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October 9, 2018
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The Los Angeles Police Department says several people were injured on Monday night during a stampede at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue in Hollywood.

The crowd was there to see the rapper Phora, and although there was hired security, they were unable to handle how many people showed up, the LAPD said. Phora had tweeted he would be at the Shoe Palace in Hollywood, NBC Los Angeles reports, and thousands showed up to see him; the stampede occurred when he exited the store and started talking to the fans gathered outside. It's unknown how many people were hurt in the stampede, but the injuries are said to be minor. Catherine Garcia

October 8, 2018
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During Justice Brett Kavanaugh's ceremonial swearing-in on Monday night, President Trump said that "on behalf of our nation, I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the terrible pain and suffering you have been forced to endure."

Trump declared that Kavanaugh was the victim of "a campaign of political and personal destruction based on lies and deception," and claimed, falsely, that Kavanaugh was "proven innocent." The FBI did a brief investigation of allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh by Deborah Ramirez and Christine Blasey Ford, but never interviewed Ford, Kavanaugh, or countless other potential witnesses who delivered signed statements to the bureau after their emails and phone calls were ignored.

Kavanaugh in turn praised Trump and told him he was grateful for the president's "steadfast, unwavering support throughout this process." Kavanaugh, who last month called the allegations against him "an orchestrated political hit," promised not to be partisan and to "always be a team player" while on the Supreme Court. Catherine Garcia

October 3, 2018
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Late Wednesday night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced on the Senate floor that the White House will send the Senate the results of the FBI inquiry into allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh tonight.

He also filed cloture on Kavanaugh's nomination, setting up a procedural vote. On Twitter, McConnell said, "There will be plenty of time for members to review and be briefed on this supplemental material before a Friday cloture vote." Two Senate officials told The Washington Post there is just one copy of the report that will be available to senators, and they will only get to look at it in a secure room in the Capitol Visitor Center. Catherine Garcia

October 3, 2018
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Seven law enforcement officers were shot on Wednesday in Florence County, South Carolina, authorities said, and the suspect is in custody.

One of the officers was killed. Florence Police Chief Allen Heidler said deputies from the Florence County Sheriff's Office were executing a search warrant when the suspect opened fire, and officers were shot during an ensuing standoff. Chief Deputy Glen Kirby said the suspect surrendered after speaking to negotiators, and is receiving treatment at a hospital.

This is a breaking news story, and has been updated throughout. Catherine Garcia

August 26, 2018
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A gunman opened fire at a Madden 19 tournament at the GLHF Game Bar in Jacksonville, Florida, on Sunday, killing two people and then himself, Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said. The gunman was tentatively identified as David Katz, a 24-year-old from Baltimore who took part in the gaming tournament.

Williams said nine other people were wounded by gunfire, and all of them were in stable condition Sunday evening. He also told civilians to stay away from the Jacksonville Landing entertainment complex, where the shooting took place, and asked that if anyone has any additional information or video, to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. The event was being livestreamed when the shooting started.

This is a breaking news story and has been updated throughout. Catherine Garcia

August 23, 2018
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Australia's Liberal Party forced out Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Friday, and he'll be replaced by Scott Morrison, the current treasurer.

Morrison, Turnbull's preferred candidate, received 45 votes in an internal Liberal Party contest on Friday, with Peter Dutton, the former home affairs minister, receiving 40 votes. Conservatives in the party have said they do not think Turnbull is far enough to the right, and his poll numbers are low. It's been more than 10 years since an Australian prime minister has served an entire term. Catherine Garcia

August 21, 2018
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On Tuesday, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) and his wife and former campaign manager, Margaret, were indicted on charges of wire fraud, falsifying records, campaign finance violations, and conspiracy.

The Justice Department has spent more than a year investigating the Hunters. The are accused of misusing $250,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses and filing false campaign finance records. Several charges on a campaign credit card have come under scrutiny, including dental work and airline fare for his family's pet rabbit. Hunter has maintained his innocence, and said any charges were accidental.

Federal Election Commission records show that after Hunter was questioned about money spent on video games in 2016, he reimbursed his campaign account $65,000, CNN reports. The Hunters are set to be arraigned Thursday morning in San Diego. Catherine Garcia

August 20, 2018
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Taliban militants stopped three buses driving through Kunduz province on Monday and abducted more than 100 passengers, including women and children, Afghan authorities said.

Mohammad Yusouf Ayubi, head of a provincial council in Kunduz, told The Associated Press he believes the fighters were trying to find government employees or members of the security forces on the buses. The area where they were abducted is controlled by the Taliban.

Abdul Rahman Aqtash, a police chief in Takhar province, said the passengers were from Takhar and Badakhshan, and headed to Kabul. On Sunday, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said he would be open to a ceasefire with the Taliban through the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha. Catherine Garcia

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