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Storm-lashed South Carolina reassesses global warming's role

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Emergency management officials in South Carolina say they are preparing both for more massive floods like the state has seen in three of the past four years and smaller, but still destructive deluges. More>>

Year in space put US astronaut's disease defenses on alert

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Scientists find that a NASA astronaut who spent nearly a year in space had his immune system go on high alert. More>>

APNewsBreak: Feds share watchlist with 1,400 private groups

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The federal government is acknowledging it shares its terrorist watchlist with more than 1,400 private entities, including hospitals and universities. More>>

Border wall, bullet train: California vs. Trump escalates

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Disputes over President Donald Trump's border wall and California's bullet train are intensifying the feud between the White House and the nation's most populous state. More>>

Trump wants California to pay back billions for bullet train

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The Trump administration plans to cancel $929 million in U.S. money for California's beleaguered high-speed rail project and wants the state to return an additional $2.5 billion it's already spent. More>>

Police dismiss tip Smollett, 2 brothers together in elevator

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Chicago police are investigating a tip that on the night "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett reported being attacked by two masked men he was in an elevator of his apartment building with two brothers later arrested and released from custody in the probe. More>>

Legal hurdles would look familiar in any new R. Kelly case

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Prosecutors will have to clear a series of legal hurdles if they intend to charge R. Kelly and convict him, even if video evidence is available. More>>

N. Carolina elections board calls challenged House candidate

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The apparent Republican winner of the country's last undecided congressional election is expected to explain why he stuck with a North Carolina political operative with a shady track record that even the GOP candidate thought about protesting in the past. More>>

The Latest: Smollett gave false information in 2007 case

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A Chicago police spokesman says two brothers who were arrested and later released from custody in connection with the attack reported by "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett have met with police and prosecutors at the courthouse. More>>

Aurora gunman's family: 'We deeply apologize' for shootings

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A relative of the man who fatally shot five people at a suburban Chicago manufacturing warehouse says her family is offering condolences to the victims' families, saying 'we deeply apologize'. More>>

Key witness says Colorado man fatally beat fiancee with bat

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Investigators say a Colorado man charged with murder and solicitation to commit murder in the death of his missing fiancee tried to convince a woman he was having an affair with to kill Kelsey Berreth. More>>

Despite bill's demise, W.Va. teachers to strike for 2nd day

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Strike 2: West Virginia teachers' unions have called a statewide strike over a complex education bill, nearly a year to the day that they embarked on a nine-day walkout that started the national 'Red4Ed' movement. More>>

Woman says man told her to kill fiancee before fatal beating

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Investigators say a Colorado man pressured a woman he was having an affair with to kill his fiancee for months before acting on Thanksgiving Day, beating the woman to death with a baseball bat. More>>

Lawmakers seek probe of ICE force-feeding of immigrants

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Nearly 50 Democratic lawmakers are calling for a watchdog investigation of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement after reporting revealed that the agency was force-feeding immigrant detainees on a hunger strike. More>>

Supreme Court staying out of actor's 'Empire' lawsuit

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The Supreme Court is staying out of a lawsuit involving the television show 'Empire'. More>>

Hiker stuck in quicksand at Utah park feared he would die

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An Arizona man whose leg was buried up to his knee in quicksand for several hours in Zion National Park in Utah over the weekend says he thought would lose his leg and might die. More>>

Governor signs measure to hike Illinois minimum wage to $15

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a measure gradually hiking the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, the highest in the Midwest. More>>

Judge OKs suit aimed at halting Obama library in Chicago

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A judge has given the green light to a lawsuit that aims to stop Barack Obama's $500 million presidential center from being built in a Chicago park beside Lake Michigan. More>>

Dog reunited with family 101 days after California wildfire

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An Akita named Kingston has been reunited with his family 101 days after he jumped out of their truck as they fled a devastating Northern California wildfire. More>>

Virginia district split over ending transgender bathroom ban

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A Virginia school district that has drawn national attention for its transgender bathroom ban appeared starkly divided at a public forum over the prospect of ending the policy. More>>

