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Cosby lawyers want jurors to hear from accuser's confidante

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Bill Cosby's lawyers are scrambling to make sure jurors at his sexual assault retrial hear from accuser Andrea Constand's confidante before deliberations get underway next week. More>>

As Prince's health waned, alarm grew in inner circle

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Investigative files in Prince's death show that members of his inner circle were growing increasingly alarmed about an opioid addition as his health waned in the final days of his life, and that they sought help. More>>

Barbara Bush believed literacy could cure other ills

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Barbara Bush came up with the idea of focusing on literacy as first lady during a jog in 1978, the year her husband considered his first run for president. More>>

AP-NORC Poll: Americans expect Russia tension will get worse

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Americans are largely pessimistic about U.S. relations with Russia and China in the next year, and despite signs of diplomatic progress with Kim Jong Un over nuclear weapons, nearly half also expect things to get worse with North Korea. More>>

2 black men arrested at Starbucks get an apology from police

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Two black men arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks where they were waiting for a business meeting say they wonder how an everyday encounter could escalate into a police confrontation that left them fearing for their lives. More>>

Kushner Cos. subpoenaed by feds after AP report

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The Kushner Cos. is confirming it was subpoenaed by federal prosecutors for information related to an Associated Press report that the company filed dozens of false documents about its buildings in New York City. More>>

1 injured, suspect in custody in Florida school shooting

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Authorities say one student shot another in the ankle at a Florida high school and a suspect is in custody. More>>

Judge to hear arguments about delaying Stormy Daniels case

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President Donald Trump's lawyer, whose office was raided by the FBI last week, is seeking to delay a court case brought by a porn actress who claims she had an affair with the president. More>>

National Teacher of the Year works with refugee students

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Undeterred by immigration politics, the 2018 National Teacher of the Year leads a Washington state classroom for refugees that runs on the same promise that's bestowed upon children and fuels newcomers to the American dream. More>>

Deputies shot through restaurant window; sheriff blames hate

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Authorities identify dead shooter of two Florida sheriff's deputies were fatally shot through the window of a Chinese restaurant. More>>

Southwest Airlines sought more time for engine inspections

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US airline regulators have ordered inspections on engine fan blades like the one that snapped off a Southwest Airlines plane, leading to the death of a woman who was partially blown out a window. More>>

Killing renews concerns for homeless Native Americans

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The killing of a homeless man from the Navajo Nation in Albuquerque is again exposing the heightened threats and dangers many say Native Americans coping with homelessness face in New Mexico's largest city. More>>

Arizona teachers vote for statewide walkout to protest pay

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Arizona teachers have voted to walk off the job to demand increased school funding. More>>

420's long, strange trip to pot holiday began in California

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Where are The Waldos? Not far from the San Francisco Bay Area high school where in 1971 the five buddies' search for a marijuana patch gave birth to the term 420, now the date for marijuana's high holiday and universal slang for smoking weed. More>>

Columbine, Parkland students unite for voter registration

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While students across US plan walkouts for Columbine anniversary, a quiet day of service planned for students at Colorado school. More>>

Parenting of the future: Many embryos, each with DNA profile Video included

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A prominent biomedical ethics expert predicts that in 20 to 40 years, many parents will choose babies from dozens of embryos, after examining DNA information on each. More>>

Warming, not cooling, donated livers may improve transplants

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Study suggests warming, not cooling, donated livers may improve organ transplants. More>>

Spouses can boost early detection for melanoma patients

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Married patients with melanoma are slightly more likely to be diagnosed in earlier more treatable stages than unmarried patients. More>>

Some GOP officials urge charges for women who get abortions

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Officials in Republican-dominant states are pushing legislation ahead of midterm elections that would punish both doctors and patients for abortions. More>>

US experts back marijuana-based drug for childhood seizures

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US panel says a medicine made from the marijuana plant should be approved to treat severe epileptic seizures in children. More>>

Woman suspected in Minnesota, Florida deaths caught in Texas

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Woman suspected of killing her husband in Minnesota and a woman in Florida captured at a South Texas resort. More>>

