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Justice Thomas laments a Washington that's 'broken in some ways'

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said Americans are understandably losing confidence in their government, lamenting that the nation's capital has become "broken in some ways."

Speaking just days after marking his 25th anniversary on the court, Thomas entertained a friendly audience at the Heritage Foundation in ...Read more

Democratic Party sues GOP alleging voter intimidation plot

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The Democratic National Committee asked a judge to block the Republican Party from supporting efforts to discourage minorities from voting based on Donald Trump's claims that the presidential election is "rigged."

In a pre-emptive strike against what it called a coordinated effort to intimidate voters, the Democratic Party's governing body ...Read more

Death penalty sought against man accused in killings of 2 Palm Springs police officers

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LOS ANGELES -- The man accused of killing two Palm Springs police officers during an ambush-style attack will face the death penalty, Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin announced Wednesday.

John Felix, 26, faces two counts of murder with the special circumstances of multiple murders, murder of a police officer in the line of duty ...Read more

Greek system at UC Berkeley lifts ban, institutes new safety measures

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If you're headed to a party at a University of California, Berkeley fraternity or sorority, expect more than a greeting at the front door: Under a new policy, party-goers will be welcomed with a two- to three-minute training talk on sexual consent and intervention tips for bystanders.

The new safety measures come after the student-led councils ...Read more

22 children killed in airstrikes on Syrian school, UNICEF says

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NEW YORK -- The head of the U.N. Children's Fund said Wednesday that 22 children died in repeated attacks on a school compound in Idlib in northwestern Syria.

Six teachers also died in Wednesday's airstrikes, which UNICEF Director Anthony Lane labelled a "war crime."

"This is a tragedy. It is an outrage. And if deliberate, it is a war crime," ...Read more

New FDA guidelines could revive debate over 'female Viagra'

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WASHINGTON -- A draft guidance that the Food and Drug Administration published this week could revive a debate about a drug approved last year to enhance the female libido. At the time of the approval, many observers questioned the FDA's decision and doubted that the drug actually works. Now, some of the same critics are wondering whether or not...Read more

Kidney disease patients will see new safeguards to protect them from unneeded insurance

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The American Kidney Fund said Wednesday it is instituting new "safeguards" to protect patients with kidney disease from being steered unnecessarily into commercial health insurance plans.

The Rockville, Md.-based nonprofit organization outlined a new series of measures that would protect patients' "autonomy and informed choice" when they seek ...Read more

Trump points to his employees when asked why Latinos should feel safe voting for him

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Donald Trump, asked about his message to the Latino community and why they should vote for him, responded by citing the "happy" Latino employees at his Doral golf resort near Miami.

"They are so happy. They love their job. They can't -- one of them got up this morning and actually said, 'We can't wait to get to work.' It was so incredible. And ...Read more

Afghan girl on magazine cover is now a woman behind bars

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PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- She has been called the Mona Lisa of Afghanistan, the emerald-eyed refugee girl who appeared on the cover of National Geographic magazine in 1985 in one of the most famous news photographs ever taken.

On Wednesday, Sharbat Gula was jailed in Pakistan on charges of falsifying her identity papers.

Gula appeared before a ...Read more

Venezuela's political crisis deepens, with parliament in standoff with president

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CARACAS, Venezuela -- Tens of thousands of Venezuelans poured into the streets of the capital, Caracas, and other cities Wednesday to protest the suspension of a campaign to recall President Nicolas Maduro. Supporters of the beleaguered president held their own show of strength near the presidential palace.

The demonstrations are part of a long...Read more

Judge trims 2 from Prince's estate claims

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MINNEAPOLIS -- And then there were six. Or maybe seven.

A Carver County, Minn., judge has winnowed the group of heirs set to inherit Prince's mammoth estate down to the sister and five half siblings of the late musician.

In an order filed Wednesday, District Judge Kevin Eide excluded a woman and girl claiming to be heirs because they were ...Read more

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At least 20 inmates, 2 correctional officers hurt in Cook County Jail fight

CHICAGO -- Two correctional officers and eight inmates were sent to hospitals, and at least a dozen more prisoners were treated for less serious injuries, after fights broke out in a maximum security division of Cook County Jail Tuesday night, authorities said.

The ...Read more

California National Guard members won't have to repay bonuses — for now

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WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon has agreed under pressure from Congress to suspend its demand that thousands of California National Guard veterans repay re-enlistment and retention bonuses given during the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The bonuses were illegal, and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said in a statement that "while some ...Read more

Do rich people really not care about anyone?

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WASHINGTON -- Rich people. They're nothing like us. They've got more money, more things and, according to a recent study, less time to waste on simply noticing other people.

In Psychological Science, a research journal, a group of New York University academics tested this phenomenon in a series of studies designed to quantitatively measure ...Read more

Baby taken in Baltimore carjacking found hours later outside house

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BALTIMORE -- An 11-month-old baby boy who was inside a vehicle that was carjacked Wednesday afternoon in Southeast Baltimore was found several hours later.

The incident prompted Maryland State Police to issue an Amber Alert at about 3 p.m. local time. The infant's mother told police she was unloading groceries around 1:30 p.m. but left her car ...Read more

Trump promises a 'new deal for black America' at NC stop

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump promised a "new deal for black America" Wednesday at Charlotte's Spirit Square.

Speaking to a mostly white audience, he talked about launching a new "urban renewal" in America's inner cities and unlocking the "potential" of the African-American community.

"Here is the promise I ...Read more

An aide says he once arranged for $50 million in payments for Bill Clinton

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WASHINGTON -- A close aide to Bill Clinton said he arranged for $50 million in payments for the former president, part of a complicated mingling of lucrative business deals and charity work of the Clinton Foundation mapped out in a memo released by WikiLeaks on Wednesday.

The report was written by Doug Band, who has transitioned from his job as...Read more

Newseum joins effort to free missing journalist Austin Tice

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WASHINGTON -- The four-year effort to find and free U.S. journalist Austin Tice, who vanished while reporting for McClatchy and other outlets in Syria, will get a boost in visibility next week with the unveiling of a banner in his honor at the Newseum in Washington.

The banner will hang on the facade of the Newseum, the museum dedicated to ...Read more

Bridgegate judge: Jury doesn't need to consider motive for lane closures

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NEWARK, N.J. -- Federal prosecutors on Wednesday suggested jurors should not believe Bridget Anne Kelly's version of the George Washington Bridge lane-closure saga, because doing so would mean that seven witnesses had lied under oath in federal court here.

Kelly, a former deputy chief of staff to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, quickly shot ...Read more

For first time, US abstains in UN vote to lift Cuba embargo

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WASHINGTON -- The United States on Wednesday abstained for the first time from an annual vote at the United Nations calling for lifting the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba, a resolution Washington had always adamantly opposed.

The abstention was another step marking the end of more than 50 years of official U.S. hostility to Cuba.

The final ...Read more