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Former Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland dies at 90

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Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland has died in Minnesota. More>>

Evers not optimistic Wisconsin Gov. Walker will veto bills

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Wisconsin Gov.-elect Tony Evers says he's not optimistic that outgoing governor Scott Walker will veto bills approved by the Republican-dominated Legislature that would limit the new governor's power. More>>

Amazon touted as big win for NY, but math is more complex

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Elected officials say the deal to bring a new Amazon headquarters to New York City is a big win for taxpayers, but the math behind billions of dollars in tax breaks and incentives isn't that simple. More>>

Winter storm causes icy roads across swath of South

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

US states to meet at deadline on Colorado River drought plan

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With drought continuing and reservoirs shrinking, seven Southwestern U.S. states that depend on the Colorado River had been expected to ink a crucial share-the-pain contingency plan by the end of 2018. More>>

Study that took aim at 'Joy of Cooking' is retracted

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Another study by a prominent food researcher is being retracted. More>>

School lunch rules OK refined grains, low-fat chocolate milk

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Refined grains will be allowed back on school lunches, as will flavored, low-fat milk. More>>

GM plant closing not expected to stall Detroit's rebound

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General Motors' planned shutdown of its Detroit-Hamtramck plant would leave only one auto assembly factory in the city, but the closure and job losses are not expected to stall-out Detroit's remarkable comeback. More>>

Teachers union: Tentative deal to end charter schools strike

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The nation's first teachers' strike against a charter school operator is ending in Chicago. More>>

Newtown shooter described 'scorn for humanity'

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Documents from the investigation into the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut are shedding light on the gunman's anger, scorn for other people, and deep social isolation in the years leading up to the shooting. More>>

Virginia city seeks healing after man's murder conviction

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Civil rights activists in the city of Charlottesville, Virginia, are hoping the first-degree-murder conviction of a man who drove into counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally will help heal their scarred community. More>>

FBI: Man charged in kidnapping, death of North Carolina teen

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The FBI says an arrest has been made in the disappearance and death of a North Carolina teenager. More>>

Kansas faces new fight over taxes after years of turmoil

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

With Kevin Hart's downfall, hosting the Oscars got harder

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Hart's fallout raises questions about the Oscars host problem and the liability of social media. More>>

Rise up: Female voices take center stage at Grammys

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Female musicians who not only write their own lyrics _ but produce their songs too _ are taking center stage at the 2019 Grammy Awards, a year after female voices were shut of the show's major categories. More>>

Kevin Hart quits as Oscars host over his anti-gay tweets

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Kevin Hart's response to criticism over earlier homophobic tweets has further inflamed the backlash to the newly minted Oscar host. More>>

Trump resort worker: No regrets speaking out about abuse

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

Elder Bushes are gone but family Maine retreat to stay alive

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The passing of George and Barbara Bush won't mean an end to the children's laughter, splashing in the pool, barking dogs, or clinking horseshoes at the family compound on the Maine coast. More>>

US to ease oil drilling controls protecting imperiled bird

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

Climate reality check: Global carbon pollution up in 2018

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Global carbon pollution rose sharply this year after several years of little growth. More>>

Dog that survived California wildfire guarded home for weeks

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Dog that survived deadly Northern California wildfire apparently guarded his burned home for almost a month until his owner returned. More>>

In darkness and chaos, deputy killed by friendly fire

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Authorities say they plan to announce a "significant" development in their investigation of last month's shooting at a popular Southern California bar that killed 12 people, including a sheriff's deputy. More>>

Survivors gather at Pearl Harbor for attack remembrance

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About 20 survivors are gathering at Pearl Harbor to remember thousands of men lost in the Japanese attack 77 years ago. More>>

Pearl Harbor survivor and Navy veteran recalls 1941 attack

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Retired Navy commander Don Long remembers the 1941 Japanese attack on Hawaii from his home in Northern California. More>>

