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Smoking hits new low; about 14 percent of US adults light up

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Smoking by US adults hits another all-time low; about 14 percent smoke cigarettes. More>>

New flu vaccine only a little better than traditional shot

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Government study shows newer flu vaccine was only slightly more effective in seniors than traditional shots. More>>

Some fear changes to state laws as US weighs pot medicine

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Parents who have used cannabis to treat severe epilepsy in their children are feeling more cautious than celebratory as the US government nears decision on drug made from marijuana plant. More>>

Study: Plastic will pile up in wake of China recycling ban

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A group of scientists says China' decision to stop accepting plastic waste from other countries is causing plastic to stockpile around the globe, and wealthy countries need to find new solutions. More>>

Over 100 arrested in immigration raid at meatpacking plant

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U.S. immigration agents have arrested more than 100 workers at an Ohio meatpacking plant, the second large-scale raid in the state within the past two weeks. More>>

Children arriving on border await fate in immigration courts

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Children arriving on border await fate in nation's complex, backlogged immigration courts. More>>

Body of child washed ashore identified, mother arrested

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Texas authorities have identified a dead child found washed ashore in South Texas eight months ago and accused the child's mother and her girlfriend of dumping his body. More>>

2 airlines ask US not to put migrant children on flights

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American Airlines says it has asked the US not to use its flights to transport migrant children who have been separated from their parents. More>>

Nielsen's career forever linked to family border separations

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Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is now the face of family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border. More>>

FDA reconsiders added sugar label for maple syrup, honey

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is backing off its plan to label pure natural products like maple syrup and honey as containing added sugars. More>>

Remains of Civil War soldiers found in pit of severed limbs

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Researchers find remains of 2 Civil War soldiers buried in surgeon's pit with batch of severed limbs on a Virginia battlefield. More>>

ACLU asks Vermont Gov. Scott to stop blocking online critics

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The American Civil Liberty Union's Vermont chapter has asked Republican Gov. Phil Scott to stop deleting critical posts and blocking constituents on Facebook, but his office says it is simply trying to encourage civil dialogue. More>>

Nevada sets 1st execution in 12 years after fight over drugs

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Nevada will carry out its first execution in 12 years using a never-before-tried combination of drugs that drew a court challenge over concerns that a convicted murderer could suffer during the lethal injection. More>>

Guatemalan man recounts anguish of separation from toddler

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A Guatemalan man who fled his country to seek asylum after he was kidnapped and extorted says he lived through anguish when was separated from his then 2-year-old daughter for seven days at the U.S.-Mexico border last Thanksgiving. More>>

Lewandowski doubles down after comment about disabled child

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Corey Lewandowski doubles down on 'wah wah' comment on girl with Down's Syndrome. More>>

Ivanka Trump stayed silent for days as border crisis mounted

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Ivanka Trump, self-styled "force for good" in the administration, out of sight amid immigration crisis. More>>

No clear plan yet on how to reunite parents with children

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Trump administration officials have no clear plan on how to reunite some of the 2,300 minors separated from their families at the border as a result of a zero-tolerance policy of criminally prosecuting anyone caught entering the U.S. illegally. More>>

Judge disputes California aimed to hinder border enforcement

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California has sued the Trump administration more than half a dozen times over its immigration policies, so the state will find itself in an unusual position when it's forced to defend its own immigration moves in court. More>>

AP Sources: Michigan State counsel gets $1.2M, even if fired

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Two people familiar with the situation say Michigan State's appointed general counsel Robert Young will make $1.275 million over three years even if he is fired for cause if the school's board approves his contract. More>>

AP Explains: Where do kids split from parents go?

