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Horns and body of Nola the rhino to be preserved at Smithsonian

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SAN DIEGO -- The horns and body of Nola, the northern white rhino who died Sunday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, are being sent to the Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington to assist researchers.

Nola's death leaves only three northern white rhinos in the world -- all in the Ol Pejeta Sanctuary in Kenya. At ...Read more

Chicago police shooting: A moment by moment account of what the video shows

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CHICAGO -- Laquan McDonald walks down the middle of Pulaski Road toward the flashing blue lights of the police cruisers trying to stop him. With a tug of his pants and a quickened step, the teen veers away from them.

Two officers jump from their vehicle, guns drawn. McDonald keeps moving, apparently trying to pass the officers who are several ...Read more

Immigrant youths are at risk from criminal sponsors, senators allege

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HOUSTON -- Federal officials placed immigrant youths with convicted criminals, including sex traffickers and human smugglers, then refused to remove them even after a whistle-blower alerted officials, two senators alleged Tuesday.

At least 3,400 sponsors -- about 12 percent of 29,000 listed in a government database -- had criminal histories ...Read more

Jurors will not be sequestered through trial of first officer in Freddie Gray case

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BALTIMORE--Jurors in the upcoming trial of William G. Porter -- one of six Baltimore police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray -- will not be sequestered in a hotel room and blocked from interacting with family members and others during the proceedings, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Judge Barry Williams rejected the argument by ...Read more

CDC says 34 percent of care providers haven't heard of breakthrough HIV treatment

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PITTSBURGH -- A breakthrough HIV treatment that could slash infection risks has eluded thousands of primary care doctors and nurses, frustrating national efforts to stop the virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Tuesday.

The CDC estimates 34 percent of those care providers haven't heard that the anti-viral pill Truvada ...Read more

Release of Laquan McDonald video sends protesters onto Chicago streets

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CHICAGO--As Chicago officials released the video of the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old teen by a Chicago police officer, community activists expressed frustration with the recording's delayed release, some marching in the streets, others asking for calm.

Other city leaders expressed concern for how the video, which shows Laquan McDonald being ...Read more

White House asks Supreme Court to hear immigration case this term

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WASHINGTON -- Government attorneys late Tuesday urged the Supreme Court to decide the case over President Barack Obama's immigration executive actions by the end of this term in June.

U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. sent a letter Tuesday to the Supreme Court seeking a quick court schedule for the case, which could determine if Obama ...Read more

Neighbor turns in grandson after 91-year-old man is burned to death in Detroit

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DETROIT -- A Detroit man who lives next to the home where a 91-year-old was found beaten and burned, said he, along with other family members, took his grandson to police.

"We turned him in," said George Stewart Jr., adding he hopes and prays his 17-year-old grandson had nothing to do with the crime.

Paul Monchnik, a retired TV repairman, was ...Read more

Pentagon inquiry finds human, technical errors led to Kunduz hospital airstrike

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WASHINGTON -- A monthlong Pentagon investigation has blamed a series of human errors and technical malfunctions for the deadly U.S. gunship attack on an international aid hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz, a senior military official briefed on the investigation said Tuesday.

The special operations AC-130 gunship had sought to attack a ...Read more

Suspect in muralist slaying explodes during intense arraignment

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- A 20-year-old reputed street gang associate exploded in profanity during his arraignment on capital murder charges in an Oakland courtroom, where one of his supporters left chanting "wartime" and another shattered a glass display case with her fist.

Marquise R. Holloway, of Oakland, had no attorney with him when he began ...Read more

Arizona sheriff hopes Russian-designed rubber-bullet handgun will save lives

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FLORENCE, Ariz. -- In the open country along the Southwest border, law enforcement is often a game of distance and numbers. Smugglers, human traffickers and migrants entering the country illegally count on vast stretches of unguarded border to ensure safe passage.

That leaves Border Patrol agents and county sheriff's deputies chasing people ...Read more

Emilio and Gloria Estefan among 17 honored with Medal of Freedom

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WASHINGTON -- Emilio and Gloria Estefan were honored and celebrated along with 15 other distinguished Americans at the White House on Tuesday with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The Miami-based Cuban-American couple are entertainers, musicians and producers known for their philanthropy. They entered the East Room to raucous applause, Emilio...Read more

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E. coli in Costco chicken salad sickens 19

SEATTLE -- At least 19 people in seven states have been sickened by E. coli poisoning linked to rotisserie chicken salad sold at Costco stores, health officials reported Tuesday.

Most cases have been reported in Western states, including six in Montana, five in Utah, four in Colorado and one each in...Read more

Fate of accused 'Facebook' killer now in Miami jury's hands

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MIAMI -- During a raging marital argument in their South Miami townhouse, Derek Medina emptied all eight bullets from his .380 caliber pistol into his wife Jennifer Alfonso because "he wanted her dead," a state prosecutor argued Tuesday at the trial of the so-called Facebook killer.

Afterward, "he is calmly gathering his sweatshirt and stopping...Read more

Missouri man's convictions for sisters' deaths thrown out

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ST. LOUIS -- The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out first-degree murder convictions for Reginald Clemons, who had been sentenced to death for a 1991 double-murder on the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge.

Clemons, 44, had been fighting his conviction and death sentence in the 1991 rape and killing of sisters Julie and Robin Kerry.

In a 4-3 ...Read more

3 Russian airmen die after warplane shot out of sky by Turkish fighter jets

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ISTANBUL -- Just as was feared when Russia intervened in the dysfunctional effort to eradicate Islamic State militants two months ago, the vortex of geopolitical battles in Syria has drawn Cold War-era rivals into deadly confrontation with each other.

Three Russian airmen died Tuesday and a Russian SU-24 warplane was shot out of the sky by ...Read more

Polo club founder should not get jail credit unless he was locked up, judge rules

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.--Polo club founder John Goodman should not get credit for days in jail unless he actually was locked up, the judge in his DUI manslaughter case ruled Tuesday.

In the past month, attorneys for Goodman, 52, had argued that he should have been given 368 days jail credit when he was sentenced a year ago to 16 years in prison ...Read more

Obama on fight against Islamic State: 'Russia is the outlier'

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WASHINGTON -- A united U.S.-French vow to expand the fight against the Islamic State in the wake of the Paris attacks was greatly complicated Tuesday by the shootdown of a Russian warplane.

President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande emerged from meetings at the White House with a pledge to increase airstrikes against the ...Read more

Kentucky governor restores thousands of ex-felons' right to vote

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WASHINGTON -- As Kentucky Gov. Steven L. Beshear prepares to leave office, he is attempting to leave his mark on an issue that has made his state an outlier.

On Tuesday, the Democratic governor issued an executive order that put in place an automatic process to restore voting rights to nonviolent ex-felons once they have completed their ...Read more

Conn. woman pleads not guilty to conspiring to kill boyfriend's parents

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Jennifer Valiante, Kyle Navin's girlfriend, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of conspiracy to commit murder.

Navin, charged with murdering his parents, appeared in Superior Court briefly a short while after his girlfriend but did not enter a plea to double murder charges. He will have until Dec. 16 to decide whether to...Read more