2 deadly shootings send a chill through black gun owners

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Twice in the span of 11 days last month, a black man who drew a gun in response to a crime in the U.S. was shot to death by a white police officer after apparently being mistaken for the bad guy. More>>

Trump Justice pick likely to be queried on Mueller comments

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

Swath of South faces wintry mess: Snow, sleet, freezing rain

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

Absentee vote changes may have invited 'ballot harvesting'

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Changes to North Carolina's absentee voting rules may have invited 'ballot harvesting'. More>>

Correction: Trump-Joint Chiefs story

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

Disneyland tower suggested as Legionnaires' disease source

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A health official testified that a cooling tower that provides mist to make Disneyland guests more comfortable was the likely source for 22 cases in a Legionnaires' disease outbreak last year near the theme park. More>>

Boy hits target, convinces town to scrap snowball fight ban

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Boy gets small Colorado town to lift nearly century-old ban on snowball fights. More>>

Quackarazzi: Mandarin duck holds NYC in its spell

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

Man who drove into crowd convicted of first-degree murder

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Jury deliberations set to begin in murder trial of man accused of plunging into a crowd of counterprotesters at white nationalist rally, killing 1 woman and injuring dozens. More>>

Military officials unveil damage from powerful Alaska quake

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

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

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

Caretaker of neglected, bone-strewn cemetery is arrested

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A mass desecration of graves at a Connecticut cemetery has devastated dozens of families while police determine whether to file criminal charges. More>>

US appeals court won't immediately allow Trump asylum ban

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

Senate passes bill making it easier to kill sea lions

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A bill making it easier to kill sea lions that feast on imperiled salmon in the Columbia River has cleared the U.S. Senate. More>>

Foie gras off Amazon's offerings in California in settlement

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California prosecutors say Amazon has agreed to stop selling foie gras in the state from birds that have been force fed after state lawmakers banned that form of the fatty duck and goose liver delicacy. More>>

Trump demands border wall money; shutdown showdown nears

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President Donald Trump is in Missouri to address a national conference on crime. More>>

Effort to weaken governors stirs separation-of-powers debate

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

Suicide recorded on cell phone sends Utah man to prison

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A Utah man who helped a teenage girl kill herself and filmed the act to fulfill what prosecutors called a fascination with death will serve at least five years and up to life in prison. More>>

Michigan's medical chief to stand trial on Flint charges

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Michigan's chief medical executive will stand trial on involuntary manslaughter and other charges in a criminal investigation of the Flint water crisis. More>>

Indiana man pleads guilty to 1988 killing of 8-year-old girl

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An Indiana man has pleaded guilty to the 1988 abduction, rape and killing of an 8-year-old Fort Wayne girl. More>>

Storm brings record rainfall, snow to Southern California

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Authorities are keeping a worried eye on fire-scarred hillsides in Southern California after a storm brought flooding and prompted evacuation orders for hundreds of homes. More>>

The Latest: Deputy killed by friendly fire in bar shootout

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California sheriff: Deputy responding to mass shooting at bar was killed by bullet fired by highway patrolman. More>>

Christmas turkey, fruitcake rocketing toward space station

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Christmas turkey rockets toward the International Space Station, along with cranberry sauce and fruitcake. More>>

The Latest: Silent moment to remember Pearl Harbor attack

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Pearl Harbor survivors, dignitaries and the public are remembering those killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 77 years ago. More>>

2 Jesuit provinces releases 153 names of accused abusers

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

The Latest: Private, graveside service ends; Bush buried Video included

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More than 11,000 people paid their respects to George H.W. Bush as the 41st president lay in repose all night at a Houston church where his family worshipped. More>>

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

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

Bush's presidential funeral train first in nearly 50 years Video included

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George H.W. Bush's presidential funeral train will be first in nearly 50 years. More>>

$1.3B award upheld against racecar driver over payday loans

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A U.S. appeals court has upheld a nearly $1.3 billion award against a pro racecar driver who ran a payday loan business accused by federal authorities of deceiving consumers. More>>