Georgia voting problems highlighted in congressional hearing

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Congressional Democrats are highlighting voting problems in Georgia as justification for restoring federal oversight of elections in certain places with a history of discrimination. More>>

Consultant on North Carolina race: Methods were surprise

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North Carolina elections officials say the country's last undecided congressional election was marred by falsified signatures, blank ballots that consultants could complete and disappearing documents. More>>

Alabama woman who joined Islamic State seeks return to US

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An Alabama woman who left home to join the Islamic State after becoming radicalized online wants to return to the United States. More>>

16 states sue Trump over emergency wall declaration Video included

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California's attorney general says at least a dozen states will join a lawsuit against President Donald Trump over his emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. More>>

Environmental group seeks EPA documents on Minnesota mine

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A Minnesota environmental group is suing the Environmental Protection Agency to force it to release concerns that EPA specialists have expressed about a copper-nickel mine in the northeast of the state. More>>

Police: More than a dozen people rescued from SeaWorld ride

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Police say more than a dozen people are trapped on a ride at SeaWorld in San Diego. More>>

NASA rover finally bites the dust on Mars after 15 years

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Opportunity Lost: NASA rover finally bites the dust on Mars after an unexpected 15 years. More>>

Key players in disputed congressional race in North Carolina

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The investigation into ballot fraud allegations in the nation's last undecided congressional race involves a mix of characters, including a nationally known election lawyer and a local political operative suspected of illegal practices. More>>

Detained Mexican migrant dies in Texas hospital

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A Mexican man detained by Border Patrol for illegal re-entry died Monday at a hospital in Texas. More>>

Aurora shooter's permit was revoked but gun wasn't seized

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The man who killed five co-workers at a suburban Chicago manufacturing plant took a gun he wasn't allowed to have to a job he must have known he was about to lose. More>>

Vandal topples wax statue of Sean 'Diddy' Combs

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Police say someone attacked a statue of Sean "Diddy" Combs at Madame Tussauds wax museum in New York, shoving the rap impresario's likeness so forcefully it lost its head. More>>

Knight Foundation doubling spending to boost local news

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The Knight Foundation says it will invest $300 million in local journalism over the next five years. More>>

Researchers find clues that depression may speed brain aging

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Memory and thinking skills naturally slow with age but now scientists are finding clues that depression might worsen the decline. More>>

Medicare ambulance rides may no longer end up at ER

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Medicare ambulance rides could include option of going to urgent care or doctor's office. More>>

Flu vaccine doing a relatively good job this season

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Health officials say the flu vaccine is doing a relatively good job protecting Americans this winter. More>>

9/11 fund running out of money for those with illnesses

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The compensation fund for victims of 9/11 is running out of money and will cut future payments by 50 to 70 percent. More>>

El Nino is back but it's late, weak and probably no big deal

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says El Nino is back, but it is weak. More>>

No plan for Smollett to do follow-up police interview Monday

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Jussie Smollett's attorneys say there are no plans for the "Empire" actor to meet with Chicago detectives Monday for a follow-up interview about his reported assault. More>>

Amazon dumped New York, but cities still wooing the company

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Amazon's breakup with New York was still fresh when other cities started sending their own valentines to the online giant. More>>

Smollett developments leave some baffled, others outraged

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Jussie Smollett developments leave some baffled, others outraged on social media. More>>

Protests slam Trump's declaration as states ready lawsuit

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Protesters are gathering in cities around the country to decry President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to fund his planned U.S.-Mexico border wall. More>>

Southern Baptist president says database of abusers possible

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The president of the Southern Baptist Convention says the denomination must act to fight sexual abuse. More>>

Amazon's exit could scare off tech companies from New York

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Amazon decision to walk away from New York City could scare off other tech companies. More>>

Sailor in iconic V-J Day Times Square kiss photo dies at 95

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The ecstatic sailor shown kissing a woman in Times Square celebrating the end of World War II has died. More>>

W.Va. teachers' unions call for strike over education bill

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West Virginia teachers' unions have called a statewide strike over an education bill that they view as retaliation for a nine-day walkout last year. More>>

