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Police officer shot, wounded in suburban New York City

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A police officer has been shot and wounded in suburban New York City. More>>

Police: Tennessee church shooting suspect sent suicidal text Video included

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Witnesses and police described a chaotic scene as a masked attacker armed with two guns shot seven people, killing one, in a Tennessee church before he was subdued. More>>

Clinton celebrates Little Rock 9, warns more work lies ahead

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Former President Bill Clinton told members of the Little Rock Nine that while there is a time to celebrate their accomplishments, more work must be done following the integration of Little Rock Central High School 60 years ago. More>>

Fight over young immigrants ensnares aviation bill

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Democratic leaders demanded on Monday that the House take up a bill to help hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants stay in the United State. More>>

What the latest health overhaul push means for consumers

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A last-ditch attempt to replace former President Barack Obama's health care law gives insurance shoppers only a vague sense of what lies ahead if the bill becomes law. More>>

Collins' opposition all but kills GOP health care drive

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Top Republicans are adding money to their staggering effort to repeal the Obama health care law and say they're pushing toward a climactic Senate faceoff this week. More>>

Police: Man killed at Vegas hospital had guard's stun gun

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Authorities say a man shot dead by a patrol officer inside a Las Vegas hospital pointed a jailer's stun gun at a guard and a nurse while he was under observation for extreme intoxication. More>>

Puerto Rico remains dark as damage assessments begin

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Experts have warned about Puerto Rico's antiquated power system, which Hurricane Maria likely knocked it out for months. More>>

'Rock bottom': Weiner gets 21 months in prison for sexting

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Ex-New York congressman Anthony Weiner is scheduled to be sentenced in a sexting scandal that some blame for Hillary Clinton's presidential loss. More>>

Official: Hurricane Maria set Puerto Rico back decades

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Large amounts of federal aid are starting to flow into Puerto Rico and local officials are praising the Trump administration's response. More>>

Concerns raised about arrests at suburban St. Louis protest

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Two St. Louis-area police agencies are defending their actions in arresting nearly two dozen protesters at a mall, amid complaints that the demonstrators were taken down forcefully, including a female pastor allegedly put in a chokehold. More>>

Trump's new travel ban: Third time the charm?

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Trump imposes new travel restrictions on more than half-a-dozen counties as travel ban expires. More>>

NASA's asteroid chaser swings by Earth on way to space rock

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NASA's asteroid-chasing spacecraft, Osiris-Rex, swings by Earth on Friday on its way to a space rock. More>>

Classified US spy satellite launched from California

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A U.S. spy satellite atop an Atlas V rocket blasted off on a classified mission Saturday night from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. More>>

Babies try harder when they see you sweat, research shows

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Study says babies can become more persistent in pursuing a goal if they see an adult doing it. More>>

Wanted: 1 million people to study genes, habits and health Video included

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US researchers about to recruit 1 million people to study how genes, environments and lifestyles interact, bid to end cookie-cutter care. More>>

Court: Texas can enforce more of 'sanctuary cities' law

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A federal appeals court has partially lifted a judge's order that blocked much of a Texas law targeting "sanctuary cities.". More>>

Violence in US rises for second straight year

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New FBI data show violent crime in America rose for the second year in a row, driven by a spike in killings in some major cities. More>>

EPA removes waste at Texas toxic sites, won't say from where

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The Environmental Protection Agency says it has recovered 517 containers of "unidentified, potentially hazardous material" from highly contaminated toxic waste sites in Texas that flooded last month during Hurricane Harvey. More>>

Can brain disease explain Aaron Hernandez's behavior?