Alabama mail-bomber the oldest executed in US modern times

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Alabama man convicted in 1989 mail-bomb slaying of federal judge is executed, oldest prisoner put to death in US since it resumed carrying out the death penalty in 1970s. More>>

Arizona teachers vote for statewide walkout

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The potential for Arizona teachers to launch a first-ever statewide strike has school districts and parents making contingency plans despite a lack of clarity about what may happen and when. More>>

Suspended fraternity: Offensive video was 'satirical sketch'

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A fraternity suspended at New York's Syracuse University over an offensive video says the activities were intended as a "satirical sketch.". More>>

Police say teen who searched for missing pal was his killer

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Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators say a 16-year-old who was part of a search party looking for a missing high school sports star led the group to discover the boy's body but investigators suspect he was the person who fatally stabbed him. More>>

Hundreds celebrate former first lady Barbara Bush in Houston

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The memorials to former first lady Barbara Bush have begun with a celebration of her life in front of Houston's City Hall. More>>

Reward doubled to $20K after 700 pounds of dynamite stolen

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Federal authorities have doubled the reward to $20,000 for information on the theft of hundreds of explosives from a worksite in Pennsylvania. More>>

US regulators float ideas for boosting medical device safety

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US health officials propose steps to improve the government's oversight of medical devices. More>>

Trump's divisive pick to run NASA wins narrow confirmation

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The Senate narrowly confirmed President Donald Trump's choice of a tea party congressman to run NASA. More>>

Trump administration defends Obama's Atlantic monument

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The federal government wants to judge to toss a lawsuit from fishermen trying to eliminate former President Barack Obama's Atlantic Ocean monument. More>>

NASA's Tess spacecraft embarks on quest to find new planets

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NASA's newest planet-hunting spacecraft is back on the pad for another shot at launch. More>>

Bat key to tequila trade gets off US endangered species list

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Wildlife managers in the American Southwest say a once-rare bat important to the pollination of plants used to produce tequila has made a comeback and is being removed from the U.S. endangered species list. More>>

Files show rising alarm in Prince's circle as health failed

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A two-year probe into the overdose death of music superstar Prince is reaching a critical stage as a county prosecutor reveals whether criminal charges will be filed. More>>

Public viewing of former first lady Barbara Bush to begin

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As the outpouring of tributes continues for Barbara Bush, the general public can pay its respects to the former first lady. More>>

Minnesota woman suspected of killing 2 captured in Texas

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Minnesota woman suspected of killing her husband, then a woman in southwest Florida captured at a South Texas resort. More>>

At trial, experts debate drug Cosby gave to his accuser

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Bill Cosby's lawyers have turned to their star witness in the comedian's sexual assault retrial. More>>

Hundreds of school walkouts planned on Columbine anniversary

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Another wave of school walkouts is expected as students honor victims of gun violence and push for gun control. More>>

The Latest: Doctor said Prince 'doesn't look really well'

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A Minnesota doctor accused of illegally prescribing an opioid for Prince a week before the musician died has agreed to pay $30,000 to settle a federal civil claim. More>>

Alabama man, 83, executed for judge's 1989 mail-bomb slaying

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Inmate convicted in mail-bomb death of a federal judge killed in 1989 is set to be executed as the oldest prisoner put to death in US in modern times. More>>

Gym employees accuse black member of not paying, call cops

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Employees of an LA Fitness in New Jersey wrongly accused a black member and his guest of not paying to work out and called police, prompting an apology from the company. More>>

The Latest: 83-year-old Alabama mail-bomb killer is executed

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Alabama has executed the oldest U.S. inmate to be put to death in modern times, an 83-year-old man convicted of a federal judge's 1989 mail-bomb slaying. More>>

Social media helps fuel teacher activism across the country

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The public education uprisings that began in West Virginia and spread to Arizona, Oklahoma and Kentucky share similar origin stories. More>>

Court sides with sanctuary cities in fight over grants

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A federal appeals court in Chicago has ruled that President Donald Trump's administration cannot withhold public safety grants from cities that don't cooperate with its immigration enforcement. More>>

Illinois plan: Replace armed school officers with therapists

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Some Illinois lawmakers want to give extra money to schools that replace armed security officers with unarmed social workers and behavior therapists. More>>

