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Watergate wisdom? Cohen lawyer turns to Nixon turncoat

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Michael Cohen's lawyer says he has been having frequent chats with John Dean, the former White House counsel who turned on President Richard Nixon. More>>

Report: MeToo activist Argento settled sex assault complaint

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The New York Times reports that Italian actress Asia Argento _ one of the most prominent activists of the #MeToo movement _ recently settled a lawsuit filed against her by a young actor and musician who said she sexually assaulted him. More>>

APNewsBreak: Utah firefighter died after fire retardant drop

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APNewsBreak: Preliminary report says Utah firefighter battling California's largest-ever wildfire died from falling tree debris after retardant drop. More>>

Colorado man charged with murder in deaths of wife, 2 kids

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Prosecutors have charged a Colorado man with murder in the deaths of his pregnant wife and their two young daughters. More>>

Smoke across US West blots out mountains, poses health risks

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Smoke from wildfires has blotted out mountains and city skylines from Oregon to Colorado, delayed flights and forced authorities to tell even healthy adults in the Seattle area to stay indoors. More>>

Experts say Tesla board may have too many ties to CEO Musk

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Tesla's board of directors may require shake up, corporate governance experts say, noting the lack of authority over the company's recent turmoil. More>>

AP sources: Prosecutors preparing charges against Cohen

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Two people familiar with the federal investigation of Michael Cohen say prosecutors are preparing criminal charges against the former Donald Trump lawyer that could be brought before the end of the month. More>>

Backstreet Boys fans treated for injuries after storm

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A southern Oklahoma casino says 14 fans suffered cuts and bruises when a powerful rainstorm toppled entrance trusses and disrupted the start of an outdoor concert by the Backstreet Boys. More>>

US regulators target Facebook on discriminatory housing ads

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Federal regulators have served Facebook with a complaint alleging the company's advertising tools allow landlords and real estate brokers to engage in housing discrimination. More>>

Pilot suspended over threat to Oklahoma transgender student

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Frontier Airlines says it has suspended a pilot over comments that authorities deemed threatening to a transgender student in Oklahoma. More>>

Elon Musk says cutting back on work hours isn't an option

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Arianna Huffington is calling on Elon Musk to adopt a healthier work-life balance, but the Tesla CEO says that's not an option. More>>

AbbVie donates $100M to Ronald McDonald House Charities

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Drugmaker AbbVie is donating $100 million to Ronald McDonald House Charities to help provide housing to pediatric patients and their families across the U.S. More>>

Pearl Harbor survivor who pushed to identify 'unknowns' dies

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A Pearl Harbor survivor who pushed to identify buried unknown remains from the 1941 attack has died. More>>

2 teens found dead in a field among latest Chicago victims

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Police say two teenage boys found shot to death in a field are among the latest victims of Chicago violence. More>>

Day at the beach turns to panic, tragedy; married couple die

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They came on a boat, Jet Skis and a paddleboard, but couldn't help 2 swimmers who died. More>>

Trump drug czar nominee visits Connecticut after overdoses

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Trump's nominee for drug czar calls Connecticut a national example for addiction treatment. More>>

Michigan official faces manslaughter trial over Flint deaths

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Michigan's health director will stand trial on involuntary manslaughter charges in the deaths of two men linked to an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the Flint area. More>>

Alligator kills woman trying to protect her dog at resort

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Authorities in South Carolina say a woman has been attacked and killed by an alligator as she walked her dog near a lagoon. More>>

Racing stickers pour in for casket of Iowa boy with cancer

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Racers and others have been answering the call from an 11-year-old Iowa boy who wants racing stickers to cover his casket after he dies from leukemia. More>>

Correction: Pennsylvania Dioceses-Sex Abuse-Lawsuits story

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The leadership of Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic Church is under pressure to support a change in state law to give those victims a temporary opportunity to file lawsuits on decades-old abuse claims. More>>

Official: Man detained in US wanted for murder in Mexico

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The lawyer for a Mexican detained by immigration agents in California while driving his wife to a hospital to give birth says the man may have been mistaken by agents for his brother. More>>