North Carolina Democrat drops race concession amid probe

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A leader of the North Carolina Republican Party says the organization would be open to a new election if an investigation were to find a high likelihood that wrongdoing swayed the state's unresolved congressional race. More>>

Amazon workers treated after bear repellent releases fumes

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Authorities say 24 workers at an Amazon warehouse in New Jersey have been taken hospitals for treatment after bear repellant fell off a shelf and released fumes, including one person who is in critical condition. More>>

1 child dead, 45 people hurt in Arkansas charter bus crash

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Authorities: 1 child is dead, 40 people injured after charter bus carrying Tennessee youth football team crashes in central Arkansas. More>>

Funding for defense in NY sex-trafficking case questioned

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Federal prosecutors are challenging how defense lawyers are being paid in the case against a self-improvement organization accused of branding female followers. More>>

US court won't reopen lawsuit about Confederate-themed flag

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A federal appeals court will not revive a lawsuit that tried to block a Mississippi city from flying the state flag that includes the Confederate battle emblem. More>>

The Latest: Tennessee inmate's last words barely heard

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US Supreme Court has refused to halt plans by the state of Tennessee to put an inmate to death in the electric chair. More>>

Teen who killed parents sentenced to 40 years

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A teenager who told authorities she "snapped" and killed her parents while struggling with gender identity is going to prison for 40 years. More>>

Former CBS chief Moonves accused of more sexual misconduct

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Report says a probe by CBS lawyers outlines more allegations of sexual misconduct by longtime chief Les Moonves. More>>

NYPD officer faces May trial in Eric Garner chokehold death

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A New York City police officer accused in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man will face a disciplinary trial in May; Garner's pleas of "I can't breathe" became a rallying cry against police brutality. More>>

2 US warplanes crash off Japan; 1 dead, 5 missing

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Japanese and U.S. officials say two American warplanes crashed into the Pacific off Japan's southwestern coast after a midair collision early Thursday, and search and rescue operations are under way. More>>

Utah hate crime law under scrutiny after tire shop beating

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The recent beating of a young man and his father at their Salt Lake City tire shop by an attacker who told police he targeted them because they were Mexican is renewing criticism of the state's hate crime law, which one prosecutor is calling unusable. More>>

The Latest: Evers: Wisconsin GOP desperate to cling to power

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The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature has approved a sweeping package of bills weakening the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general. More>>

Walker shouted down over GOP attempt to weaken his successor

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Wisconsin Republicans plan dramatic votes in the state Legislature in a sweeping attempt to limit the powers of the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general. More>>

Hong Kong businessman guilty of bribery in African oil deal

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Hong Kong businessman convicted of bribing leaders of Chad and Uganda to land oil rights for Chinese energy firm. More>>

School's historical re-enactment causes shooting scare

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Authorities say a historical re-enactment where blanks were fired sent dozens of police officers and panicked parents to a South Carolina elementary school. More>>

Lawyer: Trump resort hired undocumented workers

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The New York Times reports that two women hired to clean at one of President Donald Trump's resorts say they were in the country illegally when they got their jobs, supervisors knew it and that many other employees there are also undocumented. More>>

Correction: Marijuana-Michigan-News Guide story

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Michigan clears a threshold this week as the first state in the Midwest to allow marijuana for more than just medical purposes. More>>

Sheriff: Woman kills jail escapee who kicks in her door

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Authorities say an inmate who escaped from a South Carolina jail was shot and killed by a woman after he kicked open the backdoor of her home. More>>

GOP tries to hamstring incoming Democratic attorneys general

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Republicans in Wisconsin and Michigan try to hamstring incoming Democratic attorneys general. More>>

A football weekend turns to tragedy for Tennessee all-stars

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Officials: Most of the youth football players and adults who were injured when charter bus overturned in Arkansas have been released from hospitals. More>>

Should you need to pass a social media check to get a gun?

