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Schools increase awareness of trauma's impact on learning

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JENNINGS, Mo. -- The list was a familiar one to the counselors looking at the projector screen inside the Jennings high School cafeteria.

Physical abuse. Violence to mother. Abandonment. Divorce.

The school counselors nodded their heads, indicating they have high percentages of children in their schools who've experienced a number of these ...Read more

Bernie Sanders' Southern strategy

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Bernie Sanders is taking a General Sherman approach to his summer, barnstorming across a Deep South that is definitely enemy territory for Northeastern liberals. But unlike Sherman, the strategic purpose isn't clear. In fact, at first glance, it seems to be among the most quixotic ventures of his young campaign, given the degree to which ...Read more

Millennials: Living on the edge of the big city

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HOBOKEN, N.J. -- Cory Piirto is a newlywed living in New York City, but the prospect of starting a family is prompting her to plan a move across the Hudson River to Hoboken.

"Everything's just easier here," said Piirto, 27, as she lounged on the Hoboken waterfront, where Manhattan skyscrapers form a vivid backdrop. "It's easier to live, easier ...Read more

How Germany dealt with its symbols of hate

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BERLIN -- The flags were torn down while defeated cities still burned, even as citizens crawling from the rubble were just realizing that the governments they represented had ended.

But if essentially the same narrative of defeat played out in Nazi Germany in 1945 and the Confederate States of America in 1865, what happened to the symbols ...Read more

Limo crashes into two cars in Santa Clarita; 11 people injured

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LOS ANGELES--Eleven people were injured, five seriously, when a limousine collided with two other vehicles in Santa Clarita on Saturday night.

Around 8:15 p.m., a limo exiting on Newhall Ranch Road from the nortbound Interstate 5 crashed into two smaller cars headed eastbound on the road, L.A. County Sheriff's Lt. Derek Sabatini said.

He said ...Read more

Fourth person dies from Legionnaires' disease in New York

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Legionnaires' disease has claimed the life of a fourth person, New York City health officials said Saturday. A third fatality had been reported only the day before.

The New York Department of Health said there had been 65 cases of Legionnaires' disease since July 10. Fifty-five people have been hospitalized, with 20 treated and discharged.

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US judge halts release of secretly recorded videos of abortion providers

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At the 2014 annual meeting of the National Abortion Federation, a network of abortion providers, officials from a company called Biomax Procurement Services checked in using their driver's licenses.

They handed out brochures at their exhibition booth and traded business cards with the hundreds of other attendees.

Their website said the ...Read more

As Joe Biden resumes official work, so does talk about a 2016 run

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WASHINGTON -- Amid heightened speculation about whether he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination, Vice President Joe Biden remains at least a month from a decision and has largely left preparatory work to a small circle of trusted longtime aides.

Biden has returned to full involvement in political and official work after a period of ...Read more

New wildfire off Interstate 15 in Southern California jams traffic; 1 person hurt

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Firefighters were battling another blaze in Southern California's Cajon Pass on Saturday, prompting the closure of several lanes of the 15 Freeway.

The Scales fire has burned 10 acres near the junction of the 15 and Highway 138 and injured at least one person, according to the National Forest Service. Several northbound lanes of the 15 were ...Read more

Hunting suspended in Zimbabwe as rumors fly that Jericho, Cecil's brother, is killed

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JOHANNESBURG--In the wake of an international furor over the death of a well-known lion, the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Authority has suspended the hunting of wildlife, including lions, leopards and elephants in areas outside of Hwange National Park.

The announcement Saturday, days after the fatal shooting of Cecil the lion, said hunts would ...Read more

Georgia rally attracts supporters of Confederate flag

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STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. –– L.C. Thornton, a tall black man in a ball cap and sunglasses, trained his camera Saturday across a sea of waving Confederate flags attached to the beds of hundreds of pickup trucks and SUVs.

"Normally, I'm a birder. I take pictures of birds and wildlife," said Thornton, a Stone Mountain resident and Vietnam veteran. "...Read more

Palestinian teenager dies after being shot during clash with Israeli soldiers

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JERUSALEM -- A Palestinian teenager died Saturday of wounds sustained a day earlier during a West Bank protest against an arson attack on a Palestinian family that killed a child and critically injured his parents and brother.

The attack, believed to have been carried out early Friday by Jewish extremists, enraged Palestinians and sent shock ...Read more

Conflicting reports from Zimbabwe on fate of Cecil the lion's brother

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The Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force reported Saturday that the brother of Cecil, the lion hunted and killed in Zimbabwe by a wealthy American dentist, was also illegally shot and killed, but researchers tracking the animal said he was alive.

The task force announced the death of the lion Jericho on Facebook. Johnny Rodrigues, a senior park ...Read more

Million-dollar donations fuel super PACs' new dominance

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Nearly 60 people have already donated at least $1 million each to independent political committees supporting Democratic and Republican presidential candidates in what promises to be the most expensive election ever.

Super PACs and other outside groups raised more than $250 million during the first half of this year, according to filings with ...Read more

US officials ask judge to drop immigration contempt threat

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WASHINGTON –– Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson asked a federal judge not to find him and other Obama administration officials in contempt after his agency recovered work permits mistakenly issued after the court halted President Barack Obama's immigration initiative.

Johnson said the government reclaimed all but 22 of the 2,500 ...Read more

Trump and Sanders surge, Congress stalls, voters seethe

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WASHINGTON -- In this summer of political gloom, the drumbeat from the American heartland to Washington has been relentless: Fix the economy. Fix the immigration system. Talk to each other.

It's one reason why political insurgents Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders have become the raging bulls of the 2016 presidential race and the political ...Read more

3 bin Laden relatives die in plane crash

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LONDON ––Three relatives of the late al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden were killed when a private plane crashed in Britain, police and the Saudi embassy said Saturday.

British police said three passengers and a pilot were killed Friday when an Embraer Phenom 300 jet crash-landed in a car auction site as it approached the runway at Blackbushe ...Read more

Wide political fallout expected from massive nuclear bomber deal

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WASHINGTON -- In a few weeks, the Pentagon will announce the companies picked to develop America's next bomber jet, sparking a budget war that will last for years and reshape the defense industry, experts say.

The Long Range Strike Bomber, which will probably be called the B-3, will provide more bang for the buck than several fighter jets. But ...Read more

Lion's killer endures latest onslaught from social media mob: Analysis

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SAN JOSE, Calif. –– In the endless feedback loop of social media's shaming machine, Walter Palmer never existed as a real person. As soon as word got out that the Minnesota dentist had shot and killed an African lion so beloved it had a Disneyfied name -- Cecil -- the basic bio of Palmer's digital avatar was quickly formulated: cowardly lion...Read more

Gunman in Texas attack linked to Fast and Furious sting years earlier

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WASHINGTON -- Five years before he was shot to death in the failed terrorist attack in Garland, Texas, Nadir Soofi walked into a suburban Phoenix gun shop to buy a 9 mm pistol.

At the time, Lone Wolf Trading Co. was known among gun smugglers for selling illegal firearms. And with Soofi's history of misdemeanor drug and assault charges, there ...Read more