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Starbucks changes bathroom policy following racial firestorm

May 11, 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) — Starbucks has adopted an open-bathroom policy following the arrest last month of two African American men at a coffee shop in Philadelphia.

Chairman Howard Schultz says he doesn’t want the company to become a public bathroom, but feels employees can make the “right decision a hundred percent of the time,” if that choice is removed at the store level.…

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Volcano explosion won’t be deadly if people stay out of park

May 11, 2018

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii volcano that sputtered lava for a week, forced around 2,000 residents to evacuate, destroyed some two dozen homes and threatened a geothermal plant now threatens to blow its top in the coming days or weeks.

Experts fear it could hurl ash and boulders the size of refrigerators miles into the air.…

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Texas company recalls nearly 25 tons of smoked sausage items

May 9, 2018
YOAKUM (AP) — A Texas company has recalled nearly 25 tons (23 metric tons) of smoked sausage products due to possible plastic contamination.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a statement Friday saying the recall by Eddy Packing Co. involves products with packing dates of April 5 and April 6. The products were shipped to food service and retail locations in California, Georgia, Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.…

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Iran president: Uranium enrichment may resume if deal fails

May 9, 2018

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — President Hassan Rouhani warned Tuesday that Iran could restart enriching uranium “without any limitations” within weeks, after President Donald Trump pulled America out of the nuclear deal, though he said world powers still in the accord could potentially save the pact.

Rouhani’s speech, broadcast live on state television within minutes of Trump’s announcement, marked a doubling-down for the cleric who has seen his signature foreign policy achievement threatened by Trump for years.…

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Trump declares US leaving ‘horrible’ Iran nuclear accord

May 9, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the landmark nuclear accord with Iran on Tuesday, abruptly restoring harsh sanctions in the most consequential foreign policy action of his presidency. He declared he was making the world safer, but he also deepened his isolation on the world stage and revived doubts about American credibility.…

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Volcanic gases prompt door-to-door evacuation in Hawaii

May 9, 2018

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Police went door-to-door in Hawaii to roust residents near two new vents emitting dangerous gases in areas where lava has been pouring into streets and backyards for the past week.

Authorities ordered nearly 2,000 residents to leave two communities in the mostly rural district of Puna on Hawaii’s Big Island last Thursday.…

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Iran’s top leader, lawmakers lash out at US on nuclear deal

May 9, 2018

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s supreme leader chastised President Donald Trump on Wednesday over his decision to pull America out of the 2015 nuclear deal, while lawmakers lit a paper U.S. flag on fire inside parliament, shouting, “Death to America!”

The government backlash reflected broad public anger in Iran over Trump’s decision, which threatens to destroy the landmark agreement.…

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Giuliani’s media blitz defending Trump is off to rough start

May 7, 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s new attorney, Rudy Giuliani, is off to a rough start in his media blitz defending Trump’s stance toward the special counsel’s Russian investigation and a $130,000 porn star hush payment.

Giuliani’s confounding and at times contradictory statements are said to have pleased Trump, exasperated White House aides and attorneys and worried the president’s allies.…

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Hysteria over Jade Helm exercise in Texas was fueled by Russians, former CIA director says

May 4, 2018

A former director of the CIA and NSA said Wednesday that hysteria in Texas over a 2015 U.S. military training exercise called Jade Helm was fueled by Russians wanting to dominate “the information space,” and that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to send the Texas State Guard to monitor the operation gave them proof of the power of such misinformation campaigns.…

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After flirting with gun-control movement, Trump faces NRA

May 4, 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) — Back for a return engagement, President Donald Trump’s address to the National Rifle Association on Friday comes after he temporarily strayed from the group’s strong opposition to tougher gun controls following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida — only to rapidly return to the fold.

For the fourth year in a row, Trump will speak to the group, which meets this year in Dallas.…

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