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School head resigns over comment about black quarterbacks

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A white Texas school superintendent who posted online that "You can't count on a black quarterback" in reference to Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has resigned. More>>

California makes people ask for straws, sodas with kid meals

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People who want straws with their drinks at California restaurants will have to request them under new state law. More>>

Food researcher defends work after resigning from Cornell

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Prominent food researcher defends his work after Cornell said he engaged in academic misconduct. More>>

Floodwaters inundate lake at NC power plant, raising alarm

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Aerial photographs show widespread devastation to farms and industrial sites in eastern North Carolina. More>>

Control of Congress also at stake in state legislative races

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Democrats and Republicans are stepping up their spending on state legislative races as they draw nearer to the next round of redistricting. More>>

Florence sweeps away motel and family's hard work, savings

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Hurricane Florence washed away half the rooms at the Starlite Motel in Spring Lake, ripping away the livelihood of a family that bought it in recent months. More>>

NC river swirls with gray muck near flooded coal ash dump

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Duke Energy says dam breached at plant in North Carolina; coal ash may be flowing into Cape Fear River. More>>

New California law helps utilities with wildfire lawsuits

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Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a measure allowing utilities to bill their customers to pay for legal settlements stemming from devastating 2017 wildfires. More>>

Rising oil prices haven't hurt the US economy so far

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Higher oil prices hurt consumers, but modest increases don't have to crimp the economy. More>>

Police beef up security for UN gathering, Trump visit

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Authorities in New York City are facing an epic security and logistical challenge with the coming arrival of President Donald Trump and other world leaders for the United Nations General Assembly. More>>

Art's iconic 'Blue Boy' gets major 250th birthday makeover

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"Blue Boy" is getting a long-awaited makeover, and the public will get to watch as one of the world's most iconic paintings gets a little nip here, a tuck there and some splashes of fresh paint. More>>

18 more convictions tied to corrupt Chicago cop to be tossed

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Prosecutors say they will dismiss the convictions of 18 more people that resulted from investigations by a corrupt police sergeant and his crew. More>>

Alaska man tied to girl's death pleads not guilty

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An Alaska man linked to a 10-year-old girl's death through her cellphone pleaded not guilty Friday to lying to federal authorities investigating the case. More>>

Shame, fear: Survivors explain not reporting sexual assaults

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Survivors respond with fury to Trump's remarks on woman who accused court nominee of sexual assault. More>>

Parents face tougher rules to get immigrant children back

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Fearful immigrant families hoping to reunite with children and teenagers who crossed the border alone are facing an intimidating system that includes submitting fingerprints by all adults in the household where a migrant child will live. More>>

Small North Carolina town latest to feel Florence's fury

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A North Carolina town where a levee breached is among the latest to feel the punch of Hurricane Florence. More>>

Surgery called success for Allman Brothers' Dickey Betts

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Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts has had successful surgery after slipping and hitting his head while playing with his dog in Florida. More>>

Burt Reynolds mourned at small private memorial in Florida

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About 80 of Burt Reynolds friends and relatives shared memories of the late actor at a private memorial service. More>>

Rock On: Michelle Obama book tour is reaching high

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There has never been a book tour quite like the one planned for Michelle Obama's "Becoming.". More>>

Records: Suspect in golfer's death struggled after prison

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Police in an Iowa college town had repeated interactions with a troubled drifter in the weeks between his departure from prison and his alleged killing of a star golfer from Spain. More>>

Get ready for 'Bongzilla,' selfie frenzy at Vegas pot museum

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A museum celebrating all things cannabis with displays that include a glass bong taller than a giraffe and huggable faux marijuana plants is the newest tourist attraction in Las Vegas. More>>

Bye bye bugs? Scientists fear non-pest insects are declining

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Scientists are noticing fewer and fewer moths, ladybugs, fireflies and butterflies, but they can't quite quantify what's happening to flying insect because they never measured how many bugs there used to be. More>>

Memory's frailty may be playing role in Kavanaugh matter

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In he-said, she-said disputes like Kavanaugh case, frailty of memory may play a role. More>>