N Carolina elections head says ballots handled illegally

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The North Carolina State Board of Elections is holding a hearing on ballot fraud allegations in the nation's last undecided congressional election. More>>

More than 1,500 attend vigil for Aurora shooting victims

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More than 1,500 people braved snow and freezing drizzle to attend a prayer vigil for five co-workers who were fatally shot at a suburban Chicago manufacturing plant. More>>

Chicago police seek follow-up interview with Jussie Smollett

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Chicago police and representatives for Jussie Smollett are keeping quiet about the investigation into a reported attack on the "Empire" actor. More>>

Amazon dumps NYC headquarters and its promised 25,000 jobs Video included

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Amazon ditches New York as location for new headquarters. More>>

Aurora shooting victims included plant manager, intern

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The victims of disgruntled employee who opened fire at a suburban Chicago industrial warehouse were co-workers ranging from an intern to a plant manager. More>>

School board in Virginia may end transgender bathroom ban

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A transgender teen says his former high school is refusing to update the gender listed on his transcript. More>>

Mother who helped free son from Venezuelan jail praised

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The family and friends of a Utah woman who spent nearly two years pushing to get her son freed from a Venezuelan jail was remembered for her fearlessness and determination at her funeral Saturday. More>>

Snow too thick to plow keeps skiers from California resorts Video included

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Authorities warn that mudslides are possible even after a damaging storm moved through California, trapping people in floodwaters, triggering a debris flow that destroyed homes, and forcing residents to flee communities scorched by wildfires last year. More>>

Gone in a New York minute: How the Amazon deal fell apart

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When Amazon chose the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens to build a new campus, New York's top brass saw it as a major coup but what they didn't anticipate was the deal's eventual unraveling. More>>

Judge bars immigration policing criteria for 2 grants

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A Los Angeles federal judge has permanently blocked the Trump administration from favoring police departments that cooperate with immigration officials when issuing some law enforcement grants. More>>

California governor wants users to profit from online data

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom says the state's consumers should get a piece of the billions of dollars that technology companies make off the personal data they collect. More>>

Hearing into unresolved US House race could find winner

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Hearing by state Elections Board could reveal whether the nation's last undecided congressional election was either tainted by so much ballot tampering that a winner could not be declared. More>>

Disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner released from prison

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Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner has been released from federal prison in Massachusetts. More>>

NYC's Chinatown welcomes Year of the Pig with vibrant parade Video included

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Drums, dragons and dancers are parading through New York's Chinatown to ring in the Year of the Pig. More>>

Suspect in killing of 4 hostages during standoff has died

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Authorities say a 34-year-old man suspected of killing 4 people inside a Mississippi home during a hostage standoff has died at a hospital. More>>

World's oldest known wild bird hatches chick on Midway Atoll

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Federal wildlife officials say the world's oldest known wild bird has become a mother again at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. More>>

The Latest: Smollett says no truth he played role in attack

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Attorneys for Jussie Smollett say there is no truth to reports that the "Empire" actor played a role in the assault on him. More>>

Chicago police: Jussie Smollett assault case has 'shifted'

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Chicago police say "the trajectory of the investigation" into the reported attack on Jussie Smollett has shifted. More>>

Lee Radziwill, stylish sister of Jackie Kennedy, dies at 85

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Lee Radziwill, the stylish jet setter and socialite who made friends worldwide even as she bonded and competed with her older sister Jacqueline Kennedy, has died. More>>

APNewsBreak: Allred contacted authorities about R Kelly tape

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Attorney Gloria Allred tells The Associated Press she has contacted law enforcement about concerns one of her clients may be the person in a VHS tape purportedly showing R. Kelly having sex with an underage girl. More>>

Judge: Mississippi suit to cover all who lost voting rights

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A federal judge says a handful of former Mississippi convicts who are suing to have their voting rights restored can represent everyone who falls into that category. More>>

Judge limits public comments in Trump confidant Stone's case

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A federal judge has issued a gag order in the case of Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone. More>>

