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Bye bye bugs? Scientists fear non-pest insects are declining

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Scientists are noticing fewer and fewer moths, ladybugs, fireflies and butterflies, but they can't quite quantify what's happening to flying insect because they never measured how many bugs there used to be. More>>

Relatives: Texas victims more than the troubles they endured

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Four women killed in Texas _ allegedly by a Border Patrol agent _ were bound by difficulties in life. But relatives say they were more than the troubles they endured. More>>

Gunman upset by divorce is found dead after manhunt

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A gunman authorities say shot at his ex-wife and then killed his parents in Pennsylvania has been found dead. More>>

Giant bong, huggable buds: Marijuana museum opens in Vegas

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A museum celebrating all things cannabis with displays that include a glass bong taller than a giraffe and huggable faux marijuana plants is the newest tourist attraction in Las Vegas. More>>

The longest week: Carolinas worn out by Florence

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Hurricane Florence is still wearing out the Carolinas, where residents have endured an agonizing week of violent winds, torrential rain, widespread flooding, power outages and death. More>>

Florence shows how storm coverage is politicized

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Florence shows how politics has been drawn into coverage of major storms. More>>

Arthur Mitchell, pioneering black ballet dancer, dies at 84

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Arthur Mitchell, who broke barriers for African-Americans in the 1950s as a ballet dancer with the New York City Ballet and who would go on to become a driving force in the creation of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, has died. More>>

Police: Motive unknown in Wisconsin office shooting

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Authorities say they don't yet know what prompted an employee of a Wisconsin software company to open fire at his office, injuring four people, including three seriously. More>>

Women die in flooded van driven by South Carolina deputies

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Officials say two women being transported to a mental health facility by deputies have drowned when they were trapped in the van as it was engulfed in rising South Carolina floodwaters. More>>

Vulnerable US senator welcomes Trump in tight Nevada race

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Republicans' chances of keeping their U.S. Senate majority have become shakier as races in red states have tightened, but the party's most vulnerable member insists he's bullish about his re-election. More>>

3 hurt in court shooting leave hospital; gunman identified

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Three civilians wounded when a gunman opened fire outside a crowded Pennsylvania courtroom are now out of the hospital. More>>

Woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart released from prison

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Elizabeth Smart says the woman who helped kidnap her when she was 14 fell short on her apology. More>>

Judge: Georgia has stalled in face of voting system risks

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Voting integrity advocates had argued Georgia's electronic voting machines are unreliable and vulnerable to hacking, but a federal judge says forcing the state to change its system to paper ballots before the midterm elections is too risky. More>>

3 hackers get light sentences after working with the FBI

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Three computer hackers whose "botnet" known as Mirai virtually paralyzed chunks of the Internet in 2016 have received light sentences after helping the FBI with cybercrime and cybersecurity. More>>

Bill Gates calls for more global education assessments data

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Bill Gates is rallying behind school quality in developing nations with a push for more assessment data, a new initiative that links the Microsoft co-founder's signature U.S. education priorities with his more prominent global philanthropy work. More>>

Tesla says it has turned over documents to feds

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Shares of electric car maker Tesla Inc. fell more than 5 percent Tuesday after a report that it's under criminal investigation over statements about taking the company private. More>>

Former aide to New York Gov. Cuomo faces corruption sentence

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A judge will decide whether a former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo receives leniency or a long prison sentence for his conviction on federal bribery and fraud charges. More>>

Past NASA chiefs gather for space agency's 60th anniversary

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NASA chiefs going back 30 years have come together to mark the space agency's 60th anniversary. More>>

Canadian crabs with bad attitude threaten coastal ecosystem

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Aggressive Canadian crabs invading US waters from Nova Scotia threaten coastal ecosystem. More>>

Trump rolls back pollution rules for drilling on US lands

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An on-again, off-again effort to restrict harmful methane emissions on federal lands is off _ again. More>>

Hurricane rating system fails to account for deadly rain

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Several meteorologists and disaster experts say Florence highlights a problem with the way hurricane danger is rated. More>>

