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After mass shootings, NRA pins blame on familiar list

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From the design of school buildings to video games, here's what the gun lobby says leads to school shootings. More>>

Hawaii volcano produces methane and 'eerie' blue flames

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Scientists in Hawaii have captured rare images of blue methane flames burning from cracks in the pavement as Kilauea volcano gushes lava in the background. More>>

Chaos of Las Vegas shooting promoted fears of wider attack

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Gunshots came so rapidly during the deadliest mass shooting in the nation's modern history that one Las Vegas police officer feared he was facing a fully stocked assault team with tactical gear. More>>

Discovery of World War II soldier's plane brings closure

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When Tom Kelly's relatives got word that his World War II B-24 bomber had finally been found, a wave of exhilaration and grief washed over them. More>>

California's Feinstein drops support for death penalty

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California U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein says she no longer supports the death penalty. More>>

Mexican Mafia busted for running crime in LA County jails

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U.S. prosecutors have charged more than 80 members of the violent Mexican Mafia gang with taking part in a conspiracy to run drugs and carry out violent assaults ordered from inside Los Angeles County jails. More>>

Las Vegas strike would have far-reaching effect

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Tens of thousands of casino employees could walk off the job for the first time in more than three decades after union members voted to authorize a strike at any time starting June 1. More>>

Teachers show strength in Kentucky primary elections

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Teachers in Kentucky could soon be taking politicians to school. More>>

Texas shooting survivors seek purpose in shadow of Parkland

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Texas school shooting survivors search for purpose in shadow of Parkland attack. More>>

Amazon, Starbucks pledge money to repeal Seattle head tax

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Amazon, Starbucks, Vulcan and other companies have pledged a total of more than $350,000 toward an effort to repeal Seattle's newly passed tax on large employers intended to combat homelessness. More>>

Lawyer: Harvey Weinstein targeted by federal prosecutors

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Harvey Weinstein's lawyer says in a court filing that federal prosecutors in New York have launched a criminal investigation into the film producer. More>>

California's West Hollywood declares 'Stormy Daniels Day'

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City leaders to declare 'Stormy Daniels Day' in West Hollywood, California. More>>

Stylist: Man with Vegas gunman's name talked concert attack

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Police in Las Vegas are promising to release dispatch logs and additional officer reports about the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. More>>

New US weather satellite can't keep cool, could hurt photos

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The nation's newest weather satellite, launched less than three months ago, has a serious cooling problem. More>>

Hunter accused of giving bribes for African elephant kill

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The owner of South African hunting company has been indicted in the United States on charges of bribing Zimbabwe officials to let a hunting party shoot elephants inside a national park. More>>

Video of Brown arrest sparks criticism of Milwaukee police

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Community groups in Milwaukee are criticizing police over newly released body-camera footage of Bucks player Sterling Brown's January arrest. More>>

Hawaii volcano generates blue flames from burning methane

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Production wells at a geothermal plant under threat by lava flowing from Hawaii's volcano have been plugged to prevent toxic gases from seeping out. More>>

Trump defends describing MS-13 gang members as 'animals'

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President Donald Trump will speak on immigration and gang violence in a speech on Long Island in New York. More>>

Teacher's win in Kentucky points to November potential

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A teacher has scored an upset in a Kentucky legislative race. Could this be a sign of things to come in November?. More>>

New wind projects would deliver enough power for 600K homes

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Massachusetts and Rhode Island have announced offshore wind projects aimed at delivering a combined 1,200 megawatts of energy. More>>

Family rejoices at finding of soldier's World War II plane

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When Tom Kelly's relatives got word almost 74 years to the date that his World War II B-24 bomber had finally been found a wave of exhilaration and grief washed over them. More>>

Texas governor meeting with students, shooting survivors

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Focus of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's meetings on school safety and mass shootings shifting to those closest to the violence of recent attacks. More>>

Milwaukee chief apologizes for arrest of Bucks guard Brown

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Milwaukee police are poised to release body camera footage from the officers who used a stun-gun on Bucks guard Sterling Brown during a January arrest. More>>