Vegas prosecutors say tech billionaire facing drug charges

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Felony drug charges have been filed against a California tech mogul and Marsy's Law victim rights advocate arrested in August with what police said were briefcases full of drugs in a Las Vegas Strip hotel. More>>

The Latest: CEO: Gunman passed background check when hired Video included

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Police say the fired worker who killed five people at a warehouse in Aurora, Illinois, was able to buy the gun he used because an initial background check didn't catch that he had a prior felony conviction in Mississippi. More>>

21 Savage 'wasn't hiding' being British, feared deportation

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The Atlanta-based rapper 21 Savage says he didn't talk about his British citizenship before because he didn't want to get deported. More>>

Oakland teachers announce strike over pay, class sizes

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The union representing 3,000 teachers in Oakland announces strike starting Thursday. More>>

Aurora shooting victims ranged from intern to plant manager

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The victims of disgruntled employee who opened fire at a suburban Chicago industrial warehouse were co-workers ranging from an intern to a plant manager. More>>

Police: Aurora attacker used gun he shouldn't have owned

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Police say a 15-year employee being fired from a manufacturing company opened fire in its suburban Chicago plant, killing five co-workers and wounding five police officers before he was fatally shot. More>>

Chicago police release 2 men questioned in Smollett case

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Chicago police have released without charges two Nigerian brothers arrested on suspicion of assaulting "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett. More>>

Judge keeps most Keystone XL pipeline work on hold

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A federal judge in Montana has largely kept in place an injunction that blocks a Canadian company from performing preliminary work on the stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline. More>>

Alaska governor offers use of troops along US-Mexico border

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Alaska is about 3,000 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, but the state's new Republican governor is offering President Donald Trump the use of the Alaska National Guard to patrol it, the Anchorage Daily News reports. More>>

Medical emergency triggers stampede at San Francisco theater

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Chaos broke out during a performance of the musical "Hamilton" at San Francisco's Orpheum theater after audience members mistook a medical emergency for a shooting. More>>

Mormons up missionary calls home from twice yearly to weekly

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Parents of Mormon missionaries will be able to hear their children's voices a lot more often under new rules announced Friday that allow the proselytizing youngsters to call home every week instead of only twice a year. More>>

Reform, once avoided, now embraced in Chicago mayor's race

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Once a dirty word in Chicago, 'reform' is now on the lips of the city's 14 mayoral candidates. More>>

Attorney: Process behind census question 'rotten'

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An attorney for the state of California says the process behind Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross' decision to add a citizenship question to the U.S. Census was rotten to its core. More>>

Employee being fired fatally shoots 5 co-workers in Illinois

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A shooter has been apprehended after opening fire in an industrial park in in Aurora, Illinois. More>>

Chicago police release 2 men questioned in Smollett case

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Chicago police says local media reports that allege the attack against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett was a hoax are unconfirmed. More>>

The Latest: Police say workplace gunman was being fired Video included

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A suburban Chicago school district is keeping its students in classrooms as police investigate an active shooter situation at an industrial park in Aurora. More>>

California may sue Trump over emergency wall declaration Video included

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California's governor and attorney general and say they will sue President Donald Trump over his emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. More>>

Judge: Hernandez's child can't sue NFL over brain disease

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A federal judge says the 6-year-old daughter of the late NFL player Aaron Hernandez missed a 2014 deadline to opt out of the $1 billion concussion settlement and can't separately sue the league over his diagnosis of a degenerative brain disease. More>>

Portland police texts with far-right group spark probe

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A member of Portland's city council said she is not shocked by a newspaper report that the commander for the police rapid response team exchanged friendly text messages with a leader of far-right protests that have rocked the city. More>>

California teachers say announcement on strike coming

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The union representing teachers in Oakland, California, says it will make an announcement Saturday about a potential strike, a day after a neutral fact-finding report was to be issued. More>>

ICE halts force-feeding of immigrant detainees in Texas

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Texas newspapers report the U.S. government has suddenly stopped force-feeding immigrants on a hunger strike inside an El Paso immigration detention center. More>>