Passing motorist rescues woman trapped in Montana flood

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A witness is recounting the dramatic rescue of a woman trapped on top her vehicle surrounded by rushing floodwaters in northern Montana. More>>

The Latest: Cosby expert doubts impact of small blue pills

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The judge in Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial is rejecting the defense's fifth bid for a mistrial. More>>

San Francisco reverses course, controversial statue to stand

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San Francisco authorities reversed a decision to remove a 19th century statue near City Hall that some say is degrading to Native Americans. More>>

Southwest Airlines pilot pushed Navy boundaries for flying Video included

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The Southwest Airlines pilot being lauded as a hero in an emergency landing after a passenger was partly blown out of the jet's damaged fuselage is also being hailed for her pioneering role in aviation. More>>

Texas deputy stumbles upon suspect in Vegas picnic shooting

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Authorities say a casino dealer identified as the suspect in a deadly company picnic shooting on Sunday has been arrested in a small town in the Texas Panhandle. More>>

Evidence of an oil spill was obvious, but was it a crime?

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A Texas company that owns an oil pipeline that spilled 140,000 gallons (53,000 liters) of crude along the Santa Barbara coast faces a criminal trial three years after the disaster. More>>

The Latest: Southwest sought more time to inspect engines

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A Texas firefighter on the Southwest Airlines flight that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia says his wife gave him the OK to aid a woman who had been partially blown through a damaged window. More>>

Fire damages lodge at Idaho's famed Sun Valley ski resort

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A fire has heavily damaged a lodge at the base of Idaho's Sun Valley ski resort. More>>

Man charged after 3-year-old daughter shoots mother

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Police: Indiana man charged after 3-year-old daughter accidentally shoots pregnant mother with a loaded gun he'd left in her car. More>>

The Latest: Police chief apologizes to men from Starbucks

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Philadelphia's police commissioner is apologizing to two black men who were arrested at a Starbucks in the city. More>>

Student says Confederate flag theft sparked protests

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A student who led a two-day demonstration outside of his central Michigan high school says it was in response to the unpunished theft of a Confederate battle flag from his pickup truck. More>>

Syracuse fraternity suspended after racist videos released

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Protesters at New York's Syracuse University have demanded that the school release video showing racist and sexist behavior by members of a now-suspended fraternity. More>>

Maryland bill seeks transparency in online political ads

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A measure approved by Maryland lawmakers would create more transparency for online political ads on social media platforms like Facebook to help stop foreign influence in the state's elections. More>>

Cybersecurity expert's case delayed as new details emerge

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A British cybersecurity expert once hailed as a hero for stopping a computer virus will be in federal court in Milwaukee to try to weaken a criminal case against him by having his post-arrest statements tossed. More>>

Police: Utah parents planned murder-suicide that killed kids

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Police documents say a couple who recently moved to Utah from Switzerland planned together a murder suicide that left their family of four dead, including buying sleeping pills researching gunshot wounds. More>>

8,000 Disneyland tickets stolen from youth farming group

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Authorities say thieves made off with 8,000 Disneyland tickets when they stole a box trailer from a youth agricultural education organization. More>>

Prosecutor: Former Texas nurse confessed in deaths of babies

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A Texas prosecutor says an imprisoned former nurse who authorities believe could be responsible for the deaths of up to 60 children has confessed in the past to killing children in her care. More>>

Navy, Marine leaders: No problem with transgender troops

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The top military leaders of the Navy and Marine Corps tell senators that so far, they've seen no discipline, morale or unit readiness problems with transgender troops now serving openly. More>>

Trump's personal attorney has dropped a pair of libel suits

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President Donald Trump's personal attorney has dropped a pair of libel lawsuits against BuzzFeed and investigation firm Fusion GPS. More>>

Alabama mayor: 'Poop train' finally empty; sludge gone

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An Alabama mayor says the last train car full of New York City sewage sludge that has stunk up her town has finally been emptied. More>>

With USOC in turmoil, athletes testify about sex-abuse cases

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How can you sleep at night? With USOC in turmoil, athletes testify to Congress about sex-abuse cases. More>>

