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Officials baffled by large migrant groups at remote crossing

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Large numbers of Guatemalan families and unaccompanied children are turning themselves in to U.S. immigration agents in an extremely remote stretch of New Mexico desert, a new smuggling route that has baffled authorities. More>>

Martha McSally to fill McCain Senate seat after losing race

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Arizona's governor has named Rep. Martha McSally to replace U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl in the U.S. Senate seat that belonged to Sen. John McCain. More>>

Sex offender Owen Labrie ordered to jail after Christmas

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A judge has declined to shorten the jail term for a New Hampshire prep school graduate convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old classmate in 2015 as part of a game of sexual conquest. More>>

Lawmakers call for probe into Guatemalan child's death

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Lawmakers visiting the Border Patrol station where a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl was taken hours before her death are demanding an investigation into the response by federal agents. More>>

Nevada becomes 1st US state with female-majority Legislature

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Nevada has become the first state in the country with an overall female-majority Legislature. More>>

Chicago officers likely didn't see train that killed them

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Chicago police say two officers likely didn't see or hear a train that fatally struck them because they were focused on another train coming the opposite direction. More>>

Yemeni mom wins travel ban waiver to see dying son in US

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A Yemeni mother has won her fight for a waiver from the Trump administration's travel ban that would allow her to go to California to see her dying 2-year-old son. More>>

Trump's safety panel seeks to revoke school discipline rules

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President Donald Trump's school safety commission is proposing a rollback of Obama-era guidance that critics say discouraged schools from reporting violent students to police. More>>

Colorado baker back in court over 2nd LGBT bias allegation

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Attorneys for a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple on religious grounds say the state is punishing him again for not baking a cake celebrating a gender transition. More>>

Social media and misinformation: It's a game of whack-a-mole

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Social media companies are fighting an expensive and increasingly complex battle against Russian trolls who are using catchy memes, bots and fake accounts to influence elections and sow discord in the U.S. More>>

Elon Musk to unveil underground tunnel, transport cars

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Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk is set to unveil an underground transportation tunnel that could move people faster than subways. More>>

Trump administration moves to ban bump stocks

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The Trump administration is moving forward to officially ban bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly like automatic firearms. More>>

Prada withdraws luxury trinkets over blackface controversy

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Prada is no longer selling a line of accessories and displays following complaints they featured blackface-style imagery. More>>

Silicon Valley East: Google plans $1B expansion in New York

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Google will spend more than $1B to expand its operations in New York City. More>>

Seemingly close to redemption, Flynn has to wait some more

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Courtroom snapshot: Judge dashes Flynn's hopes of walking out of court a free man, postpones sentencing with a blistering rebuke. More>>

Trump Foundation reaches deal to dissolve amid lawsuit

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The New York attorney general says President Donald Trump's foundation has agreed to dissolve and give its remaining assets to other charities. More>>

NASA's 1st flight to moon, Apollo 8, marks 50th anniversary

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NASA's Apollo 8 marks 50th anniversary: first flight of three men to the moon. More>>

Border impasse ends as US lets 6 Hondurans apply for asylum

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Several asylum seekers, waited on a small patch of U.S. soil for hours demanding that their claims be processed immediately, challenging a U.S. policy to make people wait in Mexico if there are capacity constraints. More>>

Huge barrier isn't trapping plastic waste in Pacific Ocean Video included

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A floating device deployed three months ago to corral a swirling island of trash between California and Hawaii hasn't swept up any plastic waste. More>>

Higher percentage of California pot passing safety tests

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Higher percentage of California marijuana products clear safety tests but questions remain after sudden closing of lab the state found was falsifying test results for pesticides. More>>

US surgeon general warns of teen risks from e-cigarettes

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US surgeon general urges swift action to prevent nicotine addiction amid surge in teenage vaping. More>>

Steps taken to address Walter Reed shooting alert error

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Two Maryland congressmen say Navy officials are taking steps to correct deficiencies that wrongly led to reports of an active shooter at Walter Reed National Medical Center outside Washington last month. More>>

