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USC agrees to pay $215M to settle doctor sex abuse claims

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The University of Southern California has announced an agreement in principle for a $215 million class-action settlement of claims involving alleged sexual harassment and abuse by a gynecologist who treated students for years. More>>

Medicaid expansion becomes key issue in GOP-leaning states

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Whether to expand Medicaid has become a key election-year issue in several Republican-leaning states, through ballot initiatives and in governor's races. More>>

Julia Louis-Dreyfus gets a top award for comedy

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One of the best-known comedic actresses of her generation, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, is receiving the Mark Twain Award for lifetime achievement in comedy. More>>

Both sides ignoring swing voters in hot Texas Senate race

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Ted Cruz is convening a parade of top Republicans to ensure Democrat Beto O'Rourke doesn't upset him. More>>

Mega Millions players would spend $1.6B on bills, charity

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With the Mega Millions lottery jackpot at a record $1.6 billion, people are snapping up tickets at convenience stores across the U.S. More>>

Parson resigning from CBS board for health reasons

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Richard Parsons resigning from CBS Corp. board of directors; Zelnick named new interim chairman. More>>

Democrats look to Latinos to provide midterm support

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Democrats need heavy Latino support to win several Senate races and take back control of the House, but Latinos have a spotty track record in midterm elections. More>>

Warren took DNA test to help rebuild "trust in government"

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Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she changed her mind and took a DNA test proving her heritage because Americans' trust in government is "at an all-time low" and she wants to rebuild it. More>>

US temporarily stops youth climate lawsuit days before trial

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The U.S. government is trying once again to block a major climate change lawsuit days before young activists are set to argue at trial that the government has violated their constitutional rights by failing to take action climate change. More>>

Breaching dams to save Northwest orcas is contentious issue

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Calls to breach four hydroelectric dams in Washington state have grown louder in recent months as the plight of critically endangered Northwest orcas has captured global attention. More>>

Wet and mild: Warm winter predicted for much of the US

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The National Weather Service is predicting a warmer than normal winter for about three-quarters of the nation. More>>

"I don't feel real": Mental stress mounting after Michael

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Health workers say they are seeing signs of mental fatigue in residents more than a week after Michael, and problems could continue as a short-term disaster turns into a long-term recovery that will take years. More>>

6 shot on street near north Florida stadium before NFL game

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Authorities say six people have been wounded in an apparent gang-related shooting blocks from the NFL stadium in Jacksonville where the Jaguars were hosting the Houston Texans. More>>

Search on for 2nd suspect in fatal Georgia police shooting

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Police: 1 of 2 teenagers still being sought in connection with fatal weekend shooting of police officer northeast of Atlanta. More>>

Dozens hurt in floor collapse at S. Carolina condo party

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Some 30 people were hurt after a floor collapses during a party at an apartment in South Carolina near the campus of Clemson University. More>>

DeSantis, Gillum tackle Trump and more in Florida debate

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Race, the economy, the environment and, of course President Donald Trump were subjects of the first debate in the Florida governor's race. More>>

Julia Louis-Dreyfus feted for career achievement in comedy

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One of the best-known comedic actresses of her generation, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, is receiving the Mark Twain Award for lifetime achievement in comedy. More>>

Charles Wang, former New York Islanders owner, dies at 74

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Charles Wang, the technology company founder who formerly owned the New York Islanders hockey team, has died. More>>

The Latest: Louis-Dreyfus references Kavanaugh at award

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Celebrities have begun to arrive at Washington's Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to help honor Julia Louis-Dreyfus with the Mark Twain award for lifetime achievement in comedy. More>>

Authorities hunt for 2nd suspect in Georgia police shooting

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2 men charged in connection with fatal shooting of Georgia police officer. More>>

Police applicants asked to disclose if sex assault victims

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A newspaper is reporting that the Oakland, California, police department asks all officer applicants to disclose whether they have been sexually assaulted. More>>

Wisconsin's Walker confronts dire political outlook

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Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker is trying to rally supporters in what may be the toughest election he's faced yet. More>>