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Should authorities be able to deny handgun licenses for hateful tweets? A New York lawmaker's proposal would require checks of social media posts for potential warning signs of violence. More>>

Union: Chicago teachers stage 1st US charter school strike

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Union leaders say teachers employed by a Chicago charter school network are staging the first strike at any of the privately run, taxpayer-funded schools in the U.S. More>>

Denver officials want to erase low-level marijuana offenses

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Officials in Colorado's largest city say they are working on a plan to clear thousands of marijuana convictions prosecuted before its use became legal in the state. More>>

Arkansas' capital city elects black mayor for first time

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Voters are casting ballots in a runoff election that could result in Little Rock's first popularly elected black mayor, six decades after Arkansas' capital city was the center of a school desegregation fight. More>>

Miss America terminates agreements with NJ, NY and FL

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The Miss America Organization has widened its purge of state officials who have opposed the national leadership, revoking the licenses of New Jersey, New York and Florida. More>>

Arizona agency wrestles with bias amid post-Arpaio overhaul

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The new sheriff of metro Phoenix is making progress in carrying out a court-ordered overhaul of his agency after it was found to have racially profiled Latinos in his predecessor's traffic patrols that targeted immigrants. More>>

With 11 names left, search for wildfire missing winds down

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The search for people unaccounted for after the deadliest U.S. wildfire in at least a century is winding down in California, with 11 names left on a list that once approached 1,300 and prompted fears that hundreds had died in the flames. More>>

Biden says he's the most qualified person to be president

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Former Vice President Joe Biden says he'll announce within the next two months whether he plans to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020. More>>

Iditarod clears four-time champion in dog-doping scandal

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Iditarod officials have cleared a four-time champion of any wrongdoing in a dog-doping scandal that followed the sled dog race last year. More>>

Avenatti agrees to give up assets to estranged wife

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A Southern California judge has transferred assets including an airplane and a Ferrari from Stormy Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti to his estranged wife. More>>

Bankruptcy filing provides rare window into diocese finances

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New Mexico's largest Catholic diocese has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in recent months on lawyers to fight claims of clergy sex abuse and to prepare for a potentially lengthy fight in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. More>>

How AP photographed George H.W. Bush lying in state Video included

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Guywires, antennae and negotiations: AP's photo director explains how the news agency took aerial shots of former President George H.W. Bush lying in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington. More>>

Flag-waving crowds in Texas watch Bush's funeral train Video included

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Flag waving-crowds lined the tracks as a special funeral train carried the flag-draped body of former President George H.W. Bush to College Station, Texas, where he'll be buried on the grounds of his presidential library. More>>

New Democratic governors show shift on US charter schools

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With new Democrats set to take over the governor's mansion across the country, the charter school movement may face a shifting political landscape in several key states. More>>

Rich sex offender Epstein settles 1 suit, but more to come

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A last-minute settlement has been reached in Florida in a long-running lawsuit involving a wealthy, well-connected financier accused of sexually abusing dozens of teenage girls. More>>

Uproar over UNC proposal for building for Confederate statue

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North Carolina's flagship university proposed Monday to move a toppled Confederate statue into a new $5 million building on the outskirts of campus. More>>

Lawyers for Trump seek to punish porn star in court fines

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Attorneys for President Trump want a Los Angeles judge to award $340,000 in legal fees for successfully defending him against defamation claims by porn actress Stormy Daniels. More>>

Crowds honor Bush for long service, from war to White House Video included

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Bush remembered as 'great man' and 'gentle soul' as he lay in state in Capitol rotunda. More>>

Appeals to Scott Walker: Don't stain legacy, veto bills

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Wisconsin's incoming Democratic governor says he's willing to go to court if a Republican plan to restrict his powers is signed into law _ but he'll first ask GOP Gov. Scott Walker to veto the legislation. More>>

