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Down and out in San Juan as Puerto Rico debt disaster looms

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Nine years ago, Roland Santiago earned $120,000, paid a mortgage on a house and drove a luxury car. Now, he's collecting unemployment while he looks for a job that will cover rent at an apartment and other living expenses.

"Even for people who are prepared and experienced, there is little stable work available that pays...Read more

As public corruption trial date nears, California state senator to appear for 'change of plea'

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SACRAMENTO, Calif.--With former California state Sen. Leland Yee's public corruption trial fast approaching, lawyers for him and three co-defendants are scheduled to appear in federal court Wednesday to change their pleas.

Jury selection for Yee and the others -- political fundraiser Keith Jackson, his son Brandon Jackson and boxing promoter ...Read more

New batch of Hillary Clinton's emails is released

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WASHINGTON -- The State Department released another batch of Hillary Rodham Clinton's email correspondence Tuesday, reviving scrutiny of her service in the Obama administration as she wages a campaign to succeed him.

The newly released emails are the first batch from a pool of more than 50,000 pages turned over by the candidate from her private...Read more

Police response to Ferguson protests, in a word, failed, federal draft report says

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WASHINGTON -- Police in Ferguson, Mo., delivered an "ineffective response" to the riots that followed the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown last year, did not understand the gravity of the public anger and fired "Stingerballs, PepperBalls, bean bag rounds and baton rounds" in failed attempts to quell the escalating disturbance, the U.S. ...Read more

Illinois Rep. Bost sends more mail at taxpayers' expense than any other Congress member

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WASHINGTON -- Congress is moving away from its long-time use of taxpayer-financed mail to constituents, but not Rep. Mike Bost.

The freshman Republican from Illinois spent almost $113,000 on what is called "franked" mail in the first three months in office, amounting to more than 244,000 pieces. That is nearly twice the amount spent by the next...Read more

Families of Yarnell Hill firefighters settle legal claims with Arizona

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TUCSON, Ariz.--The families of 12 men killed in one of the deadliest wildfires in the nation's history have reached a settlement with the state of Arizona, ending a strained yearlong negotiation that divided the town of Prescott and raised questions about training and how the state fights fires.

The families of 12 of the 19 Granite Mountain ...Read more

Oklahoma Supreme Court says Ten Commandments monument must come down

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court ordered that a monument to the Ten Commandments on the state Capitol grounds violates the state constitution and must be removed.

In a 7-2 decision, the court ruled Tuesday that because the monument is theological, it violates the Oklahoma Constitution, which prohibits using public money to benefit any religion.

"As ...Read more

Support for Puerto Rican bankruptcy builds on Capitol Hill

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WASHINGTON -- Puerto Rico's slide toward Chapter 9 bankruptcy continues to gain momentum; Sen. Charles E. Schumer announced Tuesday his intention to introduce legislation allowing such a move.

The New York Democrat, along with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., is bringing to the Senate the companion bill to the measure Puerto Rico's resident ...Read more

Nation and world news briefs

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WASHINGTON -- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush made $7.4 million during 2013 and paid about 40 percent in taxes, according to his tax return, part of a disclosure of 33 years of tax information released Tuesday by his presidential campaign.

Bush released the documents on his website, making a case for transparency in an ever more crowded ...Read more

Movement recruits church in effort to boycott corporations profiting from Israel

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An international movement targeting Israel for its occupation of Palestinian lands gained another religious recruit Tuesday when the United Church of Christ's national legislative body voted overwhelmingly to call for the shunning of corporations that profit from the occupation.

The General Synod of the historic Protestant church, which has ...Read more

Ebola returns to Liberia: Tests confirm a teenager died of the virus

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Authorities in Liberia confirmed Tuesday that a teenager had died of Ebola, raising fears that the West African country could face a new outbreak nearly two months after it was declared free of the virus.

The body of a 17-year-old boy was tested Sunday and found to be positive for Ebola, Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah told reporters.

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NAACP warns black churches about suspected arson attacks

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The NAACP warned black churches Tuesday to take "necessary precautions" as authorities in Southern states investigate whether several church fires over the last week were arsons.

Citing a series of arsons that struck black churches across the South in the 1990s, the NAACP used a hashtag that went viral this week and tweeted Tuesday, "Almost 20 ...Read more

US moves its Syrian air campaign to the west

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ISTANBUL -- The United States has opened a new front in northern Syria, bombing Islamic State targets in two locations near the Turkish border -- away from Kobani, the Kurdish enclave that has been the main focus of U.S. airstrikes the past nine months.

The U.S. Central command confirmed 11 airstrikes in the past month against Islamic State ...Read more

Sources: US, Cuba reach agreement on opening embassies

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MIAMI--The United States and Cuba have reached agreement on re-establishing diplomatic ties and opening embassies in their respective capitals and the White House is expected to make a formal announcement Wednesday morning, a senior administration official said.

"We expect President (Barack) Obama and Secretary (John) Kerry to address this ...Read more

Jeb Bush releases 33 years of tax returns

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WASHINGTON -- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush made $7.4 million during 2013 and paid about 40 percent in taxes, according to his tax return, part of a disclosure of 33 years of tax information released Tuesday by his presidential campaign.

Bush released the documents on his website, making a case for transparency in an ever more crowded Republican...Read more

FDA considering warning labels for liquid nicotine

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The Food and Drug Administration is calling for public input on warning labels and child-resistant packaging for liquid nicotine packs used in electronic cigarettes and other non-traditional tobacco products.

The agency is to trying to determine whether labeling similar to that used on cigarette packs should be required for non-tobacco products...Read more

A moral and legal dilemma: Texas clerks divided on same-sex marriage

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HOUSTON -- When she opened her office Tuesday, Kimble County clerk Haydee Torres faced a dilemma: how to respond to the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling?

"I've been praying a lot about it for myself, just asking God to reveal to me," said Torres, 59. "You weigh it: Are you going to be afraid of getting sued, or are you more fearful of ...Read more

Federal wildlife agency puts off decision on N. Carolina red wolf recovery effort

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday it will stop reintroducing endangered red wolves into the wild, while it continues to study the feasibility of continuing its troubled program at the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in Eastern North Carolina.

The agency had been expected to announce a decision about ...Read more

Activist explains why she removed Confederate flag

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte activist Bree Newsome said she removed a Confederate battle flag from a Columbia, S.C., flagpole Saturday "in defiance of those who enslaved my ancestors" and over "oppression that continues against black people globally."

Newsome, 30, and another Charlotte activist, James Ian Tyson, also 30, were arrested by the ...Read more

If you make less than $50,440, proposal could increase overtime pay

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Nearly 5 million more Americans would qualify for overtime pay under new rules proposed Tuesday by the Obama administration, a long-anticipated move expected to affect a broad swath of salaried employees from store managers to social workers to restaurant shift supervisors.

The Department of Labor's proposal would require most salaried workers ...Read more