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Those polls showing Donald Trump catching up with Hillary Clinton: Really?

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WASHINGTON -- A raft of polls in recent days has shown a sharply tighter presidential race, with Hillary Clinton's lead over Donald Trump shrinking to just a couple of points. Those polls have generated a lot of questions: Just how reliable is polling this far in advance of an election? What's causing the polls to shift? Can Trump actually win? ...Read more

In politics, it's not what you say but how you say it, acoustical analysis shows

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Even with very different messages, politicians may sound the same, new research finds. Scientists who analyzed the vocal stylings of four presidential contenders in the 2016 race -- Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump -- found that all four candidates altered their voices in similar ways, depending on the audience.

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Obama can't endorse during the Democratic primary, so he's just pointing out how hard the job is instead

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ISE-SHIMA, Japan -- He met with heads of state, lawmakers and a battery of dissidents, in between lifting a half-century-old trade embargo and negotiating access to key ports.

By the time President Barack Obama filed past more than 2 million people lining the streets of Ho Chi Minh City and flew to Japan aboard Air Force One for Thursday ...Read more

Obama: World leaders are 'rattled' by Trump — and for good reason

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ISE-SHIMA, Japan -- President Barack Obama said Thursday that world leaders are "rattled" by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and that he doesn't blame them for being worried about the real estate mogul's political rise.

"They are not sure how seriously to take some of his pronouncements but they're rattled by him, and ...Read more

North Carolina-South Carolina border could shift after years of debate

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- After roughly 20 years of debate, North Carolina legislators are getting close to resolving a border dispute with South Carolina.

The North Carolina Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a long-delayed plan to shift the state line in several locations in Gaston and Union counties near Charlotte.

If the proposal also ...Read more

Europe's troubles pile up at home as leaders cross globe for G-7

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ISE-SHIMA, Japan -- When Germany hosted last year's Group of Seven summit, European leaders assured President Barack Obama they were up to dealing with the crises on their doorstep.

Twelve months on, Europe's challenges have multiplied to an extent that questions the wisdom of making the 6,000-mile trip to Japan for the G-7. From Brexit to ...Read more

Quietly studying victims of the A-bomb

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HIROSHIMA, Japan -- Ikuko Murai remembers when the American Jeeps would come after school to take her and other young survivors to a lab at the top of a hill. This was the 1950s, just a few years after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

"They examined my head and measured my height," she said in an interview this week. "At that time, Japan still ...Read more

VA begins pilot program to send some veterans to CVS MinuteClinics

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- When former U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. Christine Poblete comes down with the flu, an ear infection or other common illness, the San Jose resident usually calls the advice nurse at the Veterans Affairs San Jose Clinic or the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, seeking a timely appointment.

But she can never be sure whether it will ...Read more

California poll: Clinton and Sanders in virtual dead heat

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Fueled by independents and younger voters fed up with both parties, Bernie Sanders has clawed his way back from a seemingly insurmountable deficit to draw nearly even with Hillary Clinton in California, a new poll finds less than two weeks before the Golden State's primary.

The Vermont senator now trails Clinton 46 percent ...Read more

Veterans tackle a new battlefield: Congress

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WASHINGTON -- In just a few short weeks on Capitol Hill, Majid "Sal" Salahuddin drafted and garnered enough bipartisan support to pass his first piece of legislation.

The measure, which reinstates a reporting requirement for the Department of Veterans Affairs, was adopted as an amendment in the Senate's version of the Military Construction and ...Read more

Remnants of past wars haunt Obama's trip to Asia

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HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam -- President Barack Obama came to Vietnam to fully restore relations between two former foes. But he couldn't escape the remnants of a decades-old war.

Obama tried to make his first visit to the communist country about future ties, largely ignoring the pressure to acknowledge ongoing impacts of the Vietnam War, which ...Read more

Marine veteran gets 26 years in dismemberment of girlfriend in Panama

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SAN DIEGO -- A Marine veteran was sentenced to 26 years in federal prison on Wednesday for killing and then dismembering his girlfriend in Panama in 2011.

Brian Brimager, 40, pleaded guilty in February to stabbing to death Yvonne Baldelli in an apartment they shared in Bocas Del Toro, an island off the Panamanian coast, almost five years ago.

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Family, friends gather at vigil for St. Louis carjacking victim

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ST. LOUIS -- Hours after charges were filed Wednesday against one of two men accused of carjacking and killing Brandi Hill, friends, family, and supporters gathered downtown near the spot where she was killed to pray and to call for an end to violence.

"Everybody's here because they love Brandi. I didn't know Brandi but I love her because she's...Read more

LGBT amendment succeeds on second vote

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WASHINGTON -- An LGBT amendment that threw the House floor into a frenzy last week won approval late Wednesday night, meaning that some Republicans switched positions on the discrimination issue yet again.

The amendment, offered by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., had failed by a single vote (212-213) last week after a handful of Republicans...Read more

Oregon fraternity suspended over 'disgraceful' trashing of Northern California lake

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A University of Oregon fraternity was suspended amid suspicion that its members trashed a campsite at Lake Shasta in Northern California during the weekend, leaving behind piles of litter, including beer bottles and dozens of tents.

Members of Oregon's Lambda Chi Alpha chapter are under investigation for the incident in the Shasta-Trinity ...Read more

Hamas movement planning public executions in Gaza

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Hamas, the Islamist movement in de facto control of the Gaza Strip, says it plans to conduct a series of public executions in the Palestinian territory.

Hamas legislators said Wednesday that they had agreed to the plans by the group, which seized the Gaza Strip in June 2007 from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' ...Read more

At a rowdy rally in Anaheim, Trump plays to his base

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ANAHEIM, Calif.--Donald Trump showed no sign of letting up on his harsh immigration rhetoric as he returned to California on Wednesday with a message decidedly out of step with a state that has roundly rejected a hard-line approach to the issue.

"Build that wall!" Trump chanted along with the crowd at the Anaheim Convention Center, playing up ...Read more

Georgia's 'fetal pain' abortion law continues on winding legal path

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ATLANTA -- For the past six months, it has been illegal in Georgia for doctors to perform abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, in most cases.

Except the standard had been 24 weeks, and hardly anyone knew about the change.

"It was unknown to the doctors we represent and unknown to virtually all the doctors in Georgia," Atlanta attorney Don ...Read more

In Cosby case, questions of credibility, consistency

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PHILADELPHIA -- In the weeks and months after Bill Cosby allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted her, Andrea Constand didn't cut ties.

She went back to his Cheltenham home and spoke to him by phone. She asked for tickets to one of his shows in Toronto -- and brought her family, too.

Those details trickled out to police, in multiple interviews...Read more

Former Rep. Giffords says Clinton 'will stand up to the gun lobby'

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CHERRY HILL, N.J. -- Former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords, who survived an assassination attempt five years ago, still struggles for words.

"Speaking is difficult for me," she said Wednesday in a halting voice, "but come January, I want to say these two words: 'Madam President.' "

The crowd gathered in Cherry Hill for a roundtable on gun ...Read more