Children return to school 3 weeks after California wildfire

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Monday marks a return to school and some semblance of routine for thousands of children who lost their homes when a deadly wildfire incinerated their hometowns in Northern California. More>>

Soldier who tried to help terrorists gets 25-year sentence

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A soldier based in Hawaii is scheduled to be sentenced for trying to help the Islamic State group. More>>

November border arrests jump to highest in Trump presidency

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U.S. Border Patrol arrests in November jumped 78 percent from a year earlier, with families and children accounting for a majority for a third straight month. More>>

'El Chapo' consort opens up about cartels' ruthlessness

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A key government witness at the U.S. trial of the Mexican drug lord known as "El Chapo" has testified about the cold-blooded killings committed to further his own narcotics empire. More>>

Border agent indicted for capital murder in 4 Texas deaths

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A U.S. Border Patrol agent who confessed to shooting four women in the head and leaving their bodies on rural Texas roadsides has been indicted on a capital murder charge. More>>

Tennessee electrocutes second inmate in 2 months

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A Tennessee inmate is scheduled to become the second person to die in the state's electric chair in as many months Thursday evening. More>>

AP Was There: Bush's bum rap on 'amazing' barcode scanner Video included

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AP Was There: Bush's bum rap on the 'amazing' supermarket barcode scanner. More>>

Some California fire victims were already living on the edge

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The future is uncertain for many of those driven out by the deadly wildfire in Northern California, but it's uniquely challenging for those who were homeless or nearly so even before the flames swept through. More>>

Arkansas school district allows paper to post banned article

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An Arkansas school district which ordered a student newspaper to take down an investigative report has allowed the article to be re-published on its website. More>>

Ballot fraud investigation muddies North Carolina election

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One of the nation's last unresolved fall congressional races is awash in doubt as North Carolina election investigators concentrate on a rural county where absentee-ballot fraud allegations are so flagrant they've put the Election Day result into question. More>>

Charges: Woman shot ex's girlfriend after drawing him away

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Prosecutors say a Utah woman accused of killing her ex-husband's girlfriend drew the man out of the apartment before she entered and fired the fatal shots. More>>

George H.W. Bush's legacy on racial issues is complicated Video included

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George H.W. Bush, lauded as a man of decency and civility, has a complicated legacy on race. More>>

College alert: Report of possible campus gunman unfounded

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William Peace University in North Carolina says a possible gunman was reported on campus and is telling people to shelter in place. More>>

Princeton group cuts 'Mermaid' song over 'toxic masculinity'

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An all-male a cappella group at an Ivy League university has pulled a Disney movie song from its act following a student newspaper column that suggested the lyrics helped promote "toxic masculinity.". More>>

Exam: Black man killed by officer shot 3 times in back

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A forensic examination shows a black man was shot three times in the back side of his body when an Alabama police officer mistook him for the shooter after gunfire erupted at a crowded shopping mall. More>>

Residents return to California town leveled by wildfire Video included

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Officials are allowing some residents of a California town leveled by a wildfire last month to return home. More>>

Residents head back into California town leveled by wildfire

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Some residents of a California town devastated by a catastrophic wildfire nearly a month ago were finally allowed to return home to sift through the charred remains in search of precious family heirlooms, photos and other possessions. More>>

Honduran woman in migrant caravan gives birth in US

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A Honduran woman affiliated with a caravan of Central American migrants gave birth on U.S. soil shortly after entering the country illegally, conferring U.S. citizenship for her offspring. More>>

Mueller recommends no prison for Flynn, citing cooperation Video included

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The special counsel in the Russia investigation is set to give the first public insight into how much valuable information President Donald Trump's former national security adviser has shared with prosecutors. More>>

Residents continue assessing rare December tornado damage

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Residents in central Illinois on Sunday assessed the damage after rare December tornadoes, including one the day before that was a half-mile-wide, ripped roofs off homes in Taylorville, downed power lines and injured at least 20 people. More>>