Candles, flashlights, no AC in Florida's hurricane zone

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More than 100,000 Florida customers are still without power due to Hurricane Michael, which tore into the Florida Panhandle more than a week ago. More>>

Utah officials: DUI suspected in head-on crash, 6 dead

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Authorities say six people are dead after a dump truck crossed a highway median and collided with a pickup truck traveling in the opposite direction. More>>

10 days after hurricane, football offers a welcome escape

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Ten days after Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle, teenagers who make up the Mosley High Dolphins football team returned to the field in downtown Panama City. More>>

Sales are brisk as Mega Millions jackpot hits $1.6 billion

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The Mega Millions numbers that could win an estimated $1 billion jackpot are 15 23 53 65 70 and Mega Ball 7. More>>

Questions and answers about state of the US-Mexico border

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Immigration has again become a hot political issue as President Donald Trump portrays the Mexico border in a state of crisis. More>>

Warren ancestry highlights how tribes decide membership

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Clash over Warren's heritage highlights how Native American tribes decide membership. More>>

Alaska governor says he quit race to boost Democrat

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Independent Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has dropped his re-election bid with less than three weeks before the general election. More>>

Mega Millions jackpot hits $1.6B, thanks to worsening odds

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If it seems lottery jackpots are getting larger and larger, it's because they are getting larger and larger. More>>

The Latest: Police: 2 men in car when Georgia officer shot

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Authorities say both men charged in connection with George police officer's death were both in car at time of fatal shooting. More>>

The Latest: 2 suspects charged in Georgia officer's slaying

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Authorities say 2 men charged, including 1 still on the loose, in connection to the shooting death of a George police officer. More>>

2 men charged in Georgia officer's shooting death

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2 men charged in connection with fatal shooting of Georgia police officer. More>>

Democratic Sen. Warren, GOP challenger clash in debate

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Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and her Republican challenger, state Rep. Geoff Diehl, have clashed in their first debate on everything from tax cuts to immigration to Warren's release of a DNA test. More>>

Alaska's independent governor drops re-election bid

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Independent Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has suspended his re-election bid with less than three weeks before the general election. More>>

GOP on defense to explain pre-existing condition protections

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Republican candidates who are still calling for repeal of the Obama-era health care law find themselves on the defensive about how they will preserve protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions. More>>

Girl dies after court allows more time on life support

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A 9-year-old Texas girl at the center of a three-week court battle with a hospital to keep her on life support has died hours after an appeals court allowed her parents more time to find a facility to maintain her life support. More>>

Florida Panhandle medical care on life support after Michael

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Medical services in the Florida Panhandle are still on life support more than a week after Hurricane Michael. More>>

Police hire raises criticism in New Mexico's largest city

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The Albuquerque mayor's hiring of a New Jersey law enforcement veteran accused of excessive force in a more than decade-old lawsuit was met Friday with strong criticism among multiple police reform advocates in New Mexico's largest city. More>>

Trump wants to cut red tape, hasten water projects in West

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President Donald Trump has ordered the government to streamline regulations that he says are hindering work on major water projects in the Western United States. More>>

Man who killed 3 in Colorado Walmart gets life in prison

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A man who pleaded guilty to shooting and killing three people in a suburban Denver Walmart last November is returning to court for sentencing. More>>

Bering Sea village will be first counted in 2020 US Census

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The first people to be counted in the 2020 U.S. Census live in a Yupik village on the Bering Sea in southwest Alaska. More>>

PAC won't end ad saying black men will face rape accusations

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A political action committee says it's not pulling a widely condemned radio ad that suggests white Democrats will lynch African-Americans if they win in midterm elections in Arkansas next month. More>>

California rolling forward with pot delivery regulations

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California is moving a step closer to allowing marijuana deliveries in communities that have banned retail sales. More>>

Big numbers of Central Americans arriving at Arizona border

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Authorities say large groups of Central American migrants continue to surrender to Border Patrol agents in Arizona, with the arrival of one recent group numbering 108 captured in dramatic video images. More>>