FDA warns teething medicines unsafe, wants them off shelves

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The US Food and Drug Administration health is warning parents about the risks of teething remedies. More>>

Many cancer patients juggle care along with financial pain

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Many cancer patients juggle care along with financial pain. More>>

E-cigarettes disappoint in a workplace quit-smoking study

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In a large study of company wellness programs, free electronic cigarettes did not help smokers quit more than usual methods such as nicotine patches did. More>>

Grand jury says police shooting of Georgia man justified

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Georgia grand jury says fatal shooting of a 20-year-old man by police was justified because he pointed BB pistol at officers. More>>

Condemned Ohio man blames killing on 'homosexual panic'

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Attorneys for a condemned killer are asking that their client be spared, saying he experienced a "homosexual panic" of self-revulsion before killing a man he picked up at an Ohio bar. More>>

Uber ends self-driving program in Arizona after fatal crash

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Uber is ending its operation of self-driving cars in Arizona more than two months after a woman was struck and killed by one of its vehicles. More>>

Wyoming courts tech behind cryptocurrency to entice business

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Companies flock to register in Wyoming after bold push for hyped new technology but results remain virtual. More>>

Amazon urged not to sell facial recognition tool to police

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The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups are asking Amazon to stop marketing a facial recognition tool to police. More>>

The Latest: Milwaukee NAACP head: No reason to use stun gun

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The president of the NAACP in Milwaukee says he doesn't see anything in a newly released police body-camera video that would warrant officers using a stun gun on Bucks guard Sterling Brown. More>>

Texas governor supports 2 small gun rules after shooting

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's meetings on school violence and safety promise to wade into thorny issue of gun control. More>>

Hall of fame to redo soccer star Brandi Chastain plaque

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Social media is finding little to like about the likeness on a plaque honoring retired soccer champion Brandi Chastain. More>>

93-year-old makes first hole-in-one in 65 years of golfing

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A 93-year-old Ohio man made his first hole-in-one in 65 years of golfing and then walked off the course for good a few holes later. More>>

Truck dumps 40,000 pounds of chicken feathers on highway

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A semi-truck made in Washington state dumped about 40,000 pounds (more than 18,000 kilograms) of chicken feathers across Interstate 5. More>>

Lawmaker wants states to reject sports bet 'integrity fee'

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A top New Jersey lawmaker is urging all 50 states to reject so-called "integrity fee" payments to professional sports leagues in any sports betting legislation they enact. More>>

The Latest: Vegas shooting witnesses describe police heroism

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An officer who responded to the high-rise Las Vegas hotel where a gunman carried out deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history says in newly released documents his team checked the casino floor and confirmed no other active shooter. More>>

Experts: 'Alarming' drought conditions hit US Southwest

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Rivers are drying up, popular mountain recreation spots are closing and water restrictions are in full swing as a persistent drought is intensifying its grip on pockets of the American Southwest. More>>

Grand jury says police shooting of Georgia man justified

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Georgia grand jury says fatal shooting of a 20-year-old man by police was justified because he pointed BB pistol at officers. More>>

Emergency call: 'I got attacked by a mountain lion'

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Recordings of emergency calls about a fatal cougar attack in Washington state over the weekend detail how a dispatcher calmly struggled to figure out where it occurred and how worried the surviving victim was about his friend. More>>

High hopes but tough road for black woman in governor's race

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Georgia attorney and romance novelist Stacey Abrams has a tough road ahead as she campaigns to become America's first black female governor. More>>

Amid debate, Wyoming approves Yellowstone-area grizzly hunt

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Wyoming to decide whether to allow grizzly bear hunting for first time in decades, would be biggest hunt in lower 48 states. More>>

3 more teens charged in death of Maryland police officer

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A 16-year-old charged with first-degree murder in the death of a Baltimore County police officer has been ordered held without bail by a judge who called him a "one-man crime wave.". More>>

The Latest: Texas victim's mother speaks out for gun control

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Teachers have returned to work at a Texas high school where 10 people were killed. More>>

