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Could an empty field in the US be 'Guantanamo North'?

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MIAMI -- The Obama administration is considering the option of building a "Guantanamo North" from scratch as it writes a proposal to Congress on how to close the controversial prison camps in southeast Cuba by moving some captives to lockups in the United States, a Defense Department official with knowledge of the plan says.

While the Pentagon ...Read more

California urban users cut their water use by 31.3 percent in July heat

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Some needed a stick, others a carrot, but drought-conscious Californians racked up their biggest water savings yet in July, conserving more than 30 percent, a dramatic reduction in one of the hottest months of the year.

"People have done a great job letting their lawns go California golden," said Felicia Marcus, chairwoman ...Read more

Strengthening Erika causes fatal mudslides in Dominica, heads toward Hispaniola

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MIAMI -- Tropical Storm Erika, which unleashed deadly mudslides in Dominica on Thursday, has taken a turn toward Hispaniola, setting up a collision with the island nation that could decide what happens in South Florida.

At 8 p.m. EDT, Erika was located 145 miles southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico, with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. Erika ...Read more

Report claims Missouri did not receive required lab reports on fetal tissue

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ST. LOUIS -- A Brentwood, Mo.-based pathology lab failed to send the state an unknown number of reports on fetal tissue from the St. Louis Planned Parenthood clinic, a state inspection report says.

State officials said this week they had no idea how long the tissue exam reports weren't filed, even though state law requires that a pathology lab ...Read more

2 dead, 4 officers injured in suburban Chicago hazardous materials incident

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CHICAGO -- Two people have died and four Cook County sheriff's deputies have been hospitalized in a hazardous materials emergency at a townhouse in the Des Plaines, Ill., area.

Authorities said that at about 3:30 p.m. CDT, a relative of the townhouse residents called 911 to report three people in distress. Four Cook County sheriff's officers ...Read more

Ukraine gets major debt relief from creditors — except Russia

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Struggling against Russia-backed separatists and a shrinking economy, Ukrainian officials said Thursday that they had secured major debt relief from the country's creditors.

Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk said at a Cabinet meeting in the capital, Kiev, that the special committee of creditors had agreed after months of negotiation to write off ...Read more

Disruptive Kardashian fireworks show sparks calls for investigation

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe will present a motion next Tuesday calling for an investigation into a loud midweek fireworks show, reportedly at a boat party thrown by Khloe Kardashian, that angered thousands of beachside residents.

The eight-minute show shined brightly in the sky above Marina del Rey and could be seen ...Read more

Texas attorney general pleads not guilty to securities law violations

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, standing before a judge for the first time since he was charged last month with violating state securities laws, renewed his not guilty plea Thursday, objected to cameras in the courtroom and lost his lawyer during a fast-paced hearing in Fort Worth.

Paxton, whose earlier request to skip his ...Read more

O'Fallon, Mo., man charged in shooting death of 9-year-old girl

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FERGUSON, Mo. -- Prosecutors have charged a 21-year-old O'Fallon, Mo., man they believe killed 9-year-old Jamyla Bolden as the girl did her homework at her house.

De'Eris Brown is facing six charges, including second-degree murder, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon and three counts of armed criminal action, according to court documents.

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Nation and world news briefs

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WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden plans to visit South Florida next week to round up support for a controversial deal designed to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

The White House said Biden will meet with Jewish community leaders in Miami on Thursday to discuss the Iran deal. And he plans to speak at Miami Dade College on ...Read more

Ben Carson suggests doing away with Department of Veterans Affairs

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BALTIMORE -- Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson suggested eliminating the Department of Veterans Affairs in a talk radio interview Wednesday, leading to swift condemnation from one veterans group.

The former Johns Hopkins pediatric neurosurgeon said problems with the Veterans Affairs health system are discouraging people from joining ...Read more

Virginia TV station 'at a loss' to explain why fired worker shot pair 2 years later

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As the cameras rolled Thursday morning, WDBJ-TV morning anchor Kimberly McBroom reached out to hold her colleagues' hands.

It was 6:45 a.m., and McBroom told her viewers in southwest Virginia that the staffers at the Roanoke TV station were approaching a moment "none of us will forget."

"It was yesterday around this time that we went live to ...Read more

Obama marks Katrina's 10th anniversary with praise for New Orleans' recovery

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NEW ORLEANS -- As President Barack Obama toured the Treme neighborhood of this city on Thursday, admiring the neat rows of brightly painted houses on a street battered by Hurricane Katrina, a 92-year-old woman -- a local icon -- told him she was proud of all he had done.

Obama responded to the woman -- Leah Chase, the former chef and owner of ...Read more

Associated Press sues after FBI impersonates journalist in sting operation

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WASHINGTON -- Accusing the Justice Department of stonewalling, The Associated Press filed a suit Thursday against the FBI for failing to turn over information under the Freedom of Information Act about a criminal sting operation in which it created a bogus news story and impersonated an AP journalist.

The federal suit, filed in U.S. District ...Read more

Manson family member Bruce Davis found eligible for parole

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Bruce Davis, an associate of Charles Manson who was convicted in two of the nine killings tied to the cult, was found Thursday to be eligible for parole, California corrections officials said.

The finding is now subject to a 120-day review and could still be blocked by Gov. Jerry Brown, according to a statement released by the state corrections...Read more

Inside Democratic Party, growing concerns about Clinton

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MINNEAPOLIS -- As Democratic Party insiders gather for their summer meeting, there is a growing undercurrent of concern whether Hillary Clinton would be the party's strongest candidate to keep the White House next year.

They still like and mostly support her. But many are increasingly questioning her handling of official emails while secretary ...Read more

Trump speaks to 'silent majority' of disgruntled voters in S. Carolina campaign stop

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GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has built a lead in polls by tapping into voters' worries the United States has faltered under Democratic President Barack Obama.

Trump continued to hit on that theme Thursday, speaking to 1,400 supporters in Greenville the New York real estate mogul and reality TV star ...Read more

Biden to visit Florida to promote Iran nuclear deal

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WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden plans to visit South Florida next week to round up support for a controversial deal designed to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

The White House said Biden will meet with Jewish community leaders in Miami on Thursday to discuss the Iran deal. And he plans to speak at Miami Dade College on ...Read more

Federal ruling strengthens bargaining power of franchise employees

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The National Labor Relations Board on Thursday expanded its joint-employer standard, potentially making it easier for unions to organize employees of franchisees and subcontractors by dragging large corporations to the bargaining table.

The new standard is also significant because corporations could now be held legally liable for workers if ...Read more

Auditors: Billions of dollars spent on public-safety radios that didn't have to interact

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WASHINGTON -- Blaming an "administrative oversight," federal auditors have found that the Federal Emergency Management Agency allowed public-safety agencies nationwide to buy billions of dollars in two-way radios without ensuring the equipment could interact with other brands meeting uniform standards.

The agency's grant guidance said that ...Read more