Mega Millions jackpot hits $1B, thanks to worsening odds

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If it seems lottery jackpots are getting larger and larger, it's because they are getting larger and larger. More>>

Candid candidate voluntarily airs dirty laundry

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Delegate Lee Carter of Virginia is expecting a rough campaign when he's up for re-election, so he's getting a jump on the opposition by self-disclosing a series of private, sometimes embarrassing details about his personal life. More>>

The Latest: Man gets life for Walmart shooting that killed 3

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A man who shot and killed three people in a suburban Denver Walmart has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. More>>

Buffalo Catholic Diocese acknowledges federal inquiry

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The Diocese of Buffalo says federal investigators looking into clergy sexual misconduct collected documents in June, but haven't been in contact since then. More>>

Alleged MS-13 members charged with murder in 2 deaths

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The Diocese of Buffalo says federal investigators looking into clergy sexual misconduct collected documents in June, but haven't been in contact since then. More>>

Mayor came home to try to improve poor California town

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In one of California's poorest towns, a reluctant and unlikely leader is trying to improve the quality of life. More>>

Feds: Child exploitation focus of Pennsylvania church probe

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A federal prosecutor in Pennsylvania is taking aim at the Roman Catholic church by opening a grand jury investigation centered on child exploitation. More>>

Iowa basketball coach admits to sexually exploiting 400 boys

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A prominent youth basketball coach in Iowa has admitted to possessing nude photos and videos of 400 boys, including former players and their friends. More>>

Man charged with threatening senator has 1st court hearing

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A man accused of threatening to kill a United States senator and his family underwent his first court appearance in Chicago. More>>

Mega Millions jackpot reaches $1B as drawing nears

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The Mega Millions jackpot has soared to $1 billion, as the second-largest prize in U.S. lottery history gets even bigger. More>>

AP-NORC Poll: Just 1 in 4 thinks Kavanaugh told entire truth

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Just 1 in 4 people thinks Brett Kavanaugh was completely honest during his testimony during a pivotal Senate hearing. More>>

Missing Florida woman's body recovered amid rubble

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For residents of the hurricane-ravaged Florida Panhandle, everyday life is rife with fears, frustrations and the troubles of just trying to get by in a ruined landscape. More>>

Pressure turns to Mexico as migrant caravan heads for border

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Many of the more than 2,000 Hondurans in a migrant caravan trying to wend its way to the United States have been helped at every turn in Guatemala by residents offering food, water, and rides in private pickups or on flatbed of semi-trailer trucks. More>>

Man rescued from Arizona mine lucky to survive fall, snakes

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The head of a rescue team says an Arizona man is lucky to be alive after he fell to the bottom of an abandoned mine shaft, broke both his legs, fought off a trio of rattlesnakes and went two days without food or water. More>>

APNewsBreak: NTSB hasn't fully examined limo in fatal crash

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A criminal case is preventing federal safety officials from being able to conduct a full examination of the limousine involved in a crash that killed 20 people nearly two weeks ago in upstate New York. More>>

Volunteers join search for girl whose parents were killed

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One-hundred volunteers have joined the search for a Wisconsin girl who went missing earlier this week and whose parents were shot and killed in their home. More>>

Exiled Vietnamese blogger: I'm not alone advocating freedom

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A Vietnamese blogger sent into exile in the United States says her reunion with her family after 2 years in prison is proof she is not alone in speaking for freedom. More>>

2 workers acquitted in Kansas boy's waterslide death

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Two Kansas water park workers have been found not guilty of lying during the investigation into the decapitation death of a 10-year-old boy on a waterslide. More>>

Trump administration seeks prompt immigration ruling

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The Trump administration says it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene if a federal appeals court does not rule soon on the administration's decision to end legal protections for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants. More>>

