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Key Islamic State official killed in Syria, group says

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WASHINGTON -- Lone wolves and Islamic State's most lethally trained operatives alike heeded his words -- and turned them into bloody deeds.

Abu Muhammad Adnani, whose death was announced Tuesday by the extremist group, was a chief architect of its war against the West. He exhorted European-born fighters to commit attacks on home ground rather ...Read more

Debbie Wasserman Schultz survives primary challenge from left

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Former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz fended off a primary challenge from Bernie Sanders-backed law professor Tim Canova in Florida's 23rd District on Tuesday night.

The incumbent won 57 percent of the vote to Canova's 43 percent with 56 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Associated Press.

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Embattled Corrine Brown ousted in primary

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Florida Rep. Corrine Brown was defeated in her Democratic primary in the state's dramatically redrawn 5th District, as she deals with fallout following her indictment on fraud charges in July.

The 12-term congresswoman lost her seat to former state Sen. Al Lawson, who had 47 percent of the vote, with 95 percent of precincts reporting, when the ...Read more

Police reward boy's generosity with a gift of their own

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PHILADELPHIA--A South Jersey boy who wanted to do something nice for his local police got a big surprise Tuesday to make his dream come true.

With lights and sirens blaring, an entourage of Winslow Township police vehicles arrived in his Sicklerville neighborhood to show their appreciation to William Evertz Jr.

Last Wednesday, the boy, age 5, ...Read more

Florida's Big Bend under hurricane watch with widespread rain expected everywhere else in area

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MIAMI -- A hurricane watch was issued Tuesday evening for Florida's Big Bend as a tropical depression continued to swirl in the Gulf of Mexico.

Over the next day or two, the National Hurricane Center said the tropical depression is expected to grow more organized and make a northeast turn toward Florida's Gulf Coast, raising the risk of storm ...Read more

Florida Senate battleground set: Rubio, Murphy win primaries

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WASHINGTON -- It's official: Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy will take on Republican Sen. Marco Rubio in the Florida Senate race, a closely watched contest that will pit a former presidential candidate trying to save his political career against a young lawmaker Democrats hope has the moxie to win a tough race.

Both men, as expected, won their ...Read more

After Ohio passed abortion law, risk of complications nearly tripled

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Women seeking medical abortions in Ohio experienced a higher rate of complications after the state implemented a law that put new restrictions on doctors who performed the procedure, according to a study published Tuesday.

The law, which took effect in 2011, requires abortion providers to adhere to specific guidelines from the U.S. Food and ...Read more

Israel, UN exchange barbs over settlement-building and peace with Palestinians

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TEL AVIV, Israel -- A U.N. envoy's statement suggesting Israel's expansion of Jewish settlements presents an obstacle to peace with Palestinians distorts history, a spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday.

In a report to the U.N. Security Council in New York, Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov on Monday highlighted a "...Read more

Chicago police seek to fire Van Dyke, 4 other cops in Laquan McDonald shooting

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CHICAGO -- Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson has filed administrative charges seeking to fire five officers involved in the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald in October 2014.

The charges, filed Tuesday with the Chicago Police Board, seek the dismissal of Officer Jason Van Dyke, who shot McDonald 16 times, as well as four officers who ...Read more

Poll finds Clinton, McGinty holding leads in Pennsylvania

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WASHINGTON -- A new poll Tuesday carried good news for Democrats in Pennsylvania, showing Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump by 8 percentage points in the presidential race there and Katie McGinty holding a 4-point advantage in her bid to oust incumbent Sen. Pat Toomey.

The Monmouth University poll is roughly in line with other recent surveys...Read more

Nation and world news briefs

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Florida judge who sent domestic violence victim to jail reprimanded

Seminole County, Fla., Judge Jerri Collins was publicly reprimanded in Tallahassee on Tuesday by Florida's chief justice for publicly belittling a domestic violence victim.

Last year Collins ordered the woman to jail for three days for failing to come to court and testify ...Read more

Gov. Christie vetoes increase in New Jersey's minimum wage

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PENNINGTON, N.J. -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday vetoed legislation that would have nearly doubled New Jersey's minimum wage to $15 an hour in five years, calling the proposal a "radical increase" that would hurt businesses and consumers.

Speaking in the produce aisle of a family-owned grocery store in Mercer County, Christie ...Read more

California lawmakers offer tax amnesty to pot shops but threaten to withhold their licenses to operate

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Estimating that two-thirds of the medical marijuana stores in California have failed to pay sales taxes, state officials on Tuesday took a carrot-and-stick approach to persuade pot shops to pay the $106 million owed.

With the state preparing to license medical marijuana shops in 2018, the Assembly sent Gov. Jerry Brown a ...Read more

Chicago mayor releases blueprint for Police Department oversight

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CHICAGO -- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday released his long-in-the-works blueprint to replace the agency that probes police misconduct and to create an inspector general with the power to investigate the Police Department.

He's pushing to get the proposal passed through the City Council in two weeks, as the U.S. Justice Department ...Read more

Can Congress mend the rift dividing police and black neighborhoods?

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WASHINGTON -- After a long summer of violence, Congress has a big job on its plate: finding new ways to mend relations between police and African-American communities across the nation.

On Tuesday, the search led to Detroit, where a handful of members of the House of Representatives interrupted their seven-week summer break to meet privately ...Read more

Trump to show up, but not speak out at Detroit church

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DETROIT -- When Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump comes to Detroit this weekend to try to strengthen his standing in the African-American community, he will be attending service at a black church and doing a one-on-one interview with the congregation's leader, Bishop Wayne T. Jackson.

But that's about it.

Trump won't be speaking to ...Read more

Trooper's chase of deaf man reached 100 mph before fatal shooting

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- No more than 7 minutes and 30 seconds elapsed on Aug. 18 from the time a state trooper began chasing Daniel Harris to the approximate moment the 29-year-old deaf man was struck with a fatal bullet from the officer's gun.

But that short clip of radio traffic between Trooper Jermaine Saunders and his dispatcher offers the most ...Read more

Did it hurt or help? Researchers analyze Ohio's 2011 abortion law

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Did a law regulating drug-induced abortions keep women safe or block them from access to this procedure?

A study published Tuesday in the journal PLOS One suggests an Ohio law limiting how women can obtain medical abortions may have led to a higher rate of complications. But the law's defenders said these conclusions should be viewed with ...Read more

After public self-debate, Trump set to clarify immigration policy

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WASHINGTON -- Should they stay or should they go?

Donald Trump promises to end his open debate with himself in a speech in Arizona on Wednesday to clarify whether he'd deport more than 11 million immigrants who are in the United States illegally or retreat on his proposal for a so-called deportation force.

He's expected to moderate his ...Read more

Motorcycle clubs fight to keep their trademark 'colors'

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WASHINGTON -- Federal prosecutors have dropped a controversial bid to seize the trademark owned by a motorcycle club that casts itself as the "Devils Diciples."

But while the development this week cheers the Midwestern group and the California-based lawyer who represents them, it does not entirely slam the brakes on other trademark challenges ...Read more