Team backed by Microsoft co-founder locates USS Helena wreck

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Nearly 75 years after the USS Helena was sunk by Japanese torpedoes in the waters off the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, an expedition team backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen reported finding its wreckage. More>>

Medical marijuana push spreads to Utah, Oklahoma

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Medical marijuana push spreads to Utah, Oklahoma. More>>

'Pharma Bro' moves to New Jersey _ for federal prison stay

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The pharmaceutical-industry entrepreneur vilified for jacking up the price of a lifesaving drug has been placed in a low-security federal prison in New Jersey. More>>

Mower, tooth in a box, Vishnu doll in New Jersey beach trash

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A New Jersey environmental group's list of trash its volunteers picked up from the state's beaches includes plenty of bizarre items. More>>

Better than a beach photo: Christie spends $85K on portrait

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Former Gov. Chris Christie's official portrait will carry an $85,000 price tag, higher than his three predecessors combined. More>>

California reaches deal on National Guard border mission

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Gov. Jerry Brown says he has reached agreement with the Trump administration to deploy up to 400 California National Guard troops to the border and elsewhere. More>>

Former President George HW Bush buoyed by tributes to wife Video included

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Presidents, first ladies and many others who knew Barbara Bush are praising her devotion to the nation, her family and literacy. More>>

Marijuana-based drug gets positive review from US agency

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Federal health officials say a closely watched medicine made from the marijuana plant significantly reduces seizures in children with severe forms of epilepsy and warrants approval in the U.S. More>>

Nanny who killed kids while parents away convicted of murder

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A nanny who argued she was too mentally ill to be held responsible for stabbing two children to death at their New York home has been convicted of murder. More>>

Immune therapy scores big win against lung cancer in study

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New research suggests that many more lung cancer patients may benefit from treatments that boost the immune system, which have scored some of their biggest wins until now in less common cancer types. More>>

Starbucks incident highlights perils of shopping while black

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The handcuffed arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks served as a fresh reminder of the perils of "retail racism" that African-Americans and minorities encounter on a regular basis. More>>

A boom, a whoosh of air and then terror on Flight 1380

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The terrifying string of events on Flight 1380 brought out acts of bravery among passengers and crew and drew across-the-board praise for the pilot. More>>

Minnesota firehouse opens doors during blizzard for prom

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Firefighters came to the rescue for a group of Minnesota high school students when a blizzard struck during their prom. More>>

Possibility of first-ever strike divides Arizona teachers

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Arizona teachers are among the lowest paid in the nation and they're weighing whether to walk out of their classrooms to demand more school funding after weeks of growing protests. More>>

Brown says agreement reached on California guard deployment

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Gov. Jerry Brown says he has reached agreement with the Trump administration to deploy up to 400 California National Guard troops to the border and elsewhere. More>>

Cosby's star witness says accuser spoke about plot to frame

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Jurors could soon hear Bill Cosby's explosive testimony about giving quaaludes to women before sex. More>>

Largest maker of bump stocks will stop accepting orders

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Slide Fire, the maker of bump stock devices that allow semi-automatic rifles to shoot continuously, is shutting down its business. More>>

Regulators to require inspections after jet engine explosion

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The National Transportation Safety Board says a preliminary examination of the blown jet engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia showed evidence of 'metal fatigue'. More>>

'That's how she's wired': Pilot lauded for handling crisis

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The Southwest Airlines pilot being lauded as a hero in an emergency landing after a passenger was partly sucked out of the jet's damaged fuselage is also being hailed for her pioneering role in aviation. More>>

The Latest: Southwest pilots: 'Our hearts are heavy' Video included

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The Philadelphia medical examiner has released the cause of death of a woman killed when she was partially blown out of a window on a Southwest Airlines plane after an engine failure. More>>

Minnesota prosecutors plan announcement on Prince death

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Prosecutors in Minnesota plan an announcement on the two-year investigation into Prince's death from a drug overdose. More>>

Kansas militia members convicted of Somali refugee bomb plot

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A federal jury has found three men guilty of plotting to bomb a mosque and apartment complex housing Somali refugees in Kansas. More>>

The Latest: SpaceX rocket booster lands on floating platform

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NASA's newest planet-hunting spacecraft rockets away. More>>