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Aaron Hernandez brain disease diagnosis raises questions about his life troubles & suicide. More>>

Coffee sold in California could carry cancer warning labels

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Coffee could carry an ominous cancer warning in California if a nonprofit group prevails in a Los Angeles courtroom. More>>

The Latest: Austin to honor federal immigration detainers

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The key part of a federal appeals court ruling is that a Texas "sanctuary cities" law can require police to honor federal immigration detainers. More>>

Republican states also among losers in health bill

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Memo to GOP: Republican-friendly states would also lose money under health care bill. More>>

Nurse convicted of killing 6 people at Indiana hospital dies

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State prison officials say Orville Lynn Majors, who was convicted of killing six people while a nurse at an Indiana hospital, has died. More>>

Trooper's widow sues sniper's parents for son's actions

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The widow of a state trooper has sued the parents of the sniper convicted in her late husband's killing, saying they psychologically manipulated their son "into developing a strong dislike for police and acting on that dislike.". More>>

Federal government notifies 21 states of election hacking

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The federal government is telling election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems last year, although in most cases the systems were not breached. More>>

No more flying with reindeer: Unique Alaska planes to retire

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An airplane uniquely configured for Alaska which could leave passengers sharing the main deck with a kitchen sink or a herd of reindeer with a fear of flying is about to be taken out of service. More>>

The Codfather gets nearly 4 years for evading fishing quotas

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A U.S. fishing magnate known as "The Codfather" who pleaded guilty to evading fishing quotas and smuggling money to Portugal is set to be sentenced. More>>

Defense Department: Hurricane relief around-the-clock

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Defense Department: Hurricane relief now going on around-the-clock in Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands. More>>

Church used unemployment scam to stoke funds, ex-members say

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Church's divine plan to beat the recession and keep tithes flowing in involved filing fraudulent unemployment claims at companies owned by congregants, former followers say. More>>

Survey: Economists see no gain from NAFTA renegotiation

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Most business economists see no benefit from the Trump Administration's efforts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement or say it will harm the U.S. economy. More>>

Killer who duped William F. Buckley dies in prison at 83

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Edgar Smith, a confessed killer of a New Jersey high school cheerleader 60 years ago who won five years of freedom in the 1970s after columnist William F. Buckley campaigned for his release has died at 83. More>>

Key events in ex-US Rep. Anthony Weiner's career, downfall

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Key events in former US Rep. Anthony Weiner's rise and fall. More>>

McCain calls brain cancer prognosis 'very poor'

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U.S. Sen. John McCain says doctors have given him a 'very poor prognosis' as he battles brain cancer. More>>

AP FACT CHECK: Kimmel's take on health care harder to refute

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AP FACT CHECK: Considering all the arguments, TV host Jimmy Kimmel's take on the Republican health care bill is harder to refute. More>>

Republicans see political necessity in health care effort

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Republicans are feeling the heat to succeed in 'Obamacare' replacement effort. More>>

Right-wing activist holds short, small California rally

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Milo Yiannopoulos was whisked away in a car after a brief appearance at the University of California, Berkeley that drew a few dozen supporters and a slightly larger crowd protesting the right-wing provocateur. More>>

Gunman opens fire in Nashville church; 1 dead, 7 wounded Video included

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Authorities in Tennessee say 8 injured in a shooting at a church in the Nashville area. More>>

Trump replaces travel ban with new restrictions

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President Donald Trump is expected to announce new restrictions on travel to the United States as his ban on visitors from six Muslim-majority countries sunsets Sunday, 90 days after it went into effect. More>>

Small plane crashes in front yard of home, injuring pilot

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A small plane has crashed in the front yard of a suburban Philadelphia home, leaving the pilot injured. More>>

Convicted Craigslist killer appeals death sentence

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A man convicted of killing three down-and-out men lured by bogus Craigslist job offers is appealing his death sentence to Ohio's highest court. More>>

Weiner faces sentencing in latest chapter of sexting drama

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Anthony Weiner faces sentencing in latest, most devastating, chapter of his sexting saga. More>>

7 charged with rioting after protest in St. Louis County

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Seven people are facing rioting and resisting arrest charges for their role in a protest that turned unruly at an upscale St. Louis County shopping mall. More>>

Immigrants touched by Mexico quake, try to help from afar

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The earthquake in Mexico has startled immigrant communities around the U.S. as people frantically try to connect with their loved ones, and figure out ways to send emergency help, money and goods. More>>

Public shaming likely but GOP wary of new laws after Equifax

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Prospects are good for a public shaming in the Equifax data breach, but it's unlikely Congress will institute sweeping new regulations after hackers accessed the personal information of an estimated 143 million Americans. More>>