BE MINE: Maker of candy hearts, Necco Wafers sold at auction

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The 171-year-old candy maker known for its chalky Necco Wafers and those little inscribed hearts that are everywhere on Valentine's Day is up for grabs in bankruptcy court. More>>

Estimated 7,000 bodies may be buried at former asylum

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Officials in Mississippi believe the remains of as many as 7,000 former patients at an asylum could be lying in an empty, grassy field on a university campus. More>>

Lucrative baby eel fishery shut down over illegal sales

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Maine authorities say they are shutting down the state's highly lucrative baby eel fishery early this year due to concerns about illegal sales. More>>

Michigan lawmakers advance legislation on mandated reporters

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Michigan lawmakers are at odds over a decision to scale back the proposed expansion of the state's mandatory reporter law after the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal. More>>

US man gets 15 years in prison for illegal handgun exports

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A Montana man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to illegally exporting high-caliber handguns to customers in countries with strict weapons laws. More>>

Clinton: Democrats can win with bold ideas, core principles

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Hillary Clinton plans to address New York state Democrats at the party's nominating convention on Long Island. More>>

Cohen distances himself from tax-cheating "Taxi King"

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President Donald Trump's personal lawyer is distancing himself from an associate in the taxi industry who pleaded guilty to tax fraud. More>>

APNewsBreak: Prosecutor interviewing Schneiderman accusers

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A special prosecutor has started interviewing women whose abuse allegations led to former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's resignation. More>>

Humans account for little next to plants, worms, bugs

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Scientists now can estimate how much the different types of life on Earth weigh and humans don't nearly measure up to plants, bacteria or even earthworms. More>>

Records disclose man's alibi on night grandfather killed

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A man accused by his family of killing his millionaire grandfather in Connecticut in 2013 says in court documents he went home after they met for dinner and went on an ice cream run. More>>

Makeup artist to disguise witnesses in Mafia boss trial

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Two government witnesses in the trial of former New England Mafia boss Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme will be disguised by a "movie-industry" quality makeup artist to protect their identities. More>>

Jury gets closing arguments in Copperfield negligence case

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A Nevada jury is due to hear closing arguments in a British tourist's lawsuit blaming Las Vegas Strip headliner David Copperfield for injuries the tourist suffered while taking part in a 2013 vanishing. More>>

ACLU sues over battleground Ohio's congressional districts

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The ACLU has filed a constitutional challenge to Ohio's congressional map, using Republican Gov. John Kasich's statements opposing gerrymandering as ammunition. More>>

Muslim inmates sue Alaska corrections officials over policy

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Muslim inmates are suing state corrections officials, arguing that they are not provided adequate nourishment as they break their daily fasts during Ramadan at an Alaska jail. More>>

Philip Roth, fearless and celebrated author, dies at 85

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Philip Roth, the prize-winning novelist celebrated as a fearless narrator of sex, death, assimilation and fate, died Tuesday night at age 85. More>>

Atlanta lawyer gets life in shooting of business exec wife

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Well-connected Atlanta attorney convicted of murder in of his business executive wife is sentenced to serve life in prison with the possibility of parole. More>>

Convicted killer found guilty of 5 California murders

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A convicted Illinois killer was found guilty Wednesday of the murders of five women in Southern California more than two decades ago. More>>

The Latest: Mexican Mafia busted in Los Angeles County jails

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US prosecutors have charged more than 80 members of the violent Mexican Mafia gang with taking part in a conspiracy to run drugs and carry out violent assaults ordered from inside Los Angeles County jails. More>>

Aaron Hernandez fiancée announces she's expecting a baby

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The fiancée of the late Aaron Hernandez says she is expecting a baby. More>>

Pence warns Coast Guard graduates of the perils facing US

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Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to deliver the commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy's graduation ceremony. More>>

GOP candidates for Georgia governor ready for runoff

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Any focus on Stacey Abrams chances of becoming the nation's first black female governor has to wait for her Republican opponent who won't be settled for another two months. More>>

Man delivers marijuana to wrong car, gets arrested

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Police in northern Ohio say a man who delivered a bag of marijuana to the wrong car in a store parking lot has been charged with drug trafficking. More>>