US agrees to improve worker safety at polluted nuclear site

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The U.S. government will pay $925,000 and improve worker safety to settle a lawsuit over employee exposure to chemical vapors at the nation's most polluted nuclear weapons production site. More>>

1st private moon flight passenger to invite creative guests Video included

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Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa said Monday that he plans to blast off on the first-ever commercial trip around the moon and will invite six to eight artists, architects, designers and other creative people on the weeklong journey. More>>

Democrats in key House races push against tax deduction cap

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One provision of the Republican tax overhaul looms large in several tight congressional races this fall, especially in California and New Jersey. More>>

Man who walked near boiling-hot Old Faithful geyser ticketed

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Yellowstone National Park officials say they have ticketed a man caught on video walking dangerously close to Old Faithful geyser. More>>

Vigil honors star golfer from Spain who was killed in Iowa

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Teammates and others who knew an Iowa State University student-athlete who was killed this week while playing golf near the campus shared stories about her and lit candles in her memory. More>>

The Latest: Smart won't live in fear after kidnapper release

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Elizabeth Smart's father says he's grateful that one of her kidnappers will be watched closely by federal agents now that she's been freed from prison, but he remains concerned about Wanda Barzee's mental state. More>>

Kentucky town mourns its first female mayor, Lucy Lou, a dog

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The town of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky, is known for a string of highly esteemed mayors, one of whom died this week. More>>

Judge throws out lawsuit by ex-wrestlers over concussions

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A federal judge in Connecticut has dismissed a lawsuit by 60 former professional wrestlers who claimed World Wrestling Entertainment failed to protect them from repeated head trauma. More>>

Man opens fire at his Wisconsin office, 3 seriously hurt

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Police are responding to a report of an active shooter in a commercial building in the southern Wisconsin community of Middleton. More>>

Women slain in Border Patrol case endured trying lives

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Women allegedly killed by Border Patrol supervisor in Texas endured trying lives. More>>

Jehovah's Witnesses accused of mishandling abuse in Montana

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Two women who say they were sexually abused as children have alleged that the Jehovah's Witnesses failed to report their abuser to authorities in Montana. More>>

Judge: US can't deny passport over refusing to pick gender

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A judge has ruled that U.S. officials cannot deny a passport application from an intersex Colorado resident based solely on a refusal to select male or female for gender. More>>

Frustration builds as Carolina residents wait to go home Video included

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Exhaustion and frustration are building in the Carolinas as thousands of people wait to go home days after Hurricane Florence unleashed epic rain and floods. More>>

Owner of 3D-printed gun company accused of sex with minor

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Authorities allege that the owner of a Texas company being sued by several states over its plan to disseminate blueprints for making untraceable 3D-printed guns had sex with an underage girl and paid her $500 afterward. More>>

Border Patrol agents find 193 immigrants in southern Arizona

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For the third time in a month, Border Patrol agents have found a large group of immigrants in a remote desert area of southern Arizona. More>>

Former Chicago police commander linked to torture dead at 70

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Jon Burge, a former Chicago police commander who was linked to numerous cases of misconduct and abuse of suspects, has died in Florida. More>>

Similar slayings draw vastly different political reaction

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Slain golfer and suspect lived contrasting lives in the same Iowa college town. More>>

The Latest: Company officials 'heartbroken' after shooting

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A city official says four people have been shot, but none fatally, during shooting at software company near Madison, Wisconsin. More>>

California district latest to modernize 'sexist' dress code

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A school district near San Francisco has become the latest to adopt a dress code allowing midriff-baring shirts and short shorts that it says is less sexist. More>>

Official: More possible victims of California doctor found

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Attorneys say a California surgeon and his girlfriend deny allegations they preyed on two intoxicated women and then drugged and raped them. More>>

California: Drugmaker paid doctors to overprescribe Humira

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California has filed a lawsuit accusing pharmaceutical giant AbbVie of illegally plying doctors with cash, gifts and services to prescribe one of the world's biggest selling drugs. More>>

Monsanto asks judge to throw out $289M award in cancer suit

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Agribusiness giant Monsanto is asking a San Francisco judge to throw out a jury's $289 million award to a former school groundskeeper who said the company' Roundup weed killer left him dying of cancer. More>>