Health insurance on demand? Some are betting on it

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A startup is trying to shake up the health insurance industry with on-demand coverage. More>>

Child abuse climbs after Friday report cards, study says

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Child abuse increases the day after school report cards are released, but only when grades arrive on Friday, a study in Florida suggests. More>>

Police: Officers save infant after dad said he drowned her

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Authorities say two Missouri police officers saved the life of a 6-month-old girl whose father walked into their station and reported that he had just drowned his child. More>>

Idaho test reactor is pivotal in US nuclear power strategy

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A nuclear test reactor that can melt uranium fuel rods in seconds is running again after a near quarter-century shutdown as U.S. officials try to revamp a fading nuclear power industry with safer fuel designs and a new generation of power plants. More>>

Correction: Colorado River Water-Drought story

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Water managers from seven Southwestern states that depend on the Colorado River say they're close but haven't finalized an unprecedented drought contingency plan they may have to implement in 2020. More>>

Alaska groups sue EPA to enforce clean air laws in Fairbanks

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Three Alaska groups are suing the Environmental Protection Agency to demand it enforce the cleanup of polluted air around the state's second-largest city. More>>

Correction: Homeless Count story

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The national homeless number ticked up in 2018, but declined slightly in some West Coast cities that have experienced the worst of the homelessness crisis. More>>

Deported immigrants get their last flight on 'ICE Air'

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An obscure division of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operates hundreds of flights each year to remove immigrants. More>>

Judges push back against 'zero-tolerance' immigration policy

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'Zero-tolerance' policy on prosecuting illegal entry hits snag in California, an example of how judges have challenged Donald Trump's immigration policies in ways both large and small. More>>

Hung without care? Some say tunnel decor is an eyesore

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Holiday decorations that have been displayed for decades at the entrance of the Holland Tunnel into New York are not making the season bright for some motorists. More>>

Groups sue to block oil production in Alaska's Beaufort Sea

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Conservation groups sued Monday to block an oil-drilling project in federal Arctic waters. More>>

Vatican urged to reveal status of ousted US archbishop

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A prominent U.S. archbishop is asking the Vatican for answers about the status of an investigation into alleged sexual misconduct against his predecessor. More>>

El Chapo trial becomes New York's latest tourist attraction

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Fans of TV crime shows, curious New Yorkers and even tourists have been showing up at a Brooklyn courthouse to catch a glimpse of notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. More>>

California is first state to mandate zero-emission bus fleet

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California is moving to eliminate fossil fuels from its fleet of 14,000 transit buses, enacting a first-in-the-nation mandate that will vastly increase the number of electric buses on the road. More>>

Chicago police: 2 officers die after being struck by train

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Chicago police say two officers investigating a shots-fired call on the city's far South Side have died after being struck by a train. More>>

Girl's death shows communication issues on US-Mexico border

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Death of Mayan girl in US custody highlights communication challenges on border, raises questions about use of English forms. More>>

Expert: California man convicted in terror case no extremist

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A former CIA employee who studies terror networks says a California man convicted of attempting to support the Islamic State does not have the attributes of an Islamic extremist. More>>

Man dies in crash following deadly California rampage

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Central California authorities say a man who went on a deadly robbery, shooting and carjacking rampage has died in a high-speed crash during which he intentionally tried to smash into other cars. More>>

Court: Trump can't let companies deny birth control coverage

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A U.S. appeals court has blocked rules by the Trump administration allowing more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control. More>>

Jesuits sent abusive priests to retire on Gonzaga's campus

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Jesuits sent abusive priests to retire on Gonzaga University's campus. More>>

Prominent artist defends colleague's disputed school mural

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A prominent artist will insist that one of his murals be removed from a Los Angeles school if officials follow through on plans to cover up another artist's mural that some activists find offensive. More>>

Virgin Galactic tourism rocket ship reaches space in test Video included

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Branson's Virgin Galactic gearing up to finally send its tourism rocket ship to the edge of space. More>>

O'Rourke, other Dems don't want tent city's contract renewed

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Rep. Beto O'Rourke, other Democrats tour remote tent city where 2,700 immigrant teens are being held at a cost of roughly $1 million per day. More>>