Floods, mudslides as storm wallops Southern California

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The second round of a fall storm dumped snow and rain that jammed traffic on Southern California highways and loosened hillsides in wildfire burn areas on Thursday. More>>

Supplies low for shelters helping migrants as holidays near

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Volunteer shelters along the U.S.-Mexico border say they are preparing for an expected surged in new immigrants seeking asylum in the U.S. More>>

US law against encouraging illegal immigration struck down

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A U.S. appeals court has struck down a federal immigration law that opponents warned could be used to criminalize a wide range of statements involving people in the country illegally. More>>

2 dead, 3 hurt in Mississippi train-van crash

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2 dead, 3 critically injured after freight train strikes van at crossing in northwest Mississippi. More>>

Largest police force in the US steps into the drone age

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NYPD shows off fleet of 14 new drones; detractors have privacy concerns. More>>

4 men charged in Panama Papers investigation

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Federal authorities in New York say four men have been charged in an international tax scheme related to the so-called Panama Papers. More>>

US senators request reports in death of transgender migrant

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U.S. senators from New Mexico and California want federal officials to release information about the circumstances surrounding the death of a Honduran transgender migrant while in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. More>>

4 days of events honoring former President George H.W. Bush Video included

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Former President George H.W. Bush will be honored during several public and private events over the next four days in Houston and Washington before a burial in Texas. More>>

Gunman shoots man, then chases him to hospital and kills him

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Authorities say a gunman is suspected of wounding two people and chasing them to a Kansas hospital, where he fatally shot one of them as he ran at the entrance. More>>

Wisconsin GOP uses rare session to weaken incoming governor

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Wisconsin Republicans are moving quickly with a rare lame-duck session that would move the 2020 presidential primary date and make sweeping changes to the duties of the governor and attorney general's offices. More>>

Man says he will prove he didn't kill Michael Jordan's dad

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One of two men serving a life sentence in the murder of Michael Jordan's father has said for 25 years that he didn't kill James Jordan, although he helped dispose of the body. Now Daniel Green returns to court as he continues to seek a new trial. More>>

Disputed House race puts spotlight on 'ballot harvesting'

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An investigation into whether political operatives in North Carolina illegally collected and possibly stole absentee ballots in a still-undecided congressional race has drawn attention to a political tool called ballot harvesting. More>>

Probe ongoing in bus crash that killed 1 child, hurt dozens

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Officials: Most of the youth football players and adults who were injured when charter bus overturned in Arkansas have been released from hospitals; dead child identified, as well as bus driver. More>>

Jury set to deliberate murder case in 2017 fatal car ramming

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Jurors in the trial of a man accused of killing a woman and injuring dozens at a white nationalist rally are expected to hear closing arguments in the case after testimony from final defense witnesses. More>>

Earthquake-weary Alaskans still grappling with damage

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The Port of Anchorage doesn't appear to have suffered any damage in the Friday earthquake. More>>

Surgeon General: Federal drug classification needs changes

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U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams has told police officers from across the country that he believes the nation's classification system for illegal drugs should be revisited. More>>

Sarah Palin's son checks into Alaska halfway house

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The oldest son of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin checked in to an Anchorage halfway house Wednesday to begin a year in custody following his conviction for assaulting his father. More>>

Key congressman optimistic about passing farm bill soon

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A key congressional voice on agriculture says he's optimistic that lawmakers can pass a new farm bill next week. More>>

NASA spacecraft arrives at ancient asteroid, its 1st visitor

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After a two-year chase, a NASA spacecraft has arrived at an ancient asteroid called Bennu. More>>

Costa Ricans arrest resort guard in death of Florida woman

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Authorities in Costa Rica say they arrested a security guard at an Airbnb rental villa in the slaying of a Florida woman who was remembered by friends as an avid world traveler and "happy soul.". More>>

Sea reefs and sunsets: Living Coral is color of the year

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The stuff of sea reefs and sunsets: Pantone picks Living Coral as its color of the year. More>>

