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California paper revels in its first-ever Pulitzer Prize

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TORRANCE, Calif. -- When the big announcement came, no one in the newsroom believed the paper could actually win. There was no gathering planned, no food platters, no champagne.

Then, suddenly, city editor Frank Suraci let out a scream.

"Oh, my God! Oh, my God! Are you kidding me?"

The results came in Monday afternoon and staffers at the ...Read more

LA Times wins Pulitzers for feature writing, criticism

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Times won two Pulitzer Prizes, American journalism's top honor, for its coverage of California's drought and for cultural criticism, Columbia University announced Monday.

Staff writer Diana Marcum won the 2015 feature writing prize for her searing portraits of farmers, fieldworkers and other Californians in ...Read more

Friends, neighbors say Baltimore man was a well-liked jokester known to police

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BALTIMORE -- As stubborn clouds hung low over the Gilmor Homes on Monday, those who knew Freddie Gray sat on front steps or stood in close circles, shaking their heads at the death of another young black man while in police custody. They described a 25-year-old who was well-liked by older residents and beloved by his peers for his sense of humor...Read more

Obama administration signals possible compromise in Iran nuclear talks

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WASHINGTON -- Signaling a potential key compromise in negotiations with Iran, the White House said Monday that it might be willing to start providing sanctions relief as soon as Tehran begins putting in place new curbs on its nuclear program.

The Obama administration and Iran have been at odds over how quickly sanctions will begin to be lifted ...Read more

'No easy answer' to Mediterranean migration crisis, leaders find

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CATANIA, Italy -- European leaders are struggling to find a solution to a desperate surge of Mediterranean migration that appears to have claimed more than 1,500 lives so far this year, as poverty and war drive people to risk their lives on rickety, overloaded boats.

Any likely answer, however, could be years in the making.

"The main issue ...Read more

6 from Minnesota arrested, charged with planning to join Islamic State group

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Six Somali-American men from Minneapolis were arrested Sunday and charged Monday with conspiracy to support terrorism in the largest Minnesota operation -- and one of the biggest nationally -- to result from an eight-year federal investigation into terrorist recruiting in the United States.

Two of the six were arrested by FBI ...Read more

'Liquid biopsy' picks up cancer biomarkers in blood, study finds

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A blood test known as a "liquid biopsy" could help doctors track a shifty type of lung cancer without the need for invasive procedures, an international team of researchers says.

The findings, presented at the American Association for Cancer Research meeting taking place in Philadelphia, could help doctors predict whether patients with non-...Read more

US-Japan fail to seal trade agreement before Abe's US trip

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TOKYO -- U.S. and Japanese officials failed to reach agreement in marathon bilateral trade talks in Tokyo, a setback for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's hopes of arriving for a summit in Washington next week with a pact in hand.

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman left Tokyo after negotiations concluded around 4 a.m. Tuesday, with differences ...Read more

Custody of children in cage case in limbo

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ST. LOUIS -- The custody of Terry and Victoria Smith's six children is in limbo after the parents were convicted Friday of using a pediatric crib as a makeshift cage to restrain their severely autistic son.

A St. Charles County jury found the couple guilty of child endangerment, recommending the maximum seven-year prison terms for both parents ...Read more

This time, Hillary Clinton plays up her gender and key issues for women

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KEENE, N.H. -- Hillary Rodham Clinton waited until the day of her concession speech the last time she ran for president to put the glass ceiling at the center of her campaign.

Seven years later, the country and Clinton both have changed. From the start, her campaign is making a selling point of breaking the gender barrier.

Her advisers once ...Read more