2 patients drown as van swept into floodwaters

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Two female detainees have drowned when a van was swept away in rising South Carolina flood waters. More>>

The Latest: Ferry services resuming in North Carolina

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Authorities confirm two detainees drowned when a van was swept away in rising flood waters in South Carolina. More>>

Teen killed in dramatic natural gas explosions laid to rest

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Hundreds of mourners have come out to remember the Massachusetts teen who died in last week's natural gas explosions north of Boston. More>>

US doubles tribal funding to fight violence against women

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A top U.S. Justice Department official says it's doubling the amount of federal funding for tribal public safety and crime victims as it seeks to tackle the high-rates of violence against Native American women. More>>

Coca-Cannabis? Coke analyzing cannabis in wellness drinks

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The Coca-Cola Company says that it's "closely watching" the growth of the use of a non-psychoactive element of cannabis in wellness drinks. More>>

Prosecutor: Suspect tied rope around neck of slain woman

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A prosecutor says a North Dakota man accused of helping to kill a pregnant woman tightened a rope around her neck after his girlfriend sliced the baby from the victim's womb. More>>

Judge nixes Cosby request to step down; sentencing Monday

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Bill Cosby's trial judge rejects defense motion to step down from the sex assault case before Monday's sentencing hearing near Philadelphia. More>>

Arkansas inmate released from prison after judge's ruling

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An Arkansas man whose 1992 murder conviction was overturned with the help of the Midwest Innocence Project has been freed from prison. More>>

Grizzly's rare aggressive attack kills 1, puzzles officials

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Officials puzzle over especially aggressive attack that kills hunting guide, injures client in Wyoming. More>>

Florence death toll climbs to 37; Trump visits stricken area

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Food and water handouts are beginning in the North Carolina city of Wilmington, which is still mostly cut off by floodwaters from Hurricane Florence. More>>

Biggest wildfire on record in California is fully contained

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The U.S. Forest Service says the largest wildfire on record in California is 100 percent contained. More>>

Doctor: Can't determine order of Laquan McDonald's wounds

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Testimony expected to resume in the murder trial of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke. More>>

'Up in the air': If displaced by storm, where to call home?

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Carolina residents wonder where to call home after Florence swamps neighborhoods. More>>

Mormon leaders call for new medical-marijuana plan in months

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Mormon church leaders are calling for Utah lawmakers to pass medical-marijuana legislation by the end of the year even as they urge residents to vote against an insurgent ballot measure that would legalize it. More>>

Reality show doc, woman charged with California drug rapes

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A California doctor who appeared in a reality TV dating show and a woman co-defendant have been charged with drugging and sexually assaulting two women, and authorities suspect there may be more victims. More>>

The Latest: Family 'heart-broken' over death of star golfer

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Relatives in Spain of a star collegiate golfer who was stabbed to death by a stranger on an Iowa golf course say they distraught. More>>

A year after Maria, Puerto Rican kidney patients fear death

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Puerto Rico dialysis patients fear death 1 year after Maria shuttered treatment center in Vieques. More>>

2 million US teens are vaping marijuana

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Nearly 1 in 11 U.S. students used marijuana in electronic cigarettes in 2016, heightening concern about the new popularity of vaping. More>>

Former aides give Wisconsin Gov. Walker re-election headache

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Former top administration officials to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker aren't airing their grievances as unnamed sources or through anonymous op-eds _ they're criticizing him publicly. More>>

McDonald's workers across US protest against sex harassment

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McDonald's workers are staging protests in several cities in what organizers called the first multistate strike seeking to combat sexual harassment in the workplace. More>>

Woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart to be released

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Elizabeth Smart says she's been assured that the woman who helped kidnap her when she was 14 and stood by as she was sexually assaulted will be watched when she's released from prison. More>>

Lawsuit filed against gas company after Massachusetts blasts

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The pressure in natural gas pipelines prior to a series of explosions and fires in Massachusetts last week was 12 times higher than it should have been. More>>

Relatives have vigil for 4 allegedly killed by border agent

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Dozens of family members of four women who investigators say a US Border Patrol supervisor killed have held a vigil in South Texas to remember the women. More>>