Catholics consider withholding donations amid abuse scandals

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Many Catholics who help churches and related nonprofits raise money are considering withholding or reducing their donations as a way to express their anger over the latest revelations that priests sexually abused children. More>>

Judge told to consider protections for Montana grayling fish

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A federal appeals court says the U.S. wildlife officials did not consider all environmental factors when it decided against designating a Montana fish as a threatened or endangered species. More>>

Drought takes toll on Missouri farmers' crops, cattle

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Parts of Missouri are so dry that corn crops are turning brown and hay for cattle is in short supply, as water becomes increasingly scarce. More>>

Science Says: Hotter weather turbocharges US West wildfires

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An AP analysis finds a clear connection between warmer temperatures out west and more land burned by wildfires. More>>

Synthetic pot seen as a public health danger

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What is synthetic marijuana and why is it so dangerous?. More>>

West Virginia Senate OKs rules for impeachment trials

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The West Virginia Senate has passed rules addressing the impeachment trial of three state Supreme Court justices in a spending scandal. More>>

Sign at high school named for Cardinal Wuerl is vandalized

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A sign at a Roman Catholic high school in Pennsylvania named for Cardinal Donald Wuerl has been vandalized with paint. More>>

'Crazy Rich Asians' shines bright at the box office

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Glitz has won out over guns at the North American box office this weekend as the gilded romance "Crazy Rich Asians" took No. 1 over Mark Wahlberg's action-packed "Mile 22". More>>

School year to begin at Texas school where gunman killed 10

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Students in Santa Fe, Texas, will begin a new school year with additional security measures in place following a mass shooting in May that left 10 people dead. More>>

Correction: Drought-Colorado River story

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U.S. government water managers say a vital reservoir on the Colorado River will be able to meet the demands of Mexico and Southwestern U.S. states for the next 13 months, but a looming shortage could trigger cutbacks in late 2019. More>>

Correction: Trump Portrait-Colorado Capitol story

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An aide to a Colorado legislative leader was punished for helping a progressive group put a portrait of Vladimir Putin on display at the state capitol building after reports that no money had been donated to install a portrait of President Donald Trump. More>>

Bishop: Church today 'not the church' of grand jury report

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The bishop of Pittsburgh's Roman Catholic diocese is pushing back against a call for his resignation and says the diocese has "followed every single step" needed for responsible action after allegations of child sexual abuse. More>>

Not just land heat waves: Oceans are in hot water, too

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Even the oceans are breaking temperature records in this summer of heat waves. More>>

Study: Smokers better off quitting, even with weight gain

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US study finds you're better off in the long run if you quit smoking, even if you gain weight. More>>

Wildfire moves closer to Glacier National Park's scenic road

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A wildfire in northwest Montana's Glacier National Park is forcing evacuations and has burned within a mile of the scenic Going-to-the-Sun Road. More>>

Missouri school district embraces gender-neutral bathrooms

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Many students in one Missouri school district won't be using bathrooms designated by gender any longer. More>>

Project documents hidden history of LGBTQ life in the South Video included

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A new project is documenting the history of LGBTQ people in the Deep South. More>>

Doctor convicted of sexual assault of patient gets probation

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A Houston doctor won't serve prison time after being convicted of sexually assaulting a heavily sedated patient. More>>

Police probe stun gun use on man who had been holding child

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A suburban Detroit police department is investigating the arrest of a combative father who may have still been holding his 2-month-old son when an officer shot him with a stun gun. More>>

Los Angeles is first in US to install subway body scanners

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The Los Angeles subway system is poised to become the first mass transit system in the U.S. to install body scanners to screen passengers for weapons and explosives. More>>

Stinky 'corpse flower' in full bloom in California

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Visitors are flocking to the Huntington Library in Southern California to get a whiff of the so-called corpse flower, known for the rotten stench it releases when it blooms. More>>

Avenatti visits New Hampshire as he considers 2020 bid

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Michael Avenatti, the attorney taking on President Donald Trump on behalf of adult film star Stormy Daniels, is attending a New Hampshire picnic held by local Democrats as he weighs a bid for the White House. More>>

