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Tropical depression in Gulf expected to strengthen Monday

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MIAMI -- A messy tropical wave that strengthened to a tropical depression late Sunday as it pushed into the Gulf of Mexico could gain more power Monday

In their 11 a.m. advisory, National Hurricane Center forecasters said the system would likely become a tropical storm later Monday. Located about 170 miles west, southwest of Key West, the storm...Read more

US Chamber bucks Bayh, backs Young in Indiana Senate race

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is backing GOP Rep. Todd Young over former Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh, who worked for the Chamber after leaving the Senate.

The Chamber spent on Young's behalf in his GOP primary against fellow GOP Rep. Marlin Stutzman, and now plans to spend at least $1 million in statewide ads beginning Monday, the ...Read more

Negative views of Clinton and Trump 'unprecedented,' poll finds

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WASHINGTON -- The disdain for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is "unprecedented," Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said Monday.

His poll found that "nearly no voters have a positive opinion of both Clinton and Trump while one-third do not have a favorable view of either candidate. These results are unusual...Read more

Senate Democrats get new ally — Bernie Sanders

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WASHINGTON -- Bernie Sanders is ready to help Democrats take control of the Senate.

The senator from Vermont is preparing a post-Labor Day blitz of campaign activity, according to three sources briefed on his plans, offering what Democratic leaders hope will be a late-in-the-race boost from the liberal icon to the party's slate of Senate ...Read more

False report of shooter at LAX triggers panic, hundreds of flight delays

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LOS ANGELES -- Operations were returning to normal at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday morning, after false reports of an active shooter sent passengers stampeding from terminals and, in some cases, onto the tarmac.

Reports of gunfire in Terminals 6, 7 and 8 were made about 8:45 p.m. Sunday night, prompting airport police to set up a...Read more

Senate Leadership Fund spending $4 million against Bayh

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The Senate Leadership Fund will spend nearly $4 million in ads this fall against Indiana Democrat Evan Bayh to try to prevent him from winning back a seat in the Senate.

The SLF, a political action committee with the goal of keeping the Republican Senate majority and tied to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., bought the ads on ...Read more

Philly DA's girlfriend charged in tire slashing

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PHILADELPHIA -- A woman romantically linked to Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams was charged Sunday with slashing tires on two city-owned vehicles outside his house.

The charges came nine months after the incident and seven months after investigators in Williams' office concluded that the case had been bungled to the point where the ...Read more

Donald Trump to visit black church, tape TV interview in Detroit

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LANSING, Mich. -- In an effort to reach out to African-American voters, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will make his first foray into black churches with a visit to the Great Faith Ministries Church in Detroit on Saturday and tape an interview with the church's Bishop Wayne T. Jackson.

Jackson told his parishioners that the ...Read more

As aerial spraying winds down in Miami's Zika fight, effectiveness up in air

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Miami-Dade County's aerial spraying campaign against Zika-carrying mosquitoes is scheduled to end this month, and the blitz could be one for the record books if the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention records it as a success.

Scant published research exists to prove aerial spraying works against the adult Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that ...Read more

Autopsy reveals Lucy probably died after falling from a tree

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It's the coldest case in science, and it may have just been cracked.

Forty years after researchers discovered Lucy, an early human ancestor who lived 3.2 million years ago, scientists think they now know how she died.

After examining high-resolution CT scans of broken bones in Lucy's right shoulder, as well as the damage to other parts of her ...Read more

Huma Abedin announces split from Anthony Weiner following latest sexting scandal

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WASHINGTON -- He resigned from Congress after his last sexting scandal and promised to seek treatment as he and his wife announced she was pregnant with their first child.

Now, it seems Anthony Weiner is up to his old tricks as his wife, Huma Abedin, travels the country with Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. Abedin announced Monday she ...Read more

4 dead, 17 wounded in Chicago shootings

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CHICAGO -- Three people were shot to death and at least 18 others have been wounded in Chicago shootings since about 10 a.m. Sunday, according to police.

Most recently, around 12:30 a.m. Monday, a 35-year-old woman was fatally shot during a domestic incident in the Roseland neighborhood on the South Side, police said. The woman, identified as ...Read more

False reports of shots fired at LAX prompt evacuation of some passengers

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LOS ANGELES -- Police have confirmed that reports of an active shooter that panicked passengers Sunday night inside several terminals at Los Angeles International Airport were false, authorities said.

Reports of gunfire in Terminals 6, 7 and 8 were made about 8:46 p.m., prompting airport police to set up a command post and shut down the central...Read more

Clinton tries to separate Trump from Republicans, worrying some Democrats

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WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton is trying to entice Republican voters to ditch Donald Trump by portraying him as outside the mainstream of their party, putting her at odds with congressional Democrats who want to link the party's House and Senate candidates to Trump's controversial brand of politics.

In a speech on Aug. 25 that flayed the ...Read more

Latinos rally for Trump in Anaheim

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Chanting "Viva Trump," several dozen Latino supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump held a peaceful rally Sunday in front of Anaheim City Hall.

"He's the man," Marco Gutierrez, a co-founder of Latinos for Trump, said of the candidate. "He speaks the language of the heart. He can reach people who have been...Read more

Trump plans to bring outreach to black audience in Detroit

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Donald Trump is planning to visit Detroit next weekend to make his first appearance before a predominantly African-American audience as his campaign makes a bid for support from black voters.

Trump will visit the Great Faith Ministries on Saturday in Detroit, a predominantly black church located in the heart of the city, said Pastor Mark Burns,...Read more

Latinos rally for Trump in Anaheim

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Chanting "Viva Trump," several dozen Latino supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump held a peaceful rally Sunday in front of Anaheim City Hall.

"He's the man," Marco Gutierrez, a co-founder of Latinos for Trump, said of the candidate. "He speaks the language of the heart. He can reach people who have been...Read more

In Texas, Trump is a top local issue too

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SAN ANTONIO -- A decade ago, a Democrat defeated the Republican incumbent in Texas' 23rd Congressional District.

Four years later, Republicans took the district back. Then it flipped to the Democrats again. And then back to the Republicans.

This fall, Democrats are trying to reclaim one of the few competitive congressional seats in the nation ...Read more

US pediatricians pushing back on vaccine 'hesitancy'

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U.S. pediatricians are pushing back against parents who resist having their children vaccinated against a broad range of dangerous diseases by calling on states to stop offering waivers to those with nonmedical objections to the practice.

In a policy statement issued Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics also said that if parents continue ...Read more

Trump campaign says it doesn't want support from white supremacists

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WASHINGTON -- As Donald Trump tries to improve his standing with African-Americans and other minority voters, his running mate said Sunday the campaign doesn't want support from white nationalists.

"We don't want the support of people who think like David Duke," vice presidential nominee Mike Pence said about the former Ku Klux Klan wizard, ...Read more