California jury: Career criminal guilty of killing 2 teens

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A Northern California jury has found guilty a career criminal who authorities believe to be the 'Gypsy Hill Killer" of killing two teenage girls. More>>

Slaying of star golfer from Spain shocks Iowa college town

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Former Iowa State University golfer found dead at golf course; man charged with murder. More>>

Chicago cops reluctantly testify against 1 of their own Video included

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The video of the Laquan McDonald shooting is so central to the murder trial of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke that jurors watched it repeatedly during the first day of testimony. More>>

Canadian marijuana imports OK'd by US for California study

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In a rare move, the U.S. government has approved the importation of marijuana extracts from Canada for a clinical trial, highlighting a new avenue for American researchers who have had trouble obtaining the drug for medical studies. More>>

LA Times Beijing bureau chief quits after sex investigation

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The head of the Los Angeles Times' Beijing bureau has resigned four months after the newspaper suspended him following sexual harassment complaints from two women. More>>

The Latest: 2 die in rising flood waters that overtook a van

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South Carolina's governor plans to meet with top Department of Defense leaders to discuss the state's response to Florence. More>>

US appeals court rules for bartenders, waiters in tip fight

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A U.S. appeals court is siding with bartenders and waiters in a fight over whether restaurants can pay them less because they receive tips. More>>

Floodwaters of Florence put North Carolina dams under stress

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Deadly floodwaters that sent North Carolina rivers to record or near-record heights have many jittery about whether dams across the state will hold under the strain. More>>

NASA satellite launched to measure Earth's ice changes

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A NASA satellite designed to precisely measure changes in Earths ice sheets, glaciers, sea ice and vegetation has been launched from California. More>>

US hurricane, Asian typhoon: 1 brings water, the other, wind

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Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut roar ashore the same day half a world apart, spreading devastation as differently as the water and the wind. More>>

A warmer world makes hurricanes wetter and more intense

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Scientists: Warner world makes hurricanes wetter, stronger and faster to intensify. More>>

Los Angeles takes step toward banning sale of fur products

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Los Angeles would become the largest city in America to ban the sale of fur products if it approves a proposed law backed by animal activists. More>>

Suspect in California deputy's killing has past gun charges

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Flags at California's Capitol are flying at half-staff after a Sacramento County sheriff's deputy was killed and a second wounded in a confrontation at a Pep Boys store. More>>

Cape Cod shark attacks show need for better cell service

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Two shark attacks on Cape Cod this summer are underscoring the need for better cellphone service at some of the region's beaches. More>>

Arrest shows challenge of keeping rogues off Border Patrol

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Arrest highlights Border Patrol's challenge of keeping rogue agents off its force. More>>

Lawsuits filed over St. Louis police 'kettling' practice

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Several people arrested in a police "kettle" during a 2017 protest in St. Louis are suing the city, police officers and their supervisors. More>>

Diver who helped with Thai cave rescue sues Elon Musk

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British diver who helped with Thai cave rescue files defamation lawsuit against Elon Musk, who called the diver a pedophile on Twitter. More>>

Latest: Suspect in golfer's slaying has history of violence

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A criminal complaint says a top amateur female golfer from Spain died after being repeatedly stabbed by a homeless man at a course near her university campus in Iowa. More>>

Co-founder of Salesforce buys Time magazine for $190 million

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Time magazine is being sold for $190 million to cloud computing pioneer. More>>

Trump Jr. mocks sexual assault claim against Kavanaugh

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President Donald Trump's eldest son on Monday appeared to mock the sexual assault allegations against his father's nominee for the Supreme Court. More>>

Police: Border agent targeted victims for vulnerability

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10-year veteran of US Border Patrol being held on $2.5 million bond, accused of killing at least four women and injuring a fifth who escaped. More>>

Japanese supply run to space station delayed again

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A Japanese supply run to the International Space Station has been delayed again. More>>

Pollution fears: Swollen rivers swamp ash dumps, hog farms

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Flooded rivers in North Carolina have begun to swamp coal ash dumps and low-lying hog farms, raising pollution concerns as swollen waterways approach their crests. More>>