Bank executive killed in jet tragedy remembered as selfless

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A New Mexico bank executive who died on Southwest Airlines flight was remembered Wednesday as a dedicated the mother of two who helped others find jobs, volunteered around Albuquerque and brought often fractious sides together. More>>

Snowmelt floods roads, fields in much of northern Montana

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Snowmelt is washing out roads, flooding fields and spilling rivers and streams over their banks in much of northern Montana. More>>

Missouri governor banks on public backing in not resigning

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is defying calls to resign from top Republican lawmakers in his own party and instead banking on support of regular Republican voters enamored by his populist campaign. More>>

Proposed Illinois ban on youth tackle football dead for now

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The sponsor of a proposal to ban Illinois children younger than 12 from playing tackle football tells The Associated Press the measure lacks the votes to pass this session. More>>

Student from Zambia fights to compete in US poetry contest

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A federal judge will hear arguments in the case of an immigrant high school poet who is suing to compete in a government-funded national poetry competition. More>>

The Latest: Cosby defense case to resume Thursday

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Bill Cosby has arrived at a suburban Philadelphia courthouse for the eighth day of his sexual assault retrial. More>>

Excavator blamed for island-wide blackout in Puerto Rico

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An island-wide blackout has hit Puerto Rico, which is struggling with an increasingly unstable power grid nearly seven months after Hurricane Maria hit the U.S. territory. More>>

Winds ease but deadly wildfires endure in Southwest US

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Firefighters are battling massive wildfires that have destroyed homes and other buildings in parts of Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma. More>>

Confederate flag-bearing trucks park outside Michigan school

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Pickup trucks bearing Confederate flags have been parking across from a high school central Michigan, leading some students to counter-protest against racism and bigotry. More>>

Northwest high-voltage transmission lines OK'd by officials

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Federal officials have approved routes for two high-voltage transmission lines in southwestern Idaho intended to modernize the Pacific Northwest's energy grid. More>>

School shooting survivor calls for investment firm boycott

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A survivor of a mass shooting that killed 17 at a Florida high school is calling for a boycott of two of what he calls the biggest investors in gun manufacturers _ BlackRock and The Vanguard Group. More>>

'Poop Train' full of NYC sewage raises stink in Alabama town

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'It smells like death:' Alabama endures 'poop train' rolling into town from New York City. More>>

California city sued over vote to opt out of 'sanctuary'

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Residents in the tiny Southern California city of Los Alamitos are suing following a vote by elected officials to exempt the community from a state law limiting police collaboration with immigration authorities. More>>

Arkansas judge again demonstrates against death penalty

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An Arkansas judge prohibited from hearing execution cases has again demonstrated against the death penalty outside the governor's mansion, laying down on a cot in a scene identical to the protest that prompted his disqualification last year. More>>

Waze causing LA traffic headaches, city council member says

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A Los Angeles councilman is asking the city to consider legal action against Waze over complaints that the navigation app is recklessly guiding motorists off thoroughfares and into residential neighborhoods in search of shorter or quicker routes. More>>

Barbara Bush brought plainspoken, grandmotherly style to DC Video included

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Barbara Bush didn't hesitate to tell people that her trademark pearl necklaces were fake. Americans liked that everything else about the first lady was real. More>>

APNewsBreak: Lithuanian claims pedophile ring in extradition

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A former Lithuanian judge and parliamentarian jailed in Chicago at her homeland's request says she fears death if she's extradited because she helped expose an alleged network of pedophiles. More>>

Organs from drug overdoses could help transplant shortage

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Overdoses are fueling organ donations and new study offers reassurance that they can be an appropriate option for some transplant candidates. More>>

Pilot of Southwest flight with blown engine was Navy fighter Video included

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Southwest Airlines pilot who made an emergency landing after the jet apparently blew an engine in flight is being praised for helping to prevent a far worse tragedy. More>>

Bill Cosby's graphic testimony could undercut his defense

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Prosecutors are building to the conclusion of their case against comedian Bill Cosby in his sexual assault retrial. More>>

Trump builds on Obama opioid policy

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Building on Obama-era policy, Trump administration sees medication-based treatment as key to lowering overdose deaths from opioids. More>>