Alaska man pleads guilty in Florida airport shooting

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An Alaska man has pleaded guilty in exchange for a life prison sentence in the Florida airport shooting that killed five people and wounded six. More>>

Review finds officer followed procedure in fatal shooting

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Internal police review says Portland police officer followed procedure in the fatal shooting of a man who was brandishing a pellet gun. More>>

Police: Man hid recording device in preschool restroom

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Police have arrested an electrician they say hid a video recording device resembling a pen in the bathroom of a Massachusetts preschool. More>>

Texas school shooting suspect's father thinks he was bullied

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The father of a 17-year-old student accused of fatally shooting 10 people at a Houston-area high school says the teenager doesn't own any guns and that perhaps his son was being bullied. More>>

Prominent Baptist leader removed as head of Texas seminary

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A prominent Southern Baptist Convention leader has been removed as president of a Texas seminary following allegations that he made abusive and demeaning comments to women. More>>

Woman accuses R. Kelly of sexual battery, giving her herpes

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A woman has filed a lawsuit in New York against R. Kelly, claiming the singer sexually assaulted her, locked her in rooms for punishment and infected her with herpes; his representatives have not responded to comment requests. More>>

Judge orders law firm of Stormy Daniels' lawyer to pay $10M

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A federal judge has ordered the law firm of Stormy Daniels' attorney to pay $10 million to a former lawyer who claimed he was owed millions and that the firm had misstated its profits. More>>

Senate hopeful Joe Arpaio mum on details of Trump policies Video included

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U.S. Senate candidate Joe Arpaio has pledged his unwavering support for President Donald Trump but is unwilling or unable to elaborate on the president's policies. More>>

Report: Video shows bus head to U-turn area before crash

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Video depicting the lead-up to a New Jersey school bus crash that left a fifth-grader and a teacher dead shows the bus merging onto an interstate before turning sharply toward a U-turn area. More>>

Cohen partner pleads guilty in deal requiring cooperation

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A longtime business partner of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, has pleaded guilty to tax fraud in a deal that requires him to cooperate in any ongoing investigations. More>>

Vegas casino workers OK strike that may hobble famed resorts

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Hundreds of unionized Las Vegas casino workers have voted on whether to call for a citywide strike that could have huge implications for the tourist-dependent destination. More>>

Gay Kentucky man loses bid to challenge GOP clerk Kim Davis

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A gay Kentucky man has lost his bid to challenge GOP clerk Kim Davis, who went to jail three years ago for denying him and others marriage licenses despite a historic U.S. Supreme Court decision. More>>

Workers plugging energy wells as lava flows nearby Video included

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The eruption of Kilauea volcano in Hawaii sparked new safety warnings about toxic gas on the Big Island's southern coastline after lava began flowing into the ocean and setting off a chemical reaction. More>>

Philip Roth, fearless and celebrated author, dies at 85

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Philip Roth, the prize-winning novelist celebrated as a fearless narrator of sex, death, assimilation and fate, died Tuesday night at age 85. More>>

Democrats nominate first woman as GOP race heads to runoff

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Stacey Abrams won Georgia's Democratic primary in the gubernatorial race Tuesday, becoming the state's first woman nominee for governor from either major party. More>>

The Latest: Vegas casino workers OK strike for June or later

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Thousands of unionized Las Vegas casino employees vote to authorize a strike. More>>

Teacher beats Kentucky House majority leader in GOP primary

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A high school math teacher is hoping to topple the majority leader of Kentucky's House of Representatives on a night when more than a dozen current or former teachers were on the ballot following a wave of education protests at state Capitols this spring. More>>

Consumer Reports raises concerns over Tesla Model 3 braking

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Long emergency stopping distances, difficult-to-use controls and a harsh ride stopped Tesla's Model 3 mass-market electric car from getting a recommended buy rating from Consumer Reports. More>>

Sheriff: Suspect in Florida standoff, gunfire, found dead

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Multiple law enforcement agencies have surrounded a Panama City, Florida, apartment building where an active shooter is barricaded inside. More>>