Mexico border crossing to reopen 12 hours ahead of schedule

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The busiest border crossing in the United States is set to reopen 12 hours ahead of schedule after it closed for the weekend to travelers who normally drive through to Mexico. More>>

Latest: Right-wing activist holds short California rally

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Milo Yiannopoulos was whisked away in a car after a brief appearance at the University of California, Berkeley that drew a few dozen supporters and a slightly larger crowd protesting the right-wing provocateur. More>>

Right-wing firebrand plans to hold rally at UC Berkeley

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Right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos says he plans to hold a rally at the University of California, Berkeley after a student group who planned a week of events with him pulled out. More>>

Some forcibly arrested in St. Louis weren't protesting

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An undercover police officer and an Air Force lieutenant were among 120 people forcibly arrested when police began clearing streets in downtown St. Louis last weekend. More>>

California lawmakers look to free older and younger inmates

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California lawmakers want to free more of the state's oldest inmates and more of those who were young when they committed their crimes. More>>

Man gets life in prison plus 50 years in student's slaying

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A Tennessee man has avoided a possible death penalty by agreeing to a sentence of life in prison plus 50 years for the kidnapping, rape and killing of nursing student Holly Bobo. More>>

Hurricane pushes long-suffering Puerto Rico to the edge

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Puerto Rico was already on the edge before Hurricane Maria, reeling from a decade-long, downward economic spiral that was far deeper than the Great Recession on the mainland. More>>

Aid begins to flow to hurricane-hit Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rican officials could not communicate with more than half the towns in the U.S. territory as they rushed to evacuate tens of thousands of people downstream of a failing dam. More>>

Expansion work closes busiest US-Mexico border crossing

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People kicking off fall vacations in Mexico this weekend won't be able to use the nation's busiest border crossing to get there as it's closed for a $741 billion expansion project. More>>

State of Missouri lands at center of racial conflict _ again

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The state of Missouri lands at the center of a racially charged conflict _ again. More>>

Trump comments on Curry, NFL protests anger athletes Video included

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President Donald Trump's two-day rant targeting the NFL and NBA has brought swift condemnation from league executives and star players. More>>

Trump comments on Curry, NFL protests anger athletes Video included

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Trump inflames sports stars by doubling down on anthem protests, rescinding Steph Curry invitation. More>>

The Latest: Carolinas, Mid-Atlantic should watch Maria

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Dozens of anxious mayors are arriving to meet with Puerto Rico's governor to present a long list of things they urgently need after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. More>>

Dam failing as scope of Puerto Rico's disaster becomes clear Video included

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They eye of Hurricane Maria is nearing the Turks and Caicos early Friday as Puerto Rico tries to recover from the storm's devastation. More>>

'Little Rock Nine' members mark school's 1957 desegregation

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'Little Rock Nine' member: Images of white supremacist rally in Virginia last month echo mobs she and other black students faced 60 years ago. More>>

The Latest: Protesters arrested at St. Louis shopping mall

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Police have arrested several people at an upscale St. Louis shopping mall who were protesting the recent acquittal of a white former police officer in the shooting death of a black man. More>>

New fight in California water wars: How to update old system

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Two massive tunnels that would have transformed California's water system are looking like they might become just a pipe dream. More>>

Raccoon jumps on moving Colorado police van, takes a ride

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A Colorado Springs police officer heading to an accident scene in a van got a big surprise when a raccoon jumped onto the front windshield of the vehicle and stayed there until the officer pulled over. More>>

US priest martyred in Guatemala beatified before thousands

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Oklahoma-born priest killed during Guatemala's civil war is set to be beatified, on the path to possible sainthood. More>>

The Latest: Oklahoma-born Catholic priest beatified

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Thousands have packed a Catholic mass to beatify an Oklahoma-born priest killed during Guatemala's civil war. More>>

Elderly deaths: Call for generators in Florida nursing homes

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After nursing home deaths in Irma's wake, Florida regulators say they will enforce new rules requiring nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have generators. More>>