Yellowstone thermal spring erupts for 4th time in 60 years

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Officials at Yellowstone National Park say new thermal activity occurred at the park over the past several days. More>>

First black female White House reporter gets Newseum statue

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The first black woman to be accredited to cover the White House now has a statue in the Newseum. More>>

Fugitive New Mexico priest pleads not guilty to sex abuse

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A fugitive priest accused of child abuse decades ago in New Mexico has been arrested. More>>

Rep. Nunes faulted by rival for photo with hand symbol

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Republican U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes of California is being criticized by his rival in the November election after a photo on social media showed Nunes next to a supporter making a hand gesture that some consider racist. More>>

Official: More possible victims of California doctor found

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Attorneys say a California surgeon and his girlfriend deny allegations they preyed on two intoxicated women and then drugged and raped them. More>>

Woman stabs 5 - including newborns - at New York nursery

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Police in New York say at least five people, including three infants, were stabbed at an overnight day care center in Queens. More>>

Parents face tougher rules to get immigrant children back

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Fearful immigrant families hoping to reunite with children and teenagers who crossed the border alone are facing an intimidating system that includes submitting fingerprints by all adults in the household where a migrant child will live. More>>

Sheriff: Motive unclear for Maryland shooter who killed 3

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A Maryland sheriff says the woman who killed three people and wounded others before shooting herself to death at a Maryland drugstore warehouse had been diagnosed with a mental illness and used a legally purchased gun in the rampage. More>>

APNewsBreak: Army misses 2018 recruiting goal

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The Army has missed its recruiting goal for the first time in more than a decade. More>>

Monsanto asks judge to throw out $289M award in cancer suit

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Agribusiness giant Monsanto is asking a San Francisco judge to throw out a jury's $289 million award to a former school groundskeeper who said the company' Roundup weed killer left him dying of cancer. More>>

When will it end? Florence's floodwaters rising in Carolinas

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The crisis from Hurricane Florence is slowly moving to South Carolina along with the trillions of gallons of water dumped by the storm. More>>

Sheriff: Shooter had mental illness but legally owned gun

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Maryland warehouse shooting: three people killed in shooting at distribution center and a fourth person, the female suspect, died after shooting herself in the head. More>>

Hawaii volcanoes park to reopen after monthslong eruption

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park will reopen its main gates Saturday, welcoming carloads of visitors eager to see Kilauea's new summit crater and the area where a longstanding lava lake once bubbled near the surface. More>>

Flooding: Dam breach at Duke plant; coal ash could spill

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APNewsBreak: Duke Energy says dam breached at plant in North Carolina; coal ash may be flowing into Cape Fear River. More>>

Carolinas farms could take billions in losses from Florence

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NN Hurricane Florence is testing the resolve of farmers in the Carolinas, who could face billions of dollars in agricultural damages while still feeling the sting from Hurricane Matthew in 2016. More>>

California man arrested in 10 'horrific' cold-case rapes

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Sacramento authorities have arrested a 58-year-old man suspected of committing at least 10 rapes across Northern California between 1991 and 2006. More>>

Race central to Chicago case, even if jury doesn't hear it

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The jury in the trial of a white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the 2014 shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald has heard very little about race. More>>

US Sen. Maria Cantwell faces former head of Wash. state GOP

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US Sen. Maria Cantwell faces former head of Wash. state GOP. More>>

First black female White House reporter gets Newseum statue

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The first black woman to be accredited to cover the White House now has a statue in the Newseum. More>>

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to be deposed in census case

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A judge says Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross can be questioned under oath by lawyers challenging a decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. More>>

Guatemalan migrants, Arizona residents among 8 dead in crash

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Authorities say Arizona residents and immigrants in the U.S. illegally from Guatemala were among the eight people killed in a head-on crash. More>>

3 hackers get light sentences after working with the FBI

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Three computer hackers whose "botnet" known as Mirai virtually paralyzed chunks of the Internet in 2016 have received light sentences after helping the FBI with cybercrime and cybersecurity. More>>