North Carolina residents consider fleeing as rivers rise

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Many in North Carolina lulled into believing they've already weathered the worst of Florence, but rising rivers pose a dangerous flood threat. More>>

Uber glitch leaves drivers unpaid and frustrated

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Drivers for the ride-hailing company Uber are frustrated over a glitch that is keeping them from being paid immediately. More>>

Former Colorado nuke site opens to public as wildlife refuge

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A unique wildlife refuge on the site of a former nuclear weapons plant in Colorado is opening its gates to the public after a confusing day when officials first said they would not open the refuge and then said they would. More>>

Kimbal Musk talks food, deflects his brother's bad press

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While Elon Musk is on the verge of announcing the first private passenger to travel to the moon, his brother Kimbal Musk is talking about growing basil plants at an indoor garden in Brooklyn. More>>

Northern California deputy killed by gunfire, second wounded

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The Sacramento Sheriff's Department says two deputies and a bystander have been shot during an incident just outside of the capital city. More>>

Latest: SpaceX moon passenger to invite artists on journey Video included

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Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa says he will invite six to eight artists, architects and other creative people on a weeklong journey to circumnavigate the moon. More>>

1st private moon flight passenger to invite creative guests Video included

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SpaceX is on the verge of announcing the name of person who would be the first private passenger on a trip around the moon. More>>

Rhode Island town council joins others boycotting Nike

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A Rhode Island town is considering asking departments to refrain from purchasing Nike products, but the state ACLU is objecting. More>>

In Carolinas, a question as the rivers rise: Stay or go?

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Hurricane Florence has taken this deceptive turn: The violent winds that rattled shingles off houses and tore down trees subsided, the pounding rain slowed to a pour, lulling many in its path into believing they've already weathered the worst of it. More>>

Emergency crews throw supply lifeline to isolated Wilmington Video included

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Catastrophic flooding from Florence spreads across the Carolinas with one city virtually cut off by the deluge and the vast storm system now over several states. More>>

WHAT'S HAPPENING: Rain, floods still in Florence's forecast

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The forecast for Florence has not changed, unfortunately: It's still raining, and rivers are still rising. More>>

Man caught shaving on train in viral video says don't judge

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A man who drew online mockery after he was filmed shaving at his seat on a New Jersey Transit train said he was just trying to clean up after days spent in a homeless shelter. More>>

Video of shooting on repeat at Chicago cop's murder trial Video included

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Prosecutors on Monday showed jurors video of a white Chicago police officer opening fire on black teenager Laquan McDonald, saying the fatal shooting was "completely unnecessary.". More>>

Ruling keeps Hawaii man hospitalized in '06 triple murder

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The retired U.S. judge who was tied up after a man allegedly shot and killed three people in Honolulu in 2006 says he's satisfied with a ruling that dismisses all the charges. More>>

Man charged in connection with Alaska girl's death

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An Alaska man found with the cellphone of a missing 10-year-old girl was charged Monday in connection with her death after GPS coordinates of where the phone had traveled led authorities to the girl's body. More>>

The Latest: More N Carolina counties qualify for federal aid

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The devastating flooding in North Carolina from Florence has raised concerns about whether some dams will be able to hold up under the strain. More>>

Florence flooding puts dams, many high hazard, to the test

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Devastating flooding in North Carolina after Florence raises concerns whether dams able to hold up under the strain. More>>

Labrador dog named Lucy saves Oregon man from sex conviction

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The discovery of a black lab named Lucy led to the unravelling of a criminal case Monday against an Oregon man who had begun serving a 50-year prison sentence. More>>

80 US lawmakers seek release of jailed Myanmar reporters

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More than 80 U.S. lawmakers are urging the Trump administration to step up efforts to win the release of two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar in connection with their reporting about massacres against Rohingya Muslims. More>>

DeVos to students: Don't hide behind a Twitter handle

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says free speech on college campuses is being threatened and tells students in Philadelphia that listening to people with differing views is an important part of education. More>>

Long held as oldest in US, New Jersey nuclear plant closes

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America's oldest nuclear power plant, the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in New Jersey, is shutting down Monday. More>>