Police: Man arrested at Taylor Swift house had knife, rope

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Authorities say a man arrested outside a Beverly Hills home owned by Taylor Swift was wearing a mask and rubber gloves, had a knife, rope and ammunition, and told police he had driven from his Colorado home to see the singer who was not there at the time. More>>

APNewsBreak: Trump campaign rebukes Indiana candidate signs

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Donald Trump's re-election campaign is demanding that Rep. Todd Rokita take down yard signs giving the false impression the president endorsed the Indiana Republican's Senate bid. More>>

Correction: Barbara Bush-Marriage story Video included

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Former first couple George and Barbara Bush's relationship is a true love story, described by granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager as "remarkable.". More>>

George and Barbara Bush, a 'storybook' 73-year marriage Video included

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Former first couple George and Barbara Bush's relationship was a true love story, described by granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager as "remarkable.". More>>

Killing of police officer renews calls for death penalty

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The killing of a Massachusetts police officer has some Republicans calling for the reinstatement of the death penalty for the murder of law enforcement officers. More>>

Former first lady Barbara Bush dies at age 92 Video included

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Family spokesman: Former first lady Barbara Bush, mother of President George W. Bush, dies at age 92. More>>

Stormy Daniels' big reveal: sketch of man who threatened her

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The porn actress alleging a sexual affair with President Donald Trump says she is "done being bullied.". More>>

New Mexico mourns bank executive killed on Southwest plane Video included

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Family, friends and community leaders in Albuquerque, New Mexico, are mourning the death of a bank executive on a Southwest Airlines flight home from a business trip to New York. More>>

Mudslide survivors find hope in recovered belongings

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Months after the mudslides nearly wiped the small community of Montecito off the map and killed 23 people, those who survived are still looking for and finding their belongings in the deep and hardened sludge. More>>

Starbucks to close stores for an afternoon for bias training Video included

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Through the looking glass: Arrest of black men is a blow to the inclusive image Starbucks has cultivated. More>>

Jet with engine, window damage makes emergency landing

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A Southwest Airlines plane has made an emergency landing at Philadelphia's airport, and video from the scene appears to show a damaged engine. More>>

Barbara Bush brought plainspoken, grandmotherly style to DC Video included

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Barbara Bush didn't hesitate to tell people that her trademark pearl necklaces were fake. Americans liked that everything else about the first lady was real. More>>

Wyoming district allows armed staff in area cited by DeVos

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Wyoming district spotlighted in guns-in-schools debate to vote on arming teachers. More>>

GOP legislative leaders call on Missouri governor to resign

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Missouri lawmakers are returning to the Capitol amid turmoil in Republican Gov. Eric Greitens' office. More>>

The Latest: Funeral arrangements set for Barbara Bush Video included

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Former President Lyndon Johnson's daughter, Lynda Johnson Robb, says she smiles when she thinks of Barbara Bush, saying her candor was always refreshing and her grace was endless. More>>

Possibility of Arizona teacher strike creates some confusion

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Arizona teachers are beginning to consider whether to walk out of their classrooms to demand more school funding after weeks of growing protests. More>>

Rescue crews airlift hundreds stranded after Hawaii storm

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Hundreds of people have been airlifted out of dangerous floodwaters on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, but authorities said Tuesday that others are still stranded at evacuation centers. More>>

Former Minnesota FBI agent cites racism in explaining leak

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A former Minnesota FBI counterterrorism agent who was caught in a Justice Department crackdown has pleaded guilty to leaking classified documents to an online media organization. More>>

Sandy Hook families file suit against Infowars' Alex Jones

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The families of two children slain in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre have filed lawsuits against right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for claiming the shooting did not happen. More>>

Legislators seek more oversight after deadly prison violence

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Twenty South Carolina prisoners have been killed at the hands of fellow inmates in the past 16 months, making it among the deadliest in the U.S. More>>

Melania Trump to take Japan's first lady to historic mansion

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First lady Melania Trump will be taking her Japanese counterpart from one Palm Beach mansion to another. More>>

Another California county backs Trump's 'sanctuary' lawsuit

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Leaders in a tiny Orange County city have approved an ordinance to exempt itself from California's so-called sanctuary law. More>>

