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Trial delayed in LA's 'Grim Sleeper' serial killings case

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LOS ANGELES -- A Los Angeles County judge Friday pushed back the start date of a trial for a man accused of being the so-called Grim Sleeper serial killer.

The capital murder trial of Lonnie Franklin Jr., who is charged with murdering 10 women and trying to kill another during a string of violence that spanned more than two decades, was ...Read more

California lawmakers act to mandate vaccines for day care workers

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SACRAMENTO, Calif.--California lawmakers acted Friday on a measure that would require workers in day care centers to get vaccinated as part of an effort to protect children from preventable diseases, including measles, for which there have been recent outbreaks in the state.

The vaccine bill applies to workers in commercial day care centers and...Read more

Woman and her children mark a year in immigration lockup

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WASHINGTON -- One year locked up with her children.

For Claudia, 33, it's meant celebrating her daughter's 5th birthday under the watchful eye of guards and giving up on answering her 13-year-old son's pleas "to get us out of here."

It's also meant wrestling with her own fears that the family detention center in rural Pennsylvania -- the only ...Read more

California water board OKs voluntary cutbacks for delta growers

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LOS ANGELES -- California water regulators have accepted an unprecedented proposal from Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta farmers to voluntarily cut water use by 25 percent -- or fallow a quarter of their cropland -- in an effort to avoid harsher, government-imposed cuts.

The action, announced Friday, staves off the threat of potentially lengthy ...Read more

2 former students face federal charges over Wesleyan overdoses

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Federal authorities charged two former Wesleyan University students Friday with selling the synthetic party drug Molly, which resulted in the hospitalization of at least a dozen students on two occasions during the 2014-15 school year.

A federal grand jury indicted Eric Lonergan, 22, of Rio de Janeiro, and Zachary Kramer, 21...Read more

Biden tells Naval Academy's graduating class they will defend Pacific peace

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Vice President Joe Biden charged the Naval Academy's graduating class of 2015 with going into military service to guarantee peace in the South China Sea, an instruction he gave at the end of a week of mounting tension between the United States and China.

The vice president said those new officers' careers will be defined by the United States ...Read more

Siege of Syrian soldiers ends as insurgent victories mount

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BEIRUT -- Syrian authorities on Friday trumpeted the escape of dozens of soldiers trapped for weeks in a besieged hospital in a northern town even as al-Qaida-linked militants said they had overrun the entire area and scored another victory against the government.

The official Syrian news agency said the escape occurred thanks to an unspecified...Read more

Clinton says Republicans won't stand up to talk radio, tea party

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HAMPTON, N.H. -- Hillary Clinton blasted Republicans Friday as too timid to stand up to radio talk show hosts and the tea party, saying that leads them to oppose a quasi-government bank that helps small business.

"It is wrong Republicans in Congress are trying to cut off this vital lifeline for small business," she said during a visit to the ...Read more

Cuba-US end another round of talks with no breakthroughs

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The fourth round of Cuba-U.S. talks ended in Washington, D.C., on Friday with no major breakthroughs but a commitment from both nations to keep working on re-establishing diplomatic ties and reopening embassies.

Asked about the holdup in an announcement, Josefina Vidal, the director general of the U.S. division of the Ministry of Foreign ...Read more

Mom OKs son's circumcision to get out of jail, faces new criminal charge

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- After months and years of fighting to stop her son from being circumcised, a West Boynton mother on Friday signed her consent for the procedure moments after a judge had again ordered her to remain in jail until she did.

Heather Hironimus, who had lost efforts in two courts to block the child's father, was arrested May ...Read more

Siege of Syrian soldiers ends as insurgent victories mount

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BEIRUT -- Syrian authorities on Friday trumpeted the escape of dozens of soldiers trapped for weeks in a besieged hospital in a northern town even as al-Qaida-linked militants said they had overrun the entire area and scored another victory against the government.

The official Syrian news agency said the escape occurred thanks to an unspecified...Read more

Solar plane still in China awaiting weather that will permit 5-day flight to Hawaii

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BEIJING -- The pilots and team prepping the Solar Impulse plane to fly around the world don't appear to be impulsive about leaving China.

They've been here since March 29, stymied by unfavorable weather conditions, which have delayed the solar-powered plane's next and most dangerous leg -- a five-day, 5,070-mile journey to Hawaii.

"The mission...Read more

Obama vows no bad deal with Iran: 'This deal will have my name on it'

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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama took his case for nuclear talks with Iran to a local synagogue Friday where he promised he would not make a bad deal with the Islamic Republic in part because he wouldn't want to bear the shame.

"This deal will have my name on it," Obama said, "so nobody has a bigger personal stake in making sure that it ...Read more

Suicide bomber targets Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia; at least 19 dead

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CAIRO -- A suicide bomber struck a Shiite Muslim mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia during Friday prayers, reportedly killing at least 19 people, injuring dozens of others and raising the specter of sectarian violence amid the Saudi-led air war against Shiite rebels in neighboring Yemen.

The Sunni militant group Islamic State issued an online claim...Read more

Sliver of Clinton's emails released as part of Benghazi inquiry

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WASHINGTON -- The State Department released 300 of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's private emails on Friday, the first in a batch of 50,000 messages at the center of a tug of war between congressional Republicans and the Democratic presidential front-runner.

The emails, covering 850 pages, focus on the events surrounding a ...Read more

5 reasons the Iowa Straw Poll does not matter

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WASHINGTON -- R.I.P., Iowa Straw Poll. Badly wounded in 2011, it was lethally wounded Thursday.

Mike Huckabee announced he won't compete this year. Neither will Jeb Bush. So far, no one except Donald Trump has committed to participating -- if he runs.

For years, the circuslike summer event served mainly as a test of how much money candidates ...Read more

4 GOP senators press Pentagon for report on Iran

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WASHINGTON -- Rival Republican presidential candidates Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida are teaming up on Iran.

The duo, along with Georgia GOP Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, are demanding a report on Iranian military power from the Pentagon.

The four senators, in a letter to Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter ...Read more

Feds order pipeline company involved in California oil spill to test pipe

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LOS ANGELES -- Federal authorities issued a corrective action order Friday against Plains Pipeline, the company responsible for a pipeline rupture in Santa Barbara County, Calif., that spilled up to 21,000 gallons of crude into the ocean.

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has ordered Plains Pipeline to send the section ...Read more

Suspect arrested in Washington, D.C., mansion killings

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Daron Dylon Wint was a welder with a violent past who sometimes worked for American Iron Works. Savvas Savopoulos was the company CEO and head of a family that lived in a mansion in Woodley Park, a wealthy and especially safe neighborhood in Washington, D.C., where guards and police are a frequent sight because the official residence of Vice ...Read more

Huckabee lends support to Josh Duggar after molestation allegations

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When a tabloid magazine published molestation allegations against Josh Duggar, the reality-show star turned conservative activist, he did not have many defenders. But one emerged on Friday afternoon in Mike Huckabee.

"Janet and I want to affirm our support for the Duggar family," Huckabee wrote in a Facebook post. "Josh's actions when he was an...Read more