Pollution fears: Swollen rivers swamp ash dumps, hog farms

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Flooded rivers in North Carolina have begun to swamp coal ash dumps and low-lying hog farms, raising pollution concerns as swollen waterways approach their crests. More>>

Soon-Yi Previn defends husband Woody Allen, attacks mother

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Soon-Yi Previn, the wife of Woody Allen and the estranged adopted daughter of Mia Farrow, has spoken publicly about her turbulent life for the first time in decades. More>>

The Latest: Border Patrol agent targeted vulnerable women

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Investigators: Border Patrol agent accused of killing four women collected arsenal of weapons to prepare for police confrontation after he thought he'd been identified. More>>

Witness: Circus camel that hurt 7 spooked by thrown shovel Video included

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A witness says a camel that injured seven people at a Pittsburgh circus apparently became spooked when a child threw a shovel at its feet. More>>

The Apple Watch is inching toward becoming a medical device

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Apple is trying to turn its smartwatch into a life preserver with features that gain key clearances from US government regulators. More>>

Artists create 58 portraits of Las Vegas shooting victims

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Artists from around the world have memorialized the 58 people killed in last year's mass shooting in Las Vegas with individual portraits of each victim. More>>

Death tolls often rise weeks after storm hits

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Disaster experts say it's not uncommon for death tolls to rise weeks after hurricanes hit because of nature of storms, difficulty in finding people. More>>

FDA plans meeting to discuss safety data on breast implants

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U.S. health officials say they'll convene a public meeting of medical advisers next year to discuss new science on breast implant safety. More>>

Swollen NC rivers swamp dumps, raising water pollution fears

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Duke Energy says slope has collapsed under Florence's heavy rains at a coal ash landfill at a closed North Carolina power station. More>>

Strike ending for last Washington teachers still picketing

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The last of the estimated 125,000 Washington state children who missed the start of school because of teacher strikes are now all going back to class. More>>

New US survey shows some progress against opioid crisis

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A U.S. government survey shows some progress in the fight against the ongoing opioid addiction crisis. More>>

'Green Book' wins audience award at Toronto Film Festival

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Peter Farrelly's 'Green Book' wins audience award at Toronto International Film Festival, confirming its status as an Oscar favorite. More>>

Got $1,100? Apple shows off its most expensive iPhone yet Video included

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Apple expected to expand iPhone line-up with biggest, expensive model yet along with cheaper alternatives. More>>

Rains from Florence cause collapse at NC coal ash landfill

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Duke Energy says heavy rains from Florence caused a slope to collapse at a coal-ash landfill at a closed power station near the North Carolina coast. More>>

AP Explains: How hurricanes unleash lethal storm surges

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AP Explains: How storm surges form in hurricanes, and why they are so lethal. More>>

Niece: Family won't take in Elizabeth Smart's kidnapper

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Once an accomplished organ player in Salt Lake City, Wanda Barzee has become a disturbing figure even for members of her own family for her role in the 2002 kidnapping of then-teenager Elizabeth Smart. More>>

Road access cut off to N. Carolina city after Florence

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Authorities are looking at going by air and water to get food into a North Carolina city that was cut off from road access by Florence's floodwaters. More>>

The Latest: Child swept away by floodwaters

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A train has derailed in North Carolina, but it's not clear whether it was storm-related. More>>

7 injured when startled camel bucks at Pittsburgh circus Video included

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Seven people, most of them children, were injured when a startled camel started bucking during a Pittsburgh circus. More>>

$2.5M bond for Border Patrol agent in killings of 4 in Texas

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Texas state troopers have arrested a U.S. Border Patrol supervisor who they accuse of going on a two-week serial killing spree. More>>

Official: Pressure sensors focus of gas explosions probe

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Residents in communities north of Boston that were rocked by natural gas explosions have been given the green light to return home. More>>

WHAT'S HAPPENING: Rivers pose epic Florence flood risks

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A heavy-duty response already is slogging through heavy rains and floodwaters to help people trapped or displaced by Florence's watery onslaught. More>>

Hurricane Florence cuts off road access to N. Carolina city

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Damage from Hurricane Florence left a North Carolina city popular with tourists cut off Sunday from road access, leaving authorities planning how to get food and water there by air. More>>

