUS agenda & that’s all that matters — Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) July 22, 2017 “Full transparency: I’m deleting old tweets. Past views evolved & shouldn’t be a distraction….

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Iran seeks release of citizens detained in U.S.

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran has demanded that the United States release all detained Iranian citizens, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported on Saturday.  The report quotes Iran’s deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi as saying he raised the issue Friday during a meeting with an American delegation in Vienna, on the sidelines of a meeting on the 2015 nuclear deal.  “We raised the issue of the release of Iranians who are detained under the meaningless accusation of bypassing sanctions,” on Iran, Araghchi was quoted as saying. He did not elaborate.  Earlier on…

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Steven Spielberg debuts “Ready Player One” trailer

SAN DIEGO — Steven Spielberg has debuted footage of his latest film “Ready Player One.” The director released a teaser trailer of his action-packed film Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con. The 6,500-person crowd gave the director a standing ovation and cheered heartily when the first images from the dystopian future world came up on screen, and even more so when The Iron Giant popped up. Author Ernest Cline said he learned how to be a storyteller because of Spielberg. And Spielberg said he liked the idea of doing a flash forward…

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$53M to go to U.S. national park maintenance, infrastructure

A US National Parks Service sign hangs on the wall in the Carl Hayden Visitor Center in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Lake Powell, Utah, on February 11, 2017. / Rhona Wise / AFP/Getty Images Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has announced more than $50 million for maintenance and infrastructure work at national parks. Zinke made the announcement Saturday at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. With him was Colorado U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner. The funding would go to 42 parks in 29 states. The Interior Department says in a…

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