FCC head: Storms teach lessons on emergency communications

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Ajit Pai has been to Texas and Florida in recent weeks to learn what hurricanes Harvey and Irma can teach about how to improve the nation's emergency communication systems during natural disasters. More>>

'Face of evil': Man gets life for killing 8 at hair salon

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A California man was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing his ex-wife and seven others in a 2011 shooting rampage at the hair salon where she worked. More>>

Closure at busy US-Mexico border crossing promises headaches Video included

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The busiest border crossing in the United States will close this weekend to the more than 40,000 cars that pass through it daily to Mexico. More>>

Texas asks court to allow its ban on 'sanctuary cities'

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Attorneys for Texas are asking a federal appeals court in New Orleans to let the state's law banning "sanctuary cities" take effect. More>>

California TV viewers alarmed by apocalyptic emergency alert

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Some television viewers in southern California were startled Thursday when an apocalyptic emergency alert flashed on their screens. More>>

New Mexico college bake sale charged prices based on race

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A bake sale at the University of New Mexico set up by a nonprofit group to charge students based on race and ethnicity ended after opponents disrupted it. More>>

Ann Coulter says she won't attend Berkeley free speech event

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Conservative commentator Ann Coulter says she's not coming to "Free Speech Week" at the University of California, Berkeley, amid growing signs the event could fizzle. More>>

Obama-era guidance on campus sexual assault gets scrapped

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The Trump administration is scrapping Obama-era guidance on investigating campus sexual assault, replacing it with new interim instructions for universities. More>>

San Francisco unveils memorial to WWII "comfort women"

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One of the few "comfort women" still alive attended the dedication in San Francisco Friday to her and thousands of other Asian women forced into brothels for Japanese soldiers in the 1930s and 1940s. More>>

ACLU sues St. Louis over treatment of protesters

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri is suing the city of St. Louis over what it calls "unlawful and unconstitutional action" during demonstrations that followed the acquittal of a former police officer in the killing of a black man. More>>

Guatemalans travel to Oklahoma to honor 1st US martyr

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Oklahoma-born priest killed during Guatemala's civil war is set to be beatified, on the path to possible sainthood. More>>

Deaf man's family calls for Oklahoma City officer's arrest

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The Oklahoma Association for the Deaf says police have reached out since an officer fatally shot a deaf man in Oklahoma City, but that more needs to be done. More>>

Sanders slams GOP, touts universal health care in California

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Sen. Bernie Sanders is bashing the latest Republican effort to overhaul the health care system and touting his own government-run health care plan before an adoring California audience. More>>

Colorado principal, assistant out after forced-splits video

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A Colorado principal has retired and an athletic director has resigned after videos surfaced showing a high school cheerleading coach pushing cheerleaders down in splits. More>>

Forest Service, Idaho work to boost logging on federal land

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The U.S. Forest Service and Idaho have forged agreements for logging and restoration projects on federal land in what officials say could become a template for other Western states to create jobs and reduce the severity of wildfires. More>>

Mercedes-Benz agreeing to replace seat heaters after lawsuit

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A federal judge has granted preliminary approval of a lawsuit settlement involving seat heaters in more than 270,000 Mercedes-Benz SUVs. More>>

Woman arrested after brandishing gun at Kardashian boutique

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Authorities say they have arrested a woman who pointed a gun at employees inside the Kardashian-owned DASH boutique in West Hollywood and later threatened reporters with a machete. More>>

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

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NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week. More>>

Michigan official faces key hearing in Flint water case

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A former Michigan health official says he started asking questions about bacteria in Flint's water supply a year before the state publicly acknowledged an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease. More>>

Abu Ghraib ex-inmates' lawsuit moves ahead in federal court

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A federal judge is allowing ex-inmates of the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq to move ahead with their lawsuit against civilian contractors who worked as interrogators there. More>>

Decision on moving N Carolina Confederate monuments delayed

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The future location of three Confederate memorials on North Carolina's old Capitol grounds could depend on a state panel asked by the governor to move the monuments to a Civil War battle site. More>>

Lawsuit challenges law that only doctors perform abortions

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The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood has filed a federal lawsuit that challenges a Maine restriction common across most of the U.S. that abortions be performed solely by physicians. More>>