Flooding fears surge as rivers rise; Wilmington cut off

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North Carolina bracing for what could be the next stage of a still-unfolding disaster: widespread, catastrophic river flooding from Florence. More>>

Shark attack victim was engineering student, outdoorsman

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Friends say a 26-year-old man who was killed in a shark attack off a Cape Cod beach was an engineering student who loved outdoor activities like surfing and hiking. More>>

The Latest: 3-month-old dies when tree falls on home

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National Hurricane Center: Tropical Storm Florence expected to weaken soon but risk of flash flooding, major river flooding in Carolinas is rising. More>>

Police: Man in a wheelchair charged with killing 3 relatives

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Man charged with killing 3 family members. More>>

An old problem: Aging pipelines lead to deadly explosions

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Many wonder what they can do to protect themselves after Thursday's stunning explosions in Lawrence, Mass., that left one dead and at least 25 others injured. More>>

SpaceX changes plans to send tourists around the moon

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SpaceX says it has signed the first private moon traveler. More>>

Before and after a storm, the supply stores are critical

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Before and after a hurricane, Ace is the place. And Home Depot and Lowe's. And many other building supply and hardware outlets. More>>

Calling teen vaping 'epidemic,' officials weigh flavor ban

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says teenage use of e-cigarette has reached "epidemic" levels in the U.S. and called on manufacturers Wednesday to address the problem or have their products pulled off the market. More>>

Police: Man dies after shark attack off Cape Cod

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Police say a man has died after being attacked by a shark off a beach on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. More>>

Deluged by Hurricane Matthew, rural town waits for Florence Video included

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A rural town, battered by the collapse of its blue-collar economy and then by Hurricane Matthew, might also bear the brunt of Florence. More>>

Investigator: No evidence gas explosions intentional

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A federal investigator says there's no evidence to suggest the gas explosions that rocked communities north of Boston were intentional. More>>

The Latest: Florence forecast to bring on new river flooding

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Tropical Storm Florence is practically stalled over the Carolinas and the monster storm could dump drenching rains of up to 3½ feet. More>>

2 storms, Florence and Mangkhut, different as water and wind

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Killer storms Florence and Mangkhut hit on the same day, half a world apart, but that's about where the similarities end. More>>

Ailing killer whale declared dead, but feds to keep looking

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Teams are searching for an ailing, critically endangered orca that a scientist who tracks the whale population in the Pacific Northwest says is likely dead. More>>

Florence pours on the rain amid fears of catastrophic floods

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Nearly nonstop rain, surging seas and howling winds from Florence already have proven deadly, and the threat is days away from ending as floodwaters rise. More>>

Prosecutor: Border Patrol agent charged with murdering 4

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Authorities say a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent in Texas has been arrested on suspicion of having killed four women and abducted a fifth. More>>

The Latest: Prosecutor: Ortiz charged with murder of 4 women

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Authorities say a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent in Texas has been arrested on suspicion of having killed four women and abducted a fifth. More>>

Father says daughter was always smiling and generous

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The father of a 10-year-old girl whose body was found east of a remote Inupiat Eskimo town on Alaska's northwestern coast says his daughter always had a smile and loved to use her allowance to buy things for her friends. More>>

Wyoming guide dead after bear attack; Florida hunter hurt

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Wyoming authorities say a hunting guide has been found dead after he and a client were attacked by a bear. More>>

Police: Capital murder charges likely in Texas cop's death

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Authorities say two men arrested in the fatal shooting of a North Texas undercover police officer during a bar robbery will face capital murder charges. More>>

Lab test may identify dangerous gene mutations, study finds

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Scientists say a lab test may help determine whether specific genetic abnormalities are likely to make people sick. More>>

Mom of alleged MS-13 victim killed by SUV at girl's memorial

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A New York mother recognized by President Donald Trump at the State of the Union in his campaign against deadly MS-13 gang violence was struck by an SUV and killed at her slain daughter's memorial Friday after a heated confrontation with the driver. More>>