Chief: Officer lied in affidavit before deadly Houston raid

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Houston's police chief says a lead investigator lied in an affidavit justifying a drug raid on a home in which two residents were killed and four officers were wounded during a gun battle. More>>

AP Exclusive: Lawsuit claims discrimination by foster agency

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A South Carolina mother is accusing a federally funded foster agency of not working with her because she's Catholic. More>>

Washington state snow plow rage: 2 plow drivers threatened

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There's snow plow rage in Spokane after storms dropped 21 inches of snow so far in February. More>>

LA sheriff: Fewer crimes spur transfer to immigration agents

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The new leader of the nation's largest sheriff's department is further limiting when inmates in Los Angeles County jails can be transferred to U.S. authorities for deportation. More>>

Critics protest proposed drilling in Alaska's Arctic refuge

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Protesters in Alaska urged federal officials to keep oil rigs out of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge despite a federal law requiring lease sales. More>>

Parkland shooting victims are remembered in silence

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The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre a year later: Renewed national debate on guns and school safety, and a time to remember the victims. More>>

PR push for white officer accused of killing armed black man

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Digital ad campaign seeks to defend white police officer charged in fatal shooting of armed black man in Tennessee. More>>

Second Fairfax accuser is intensely private single mother

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Woman who accused Democratic Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of raping her while they were students at Duke University in 2000 is an intensely private single mother. More>>

Avenatti says he has new video evidence against R. Kelly

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Attorney Michael Avenatti says he has new video evidence of singer R. Kelly having sex with an underage girl. More>>

Trump Org scraps plans for 2 hotel chains, blaming politics

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President Donald Trump's company is scrapping plans for two new hotel chains announced two years ago, casting blame in part on a hostile political environment. More>>

Lyndon LaRouche's conspiracy mindset lives on

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Fitting for a man who saw so much darkness in the world, Lyndon LaRouche died on the fringes this week, his name little known to anyone under 50, his death rumored online a day before mainstream outlets confirmed it. More>>

Trail runner recounts life-or-death fight with mountain lion

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A Colorado runner who survived a mountain lion attack says he wrestled the young animal to the ground and jammed his foot onto its neck to suffocate it to death. More>>

Cardinal expects 'significant progress' at sex abuse summit

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US-based Roman Catholic bishops are participating in a weeklong retreat near Chicago. More>>

William Barr sworn in for 2nd stint as US attorney general

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The Senate has confirmed William Barr to be attorney general, placing the veteran government official and lawyer atop the Justice Department as special counsel Robert Mueller investigates Russian interference in the 2016 election. More>>

California considers insurance to help with wildfire costs

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Two California officials want the most populous state to take out insurance to help cover taxpayers' costs in bad wildfire seasons. More>>

Youth programs left wanting by California marijuana law

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More than a year after the start of marijuana sales in California, no money has been allocated for substance abuse programs and education for youth. More>>

Illinois set to hike minimum wage to $15, highest in Midwest

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Illinois legislators have sent Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker one of his top campaign promises, a gradual hike in the statewide minimum wage that would more than double the standard in most of its Midwestern neighbors require. More>>

After shooting: 'You can't really trust other students'

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A year after Parkland, the K-12 experience in Florida has been reshaped. More>>

Make El Chapo pay for a border wall? Don't count on it

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Make El Chapo pay for a wall? That may be a tall order, especially since officials can't say for sure how much Joaquin Guzman may still have from his drug smuggling empire or they intend to get their hands on it. More>>

Denver teachers back at work after winning deal with raises Video included

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Denver teachers are set to extend their strike into a third day after negotiations with district leaders ended Tuesday night without a deal. More>>

Trump administration sued over shift in asylum policy

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Civil liberties groups have filed a lawsuit in federal court in San Francisco to block the Trump administration from returning asylum seekers to Mexico while their cases wind through U.S. immigration courts. More>>

Storm creates chaos in California with flooding, mudslides Video included

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Heavy rain is again raising the risk of mudslides in Southern California burn areas where evacuations are ordered during a powerful storm that flooded roads and toppled trees further north. More>>