Interior Dept. contradicts Ben Carson on new watchdog hiring

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Contradicting a Cabinet secretary, the Interior Department says a political appointee at the Department of Housing and Urban Development will not be reassigned to lead an internal watchdog agency at Interior. More>>

Lawyer: Evidence shows coaches knew of NCAA family payouts

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A lawyer for a longtime Adidas employee urged jurors to use common sense to conclude college basketball coaches knew money was being paid to families to steer top players to their schools. More>>

Federal prosecutors open clergy abuse probe in Pennsylvania

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The U.S. Justice Department has opened an investigation of child sexual abuse inside the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania. More>>

APNewsBreak: California revisits three-strike life sentences

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California will reconsider life sentences for thousands of nonviolent third-strike criminals by allowing them to seek parole under a ballot measure approved by voters two years ago. More>>

Todd Bol, founder of Little Free Library book sharing, dies

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The Wisconsin man who founded Little Free Library, the boxes of books for sharing that popped up across the U.S. and spread to more than 80 countries, has died. More>>

More charges filed against Navy veteran in ricin-letter case

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Authorities say they've found two additional letters a Navy veteran in Utah sent to members of President Donald Trump's administration containing substance from which the poison ricin is derived. More>>

Post-Michael Florida: Fear, frustration and life on the edge

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Some tearful residents of Mexico Beach are coming home to find no home left in the florida Panhandle community that was nearly wiped out by Hurricane Michael. More>>

Child of the storm: Homeless baby, family shelter at Walmart

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A baby born near the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Michael spent his first night outside a hospital in a Walmart parking lot because no better shelter was available. More>>

Ex-FBI agent gets 4 years in prison for leaking documents

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A former FBI agent in Minnesota who admitted to leaking classified documents to a reporter has been sentenced to 4 years in prison. More>>

People priced out of Salinas, California, look to the ballot

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The city of Salinas exemplifies a housing crisis that's plaguing California's rural and urban areas alike. More>>

Mega Millions jackpot jumps to $970M as drawing approaches

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The Mega Millions jackpot has climbed to $970 million, inching ever-closer to the $1 billion mark. More>>

Trump's Russia attorney shifts to become White House counsel

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The White House says the attorney representing President Donald Trump in the Russia investigation is shifting roles and taking on duties as counsel to the president. More>>

What happens if you win Mega Millions' $970M jackpot?

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You've won the Mega Millions jackpot. More>>

New York governor tours aging rail tunnel in funding push Video included

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants President Donald Trump to get an up-close look at the level of damage in the century-old Hudson River rail tunnel. More>>

Environmentalists file 3rd lawsuit over Trump wall plans

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Environmental groups have filed another lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's use of waivers to speed up construction of a border wall, this time in Texas. More>>

After Canada legalizes pot, industry eyes rest of the world

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Canada's decision to legalize marijuana could influence other countries mulling whether to end their own bans on the drug. More>>

Ex-USA Gymnastics head indicted in Texas on tampering charge

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Former USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny has been arrested after a Texas grand jury indicted him, alleging he tampered with evidence in the sexual assault investigation of now-imprisoned gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. More>>

Jubilant customers light up as pot sales begin in Canada

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And they're off: Canada starts legal marijuana sales and becomes world's largest national pot marketplace. More>>

Orange County, California's diversity emboldens Democrats Video included

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For decades, Orange County, California, was known as a Republican stronghold but times have changed. More>>

As Canada legalizes pot, other countries likely to follow

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Canada is the second _ and by far the largest _ country to legalize and regulate the sale and use of marijuana by adults, but it almost certainly won't be the last. More>>

Mexico Beach residents return home again _ some to no home

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The scope of the Hurricane Michael's fury has become clearer after nearly a week of missing-persons reports and desperate searches across the Florida Panhandle. More>>

Montana Senate race awash in outside money as Trump returns

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Outside groups and individual donors have poured more than $45 million into Montana's U.S. Senate race as President Donald Trump prepares a third trip to the Big Sky state in his crusade to unseat two-term Democratic Sen. Jon Tester. More>>