Teen suspect in Maryland officer's slaying held without bail

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Authorities hunt past nightfall for suspects after witness says Maryland police officer was run over by Jeep and fatally injured. More>>

Trump appeals again to delay 'Apprentice' contestant's suit

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President Donald Trump wants New York's highest court to delay a defamation suit filed by a former "Apprentice" contestant who accused him of unwanted groping and kissing. More>>

Plea agreement: False confession obstructed justice

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A Louisiana man is free after spending 20 years in prison for a killing his attorneys say he didn't commit, under a plea agreement which says he obstructed justice by a false confession. More>>

Woman who shot Kansas abortion doctor moved to halfway house

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An anti-abortion activist who shot and wounded a Kansas abortion provider and firebombed clinics in Oregon and elsewhere has been released from prison to a halfway house to finish her sentence. More>>

APNewsBreak: McDonald's workers file sex harassment claims

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Two national advocacy groups are teaming up to lodge sexual harassment complaints against McDonald's on behalf of 10 women who have worked at the fast food restaurant in nine cities. More>>

Lawyer in video rant over Spanish speakers apologizes

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A lawyer whose rant against Spanish speakers in a New York City eatery went viral has apologized and said how he expressed himself was "unacceptable.". More>>

Texas governor convenes new discussions on school safety Video included

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School shooting is unlikely to lead to significant new gun restrictions in Texas; governor begins hosting roundtable discussions on school safety Tuesday. More>>

Women look to make mark on male-dominated marijuana industry

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Women have made inroads in the male-dominated cannabis business, but they face a "grass ceiling" as the industry grows and becomes more mainstream. More>>

Hawaii lava evacuees grow weary as uncertainty drags on Video included

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Hawaii residents forced to evacuate their homes because of lava oozing from cracks in their neighborhoods are growing weary. More>>

Senators pushing fixes for kid-on-kid sex abuse in military

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Senators introduced sweeping, bipartisan legislation aimed at fixing the failures in juvenile justice in the U.S. military and its schools, as revealed by an Associated Press investigation into child-on-child sexual assaults on base. More>>

Ohio State president seeks info about alleged misconduct

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The president of Ohio State University has asked alumni for help involving reports of alleged sexual misconduct by a former university doctor. More>>

Facelift of Seattle's Space Needle nears completion

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Seattle's 56 year-old Space Needle is set to unveil a $100 million renovation next month against the backdrop of a booming tourism industry. More>>

Mormon missionaries pulled from Nicaragua due to unrest

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The Mormon church is pulling 169 missionaries from Nicaragua because of growing political instability in the Central American country. More>>

Atlantic City Q1 casino earnings down nearly 12 percent

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Atlantic City's seven casinos all remained profitable during the first quarter of this year, but those profits are shrinking even as two competitors prepare to join the market. More>>

Detective: Man confessed to making deadly Kansas hoax call

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California man accused of making hoax call that led to police shooting an unarmed man in Kansas returns to court. More>>

Firm finds sexual misconduct by ex-prep school teacher

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A prestigious Massachusetts boarding school says an investigation has uncovered sexual misconduct by a Russian language teacher decades ago. More>>

Attorney: Mexican man wrongly detained at marriage interview

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Lawyers for a 37-year-old Mexican man who was taken into custody during a mandatory marriage interview at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services are alleging his detention is unlawful. More>>

Branson-owned health company to merge with its rival

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British billionaire Richard Branson's company Virgin Pulse to merge with its rival and use Providence as corporate headquarters. More>>

Smoke forces evacuation of plane at Newark airport

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A smoking engine has forced the evacuation of a plane at Newark Liberty International Airport. More>>

Mother: 15-year-old son killed himself after being bullied

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A Minnesota woman says her 15-year-old son killed himself after months of bullying and the school didn't do enough to support the boy. More>>

Mass school shootings mostly happening in small-town America

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Look no farther than small-town and suburban America to know where mass school shootings are most likely to occur. More>>

NRA links school violence to Ritalin but experts deny link

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The National Rifle Association's incoming president is linking school shootings to using medications such as Ritalin. More>>