Libertarian Senate candidate discloses cannabis investments

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U.S. Senate candidate Gary Johnson of New Mexico is disclosing personal financial interests in the cannabis sector. More>>

Experts disagree on whether Dallas officer could be credible

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Experts on police training and psychology are split on whether a Dallas police officer's explanation of why she shot a black man in his own apartment can be considered credible based on what's known so far. More>>

WHAT'S HAPPENING: Rain still in the forecast from Florence

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Florence is turning out to be every bit as devastating as forecasters expected, with trillions of gallons of rain still in the forecast, hundreds of people needing rescue, hundreds of thousands of power outages and a handful of deaths. More>>

Mississippi agency says it won't buy from Nike over ads

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Mississippi's state police agency says it will no longer buy Nike products, with Public Safety Commissioner Marshall Fisher saying he won't spend money with "vendors who do not support law enforcement and our military.". More>>

Researchers find 1906 shipwreck in Lake Huron's Georgian Bay

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An international team of divers has discovered the wreckage of a ship that disappeared more than 100 years ago during a storm on Lake Huron. More>>

Everyone wants answers: State, feds hunt for gas blast cause

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A series of gas explosions killed a teen and left at least 10 other people injured, one critically, and ignited fires in at least 39 homes in three communities north of Boston on Thursday. More>>

Authorities say Texas officer shot during bar robbery dies

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Authorities say an undercover police officer was shot in the head and a member of a violent robbery crew was killed in an exchange of gunfire when a police unit disrupted the robbery of patrons at a Fort Worth bar. More>>

Couple accused of leaving 5-year-old in woods as punishment

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A man and woman in southern Minnesota are accused of dropping off a 5-year-old boy in the woods as punishment for wetting himself. More>>

The Latest: Downtown march protests man's police shooting

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Attorneys for the family of a man who was killed by a Dallas police officer who said she mistook his apartment for her own say investigators immediately looked for information that would "assassinate" the man's character. More>>

San Francisco statue that some call racist is removed

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Crews have removed a 19th century statue near San Francisco's City Hall that some have said is racist and demeaning to indigenous people. More>>

Hundreds of goats being airlifted out of Washington forest Video included

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A years-long effort to remove Olympic National Park of its mountain goats got under way this week as officials began capturing and relocating them by helicopter. More>>

Mother, infant, among several killed by Hurricane Florence

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A mother and baby killed when a tree smashed into their house are among several deaths caused by Hurricane Florence. More>>

Murder trial of Chicago cop puts troubled force in spotlight Video included

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The trial of a Chicago cop charged with murder in the shooting of a black teen shines a spotlight on a troubled force accused of bias, excessive force and a code of silence. The police superintendent says mistakes have been made but reform is underway. More>>

Dallas police face ire over portrayal of man shot by officer

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Attorneys for the family of a man who was killed in his own apartment by a Dallas police officer blasted the investigation on Friday, denouncing it as a one-sided effort to clear the officer of wrongdoing. More>>

Scientists: World's warming; expect more intense hurricanes

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Scientists who study climate change clearly see hand of humans in Florence, say a warmer world can expect more intense hurricanes. More>>

Troopers: Missing 10-year-old Alaska girl found dead

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Authorities in Alaska say a 10-year-old girl has been found dead Friday, more than a week after she was reported missing in a remote Inupiat Eskimo town on Alaska's northwestern coast. More>>

The Latest: Man arrested in connection with missing girl

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Authorities have arrested a 41-year-old man in connection with the disappearance of a 10-year-old girl whose body was discovered near her hometown. More>>

The Latest: Forecast: Florence threat continues overnight Video included

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The National Hurricane Center says that "catastrophic" freshwater flooding is expected over portions of the Carolinas as Hurricane Florence inches closer to the U.S. East Coast. More>>

She lost one home to Sandy. Will Florence spare her now?

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A family that lost their home in Superstorm Sandy in 2012 is now waiting to see whether Hurricane Florence has destroyed their new one in North Carolina. More>>

Global summit rebukes Trump, cheers on work to aid climate

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California Gov. Jerry Brown started his global climate summit in San Francisco by saying that President Donald Trump will likely be remembered as a liar and a fool when it comes to the environment. More>>

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