Kin of fallen Japan soldiers pay respects at Pearl Harbor

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Dozens of descendants of Japanese soldiers killed in World War II have arrived in Hawaii to pay respects to American war dead. More>>

Police chief: 'A lot of concerns' after shooting of deaf man

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Oklahoma City police chief says he plans to meet with advocates for the hearing- and speech-impaired following a deaf man's fatal shooting. More>>

The Latest: Trump speaks with Puerto Rico governor

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Hurricane Maria is lashing the northeastern Dominican Republic early Thursday and is expected to pass near the Turks and Caicos later in the day. More>>

GOP health bill offers provisions aimed at helping 2 states

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An inscrutable provision in the Republican health care bill would apparently steer extra cash to Wisconsin, home state of the measure's co-sponsor. More>>

US Senate contender has history of provocative comments

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The firebrand jurist who is close to snagging the state's Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Alabama has a history of provocative comments. More>>

Excitement bubbles up at BYU as caffeinated soda now on sale

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Brigham Young University has ended a six-decade ban on the sale of caffeinated soft drinks on campus, surprising students by posting a picture of a can of Coca-Cola on Twitter and just two words: "It's happening.". More>>

Powerless: Puerto Rico faces weeks without electricity

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Tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans stunned by a hurricane that crushed concrete balconies and paralyzed the island with landslides, flooding and downed trees vowed to rebuild amid an economic crisis as rescue crews fanned out across the U.S. territory. More>>

Girl hit by foul ball at Yankees game gets game's attention

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Foul ball that struck girl at Yankees game gets game's attention. More>>

Sleep apnea went undiagnosed in engineers in 2 train crashes

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Federal investigators have found that the engineers of two New York City-area commuter trains that crashed into stations were both suffering from severe sleep apnea. More>>

Maria destroys homes, triggers flooding in Puerto Rico Video included

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Puerto Rico faces what officials say could be the strongest hurricane to ever hit the U.S. territory as they warned it would decimate the power company's crumbling infrastructure and force the government to rebuild dozens of communities. More>>

Civil rights commission: Discrimination risk in city fines

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U.S. Commission on Civil Rights says the use of court fines and fees as revenue sources by municipalities can lead to discrimination and is something the Department of Justice should continue to investigate. More>>

Was it a crime? 10 patients at nursing home died after Irma

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Two former prosecutors say nine deaths at a Florida nursing home that lost its air conditioning during Hurricane Irma may not result in criminal charges. More>>

Study: Most states would take a hit from GOP health bill

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Study: Most states would take a stiff budgetary hit if the latest Senate GOP health care bill becomes law. More>>

Man accused of disrupting flight found competent for trial

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A federal judge in Honolulu is scheduled to hear arguments on whether to close a hearing for a man accused of inflight behavior that prompted fighter jets to escort the airplane. More>>

Attorney: Final San Francisco plane crash lawsuit settled

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An attorney overseeing lawsuits stemming from a fatal plane crash in San Francisco four years ago says the last remaining suit in the U.S. has been settled. More>>

Former Obama officials launch legal group to challenge DeVos

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Former Obama appointees launch legal group to challenge DeVos on student loans, discrimination. More>>

New potential burden for Houston homeowners: higher taxes

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Houston homeowners face new potential financial burden: higher property taxes. More>>

Baby whose mother chose giving birth over chemo has died

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A Michigan woman who gave up the opportunity to prolong her life in order to give birth to her sixth child has died. More>>

Investigators: Pilots erred in Pence plane's skid at airport

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Investigators have cited failures by the pilots of a plane that overran a LaGuardia Airport runway while carrying then-vice presidential candidate Mike Pence. More>>

Montana set to take over deadly asbestos cleanup site

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State and local officials have begun preparations to take over management of the cleanup of a northwest Montana community where health officials say hundreds of people have been killed by asbestos exposure. More>>

The big question: Will cancer immune therapy work for me? Video included

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Gene tests may help gauge who will benefit from cancer immune system treatments. More>>