Producer of 'Silent Scream' anti-abortion film dies

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The producer of the controversial 1984 abortion film "The Silent Scream" has died at age 94. Beverly Cielnicky, president of Crusade For Life, tells The Associated Press that Donald S. Smith died Jan. 30 in Wenatchee, Washington. More>>

Police: Teen charged after gunshot at New Mexico high school

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A shot has been fired on the grounds of a suburban Albuquerque high school on the anniversary of the Parkland, Florida high school massacre but police say no one was injured and a suspect was taken into custody. More>>

Immigration spending pact has more than a border wall

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The immigration spending Congressional leaders on Thursday released details of a compromise on border and immigration enforcement that gives President Donald Trump just a sliver of the money he wanted for his border wall with Mexico. More>>

Kansas' abortion uncertainty fuels response to New York law

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Kansas abortion opponents are as eager as ever to impose new restrictions but aren't sure of their options because the state's legal climate is uncertain. More>>

Wife of imprisoned Chicago officer fears he's in danger

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The wife of a white Chicago police officer who fatally shot black teenager Laquan McDonald says her husband has been assaulted by inmates in his cell at a Connecticut prison. More>>

Trump-dominated board to close coal plant, despite his plea

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TVA votes to close Kentucky coal-fired power plant over objections from President Trump, state GOP leaders. More>>

Correction: AccuWeather-Sexual Bias Settlement story

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A family-run weather company, whose former CEO is President Donald Trump's nominee to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has agreed to pay $290,000 after an agency found the company subjected female employees to sexual harassment. More>>

Judge critical of PG&E's wildfire role demands more answers

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A U.S. judge who has berated Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for its role in wildfires in California is demanding more answers from the utility. More>>

Broken pipe puts much of a city under boil-water advisory

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Leaky pipes have left about 100,000 customers in Ohio under a boil-water advisory. More>>

Texas' election chief apologizes over flawed noncitizen list

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Texas' election chief is apologizing over releasing a botched list of 95,000 voters whose citizenship was called into question before being fully vetted. More>>

Unclaimed $1.5B prize: South Carolina could be big loser too

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The winner of a $1.54 billion lottery jackpot in South Carolina has yet to come forward, and that could make the state a big loser too. More>>

Counseling urged to prevent depression in at-risk new moms

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Task force finds counseling at-risk pregnant women, new mothers offers a chance at preventing perinatal depression. More>>

Tributes, activism, safety drills mark 1 year since Parkland

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Some students around the country are marking the anniversary of the school massacre in Parkland, Florida, with moments of silence or somber vigils while others aim to find threads of positivity in the fabric of tragedy. More>>

Denver teacher strike revealed US divide over bonus pay Video included

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Denver's teachers have gone on strike over pay, but the fight isn't that simple. More>>

Youth smoking decline stalls, and vaping may be to blame

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A large study shows cigarette smoking rates for U.S. kids have stopped falling, and health officials believe youth vaping is responsible. More>>

Public school strikes revive clash with Teach for America

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Young teachers are caught up in a possible strike in Oakland, California, that's giving new life to the long-simmering tension between traditional public schools and the education reform program Teach for America. More>>

Strangers' suspicions rankle parents of mixed-race children

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Strangers' suspicions rankle parents whose children have different complexions. More>>

Anne Firor Scott, groundbreaking historian, dead at 97

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Anne Firor Scott, a prize-winning historian and esteemed professor of Southern studies, has died at age 97. More>>

Perennial presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche dead at 96

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Political extremist, perennial presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche Jr. dies at 96. More>>

FBI posts victim sketches drawn by admitted serial killer

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The FBI has released sketches of women and other information on a string of unsolved cold-case homicides that investigators say a serial killer admitted to carrying out. More>>

California judge will keep Planned Parenthood names sealed

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Planned Parenthood is making an unusual legal demand to join California's criminal prosecution of two anti-abortion activists charged with invasion of privacy for secretly making videos as they tried to buy fetal material from the organization. More>>