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The government hasn't worked out a streamlined way to reunite kids and parents separated at the border under the new zero-tolerance policy requiring all immigrants who cross the border illegally to be prosecuted. More>>

Trump postpones Thursday's annual congressional picnic

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President Donald Trump says he's postponing this week's picnic for members of Congress, saying the timing "doesn't feel right.". More>>

Police fatally shoot 17-year-old boy fleeing traffic stop

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Authorities say a police officer fatally shot a 17-year-old boy just seconds after he fled from a traffic stop in a confrontation partly captured on video shot from a nearby home. More>>

Idaho family sues US after child sprayed by cyanide trap

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An Idaho couple who says their teenage son was sprayed with cyanide by a predator-killing trap that federal workers mistakenly placed on U.S. land near their home has sued the government. More>>

4 new mountain lion kittens found in California mountains

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Four new mountain lion kittens have been found by researchers studying the wild cats living in Southern California's Santa Monica Mountains. More>>

James Hansen wishes he wasn't so right about global warming

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Thirty years after his historic testimony saying global warming is here and a problem, scientist James Hansen wishes he was wrong about climate change. More>>

Forest Service proposes changes to sage grouse protections

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The U.S. Forest Service is proposing changes to sage grouse protections in six Western states by eliminating special designations for crucial habitat as well as keeping areas open for mining. More>>

Studies show groundwater holding own against drilling boom

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New research suggests drinking water supplies in Pennsylvania have shown resilience in the face of a drilling boom. More>>

APNewsBreak: At least 3 shelters set up for child migrants

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Migrant babies and young children are being held in special "tender age" shelters after being taken from their parents at the US-Mexico border. More>>

Mormons post questions asked during youth interviews

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The Mormon church is for the first time posting the list of questions lay leaders are supposed to ask youth during closed door, one-on-one interviews that have come under scrutiny for sexual questions that sometimes arise. More>>

Rights group worried about immigrants dying in custody

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The death of a Vietnamese man under hospitalization after falling ill in custody in Arizona is bringing new attention to conditions for jailed immigrants just as the Trump administration moves to detain more people as it separates parents from children. More>>

Chicago teen eligible for parole next April in 2014 killing

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Chicago teenager set to be sentenced for killing another girl during a 2014 street fight that started as a Facebook feud over a boy. More>>

AP Explains: US has split up families throughout its history

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AP Explains: US has split up families and detained children throughout its history. More>>

PayPal move blocks sales of school shooting video game

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The developer of a school shooting video game condemned by parents of slain children has lost the ability to sell the game online after being dumped by PayPal. More>>

Girl reports abusive parents, says sisters are 'chained up'

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Prosecutors are expected to make their case against a Southern California couple accused of starving and shackling some of their 13 children. More>>

St. Paul raccoon set free after scaling 25-story tower

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A raccoon that scaled more than 20 stories of a high-rise office building in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, has made it to the roof. More>>

The Latest: Chicago teen apologizes in Facebook feud slaying

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A Chicago teenager who killed another girl during a street fight that started as a Facebook feud over a boy will be eligible for parole next April. More>>

Latest: Girl says on 911 call that her sisters are chained

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A preliminary hearing has begun for a Southern California couple accused of starving and shackling some of their 13 children. More>>

Leaders of largest US black denomination decry separations

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The United States' largest black denomination has convened its annual meeting in Oklahoma City, and its leaders are denouncing the separation of immigrant children from families at the border. More>>

Man who set up wife's killing must serve life sentence

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A New Jersey appellate court has upheld the conviction of a New York man accused of setting up the fatal shooting of his wife while they walked with one of their young sons. More>>

Fans grieve as detectives search for XXXTentacion's killers

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A stream of mourners has been leaving mementos at the spot where rapper XXXTentacion was killed as he left a Florida motorcycle dealership. More>>

Investigators say DNA database can be goldmine for old cases

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Some private investigators and genealogy experts want to use the same DNA-tracking system that identified the suspected Golden State Killer to solve decades-old murder and missing-person cases. More>>

Some Amazon investors side with ACLU on facial recognition

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Some Amazon company investors are siding with privacy and civil rights advocates who are urging the tech giant to halt a powerful face recognition tool used by police. More>>

Legal fight winding down in hospital hepatitis C case

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A New Hampshire hospital is closer to holding others financially accountable for a traveling medical technician who infected dozens of patients in multiple states with hepatitis C. More>>

Maddow breaks down reading AP story on 'tender age' shelters

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MSNBC political commentator Rachel Maddow broke down while trying to read an exclusive Associated Press story about babies and toddlers taken from their parents at the southern border and being sent to "tender age" shelters. More>>

