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Barry Diller says he'll leave the country if Donald Trump wins the White House

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NEW YORK -- Barry Diller, the founder and chairman of IAC Interactive, knows show biz and New York real estate -- and he is not impressed with the New York real estate mogul and superlative showman currently topping national politics polls.

"All he is is a huckster," Diller said of Donald Trump. "Somebody who learned long ago in real estate ...Read more

Congo's opposition coalescing to stop President Kabila from extending rule

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KINSHASA, Congo -- Opposition parties in the Democratic Republic of Congo are coalescing around a campaign to stop what they describe as President Joseph Kabila's intention to extend his 14-year rule in Africa's biggest copper-producing nation.

Moise Katumbi, the former governor of the copper-rich Katanga province, quit the president's People's...Read more

Family and friends still hold out hope for El Faro's crew

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MIAMI -- The U.S. Coast Guard completed another day of searching Bahamas waters for survivors of a sunken cargo ship Tuesday without luck -- but family and friends of the missing crew haven't given up on their loved ones.

The cargo ship sunk during Hurricane Joaquin last week. So far, only the unidentified remains of one the 33 crews members ...Read more

Same-sex common-law marriage a Texas first

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AUSTIN, Texas--For the first time in Texas history, a same-sex relationship has been recognized as a common-law marriage.

Travis County Probate Judge Guy Herman signed a judgment acknowledging that Stella Powell and Sonemaly Phrasavath met the legal requirements to be considered married even though their eight-year relationship did not include ...Read more

Rand Paul leads call for audit of fetal tissue research

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WASHINGTON -- A trio of the Senate's Republican presidential candidates put their names on a letter also signed by a majority of the conference asking for a new inquiry into fetal tissue research.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., spearheaded the letter to Health and Human Services Inspector General Daniel R. Levinson with 34 other Senate Republicans, ...Read more

Under veil of darkness, Oklahoma removes Ten Commandments from its Capitol

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In the dead of night and under tight security, workers in Oklahoma moved a 4,800-pound monument of the Ten Commandments from the Capitol grounds to a new home on nonpublic land, where its presence does not raise the questions that have sparked protests and lawsuits.

The privately financed monument, 6 feet tall and 3 feet wide, is a single slab ...Read more

Civil rights icon Julian Bond remembered for commitment to social justice

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WASHINGTON -- Fellow members of the civil rights community and former colleagues who filled Washington's historic Lincoln Theatre on Tuesday honored late civil rights icon Julian Bond for his commitment to social justice and to his family and his work exposing younger generations to the movement.

"He was more like Dr. (Martin Luther) King in ...Read more

Canadians divided over Keystone XL pipeline too

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WASHINGTON -- The proposed Keystone XL pipeline is a divisive issue in the U.S. It's even more so in Canada.

Almost half of Canadians, 48 percent, disapproved of building the pipeline, compared with 42 percent who approved, according to a poll by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center that was conducted earlier this year and released Tuesday.

The...Read more

McCarthy's misstep might help Chaffetz in speaker's race

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WASHINGTON -- Kevin McCarthy quickly and methodically climbed each rung of the power ladder in succession from chief deputy whip, to whip to majority leader of the U.S. House.

Whether the five-term California Republican reaches the top rung largely depends on colleagues in the fractious Republican caucus who on Thursday will pick their nominee ...Read more

Sanders to Talk Trade, Wall Street at Democratic Debate

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., said Tuesday that he is looking to engage with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on trade and financial issues at the upcoming Democratic presidential primary debate.

Democrats vying for their party's nomination will face off for the first time in Las Vegas on Oct. 13. Though accusations...Read more

Firm backed up Clinton's server, might still have personal emails

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WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton hired a Connecticut company to back up her emails, and because of a technical glitch some of her messages may still reside on one of the firm's "cloud" storage sites, a Senate committee chairman revealed.

In a letter to the chief executive of Datto Inc. on Monday, Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin asked the ...Read more

Michigan woman 'still in disbelief' after winning $310 million in Powerball game

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DETROIT -- A 50-year-old woman from Three Rivers, Mich., came forward Tuesday as the winner of last week's $310 million Powerball game.

Julie Leach spoke at a news conference in Lansing and announced she planned to take a lump sum of money worth $197 million before taxes. Leach purchased the winning ticket at the Three Rivers West Shell station...Read more

Turkey reports another air confrontation on its Syria border

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ISTANBUL -- Even as NATO called an emergency meeting Monday to denounce Russia's repeated violations of Turkish airspace, another incident was unfolding, with Russian or Syrian forces threatening Turkish F-16 fighter jets as they conducted a routine patrol along the Syrian border, the Turkish army said Tuesday.

In a statement, the Turkish ...Read more

UConn student demanding mac and cheese goes viral; student arrested

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- A UConn student with an apparent craving for macaroni and cheese is now the unfortunate star of a viral video after his obscenity-laced tantrum in the Storrs campus' Student Union was posted late Monday.

The explicit clip, which lasts more than nine minutes and has appeared on USA Today's sports blog, Deadspin, Thought ...Read more

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US to release 6,000 prisoners as part of sentencing-reform campaign

WASHINGTON -- The federal Bureau of Prisons plans to release 6,000 prisoners at the end of October, implementing a decision last year to slash the number of incarcerated drug offenders by nearly half.

Officials said the nationwide releases over four days starting Oct. 30 ...Read more

FAA proposes nearly $2 million fine against Chicago drone operator

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CHICAGO -- A Chicago aerial photography firm was hit Tuesday by the Federal Aviation Administration with a record proposed fine of $1.9 million for flying drones in busy downtown Chicago and New York without permission.

SkyPan International -- which provides dramatic aerial photography to dozens of high-end property developers and architects, ...Read more

US Secretary of State John Kerry visits Haiti ahead of vote

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Haiti on Tuesday, less than three weeks ahead of a scheduled vote for president, local mayors and legislators, and amid continuing uncertainty over whether the vote would happen.

Kerry's scheduled two-hour stop in Haiti takes place the same week that the U.N. Security Council is scheduled to vote on...Read more

McCarthy courts House Freedom Caucus, but will it matter?

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WASHINGTON -- While House Republicans will meet behind closed doors Thursday to elect a new speaker, the day everyone is waiting for is Oct. 29.

That's the day the speaker-elect, presumably Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, will go to the floor and find out whether he really has the votes -- or whether conservatives actually possess veto power ...Read more

New tool can identify soldiers most likely to commit violent crimes, study shows

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In the science fiction thriller "Minority Report," a police force known as PreCrime uses mutated human psychics to identify criminals before they act.

The U.S. Army is working toward a similar goal -- not by reading minds but by crunching data.

Using the military records of all 975,057 soldiers who served during a six-year period, researchers ...Read more

Donald Trump faces several tests before Iowa caucuses

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WASHINGTON -- The Donald Trump bandwagon has stalled.

His poll leads in Iowa and New Hampshire have shrunk. He's gotten attention this week largely about whether he'll stay in the race if his poll numbers tumble. Ben Carson has passed him in some surveys, and other candidates are starting to gain traction.

"It's wrong to call it a collapse, ...Read more