Mother of suspected MS-13 victim remembered as 'warrior'

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Family and friends will gather Friday for the funeral of a New York mother who turned grief over her daughter's killing into a crusade against MS-13 gang violence. More>>

San Francisco museum shows off modern Muslim women's fashion

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A new exhibition in San Francisco aims to show the diversity and creativity of modern fashion for Muslim women. More>>

Wisconsin workplace shooting suspect had revoked gun permit

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Police say the suspect in a Wisconsin workplace shooting that seriously injured three people had his concealed-carry permit revoked and was unable to legally purchase a firearm. More>>

Evangelicals push Senate Republicans to confirm Kavanaugh

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Evangelical activists are pressing Republican leaders to act "much more aggressively" Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. More>>

California college moves 'Prospector Pete' statue from plaza

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California State University, Long Beach, will be ousting its "Prospector Pete" statue because of the impact the 1849 gold rush had on indigenous people. More>>

Official: More possible victims of California doctor found

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A Southern California prosecutor says his office has received leads to more than 12 possible additional victims in the investigation of a surgeon and a female companion already charged with drugging and raping two women. More>>

California: Drugmaker paid doctors to overprescribe Humira

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California has filed a lawsuit accusing pharmaceutical giant AbbVie of illegally plying doctors with cash, gifts and services to prescribe one of the world's biggest selling drugs. More>>

Mormons to stay outdoors after split with Boy Scouts

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The Mormon church says a new youth program it will roll out in 2020 when it cuts ties with Boy Scouts of America will still include outdoor and adventure activities even as the initiative becomes gospel-focused. More>>

Hotplates, heaters to be given residents after gas disaster

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Officials say hotplates and space heaters will be distributed to thousands of Massachusetts residents who were left without natural gas following a series of gas explosions and fires. More>>

FBI: Solar observatory closed after child porn case opened

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An observatory in the mountains of southern New Mexico that mysteriously closed earlier this month appears to be linked to a child pornography investigation. More>>

Judge denies bid to block courthouse immigration arrests

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A judge on Massachusetts' highest court has denied a bid to block federal agents from arresting immigrants targeted for deportation at state courthouses. More>>

Researchers say they're closing in on Captain Cook's ship

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Researchers say they've identified a site off the coast of Rhode Island where they think the ship that 18th-century explorer Capt James Cook used to sail around the world may be located. More>>

Gunman upset by divorce is found dead after manhunt

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A gunman authorities say shot at his ex-wife and then killed his parents in Pennsylvania has been found dead. More>>

Nevada senator rallies with president he used to criticize

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Republicans' chances of keeping their U.S. Senate majority have become shakier as races in red states have tightened, but the party's most vulnerable member insists he's bullish about his re-election. More>>

Man who walked near boiling-hot Old Faithful geyser ticketed

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Yellowstone National Park officials say they have ticketed a man caught on video walking dangerously close to Old Faithful geyser. More>>

Sentencing options for Cosby include prison, jail, probation Video included

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Bill Cosby could be sent to prison next week for drugging and molesting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. More>>

Will American Airlines bar customers from changing a ticket?

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American expects to bar customers from making changes to nonrefundable tickets if Congress cracks down on 'unreasonable' airline fees. More>>

Puerto Rico marks 1 year since Maria with song and sadness

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Puerto Ricans are marking the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria with choirs, protests and a funeral procession. More>>

Canadian crabs with bad attitude threaten coastal ecosystem

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Aggressive Canadian crabs invading US waters from Nova Scotia threaten coastal ecosystem. More>>

Cardinal hires judge to review church sex abuse policies

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The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York has hired a former federal judge to review its procedures and protocols for handling allegations of sexual abuse. More>>

Bill Gates calls for more global education assessments data

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Bill Gates is rallying behind school quality in developing nations with a push for more assessment data, a new initiative that links the Microsoft co-founder's signature U.S. education priorities with his more prominent global philanthropy work. More>>