Police: Milwaukee teen beaten, burned over video game system

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Prosecutors say a 21-year-old Milwaukee man beat a 15-year-old boy with a hammer, stabbed him in the neck and burned his body over a stolen video game system. More>>

What is lava haze? A look at Hawaii's latest volcanic hazard Video included

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White plumes of acid and extremely fine shards of glass are billowing into the sky over Hawaii as molten rock from Kilauea volcano pours down a hillside and into the ocean. More>>

Correction: Grieving Father-Son's Prom story

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A Pennsylvania man has stepped in after his son died a month before senior prom. More>>

School shooting victims killed attempting to ward off gunman Video included

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An outgoing and 'really funny' student who blocked the door to try to prevent the gunman from entering the classroom and an exchange student who aspired to work in civil service were among the 10 people killed at a Texas high school. More>>

'Jurassic Park' dinosaur expert's next big thing: holograms

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'Jurassic Park' dino expert Jack Horner sees hologram exhibit as the next big thing to display his colorful, bird-like dinosaurs. More>>

For Robert Indiana, 'LOVE' was a complicated relationship

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Artist Robert Indiana, best known for his 1960s 'LOVE' series, has died at his home in Maine. More>>

Sweet for Necco: 3 new bidders emerge in wafer maker's sale

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Three new bidders have stepped in with offers to buy the bankrupt manufacturer of Necco Wafers, Sweethearts and other iconic candies. More>>

Miss Nebraska winner of Miss USA competition

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Miss Nebraska has been named Miss USA: Sarah Rose Summers beat out 50 other women from all the states and the District of Columbia. More>>

Deadly Florida airport shooting results in plea deal for man

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Court documents filed by federal prosecutors show an Alaska man has agreed to plead guilty to a Florida airport shooting rampage that killed five people last year. More>>

Artist Robert Indiana, known for 'LOVE' series, dies at 89

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Artist Robert Indiana, best known for his 1960s LOVE series, has died at his home in Maine. More>>

New York Stock Exchange names first female leader

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The New York Stock Exchange has named its first female leader in the history of the 226-year-old exchange. More>>

Olympian sues USA Swimming, saying it failed to protect her

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Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors Smith has sued USA Swimming, alleging the sport's national governing body knew her former coach sexually abused her as a minor and covered it up. More>>

Thousands of Vegas casino workers to vote on citywide strike

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Thousands of unionized Las Vegas casino workers whose contracts expire next week are preparing to vote on whether to go on strike. More>>

Miss Nebraska wins Miss USA competition

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The show has begun to see who will go home with the Miss USA title. More>>

Divided Supreme Court sides with businesses over workers

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A new Supreme Court will allow employers to prohibit workers from banding together to complain about pay and conditions in the workplace. More>>

Border agent questions 2 women for speaking Spanish

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A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent questioned two women for speaking Spanish in line at a gas station in Montana. More>>

School shooting may not bring change to gun-loving Texas Video included

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Prosecutor tells seniors graduating from Texas high school where mass shooting occurred: 'You are entering into a war zone in this world, and it's a spiritual war zone'. More>>

Pastor: Depression preceded fatal crash into restaurant

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Pastor: North Carolina man accused of crashing car into a restaurant table full of loved ones, killing two, had suffered for weeks with depression. More>>

Pizza deliveryman's killing: Man ordered free decades later

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A Louisiana judge has ordered the release of an inmate whose attorneys accused prosecutors of withholding evidence of the man's innocence in a pizza deliveryman's killing decades ago. More>>

Cyclists tried to scare cougar but it attacked, killing 1

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Two friends on a morning mountain bike ride 30 miles (48 kilometers) east of Seattle were attacked by a cougar, killing one of the men and leaving the second hospitalized in what authorities described as a rare occurrence. More>>

Police search past nightfall for suspects in officer's death

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Authorities hunt for suspects after witness says Maryland police officer was run over by Jeep and fatally injured. More>>

Pastor: Mental illness drove man to ram car into his family

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Authorities say man intentionally rammed vehicle into a North Carolina restaurant busy with weekend lunch crowd, killing his daughter, another person and injuring several others. More>>