Kansas man gets 109 years for abuse and killing of toddler

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A 41-year-old Kansas man has been sentenced to 109 years and six months in prison for abusing and killing his girlfriend's 3-year-old son, whose body was found encased in concrete in the garage of a Wichita rental home. More>>

Scientists scour WWI shipwreck to solve military mystery

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100 years later, researchers conclude underwater mine sank World War I warship off the coast of New York. More>>

Police visit 'Saturday Night Live' star after Instagram post

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New York police were concerned about Pete Davidson after he wrote "I don't want to be on this earth anymore" on Instagram. More>>

Baylor ties pervade rape case that sparked uproar

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Local leaders say plea deal allowing former Baylor student to serve no jail times highlights outsized influence alumni play in shaping local criminal justice system. More>>

Report details firefighters' harrowing work in Paradise

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A report on firefighter injuries in a deadly Northern California wildfire details the harrowing conditions they faced and a few close calls with death. More>>

Worries about ballot security overshadow disputed House race

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Warnings about the potential for voter fraud in a rural North Carolina county went unheeded for years before last month's disputed congressional race. More>>

California alleges utility falsified pipeline safety records

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Regulators are accusing one of California's largest utilities of falsifying safety documents on natural gas pipelines. More>>

Tainted romaine lettuce traced to at least 1 California farm

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US officials have traced a recent outbreak of E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce to at least 1 farm in central California. More>>

Wisconsin, Michigan Republicans enact lame-duck limits

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Republicans in Wisconsin and Michigan enacted last-minute limits on Democratic power Friday, with GOP governors in both Upper Midwest states signing laws protecting their priorities before leaving office in less than a month. More>>

Record number of Mexican gray wolves found dead in 2018

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Wildlife managers have confirmed that a record number of Mexican gray wolves have been reported dead this year. More>>

Canada caught between 2 powers, feeling alone in the world

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China has Canada in its cross-hairs, detaining two Canadians in apparent retaliation for Canada's arrest of a top Chinese tech executive on behalf of the U.S. States. More>>

Colin Kroll, co-founder of HQ Trivia, found dead

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Colin Kroll, a tech executive who co-founded the HQ Trivia app, has died. More>>

Death of 7-year-old on border raises questions

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Immigration officials say an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death of a 7-year-old migrant girl who suffered seizures in custody and later died. More>>

California court blocks pardon of man who killed at age 14

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In a rare step, the California Supreme Court has blocked Gov. Jerry Brown's attempt to issue a pardon to a 37-year-old man Cambodian refugee facing deportation for killing and robbing a woman when he was 14 years old. More>>

With OK from Congress, US hemp market set to boom

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With federal legalization of hemp at hand, the US market is set to boom amid the popularity of CBDs, a non-psychoactive compound found in hemp as a health supplement. More>>

For sale: Restored home of Salem witch trials refugee

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A once-run-down home that stands where a woman accused of witchcraft during the 1692 Salem witch trials settled is on the market after an extensive renovation project. More>>

Congress OKs bill to allow killing sea lions to help salmon

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Congress has agreed to make it easier to kill sea lions threatening fragile runs of salmon in the Northwest. More>>

Report rips expensive decisions in California wildfire fight

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A new report criticizes decisions made to stop a 2016 fire in California's Big Sur area that became the costliest wildfire fight in U.S. history. More>>

First lady spreads anti-bullying message at kids' hospital

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Melania Trump is keeping up the first ladies' tradition of a Christmas season visit to a Washington children's hospital. More>>

UNC system rejects $5M plan to house Confederate statue

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North Carolina's public university system rejects proposal to build a $5 million structure to house a toppled Confederate statue. More>>

Indiana governor says passing hate crime law 'long overdue'

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Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb is pushing for Indiana to join the 45 states that have hate crime laws. More>>

Police want direct talk with missing Colorado woman's fiance

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Colorado police say they are searching the property of a missing woman's fiance. More>>