Cornell review finds academic misconduct by food researcher

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Cornell says its investigation found academic misconduct the research of a prominent professor. More>>

US agrees to improve worker safety at polluted nuclear site

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The U.S. government will pay $925,000 and improve worker safety to settle a lawsuit over employee exposure to chemical vapors at the nation's most polluted nuclear weapons production site. More>>

Reckoning with loss of homes, livelihoods after Florence

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With Florence's floodwaters receding in some places and still menacing others, tired and waterlogged North Carolinians are getting a chance to take stock of the destruction. More>>

Ex-aide to New York Gov. Cuomo gets 6 years in prison

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A judge will decide whether a former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo receives leniency or a long prison sentence for his conviction on federal bribery and fraud charges. More>>

Native American teens stopped on college tour urge changes

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An attorney for two Native American brothers pulled from a Colorado State University tour is asking the school for policy changes. More>>

Arizona licenses for nonprofit housing migrant kids at risk

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Arizona officials have moved to revoke the licenses for a nonprofit that houses immigrant children in part because it missed a deadline to show that all its employees passed background checks. More>>

4 dead, including suspect, after Maryland warehouse shooting

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Authorities say multiple people have been shot in northeast Maryland in what the FBI is describing as an "active shooter situation". More>>

Florence-weary South Carolina could get more record flooding Video included

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Hurricane Florence is still wearing out the Carolinas, where residents have endured an agonizing week of violent winds, torrential rain, widespread flooding, power outages and death. More>>

Grand jury indicts Alaska man tied to girl's death

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A federal grand jury has indicted an Alaska man linked to a missing 10-year-old girl's death, alleging he lied, among other things, that he found the missing girl's cellphone when in fact he took it from her. More>>

Slayings raise alarms for women who practice sports alone

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Three slayings raise alarms for women who exercise or practice sports alone. More>>

Hurricane rating system fails to account for deadly rain

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Several meteorologists and disaster experts say Florence highlights a problem with the way hurricane danger is rated. More>>

Anti-abuse activists pan US Catholic bishops' new proposals

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Lawyers and advocates for victims of clergy sex-abuse are assailing as inadequate some new steps announced by U.S. Catholic bishops to curtail the abuse scandals that are shaking the church. More>>

Tesla says it has turned over documents to feds

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Shares of electric car maker Tesla Inc. fell more than 5 percent Tuesday after a report that it's under criminal investigation over statements about taking the company private. More>>

3 hurt in court shooting leave hospital; gunman identified

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Three civilians wounded when a gunman opened fire outside a crowded Pennsylvania courtroom are now out of the hospital. More>>

8 people, including 4 migrants in US illegally, die in crash

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Authorities say nine people, including seven who were in the U.S. illegally, were killed in a head-on collision on an Arizona highway. More>>

The Latest: Sheriff: Shooting suspect in critical condition

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Authorities say multiple people have been shot in northeast Maryland in what the FBI is describing as an "active shooter situation". More>>

Judge: Georgia has stalled in face of voting system risks

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Voting integrity advocates had argued Georgia's electronic voting machines are unreliable and vulnerable to hacking, but a federal judge says forcing the state to change its system to paper ballots before the midterm elections is too risky. More>>

1st private moon flight passenger to invite creative guests Video included

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Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa said Monday that he plans to blast off on the first-ever commercial trip around the moon and will invite six to eight artists, architects, designers and other creative people on the weeklong journey. More>>

Agent accused in serial killings lived quiet suburban life

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Border Patrol agent accused of being serial killer lived typical suburban life. More>>

Relatives: Texas victims more than the troubles they endured

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Four women killed in Texas _ allegedly by a Border Patrol agent _ were bound by difficulties in life. But relatives say they were more than the troubles they endured. More>>

Police: Gunman in workplace shooting had no criminal history

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Authorities say they don't yet know what prompted an employee of a Wisconsin software company to open fire at his office, injuring four people, including three seriously. More>>

Judge throws out lawsuit by ex-wrestlers over concussions

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A federal judge in Connecticut has dismissed a lawsuit by 60 former professional wrestlers who claimed World Wrestling Entertainment failed to protect them from repeated head trauma. More>>