APNewsBreak: Settlement reached in infamous "Norfolk 4" case

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APNewsBreak: The city of Norfolk has agreed to pay $4.9 million to four former sailors who were wrongly convicted of rape and murder based on intimidating police interrogations. More>>

Report: Propeller blade broke, causing military plane crash

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A military plane crash last year that left 16 service members dead in a Mississippi soybean field happened when a propeller blade broke off, slamming into the plane's fuselage. More>>

Last of 4 suspects pleads not guilty in Ohio family slayings

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A man charged in the slayings of eight people from another family has pleaded not guilty in southern Ohio days after his wife and two adult sons did the same. More>>

Correction: Wisconsin-Legislature-Lame-Duck story

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Wisconsin Republicans worked through the night to bring together enough votes to pass a sweeping package of lame-duck proposals designed to empower the GOP-controlled Legislature and weaken the incoming Democrat replacing Republican Gov. Scott Walker. More>>

Complaint about banana toy started turmoil at Iowa agency

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A complaint alleging that employees at Iowa's workplace safety agency used a toy banana to make sexual jokes triggered the investigation that led to the removal of two top officials. More>>

Empty boxes top high-tech toys on doctor-recommended list

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Pediatricians tout blocks, puzzles, even throwaway boxes over high-tech toys for young children. More>>

Woman in wheelchair whose flight was canceled left at O'Hare

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American Airlines is investigating how a 67-year-old woman in a wheelchair was left alone overnight at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport when her flight was canceled. More>>

English couple thanks NYC police for finding lost ring

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The once anonymous English couple who lost an engagement ring down a Times Square utility grate is thanking the New York Police Department for finding it. More>>

Could anyone have stopped gene-edited babies experiment?

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Scientific consensus and regulations in much of the world prohibit making genetic changes that could be passed to future generations. But nothing stopped the Chinese researcher from helping to make the world's first gene-edited babies. More>>

Alaska putting together pieces after massive earthquake Video included

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Life is slowly settling down in Alaska following a powerful earthquake that rattled buildings, disrupted power and caused heavy damage to the only highway that goes north of Anchorage. More>>

In photo, Bush's service dog honors the late president Video included

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President George H.W. Bush's service dog is honoring the late president with his own tribute in front of Bush's flag-draped casket. More>>

San Francisco Marriott hotel workers vote on new contract

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Marriott hotel workers in San Francisco are voting on a tentative four-year agreement after two months on strike. More>>

George H.W. Bush's life embodiment of Texas spirit Video included

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Although he was born and grew up on the East Coast, former President George H.W. Bush was the quintessential Texan. More>>

Bezos' preschools come as rich get richer, more generous

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From Jeff Bezos' free preschools to Andrew Carnegie's public libraries, education stands out as a favorite cause among America's wealthiest people. More>>

Missouri first to adopt fairness test against gerrymandering

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Missouri has become the first state to require a new mathematical formula to try to prevent partisan gerrymandering in legislative redistricting. More>>

Calls for justice during funeral of black man killed at mall

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Jackson, others call for justice during services held for an African-American man shot to death by a police officer following mall shooting. More>>

'El Chapo' trial gives inside look at his rise to power

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The U.S. trial of the Mexican drug lord known as "El Chapo" has offered a vivid look at excesses and lawlessness during his rise to power. More>>

George H.W. Bush found peace, friendship in Maine Video included

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Former President George H.W. Bush spent nearly every summer of his life in the coastal village of Kennebunkport, Maine, where his home was known as the "Summer White House.". More>>

Rare December tornadoes reported in central US, killing 1

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Residents in central Illinois are assessing the damage of rare December tornados that ripped roofs off homes, downed power lines and injured at 20 people. More>>

Police: Worker shot in robbery attempt at Whole Foods in DC

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Police say an employee has been shot during a robbery attempt at a Whole Foods Market in Washington, D.C. More>>

