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Fatal shooting of black man by El Cajon police sparks outrage, protests

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SAN DIEGO -- El Cajon police said Tuesday evening that officers shot and killed a black man earlier in the day after he raised both hands clasping an object in a manner that looked as if he was holding a gun.

"The subject has passed away as a result of his injuries," El Cajon police said in a statement.

The man has not been formally identified...Read more

With pot on the ballot, states weigh how to police stoned drivers

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In five states this fall -- California, Arizona, Nevada, Maine and Massachusetts -- voters will be deciding whether marijuana should be legal for recreational use. And any of those states that do legalize marijuana will have to wrestle with the question of how to enforce laws against stoned drivers.

It has been legal to smoke pot recreationally...Read more

Deaths on the Mediterranean Sea don't keep migrants from trying to reach Europe

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RASHID, Egypt -- When the smuggler's boat sank a dozen miles off Egypt's Mediterranean coast, 17-year-old Attia Abdu Qamary fell into the choppy water with hundreds of other frightened migrants.

More than half looked like him -- teenage boys. Many had left their north coast fishing villages where the Nile River meets the sea in hopes of ...Read more

House Republicans to allow Flint vote

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WASHINGTON--House Republicans late Tuesday acquiesced to Democrats' demands for aid to address the Flint, Mich., water contamination crisis, when the Rules Committee voted to allow an amendment to a water resources measure that would authorize $170 million in assistance to the city.

The move comes just one day after the Rules panel blocked a ...Read more

Shimon Peres, former Israeli president, dies at 93

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Former Israeli President Shimon Peres, an omnipresent figure of the Israeli state, chief architect of its nuclear weapons program and a driving force behind its interim peace accords with the Palestinians, died Wednesday. He was 93.

The Nobel peace laureate had been hospitalized in the city of Ramat Gan over the past two weeks after suffering a...Read more

Trump, doubling down on outrage, shows no signs of shifting after widely panned first debate

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MIAMI -- If Donald Trump was concerned or contrite after his widely panned debate performance, there was no sign of it Tuesday as he resumed his attack on a former Miss Universe and blamed the moderator and a faulty microphone for repeatedly throwing him on the defensive.

While Hillary Clinton took a victory lap of sorts, hammering her opponent...Read more

Trump decries Clinton and the media as he seeks to recover from debate troubles

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MELBOURNE, Fla. -- Donald Trump cast Hillary Clinton as a corrupt and incompetent politician from a bygone era as he sought to recover Tuesday from his poorly received performance in the first debate of the general election.

The Republican presidential nominee wrapped up a one-day Florida campaign swing with blasts of lacerating rhetoric at a ...Read more

Alicia Machado, former Miss Universe insulted by Trump, emerges as forceful Clinton ally

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When Hillary Clinton told the 84 million people watching the presidential debate how Donald Trump disparaged Alicia Machado's weight and ethnicity during her tenure as Miss Universe, the former beauty queen, watching at home in Los Angeles, began to cry.

Then she began to tweet: first a message supporting Clinton, then a pledge to vote, ...Read more

Charlotte police headquarters evacuated after suspicious package is found

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's headquarters in uptown Charlotte was evacuated Tuesday afternoon after police found a suspicious package and called in the bomb squad.

The bomb squad was brought in to investigate "out of an abundance of caution," police spokeswoman Jessica Wallin said. "An alert employee spotted the ...Read more

When drug reviewers leave the FDA, they often work for Pharma

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WASHINGTON--More than a quarter of the Food and Drug Administration employees who approved cancer and hematology drugs from 2001 through 2010 left the agency and now work or consult for pharmaceutical companies, according to research published by a prominent medical journal Tuesday.

Dr. Vinay Prasad, a hematologist-oncologist and assistant ...Read more

World viewers weigh in on the US debate

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The first U.S. presidential debate broke viewership records at home -- and the rest of the world watched with great interest too. Here's what people in other countries thought of the first head-to-head matchup between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton:

Trump has attracted widespread hostility in Mexico for his threats to deport immigrants who ...Read more

Biden mocks Trump, says he was 'painfully uninformed' at debate

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PHILADELPHIA -- Vice President Joe Biden, in tones that were at times thunderous and mocking, on Tuesday enthused a Drexel University audience by painting Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as a vulture of the middle class who brags about not paying taxes and profiting from the recent housing crisis.

Biden, during a 30-minute speech...Read more

Obama nominates the first ambassador to Cuba in more than 50 years

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MIAMI--The White House Tuesday nominated Jeffrey DeLaurentis, who has been the chief of the U.S. Embassy in Havana since it reopened in July 2015, as the "first U.S. ambassador to Cuba in more than 50 years."

"Jeff's leadership has been vital throughout the normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba, and the appointment of an...Read more

Wells Fargo CEO to forfeit $45 million in pay over fake-accounts scandal

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LOS ANGELES -- Embattled Wells Fargo & Co. Chief Executive John Stumpf will forfeit compensation worth about $45 million as part of the company's response to the still-unfolding scandal over millions of fake accounts created by bank employees.

Stumpf will give up about $41 million in unvested stock awards, or about 910,000 shares, and will not ...Read more

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'Affluenza' teen's attorneys argue for judge's recusal

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Attorneys for Ethan Couch on Tuesday continued trying to get him out of jail, arguing that a criminal court judge has no authority over the case because Couch's probation should be treated as a civil case.

The attorneys also argued that state District Judge Wayne ...Read more

Baby boy born with DNA from 3 people

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A healthy baby boy is the first person to be born with DNA from three people, according to a medical report released Tuesday.

In addition to inheriting nuclear DNA from his mother and father, the infant also has mitochondrial DNA from a second woman who served as an egg donor.

Mitochondrial DNA consists of just 37 genes, a tiny fraction of the...Read more

After debate, Trump visits with the Hispanics who seem to like him most

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MIAMI -- If Donald Trump got the sort of reception from all Hispanics as he did Tuesday in Miami, he might have the election in the bag.

Trump's brief visit to Little Havana, billed as a town hall-style meeting with Latinos, turned into a love fest in which no one asked a single question. Instead, one by one, five fervent supporters lavished ...Read more

Candidates' attacks turn more personal after the debate

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- The presidential race ventured deeper into profoundly personal territory Tuesday as Hillary Clinton seized on Donald Trump's criticism of a former beauty queen and the Republican indicated he would step up his attacks on her husband's infidelities.

Trying to rebound from a rocky performance at Monday's first presidential ...Read more

Narcissists may start out popular, but people see through them in the long run

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To build a following, narcissism works. Briefly.

But if, as they say in this electoral season, you're looking to "grow your base," exercising emotional intelligence -- expressing empathy, checking your emotions in a bid to avoid conflict, and investing in personal relationships -- is a strategy that beats narcissism over the long term.

A new ...Read more

Man rescued at sea was suspect in grandfather's slaying

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- As authorities continued on Tuesday to gather information in the case of Nathan Carman, a former Middletown man who spent eight days on a raft at sea, court records in Connecticut show police suspected him in the unsolved 2013 slaying of his grandfather in Windsor.

Windsor police submitted to a prosecutor an arrest warrant ...Read more