Jimmy Kimmel: Senator 'lied right to my face' on health care

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Jimmy Kimmel says U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy "lied right to my face" by going back on his word to ensure any health care overhaul passes a test named for him. More>>

Winners and losers in GOP's last-ditch health overhaul

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New GOP health care bill would redistributes hundreds of billions in federal financing; creates winners and losers. More>>

California sues Trump administration to prevent border wall

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California's attorney general has sued the Trump administration over its plan to construct a wall along the country's border with Mexico. More>>

Trump to look at even stricter cap on refugees

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Trump faces decision soon on refugee admissions, may go for even stricter limits. More>>

Captain: Oklahoma City man killed by police was deaf

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Authorities say Oklahoma City officers who opened fire on a man who was approaching them holding a metal pipe apparently didn't hear witnesses yelling that the man was deaf. More>>

Defense: Man accused of terror plot an 'idiot,' not fighter

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A prosecutor and defense attorney have painted starkly different pictures of a Massachusetts man accused of participating in a plot to behead a conservative blogger who angered Muslims when she organized a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas. More>>

Man's path from Eagle Scout to alleged killer baffles family

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A 23-year-old white man was arrested and accused of killing two black men and shooting up a black family's home in a string of attacks last week that police say may have been racially motivated. More>>

Protesters march in St. Louis suburb over police shooting

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Protesters to take to St. Louis-area streets again to demonstrate against judge's acquittal in fatal 2011 police shooting. More>>

Big US detention center sued for paying detainees $1 a day

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Washington state has sued the operator of one of the largest U.S. immigration detention centers over claims it did not pay detainees the state's minimum wage for work performed over a decade. More>>

Cross-border slaying: Can dead teen's family sue US agent?

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A federal appeals court hears arguments on whether a federal border patrol agent can be sued in United States courts for shooting across the border and killing a Mexican teenager in 2010. More>>

NY agency called Justice Center may lack power to prosecute

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A New York state agency called the Justice Center may lack the authority to prosecute anyone. More>>

APNewsBreak: 'Why me?' Survivor recounts flash flood horror

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The man who survived an Arizona flash flood that killed 10 of his family members says he believes it was luck that allowed him to save his 1-year-old daughter from the onslaught. More>>

South Carolina: Call for a monument to black Civil War hero

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Two South Carolina senators are proposing to honor a black Civil War hero on Statehouse grounds, saying they hope the conversation sets a national example on how to build consensus rather than tear things down. More>>

In citizenship message, Trump welcomes immigrants to America

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President Donald Trump has issued a welcome message for new American citizens urging them to help others assimilate and remain loyal to their new country. More>>

Nevada quake lab tests new bridge design after Mexico quake

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A day after a deadly earthquake struck Mexico City, scientists at the University of Nevada plan to test a series of new bridge designs intended to better withstand such violent temblors. More>>

Government: Prison fits Weiner's sex crime on teen victim

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The government says former New York congressman Anthony Weiner should go to prison for about two years after engaging in sexting with a 15-year-old girl. More>>

Power is back on in Florida, but utilities still under fire

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More than 300,000 customers in Florida remain without power more than nine days after Hurricane Irma, but electric industry experts say it could have been worse without recent power grid upgrades. More>>

Study: FEMA's Houston flood maps outdated long before Harvey

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A study of part of southeast Houston suggests that the Federal Emergency Management Agency's flood plain maps were woefully out-of-date long before Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas Gulf Coast. More>>

New St. Louis mayor navigates racial strife after acquittal

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New white mayor of St. Louis navigates racial strife after former police officer's acquittal. More>>

The Latest: White man facing murder charges on suicide watch

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An aunt of the 23-year-old white man accused of killing two black men in Baton Rouge says his arrest has left her shocked and baffled. More>>

The Latest: Neighbor says man shot by cop didn't speak

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A neighbor of a man shot and killed by an Oklahoma City police officer say he was either deaf or hard of hearing and he often carried a stick to protect himself from stray dogs. More>>

Key suspect in pricey Kentucky bourbon heist pleads guilty

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A rogue distillery worker at the center of a bourbon-heist scheme that spirited away tens of thousands of dollars' worth of liquor has pleaded guilty in a case that has already secured a place in Kentucky lore. More>>