California surgeon, girlfriend face new rape, other charges

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A California surgeon and his girlfriend are expected to appear in court on charges they drugged and sexually assaulted two women. More>>

Nevada's famous pimp expected to win election despite death

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Nevada's most famous pimp expected to win election to state Assembly despite death. More>>

Sheriff: Missing Wisconsin girl's parents were shot to death

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Authorities say a missing Wisconsin girl's parents were shot to death and they believe she was in the home when it happened. More>>

13 years later, guilty plea in post-Katrina racial shooting

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A man has pleaded guilty in New Orleans to firing a shotgun at three black men in a racially motivated violence following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. More>>

Ebay sues Amazon, saying it tried to poach its sellers

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Ebay filed a lawsuit against Amazon Wednesday, saying that the online retail giant used eBay's messaging system to recruit its sellers. More>>

New accusation of police wrongdoing in Weinstein case

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New York prosecutors say the former lead police detective in the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault investigation urged one of his accusers to delete information from her phone before turning it over to prosecutors. More>>

Builder sues over $2 billion San Francisco transit center

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The general contractor that managed construction of San Francisco's troubled $2 billion transit terminal is suing the agency in charge, alleging faulty design and mismanagement led to construction delays and costs overruns. More>>

Harvard emails illuminate power of wealth in admissions

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A series of emails among top Harvard University officials illustrates the role wealth can play in the admissions process. More>>

Conservationists ask court to step in as red wolf plan looms

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Conservationists told a judge that an imminent federal plan to shrink the territory of the only wild red wolves would hasten the animal's extinction. More>>

Amid squalor and debris, Michael's survivors cling to motel

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A rough life is getting even rougher for dozens of people living at a Florida motel ripped apart by Hurricane Michael. More>>

Mega Millions jackpot soars to $900 million, second-highest Video included

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No winning lottery ticket was sold for the latest Mega Millions drawing, meaning the jackpot climbs to $868 million. More>>

California zoo euthanizes beloved 47-year-old elephant

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A California zoo says it had to euthanize one of its most beloved and oldest residents, a 47-year-old Asian elephant named Sujatha. More>>

Tennessee death row inmate is running out of legal options

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Tennessee inmate who won reprieve sparing him from execution last week now running out of legal options. More>>

Shoe-shiner who gave $200K in tips to hospital dies at 76

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Part-time shoe-shiner who donated more than $200,000 in tips to a Pittsburgh children's hospital has died. More>>

Tornadoes are spinning up farther east in US, study finds

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A new study finds that lately, tornado activity is shifting east away from Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. More>>

New deal keeps open facility that detains immigrant families

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A 2,400-bed detention facility that the Trump administration is using to detain immigrant mothers and children will now operate under an arrangement the U.S. government quietly reached with a private prison operator and the city where it's located. More>>

FBI: Sotheby's defrauded of $5 million in auction scheme

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A fine art consultant in New York and an interior designer in Florida are accused of stealing an 80-year-old woman's identity and using it to bid millions of dollars on famous paintings. More>>

Border agent arrested in deaths of 4 women denied lower bond

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A judge has denied a request to reduce the $2.5 million bond of a U.S. Border Patrol agent accused of killing four women in Texas. More>>

Hillary Clinton apparently unharmed in parking-garage crash

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Hillary Clinton was seemingly unharmed when the Secret Service vehicle she was riding in was involved in a crash. More>>

Trailing in polls, O'Rourke lays into Cruz in Texas debate

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Democrat Beto O'Rourke is hoping to reverse polls showing him fading against Republican incumbent Ted Cruz in the second debate of a Texas Senate race that's become one of the nation's most-watched. More>>

Video shows Chicago cop shooting unarmed black autistic teen

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Surveillance video shows an off-duty Chicago police officer shooting and wounding an unarmed autistic black teenager in an incident the police department had described as an armed confrontation. More>>

Driver opens fire on North Carolina trooper, killing him

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Authorities say a North Carolina state trooper has been shot and killed, and a suspect was captured within hours. More>>