Catholics consider withholding donations amid scandals Video included

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Catholics across the U.S. shaken by the latest revelations of priests sexually abusing children are considering withholding or reducing their donations to their local churches as they look for ways to express their anger. More>>

Multi-gene test may find risk for heart disease and more

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New way to track millions of genetic variations promises better forecasting of people's risk for heart attacks, four other disorders. More>>

Cuomo says Trump fools the country, but not New York

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New York Governor says President Donald Trump has fooled many people in this country, but not New Yorkers. More>>

Maryland private school investigating alleged sexual abuse

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The Washington Post reports private school in Maryland has launched an investigation into allegations that a culture of sexual abuse existed in the 1970s with administrators' knowledge. More>>

Shipwreck from only WWII battle in America found off Alaska

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Scientists say they have discovered part of a ship that was blown off a U.S. Navy destroyer during World War II in Alaska's Aleutian Islands. More>>

California drops wildfire utility liability protection plan

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California lawmakers are abandoning a controversial proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to shield electrical utilities from some financial liability for wildfires. More>>

New York hosts biggest US celebration of Indian independence

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New York City hosts largest celebration of Indian independence outside of India. More>>

Church group's opposition stuns advocates of 'tort reform'

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A so-called tort reform proposal on Arkansas' ballot that expected little trouble winning passage in deeply red Arkansas is running into a surprising obstacle from a reliable conservative ally. More>>

Migrant spouse of pregnant woman detained on way to hospital

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A California woman says she had to drive herself to the hospital and give birth without her husband after he was detained by immigration agents. More>>

Right-wing, left-wing protesters face off in Seattle

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Seattle police took up positions as extreme-right demonstrators started gathering for a "Liberty or Death" rally that is also drawing counter-protesters from the left. More>>

Republican insurgent gives Wyoming Senate incumbent a fight

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Wealthy businessman and political outsider Dave Dodson takes on low-key incumbent Sen. John Barrasso in Wyoming Republican primary. More>>

2 shot during South Florida high school football game

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A high school football stadium has been evacuated after gunshots rang out during a practice football game in South Florida. More>>

After firefighting rips up the land, crews move in to fix it

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Firefighters are battling the largest wildfire on record in California, while foresters and other experts are working to repair the damage. More>>

Police say Long Island couple dead in murder-suicide

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Police say a husband and wife have died in a murder-suicide on Long Island. More>>

Defense DNA request denied in deaths of Colorado mom, kids

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A Colorado judge has denied a defense attorney's request to require a coroner to collect DNA from the necks of two young sisters killed and submerged in crude oil in the case of the girl's father, who is accused of killing them and his wife. More>>

Cowboy turned lawmaker hopes to be South Dakota governor

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Billie Sutton planned to be a world champion saddle bronc rider, but a rodeo accident that claimed his career and ability to walk led to politics _ and he's giving Democrats hopes of capturing South Dakota governor for the first time in over four decades. More>>

Man bites off another man's finger in golf course brawl

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A man has bit off another man's finger during a fight at a Massachusetts golf course. More>>

Pacifist, socialist leader David McReynolds dead at 88

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Longtime pacifist and socialist activist David McReynolds has died at age 88. McReynolds died Friday in a hospital after suffering a fall in his New York City apartment. More>>

Sales director for Backpage.com pleads guilty to conspiracy

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The sales and marketing director of Backpage.com pleaded guilty to conspiring to facilitate prostitution in a scheme to give free ads to prostitutes in a bid to draw them away from competitors. More>>

Arrest made in more than 100 synthetic pot overdoses in park

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Man arrested in connection with synthetic marijuana overdoses at Connecticut park. More>>

Grand Canyon road closed because of wildfire is reopening

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Grand Canyon National Park is reopening a scenic road to a North Rim vista that was closed Aug. 4 because of a lightning-caused wildfire. More>>

Officials investigate cause of death for Colorado mom, kids

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A slain Colorado mother whose 2 young daughters were also killed painted a rosy picture of married life. More>>

Inmate runs crack cocaine operation from inside prison

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A Rhode Island inmate has been running a crack cocaine ring from inside prison. More>>

Boarding school: 7 former staffers sexually abused students

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An elite Connecticut boarding school has found that seven former faculty members sexually abused students primarily during the 1970s and 1980s. More>>