Parkland massacre survivors privately mourning anniversary

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The communities and families terrorized by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre will spend the anniversary quietly remembering the 14 students and three staff members who lost their lives. More>>

Nevada woman is the 6th to accuse Arias of sexual misconduct

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The director of an international center at the University of Nevada in Reno is the latest woman to accuse Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Costa Rican President Oscar Arias of sexual misconduct. More>>

Lawsuit means Chicago Obama library plan no sure thing

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Odds still favor the eventual construction of Barack Obama's $500 million presidential museum and library in a park along Chicago's lakeshore. More>>

Utah reduces voter-backed Medicaid expansion in rare move

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Utah has passed sweeping changes to a voter-approved Medicaid expansion, slashing the number of people covered and adding work requirements that the Trump administration is expected to approve. More>>

Iowa hotel settles with woman who was raped inside her room

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An Iowa hotel has settled a lawsuit with a New Jersey woman who was raped and battered after the front desk gave the attacker her room key. More>>

Parkland shooting stirs 3 siblings to lives of activism

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The three Deitsch siblings have devoted long hours to the March for Our Lives movement since the Parkland school shooting last year. More>>

The Latest: Arias accused of misconduct in Reno in 1998

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Longtime director of international center at the University of Nevada in Reno is the latest woman to accuse Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Costa Rican President Oscar Arias of sexual misconduct. More>>

Bill, Melinda Gates unfazed by criticism of wealthy giving

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Bill and Melinda Gates are pushing back against a new wave of criticism about whether billionaire philanthropy is a force for good. More>>

Fairfax accuser speaks out on abuse at Stanford #MeToo panel

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College professor Vanessa Tyson avoided talking directly about her accusation that Virginia's lieutenant governor sexually assaulted her, but she wasn't shy about publicly discussing her research and thoughts on the growing number of women reporting abuse. More>>

Lawyer: Rapper 21 Savage granted immigration bond

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Lawyers for rapper 21 Savage say he has been granted bond for release from federal immigration custody. More>>

Trump's coal pledge could be tested by TVA vote this week

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President Donald Trump's vow to save the coal industry will be tested this week when a utility board he appoints weighs whether to close a coal-fired power plant in Kentucky whose suppliers include a mine owned by one of his campaign donors. More>>

Virginia dioceses list 58 clergy with sex abuse allegations

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Virginia's two Catholic dioceses publish list of 58 priests credibly accused of sexually abusing minors, joinin other dioceses around the country in answering calls to make those names public. More>>

States weigh bills addressing Native deaths, disappearances

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Lawmakers in at least seven states have introduced legislation to address the unsolved deaths and disappearances of numerous Native American women and girls. More>>

Police detective killed by friendly fire in New York City

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New York City police say two officers have been shot during an apparent armed robbery. More>>

No exit: El Chapo likely off to 'Alcatraz of the Rockies'

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A 2-time escapee from Mexican prisons, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman will likely be sentenced to the ADX Supermax in Florence, Colorado, the most secure prison ever constructed in the United States. More>>

Depression 101: Dallas schoolkids learn about mental health

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Dozens of Dallas-area schools are among a growing number around the world that are teaching children how to spot the signs of depression in themselves and others. More>>

Ex-W.Va. Supreme Court justice gets 2 years for corruption

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A former West Virginia Supreme Court justice has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for using his office for his own benefit and lying to investigators. More>>

Texas children found in dog cage placed in foster care

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Four malnourished children are in foster care after authorities found two locked in a dog cage and two more smeared with feces in a North Texas barn. More>>

Petal to metal: Rose inspections didn't stop during shutdown Video included

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Roses are red _ and bug-free _ after being inspected at Miami International Airport, where 90 percent of cut flowers imported into the U.S. every year are examined. More>>

New storm brings more rain and snow to the West

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An atmospheric river aimed at California and southern Oregon is bringing a new round of stormy weather to the West. More>>

Correction: Minimum Wage-Illinois story

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The Illinois House could vote on a plan this week to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour, but inflation will largely negate the impact for low-income workers by the time the pay floor reaches that level in 2025. More>>