Florence shows how storm coverage is politicized

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Florence shows how politics has been drawn into coverage of major storms. More>>

Trump rolls back pollution rules for drilling on US lands

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An on-again, off-again effort to restrict harmful methane emissions on federal lands is off _ again. More>>

Correction: Murder Conviction Overturned-Arkansas story

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An Arkansas man whose 1992 murder conviction was overturned with the help of the Midwest Innocence Project has been freed from prison. More>>

Women die in flooded van driven by South Carolina deputies

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Officials say two women being transported to a mental health facility by deputies have drowned when they were trapped in the van as it was engulfed in rising South Carolina floodwaters. More>>

Woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart released from prison

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Elizabeth Smart says the woman who helped kidnap her when she was 14 fell short on her apology. More>>

Arthur Mitchell, pioneering black ballet dancer, dies at 84

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Arthur Mitchell, who broke barriers for African-Americans in the 1950s as a ballet dancer with the New York City Ballet and who would go on to become a driving force in the creation of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, has died. More>>

Past NASA chiefs gather for space agency's 60th anniversary

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NASA chiefs going back 30 years have come together to mark the space agency's 60th anniversary. More>>

Democrats in key House races push against tax deduction cap

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One provision of the Republican tax overhaul looms large in several tight congressional races this fall, especially in California and New Jersey. More>>

Vigil honors star golfer from Spain who was killed in Iowa

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Teammates and others who knew an Iowa State University student-athlete who was killed this week while playing golf near the campus shared stories about her and lit candles in her memory. More>>

The Latest: Smart won't live in fear after kidnapper release

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Elizabeth Smart's father says he's grateful that one of her kidnappers will be watched closely by federal agents now that she's been freed from prison, but he remains concerned about Wanda Barzee's mental state. More>>

Kentucky town mourns its first female mayor, Lucy Lou, a dog

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The town of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky, is known for a string of highly esteemed mayors, one of whom died this week. More>>

Man opens fire at his Wisconsin office, 3 seriously hurt

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Police are responding to a report of an active shooter in a commercial building in the southern Wisconsin community of Middleton. More>>

Women slain in Border Patrol case endured trying lives

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Women allegedly killed by Border Patrol supervisor in Texas endured trying lives. More>>

Jehovah's Witnesses accused of mishandling abuse in Montana

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Two women who say they were sexually abused as children have alleged that the Jehovah's Witnesses failed to report their abuser to authorities in Montana. More>>

Judge: US can't deny passport over refusing to pick gender

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A judge has ruled that U.S. officials cannot deny a passport application from an intersex Colorado resident based solely on a refusal to select male or female for gender. More>>

Frustration builds as Carolina residents wait to go home Video included

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Exhaustion and frustration are building in the Carolinas as thousands of people wait to go home days after Hurricane Florence unleashed epic rain and floods. More>>

Owner of 3D-printed gun company accused of sex with minor

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Authorities allege that the owner of a Texas company being sued by several states over its plan to disseminate blueprints for making untraceable 3D-printed guns had sex with an underage girl and paid her $500 afterward. More>>

Border Patrol agents find 193 immigrants in southern Arizona

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For the third time in a month, Border Patrol agents have found a large group of immigrants in a remote desert area of southern Arizona. More>>

Former Chicago police commander linked to torture dead at 70

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Jon Burge, a former Chicago police commander who was linked to numerous cases of misconduct and abuse of suspects, has died in Florida. More>>

Similar slayings draw vastly different political reaction

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Slain golfer and suspect lived contrasting lives in the same Iowa college town. More>>

The Latest: Company officials 'heartbroken' after shooting

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A city official says four people have been shot, but none fatally, during shooting at software company near Madison, Wisconsin. More>>

California district latest to modernize 'sexist' dress code

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A school district near San Francisco has become the latest to adopt a dress code allowing midriff-baring shirts and short shorts that it says is less sexist. More>>