Somali-American candidate: Wants to 'instill hope in people'

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Ilhan Omar, the Minnesota legislator heavily favored to become a new Muslim voice in Congress, says she wants to get people talking about the kind of nation the U.S. should be. More>>

Kansas independent candidate wants to lure votes from Kobach

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Kansas City-area businessman Greg Orman has submitted enough valid signatures to appear on the Nov. 6 ballot as an independent candidate for Kansas governor. More>>

Massachusetts man wins Mount Washington bike race

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A 30-year-old Massachusetts man won Saturday's bicycle race up Mount Washington, the highest peak in the northeastern United States. More>>

Houston school removes sign after social media criticism

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A sign at a Houston elementary and middle school that sparked social media protests has been removed. More>>

Bishop: I have 'profound remorse' after sex abuse report

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As the Vatican expresses "shame and sorrow" over a searing Pennsylvania grand jury report about clergy who raped and molested children, a bishop who is named in the report is holding a Mass for the Forgiveness. More>>

Lawyers will seek to shift blame for warehouse fire at trial

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The two men charged in the deaths of 36 people in an Oakland warehouse fire are scheduled to appear in court for the first time since a judge scuttled their plea deal. More>>

Miss America: Leadership bullied, manipulated, silenced me

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The reigning Miss America says she has been bullied, manipulated and silenced by the pageant's current leadership including chairwoman Gretchen Carlson. More>>

Queen of Soul also leaves a powerful civil rights legacy

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Queen of Soul gave black Americans "Respect" as a staunch supporter of civil rights. More>>

The Latest: Lawyer says girls' bodies were submerged in oil

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A lawyer for a Colorado man suspected in the deaths of his pregnant wife and two young daughters says the daughters' bodies were submerged in crude oil for four days before they were found. More>>

Judge tells US officials, ACLU to come up with asylum plan

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A federal judge is calling on the U.S. government and the American Civil Liberties Union to come up with a plan to address the rights of parents and children to seek asylum. More>>

Experts: Hail damage is worse, but climate role uncertain

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Climate and weather scientists say hailstorms already inflict billions of dollars in damage, and the cost will rise as the growing population builds more homes, offices and factories. More>>

Will other states follow Pennsylvania on church abuse?

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State prosecutors are mostly silent about any plan to conduct an investigation like Pennsylvania's that uncovered child sexual abuse in six Roman Catholic dioceses, although New York's attorney general is exploring teaming up with local district attorneys. More>>

Alaska man gets life in prison for Florida airport shooting

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An Alaska man faces life prison sentence in the January 2017 Florida airport shooting that left five dead and six others wounded. More>>

US officials: Ex-IS fighter accepted in US as refugee

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An Iraqi man arrested in California is accused of being a former Islamic State fighter and killing a police officer in Iraq after he qualified to be resettled in the U.S. as part of a refugee program. More>>

Record-breaking fire tornado killed California firefighter

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Officials say a firefighter who died helping people evacuate a Northern California blaze was killed by a fire tornado that at one point reached a temperature of 2,700 degrees Fahrenheit. More>>

Rapper Young Thug booked on weapons charge in Los Angeles

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Police say rapper Young Thug was arrested in Los Angeles after officers found a concealed firearm inside his car. More>>

No clean-up of nuclear leak in South Carolina for years

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Federal regulators say there are no plans to clean a uranium leak at a nuclear fuel plant in South Carolina. More>>

Clarification: Georgia-Voting Machines story

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Georgia's top election official looks to replace aging voting machines, but not in time for November's midterm elections. More>>

Church president: Use 'Latter-day Saints' not 'Mormon'

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The religion has the famed Mormon Tabernacle Choir, recently made a documentary about its members called "Meet the Mormons" and its official website is mormonnewsroom.org. More>>

Program combats ageism by having students live with seniors

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As college students move into their dorms across the country, one Quinnipiac University student will be moving into a retirement community as part of a program to tear down generational barriers. More>>

Vegas victims' attorneys criticize MGM's legal maneuver

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Attorneys for a group of victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting are lambasting MGM Resorts International's legal maneuver to try to centralize multiple lawsuits stemming from the massacre. More>>