Mysterious paralyzing illness found among kids in 22 states

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Health officials are reporting a jump in cases of a rare paralyzing illness in children. More>>

Body found in rain-swollen lake amid Texas flooding

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Fast-moving floodwaters destroy bridge, force evacuations and lead to numerous water rescues in Central Texas after heavy rainfall in recent days. More>>

Obesity surgery may lower heart attack danger in diabetics Video included

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New research suggests obesity surgery may dramatically lower the danger of heart attacks and strokes in patients with diabetes. More>>

US wants drug prices in TV ads: 'Patients deserve to know'

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Drugmakers will start disclosing prices for U.S. prescription drugs that they advertise on TV. More>>

Nevada legal pimp, candidate, star of HBO series found dead

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Nevada authorities say a legal pimp who has fashioned himself as a Donald Trump-style Republican candidate has died. More>>

AP-NORC Poll: Many caregivers neglecting their own health

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AP-NORC Poll: Many caregivers skip their own checkups in health care balancing act. More>>

Indicted California incumbent steps up attacks on Democrat

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Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter steps up attacks on opponent's family's background _ something contender rejects as desperate attempt by indicted incumbent. More>>

NASA astronaut describes close call following failed launch Video included

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The NASA astronaut who survived last week's failed launch and emergency landing says he knew he needed to stay calm. More>>

Global warming to leave us crying in our costlier beer

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A new study says global warming may leave people crying in their costlier beer. More>>

As sea ice melts, some say walruses need better protection

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A lawsuit making its way through federal court Alaska will decide whether Pacific walruses should be listed as a threatened species, giving them additional protections. More>>

Sheriff: Missing Wisconsin teenager in danger, not a runaway

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Police say a girl resembling a missing, endangered Wisconsin teen has been spotted at a gas station in Florida. More>>

Chance the Rapper weighs in on Chicago mayoral race

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Chance the Rapper is weighing in on the Chicago mayor's race. More>>

After storm shuts down radio stations, 2 hosts carry on

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Owners shut down Florida Panhandle radio stations after Hurricane Michael but that doesn't stop 2 hosts from continuing mission to inform public about where to find food. More>>

Paul Allen's passions: Rock n' roll, sports and philanthropy

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Personal computers, conservation, pro football, rock n' roll and rocket ships: Paul G. Allen pursued a wide range of philanthropic interests and passions after making his early mark co-founding Microsoft with childhood friend Bill Gates. More>>

Uber driver charged with kidnapping New York woman

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Authorities say an Uber driver in New York City kidnapped a woman who fell asleep in his vehicle, groped her then left her on the side of a highway in Connecticut. More>>

Could rebuilding ruin 'mom-and-pop' Florida beach town?

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Residents of Florida's Mexico Beach worry that its "mom-and-pop" authenticity could become a casualty of Hurricane Michael. More>>

Mega Millions jackpot now $868M, 2nd largest in US history Video included

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The fourth-largest lottery prize in US history will be on the line as numbers are drawn for the Mega Millions game's $654 million jackpot. More>>

Estimated 129 guns found in home of police ambush suspect

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Authorities say nearly 130 guns were found inside the South Carolina home of a man charged with killing a police officer and wounding six others earlier this month. More>>

Police head challenges part of report on Starbucks arrests

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The police commissioner of Philadelphia is taking issue with parts of a review by the police advisory commission after the high-profile arrest of two black men at a Starbucks coffee house. More>>

Hurricane is blamed for 16 deaths in Florida alone Video included

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, Florida Panhandle residents are struggling to locate friends and loved ones who haven't been heard from, and it's unclear how many people are missing. More>>

Sears' bankruptcy will have ripple effect, not all of it bad

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Sears' Chapter 11 bankruptcy will have a ripple effect but not all of it will be bad. More>>

As an oil giant, Saudi threats against US loom large

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Saudi Arabia's status as the biggest oil exporter gives it power to jolt the global economy but it's not expected to carry out threats against the US. More>>

