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Obama's new emissions rules likely to help shape White House race

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WASHINGTON -- With Monday's release of landmark rules to combat global warming, President Barack Obama is putting into place what probably will be the last piece of his ambitious second-term agenda -- one that highlights deep divisions in the country and helps shape the race to succeed him.

On immigration, health care, same-sex marriage and now...Read more

Overdoses suspected in deaths of 2 women at California music festival

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LOS ANGELES -- Two young women died of suspected drug overdoses after collapsing at the HARD Summer music festival at the Fairplex in Pomona, authorities said Sunday.

Both women -- one 18 years old, one 19 -- were found unresponsive at the festival Saturday evening, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office. It was unclear whether ...Read more

Photojournalist, four women found murdered in Mexico City

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MEXICO CITY -- The bodies of a photojournalist and four women were found in an apartment in a middle class neighborhood in Mexico City, the local prosecutor's office said Sunday.

The victims showed signs of torture and were each shot in the head.

The journalist, Ruben Espinosa, 31, was known for his work for the newspaper Proceso, which is ...Read more

Pockets of support emerge for Bernie Sanders, even in Clinton's South Florida turf

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Across South Florida, long a bastion of support for Hillary Clinton, pockets of support are emerging for Bernie Sanders, her chief competitor for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Fans of the U.S. senator from Vermont come largely from the liberal wing of the Democratic Party and independent/no party affiliation voters who say they're ...Read more

Federal agents to embed with Baltimore homicide cops

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BALTIMORE -- After 10 people were shot -- seven of them in one incident -- overnight in Baltimore after the city's most violent month in decades, police announced Sunday that 10 federal agents will embed with the city's homicide unit for the next two months.

The agents detailed to the city from the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Bureau ...Read more

California wildfire spreads quickly over 47,000 acres

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SACRAMENTO, Calif.--The Rocky Fire exploded overnight, burning 47,000 acres and threatening 6,000 structures in northern California.

The fire forced the closing of several state highways in the area. The fire was just 5 percent contained; about 12,000 people have been ordered to leave their homes.

Nearly 2,000 firefighters were working, and ...Read more

Israel girl, stabbed at gay pride parade, dies

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JERUSALEM -- A 16-year-old high-school student died of her wounds Sunday, three days after being critically injured in an attack on a gay pride parade, Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem announced.

Shira Banki was taking part in the parade on Keren Hayesod Street in central Jerusalem on Thursday when a man emerged from behind and stabbed her ...Read more

Netanyahu pledges 'zero tolerance' of hate crimes

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TEL AVIV, Israel -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised "zero tolerance" toward hate crimes as a Jewish teen died Sunday of wounds sustained in a stabbing at Jerusalem's gay parade.

Doctors at Jerusalem's Hadassah Ein Karem hospital worked for three days to save the life of 16-year-old Shira Banki, but in vain.

"Shira was ...Read more

Congress looks underground for cash

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WASHINGTON –– In its quest to spend more money without raising taxes, Congress has found a new piggy bank. It's buried deep underground, protected by armed guards, and filled with a valuable commodity worth billions of dollars. It's the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve, the country's emergency stockpile of crude oil.

Created in 1975 after ...Read more

Immigrants object to growing use of ankle monitors after detention

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HOUSTON -- The Honduran woman and her 11-year-old son were just preparing to leave the detention center in remote Karnes City, Texas, and rejoin family in Chicago, when officials sprang a surprise on her.

After spending two months at the facility, the woman faced a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent insisting she accept an ...Read more

Kerry sees improved relations with Egypt despite human rights concerns

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CAIRO –– Secretary of State John Kerry sought to patch up relations with Egypt's leaders Sunday in a visit preceded by the delivery of U.S.-made fighter jets delayed by the 2013 military-backed ouster of the country's elected Islamic president.

The U.S. is seeking to smooth relations with President Abdel Fattah El-Sissi, the former army ...Read more

Marist suspends presidential polling to avoid being part of debate

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WASHINGTON -- As candidates jostle to make the cut for the first Republican presidential debate this week, the McClatchy-Marist Poll has temporarily suspended polling on primary voter choices out of concern that public polls are being misused to decide who will be in and who will be excluded.

The Marist Institute for Public Opinion, which ...Read more

Trickle-down politics: Drought could force real change among city, state leaders

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It's something of a relief, if a mixed one, that the drought has surged into the role of the latest scourge to freak out California.

It's a relief in the sense that it means that the California economy, so recently frighteningly rocky, has receded as the top-billed problem facing the state, even if the recovery is more patchy and vulnerable ...Read more

Schools increase awareness of trauma's impact on learning

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JENNINGS, Mo. -- The list was a familiar one to the counselors looking at the projector screen inside the Jennings high School cafeteria.

Physical abuse. Violence to mother. Abandonment. Divorce.

The school counselors nodded their heads, indicating they have high percentages of children in their schools who've experienced a number of these ...Read more

Bernie Sanders' Southern strategy

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Bernie Sanders is taking a General Sherman approach to his summer, barnstorming across a Deep South that is definitely enemy territory for Northeastern liberals. But unlike Sherman, the strategic purpose isn't clear. In fact, at first glance, it seems to be among the most quixotic ventures of his young campaign, given the degree to which ...Read more

Millennials: Living on the edge of the big city

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HOBOKEN, N.J. -- Cory Piirto is a newlywed living in New York City, but the prospect of starting a family is prompting her to plan a move across the Hudson River to Hoboken.

"Everything's just easier here," said Piirto, 27, as she lounged on the Hoboken waterfront, where Manhattan skyscrapers form a vivid backdrop. "It's easier to live, easier ...Read more

How Germany dealt with its symbols of hate

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BERLIN -- The flags were torn down while defeated cities still burned, even as citizens crawling from the rubble were just realizing that the governments they represented had ended.

But if essentially the same narrative of defeat played out in Nazi Germany in 1945 and the Confederate States of America in 1865, what happened to the symbols ...Read more

Limo crashes into two cars in Santa Clarita; 11 people injured

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LOS ANGELES--Eleven people were injured, five seriously, when a limousine collided with two other vehicles in Santa Clarita on Saturday night.

Around 8:15 p.m., a limo exiting on Newhall Ranch Road from the nortbound Interstate 5 crashed into two smaller cars headed eastbound on the road, L.A. County Sheriff's Lt. Derek Sabatini said.

He said ...Read more

Fourth person dies from Legionnaires' disease in New York

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Legionnaires' disease has claimed the life of a fourth person, New York City health officials said Saturday. A third fatality had been reported only the day before.

The New York Department of Health said there had been 65 cases of Legionnaires' disease since July 10. Fifty-five people have been hospitalized, with 20 treated and discharged.

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