Bishops request Vatican investigation as abuse crisis grows

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The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is inviting the Vatican to play a key role investigating the scandal involving former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct with minors and adult seminarians. More>>

Washington cardinal entangled in two sex-abuse scandals

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Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Washington, is facing a storm of criticism and calls for his resignation after becoming entangled in two major sexual abuse scandals roiling the church he has served with distinction since 1966. More>>

Remains found in New Mexico desert tunnel are missing boy

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Authorities say the remains found at a remote New Mexico compound have been identified a missing Georgia boy. More>>

Los Angeles mayor: Trump sows division, does 'racist things' Video included

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AP Interview: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who is considering a 2020 presidential run, says President Donald Trump has done "plenty of racist things" to divide the nation while failing to deliver on health care reform and other promises. More>>

Bodies of missing wife, daughters found in Colorado

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Authorities say the husband of a missing family in Colorado has been arrested in connection with the case. More>>

Police work to stop overdoses after 76 fall ill

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Officials in New Haven, Connecticut, say the 24-hour drug overdose total from a suspected bad batch of synthetic marijuana has increased to 76 as investigators try to determine exactly what sickened the victims. More>>

California considers limiting broad 'felony murder' law

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California lawmakers are considering limiting the state's "felony murder" rule that holds accomplices to the same standard as if they had personally committed the crime. More>>

AP NewsBreak: No plea deals in Oakland warehouse fire case

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A Northern California district attorney has told a judge she will no longer consider plea deals for two men charged in a 2016 warehouse fire that killed 36 people attending an unlicensed concert. More>>

Uber driver charged with assaulting woman in San Francisco

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An Uber driver is accused of picking up a woman in San Francisco while off duty and sexually assaulting her. More>>

Prosecutor: Officer who shot black teen was 'trigger happy'

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Prosecutor: Ex-Texas police officer who fatally shot black teenager was 'trigger happy'. More>>

US students turn grief into tech startup after France attack

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University of California, Berkeley students who were in the French city of Nice when a man drove a 19-ton truck through the crowd, killing their classmate and 85 other people, have turned their grief into building a tech startup to fight terrorism. More>>

Woman caught in flood called 911, family: I'm going to drown

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A woman swept into a lake by a flash flood says she called 911 and her family to say she didn't think she'd survive. More>>

2 brothers pay respects as Marine killed in WWII is buried Video included

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The remains of a Marine lost since the early days of World War II have been buried in Philadelphia, more than 70 years after he was killed. More>>

Rent control fuels costliest fight on California 2018 ballot

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Los Angeles-based health care nonprofit known for funding controversial ballot measures wages expensive battle with real estate industry over rent control in California. More>>

'Weaponization of faith': Examples from clergy abuse report

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A grand jury report on child sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic church in Pennsylvania accuses priests of using religious rituals, symbols of faith and the threat of eternity in hell to sexually attack children over the years. More>>

Church sex scandal: Abuse victims want a full reckoning

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Six Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania joined the list this week of those around the U.S. that have been forced to face the ugly truth about child-molesting priests in their midst. But in dozens of other dioceses, there has been no reckoning. More>>

Group sues to expand protected orca habitat along West Coast

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With the Pacific Northwest's killer whales struggling, an environmental group is suing to force President Donald Trump's administration to expand protected habitat. More>>

Nevada Democrats hope Latinos can propel them to victory

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Nevada Democrats are working to register and engage Latino voters ahead of this year's midterms, hoping to re-create the big wins the state's Hispanic and immigrant community helped deliver in 2016. More>>

Republicans blast Pearl Jam poster of burning White House

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Republicans are condemning a poster by Pearl Jam that shows the White House in flames and a bald eagle pecking at a skeleton they say is meant to depict President Donald Trump. More>>

Conditions of release not yet met for compound suspects

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Three people accused of child abuse at a desert compound were awaiting release in New Mexico, where security was boosted at a courthouse amid threats against the judge who cleared the way for the defendants to leave jail. More>>