Reports: Federal prosecutors probe Trump inaugural committee

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Federal prosecutors are reportedly investigating the finances of President Donald Trump's inaugural committee and whether foreigners made illegal contributions to its events. More>>

States cite climate worries in push to stop US coal sales

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Four states that say burning coal will hurt their residents as it makes climate change worse are trying to stop the Trump administration from selling vast reserves of the fuel that are beneath public lands. More>>

GM says it has 2,700 jobs for workers slated to be laid off

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General Motors says it has 2,700 jobs for the 3,300 U.S. factory workers it plans to lay off next year. More>>

Florida tale of infidelity and homicide ends with conviction

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A Florida woman has been convicted of helping mastermind the killing of her husband nearly two decades ago. More>>

McCain replacement Sen. Jon Kyl resigning at end of year

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Arizona's governor says U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl will resign at the end of the year from the U.S. Senate seat he was appointed to less than four months ago following the death of Sen. Jon McCain. More>>

Beto O'Rourke still undecided as 2020 White House buzz grows

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When it comes to a 2020 presidential run, Beto O'Rourke is still playing hard to get. More>>

Lawyers seek to exclude evidence at NYC truck attack trial

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Lawyers for a man charged with killing eight people in a terrorist attack on a New York City bike path say they have learned that the FBI was intercepting his communications. More>>

Wisconsin's Walker signs sweeping lame-duck GOP bills

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has signed a sweeping package of Republican-written legislation that restricts early voting and weakens the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general. More>>

Michigan governor signs bills to gut wage, sick time laws

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed Republican-backed laws to significantly scale back citizen-initiated measures to raise the minimum wage and require paid sick leave for workers. More>>

Montana man pleads guilty to killing 2, putting them in acid

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A Montana man has pleaded guilty to killing two people whose bodies were dismembered and placed in acid-filled tubs to dispose of them. More>>

Use of death penalty continues to decline in Texas

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A new report says that while Texas led the nation in the number of inmates executed in 2018, the use of capital punishment in the state continues to decline. More>>

More sleep in Seattle: Later school start helps kids get zzz

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High school students are getting more sleep in Seattle thanks to a later start of the school day. More>>

California chief justice gives up Republican Party label

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California Supreme Court chief justice says she gave up her Republican Party affiliation over concerns about increasing polarization and incivility in the country. More>>

The Latest: Holder group promises lame-duck lawsuit

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has signed a sweeping package of Republican-authored lame-duck legislation that restricts early voting and weakens the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general. More>>

Bomb threat empties Sandy Hook school on attack anniversary

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A bomb threat forced the evacuation of the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, a day of memorial services and moments of silence to mark the sixth anniversary of the massacre of 20 first-graders and six educators. More>>

Trooper wounded in 2014 ambush shooting has leg amputated

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A Pennsylvania state police trooper who was shot in a 2014 ambush has had his right leg amputated below the knee. More>>

'Wild' salmon may be straight from the farm, NY report finds

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New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood says more than one-fourth of the seafood her office sampled in a statewide supermarket survey was mislabeled. More>>

California mulls texting fee to help poor people get phones

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California regulators are considering a plan to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones to help support programs that make phone service accessible to the poor. More>>

Authorities: Wave of hoax bomb threats made across US

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Authorities say bomb threats sent to dozens of schools, universities and other locations across the U.S. appear to be a hoax. More>>

US judge: Suit over Trump travel ban waivers will go ahead

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A U.S. judge in San Francisco says a lawsuit accusing the Trump administration of denying nearly all visa applicants under President Donald Trump's travel ban will move forward. More>>

Florida man executed for fatally stabbing woman in 1992

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Man convicted of fatally beating and stabbing South Florida woman 26 years ago scheduled to be executed Thursday evening. More>>

Man rescued in coal mine: Four-day ordeal was 'terrible'

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The father of a woman found alive after spending days in an underground coal mine in West Virginia says his daughter went into the mine in search of copper. More>>

Effort to weaken governors stirs separation-of-powers debate

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Effort to dilute power of next Wisconsin governor stirs separation-of-powers debate. More>>

