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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

Mexico official stops off in Miami to 'set the record straight' about country's relationship with US

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MIAMI -- What may be the most extraordinary public-relations campaign of this year's extraordinary presidential election made a stop Friday in an unexpected place: Miami's luxe Mandarin Oriental hotel.

Past the $21 car valet, through the incense-scented lobby, at the head of a well-appointed conference-room table, sat the tourism minister of ...Read more

Judge blocks UNC from enforcing bathroom law

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The federal judge who will preside over one of the trials challenging House Bill 2 issued a ruling on Friday that blocks the University of North California system from enforcing the bathroom portion of the controversial law for three transgender residents who have challenged it.

In the 81-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Thomas...Read more

Domestic violence allegations surface against head of Trump's campaign

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Donald Trump's effort to overcome his deep unpopularity among female voters was dealt a setback Friday as decades-old domestic violence allegations surfaced against Stephen Bannon, the controversial new chief executive of his campaign.

In January 1996, according to a police report, Bannon grabbed his wife's wrist and neck, then smashed a phone ...Read more

South Florida will see only rain, wind from tropical system this weekend

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Showers and thunderstorms increased Friday in the tropical system approaching Florida, but it appears South Florida will see nothing this weekend but some gusts and heavy rain.

The National Hurricane Center's forecast showed Broward and Palm Beach counties to be outside the area that could see a tropical depression or ...Read more

Fla. teen accused in face-biting deaths regains consciousness

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A 19-year-old Florida State University student accused of murdering a Martin County couple and biting the man's face is now awake at the hospital, according to the Martin County Sheriff's Office.

Austin Harrouff has been heavily sedated and unable to answer questions since he was hospitalized at St. Mary's Medical ...Read more

Political news briefs

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Clinton defends different foundation setup for Cabinet post, presidency

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton defended her family foundation's plan to change its configuration if she is elected president, and said neither she nor aides acted inappropriately in interactions with foundation donors while she was secretary of state.

"When you're secretary...Read more

Florida Jews could help Clinton carry state, poll suggests

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WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has "historically bad" support among Jewish voters in Florida, with large numbers rejecting his proposed temporary ban on Muslim immigration and most doubting his professed strong support for Israel, a new poll of Jewish voters has found.

If the Florida polling figures released Friday ...Read more

French court suspends 'burkini' ban

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PARIS -- It's about much, much more than swimwear.

The highest administrative court in France on Friday suspended one town's ban on full-body bathing suits -- often called burkinis -- in a closely watched ruling likely to set a legal precedent across the country.

The court declared that banning the body-concealing bathing apparel sometimes ...Read more

San Diego Border Patrol agents seize more than $3 million from cars

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ESCONDIDO, Calif. -- More than $3 million destined for Mexico was found in two cars Tuesday, the largest cash seizure ever made by U.S. Border Patrol agents in San Diego County, authorities said Friday.

Two men -- one an American and the other a Mexican -- were arrested on suspicion of smuggling U.S. currency in their vehicles.

"It was quite a...Read more

Mexico's Vicente Fox says Pena Nieto needs 'crusade' against graft

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MEXICO CITY -- Former Mexican President Vicente Fox said the nation's current leader needs to recognize the public's desire for a stronger hand against corruption, including appointing a czar to oversee anti-graft efforts and investigating governors.

President Enrique Pena Nieto should go beyond the asset declarations required for public ...Read more

Christie confirms Trump campaign news before Trump campaign

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TRENTON, N.J. -- The Trump campaign took hours to confirm reports that it had added a new person to its senior staff, but New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie decided not wait for them.

"Mr. Trump's campaign has faith in him, they hired him," Christie, who also serves as head of Trump's transition team, told reporters at a news conference in Toms ...Read more

California's new climate bill may dampen growth but it won't cripple the economy

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California's landmark climate bill, passed by the Assembly this week, has earned the ire of business groups that say it will cripple their industries. The law will not be a moneymaker for everyone, but it probably won't wreak havoc on the economy either, research shows.

The new legislation, SB 32, which Gov. Jerry Brown has vowed to approve, ...Read more

Senate won't vote on Trans-Pacific Partnership this year, McConnell says

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WASHINGTON -- The Senate will not vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership this year because of "serious flaws" in the agreement, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told a farm group, effectively ending President Barack Obama's drive for congressional approval before he leaves office in January.

Obama has touted the 12-nation agreement as an ...Read more

US economy grew at 1.1 percent rate, slower than first estimated

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy grew less than previously reported last quarter on lower government outlays and a bigger depletion of inventories, capping a sluggish first-half performance propped up mainly by consumer spending.

Gross domestic product, the value of all goods and services produced, rose at a 1.1 percent annualized rate, down from...Read more

All blood in the US should be screened for Zika, FDA says

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All blood donated in the U.S. should be screened for Zika to prevent the virus from spreading through transfusions, the Food and Drug Administration said Friday.

The new guidance should be implemented "immediately" in states and territories where the virus is already being spread by mosquitoes, and it should be phased in over the next four to ...Read more