Parkland students start school year with tightened security Video included

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As students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School begin their first school year since a gunman opened fire on campus, they're returning to beefed up security including 18 safety monitors, new classroom locks and upgraded video surveillance. More>>

Feds to review Ohio State response to claims of abuse by doc

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Federal officials will investigate Ohio State University's response to allegations against a team doctor now accused of sexual misconduct against scores of athletes and other male students in the 1980s and 1990s. More>>

US officials: Iraqi refugee was part of terror group

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A 45-year-old Iraqi refugee has been arrested in Northern California on a warrant alleging that he killed an Iraqi policeman while serving with the Islamic State terror organization. More>>

Jury awards $289M to man who blames Roundup for cancer

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Lawyers say a jury's $289 million award to a California man who claims Monsanto's Roundup weed killer gave him cancer may open the floodgates for legions of people suffering because of the agribusiness giant. More>>

Pawlenty loss shows Minnesota GOP's reluctance to coronate

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Minnesota voters have rejected Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty's quest to win back his old job, effectively ending the one-time presidential candidate's political career. More>>

Pot taxes pick up in California but still far off target

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When it comes to the taxman, California's legal pot market is getting a sluggish start. More>>

Live salmon released for ailing orca but she doesn't eat

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Researchers carrying out unprecedented efforts to save an ailing killer whale have released live salmon into waters in front of the free-swimming orca. More>>

WWII POWs buried as unknowns in Hawaii get memorial marker

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A 96-year-old former U.S. Army veteran who was held prisoner by Japan during World War II will help dedicate a memorial stone to other prisoners of war at a national cemetery in Honolulu. More>>

Dave Dave, whose father set him on fire in 1983, dies at 42

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Dave Dave, who was badly scarred at the age of 6 when his father tried to burn him to death, has died. More>>

Bishops accused of brushing off sexual abuse complaints Video included

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A grand jury report reveals hundreds of Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania molested more than 1,000 children _ and possibly many more _ since the 1940s. More>>

Colorado baker: No cake for gender transition celebration

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The Colorado baker who wouldn't make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple and won a limited ruling at the U.S. Supreme Court is suing the state over another discrimination allegation. More>>

Swimmer suffers puncture wounds in shark attack on Cape Cod

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A man swimming off Cape Cod has been attacked by a shark and is being airlifted to a hospital. More>>

Georgia woman facing 'longest sentence' for leaking to media

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Prosecutors say Georgia woman facing the 'longest sentence' ever for leaking to the news media. More>>

Federal agency issues proposals for downsized Utah monuments

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The U.S. government on Wednesday issued proposals for managing two national monuments in Utah that were significantly downsized by President Donald Trump last year. More>>

US, Mexico announce new strategies on cartels

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APNewsBreak: Drug Enforcement Administration officials tell The Associated Press that new plans to combat Mexican drug cartels will be unveiled in Chicago alongside members of the Mexican government. More>>

Baby elephant joins herd at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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The newest elephant at San Diego Zoo Safari Park has joined the rest of the herd. More>>

Gubernatorial candidate challenges mayor with chicken outfit

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A Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate brought a campaign volunteer in a chicken suit to challenge another contestant to primary debates. More>>

Notes of support pour in for 2 who started California blaze

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A couple whose flattened trailer tire reportedly started a massive fire in Northern California has received more than 100 cards and letters with supportive messages telling them not to feel guilty. More>>

Report done on boy's near-hanging, but not released

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Almost a year after an 8-year-old biracial boy was nearly hanged, the New Hampshire attorney general's office says a legal dispute is preventing it from releasing a report on its investigation. More>>

Questions loom over Tesla deal after CEO reveals Saudi link

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Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk says he's in talks with the Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund about taking the electric car and solar panel maker private, but no deal has been finalized. More>>

Mother of missing baby charged after remains found near home

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Police in upstate New York have charged the mother of a missing baby with multiple felonies after the remains of a child were found near her home. More>>

Kansas governor concedes, says he will endorse GOP nominee

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Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer says he will endorse Republican nominee for governor Kris Kobach after conceding in the state's GOP primary. More>>

Vermont nominates 1st US transgender candidate for governor

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Christine Hallquist, the first transgender candidate to win a major-party nomination for governor, will face Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott, who won his party's nomination to run for a second term. More>>