Rendell, ex-Pennsylvania governor, says he has Parkinson's

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Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell says he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. More>>

Arizona man sentenced to prison for cyberattack in Wisconsin

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An Arizona man has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for his conviction in a 2015 cyberattack that interrupted communications equipment for emergency workers in Madison, Wisconsin. More>>

Lewandowski on girl with Down syndrome: 'Wah wah'

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A former campaign manager for Donald Trump has created a stir by dismissing a story about a girl with Down syndrome with a sarcastic "Wah wah.". More>>

Bucks' Sterling Brown sues Milwaukee over stun-gun arrest Video included

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Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown is suing the city and its police department because officers used a stun gun on him during his arrest for a parking violation in January. More>>

Senator denied entry to see Florida child migrant facility

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Florida lawmakers barred from visiting a Miami-area facility housing children who entered the U.S. illegally. More>>

'Papa! Papa!' Audio of children stokes rage over separation

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An audio recording that appears to capture the heartbreaking cries of small Spanish-speaking children being processed by U.S. officials stoked the uproar over the policy of separating immigrant children from their parents. More>>

Lawsuit: Chicago police falsely ID thousands as gang members

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A civil rights group has filed a lawsuit alleging that the Chicago Police Department relies on an error-plagued database that names up to 195,000 people as gang members, including many who have never been in a gang. More>>

'Say bye to him': Detainee recounts agents taking her son Video included

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'Don't leave me, Mom': Woman from El Salvador describes separation from 8-year-old son after crossing border. More>>

Family separations at the border alarm child-welfare experts

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Child welfare agencies in the U.S. make tough decisions daily to separate children from their parents, but they have options for minimizing the trauma that aren't being used in the family separations at the Mexican border. More>>

Police, FBI seeking Washington-area serial rapist

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The FBI and multiple Washington-area police departments are looking for a still-unknown serial rapist they believe has committed at least six sexual assaults and could be responsible for many more. More>>

Sailors honor Pearl Harbor survivor during one last visit

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A Pearl Harbor survivor has said what could be his final goodbye to the site where thousands of fellow sailors and Marines died nearly eight decades ago. More>>

Google, Facebook, others speak out against child separation

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CEOs of Facebook, Google, Apple and others speak out against child separations at the border. More>>

Nassar victims urge Michigan State board to fire Engler

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A letter signed by 120 victims of former sports doctor Larry Nassar demands that Michigan State University's governing board remove interim school president John Engler. More>>

California advances biggest US change to police use of force

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California would lead the U.S. in significantly changing the standard for when police can fire their weapons under legislation that has cleared its first hurdle. More>>

Lawyer: Police think slaying of XXXTentacion was random

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Investigators in Florida say they don't have a motive and have made no arrests in the death of troubled rapper-singer XXXTentacion. More>>

5 charged in immigrant smuggling scheme after Texas crash

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Prosecutors: 5 people charged in 'smuggling scheme' after fatal crash of SUV fleeing Border Patrol, sheriff's deputies in South Texas. More>>

Lawmakers barred from child migrant facility in Florida

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Florida lawmakers were barred Tuesday from visiting a Miami-area facility housing children who entered the U.S. illegally and alone. More>>

Pearl Harbor survivor says goodbye before leaving Hawaii

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A Pearl Harbor survivor has said what could be his final goodbye to the site where thousands of fellow sailors and Marines died nearly eight decades ago. More>>

NASA's record-breaking spacewoman retires as astronaut

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NASA's record-breaking astronaut, Peggy Whitson, is retiring; has spent more time off the planet than any other American. More>>

NIH ends alcohol study, citing funding, credibility problems

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The National Institutes of Health is shutting down a study that was supposed to show if a single drink a day could prevent heart attacks, citing ethical problems. More>>

Judge denies Stormy Daniels' request to reverse case delay

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A federal judge has denied porn actress Stormy Daniels' request to reconsider delaying her legal fight against President Donald Trump and his personal lawyer. More>>