Activists decry no-jail sentence for former frat president

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A woman who accused a former Baylor University student of raping her at a fraternity party says she's outraged his plea includes no jail time. More>>

Walker: Partial vetoes possible on some lame-duck bills

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Gov. Scott Walker says the powers of his Democratic replacement will remain among the strongest of any governor in the country, even if he signs bills passed in a lame-duck session. More>>

Secret Service detail for Bush, code name 'Timberwolf,' ends

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Secret Service ends detail for George H.W. Bush after nearly 40 years of protecting the former president, who was known by the code name "Timberwolf". More>>

Attorneys for ex-Baylor student break silence over rape case

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Attorneys for a former Baylor University student accused of rape have fired back against an account the accuser read in court, saying it was "riddled with distortions and misrepresentations.". More>>

Pelosi recalls Arizona's former US Rep. Pastor at funeral

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Former U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor, Arizona's first Hispanic member of Congress, will be laid to rest Friday. More>>

Correction: Trump-Joint Chiefs story

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President Donald Trump says he'll be making an announcement on Saturday concerning the Joint Chiefs of staff. More>>

Winter storm causes icy roads across swath of South

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Millions in Southern states brace for a harsh wintry storm that could bring immobilizing snowfalls, icy roads or deadly floods. More>>

US appeals court won't immediately allow Trump asylum ban

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A divided U.S. appeals court has refused to immediately allow the Trump administration to enforce a ban on asylum for any immigrants who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border. More>>

Kansas faces new fight over taxes after years of turmoil

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Kansas' new Democratic governor has promised not to raise taxes to boost state spending, but Republicans who control the Legislature argue that one is already coming. More>>

Trump resort worker: No regrets speaking out about abuse

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A Guatemalan living in the U.S. illegally who says she faced abusive working conditions as a maid at Donald Trump's New Jersey golf club doesn't regret speaking out, even though she might lose her job and be deported. More>>

California lawmaker arrested on child cruelty suspicion

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A California state lawmaker has been arrested on suspicion of child cruelty. More>>

Pilot seriously injured after military jet crash off Hawaii

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A military spokesman says an aircraft crashed in the ocean Wednesday. More>>

Cuba health mystery: Diplomats had inner-ear damage early on

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Doctors: American diplomats affected by mysterious health incidents in Cuba showed damage in the inner ear shortly after they complained of weird noises and sensations. More>>

2 Jesuit provinces releases 153 names of accused abusers

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A Catholic Jesuit province covering 13 states says it has found "credible allegations" of sexual abuse involving 42 priests and other ministry leaders, dating back to 1955. More>>

Trump Justice pick likely to be queried on Mueller comments

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President Donald Trump says he will nominate William Barr, former President George H.W. Bush's attorney general, to serve in the same role. More>>

Hertz, Clear partner to speed rentals with biometric scans

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Hertz partners with Clear to speed car rental process with biometric scanning. More>>

Doc took pics of sex abuse; patients seek their whereabouts

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Victims of alleged molestation by a physician at Rockefeller University Hospital want to know what happened to photos they say the doctor took while the abuse was occurring. More>>

Investigation yields few clues on missing Colorado woman

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Colorado police are asking for help in their search for a missing woman, whose family calls her disappearance completely out of character for the mother of a one-year-old daughter. More>>

Wall Street's Fearless Girl statue gets new place of honor

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The "Fearless Girl" statue that inspired millions with a message of female empowerment has a new home in front of the New York Stock Exchange. More>>

Military officials unveil damage from powerful Alaska quake

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Military officials at the sprawling Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson say last week's magnitude 7.0 earthquake near Anchorage caused multiple problems around the base, including damage to steel frameworks, ceilings, and sprinkler and heating systems. More>>

US judge tosses bulk of suit against Trump immigration move

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A U.S. judge in San Francisco says the Trump administration provided adequate justification for its decision to end a program that reunited hundreds of immigrants from Central America with family members in the U.S. More>>

Canseco makes pitch for chief of staff job in tweet to Trump

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Jose Canseco makes pitch for chief of staff job in tweet to Trump. More>>

