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Scandal lays bare stress of elite college admissions process

Scandal lays bare stress of elite college admissions processSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With dreams of UCLA for her daughter, single mother Donna Balancia chose a high-rent apartment to get her into Beverly Hills High School, which she hoped would give her the best shot at the college of her choice.



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House Republican lays into Democrats' corruption probe of Trump

House Republican lays into Democrats' corruption probe of TrumpThe House Judiciary Committee’s ranking Republican, Doug Collins, said the panel’s investigation into obstruction of justice, corruption and abuse of power under Trump surpasses the scope of legitimate legislative inquiry and violates the U.S. Constitution. Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler launched the investigation on Monday by sending document requests to 81 government agencies, business entities and individuals associated with Trump, including his adult sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump. “Your requests are part of a concerted effort to target and punish associates of the president,” Collins wrote to Nadler in a March 7 letter released by the Republican’s office.



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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lays groundwork for more subpoenas against Trump, attributing Cohen questioning to bartending experience

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lays groundwork for more subpoenas against Trump, attributing Cohen questioning to bartending experienceAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez was busily writing notes throughout Michael Cohen’s explosive testimony before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday, as the progressive newcomer awaited her chance to cross-examine Donald Trump’s former lawyer about the president’s alleged lies and criminal conduct.



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Pope Francis Lays Out Plan to Combat Sex Abuse in Church

Pope Francis Lays Out Plan to Combat Sex Abuse in ChurchOn Thursday, the opening day of a Vatican summit addressing the sexual abuse of minors by members of the clergy, Pope Francis laid out a 21-point plan to combat the crisis battering the Church in almost all corners of the world.“We hear the cry of the little ones asking for justice,” Francis said. "We sense the weight of the pastoral and ecclesial responsibility that obliges us to discuss together, in a synodal, frank, and in-depth manner, how to confront this evil afflicting the Church and humanity. The holy people of God looks to us, and expects from us not simple and predictable condemnations, but concrete and effective measures to be undertaken."Some of the recommendations Francis listed include informing the civil authorities and higher ecclesiastical authorities about incidents of abuse, protecting and offering support to victims, raising the minimum age for marriage to 16, and setting up protocols to handle various situations.The Vatican’s top sex-crimes investigator, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, called Francis's "reflection points" a "road map for our discussion."The four-day summit, dubbed “The Protection of Minors in the Church,” has gathered 190 Church leaders from around the world. Francis has said that the summit is designed to determine “how best to protect children, to avoid these tragedies, to bring healing and restoration to the victims, and to improve the training imparted in seminaries.”"May the Virgin Mary enlighten us as we seek to heal the grave wounds that the scandal of pedophilia has caused, both in the little ones and in believers," the pope said in his opening speech.Francis has been excoriated by large swaths of the Church for his tepid response to new, shocking revelations over the past year that thousands of priests abused minors and adult seminarians and that certain Church leaders, including possibly Francis himself, covered up their crimes.However, in December, Francis ordered abusers to turn themselves in to civil authorities.“To those who abuse minors I would say this: Convert and hand yourself over to human justice, and prepare for divine justice,” the pope said in his Christmas address to the Vatican Curia.The Survivor's Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) released a statement critical of the new plan, saying that it is not adequate and will likely be ignored."We have heard these words before," SNAP said. "Formalizing these points into policy is meaningless without any willingness to back them up with punishment."



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Mattis resignation letter lays out challenges for successor

Mattis resignation letter lays out challenges for successorWASHINGTON (AP) — The extraordinary resignation letter that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis handed to a surprised President Donald Trump was not just a product of two years of accumulating frustration with an impulsive boss, but an outline of the strategic hazards facing the next Pentagon chief.



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Iraq lays cornerstone to rebuild iconic Mosul mosque

Iraq lays cornerstone to rebuild iconic Mosul mosqueIraqis on Sunday laid the cornerstone in rebuilding Mosul’s Al-Nuri mosque and leaning minaret, national emblems destroyed last year in the ferocious battle against the Islamic State group. The famed 12th century mosque and minaret, dubbed Al-Hadba or “the hunchback,” hosted Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s only public appearance as IS chief, when he declared a self-styled “caliphate” after the jihadists swept into Mosul in 2014. The structures were ravaged three years later in the final, most brutal stages of the months-long fight to rid Iraq’s second city of IS.



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Little Girl Lays Down Flowers at Site of School Bus Crash That Killed 2

Little Girl Lays Down Flowers at Site of School Bus Crash That Killed 2It was a heartbreaking moment, one day after the bus carrying fifth-graders from the East Brook Middle School in Paramus collided with a dump truck.



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Trump signals strikes against Syria, lays into Assad ally Russia

Trump signals strikes against Syria, lays into Assad ally RussiaBy Susan Heavey, Makini Brice and Tom Perry WASHINGTON/BEIRUT (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump warned Russia on Wednesday of imminent military action in Syria over a suspected poison gas attack, declaring that missiles “will be coming” and lambasting Moscow for standing by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The White House pushed back against suggestions that Trump had broadcast his plans for military strikes via Twitter, saying he had not laid out a timetable for action, that all options were still on the table and he was assessing how to respond. Trump’s tweet was reacting to a warning from Russia that any U.S. missiles fired at Syria over the deadly assault on Saturday on the rebel enclave of Douma near Damascus would be shot down and the launch sites targeted.



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Brexit trade deal: US lays out 'wishlist' and it does not look good for the UK

Brexit trade deal: US lays out 'wishlist' and it does not look good for the UKThe US has laid out its annual trade “wish list” and it will not make easy reading for David Davis and Liam Fox’s team of negotiators. The 500-page tome from the US Trade Representative (USTR) published this week firmly espouses the virtues of free trade and less regulation, just as Donald Trump proposed slapping a further $ 100bn (£71.5bn) of import levies on Chinese goods. The USTR’s biggest concern is the increasing importance to US trade policy of testing, labelling and certification requirements and “sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures”.



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Taliban lays claim to deadly attack on Kabul hotel

Taliban lays claim to deadly attack on Kabul hotelGunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Kabul and killed at least 18 people, most of them foreigners, sparking a 12-hour battle with Afghan forces backed by Norwegian troops that left terrified guests scrambling to escape. Several Ukrainians were among those killed in the Taliban-claimed assault on the six-storey Intercontinental Hotel in the Afghan capital, Ukrainian foreign ministry official Vasyl Kyrylych confirmed to AFP, adding that more information would be released Monday. Afghan interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said 14 foreigners were among the dead, but did not specify their nationalities, in comments to Afghanistan’s Tolo News hours after the overnight attack that ended Sunday.



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