Explainer: What early U.S. presidential polls tell us about the 2020 race

Anyone paying the slightest attention to the Democratic presidential campaign has likely seen headlines on the latest "horse race" opinion polls, highlighting one candidate's rise or another's decline.

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21.Aug.2019


Texas shale towns grapple with growth as oil-bust fears fade

In west Texas, the center of the U.S. oil boom, about 3,800 students at Permian High School are crammed into a campus designed for 2,500, with 20 portable buildings to help with the overflow.

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21.Aug.2019


Thousands of Central American migrants take free rides home courtesy of U.S. government

More than 2,000 Central American migrants seeking to settle in the United States have given up and accepted free rides home under a 10-month-old program funded by the U.S. government and run by a United Nations agency, according to a U.N. official.

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21.Aug.2019


Texas to execute man convicted of abducting, strangling college student

A man who has maintained his innocence and whose lawyers have argued the state ignored key evidence that would exonerate him is scheduled to be put to death in Texas on Wednesday for the kidnapping, rape and murder of a 19-year-old college student.

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21.Aug.2019


Philadelphia police commissioner abruptly resigns

Philadelphia's police commissioner resigned on Tuesday over what the city mayor said was his department's failure to address accusations of sexual harassment and racial discrimination in the ranks.

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20.Aug.2019


Louisiana university gun scare linked to apparent mistaken identity

A gun scare that jolted Louisiana State University's Baton Rouge campus on Tuesday apparently stemmed from an off-duty policeman in plain clothes seen walking around with a pistol on his belt being mistaken for an armed intruder, a school spokesman said.

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20.Aug.2019


Protesting U.S. athletes receive 12-months probation

U.S. athletes Race Imboden and Gwen Berry have been placed on probation for 12 months for their political protests at the Pan Am Games, USA Today reported on Tuesday.

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20.Aug.2019


Drugmakers Endo, Allergan agree to $15 million in settlements in major opioid case

Endo International Plc and Allergan Plc have agreed to pay $15 million to avoid going to trial in October in a landmark case by two Ohio counties accusing various drug manufacturers and distributors of fueling the U.S. opioid epidemic.

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20.Aug.2019


Three more women sue Epstein's estate over alleged abuse

Three women on Tuesday sued the estate of Jeffrey Epstein, saying they were sexually abused by the financier, both before and after the widely criticized 2007 plea deal that allowed him to avoid federal prosecution for sex crimes.

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20.Aug.2019


Trump White House seeks to assuage farmer unrest over biofuel policy: sources

President Donald Trump's administration has been scrambling to stem the tide of rising anger in Farm Belt states after its decision this month to allow numerous oil refiners to mix less ethanol into their gasoline, sources told Reuters on Tuesday.

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20.Aug.2019


Trump says White House discussing gun legislation; Democrats say talks low-level

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday his administration was in "meaningful" talks with Democrats about gun legislation after the latest mass shootings, but congressional aides downplayed the discussions as low-level and not very productive.

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20.Aug.2019


Trump looking at possible tax cuts amid economic jitters

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday his administration was considering potential tax cuts on wages as well as profits from asset sales, and sought to play down market anxieties that the world's top economy could be heading for a recession.

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20.Aug.2019


U.S. Steel plans to lay off hundreds of workers in Michigan

United States Steel Corp will temporarily lay off hundreds of workers at its Great Lakes facility in Michigan in coming weeks, according to a filing the steelmaker made with the State of Michigan.

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20.Aug.2019


Florida trucker arrested, charged with plotting church shooting

U.S. federal authorities said they have arrested a Florida truck driver who "was thinking about shooting up a church" in Memphis this week, making him at least the fourth person this month charged with plotting a mass shooting.

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20.Aug.2019


New York City can limit art vendors in popular parks: appeals court

New York City rules limiting the number of art and book vendors in four popular Manhattan parks are constitutional, a state appeals court ruled on Tuesday, overturning an injunction against the rules.

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20.Aug.2019


Teva launches generic version of EpiPen for young children

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd on Tuesday made its generic version of Mylan's EpiPen for young children available in most retail pharmacies at $300 for a 2-pack.

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20.Aug.2019


New Jersey man charged with hoarding weapons and racist propaganda due in court

A New Jersey man charged with possessing an arsenal of weapons as well as methamphetamine and racist propaganda is due to appear in federal court on Tuesday, U.S. prosecutors said.

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20.Aug.2019


White House spokesman: No payroll tax considered at this time - Fox

The Trump administration is not considering a temporary payroll tax cut at this time, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said on Tuesday.

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20.Aug.2019


Democrat Warren wants to repeal 1994 crime bill, end cash bail

U.S. Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday proposed sweeping changes to federal and state criminal justice systems, including ending cash bail requirements and doing away with a crime bill that rival Joe Biden helped make law.

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20.Aug.2019


California tightens restrictions on police use of lethal force

California police officers will be allowed to use lethal force only when "necessary" in response to a threat, instead of the existing standard of "reasonable", under a new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday.

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20.Aug.2019