Kasich would prefer competing for presidency as a Republican

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Outgoing Republican Gov. John Kasich says he's continuing a serious look at a third presidential run while acknowledging he probably couldn't win GOP primaries held today. More>>

7-year-old immigrant girl dies after Border Patrol arrest

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Federal immigration authorities have confirmed that a 7-year-old girl who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border with her father last week died after being taken into the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol. More>>

Trump invokes 'advice-of-counsel' defense in campaign probe

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President Donald Trump is invoking something called the "advice-of-counsel" defense in response to the scandal over hush-money payments made to conceal his alleged affairs. More>>

Washington governor proposes major steps for orca recovery

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With the Northwest's beloved killer whales on the brink of extinction, Washington Gov. More>>

Arizona journalism saga has poisoning claim, nasty divorce

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The owner of a small Arizona newspaper chain and his wife are locked in a nasty divorce dispute that includes allegations of poisoning. More>>

Boy Scouts' money struggles: Is bankruptcy an option?

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The Boy Scouts of America says it is exploring "all options" to address serious financial challenges, but is declining to confirm or deny a report that it may seek bankruptcy protection. More>>

Serial killer pleads guilty in Texas woman's 1994 death

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A 78-year-old man who says he killed about 90 people over nearly four decades as he moved around the country has pleaded guilty to murder in the 1994 strangulation of a Texas woman. More>>

Correction: Los Angeles Housing Development story

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Los Angeles County supervisors approved a massive housing project in fire-prone mountains as the state continues to recover from devastating wildfires. More>>

'Dirty deeds': Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen gets 3 years in prison Video included

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A lawyer who made his career protecting President Donald Trump is set to learn whether cooperating with federal investigators will lessen his punishment for dodging taxes, lying to Congress and violating campaign finance laws. More>>

Investigation yields few clues on missing Colorado woman

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Colorado police are asking for help in their search for a missing woman, whose family calls her disappearance completely out of character for the mother of a one-year-old daughter. More>>

Walker uses power next governor may not have to seal deal

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker executed a $28 million deal to save nearly 400 jobs at a Kimberly-Clark Corp. plant using powers that his Democratic successor would no longer have under a bill passed during a lame-duck session last week. More>>

Sting uses fake Amazon boxes, GPS to catch would-be thieves

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Jersey City is teaming up with Amazon to try and thwart the thefts of packages during the Christmas season. More>>

Metaphorical Washington 'swamp' overrun by actual vermin

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The nation's capital is facing a spiraling rat infestation, fueled by mild winters and a human population boom. More>>

Record count reported for mysterious paralyzing illness

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Health officials are reporting the most cases ever of a mysterious paralyzing illness in children. More>>

Court nixes pension law that prompted teacher protests

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The Kentucky Supreme Court has struck down a pension law that prompted thousands of teachers to protest at the state Capitol. More>>

The Latest: Tourism rocket ship reaches space on test flight

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Branson's Virgin Galactic rocket ship takes off on test flight to reach the edge of space. More>>

Minnesota lawmakers discuss reining in soaring insulin costs

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Minnesota lawmakers are considering steps they could take to rein in the soaring cost of insulin, which one couple says has become so expensive that their diabetic son could no longer afford it and died. More>>

Man gives up 1st-class plane seat for mother with ill child

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A Pennsylvania man who has been praised for giving up his first-class seat for a mother with an 11-month-old baby says he doesn't think it was that big of a deal. More>>

Virgin Galactic aims to reach space soon with tourism rocket

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Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic is gearing up to finally send its tourism rocket ship to the edge of space. More>>

Insurance claims at $9 billion from California fires

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Authorities estimate it will cost at least $3 billion to clear debris of 19,000 homes destroyed by California wildfires last month. More>>

Brazilian couple get light sentences in grandson's abduction

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A federal judge has sentenced a Brazilian couple to minimal prison sentences for helping their daughter kidnap their grandson, who has been living in Brazil for the last five years after being taken from Texas. More>>

3 found alive inside West Virginia coal mine

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Authorities say three people missing since last weekend have been found alive at a nonoperational coal mine in southern West Virginia. More>>