Polygamous sect leader pleads guilty to escape, fraud

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A polygamous sect leader recaptured after a year on the run in a fraud case is expected to appear in court Wednesday. More>>

Montana must rewrite transgender bathroom ballot description

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The Montana Supreme Court has ordered the attorney general to rewrite ballot language for an initiative that would require people use public restrooms designated for their gender at birth. More>>

Immigrant hurricane victims turn to churches amid fear

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Many in the country illegally fear that seeking federal disaster aid after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma will result in getting deported, prompting them to turn to places of worship and private charities. More>>

St. Louis faith leaders urge peace, justice amid turmoil

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Protesters gathered outside the jail in downtown St. Louis on Monday night to show solidarity with those who remain behind bars after more than 120 people were arrested the day earlier. More>>

Cloudy, cool August restrains melt of Arctic sea ice

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Arctic sea ice levels this summer weren't a record low for a change, only the 8th lowest seen. More>>

Barrier put in mine that sent toxic water into 3 states

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is installing a barrier and valve inside an inactive Colorado mine to prevent another surge of toxic wastewater like a 2015 blowout that contaminated rivers in three states. More>>

Equifax says it had a security breach earlier in the year

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Equifax had a separate security breach earlier this year, raising additional questions about company's security practices. More>>

Giant antennas in New Mexico search for cosmic discoveries

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Astronomers are using an array of giant antennas in the New Mexico desert for a years-long project aimed at producing the sharpest view ever of such a large portion of the sky using radio waves. More>>

Facebook may be facing an 'era of accountability'

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Facebook may be facing an 'era of accountability'. More>>

States expand investigation of opioid makers, distributors

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States are asking for records from companies that make and distribute prescription opioid painkillers. More>>

11-year-old boy gets lawn-mowing gig at White House

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The president got what you might call a grassroots display of support at the White House, welcoming an 11-year-old Virginia boy who offered to help cut the lawn. More>>

Officer who shot Ga Tech student had been on job 16 months

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Three people were arrested during protest after a vigil for a Georgia Tech student fatally shot by campus police last weekend. More>>

Toys R Us joins bankruptcy list as Amazon exerts influence

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Toys R Us, pioneering big box toy retailer, says it has filed voluntarily for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. More>>

White man arrested in slayings of 2 black men in Louisiana

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A 23-year-old white man was arrested Tuesday and accused of cold-bloodedly killing two black men and shooting up a black family's home in a string of attacks police say may have been racially motivated. More>>

APNewsBreak: California wants millions to fund water project

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California is increasing the pressure for millions of state water users to help pay for a $16 billion project to re-engineer the state's water system. More>>

Senate intelligence chairman: Facebook should testify

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The chairman of the Senate intelligence committee says Facebook should testify as part of its probe into Russian meddling in the U.S. election, and that the social media giant "seems to have been less than forthcoming" with Congress. More>>

4 US monuments to be scaled back hold artifacts, key habitat

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's recommendation to shrink four sprawling national monuments in the U.S. West jeopardizes protections for ancient cliff dwellings, scenic canyons and habitat for threatened wildlife. More>>

Washington state school shooting suspect pleads not guilty

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A 15-year-old boy has pleaded not guilty in a school shooting that left one classmate dead and three wounded in Washington state. More>>

Key California farm district rejects governor's tunnels plan

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The board of the nation's largest irrigation district rejected participation in Gov. Jerry Brown's $16 billion plan to build two giant tunnels to re-engineer California's north-south water delivery system, dealing a major blow to the project. More>>

Common Core used widely, despite continuing debate

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Common Core used in most states that initially adopted it, despite continue debate over standards' effect. More>>

Earth sweltered to 3rd hottest August, summer on record

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Federal meteorologists calculate that Earth baked to the third hottest August and summer on record. More>>

Ex-tennis star Blake testifies about his mistaken arrest

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Former pro tennis star James Blake's mistaken arrest in New York City has become the subject of a disciplinary trial for the arresting officer, who's accused of using excessive force. More>>