Former officer who shot naked man says he was being attacked

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A white former Atlanta-area police officer who fatally shot an unarmed, naked, mentally ill black veteran said he was being attacked when he fired on the man. More>>

Survey asks why young people stay in, leave New Hampshire

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A new survey of young people in New Hampshire shows nearly a third say they definitely or probably will consider leaving the state in the next two years. More>>

Man who claims prosecutors withheld evidence set to be freed

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A Louisiana judge has ordered the release of an inmate whose attorneys have accused prosecutors of withholding "staggering" evidence of the man's innocence in a pizza deliveryman's killing two decades ago. More>>

Restaurant group negotiating to buy out Mario Batali

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The restaurant group co-owned by Mario Batali says amid sexual misconduct allegations that it has been "actively negotiating" to buy out the celebrity chef. More>>

University official resigns after Afghanistan bombing claim

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The State University of New York has placed a high-ranking official on leave after it was revealed that he may have fabricated a story about surviving a bombing in Afghanistan and other claims in a speech last fall. More>>

Illinois Democrats grill Rauner aide on death penalty plan

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The Democratic-controlled Illinois Legislature is set to begin weighing Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's compromise plan to reinstate the death penalty in exchange for even stricter gun restrictions than the ones legislators approved. More>>

Judge appoints special prosecutor to decide on Greitens case

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St. Louis judge says it will be up to a special prosecutor to decide whether the invasion-of-privacy case against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens moves forward. More>>

Crews find wreckage of small plane that crashed in Vermont

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State Police say search crews have found the wreckage of a small plane that crashed into the woods in Vermont's Green Mountains The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday only the pilot was on board. More>>

Officials identify barricaded man killed in explosion

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The Connecticut medical examiner's office has confirmed the identity of man who barricaded himself on his property before dying in an explosion that also injured nine police officers. More>>

US files plea deal in deadly Florida airport shooting

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Federal prosecutors have filed court documents in which the Alaska man agrees to plead guilty to a Florida airport shooting rampage that killed five people and wounded six last year. More>>

Gates Foundation director to lead Pennsylvania universities

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A director at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been chosen as the new chancellor of Pennsylvania's 14 state universities. More>>

Police officer's son pleads guilty to terrorist bomb plot

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A Boston police captain's son has pleaded guilty to plotting a terrorist attack on a college campus to support the Islamic State group. More>>

Texas mom marched after Parkland, then her town was next

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Texas mother had been inspired by survivors of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, then the very sort of extreme gun violence she was marching against arrived in her town. More>>

US and Philadelphia reject 'sanctuary city' compromise

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Neither Philadelphia nor the Department of Justice is willing to follow a federal judge's recommended compromises to settle a "sanctuary city" lawsuit over the U.S. government withholding a major grant. More>>

2 NYPD officers, 1 a groom on wedding day, die in crash

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Authorities say two off-duty New York Police Department officers, one of them a groom on his wedding day, have died in an upstate car crash. More>>

Trudeau touts Canada's AI credentials at MIT tech gathering

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is coming to MIT to speak with tech entrepreneurs. More>>

Judge: School shooting suspect comments are admissible

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Washington state judge rules Incriminating statements to law officers made by the student arrested after four people were shot at a Washington state high school last year will be admissible in upcoming court proceedings. More>>

NYPD probing sex allegations against Mario Batali

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The New York Police Department is investigating allegations of sexual misconduct leveled celebrity chef Mario Batali. More>>

Funeral service held for girl killed in school bus crash

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Family and friends are remembering a student killed when a school bus collided with a dump truck in New Jersey. More>>

Bush at Maine summer home alone for first time in 73 years

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Former President George H.W. Bush is in Maine for the summer, and for the first time in 73 years, he's without his wife by his side. More>>

'Deadpool 2' ends Avengers' box-office reign, rakes in $125M

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Deadpool and his foul-mouthed crew of misfits and malcontents have taken down the Avengers. More>>

Investigators finally get look at materials from Cohen raid

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Criminal investigators are finally getting to study materials seized in raids on the home and office of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer. More>>