Cruz's flip-flop on family separation shows threat to GOP

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Ted Cruz initially defended the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policies, but has since staged an about-face and proposed his own bill ending immigrant family separation. More>>

Authorities: 3 dead in shooting outside a Walmart in Alabama

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Authorities: Gunman crashes vehicle outside a Walmart store in Alabama, opening fire and killing 2 women before taking own life. More>>

Business leaders speak out against child separation policy

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Business leaders condemn Trump administration policy on separation of immigrant children. More>>

California lawmakers push diversity through film tax credit

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California lawmakers are trying to encourage better sexual harassment reporting and diverse hiring in the movie industry through the state's film tax credit program. More>>

Land deal ties Interior secretary's family, Halliburton boss

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's family is involved in a land deal with the head of an energy services giant that has business with the Interior Department. More>>

Immigrant kids seen held in fenced cages at border facility Video included

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Hundreds of unaccompanied child immigrants arrested at the U.S. border are being held in metal cages at a family detention facility in McAllen, Texas. More>>

Democratic attorneys general urge end to border separations

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Democratic attorneys general are demanding that the Trump administration end a "zero tolerance" policy that has resulted in children being separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. More>>

Army splits with West Point grad who touted communist revolt

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A West Point cadet who tweeted pictures of himself at graduation with the message 'communism will win' is out of the Army with an other-than-honorable discharge. More>>

H. Clinton: Separating families at border a 'moral crisis' Video included

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy that has separated children from their parents at the southern U.S. border "is a moral and humanitarian crisis.". More>>

Veteran journalist named top editor of Los Angeles Times

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The Los Angeles Times says veteran journalist Norman Pearlstine has been named its new executive editor. More>>

High court decision extends legal battle over gerrymandering

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The Supreme Court's decision to avoid a definitive ruling about partisan gerrymandering shifts the focus to other states, most notably North Carolina. More>>

Redistricting changes headed to the ballot in several states

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Voters in a number of states will be deciding this year whether to change the redistricting process for congressional and state legislative seats, to make the process less partisan. More>>

Experts say auto tariffs would raise prices, cost jobs

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Experts say Trump's threatened auto tariffs would raise prices, cut sales and would bring industry layoffs. More>>

'There was a future': Past Hawaii eruptions provide lessons

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A volcano on Hawaii's Big Island has destroyed more than 600 homes since it began spraying lava out of a vent on a residential street last month. More>>

School district to improve bus safety after deadly crash

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A New Jersey school district will improve the safety of its buses after a crash last month that killed a student and a teacher. More>>

City where many slaves entered US to apologize for slavery

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The South Carolina city where almost half of all the slaves brought to the United States first set foot on American soil is ready to apologize for its role in the slave trade. More>>

Death, washed-out roads amid flooding in Upper Midwest

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Widespread flooding in parts of northern Wisconsin blamed for at least one death. More>>

Former Mexico President Vicente Fox joins High Times board

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Former Mexico President Vicente Fox, who calls himself a soldier in the global campaign to legalize marijuana, is joining the board of directors of cannabis publication High Times to advance his agenda. More>>

Recording of crying children at border adds to outrage Video included

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Politicians and advocates are flocking to the U.S.-Mexico border to visit immigration detention centers and turn up the pressure on the White House amid a growing uproar Monday over its policy of separating immigrant children from their parents. More>>

State appeals court reinstates California's right-to-die law

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A state appeals court has reinstated the California law allowing terminally ill people to end their lives. More>>

Jury to decide fate of elderly Mafia boss 'Cadillac Frank'

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Attorneys are preparing to make their final pitches to jurors in the case of a former New England Mafia boss charged in the 1993 killing of a nightclub owner. More>>

Prosecutor: No charges in fatal shooting of unarmed man

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A Virginia prosecutor says no charges will be filed against two police officers who fatally shot an unarmed black man after he ignored their commands and spun quickly toward them during a nighttime encounter. More>>

States' redistricting plans facing challenges in court

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Gerrymandering has led to court fights in a number of states. More>>