After Irma, Florida Jews seek respite in High Holy Days

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The High Holy Days have taken on greater significance for Florida's large Jewish community after the ravages of Hurricane Irma. More>>

Police give room to St. Louis protests until trouble starts

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Police give wide berth to St. Louis protesters, at least until trouble starts. More>>

The Latest: Neighbor talks about her house being shot up

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Authorities say a 23-year-old white Baton Rouge man has been arrested and will be charged with murder in the fatal shootings of two black men in attacks that police said may have been racially motivated. More>>

Lawsuit aims to block oil drilling on US land in Nevada

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Environmentalists have sued a U.S. agency to try to stop it from allowing oil and gas drilling on federal land in Nevada. More>>

Man sentenced for trying to sell satellite secrets to Russia

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A Southern California engineer who worked for a defense contractor has been sentenced to five years in prison for selling sensitive satellite information to an undercover FBI employee he thought was a Russian agent. More>>

White man accused of killing 2 blacks had Hitler speech

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Authorities say a 23-year-old white man has been arrested and accused of killing two black men and firing on a black family. More>>

Permits invalidated for big Washington state methanol plant

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U.S. environmental groups opposed to the Pacific Northwest becoming an international fossil fuels gateway scored a major victory when a Washington state board invalidated two permits for a $2 billion project to manufacture methanol from natural gas. More>>

Q&A: US, Mexican policies on arriving Haitians vary

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Questions and answers about US, Mexican policies on Haitians. More>>

Activist urges walrus rafts in absence of Arctic sea ice

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An environmental activist wants the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reconsider anchored rafts in the ocean to provide walruses with a platform to rest. More>>

For a new Key West resident, Irma was her welcome-to-town

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Prudence Duchene moved to Key West on the day Irma was named, and rode out the storm in a courthouse there. More>>

Senate GOP musters final push to erase Obama health care law

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Senate Republicans are planning a final, uphill push to erase President Barack Obama's health care law. More>>

Protesters make good on threat to disrupt St. Louis business

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When a former St. Louis police officer was acquitted in the fatal shooting of a black suspect, protesters vowed to show their disdain by disrupting business in downtown St. Louis. More>>

Veteran who fought library attacker among 18 Carnegie Heroes

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An Army veteran who fended off a mentally ill man who tried to attack a chess class the veteran was teaching at an Illinois public library is among 18 people being honored with Carnegie medals for heroism. More>>

Interior chief urges shrinking 4 national monuments in West

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending that six of 27 national monuments under review by the Trump administration be reduced in size, along with management changes to several other sites. More>>

4 US monuments to be scaled back hold artifacts, key habitat

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's recommendation to shrink four sprawling national monuments in the U.S. West jeopardizes protections for ancient cliff dwellings, scenic canyons and habitat for threatened wildlife. More>>

Mars research crew emerges after 8 months of isolation

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Six NASA-backed research subjects who have been living in a Mars-like habitat on a remote Hawaii volcano since January have emerged from isolation. More>>

3 arrested during protest at Georgia Tech after vigil

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Georgia Tech alerted students to shelter indoors because of violent protests on campus Monday night after police fatally shot a student over the weekend. More>>

State, federal authorities proposing new rules on Equifax

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State, federal authorities proposing tougher regulations against Equifax and credit monitoring industry. More>>

Floods, fires, other disasters add stress to state budgets

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Natural disasters such as this summer's hurricanes and wildfires can put a strain on state budgets, especially those experiencing an economic slowdown. More>>

Young immigrants shout down Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi

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U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has been shouted down at a San Francisco event by young immigrants protesting her conversations with President Donald Trump on immigration policy. More>>

The Latest: 3 arrested in protest at Georgia Tech

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Investigators say a Georgia Tech student who was killed by campus police was the one who called police to report a possibly intoxicated person holding a knife and possibly armed with a gun. More>>

AP Exclusive: Evidence of spills at toxic site during floods

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A U.S. government hotline received three reports of spills at a heavily polluted Superfund toxic waste site near Houston after Harvey flooding, and aerial photographs appear to show black-colored water surrounding the waste site, flowing out a bayou. More>>

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