2 patients drown as van swept into floodwaters

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Two female detainees have drowned when a van was swept away in rising South Carolina flood waters. More>>

The Latest: Ferry services resuming in North Carolina

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Authorities confirm two detainees drowned when a van was swept away in rising flood waters in South Carolina. More>>

Teen killed in dramatic natural gas explosions laid to rest

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Hundreds of mourners have come out to remember the Massachusetts teen who died in last week's natural gas explosions north of Boston. More>>

US doubles tribal funding to fight violence against women

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A top U.S. Justice Department official says it's doubling the amount of federal funding for tribal public safety and crime victims as it seeks to tackle the high-rates of violence against Native American women. More>>

Coca-Cannabis? Coke analyzing cannabis in wellness drinks

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The Coca-Cola Company says that it's "closely watching" the growth of the use of a non-psychoactive element of cannabis in wellness drinks. More>>

Prosecutor: Suspect tied rope around neck of slain woman

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A prosecutor says a North Dakota man accused of helping to kill a pregnant woman tightened a rope around her neck after his girlfriend sliced the baby from the victim's womb. More>>

Judge nixes Cosby request to step down; sentencing Monday

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Bill Cosby's trial judge rejects defense motion to step down from the sex assault case before Monday's sentencing hearing near Philadelphia. More>>

Grizzly's rare aggressive attack kills 1, puzzles officials

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Officials puzzle over especially aggressive attack that kills hunting guide, injures client in Wyoming. More>>

Florence death toll climbs to 37; Trump visits stricken area

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Food and water handouts are beginning in the North Carolina city of Wilmington, which is still mostly cut off by floodwaters from Hurricane Florence. More>>

Biggest wildfire on record in California is fully contained

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The U.S. Forest Service says the largest wildfire on record in California is 100 percent contained. More>>

Doctor: Can't determine order of Laquan McDonald's wounds

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Testimony expected to resume in the murder trial of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke. More>>

'Up in the air': If displaced by storm, where to call home?

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Carolina residents wonder where to call home after Florence swamps neighborhoods. More>>

Mormon leaders call for new medical-marijuana plan in months

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Mormon church leaders are calling for Utah lawmakers to pass medical-marijuana legislation by the end of the year even as they urge residents to vote against an insurgent ballot measure that would legalize it. More>>

Reality show doc, woman charged with California drug rapes

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A California doctor who appeared in a reality TV dating show and a woman co-defendant have been charged with drugging and sexually assaulting two women, and authorities suspect there may be more victims. More>>

The Latest: Family 'heart-broken' over death of star golfer

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Relatives in Spain of a star collegiate golfer who was stabbed to death by a stranger on an Iowa golf course say they distraught. More>>

A year after Maria, Puerto Rican kidney patients fear death

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Puerto Rico dialysis patients fear death 1 year after Maria shuttered treatment center in Vieques. More>>

2 million US teens are vaping marijuana

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Nearly 1 in 11 U.S. students used marijuana in electronic cigarettes in 2016, heightening concern about the new popularity of vaping. More>>

Former aides give Wisconsin Gov. Walker re-election headache

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Former top administration officials to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker aren't airing their grievances as unnamed sources or through anonymous op-eds _ they're criticizing him publicly. More>>

McDonald's workers across US protest against sex harassment

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McDonald's workers are staging protests in several cities in what organizers called the first multistate strike seeking to combat sexual harassment in the workplace. More>>

Woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart to be released

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Elizabeth Smart says she's been assured that the woman who helped kidnap her when she was 14 and stood by as she was sexually assaulted will be watched when she's released from prison. More>>

Lawsuit filed against gas company after Massachusetts blasts

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The pressure in natural gas pipelines prior to a series of explosions and fires in Massachusetts last week was 12 times higher than it should have been. More>>

Relatives have vigil for 4 allegedly killed by border agent

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Dozens of family members of four women who investigators say a US Border Patrol supervisor killed have held a vigil in South Texas to remember the women. More>>