Trump bashes California on border mission, Brown sees a deal

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President Donald Trump is criticizing California's governor's rejection of proposed border duties for the National Guard. More>>

South Carolina's prisons among the deadliest in the US

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South Carolina officials are blaming the prison riot that killed seven inmates on a turf war between gangs over territory, money and contraband items like cellphones. More>>

Hawaii board delays decision on location for giant telescope

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A key decision on where to place a $1.4 billion giant telescope in Hawaii has been delayed. More>>

Forecasters warn of rare, life-threatening wildfire weather

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Forecasters are warning of dangerous, life-threatening wildfire conditions in parts of the Southwest and Southern Plains on Tuesday as firefighters in rural Oklahoma continue battling blazes that have killed two people so far. More>>

Richard Blystone, correspondent at AP, later CNN, dies at 81

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Richard M. Blystone, former Associated Press correspondent and one of the first journalists to join the CNN network, has died at 81. More>>

AP: Iowa elections official did not disclose side business

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Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate did not disclose his role in a new corporation that has recently spent around $2 million to open a storage rental business and purchase a strip mall. More>>

Jury has case of 3 men accused of plotting to bomb Somalis

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Attorneys are set to make their closing arguments to jurors deciding the fate of three men accused of plotting to bomb a mosque and apartment complex housing Somali immigrants in Kansas. More>>

The Latest: Cosby's 2005 deposition undercuts defense

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Bill Cosby has arrived for his sexual assault retrial, where prosecutors are building to a close in their case. More>>

Bills to curtail LGBT rights are failing in US legislatures

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Major legislation curtailing gay rights has been stymied in state capitols around the country this year. More>>

Special prosecutor appointed to defend Arpaio case ruling

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A special prosecutor will be appointed to defend to a court ruling that dismissed the now-pardoned criminal case against former metro Phoenix Sheriff Joe Arpaio but did not erase his criminal record. More>>

NASA spacecraft aims to put mystery planets on galactic map

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NASA's newest spacecraft is about to embark on a two-year quest to find and identify mystery worlds thought to be lurking in our cosmic backyard. More>>

The Latest: Police release call from Starbucks employee

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Starbucks will close more than 8,000 US stores on May 29 for racial-bias education for employees. More>>

The Latest: High court hears internet tax collection case

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The Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a case that has to do with businesses' collection of sales tax on online purchases. More>>

Nevada reports show Rosen outraised Heller in recent months

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New campaign fundraising reports show Democrat Jacky Rosen raised more than twice as much campaign cash as Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller in recent months. More>>

US again seeks to cancel immigrant's deportation protection

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Immigration officials forced by a court order to reinstate a Mexican man's participation in a program designed to protect those brought to the United States illegally as children are trying again to revoke it. More>>

The Latest: Daniels releases sketch of man in parking lot

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The porn actress alleging a sexual affair with President Donald Trump has released a composite sketch of the man she says threatened her in a Las Vegas parking lot to stay quiet about the relationship. More>>

Potential Greitens impeachment would face legal ambiguities

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Missouri lawmakers considering whether to impeach Gov. Eric Greitens may first have to wrestle with the unprecedented question of whether it matters that the alleged actions occurred before he was in office. More>>

$1 million federal grant will help study of transgender kids

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Groundbreaking national study of transgender children, including some as young as 3, is poised to expand thanks to a five-year, $1 million grant awarded by the National Science Foundation to the professor leading the project. More>>

Lawyer: El Chapo's mental health is deteriorating

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The lawyer for notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman says his client's mental health is deteriorating. More>>

Quirky 'Night Court' actor Harry Anderson dies at age 65

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Harry Anderson, actor who played quirky night shift judge in the TV sitcom "Night Court" has died at 65 in North Carolina home. More>>

ABC makes unusual decision to release all of Comey talk

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ABC's unusual decision to release full transcript of George Stephanopoulos' interview with former FBI Director James Comey has turned into a hit for network's website. More>>

Radioactive sludge barrel ruptures at Idaho nuclear site

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Federal officials say a barrel containing radioactive sludge ruptured at an eastern Idaho nuclear site but there are no injuries and the public is not in danger. More>>

