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Trump has called Anthony Weiner a 'sleazeball,' but also given to his campaigns

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Donald Trump, who used Huma Abedin's separation from husband Anthony Weiner as a prompt to question Hillary Clinton's judgment, donated to the disgraced former congressman multiple times.

Trump gave a total of $4,300 in 2007 and 2010 to Weiner's congressional runs, and $150 to a city council race in 1997. The donations were first reported ...Read more

Mike Pence: Donald Trump is 'as genuine as a Georgia peach'

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PERRY, Ga. -- Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence made a defensive stop for Donald Trump in Georgia on Monday, proclaiming the New York businessman was as "genuine as a Georgia peach" as he told supporters that the campaign wasn't taking the state for granted.

"He's a doer in a game usually reserved for talkers," Pence told a few ...Read more

Passenger tries to open Alaska Airlines door in-flight; plane diverts to Twin Cities

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MINNEAPOLIS -- A passenger tried -- and failed -- to open a door Monday on a commercial airliner at cruising altitude after it left New York, prompting the pilot to make an emergency landing in the Twin Cities.

Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Halley Knigge said the man was arrested, and the Boeing 737-900ER resumed its flight to Seattle around 11:...Read more

Dylann Roof trial: Judge sets hearing on prospect of keeping some evidence secret

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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Federal Judge Richard Gergel has set a hearing Wednesday in Charleston to determine whether to proceed with keeping secret some potential evidence in Dylann Roof's upcoming death penalty trial.

In the 14-month legal saga concerning Roof and the June 2015 racial killings at Charleston's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal ...Read more

Pharma firm will test its Zika vaccine in Puerto Rico

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PHILADELPHIA -- Inovio Pharmaceuticals said Monday it has begun a clinical study of its experimental Zika vaccine in 160 healthy adult volunteers in Puerto Rico, where the virus outbreak has been declared a public health emergency.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated Zika will infect more than 25 percent of the Puerto ...Read more

Accused teen 'doctor' arrested on new theft charges

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The teenager accused of illegally posing as a doctor and cheating a patient is facing two new felony charges that on Monday resulted in a nearly five-hour stay in Palm Beach County Jail.

Malachi Love-Robinson, 19, also will get yet another new attorney, now from the public defender's office, to represent him on the 12 ...Read more

Aristide, in rare public appearance, supports Narcisse for Haiti president

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- As thousands of supporters shouted "Here is our father," former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide appeared through a sunroof of a gray SUV in front of a public plaza in Petionville during a rare public appearance Monday.

Aristide came out in support of his Fanmi Lavalas political party candidate, Maryse Narcisse,...Read more

US hits goal to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees one month early

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. will hit its goal of taking in 10,000 refugees from Syria on Monday, a month ahead of the deadline set by President Barack Obama.

The announcement is a victory for the administration, which has said that by accepting more refugees, the U.S. would both help people fleeing the brutal Syrian civil war and gain credibility as...Read more

Study: Drugs can stop Zika from replicating, damaging fetal brains

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MIAMI -- For months, as the Zika virus has spread from Latin America and the Caribbean to South Florida, public health officials have crafted warnings to include the fact that there is no medical treatment for the infectious disease, which is linked to severe birth defects in newborns.

On Monday, however, a team of researchers from Florida ...Read more

Baltimore hits 200 homicides with man's fatal stabbing

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BALTIMORE -- Baltimore has hit 200 homicide victims in 2016 after an autopsy confirmed a 42-year-old man found dead Friday just west of downtown had been fatally stabbed.

The victim, identified Monday as Franswhaun Smith, was found Friday morning at around 7:50 a.m. in the Heritage Crossing neighborhood that was formerly the site of the Murphy ...Read more

Ratings change in New Hampshire House race

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New Hampshire's 1st District has a history of flipping party control every two years, and this year doesn't appear to be any different.

Regardless of who emerges from the GOP primary on Sept. 13 between Rep. Frank Guinta and businessman Rich Ashooh, the nominee will have a difficult fight in the general election.

If GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte is ...Read more

Figure in Chicago traffic cameras scandal admits 'immoral' acts, gets 10 years

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CHICAGO -- John Bills, the central figure in a massive corruption scheme at Chicago City Hall, was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday for taking up to $2 million in bribes and gifts in return for steering tens of millions of dollars in red light camera contracts to an Arizona company.

The sentence came moments after Bills choked up in a ...Read more

Political news briefs

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Huma Abedin announces split from Anthony Weiner following latest sexting scandal

WASHINGTON -- He resigned from Congress after his last sexting scandal and promised to seek treatment as he and his wife announced she was pregnant with their first child.

Now, it seems Anthony Weiner is up to his old tricks as his wife, Huma Abedin, travels the ...Read more

Study: Screening positive for depression doesn't mean you'll get treatment

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Getting treatment for depression may sometimes be a regular part of health care for the "worried well" that leaves those who cannot afford it to suffer by themselves.

A new study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine illustrates that phenomenon. Most Americans who screen positive for depression don't receive treatment -- while most who did...Read more

Illinois election officials say hack yielded information on 200,000 voters

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CHICAGO -- Illinois State Board of Elections officials said Monday they believe personal information from fewer than 200,000 voters was hacked through a cyberattack of possible foreign origin that began in June and was halted a month later.

Ken Menzel, general counsel for the elections board, said no files of registered voters were erased or ...Read more

Tropical depression in Gulf expected to strengthen Monday

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MIAMI -- A messy tropical wave that strengthened to a tropical depression late Sunday as it pushed into the Gulf of Mexico could gain more power Monday

In their 11 a.m. advisory, National Hurricane Center forecasters said the system would likely become a tropical storm later Monday. Located about 170 miles west, southwest of Key West, the storm...Read more

US Chamber bucks Bayh, backs Young in Indiana Senate race

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is backing GOP Rep. Todd Young over former Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh, who worked for the Chamber after leaving the Senate.

The Chamber spent on Young's behalf in his GOP primary against fellow GOP Rep. Marlin Stutzman, and now plans to spend at least $1 million in statewide ads beginning Monday, the ...Read more

Negative views of Clinton and Trump 'unprecedented,' poll finds

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WASHINGTON -- The disdain for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is "unprecedented," Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said Monday.

His poll found that "nearly no voters have a positive opinion of both Clinton and Trump while one-third do not have a favorable view of either candidate. These results are unusual...Read more

Senate Democrats get new ally — Bernie Sanders

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WASHINGTON -- Bernie Sanders is ready to help Democrats take control of the Senate.

The senator from Vermont is preparing a post-Labor Day blitz of campaign activity, according to three sources briefed on his plans, offering what Democratic leaders hope will be a late-in-the-race boost from the liberal icon to the party's slate of Senate ...Read more

False report of shooter at LAX triggers panic, hundreds of flight delays

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LOS ANGELES -- Operations were returning to normal at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday morning, after false reports of an active shooter sent passengers stampeding from terminals and, in some cases, onto the tarmac.

Reports of gunfire in Terminals 6, 7 and 8 were made about 8:45 p.m. Sunday night, prompting airport police to set up a...Read more