Police response to Texas school shooting remains unclear Video included

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Questions remain about the police response to a shooting at a high school outside Houston that killed 10 people. More>>

Black women look to flex power in Georgia governor's race

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In Georgia governor's race, black women seek to shape the state's political landscape. More>>

Hawaii volcano explosions could go for weeks, experts say Video included

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Scientist predictions from eight days ago of powerful steam-driven explosions at Hawaii's Kilauea volcano have come true. More>>

New Starbucks policy: No purchase needed to sit in cafes

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New policy at Starbucks: No purchase needed to sit, use restrooms. More>>

Sea otters rebound but struggle to regain historic range

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Despite decades of government protection, southern sea otters on West Coast still only occupy about a fraction of their historic range. More>>

Company says gas leak caused explosion at Houston-area plant

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Authorities say an explosion and fire at a chemical plant near Houston injured 20 people and left one missing. More>>

Rhino in San Diego pregnant, could help save subspecies

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A southern white rhino named Victoria has become pregnant through artificial insemination at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. More>>

For school shooting victims, future plans dashed by tragedy Video included

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Among the 10 people killed in the mass shooting at a Texas high school were a Pakistani exchange student, a substitute teacher with a "lust for life" and a boy whose sense of humor made him impossible to not like. More>>

Faster-moving Hawaii lava gushes into sea, spews new danger Video included

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Lava has destroyed four homes and left dozens of others in the shadow of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano isolated, forcing more residents to plan for a possible evacuation. More>>

Iraqi, Syrian guides bring views to Philadelphia museum

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Three Iraqi natives and a Syrian woman have been enlisted as guides to share a modern cultural perspective with visitors to new Middle Eastern galleries at a museum in Philadelphia. More>>

Texas mourners endure grief that 'none of us can comprehend' Video included

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The suspect in the Texas school shooting pointed at one person and declared: "I'm going to kill you." Then he fired. More>>

Police: Suspect faces 2 murder charges in restaurant plowing

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Authorities say man intentionally drove his car into a North Carolina restaurant, killing his daughter and another person and injured more people. More>>

The Latest: Prosecutor wont' release autopsies during probe

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The National Rifle Association's incoming president is blaming the latest deadly school shooting on youngsters "steeped in a culture of violence.". More>>

Northern states taking down vestiges of racism, intolerance

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Vestiges of racism and intolerance slowly being moved and removed in Michigan and other northern states as calls continue in the South to take down such monuments. More>>

Clinton ribs Trump with Russian cap at Yale's Class Day

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Hillary Clinton returned to Yale University this weekend, using the school's tradition of over-the-top headwear to rib President Donald Trump with her own unusual hat: a Russian fur cap. More>>

Arrest records of Rosa Parks, MLK to be preserved

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Yellowing court records from the arrests of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and others at the dawn of the modern civil rights era are being preserved and digitized after being discovered in a courthouse box. More>>

93-year-old ex-president Bush arrives in Maine for summer

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Former President George H.W. Bush is in Maine for the summer. More>>

Alaska fishermen: Sea otter comeback is eating into profits

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Sea otters have come back from the brink of extinction along Alaska's Panhandle but fishermen who target shellfish are seeking relief from their voracious appetites. More>>

Texas shooting renews debate about American school design Video included

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Texas shooting renews debate about whether school designs make them easy targets. More>>

Guess who's coming to Windsor? Royal ceremony weds cultures

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Guess who's coming to Windsor? Royal wedding blends black, British culture. More>>

Police search for motive in Texas school shooting Video included

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The mother of one of the 10 people killed at a Texas high school said her daughter recently rejected the romantic advances of the 17-year-old charged in the shootings. More>>

Americans fete royal wedding in pubs, hotels and homes Video included

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From pubgoers in pajamas to families in fancy hats, Americans are cheering and toasting the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. More>>

The Latest: Incoming NRA president addresses school shooting Video included

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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is urging a "hardening" of school buildings in the wake of a shooting that killed 10 people at a Texas high school. More>>

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