Planet Earth working on 3 Mars landers to follow InSight

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Planet Earth is working on 3 more Mars landers as the newest Martian settles in. More>>

Republican takes House race by 1 vote after recount

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Control of Alaska state government, at least for the next two years, could hinge on a mystery ballot that an election worker found on a table in a Fairbanks voting precinct more than three weeks ago. More>>

Next Minnesota House speaker will dump master mute button

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The incoming Democratic speaker of the Minnesota House plans to do away with a master mute button that gave her Republican predecessor the power to silence lawmakers' microphones. More>>

4 days of events honoring former President George H.W. Bush Video included

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Former President George H.W. Bush will be honored during several public and private events over the next four days in Houston and Washington before a burial in Texas. More>>

In GM country, workers aren't abandoning Trump - so far

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GM workers have lots of questions. The answers may have a lot to say about President Donald Trump's political future. More>>

Another court nixes Trump push to cut 'sanctuary city' funds

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A federal judge says the Trump administration can't withhold over $29 million in law enforcement money from six states and New York City in a clash over their immigration policies as so-called "sanctuary" jurisdictions. More>>

El Nino teases as Southwestern US remains in drought

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National climate experts have been watching and waiting but El Nino has only been teasing, leaving the American Southwest to hang on longer until the weather pattern develops and brings more moisture to the drought-stricken region. More>>

Feds won't pursue third trial against Border Patrol agent

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Federal prosecutors on Thursday said they would not pursue another trial against a Border Patrol agent who fatally shot a Mexican teenager across a border fence but who was twice acquitted. More>>

Police: Pipe bomb suspect accused in urine-throwing incident

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A police report says that mail pipe bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc was accused earlier this year with throwing urine from his van at two women on a moped in Florida. More>>

Repeat outbreaks pressure produce industry to step up safety

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After repeated food poisoning outbreaks, the produce industry is scrambling to contain future contaminations. More>>

Honeywell expected to announce HQ move to North Carolina

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Industrial conglomerate Honeywell International Inc. is expected to announce that it is moving its headquarters from New Jersey to Charlotte, North Carolina. More>>

Sprucing up NYC: Rockefeller Center lights Christmas tree

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A massive Norway spruce is ready for stardom in a New York City holiday tradition: the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. More>>

Food chain disruption eyed in Hawaii whale sighting decline

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Federal officials say research into the decline of humpback whale sightings in Hawaii points to a disruption in the food chain that is likely caused by warmer ocean temperatures in the whales' feeding grounds in Alaska. More>>

Younger school entry could set stage for ADHD diagnosis

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Study shows the youngest children in kindergarten are more likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder than oldest. More>>

The Latest: Trump considering 2-week US funding extension

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President Donald Trump has ordered American flags to fly at half-staff for 30 days to honor former President George H.W. Bush. More>>

Strict building codes helped Anchorage withstand quake Video included

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Strict building codes helped Anchorage withstand powerful earthquake. More>>

Former President George H.W. Bush dies at age 94 Video included

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Former President George H.W. Bush has died at the age of 94. More>>

Alaska quake damage could have been much worse, experts say Video included

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Anchorage is reeling after powerful, back-to-back earthquakes ripped apart highways, cracked buildings and rattled people's nerves around Anchorage. More>>

As 1 brother thrived, the other struggled before slayings

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A New Jersey businessman charged with killing his brother and the brother's wife and two children has pleaded not guilty. More>>

The Latest: A&M: Bush to be buried at presidential library Video included

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Obamas praise service of former President Bush. More>>

Number of missing after California fire dwindles to 49

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The number of people listed as missing after Northern California's catastrophic wildfire has whittled down to 49. More>>

Fate of New Mexico man who killed 5 as a teen revisited

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A New Mexico man who killed five family members as a teen is set to return to court Monday for a weeklong hearing to determine whether he has been rehabilitated while in the state's juvenile detention system. More>>

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