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Judge orders Wisconsin to investigate voter ID incident at DMV

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MADISON, Wis. -- A federal judge on Friday ordered the state to investigate an incident in which a voter received incorrect information on getting an ID from three Division of Motor Vehicle workers, saying the state may have violated an order he issued in July.

U.S. District Judge James Peterson issued Friday's ruling a day after the Milwaukee ...Read more

In racially charged remarks, Trump urges crowd near Detroit to stand guard for election fraud

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NOVI, Mich. -- Donald Trump has been fighting allegations that he is racist by casting himself as a defender of minorities.

But at a rally in the Detroit suburbs Friday, he urged the mostly white crowd to travel to monitor other polling places on Election Day -- a plea that civil rights groups say is code for preventing blacks from voting.

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Donald Trump to Michigan crowd: 'I'm an outsider fighting for you'

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NOVI, Mich. -- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump played to an audience in this city northwest of Detroit on Friday evening hungry for change, disenfranchised from a political system that has left them with stagnant or non-existent wages and deeply opposed to four more years of a Democratic presidency.

"We have many people who made ...Read more

Clinton hits Trump on porn cameo after he tweets of 'sex tape'

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Donald Trump started the day Friday talking about sex tapes. At end of day Trump was still facing talk of sex tapes -- though not the same one.

The Republican presidential nominee tweeted at 3 a.m. about suggestive footage that reportedly exists of former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, drawing fire from Democrat Hillary Clinton. But by day's end...Read more

Commissioner: Police fired 109 shots at Philly man in possible case of 'contagious gunfire'

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PHILADELPHIA -- Nine Philadelphia police officers fired a total of 109 shots Wednesday night at Christopher Sowell, killing him and ending a rampage in West Philadelphia in which he beat, choked or stabbed five people, including his son and daughter, Commissioner Richard Ross announced Friday.

Ross said he did not know how many times Sowell, 32...Read more

5 Mexican soldiers killed in attack on convoy

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MEXICO CITY -- Five Mexican soldiers were killed and another 10 injured Friday in an attack on a military convoy that may have been organized by the sons of jailed drug baron Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, officials said.

The attack took place in the northwestern city of Culiacan, the home of the Sinaloa drug cartel, whose former leader Guzman was ...Read more

Analysis: Republicans fear Trump's playing into Clinton's hands by lashing out on infidelity

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The airwaves and newspaper headlines were filled with talk of infidelity and impeachment. When the votes were counted, the result was a shock: For only the second time since the Civil War, the president's party had gained seats in the House of Representatives.

Republicans learned a lesson. "It was a huge blunder," said Scott Reed, a GOP ...Read more

Clinton campaigns in Florida as poll shows she's slightly ahead in the state

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CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- Hillary Clinton showed she knew her South Florida audience, provided a dose of policy prescriptions and offered lots of Donald Trump bashing at a campaign rally Friday.

People in the crowd of more than 2,000 -- most of whom stood for hours in a sweltering gymnasium waiting for her arrival and during her speech -- loved ...Read more

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Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie strike temporary child-custody deal

LOS ANGELES -- Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have come to a temporary, three-week agreement on custody of their six children, a person familiar with the negotiations said Friday.

The deal was voluntary and doesn't reflect any ruling from the court regarding permanent custody, legal ...Read more

Death toll reaches 31 in tit-for-tat attacks in Aleppo

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BEIRUT -- At least 31 civilians were killed Friday in tit-for-tat violence between Syrian government forces and rebels in Aleppo, a monitoring group reported, amid global calls for a let-up in the fighting that has killed hundreds in recent weeks.

Airstrikes by unidentified jets killed at least 18 civilians in the rebel-held districts on the ...Read more

Hurricane Matthew grows to fierce Category 4 storm

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MIAMI -- Hurricane Matthew intensified to a powerful Category 4 storm Friday afternoon as it continued pushing toward Jamaica.

In their 5 p.m. EDT advisory, National Hurricane Center forecasters said sustained winds in Matthew had reached a fierce 140 mph, a rapid intensification forecasters called "remarkable." The storm was located about 465 ...Read more

Defense attorney attacks Wildstein's credibility at Bridgegate trial

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NEWARK, N.J. -- The one confessed culprit in the George Washington Bridge lane-closure trial came under sustained assault Friday, as a defense attorney for a former aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tarred the witness' character and tried to show jurors that he was far closer to the governor's inner circle than he had represented.

Michael ...Read more

'Affluenza' teen's request for a new judge denied

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- "Affluenza" teen Ethan Couch's request to have state District Judge Wayne Salvant removed from his case, which could have lead to Couch's release from jail, has been denied, according to court records.

Judge David Evans, presiding judge of the 8th Administrative Judicial Region, heard arguments from Couch's attorneys and ...Read more

Fort Worth lawmakers team up to stave off attack on their water project

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Texas, was just getting off the plane on Monday afternoon from Dallas/Fort Worth Airport for Congress' last week before the elections when his staff told him that a massive flood control and economic development project in his community was in big trouble.

"Literally, on Monday when I stepped off the plane I ...Read more

A sedate Trump discusses campaign, immigrants in video deposition over hotel dispute

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WASHINGTON-- The braggadocio was familiar, but it came without the bombast typically seen on the campaign trail.

Donald Trump bragged about his hotel's beauty and the power of his brand. He gloated about getting more votes in the Republican primaries than anyone in history and found ways to direct the conversation to glowing remarks he received...Read more

Whistleblower in 'Zero Dark Thirty' case gets money, awards

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WASHINGTON -- A senior intelligence official has settled with the federal government after he alleged that he was punished for disclosing that the Pentagon's watchdog had shielded former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta from allegations that he'd leaked sensitive information.

Daniel Meyer, who previously oversaw the Defense Department's decisions...Read more

Here's the real story of how a Miss Universe became part of the presidential race

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WASHINGTON -- Millions of Americans heard the name Alicia Machado for the first time this week in the final minutes of the most-watched presidential debate in history.

But there were actually a year's worth of twists and turns, largely behind the scenes, that led Hillary Clinton to utter the name of the Latina beauty queen, turning Machado into...Read more

Sex harassment, congressional probes: Not how park service planned to mark 100 years

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WASHINGTON -- A management and morale crisis afflicts the National Park Service, epitomized by but not limited to the abrupt retirement this week of Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher.

Neubacher's departure follows the retirement in May of Grand Canyon Superintendent Dave Uberuaga. Both career park service professionals chose ...Read more

Bahrain's Lockheed F-16 purchase said to come with US strings

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WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has told Congress it won't complete approval for Bahrain to buy as many as 19 F-16 fighter jets from Lockheed Martin Corp. and upgrades for older ones for almost $4 billion until the Gulf ally demonstrates progress on human rights, according to people familiar with the issue.

The declaration of concern, ...Read more

Atlanta attorney accidentally shot wife after SUV hits bump in road

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ATLANTA -- Atlanta lawyer Claud "Tex" McIver accidentally shot his wife in the back when their SUV hit a bump and his gun discharged near Piedmont Park late Sunday night, a family spokesman told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Diane McIver was taken to Emory University Hospital and died in surgery several hours later.

The incident unfolded ...Read more