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IPhone in missing teen boaters' case being sent to Apple

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- An iPhone recovered in last year's at-sea disappearance of two Tequesta teens will be sent immediately to Apple in hopes the phone manufacturer recovers information from it, a judge ordered Friday afternoon.

"Good luck," Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Gregory Keyser told the families of Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos...Read more

Political news briefs

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence backs Ted Cruz

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who had been courted by Donald Trump, endorsed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on Friday ahead of his state's presidential primary on Tuesday.

Pence announced his endorsement during a local talk radio show on Friday, calling Cruz a "principled conservative."

"I'm pleased to support him," ...Read more

Man who entered Baltimore TV station wearing animal costume charged

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BALTIMORE -- A 25-year-old Elkridge, Md., man has been charged with arson and reckless endangerment after he strode into a Baltimore television station Thursday afternoon dressed in an animal costume and wearing what police suspected at the time was an explosive device.

The suspicious device turned out to be chocolate bars, wrapped in foil and ...Read more

Drinking coffee and wine good for microbes in the gut, scientists say

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Scientists have some great news for those who love coffee, tea and wine: Drinking any of these beverages is associated with a healthier and more diverse community of microbes living in the gut.

The opposite is true for consuming sugary drinks and whole milk, as well as for eating a lot of carbohydrates and indulging in frequent snacks, ...Read more

Pentagon official criticizes Benghazi panel information requests

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WASHINGTON -- A Pentagon official complained that the Republican-led House committee investigating Hillary Clinton's response to the 2012 Benghazi, Libya, attacks has launched a "crescendo" of new demands for interviews and other information that the Defense Department considers unnecessary.

Committee staff have threatened to subpoena some ...Read more

Pa. attorney general won't fight ruling in Penn State Spanier case

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PHILADELPHIA -- Attorney General Kathleen Kane will not seek to overturn an appellate court ruling that dismissed the most serious charges against three former Pennsylvania State University leaders accused of ignoring or covering up Jerry Sandusky's child sex abuse.

The decision, announced Friday by Kane's office in a two-paragraph statement, ...Read more

Friend of alleged church shooter Dylann Roof pleads guilty to lying to FBI

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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Joey Meek, friend of accused racial killer Dylann Roof, admitted Friday in federal court that he knew details about Roof's plan to kill black people at a Charleston church a full week before last June's execution-style killing of nine parishioners.

Meek, 21, of Red Bank made the admission to U.S. Judge Richard Gergel during ...Read more

Obama's promise of change didn't materialize

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WASHINGTON -- Fist fights at campaign rallies. A major presidential candidate called a bigot and bully by members of his own party. Gridlock in Washington. And Americans downright pessimistic.

This is America's politics today, seven years after Barack Obama was elected president with a promise to change it all.

The political change he ...Read more

Trump's wins have Republicans moving from denial to acceptance

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WASHINGTON -- When it comes to Donald Trump, Republicans in Congress are past denial and anger. Some haven't quite given up on bargaining, still dreaming of a contested convention.

But after Trump's dominance in Tuesday's five-state presidential primaries, most are moving through depression toward acceptance.

Now, those finding themselves at ...Read more

How Zika could bite the GOP

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WASHINGTON -- It could take just one pesky mosquito bite to pit the public against Senate Republicans.

At least, that's what one of the GOP senators involved in drafting supplemental legislation to address the response to the Zika virus is saying.

"I think if you have one case of Zika infection that, you know, we could have done something ...Read more

Trump protesters could bring unintended consequences for GOP race

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LOS ANGELES -- The protests outside Donald Trump's rally in Costa Mesa, Calif., on Thursday night appear to point to an upcoming month of activism by Latinos and others as the GOP front-runner tries to seal the presidential nomination in the state.

Hundreds of demonstrators filled the street outside the Orange County amphitheater where Trump ...Read more

Supreme Court refuses for now to block Texas voter ID law

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court has refused for now to block a strict voter identification law in Texas that critics say will make it harder for as many as 600,000 registered voters who lack driver's licenses to cast a ballot this year.

The justices turned down an appeal from civil rights lawyers who said the court should put on hold the ...Read more

Biden is spending his last year in office trying to help cure the disease that killed his son

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VATICAN CITY -- A few months after Vice President Joe Biden's eldest son died of an aggressive form of brain cancer, he traveled to Philadelphia to see off Pope Francis after his first U.S. visit.

Before he took off, the pope privately met, and mourned, with Biden and his extended family.

"I wish every grieving parent, brother or sister, ...Read more

Medical clinic again hit in Aleppo, Syria's civilians bear the brunt

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BEIRUT -- A series of airstrikes targeted clinics and markets in opposition-held areas in Aleppo on Friday, ending a brief lull in violence in the embattled northern Syrian city and sparking fears of more intense conflict.

The strikes hit two clinics, a vegetable market and a mosque in Aleppo, killing at least three people, activists and medics...Read more

Protests rage outside Trump rally in California; 17 arrested, police car smashed

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COSTA MESA, Calif. -- Hundreds of demonstrators filled the street outside the Orange County amphitheater where Donald Trump held a rally Thursday night, stomping on cars, hurling rocks at motorists and forcefully declaring their opposition to the Republican presidential candidate.

Traffic came to a halt as a boisterous crowd walked in the ...Read more

North Korea sentences American to 10 years of hard labor on spying charges

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BEIJING -- North Korea's Supreme Court on Friday sentenced a 62-year-old Korean American, Tong Chul Kim, to 10 years of hard labor after finding him guilty of trying to overthrow the government and spying for South Korea, the North's state-run news agency said.

Kim "confessed to all crimes he had committed," the Korean Central News Agency said....Read more

North Korea sentences US citizen to 10 years of hard labor

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SEOUL, South Korea -- A North Korean court has sentenced a U.S. national to 10 years of hard labor for spying and subversion, China's official Xinhua news agency reported Friday.

The communist regime in Pyongyang showed the 62-year-old South Korean-born Kim Dong Chul to media around a month ago where he allegedly confessed to spying for South ...Read more

Why the world's biggest exporter of crude is trying to wean itself off oil

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It would be hard to exaggerate the importance of oil in Saudi Arabia. So when an influential young prince started talking this year about selling shares in the state-owned oil company and weaning the economy off its dependence on petrodollars, many were skeptical both inside and outside the conservative kingdom.

This week, the world got a ...Read more

Psst! Don't tell a soul I live in Greenwich and I went for Trump

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BOSTON -- To Donald Trump supporters in Greenwich, Conn., it's a hush-hush world, except for the brave few like Jim Campbell.

When he extolled the virtues of a Trump presidency at a political dinner a couple months ago, Campbell, a successful real-estate man, knew he was a rarity in Connecticut's GOP circles: a local committee leader willing to...Read more

UC Davis campus divided amid new questions on chancellor's performance

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DAVIS, Calif. -- She was one of roughly 300 people who were considered to become chancellor of the University of California, Davis. But in one powerful interview, Linda Katehi shot to the top of the list -- at least for Linda Bisson, a three-decade Davis professor who headed the faculty search subcommittee in 2009.

She was brilliant, ...Read more