Canada to pardon pot possession as it legalizes marijuana

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Canada is about to become the second and largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace. More>>

Salesforce vs. Twitter in San Francisco homeless tax fight

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San Francisco voters have a measure on the Nov. 6 ballot that would tax hundreds of the city's wealthiest companies to help thousands of homeless and mentally ill. More>>

Murder charge for grandmother after toddler found in oven

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Mississippi officials are investigating after a dead girl was found in an oven. More>>

In Florida, determining hurricane death toll proves elusive

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In Florida, determining how many people were killed in Hurricane Michael's rampage is proving somewhat elusive. More>>

Suspicious letter was addressed to Sen. Collins' husband

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A spokeswoman says Republican Sen. Susan Collins has been cleared to stay in her Maine home while an investigation continues into a suspicious envelope. More>>

Guards, inmates ally against state in radon-exposure cases

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Guards and inmates at a Connecticut prison are on the same side of a legal fight against the state over radon. More>>

First-ever child porn suspect on FBI list pleads guilty

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The first-ever child pornography suspect on the FBI's Most Wanted list has pleaded guilty to a child porn charge in Montana. More>>

The Latest: Sheriff dismisses Miami tip in missing girl case

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Authorities say a Wisconsin teenager who has been missing since her parents were found dead in their home isn't a runaway and that they think she's in danger. More>>

California winds easing, wildfire risk narrowing

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California utilities are restoring electricity after intentionally cutting it to tens of thousands of people because of extreme fire danger but high winds expected to sweep the area could see more outages. More>>

Study: DNA websites cast broad net for identifying people

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A new study estimates that about 60 percent of the U.S. population with European heritage can be identified from their DNA by searching consumer websites, even if they've never made their own genetic information available. More>>

How DC unleashed fossil-fuel exports despite climate worries

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On oil and gas exports, Trump administration took cues from Obama officials. More>>

1 year after MeToo, survivors reflect on their disclosures

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One year after the #MeToo hashtag set Twitter ablaze, survivors who shared their stories in the past year reflect what the movement means to them. More>>

Idaho wildlife official resigns after killing baboon family

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A top Idaho wildlife official has resigned amid outrage over a photo of him posing with a baboon family he killed in Africa. More>>

Gecko butt-dials 'bazillion' times from Hawaii seal hospital

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If you got incessant phone calls last week from a hospital that cares for Hawaiian monk seals: You were butt-dialed by a gecko. More>>

Girdles and socket wrenches: Sears was the Amazon of its day Video included

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How the might have fallen: Sears, which was the Amazon of its day, files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. More>>

Far from coast, rural counties also recovering from Michael

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In Hurricane Michael's aftermath much of the world's attention has been focused on Florida's battered coastal communities, but rural communities all the way to the Georgia and Alabama borders also felt its fury. More>>

Police to file criminal complaint after fetus remains found

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State and city police and other officials are investigating how the remains of 11 infants ended up in the ceiling of a former funeral home in Detroit. More>>

Microsoft co-founder, philanthropist Paul Allen dies at 65

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Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates and went on to become a billionaire philanthropist, has died. More>>

West Coast military installations eyed for US fuel exports

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The Trump administration is considering using West Coast military bases or other federal properties as transit points for shipments of U.S. coal and natural gas to Asia. More>>

Episcopal Church confronts past role in sexual exploitation

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The Episcopal Church is acknowledging the potency of the #MeToo movement by officially lamenting its past role in sexual exploitation and pledging multiple steps to combat it. More>>

California utilities shut off power amid wildfire concerns

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Concerned about downed power lines sparking wildfires, a major California utility for the first time cut power to tens of thousands of customers amid high winds _ and other power providers were considering similar action. More>>

Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist, dies

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Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates, has died at 65. More>>

Jurors: Don't throw out $289M weed killer cancer verdict

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Jurors who found that Roundup weed killer contributed to a school groundskeeper's cancer are urging a San Francisco judge not to throw out the bulk of their $289 million award in his favor. More>>