ICE takes into custody defendant in New Mexico compound case

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A court hearing is planned on allegations that children at a remote compound in northern New Mexico may have been trained in the use of firearms in preparation for a school shooting. More>>

Yosemite reopens to visitors with smoky air, limited lodging

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Most of Yosemite National Park is set to reopen Tuesday after a 20-day closure that cost the tourist magnet millions of dollars and devastated local businesses. More>>

Governors: Trump directive could hurt effort to save bird

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Some Western governors say a new Trump administration directive threatens to undermine a hard-won compromise aimed at saving a beleaguered bird scattered across their region. More>>

Actor Liev Schreiber denies hitting photographer

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Liev Schreiber is denying allegations that he attacked a local New York photographer while he was in town filming the popular Showtime series "Ray Donovan.". More>>

Utah firefighter who died in California offered to help

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A Utah firefighter who died battling the largest recorded blaze in California history was a 42-year-old man from a Salt Lake City suburb who leaves behind a wife and young son. More>>

'Touch the sun': NASA spacecraft hurtles toward our star

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NASA has launched a spacecraft to the sun that will fly closer to our star than anything ever before. More>>

Alaska's North Slope hit by strongest quake noted in region

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Alaska's North Slope was hit Sunday by the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in the region, the state's seismologist said. More>>

New Jersey takes in $40.6 million in sports bets in July

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New Jersey casinos and racetracks took in $40.6 million in sports bets in the first full month in which it was permitted. More>>

Lavish court spending in poor West Virginia triggers scandal

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In poor West Virginia, a scandal over spending by the state's Supreme Court has triggered a move by one branch of government to essentially fire another. More>>

Judge sets deadline for Army specialist's citizenship ruling

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A federal judge says the U.S. government should decide whether to allow a recently discharged Army specialist to become a citizen within three weeks. More>>

The Latest: New Mexico defendant in immigration custody

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Prosecutors say children who were found at a ramshackle New Mexico compound were trained to use firearms and learned other tactical techniques as they prepared to get rid of teachers, law enforcement and other institutions that were considered corrupt. More>>

Pawlenty's Minnesota loss caps political career with a thud

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Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's comeback bid fizzled in the Republican primary for his old job, as voters chose County Commissioner Jeff Johnson to face Democratic Rep. Tim Walz in the governor's race. More>>

Kansas governor concedes GOP primary to secretary of state

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has slightly widened his lead over Gov. Jeff Colyer in the state's Republican primary for governor. More>>

9 injured in apparent natural gas explosion in Denver

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Firefighters say nine people were injured, one critically, by an apparent natural gas explosion in Denver. More>>

Report: Pennsylvania priests molested over 1,000 children Video included

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Time is ticking down to decide what information to black out in a forthcoming grand jury report investigating child sexual abuse in six of Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses. More>>

Police: Shooting followed dispute in Walmart checkout lines

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A man pulled a gun during a dispute with another customer in Walmart checkout lines near Philadelphia and opened fire, wounding several people. More>>

APNewsBreak: California may redo law to treat, free suspects

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California Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking to tighten a law he signed weeks ago that critics say could have freed rapists and murderers who completed two years of mental health treatment. More>>

AP NewsBreak: Pilot who crashed his own home had hangar code

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The president of a Utah company whose small plane was used by a man who died when he flew into his own house after he had been arrested for assaulting his wife says the pilot had full access to the plane because he had earned the firm's trust. More>>

Teams trying to save ailing orca practice feeding live fish

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A team of whale experts has injected an ailing killer whale with antibiotics in a rare emergency effort to save her. More>>

APNewsBreak: Johnson to make Libertarian bid for Senate seat

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Former Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson is campaigning to unseat New Mexico's junior Democratic U.S. senator, seeking political opportunity in the space between Democrats and voters loyal to President Donald Trump. More>>

Jordanian immigrant gets death for Houston 'honor killings'

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A Jordanian immigrant has been sentenced to death in Texas for the fatal shootings of his son-in-law and daughter's best friend in what prosecutors described as honor killings. More>>