Chuck Green, who reported on Oswald's death for AP, dies

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A former Associated Press correspondent and bureau chief who reported the news that President John F. Kennedy's assassin had been killed is dead at age 82. More>>

California governor names new leaders on water, education

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom has named new leaders to top state posts in water, transportation and education policy. More>>

Ex-astronaut Mark Kelly makes Democratic bid for Senate seat

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Retired astronaut Mark Kelly says he's running to finish John McCain's term in the U.S. SenateRetired astronaut Mark Kelly says he's running to finish John McCain's term in the U.S. Senate. More>>

Rule could limit college response to off-campus sex assaults

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Several of the nation's largest universities receive more sexual assault complaints from off-campus than from school property, but their obligation to address off-campus cases could be dramatically reduced under a federal proposal. More>>

NY Fed: Auto loan delinquencies at highest point since 2010

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The Federal Reserve Bank of New York says borrowers are behind in their auto loan payments in numbers not seen since delinquencies peaked at the end of 2010. More>>

Ex-prosecutor, brother hit with drug charges in Hawaii

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A federal grand jury has indicted a former Honolulu prosecutor and her brother on drug distribution charges. More>>

Arizona wants care unit where patient was raped to stay open

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Arizona is contesting a long-term care facility's decision to shut down the unit where an incapacitated woman was raped and later gave birth. More>>

Gucci creative head breaks silence over 'blackface' sweater

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Gucci's creative director breaks silence over 'blackface' sweater, says racism never his intention. More>>

NASA about to pull plug on Mars rover, silent for 8 months

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NASA trying one last time to contact its silent Mars rover Opportunity before calling it quits. More>>

Biden: Longtime Rep. John Dingell treated all with 'dignity'

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Former Vice President Joe Biden will offer remarks at the funeral of John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in US history. More>>

APNewsBreak: Teach for America slammed over Oakland strike

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Hundreds of Teach for America alumni are slamming the teacher placement program for telling members to cross the picket line during a potential teachers strike in Oakland, California, or risk losing thousands of dollars at the end of their service. More>>

Texas sheriff: 2 malnourished children found in dog cage

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Sheriff's deputies discovered four malnourished children, including two locked inside a dog cage, when they responded to a domestic disturbance at a North Texas home. More>>

Notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman convicted

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Notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been convicted of drug trafficking in a U.S. trial that could keep him in prison for life. More>>

Virginia sex allegations are latest against state officials

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Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax is at least the seventh statewide elected official to be publicly accused of sexual misconduct over the last two years. More>>

Politician's accuser speaks about issue of sexual assault

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A California college professor who has accused Virginia's lieutenant governor of sexual assault will appear at a long-planned academic symposium on that very subject at Stanford University. More>>

California governor scales back high-speed train

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom is preparing to deliver his first State of the State address a day after declaring he wouldn't participate in the Trump administration's "political theater" over border security. More>>

The Latest: Police say detective killed by friendly fire

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New York City police say a detective was killed by friendly fire while responding to a report of an armed robbery. More>>

Settlement over USC doctor abuse requires school reforms

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Attorneys for women who said they were sexually abused by a longtime gynecologist at the University of Southern California say a $215 million settlement includes groundbreaking campus reforms. More>>

The Latest: California Gov. says he's committed to rail line

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom pulls plug on plan for high-speed train from Los Angeles to San Francisco, says it will take too long and cost too much. More>>

Denver teachers, officials negotiate to try to end strike Video included

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Denver school leaders and teachers are set to resume negotiations to end a strike over pay. More>>

San Diego will sue US for releasing asylum-seeking families

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San Diego County will sue the Trump administration over widespread releases of asylum-seeking families. More>>

Blackface scandal prompts others to confront their memories

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As some of Virginia's white political leaders grapple with long-delayed fallout from having worn blackface years ago, others who once donned blackface have been re-examining old memories of the behavior. More>>

New Jersey becomes first US state to take legal Oscars bets

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Are you so sure that Lady Gaga will win an Oscar for her performance in a "Star is Born" that you'd be willing to bet on it. More>>

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