Police identify gunman killed by bystander in Walmart lot

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Tim Day has been identified as the armed suspect killed by a bystander Sunday in a Walmart parking lot in Washington state. More>>

Private jet once owned by Elvis Presley for sale _ again

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A private jet once owned by Elvis Presley that has sat on a runway in New Mexico for nearly four decades is back on the auction block. More>>

Lawyers, family seek release of detained pizza deliveryman

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Lawyers, family ask for release of detained Ecuadorean pizza delivery worker. More>>

Protesters burn Mississippi flag, say it symbolizes racism

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A group of about 30 demonstrators say they're burning a Mississippi state flag because it symbolizes the racism at the heart of Mississippi's problems. More>>

WHAT'S HAPPENING: Border policy fuels backlash against Trump

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WHAT'S HAPPENING: Separation of migrant children from parents fuels backlash against Trump immigration policies. More>>

Michigan man sentenced in gas station clerk's slaying

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A 48-year-old man already serving life in prison for killing a jogger has been sentenced to another mandatory life term for the kidnapping and slaying of a 25-year-old western Michigan gas station clerk. More>>

California moves to clear coffee of cancer-risk stigma

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California officials, having concluded coffee drinking is not a risky pastime, are proposing a regulation that will essentially tell consumers of America's favorite beverage they can drink up without fear. More>>

5 dead as SUV chased by Border Patrol crashes in South Texas

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A sheriff says at least five people are dead and several others hurt as an SUV carrying more than a dozen people crashed while fleeing from Border Patrol agents in South Texas. More>>

'Incredibles 2' crushes animation record with $180 million

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Disney and Pixar's "Incredibles 2" has broken the record for the best animated opening of all time and the biggest for a PG-rated film. More>>

Lawsuit over white nationalist's Twitter ban clears hurdle

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A California judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses Twitter of violating the free speech rights of a leading figure in the white nationalist movement by permanently banning his social media account. More>>

Gunman wounds 2, fatally shot by bystander at Walmart store

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Police say a gunman injured a teen and shot a man in a pair of carjacking attempts Sunday, before being killed by a bystander outside a Washington state Walmart store. More>>

Justice Department deputy wins Supreme Court case

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The Supreme Court has ruled for the Trump administration in a case about prison terms that was argued by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. More>>

Kate Spade's funeral to be held in birthplace of Kansas City

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A funeral will be held for fashion designer Kate Spade this week in Kansas City, where she was born. More>>

Many animals are shifting from day to night to avoid people

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Fear of people is driving many animals around the globe to shift from day to night to avoid people. More>>

Man will admit to impersonating general for helicopter ride

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A man accused of landing a chartered helicopter at a North Carolina technology company plans to plead guilty to impersonating an Army general. More>>

Experts say auto tariffs would raise prices, cost jobs

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Experts say Trump's threatened auto tariffs would raise prices, cut sales and would bring industry layoffs. More>>

Chicago TV host, athlete Brackett dies at 76 after bike fall

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Elizabeth Brackett, a longtime Chicago journalist and world-champion triathlete, has died at age 76 four days after an apparent bicycle accident. More>>

Arson suspected at bar where Zach Randolph's brother killed

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Investigators have determined a fire likely was intentionally set at an Indiana bar, one day after the brother of NBA star Zach Randolph was fatally shot there. More>>

Art festival on verge of being shut down when shots rang out

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Authorities say a 24-hour arts and music festival in New Jersey was on the verge of being shut down because of numerous fights when gunfire erupted. More>>

Protections for immigrants erode under Trump since inaugural

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Erosion of immigrant protections began when Trump took office and continued for months. More>>

Ford: Detroit train station key to autonomous vehicle plans

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Bill Ford looks past the tons of paint, plaster and steel needed to remake Detroit's blighted Michigan Central train station and sees more than just an iconic building in desperate need of a makeover. More>>

Chicago soldier killed in Korea finally being laid to rest

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The remains of a soldier who left Chicago to fight in the Korean War have come home to be buried in the nation's most sacred cemetery. More>>

AMC Networks: Hardwick's talk show on hold amid allegations

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AMC Networks says that Chris Hardwick's talk show is on hold and he has withdrawn as moderator of AMC and BBC America's Comic-Con panels. More>>