California jury: Career criminal guilty of killing 2 teens

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A Northern California jury has found guilty a career criminal who authorities believe to be the 'Gypsy Hill Killer" of killing two teenage girls. More>>

Slaying of star golfer from Spain shocks Iowa college town

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Former Iowa State University golfer found dead at golf course; man charged with murder. More>>

Chicago cops reluctantly testify against 1 of their own Video included

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The video of the Laquan McDonald shooting is so central to the murder trial of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke that jurors watched it repeatedly during the first day of testimony. More>>

Canadian marijuana imports OK'd by US for California study

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In a rare move, the U.S. government has approved the importation of marijuana extracts from Canada for a clinical trial, highlighting a new avenue for American researchers who have had trouble obtaining the drug for medical studies. More>>

LA Times Beijing bureau chief quits after sex investigation

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The head of the Los Angeles Times' Beijing bureau has resigned four months after the newspaper suspended him following sexual harassment complaints from two women. More>>

The Latest: 2 die in rising flood waters that overtook a van

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South Carolina's governor plans to meet with top Department of Defense leaders to discuss the state's response to Florence. More>>

US appeals court rules for bartenders, waiters in tip fight

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A U.S. appeals court is siding with bartenders and waiters in a fight over whether restaurants can pay them less because they receive tips. More>>

Floodwaters of Florence put North Carolina dams under stress

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Deadly floodwaters that sent North Carolina rivers to record or near-record heights have many jittery about whether dams across the state will hold under the strain. More>>

NASA satellite launched to measure Earth's ice changes

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A NASA satellite designed to precisely measure changes in Earths ice sheets, glaciers, sea ice and vegetation has been launched from California. More>>

US hurricane, Asian typhoon: 1 brings water, the other, wind

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Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut roar ashore the same day half a world apart, spreading devastation as differently as the water and the wind. More>>

A warmer world makes hurricanes wetter and more intense

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Scientists: Warner world makes hurricanes wetter, stronger and faster to intensify. More>>

Los Angeles takes step toward banning sale of fur products

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Los Angeles would become the largest city in America to ban the sale of fur products if it approves a proposed law backed by animal activists. More>>

Suspect in California deputy's killing has past gun charges

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Flags at California's Capitol are flying at half-staff after a Sacramento County sheriff's deputy was killed and a second wounded in a confrontation at a Pep Boys store. More>>

Cape Cod shark attacks show need for better cell service

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Two shark attacks on Cape Cod this summer are underscoring the need for better cellphone service at some of the region's beaches. More>>

Arrest shows challenge of keeping rogues off Border Patrol

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Arrest highlights Border Patrol's challenge of keeping rogue agents off its force. More>>

Lawsuits filed over St. Louis police 'kettling' practice

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Several people arrested in a police "kettle" during a 2017 protest in St. Louis are suing the city, police officers and their supervisors. More>>

Diver who helped with Thai cave rescue sues Elon Musk

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British diver who helped with Thai cave rescue files defamation lawsuit against Elon Musk, who called the diver a pedophile on Twitter. More>>

Latest: Suspect in golfer's slaying has history of violence

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A criminal complaint says a top amateur female golfer from Spain died after being repeatedly stabbed by a homeless man at a course near her university campus in Iowa. More>>

Co-founder of Salesforce buys Time magazine for $190 million

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Time magazine is being sold for $190 million to cloud computing pioneer. More>>

Trump Jr. mocks sexual assault claim against Kavanaugh

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President Donald Trump's eldest son on Monday appeared to mock the sexual assault allegations against his father's nominee for the Supreme Court. More>>

Police: Border agent targeted victims for vulnerability

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10-year veteran of US Border Patrol being held on $2.5 million bond, accused of killing at least four women and injuring a fifth who escaped. More>>

Japanese supply run to space station delayed again

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A Japanese supply run to the International Space Station has been delayed again. More>>

Pollution fears: Swollen rivers swamp ash dumps, hog farms

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Flooded rivers in North Carolina have begun to swamp coal ash dumps and low-lying hog farms, raising pollution concerns as swollen waterways approach their crests. More>>

