Rus­sia sanc­tions.

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The White House an­nounced Fri­day even­ing that Pres­i­dent Trump will sign a pack­age of fi­nan­cial sanc­tions that were passed by Congress. Moscow had al­ready re­sponded by oust­ing some diplo­mats.

WASH­ING­TON» Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump will sign a pack­age of stiff fi­nan­cial sanc­tions against Rus­sia that passed Congress with over­whelm­ing sup­port, the White House said Fri­day. Moscow has al­ready re­sponded, or­der­ing a re­duc­tion in the num­ber of U.S. diplo­mats in Rus­sia and clos­ing the U.S. Em­bassy’s recre­ation re­treat.

Trump’s will­ing­ness to sup­port the mea­sure is a re­mark­able ac­knowl­edge­ment that he has yet to sell his party on his hopes for forg­ing a warmer re­la­tion­ship with Moscow. His vow to ex­tend a hand of co­op­er­a­tion to Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin has been met with re­sis­tance as skep­ti­cal law­mak­ers look to limit the pres­i­dent’s lee­way to go easy on Moscow over its med­dling in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

The Se­nate passed the bill, 98-2, two days af­ter the House pushed the mea­sure through by an over­whelm­ing mar­gin, 419-3. Both were veto-proof num­bers.

Tax­pay­ers pay $6.6 mil­lion to guard Mar-a-Lago.

As the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion threat­ened hefty bud­get cuts for the U.S. Coast Guard, the mil­i­tary ser­vice was spend­ing more than $6.6 mil­lion pro­tect­ing the pres­i­dent’s water­front Mar-a-Lago Club dur­ing his seven week­end trips there this spring, doc­u­ments show.

The Coast Guard de­ployed cut­ters, pa­trol boats, he­li­copters and an­titer­ror spe­cial­ists from across the coun­try to safe­guard the lux­ury Palm Beach, Flor­ida, es­tate.

The records, re­leased in re­sponse to a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act re­quest, of­fer a glimpse into the in­tri­cate costs and de­mands for a mil­i­tary force tasked with de­fend­ing the pres­i­dent dur­ing his fre­quent get­aways to his pri­vate busi­nesses.

They also high­light how tax­pay­ers have helped fi­nance the un­usu­ally elab­o­rate life­style of Trump and his fam­ily in ways that can also ben­e­fit his com­pany. In this case, Mar-a-Lago, which Trump has dubbed a “Win­ter White House,” is also a for-profit, mem­bers-only club.

Honolulu high-rise had out­dated alarms.

Doc­u­ments show a Honolulu res­i­den­tial high-rise where a July 14 blaze killed three peo­ple didn’t up­date its fire alarms to meet safety stan­dards.

City records show no up­grades were made af­ter an en­gi­neer­ing firm rec­om­mended them for the 36-story build­ing af­ter an­other fire four years ago.

But the res­i­den­tial tower wasn’t re­quired to meet the stan­dards be­cause they weren’t part of the fire code when it was built in 1971, so prop­erty man­agers broke no laws.

Hus­band kills wife on an­niver­sary cruise.


Utah cou­ple was cel­e­brat­ing their wed­ding an­niver­sary aboard an Alaska cruise when the hus­band was found cov­ered in blood next to his wife’s life­less body.

Kristy Man­zanares was found dead in a blood­splat­tered cabin Tues­day night. Her hus­band has been charged with mur­der af­ter he was dis­cov­ered with blood on his hands and clothes, and with blood spread through­out the cabin on the Princess Cruises ship, ac­cord­ing to a crim­i­nal com­plaint.

Man­zanares told in­ves­ti­ga­tors his wife “would not stop laugh­ing at me.”

Stab­bing kills one.

BER­LIN» A re­jected asy­lum ap­pli­cant from the United Arab Emi­rates killed one per­son and in­jured six oth­ers in a stab­bing ram­page at a Ham­burg su­per­mar­ket on Fri­day, of­fi­cials said, an at­tack that could reignite de­bate over se­cu­rity and im­mi­gra­tion as the Ger­man elec­tion ap­proaches.

The 26-year-old sus­pect, whose iden­tity wasn’t re­leased, couldn’t be de­ported be­cause he lacked iden­tity pa­pers, Ham­burg Mayor Olaf Scholz said in a state­ment late Fri­day.

Fear spreads. CARA­CAS, VENEZUELA»

Venezuela pre­pared Fri­day for a pos­si­ble show­down be­tween op­po­si­tion pro­test­ers and govern­ment forces ahead of a vote that crit­ics de­cry as a fi­nal step to­ward au­thor­i­tar­ian rule in the South Amer­i­can na­tion.

Ahead of Sun­day’s vote, the so­cial­ist govern­ment of Pres­i­dent Ni­colás Maduro the anointed suc­ces­sor of leftist fire­brand Hugo Chávez, who died in 2013 is­sued a ban on pub­lic gath­er­ings and protests through Tues­day. The op­po­si­tion an­swered with a vow to pour into the streets na­tion­wide, although ex­actly how many would heed that call re­mained un­clear.

Couric leaves Ya­hoo news site.

YORK» Katie NEW Couric is leav­ing the on­line com­pany Oath, for­merly Ya­hoo, where she has been con­duct­ing in­ter­views and re­port­ing news since 2014.

The for­mer “To­day” show host and “CBS Even­ing News” an­chor will be con­cen­trat­ing on pro­duc­tion work. with projects for Na­tional Geo­graphic and Net­flix.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Couric said she turned down a short-term con­tract ex­ten­sion at Oath.

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