King and queen of Spain visit 300-year-old San Antonio

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Spain's King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia are in San Antonio to celebrate the city's tricentennial and its roots as a Spanish colonial village. More>>

Hundreds of children wait in Border Patrol facility in Texas

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Hundreds of children are waiting away from their parents inside a Border Patrol holding facility in South Texas, with groups of 20 or more children to a single cage. More>>

'Jeopardy!' winner could get prison for sneaking into emails

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A seven-time "Jeopardy!" winner who taught history at a small Michigan college faces up to five years in prison for sneaking into the email accounts of other professors, administrators and students. More>>

Midwestern states endure flash flooding, heat wave

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Thunderstorms crawled across northern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin after flooding washed out roads and highways, and a heat wave sent temperatures into the high 90s elsewhere in the Midwest. More>>

Gunfire erupts at New Jersey arts festival; 22 wounded

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Police say at least one person has been killed and several others injured when shooting broke out at an all-night cultural event in Trenton, New Jersey. More>>

The Latest: Event on verge of being shut down before gunfire

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Police say at least one person has been killed and 20 injured when shooting broke out at an all-night cultural festival in Trenton, New Jersey. More>>

Immigrants fleeing gangs prefer taking chance for US asylum

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New directive from attorney general takes aim at immigrants fleeing Central American gang violence. More>>

Cooling towers imploded at Florida power plant Video included

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Two cooling towers - both well over the length of a football field - came tumbling down in seconds Saturday in Florida as part of an effort to dismantle a power plant. More>>

Police say 2 Kansas deputies killed by inmate were parents

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A second sheriff's deputy has died after being shot while an inmate was being transported to a Kansas City courthouse. More>>

Congressman: Youth shelter reflects flawed immigration plan Video included

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A Republican congressman from Texas who has toured a tent-like shelter for hundreds of minors who entered the country illegally says the facility is a byproduct of a flawed immigration strategy. More>>

Parkland mom: 'Shooter may as well have just shot us'

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The family of one of the 17 people killed in the massacre at a Florida high school is suing to obtain mental health records of shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz. More>>

Texas governor's plan after school shooting meets pushback

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Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says gun rights are safe on his watch amid pushback to some of his safety proposals after a high school shooting that left 10 people dead. More>>

Boy tells police that driver shot family in road rage run-in

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Police believe road rage led a 23-year-old man to shoot four people outside a suburban Denver dental office, killing a boy. More>>

Brother of NBA's Zach Randolph killed outside of Indiana bar

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Authorities say a brother of Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph was shot and killed outside of an Indiana bar. More>>

Michigan State trustees call for school president to resign

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Michigan State University Board of Trustee Brian Mosallam is asking interim school president John Engler to resign immediately. More>>

The Latest: Slain Kansas deputies were both parents

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Authorities say two Kansas deputies who were fatally shot while transporting an inmate between jail and a courthouse both had children. More>>

Trump distances self from Cohen as raided docs are analyzed Video included

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Trump distances himself from attorney Michael Cohen as government addresses raided materials. More>>

Eric Trump's charity remains under investigation

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New York's attorney general isn't done taking on Trump family charities after suing the president over allegations he treated his nonprofit like a personal piggy bank. More>>

Fewer US teens smoking, doing drugs ... and drinking milk

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Survey shows fewer US teens smoking, doing drugs and drinking milk. More>>

NASA rover knocked out as gigantic dust storm envelops Mars

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NASA's rover Opportunity has fallen silent as a gigantic dust storm envelops Mars and blots out the sun. More>>

Riders plunge 34 feet, 6 injured in roller coaster derail

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Six people have been taken to a hospital after a roller coaster in Florida derailed, leaving some riders dangling 34 feet above the ground. More>>

California moves to declare coffee safe from cancer risk

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California health officials are proposing a regulation change that would declare coffee doesn't present a significant cancer risk. More>>

Concerns raised over 3 deaths in 2 separate police shootings

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Kansas City police have shot and killed two men who were fighting in a downtown square, less than an hour after city officers fatally shot a woman reportedly seen brandishing a sword. More>>