North Carolina residents consider fleeing as rivers rise

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Many in North Carolina lulled into believing they've already weathered the worst of Florence, but rising rivers pose a dangerous flood threat. More>>

Uber glitch leaves drivers unpaid and frustrated

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Drivers for the ride-hailing company Uber are frustrated over a glitch that is keeping them from being paid immediately. More>>

Former Colorado nuke site opens to public as wildlife refuge

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A unique wildlife refuge on the site of a former nuclear weapons plant in Colorado is opening its gates to the public after a confusing day when officials first said they would not open the refuge and then said they would. More>>

Kimbal Musk talks food, deflects his brother's bad press

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While Elon Musk is on the verge of announcing the first private passenger to travel to the moon, his brother Kimbal Musk is talking about growing basil plants at an indoor garden in Brooklyn. More>>

Northern California deputy killed by gunfire, second wounded

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The Sacramento Sheriff's Department says two deputies and a bystander have been shot during an incident just outside of the capital city. More>>

Latest: SpaceX moon passenger to invite artists on journey Video included

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Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa says he will invite six to eight artists, architects and other creative people on a weeklong journey to circumnavigate the moon. More>>

1st private moon flight passenger to invite creative guests Video included

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SpaceX is on the verge of announcing the name of person who would be the first private passenger on a trip around the moon. More>>

Rhode Island town council joins others boycotting Nike

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A Rhode Island town is considering asking departments to refrain from purchasing Nike products, but the state ACLU is objecting. More>>

In Carolinas, a question as the rivers rise: Stay or go?

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Hurricane Florence has taken this deceptive turn: The violent winds that rattled shingles off houses and tore down trees subsided, the pounding rain slowed to a pour, lulling many in its path into believing they've already weathered the worst of it. More>>

Emergency crews throw supply lifeline to isolated Wilmington Video included

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Catastrophic flooding from Florence spreads across the Carolinas with one city virtually cut off by the deluge and the vast storm system now over several states. More>>

WHAT'S HAPPENING: Rain, floods still in Florence's forecast

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The forecast for Florence has not changed, unfortunately: It's still raining, and rivers are still rising. More>>

Man caught shaving on train in viral video says don't judge

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A man who drew online mockery after he was filmed shaving at his seat on a New Jersey Transit train said he was just trying to clean up after days spent in a homeless shelter. More>>

Video of shooting on repeat at Chicago cop's murder trial Video included

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Prosecutors on Monday showed jurors video of a white Chicago police officer opening fire on black teenager Laquan McDonald, saying the fatal shooting was "completely unnecessary.". More>>

Ruling keeps Hawaii man hospitalized in '06 triple murder

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The retired U.S. judge who was tied up after a man allegedly shot and killed three people in Honolulu in 2006 says he's satisfied with a ruling that dismisses all the charges. More>>

Man charged in connection with Alaska girl's death

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An Alaska man found with the cellphone of a missing 10-year-old girl was charged Monday in connection with her death after GPS coordinates of where the phone had traveled led authorities to the girl's body. More>>

The Latest: More N Carolina counties qualify for federal aid

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The devastating flooding in North Carolina from Florence has raised concerns about whether some dams will be able to hold up under the strain. More>>

Florence flooding puts dams, many high hazard, to the test

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Devastating flooding in North Carolina after Florence raises concerns whether dams able to hold up under the strain. More>>

Labrador dog named Lucy saves Oregon man from sex conviction

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The discovery of a black lab named Lucy led to the unravelling of a criminal case Monday against an Oregon man who had begun serving a 50-year prison sentence. More>>

80 US lawmakers seek release of jailed Myanmar reporters

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More than 80 U.S. lawmakers are urging the Trump administration to step up efforts to win the release of two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar in connection with their reporting about massacres against Rohingya Muslims. More>>

DeVos to students: Don't hide behind a Twitter handle

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says free speech on college campuses is being threatened and tells students in Philadelphia that listening to people with differing views is an important part of education. More>>

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