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Two dead after bridge jump made for 'fun'

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ST. LOUIS -- Jim Monroe Jr. had just hiked 600 miles of the Appalachian Trail before arriving in St. Louis.

Timothy Liebl hitchhiked and hopped trains to get here from Barstow, Calif.

On July 21, Monroe, Liebl and two other self-described vagabonds and adrenaline junkies hatched a plan to jump off the Eads Bridge -- for fun.

One of those four...Read more

Rocket crash probe raises flags

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LOS ANGELES--Newly released evidence in the investigation of last fall's crash of an experimental spaceship over the Mojave Desert is raising questions about whether federal aviation regulators are protecting the public as companies launch more rockets.

When Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo disintegrated on a test flight on Oct. 31, killing one ...Read more

Big banks paid Hillary Clinton nearly $1.6 million to speak in 2013

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WASHINGTON -- Hillary Rodham Clinton earned nearly $10 million in speaking fees in 2013, including almost $1.6 million from major Wall Street banks, she disclosed Friday as she released eight years of personal income tax returns.

Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, collected $13.2 million in speaking fees that year, the only year for ...Read more

Mel Reynolds allowed to live at friend's place while awaiting trial

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CHICAGO-- Former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds will be allowed to live with a friend while awaiting trial on misdemeanor tax charges after federal court officials determined Friday that the Chicago residence did not violate sex offender requirements barring him from living too close to a school or day care center.

Soon after his release on his own ...Read more

State Department review scrubs sensitive information from latest Clinton email release

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WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent and received emails through her private server containing sensitive U.S. and foreign government information on a range of issues -- from an American detained in Myanmar and Iran's nuclear program to the Afghanistan war -- that State Department reviewers have now classified.

The ...Read more

Feds find bias in St. Louis County Family Court

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. -- The St. Louis County Family Court deprives juveniles of constitutional rights, is rife with conflicts of interest and treats black youths more harshly than whites, according to accusations made public Friday by the Department of Justice.

The agency will seek a mutual agreement to resolve the violations, but otherwise ...Read more

Lion's killer endures latest onslaught from social media mob

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SAN JOSE, Calif. –– In the endless feedback loop of social media's shaming machine, Walter Palmer never existed as a real person. As soon as word got out that the Minnesota dentist had shot and killed an African lion so beloved it had a Disneyfied name -- Cecil -- the basic bio of Palmer's digital avatar was quickly formulated: cowardly lion...Read more

End Cuban embargo, Clinton says

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WASHINGTON –– Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton called for an end to the U.S. embargo of Cuba on Friday, setting up a clear contrast with her Republican rivals on an issue that divides Florida.

"The Cuba embargo needs to go, once and for all," Clinton said in a speech at Florida International University.

"Engagement is not a ...Read more

Man arrested near Obama home after bomb scare ordered on electronic monitoring

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CHICAGO--A man claiming to be the son of President Barack Obama was charged and ordered to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet after spurring a police bomb unit response outside of the president's Kenwood home on Thursday, prosecutors said Friday.

Marquez Hassell, 20, appeared before Cook County Criminal Court Judge Donald Panarese Jr. and ...Read more

What a six-foot chunk of plane debris might bring to the MH370 mystery

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A six-foot piece of a Boeing 777's wing assembly discovered on a remote Indian Ocean island is expected to provide the first hard evidence that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 crashed 16 months ago and could help investigators narrow the search for the wreckage, experts said Friday.

Aviation forensic experts at a defense laboratory in France have ...Read more

Obama Iran deal in a danger zone

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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's determination to persuade the public and Congress to support a historic nuclear agreement with Iran may soon run headlong against a proven political adversary: August.

Obama's White House has seen major initiatives falter in the heat of August before, starting in his first year in office with the push to ...Read more

Nation and world news briefs

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Congressional Democrats on Friday urged the Obama administration to end the practice of locking up undocumented immigrant mothers and children while they await deportation proceedings.

"It is long past time to end family detention," said a letter signed by 178 House Democrats and sent to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.

The request ...Read more

Second top Republican resigns from Missouri Legislature

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Legislature's 2016 session will begin with new Republicans at the helm of both chambers after Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey announced his resignation Friday.

But Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, believes new leadership could be a good thing.

"I think it gives us new opportunities and new ...Read more

Democrats want Obama to end practice of locking up immigrant families while waiting for hearings

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Congressional Democrats on Friday urged the Obama administration to end the practice of locking up undocumented immigrant mothers and children while they await deportation proceedings.

"It is long past time to end family detention," said a letter signed by 178 House Democrats and sent to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.

The request ...Read more

Kansas moves to implement $25 ATM withdrawal limit for welfare recipients

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WASHINGTON -- Kansas plans to keep a controversial $25 limit on ATM withdrawals by welfare recipients, despite the possibility that the restriction might violate federal law.

Legislation was passed earlier this year to raise the limit, or do away with it entirely, but a newly revised version of Kansas' welfare plan does not permit withdrawals ...Read more

Wildfire north of Napa Valley grows to 18,000 acres

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A fast-moving fire north of Napa Valley continued to grow Friday as new evacuations were ordered for residents in a nearby rural town, authorities said..

The Rocky fire north of Napa Valley grew to 18,000 acres Friday and was 5 percent contained, tweeted Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. ...Read more

Number of salmonella cases rises in Washington state

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SEATTLE -- An outbreak of salmonella infections apparently linked to eating pork has expanded in Washington state, with at least 90 people in nine counties reported to have been ill.

More than half of the cases, 55, have been reported in King County. Six people have been hospitalized.

The sharp uptick in cases in less than a week and the lack ...Read more

Zimbabwe to seek extradition of American dentist who killed Cecil the lion

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WASHINGTON -- Zimbabwe will seek the extradition of Walter James Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who killed an iconic lion outside the perimeter of Hwange National Park in early July, the Zimbabwean environment minister said Friday.

Oppah Muchinguri said his country was taking the issue seriously.

"We have certain processes that we have to ...Read more

Accused killer in Charleston church shooting wants to plead guilty in federal court

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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Dylann Roof's lawyer David Bruck told a Charleston federal magistrate Friday morning in a hushed courtroom that his client wants to plead guilty to federal hate crimes in the June killings of nine African-Americans at a downtown Charleston church.

But Bruck said until he knows whether the federal government will seek the ...Read more

Clinton warns of 'cowboy diplomacy' if Republicans retake White House

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Hillary Rodham Clinton warned Friday in her first major foreign policy speech of the 2016 presidential campaign that her potential Republican opponents would return to "cowboy diplomacy and reckless warmongering," while she embraced President Barack Obama's policy of engagement and vowed to advance normalization of ties with Cuba by ending the ...Read more