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Mystery of missing girl deepens as law enforcement calls off search in remote area

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The mystery over the whereabouts of a missing 15-year-old San Francisco Bay Area girl deepened after authorities called off an extensive search along the Russian River in Sonoma County, Calif.

Pearl Pinson was abducted on Wednesday in Vallejo while walking to a school bus stop near her home. Authorities think Pearl is injured, based on witness ...Read more

Libertarians hope voter frustration with Trump, Clinton will create 'perfect storm'

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The blockbuster Broadway musical "Hamilton" served as a surprisingly apt soundtrack to the Libertarian Convention this weekend, where party faithful gathered in Orlando to pick a presidential ticket.

Gary Johnson, who won the top slot Sunday, opened and closed his speeches to the delegates with a pair of songs from the musical,...Read more

Trump speaks to veterans at motorcyclists' rally in Washington

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WASHINGTON –– Donald Trump Sunday promised better health care, a stronger military and new donations to veterans causes as he spoke at the annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally..

"We're not winning now ... we certainly don't win for our veterans," the presumptive Republican nominee said to thousands of motorcyclists gathered at the ...Read more

Sanders stresses importance of California primary

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bernie Sanders Sunday called California the "big enchilada" in his attempt to overtake Hillary Clinton and claim the Democratic presidential nomination.

Asked on NBC's "Meet the Press" about his chances of winning, Sanders acknowledged that he needed to do very well in the June 7 primary.

"What I want to do, and I think we ...Read more

Egypt court sentences 8 to death in alleged Brotherhood plot

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CAIRO –– An Egyptian military court Sunday sentenced eight people to death for plotting violence and assassinations on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Eighteen others got lengthy prison sentences.

The verdict was issued almost a year after the military released a video showing a number of the defendants making confessions. Relatives said...Read more

Researchers collect brains to study battle-related disorders

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Brain scientists in Washington state are asking the families of armed services members to consider one last contribution.

Researchers at the University of Washington and the local Veterans Affairs health care system have begun collecting the donated brains of service members to examine for possible dementia and other disorders linked to ...Read more

17 die in fire at home for elderly in Ukraine

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MOSCOW –– At least 17 people were killed when a fire broke out at a privately run home for the elderly outside the Ukrainian capital Kiev, authorities said Sunday.

Eighteen people were rescued from the building, five of whom were injured, two of them seriously, Ukrainian emergency services chief Nikolai Chechyotkin said, according to Russia...Read more

Schwarzenegger not ready to endorse Trump, warns of extremes

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WASHINGTON ––– Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is not ready to endorse Donald Trump for president.

"I will make an announcement before the election, you can be sure of that. But I will do it my way. Which is always an unusual way," he said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Schwarzenegger said he was convinced that both parties need...Read more

Primary will measure effect of California's voter-registration surge

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California's election officials are waiting for the answer to one question: Will the hundreds of thousands of Californians who recently signed up to vote show up for the June 7 primary?

And they are contemplating a second question: If they do, how do we keep them around?

Low voter turnout is a California tradition, born of socioeconomic ...Read more

Obama's practice is usually 'no drama,' but his Asia trip challenged that mentality

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President Barack Obama's trip to former enemy nations in Asia got off to a bad start last week when, just after he announced a grand gesture of reconciliation with Vietnam, he learned that its communist government was intimidating dissidents he had invited to meet with him privately.

Obama fumed over the matter on his way out of Hanoi and his ...Read more

Cash for crises: Who gives, who gets and why it's not enough: a Q&A

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Governmental institutions and humanitarian aid organizations are pledging to improve delivery of assistance to the world's most needy and vulnerable people, reduce administrative costs and work to boost funding and its effectiveness.

Through a so-called grand bargain, a group of donors agreed at the recent United Nations World Humanitarian ...Read more

In Bakersfield, Bernie Sanders mocks Trump

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif.--.Donald Trump is usually the presidential candidate who taunts his competitors, but on Saturday night Bernie Sanders gave him a dose of his own tactics.

Sanders has been trying to pressure Trump into a debate; at one point this week, Trump indicated he was interested, prompting Sanders' quick acceptance. But then Trump ...Read more

Justices asked to rule in Trump casino case

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court is being asked to take up a bankruptcy dispute involving the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City and to decide whether to restore the health and pension benefits of more than 1,000 casino workers.

At issue is a conflict between labor laws that call for preserving collective bargaining agreements and bankruptcy laws ...Read more

Prison riot leaves several inmates in hospital

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Officials from High Desert State Prison in Susanville, Calif., are still trying to determine what prompted a riot Friday that sent several inmates to hospitals.

The riot broke out about 10:30 a.m. and involved 65 inmates, according to a statement from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

During the 10-minute fight, many...Read more

Presidential candidates weigh in on the feud over Norwegian Air

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Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton has jumped into the dispute over whether Norwegian Air International is competing fairly against its U.S.-based rivals -- and she is taking a position critical of the Obama administration.

Norwegian Air, a subsidiary of Norway-based Norwegian Air Shuttle, one of Europe's biggest low-cost ...Read more

As they convene in Florida, Libertarians hope to exploit frustration with main parties

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Nicholas Sarwark, the chair of the Libertarian Party, likens his political movement to a cataclysmic chunk of space rock.

And he means that as a good thing.

Say you're a fan of the Washington's NFL franchise, as his wife is. "If you see the Cowboys and the Eagles play, you don't care who wins," he said in an interview Friday ...Read more

Search for missing teen Pearl Pinson stretches from Sonoma to Santa Barbara

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Law enforcement officials on Saturday resumed their search for a missing 15-year-old Bay Area girl along the rugged Sonoma County coast and in other parts of the state as frantic family members await word of her fate.

Pearl Pinson was abducted on Wednesday in Vallejo while walking to a school bus stop near her home. Authorities think Pearl is ...Read more

These Hollywood stars are crisscrossing California in an RV for Bernie Sanders

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HAYWORTH, Calif.--California is a sprawling state. And Hollywood actress Shailene Woodley, a die-hard Bernie Sanders supporter, had access to a motor home.

So this week, Woodley decided to take the RV on the road to campaign for Sanders ahead of California's June 7 Democratic primary. She invited a few celebrity friends and fellow Sanders ...Read more

Sanders says Clinton's email situation has changed

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Months after telling Hillary Clinton that Americans were "sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails," Bernie Sanders may be changing his mind.

Interviewed Friday on HBO, Sanders was asked if the furor over Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state had become large enough for the Vermont senator to reconsider his ...Read more

Admiral says high-security Guantanamo prison doesn't need replacement after all

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A claim that the secret prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where the military keeps former CIA captives was falling apart was a mistake, the prison commander says.

A Marine general had asked Congress for $49 million and a committee proposed $69 million to build a new one.

The lockup called Camp 7 that houses alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik ...Read more