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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

Americans vastly overestimate size of LGBT population, poll finds

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Same-sex marriage is one of the fastest-moving social issues in U.S. history, having become legal in state after state as Americans cheer it in ever-growing numbers. But one thing is slightly off-kilter: Americans seem to have absolutely no idea just how many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are out there.

In fact, they think that ...Read more

More than 700 workers to help with California oil spill cleanup

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REFUGIO STATE BEACH, Calif. -- The number of workers cleaning the coastline after the Santa Barbara County oil spill is expected to swell to more than 700 Friday as the response continues to ramp up, officials said.

Workers have rescued five brown pelicans, as well as a juvenile sea lion partially covered in oil, officials said. The birds have ...Read more

19 killed in suicide bombing at Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- A suicide bomber killed 19 people during Friday prayers at a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia, residents and officials said, raising fresh concern about sectarian strife in the kingdom.

Around 100 people were injured in the attack, according to Saudi-owned broadcaster Al Arabiya.

The suicide bomber apparently had ...Read more

Throngs expected to pay respects to blues legend B.B. King in Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS -- Like loyal roadies scrambling about a stage, the staff at the Palm Mortuary west of the Strip rushed this week to ensure that B.B. King's last big public appearance comes off without a hitch.

They've cleaned the chapel carpet, mapped out security, researched their duties and answered the phone calls that haven't stopped coming from...Read more

The Iraq invasion: What did we really know then?

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WASHINGTON -- On May 10, Fox News released part of an interview that it had landed with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush on its website. In the clip, anchor Megyn Kelly asked Bush whether, "knowing what we know now," he would have authorized the invasion his brother launched in 2003.

"I would have," the likely presidential candidate responded, ...Read more

A family comparison Jeb Bush may welcome

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WASHINGTON -- As Jeb Bush tries to turn the page on Iraq, he'll be inviting comparisons to another chapter of the family's foreign policy legacy when he kicks off an overseas tour next month.

Bush's aides have described the weeklong foreign trip in economic terms, saying the former Florida governor and probable Republican presidential candidate...Read more

After fracking win, N.Y. environmental groups turn to GMO fight

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York state environmental groups are taking the black villain hats off drilling companies like Chesapeake Energy Corp. and placing them on Monsanto Co. and other sellers of genetically modified produce.

After beating back an attempt by energy companies to get New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to allow fracking in December, groups ...Read more

Authorities arrest two men for allegedly trying to support terror groups overseas

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Federal agents and local authorities arrested two men Thursday night on suspicion of trying to support overseas terrorist organizations after conducting several searches in Orange County, Calif., according to law enforcement sources.

One man was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport, and the second man was arrested at an undisclosed ...Read more

Authorities continue to search for suspect in deaths of woman and teen son

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CLINTON, Mo.--Law enforcement agencies throughout mid-Missouri continued to search Thursday night for a suspect in the killings of a woman and her teenage son in Clinton.

James Barton Horn Jr. already had been suspected of keeping the woman captive in a wooden box until she escaped in April.

Officers looking for Horn spent most of the day ...Read more

Analysis: Subtle differences after indictment in Gray case could be sign of shift in thinking

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BALTIMORE -- The differences between indictments returned Thursday against six Baltimore Police officers in the death of Freddie Gray and the initial charges filed this month suggest prosecutors have refined their approach to the case, legal analysts say -- or, possibly, that a grand jury balked at the some of the counts they had sought.

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Permanent plaque is erected in honor of Michael Brown

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FERGUSON, Mo.--A plaque and a bronze dove dedicated to Michael Brown Jr. were installed Thursday in the sidewalk near where he was fatally shot here by police Aug. 9, taking the place of makeshift memorials of stuffed animals that were removed Wednesday.

The bronze plaque along Canfield Drive bears his birth date, the date he was killed and a ...Read more

10 seniors at Missouri high school arrested for tree-moving prank

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ST. LOUIS -- The senior prank has become enshrined in the pantheon of high school rituals, along with prom, homecoming and the commencement speech.

Every year, as graduation approaches, school administrators face a challenge: how to accommodate a healthy amount of teenage silliness in a way that minimizes property destruction.

Most of the time...Read more

Pentagon goes public with latest dust-up in South China Sea

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. military has begun to carefully but publicly challenge Chinese island-building on disputed reefs and shoals in the South China Sea, creating fresh tension in a potential global tinderbox as both countries shift forces into the area.

In the latest incident, a Chinese military dispatcher demanded repeatedly that a U.S. Navy...Read more

In overweight teens, food ads appeal to mouth and brain

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When a sitcom's laugh track stops and the camera pans seductively up the height of a glistening bacon cheeseburger, the teen brain snaps to attention -- especially if that brain sits atop a body that carries excess fat, a new study says.

In teens with higher proportions of body fat, the brain's pleasure centers respond more robustly to fast-...Read more

Crews work to assess, control California oil spill

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Efforts to clean the crude-stained Santa Barbara coastline ramped up Thursday as scientists, government officials and workers tried to get a handle on the size, extent and environmental impact of Tuesday's oil spill.

Officials responding to the spill, which sent an estimated 21,000 gallons of oil into the water near ...Read more

Newtown, Conn., must pay $380,000 to officer with PTSD

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- A Connecticut state board has ruled that Newtown must pay Police Officer Thomas Bean, who hasn't worked since the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, long-term disability totaling just more than $380,000.

The State Board of Mediation and Arbitration ruled that the police contract requires the town to pay Bean 50 ...Read more

Grand jury indicts six Baltimore police officers in Freddie Gray's death

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Six Baltimore police officers have been indicted on substantially the same charges they already faced in connection with the death of Freddie Gray, who was fatally injured while being transported in a police van after being taken into custody.

Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced Thursday that a grand jury had indicted the ...Read more

3,400 years after her death, scientists track a girl's travels

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In 1921, archaeologists exploring an ancient burial mound near Egtved, a village in Denmark, unearthed the grave of a girl estimated to have been 16 to 18 years old when she died.

Not much remained of her body -- only some hair, teeth, nails, and bits of skin and brain -- but scholars could tell a lot about her. Dressed in fine woolen clothing,...Read more

What GOP candidates on the debate bubble can do to make the cut

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WASHINGTON -- Rick Santorum is unhappy with Fox News' decision to cap its upcoming presidential debate at the top 10 in the polls -- calling it "arbitrary" on Thursday. He probably doesn't like his odds, and for good reason.

Fox News and Facebook announced Wednesday that because of the large pool of White House prospects, they'll include only ...Read more