Ex-Virginia Tech student pleads guilty to hiding teen's body

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A former Virginia Tech student has pleaded guilty to concealing the body of a slain 13-year-old girl; still faces trial on a charge of being an accessory to the teen's killing. More>>

NYC mayor signs bill capping new ride-hail licenses

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Drivers for ride-hailing services lined up for hours to register their cars before New York City enacts a temporary cap on new licenses. More>>

Defense: No evidence in teen's death days after Obama event

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Two men are standing trial in the 2013 shooting death of a 15-year-old Chicago student just days after she performed with her high school band at then-President Barack Obama's inaugural festivities. More>>

Tech billionaire Henry Nicholas facing drug counts in Vegas

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Tech billionaire and advocate for crime victims Henry T. Nicholas III is facing drug counts in Las Vegas. More>>

Stormy Daniels' lawyer appears in Houston immigration court

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The attorney taking on President Donald Trump over his alleged affair with an adult film actress has appeared in Houston immigration court to try to secure the release of a 9-year-old boy from Guatemala. More>>

Court: Ex-federal immigration lawyer can be sued for forgery

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A U.S. appeals court says a former federal immigration lawyer who forged a document in an effort to get a man deported can be sued for damages. More>>

Former Baltimore officer indicted, accused of assaulting man

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A Baltimore police officer has been indicted after being recorded repeatedly punching a man in a street confrontation. More>>

Possible evidence in missing girls case found at warehouse

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Authorities investigating the decades-old disappearances of several girls say they've found possible evidence during a search of an abandoned suburban Detroit warehouse. More>>

Man pleads not guilty to kidnapping in son's torture case

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A man accused of torturing his 8-year-old son by locking him in a basement, withholding food and making him endure dog bites has pleaded not guilty. More>>

Times Up gives $750,000 for combatting sexual misconduct

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A fund dedicated to aiding victims of sexual harassment and assault is giving $750,000 in grants to local organizations across the country. More>>

California man pleads guilty to smuggling gun parts to Syria

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The chief executive of a California check cashing business has pleaded guilty to helping smuggle rifle parts and other military equipment to rebels in his native Syria. More>>

Outdoor fun dwindles as smoky haze hangs over California

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No major wildfires are burning near Sacramento but for two weeks a dull haze and the faint smell of smoke from distant blazes has blanketed California's capital region. More>>

Correction: Citizens Bank Headquarters story

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Citizens Bank is set to unveil its new corporate headquarters in Johnston, Rhode Island this week. More>>

Seattle airplane theft prompts review of security measures Video included

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After the spectacular theft of a 76-seat plane from the Seattle airport by a ground crew employee, authorities there are talking to counterparts around the country about how to prevent such breaches. More>>

Actor Liev Schreiber set to answer harassment charge

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Liev Schreiber is facing a harassment charge in suburban New York, where his lawyer says the actor is accused of shoving a photographer's camera. More>>

Police: Man flies plane into his home after fight with wife

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Authorities say a small plane has crashed into a house in Utah, killing the pilot. More>>

Charge added against California serial killing suspect

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Prosecutors have added another murder charge against a California serial killing suspect, boosting the number of victims to 13 in the Golden State Killer case. More>>

Residents split in goose dispute in Long Island village

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Residents of a Long Island village are divided over what to do about a glut of goose droppings around town. More>>

Devastating toxic algae bloom plagues Florida's Gulf Coast

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Red tide is killing marine life, hurting tourism and upsetting beach lovers in Florida. More>>

Alaska's North Slope shaken by 2 largest recorded quakes

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The largest earthquake to ever rock Alaska's North Slope was followed about six hours later by the second largest _ an aftershock of the first. More>>

Immigration cases tossed in fallout from high court ruling

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For years, the country's immigration courts have besieged by ballooning dockets, lengthy backlogs and a lack of resources. More>>

The Latest: Firefighter killed battling California blaze

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Authorities say a firefighter has been killed battling the largest record blaze in California history. More>>

Heavy rains prompt rescues, confusion in Pennsylvania

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Portions of eastern and central Pennsylvania are again dealing with heavy rains and high waters that have shut down highways, flooded homes and prompted rescues. More>>

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