Spacewalking astronauts check site of capsule leak

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Two Russian cosmonauts are preparing to venture outside the International Space Station to inspect a section where a mysterious leak has been discovered. More>>

SC teen pleads guilty to murder in death of father, boy

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A teen has pleaded guilty to two charges of murder for fatally shooting his father in their home and a 6-year-old boy at a South Carolina elementary school. More>>

Washington state builds bridge to keep wildlife off highway Video included

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Washington state is finishing construction on its largest wildlife bridge: a 35-foot-tall, 66-foot-wide span that will carry myriad migrating animals over busy Interstate 90. More>>

Florida school massacre panel recommends arming teachers

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The panel investigating the Florida high school massacre is recommending that teachers who volunteer and undergo extensive background checks and training be allowed to carry concealed guns on campus to stop future shootings. More>>

Judge declines to dismiss challenge to US asylum delays

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A federal judge says immigrant rights activists can continue to challenge what they describe as unlawful U.S. government delays for asylum cases. More>>

Lawsuit: Police chief condones white officers' racism, abuse

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A federal lawsuit accuses police officials in a Washington, D.C., suburb of retaliating against black and Hispanic officers who complain about racist, abusive conduct by white officers. More>>

Official: California must mull home ban in fire-prone areas

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California's top firefighter: Wildfires have become so unpredictable that government officials should consider banning home construction in particularly vulnerable areas. More>>

Quackarazzi: Mandarin duck holds NYC in its spell

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Quackarazzi: A brightly colored Mandarin duck is holding New York City in its spell, with pink, purple, orange and emerald green colors one admirer called a "living box of crayons.". More>>

Ex-judges to ICE: End immigration arrests at courthouses

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Dozens of retired state and federal judges are calling on U.S. immigration officials to stop making arrests at courthouses of people suspected of being in the country illegally. More>>

Police rip toddler from mother's arms at benefits office

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The New York Police Department is investigating video that shows a group of officers pulling a 1-year-old boy from his mother's arms while arresting her at a Brooklyn food stamp office. More>>

With new board in place, CBS to decide Moonves' exit pay

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The investigation into sexual-misconduct claims against former CBS CEO Les Moonves will loom large over the network's annual shareholder meeting on Tuesday. More>>

NASA's Voyager 2 becomes 2nd craft in interstellar space

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NASA's Voyager 2 becomes only 2nd human-made object to reach space between the stars. More>>

The Latest: Insurance claims at $9 billion from fires

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Insurance claims from last month's California wildfires already are at $9 billion. More>>

Artificial dyes fading, but food will still get color boosts

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Artificial dyes are falling out of favor, but foods get color boosts in other unexpected ways. More>>

Magnitude 4.4 earthquake jolts Tennessee; felt in Atlanta

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The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 4.4 earthquake struck eastern Tennessee and could be felt in Atlanta. More>>

4 journalists and a newspaper are Time's Person of the Year

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Time magazine's 2018 person of the year are the "guardians and the war on truth.". More>>

California judge orders porn star to pay Trump legal fees

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A federal judge has ordered porn star Stormy Daniels to pay Donald Trump nearly $293,000 for his attorneys' fees and another $1,000 in sanctions after her defamation suit against the president was dismissed. More>>

Groups end ties with club that denied black applicant

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A South Carolina social club's decision to deny membership to a doctor who would have been its first black member has prompted several local groups to cut ties with it. More>>

Christmas tree farmers aim to boost sales via social media Video included

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Christmas tree farmers nationwide are fighting back against the growing popularity of the artificial Christmas evergreen with a social media ad campaign. More>>

Michelle Obama surprises Detroit students at Motown Museum

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Michelle Obama surprised a group of Detroit college students, walking in as the young men of color took part in a roundtable discussion on education at the Motown Museum. More>>

Moment of reckoning looms for ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen Video included

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The moment of reckoning has nearly arrived for ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen. More>>

Man who killed newlywed during robbery executed in Texas

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Texas death row inmate set to be executed for the fatal shooting more than 25 years ago of a newlywed who had only been married for 10 days. More>>