Doctor pens book on her role in revealing Flint water crisis

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A new book about Flint's water crisis comes from the pediatrician first to reveal the extent of lead contamination on the struggling city's children. More>>

Sheriff: 1 deputy killed, another wounded in Kansas

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Authorities say one sheriff's deputy is dead and another is critically wounded after they were overcome by an inmate while driving a transport vehicle near the courthouse in Kansas City, Kansas. More>>

Science Says: What happens when researchers make mistakes

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Corrections in a top medical journal and an investigation of research misconduct allegations at a major university give a glimpse into how scientists set the record straight when mistakes are made. More>>

China threatens tariffs on US lobsters as business booms

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A set of retaliatory tariffs released by China includes a plan to tax American lobster exports, potentially jeopardizing one of the biggest markets for the premium seafood. More>>

Harvard, Asian-Americans group spar over data in bias case

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An Asian-American group suing Harvard University says it has evidence of discrimination in the school's admissions process. More>>

Walmart heirs' groups deny role in Georgia governor's race

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Walmart heirs deny any involvement in the Georgia governor's race after a leading candidate was secretly recorded saying that he backed favorable school choice laws in the state in order to get campaign money from the Walton family's non-profit foundation. More>>

Arizona woman who fatally shot Chinese student gets 25 years

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The family of a Chinese college student came to Arizona to tearfully plead for harsh punishment against the woman who shot the 19-year-old to death after a minor car crash. More>>

Navy takes delivery of future USS Hudner

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The Navy has accepted delivery of a destroyer named for a naval aviator who crash-landed his plane to try to save a downed pilot in the Korean War. More>>

AP Explains: Rebooting Poor People's Campaign 50 years later

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AP Explains: Poor People's Campaign 1968 vs. 2018. More>>

Man attempting to row across Atlantic gives up quest

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A Scottish man seeking to cross the Atlantic alone in a rowboat has abandoned his 3,400 miles quest after being rescued some 500 miles off Massachusetts. More>>

Neil shines like a Diamond at Songwriters Hall of Fame gala

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Neil Diamond may have retired from touring due to Parkinson's disease, but the singer didn't let that stop him from giving a cheery and memorable performance at the 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony. More>>

AT&T, Time Warner to close merger 'as soon as possible'

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AT&T and Time Warner say they have a clear path to complete their newly approved merger, now that the Justice Department has signaled it won't ask for a temporary block during a potential appeal of the judge's ruling. The deal could be closed soon. More>>

Yelp shuts down teachers' account sharing student reviews

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Yelp is shutting down accounts used by a Boston teacher to post rave restaurant reviews written by her third-grade students. More>>

Jurassic World cast reacts to real-world volcanic disasters

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The cast and crew of "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" say it's an unfortunate coincidence that their summer blockbuster centers on a massively destructive erupting volcano. More>>

Trump's personal lawyer wants Stormy Daniels' lawyer gagged

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Donald Trump's personal attorney wants a federal judge to stop the lawyer for porn actress Stormy Daniels from speaking to reporters. More>>

How do you count deaths from a hurricane?

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Puerto Rico's hurricane death count revives debate about how to count disaster-related deaths. More>>

Judge considers public access to data about opioid shipments

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A federal judge overseeing hundreds of lawsuits by local governments is considering a request to make public information showing where prescription opioid painkillers have been shipped throughout the country. More>>

Proposed US banking fix for marijuana may not open all doors

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A proposal in Congress to ease the U.S. ban on marijuana could encourage more banks to do business with cannabis companies, but it appears to fall short of a comprehensive fix. More>>

New San Francisco mayor went from the projects to City Hall

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San Francisco's incoming mayor knows the yawning gap between rich and poor firsthand, having been raised by her grandmother in the drug- and violence-riddled projects. More>>

Arizona police officers hit, mock bleeding suspect on video

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Body camera videos show a Mesa, Arizona, police officer punching an unarmed suspect multiple times and another officer later mocking the man as he was lying in a pool of blood on a hospital floor. More>>

