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Wavering on immigration, Donald Trump talks tough in Iowa

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After days of toggling back and forth on his immigration views--specifically on deportations--Donald Trump returned to his tough talk on Saturday, vowing that it will be his No. 1 issue should he win the presidency.

"From the first day in office, I promise the first thing I'm going to do, the first piece of paper I'm going to sign, is we're ...Read more

NASA probe gets close-up look at Jupiter, sends back data and images

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WASHINGTON -- NASA's Juno spacecraft on Saturday flew closer to Jupiter than any other space probe has flown before and began sending back data and images of the giant of the solar system, the U.S. space agency said.

Juno made its closest approach over Jupiter at a distance of 2,600 miles above the plane's swirling clouds, a NASA news release ...Read more

Man fatally shot by FBI agent serving search warrants in Southern California

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LOS ANGELES--An FBI agent fatally shot a man while serving warrants at a Compton residence this week, an agency spokeswoman said Saturday.

An FBI SWAT team arrived at the residence about 9:30 p.m. Thursday to serve the warrants, spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. An agent fired his weapon after a confrontation with the man, Eimiller said.

An FBI...Read more

USPS employees accused of hoarding parcels, stealing veterans' medication

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LOS ANGELES--Several authorities have charged dozens of Southern California postal workers and their associates with mail theft, embezzlement and an array of other crimes as part of a sweeping investigation into criminal activity at the U.S. Postal Service.

A total of 33 defendants were charged in 28 cases, including one individual who was ...Read more

Donald Trump draws scorn for tweeting about death of Dwyane Wade's cousin

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Donald Trump sought to use the shooting death of basketball player Dwyane Wade's cousin as a political statement on Saturday, a move that drew scorn from some on social media.

On Friday, Nykea Aldridge, 32, was shot and killed while she pushed her baby in a stroller near an elementary school on Chicago's South Side. The baby was not harmed in ...Read more

Hillary Clinton gets national security briefing

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Hillary Clinton spent Saturday morning with officials from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, who briefed her on major threats facing the United States around the world.

Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, traveled to the FBI offices near her home in Chappaqua, N.Y., for the meeting, which lasted nearly two hours. ...Read more

Barrel bombs kill at least 16 mourners in Aleppo, monitor says

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BEIRUT -- At least 16 people were killed Saturday when unidentified helicopters dropped barrels packed with explosives on a gathering of mourners in the divided city of Aleppo in northern Syria, a monitoring group reported.

The explosives, known as barrel bombs, were dropped on the rebel-held neighbourhood of Bab al-Neirab on the outskirts of ...Read more

Italy mourns earthquake victims as death toll reaches 291

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ASCOLI PICENO, Italy -- Victims of Wednesday's earthquake in central Italy were given state funerals Saturday, a day of national mourning on which the provisional death toll from the quake rise to 291.

The magnitude-6 quake struck a rugged mountain area between the regions of Umbria, Lazio and Marche, roughly 90 miles northeast of Rome.

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Gabon's presidential election seen as close

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Gabon voted Saturday in what might be the closest election in the oil-rich nation that's been ruled by one family for 49 years.

The election pit President Ali Bongo, seeking a second seven-year term, against Jean Ping, a former chairman of the African Union Commission who broke with the ruling Gabonese Democratic Party in 2014. Eleven other ...Read more

US intelligence indicates a weaker Islamic State

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WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon and U.S. intelligence agencies view Islamic State as a shrinking and increasingly demoralized military force, a sharp shift from the seemingly invincible extremist army that declared an Islamist caliphate two years ago.

The revised assessment comes after surprisingly swift and relatively bloodless victories this ...Read more

Bangladesh cafe attack mastermind believed among 3 killed in gunfight

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DHAKA, Bangladesh -- The man thought to be behind the deadly attack on a Dhaka cafe last month was killed Saturday in a gunfight with security forces in central Bangladesh, police said.

The gunfight, in which two other suspected terrorists were also killed, erupted early Saturday when police raided a militant hideout in the town of Narayanganj,...Read more

Clinton backs net neutrality; Trump's stand is unclear

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WASHINGTON -- When the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve net neutrality rules last year, many people saw it as a done deal. Supporters cheered the decision as a victory for the free and open internet, where the deep pockets of big companies couldn't buy faster web speeds over struggling startups.

Since then, the issue has ...Read more

No one on Kentucky hazmat team got new training for rail oil spills

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WASHINGTON -- A Kentucky oil train terminal illustrates a persistent gap between the risks posed by increasing volumes of crude oil moving by rail and the training available to local first responders specifically for it.

Continental Refining, which operates a 5,500-barrel-a-day refinery in Somerset, Ky, announced this week that it plans to move...Read more

Facing threats, albino sisters granted asylum to attend school in California

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LOS ANGELES -- The sisters tried to stay strong all those years of being taunted as "ghosts" for the color of their skin, of being beaten by their teachers -- of an attack that almost killed one of them.

There was a dream, after all, at the end of the torturous road that began in their tiny African village: getting an education.

Born albinos, ...Read more

Mourners celebrate life of Sylville Smith

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MILWAUKEE--Hundreds of mourners gathered Friday at Christian Faith Fellowship Church to honor the life of Sylville Smith, 23, the man fatally shot by a Milwaukee police officer in the Sherman Park neighborhood.

Some buckled over, collapsing in tears as others tried to comfort them. Many wore shirts honoring Smith with slogans like "Fallen stars...Read more

Bill to overhaul voting process in California goes to Gov. Brown

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sweeping legislation headed to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk is poised to make the future of California elections dependent on a major expansion of absentee ballots, one that would give local officials the power to close thousands of neighborhood polling places.

In their place, counties would open temporary elections offices ...Read more

Woman who is 104 becomes US citizen

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MIAMI -- Jamaica-born May Garcia decided to become a U.S. citizen after 23 years in this country and 104 years on this Earth.

"She had been watching the election coverage and said, 'I'd love to vote,'" Garcia's daughter Fay Rochester said.

So Garcia, born in Kingston in 1912, 50 years before Jamaica's independence from Great Britain, started ...Read more

Dwyane Wade's cousin shot dead while pushing her baby in stroller on Chicago's South Side

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CHICAGO--Chicago basketball star Dwyane Wade's cousin was shot dead while she was pushing her baby in a stroller Friday afternoon near an elementary school in the Parkway Gardens neighborhood, according to police and a family spokesman.

Nykea Aldridge, 32, and a man were walking in the 6300 block of South Calumet Avenue at about 3:30 p.m. when ...Read more

Purdue pharma resists data request

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The top law enforcement official in New Hampshire, a state ravaged by the opioid epidemic, accused the manufacturer of OxyContin on Friday of stonewalling demands for information the company collects about suspected criminal trafficking of its painkiller.

"They are just refusing to turn over documents," state Attorney General Joseph Foster said...Read more

Here's how Mexican journalist avoided iPhone spyware hack

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WASHINGTON -- Mexican investigative journalist Rafael Cabrera didn't take the bait.

Mysterious text messages would pop into his iPhone but he refrained from clicking on the links they contained. It saved his phone from turning into a surveillance tool, a digital ankle bracelet transmitting his every move, email and contact list entry.

Cabrera'...Read more