Supreme Court says Sotomayor breaks shoulder in fall at home

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The Supreme Court says Justice Sonia Sotomayor broke her right shoulder in a fall at her Washington home. More>>

Times, New Yorker win Pulitzer for Weinstein scandal

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The New York Times and The New Yorker have won the Pulitzer Prize for public service for their reporting on Harvey Weinstein and sexual misconduct that galvanized the #MeToo movement. More>>

Trump lawyer forced to reveal another client: Sean Hannity

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President Donald Trump's personal attorney is set to appear in federal court to argue over evidence found during a recent FBI raid, and porn star Stormy Daniels is expected to be in attendance. More>>

White woman charged in parking lot spat with black women

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A 71-year-old white woman has been charged with battery after a video surfaced showing her in a confrontation with two black service members over a parking spot. More>>

Prosecutor wants Meek Mill's drug and gun convictions tossed

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Philadelphia's district attorney says all charges should be dropped against Meek Mill and the rapper needs to have a new trial. More>>

How Facebook ads target you

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Facebook's business depends almost entirely on selling ads targeted at people with particular interests and demographics. More>>

Body of last missing family member found in California river

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Authorities searching for a family whose SUV plunged into a rain-swollen Northern California river have found the vehicle and the body of a man and a girl inside it. More>>

Arizona lawmaker expelled for harassment files $1.3M claim

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A former Arizona representative who became the first state lawmaker expelled for sexual misconduct since the #MeToo movement swept the nation has filed a $1.3 million claim against the House speaker and Gov. Doug Ducey's chief of staff. More>>

Binghamton student pleads not guilty in fatal stabbing

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The Binghamton University student accused of fatally stabbing a 19-year-old freshman has pleaded not guilty. More>>

US says California rejects proposed border duties for troops

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Two U.S. officials say California has rejected the federal government's initial plans to send the state's National Guard troops to the border because the work is considered too closely tied to immigration enforcement. More>>

Oklahoma wildfires kill 2; threat nears historic level

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Wildfires that have killed two people in western Oklahoma are nearing conditions the National Weather Service hasn't seen in at least a decade because of the mixture of high temperatures, low humidity and heavy winds. More>>

Heavy rains ease, rescue efforts improve after Hawaii storm

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Heavy rains on Kauai are allowing emergency workers to better rescue people stranded by flooding. More>>

Sacramento police release new video following fatal shooting

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Sacramento police have released 54 new video and audio clips related to the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in March. More>>

Robert Durst faces photos of slain friend in life, in death

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Three years after the arrest of New York real estate heir Robert Durst in the fatal shooting of his best friend in Los Angeles there's still no trial scheduled. More>>

Starbucks to train workers on 'unconscious bias,' CEO says Video included

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Protests are planned at a Philadelphia Starbucks where two black men were arrested last week after store employees called 911 to say they were trespassing. More>>

Canadian pharmacy fined $34 million for illegal imports

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A Canadian online pharmacy is expected to be fined $34 million for importing counterfeit cancer drugs and other unapproved pharmaceuticals into the United States. More>>

Linden wins Boston Marathon, 1st US woman since '85

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Runners are arriving in Hopkinton and trying to stay dry as they await the start of the Boston Marathon. More>>

Bill Cosby's accuser denies framing him, knowing key witness Video included

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Bill Cosby's chief accuser is back on the witness stand as the comedian's lawyers look to raise doubts about her allegations that he drugged and molested her in 2004. More>>

Video: YouTube shooter tells police she won't hurt anyone

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Newly released police video shows officers talking to a woman in her car hours before she opened fire at YouTube's California headquarters. More>>

7 inmates killed as prisoners fight over money, territory

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South Carolina prisons spokesman: 7 inmates dead, 17 injured amid fights at max security prison.. More>>

'Night Court' star Harry Anderson, 65, found dead in home

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Harry Anderson, actor who played an off-the-wall judge working the night shift of a Manhattan court room in the TV sitcom "Night Court," has died in North Carolina. More>>

Colorado teachers rally at Capitol for school funding

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Hundreds of public school teachers swarmed the Colorado state Capitol on Monday, shuttering one suburban Denver school district to demand better salaries. More>>

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