Police: Gunman killed 4 children in their sleep

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The mother of four children killed during a standoff between a Florida felon and police says she feels "heartbroken" and "completely alone.". More>>

Frustrated AMA adopts sweeping policies to cut gun violence

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The American Medical Association has adopted sweeping measures aimed at reducing gun violence, a problem it considers a public health crisis. More>>

Musk company to build Chicago-to-O'Hare express transport Video included

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A company founded by Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been selected to build a high-speed underground transportation system that will whisk passengers from downtown Chicago to O'Hare International Airport in minutes. More>>

After AT&T's win, here comes the expected Comcast-Fox bid

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Now that a federal judge has approved AT&T's $85 billion takeover of Time Warner, other companies are likely to rush to consolidate. More>>

Boy dies, his brother, mom critical after Colorado shooting

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One boy died and his brother and mom were in critical condition Thursday following a shooting in a suburban Denver parking lot. More>>

Utah LGBT groups allowed in July Fourth parade after uproar

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America's Freedom Festival at Provo will once again exclude an LGBT resource center for youths from its July 4 parade. More>>

Colorado wildfire forces nearly 2K evacuations amid drought

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The threat of hot, windy weather and thunderstorms is posing more problems for firefighters battling a Colorado blaze that has forced residents of more than 1,000 homes to evacuate. More>>

Bill Cosby ousts legal team ahead of sex assault sentencing

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Bill Cosby has ousted the high-powered defense team whose aggressive tactics failed to sway jurors from convicting the 80-year-old comedian of sexual assault in April. More>>

AP Investigation: Fish billed as local isn't always local

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An Associated Press investigation finds that a leading sustainable seafood distributor who promised wild-caught, domestic fish traceable back to a dock has been duping chefs across the U.S. More>>

Longtime Elvis Presley drummer D.J. Fontana has died

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D.J. Fontana's wife says the drummer who helped launch rock 'n' roll as Elvis Presley's sideman, has died at 87. More>>

New Jersey begins taking legal sports bets

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Like a fellow New Jersey governor did 40 years earlier, Gov. Phil Murphy is set to kick off a new era of gambling in the state. More>>

NY high court nixes Trump's bid to delay defamation suit

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New York's highest court has turned down President Donald Trump's latest bid to delay a defamation suit filed by a former "Apprentice" contestant who accused him of unwanted groping and kissing; he denies her allegations. More>>

Will Amazon's work to kill Seattle tax spook other cities?

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A tax on large companies like Amazon that was meant to fight a growing homelessness crisis got rolled back during a raucous Seattle City Council meeting. More>>

US to open temporary shelter in Texas for immigrant children

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Federal authorities say they will open a temporary shelter for unaccompanied immigrant children in far west Texas as existing facilities reach capacity. More>>

Man scheduled for transplant granted deportation reprieve

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Supporters of immigrant scheduled for kidney transplant protest decision to deport him. More>>

Genealogies of Mayflower passengers helps find descendants

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A months-long effort to digitize the authenticated genealogies of Mayflower passengers has been completed, making it easier for people to determine if they are descended from a Pilgrim. More>>

The Latest: Musk says O'Hare express line could open in 2021 Video included

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Chicago has chosen a company founded by Tesla CEO Elon Musk to build an express service from downtown to O'Hare International Airport reaching speeds up to 150 mph. More>>

Massachusetts sues opioid maker, executives over drug crisis

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Massachusetts is suing the maker of OxyContin over the deadly opioid crisis and has become the first state to also target the company's executives. More>>

Big hurdles for bold push to split California into 3 states

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Californians will face a choice this November of whether to divide the nation's most populous state into three, an effort that would radically shake up the West Coast. More>>

Lake Tahoe clarity sinks to all-time low in 2017

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Scientists at Lake Tahoe say the clarity of the alpine lake that straddles the California-Nevada line sank to an all-time low last year. More>>

Videos show Vegas police helping people duck, escape gunfire

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Police have released video from cameras worn by officers trying to find a gunman opening fire from a Las Vegas Strip hotel and help victims wounded during the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. More>>

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