Nude photos linked to ex-USC doc in sex-abuse investigation

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Detectives were trying to determine whether nude photographs linked to a former University of Southern California gynecologist show any of the women who claim he sexually harassed or abused them during examinations. More>>

Jury recommends life in prison for man who rammed crowd

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A Virginia jury is set to resume deliberations on a sentencing recommendation for a man convicted of killing a woman and injuring dozens when he drove his car into counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally. More>>

Teen accused in pregnant classmate's murder appears in court

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An Indiana judge entered a preliminary not guilty plea for a high school football player accused of killing a 17-year-old schoolmate who was pregnant with his child. More>>

Catch limits increase for key West Coast groundfish species

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Federal officials say they are increasing catch limits for several species of West Coast groundfish that were severely depleted more than a dozen years ago, posing a threat to the commercial and sports fishing industries. More>>

Melania Trump gives gifts at Marine Corps Reserve toy drive

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Melania Trump is sorting toys and making Christmas cards for an annual toy drive held by the Marine Corps Reserve. More>>

Cosby lawyers detail 11 alleged trial errors as they appeal

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Bill Cosby's lawyers file list of alleged trial errors as they seek to undo conviction, 3- to 10-year sentence. More>>

Refreezing still a threat after snowstorm; rain on the way

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Several Southern states hit hard by a wintry storm were gradually warming Tuesday, but forecasters warned that temperatures in many areas will plunge below freezing again Tuesday night. More>>

US to ease oil drilling controls protecting imperiled bird

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The Trump administration is advancing plans to ease restrictions on oil and gas drilling and other activities on huge swaths of land in the American West that were put in place to protect an imperiled bird species. More>>

'Truth isn't truth' tops list of notable quotes in 2018

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The assertion that "truth isn't truth," made by a personal attorney for President Donald Trump, tops a Yale Law School librarian's list of the most notable quotes of 2018. More>>

Woman who accused man of rape outraged he got no jail time

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A Texas judge has accepted a plea deal allowing a former Baylor University fraternity president accused of rape to avoid serving jail time. More>>

Wisconsin GOP legislation eases corporate tax break rules

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Companies seeking tax credits from Wisconsin's troubled job-creation agency would face less scrutiny under a provision Republicans included in a package of lame-duck legislation designed to weaken newly elected Democrats. More>>

US arrests 32 at San Diego border demonstration

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US Border Patrol agents handcuff about a dozen people participating in demonstration organized by Quaker group at U.S.-Mexico border to protest militarization of border. More>>

Man who claimed Howard Hughes inheritance dies in Nevada

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Melvin Dummar, a delivery driver whose claim that reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes left a handwritten will bequeathing him $156 million when he died in 1976 was dismissed as a hoax, has died in rural Nevada. More>>

California inferno gives rise to family-reuniting 'Angels' Video included

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In the aftermath of California's catastrophic wildfire, online sleuths known as 'angels' bring their skills to Paradise to reconnect friends and family with survivors. More>>

Indiana teen charged with killing pregnant schoolmate

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Authorities say a 16-year-old boy is suspected in the death of a 17-year-old pregnant schoolmate whose body was found near her northern Indiana home in a restaurant's dumpster. More>>

The Latest: No sentence yet for man who rammed protesters

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Several people who were severely injured by a man who drove his car into counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally have described devastating physical and psychological injuries to jurors deciding a sentencing recommendation. More>>

No sentence yet for man who rammed rally counterprotesters

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The same jury that convicted a man of first-degree murder for driving his car into counterprotesters at a 2017 white nationalist rally will now decide his punishment. More>>

The Latest: US arrests 32 at San Diego border protest

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US Border Patrol agents handcuff about a dozen people participating in demonstration organized by Quaker group at U.S.-Mexico border to protest militarization of border. More>>

Police, FBI probe suspected white supremacist attack on DJ

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Authorities say the FBI is now involved in an investigation into an attack by several white supremacists on a black DJ at a tavern in Washington state over the weekend. More>>

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