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Ryan likely to survive Trump while presidential hopes tarnished

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WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Paul Ryan will probably be able to survive Donald Trump's presidential bid with his job intact. But it may be at the cost of his own ambitions for 2020.

Ryan's anguished on-again, off-again support of Trump has left him in no-man's land inside the Republican Party -- tainted by his endorsement of the nominee while ...Read more

Islamic State loyalists kill 26 Afghan civilians after kidnapping dozens, officials say

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KABUL, Afghanistan -- Gunmen kidnapped and killed 26 civilians, including children, in an isolated central province in the latest violence attributed to loyalists of Islamic State in Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday.

Officials in Ghor province said the civilians were abducted Tuesday outside the provincial capital of Ferozkoh during fighting...Read more

Trump has 2-point edge in Bloomberg poll of Florida

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Donald Trump has a slim advantage in Florida as critical independent voters narrowly break his way in the must-win battleground state, a Bloomberg Politics poll shows.

The Republican presidential nominee has 45 percent to Democrat Hillary Clinton's 43 percent among likely voters when third-party candidates are included, the poll found. In a ...Read more

Calais migrant camp empty, as official announces 'end of the Jungle'

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PARIS -- All the migrants at a camp near the northern French port city of Calais have left, the official heading the Pas de Calais administration said Wednesday.

"The camp is finally empty," Fabienne Buccio told BFMTV.

Crews began the process of clearing the makeshift shelters at the so-called Jungle camp on Monday, when authorities started ...Read more

Election economics come into focus in countdown to Nov. 8

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WASHINGTON -- As Americans head to the polls to vote early for a new president, researchers have been taking a keener look at the economic side of U.S. politics.

Socioeconomic indicators influence engagement with the political system, a new paper from Germany's ZEW finds. Financial markets have been gyrating in response to election-related ...Read more

The rich get ready for higher taxes under a President Clinton

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NEW YORK-- For wealthy Americans, a big win by Hillary Clinton on Nov. 8 could get pretty expensive.

Clinton is proposing higher taxes on Americans who make more than $250,000, including a 4 percent "fair share surcharge" on incomes of more than $5 million a year. She's also trying to limit the ability of the rich to lower their tax bills ...Read more

Clinton's secret weapon in Florida: New Puerto Rican immigrants

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NEW YORK -- An unusual landmark in the endgame of the 2016 election season occurred last week: the first time in months that Central Floridians could confidently buy a plantain without being hassled about their level of civic engagement.

Throughout the year, their region has been overrun with clipboard-grasping canvassers listening for the ...Read more

The House's fresh face already taking shape

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WASHINGTON -- Those who would revive the moribund term limits movement as a prod against congressional dysfunction, Donald Trump newly among them, might be surprised at this statistic:

Come January, 11 percent of the members of the House of Representatives will be brand new -- at an absolute minimum. They'll be the 46 freshmen who have secured ...Read more

Between 'brutal' and 'Armageddon,' House GOP braces for Election Day losses

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Rep. Bob Dold is doing almost everything he can to inoculate himself against Donald Trump -- and it still might not be enough.

He was one of the first Republicans in the House of Representatives to declare that he wouldn't support or vote for Trump because of the presidential candidate's nationalistic rhetoric and insulting...Read more

No, there is no evidence that noncitizens are illegally voting in large numbers

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WASHINGTON -- As Donald Trump maintains his incendiary attacks on the legitimacy of the election, one of his favorite themes has been the claim that the results will be tainted by the votes of millions of people in the U.S. illegally.

"They are letting people pour into the country so they can go ahead and vote," he said this month, in a meeting...Read more

Principal apologizes for covenant given to black students

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SEATTLE -- The student covenant begins with "I (insert name) pledge to fulfill my responsibilities as an African American scholar at Franklin High School." It goes on to ask students to pledge to come to school on time, work toward completing high school and attending college, be a positive role model and support fellow scholars.

The reaction ...Read more

Extremist group Shabab raids Kenyan border town and massacres teachers

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- The Somali extremist group Shabab claimed responsibility Tuesday for an attack that killed at least 12 non-Muslims sleeping in a hotel in the northern Kenya town of Mandera near the Somali border.

The attack on Bishaaro Guest House was part of a campaign to kill "unbelievers" in Kenya, the Islamist group said. The ...Read more

For victims of bus crash, $20 bought them a ride, friends and the excitement of the casino

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LOS ANGELES -- Her name was Rosa Ruiz, but on the bus everyone knew her as Rosalba.

She was the dancer, the singer, the silly one who used to make people laugh. She was always willing to spot you a few dollars, even if she was running low.

Days after a bus crashed on its way from a casino near the Salton Sea, killing Ruiz and 12 others, ...Read more

Iran sentences San Diego man to prison

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A 46-year-old Iranian American from San Diego said Tuesday that Iran had sentenced him to 18 years in prison for "collaborating with a hostile government," becoming the latest dual citizen to be jailed in a secret trial in the Islamic Republic.

Speaking to the Los Angeles Times from Ninava jail in Gorgan, in northern Iran, Gholamrez Reza ...Read more

North Korea stresses security fears in informal US talks

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SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea appears unwilling to hold formal talks with the U.S. on its nuclear program anytime soon, said a former American official who met senior Pyongyang diplomats in Malaysia last week.

"At this unofficial meeting, North Korea spoke about their security concerns and need for a nuclear deterrence, given the hostile ...Read more

Trump seizes on Obamacare cost increases to try to boost campaign

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump took dead aim at Obamacare Tuesday, hoping to use news about skyrocketing premiums as a sword to cut into Hillary Clinton's sizable lead in the presidential race and put his Democratic rival on the defensive.

"This election is going to be about Obamacare. It's going to be about jobs," Trump said at a Tuesday morning ...Read more

Defendant never searched hot-car deaths on web, detective acknowledges

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ATLANTA -- The lead detective in the Georgia hot-car murder case acknowledged Tuesday that Ross Harris never conducted web searches about hot-car deaths and how hot a car needs to get to kill a child.

This has been a lingering source of frustration to Harris' defense team. The lawyers have condemned Cobb County police for writing that Harris ...Read more

Obama tells Pentagon to speed up review of California Guard enlistment bonuses

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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has told the Defense Department to expedite its review of nearly 10,000 California National Guard soldiers who have been ordered to repay enlistment bonuses improperly given a decade ago, but he is not backing growing calls for Congress to waive the debts, the White House said Tuesday.

The comments by White ...Read more

Man charged with attempted murder after break-in at Miranda Kerr's Malibu home

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LOS ANGELES -- A man was charged Tuesday with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon after he broke into the Malibu home of Australian model Miranda Kerr and slashed a security guard's face, authorities said.

Shaun Anthony Haywood, a native of Australia, faces one felony count each of attempted willful, deliberate and premeditated ...Read more

Iraqi village freed from Islamic State, but then things get complicated

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BARTELLA, Iraq -- As Iraqi forces traded fire this week with the Islamic State fighters who held his village hostage for the last 2 1/2 years, Taqayadin Hawas hunkered down with his seven children and prayed not to die.

Mortar shells nearly leveled the house as his children wailed. With snipers outside, the family couldn't flee. He thought ...Read more