Families search for the missing in the hurricane's aftermath

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Upon touring the damage in several towns along Florida's Panhandle, Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long called the destruction left by Hurricane Michael some of the worst he's ever seen. More>>

Mega Millions prize up to $654M, 4th largest in US history

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After nearly three months without a winner, the Mega Millions lottery game has climbed to an estimated $654 million jackpot. More>>

Firms cite law in Missouri boat accident, seek mediation

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Companies facing multiple lawsuits over a summer tourist boat accident in Missouri that killed 17 people are invoking an 1851 law that allows vessel owners to try to avoid or limit legal damages. More>>

Deputies search for Wisconsin girl whose parents are dead

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Authorities say a missing 13-year-old girl could be in danger after two adults were found dead in a home in western Wisconsin. More>>

Grizzly attacks hunter in mountains north of Yellowstone

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A grizzly bear attacked an elk hunter who surprised the sow and her cub north of Yellowstone National Park. More>>

Suspicious envelope causes ricin scare at Sen. Collins' home

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Police say a hazardous materials team has been called to the Maine home of Republican Sen. Susan Collins to investigate a suspicious letter. More>>

California man exonerated, 2 arrested in 1998 killing

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Authorities say a California man wrongly convicted of murdering his lover two decades ago has been exonerated and new arrests have been made in the case. More>>

Microsoft co-founder, philanthropist Paul Allen dies at 65

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Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates, has died. More>>

In Florida, a slow wait for news on hurricane's death toll

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In Florida, a grim task is unwinding slowly: determining how many people were killed in Hurricane Michael's rampage. More>>

Man said to be Jamaican lottery scam kingpin gets 6 years

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A Jamaican man who authorities said masterminded a lottery scam that defrauded at least 95 mostly elderly Americans out of more than $5.8 million has been sentenced to six years in federal prison. More>>

The Latest: US wants drugmakers to put prices in TV ads

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Federal government wants drugmakers to disclose list price of prescription drugs in TV commercials. More>>

January trial set for man charged with killing golf champ

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A judge has scheduled a January trial for a 22-year-old Iowa man charged with killing a top amateur golfer from Spain. More>>

Harvard: Race can only help, never harm, applicants' chances

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A group suing Harvard University says the school uses a loosely defined "personal rating" to discriminate against Asian-Americans who apply to the school. More>>

Thousands of young US children get no vaccines, survey finds

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Worried health officials say a small but growing proportion of the youngest children in the U.S. have not been vaccinated against any disease. More>>

Social Security checks will grow in 2019 as inflation rises

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Tens of millions of Social Security beneficiaries and other retirees can expect a modest increase in benefits next year as inflation edges higher. More>>

Finding answers for patients with rarest of rare diseases

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Some patients with mysterious symptoms are getting answers through a network of hospitals that tackles the rarest of rare diseases. More>>

Cattle roundup over: Last cow caught weeks after truck crash

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Authorities say last escaped cow on the lam after a tractor-trailer overturned two weeks ago near Atlanta has been captured in some woods. More>>

Baldwin urges 'overthrow' of Trump government via voting Video included

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Actor Alec Baldwin says voters should see the Nov. 6 midterm elections as an opportunity to peacefully "overthrow the government of Donald Trump.". More>>

Death sentence vacated for man who threw children off bridge

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A man convicted of killed four children by throwing them from an Alabama bridge has had his death sentence reduced to life imprisonment after tests showed he had an IQ of 51. More>>

Hurricane Michael adds to hardship of Florida's poor Video included

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Many residents of the Florida Panhandle who are dealing with damage from Hurricane Michael were struggling even before the storm made landfall. More>>

Sears files for Chapter 11 amid plunging sales, massive debt Video included

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Sears has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. More>>

Fast, furious: How Michael grew into a 155 mph monster Video included

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Hurricane Michael went from a 90 mph storm Tuesday morning to a 140 mph monster 24 hours later. More>>

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