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At a rowdy rally in Anaheim, Trump plays to his base

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ANAHEIM, Calif.--Donald Trump showed no sign of letting up on his harsh immigration rhetoric as he returned to California on Wednesday with a message decidedly out of step with a state that has roundly rejected a hard-line approach to the issue.

"Build that wall!" Trump chanted along with the crowd at the Anaheim Convention Center, playing up ...Read more

Georgia's 'fetal pain' abortion law continues on winding legal path

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ATLANTA -- For the past six months, it has been illegal in Georgia for doctors to perform abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, in most cases.

Except the standard had been 24 weeks, and hardly anyone knew about the change.

"It was unknown to the doctors we represent and unknown to virtually all the doctors in Georgia," Atlanta attorney Don ...Read more

In Cosby case, questions of credibility, consistency

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PHILADELPHIA -- In the weeks and months after Bill Cosby allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted her, Andrea Constand didn't cut ties.

She went back to his Cheltenham home and spoke to him by phone. She asked for tickets to one of his shows in Toronto -- and brought her family, too.

Those details trickled out to police, in multiple interviews...Read more

Former Rep. Giffords says Clinton 'will stand up to the gun lobby'

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CHERRY HILL, N.J. -- Former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords, who survived an assassination attempt five years ago, still struggles for words.

"Speaking is difficult for me," she said Wednesday in a halting voice, "but come January, I want to say these two words: 'Madam President.' "

The crowd gathered in Cherry Hill for a roundtable on gun ...Read more

Bill to limit welfare for Cuban immigrants would save taxpayers $2.45 billion

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.--A bill to restrict welfare for Cuban immigrants would save U.S. taxpayers a whopping $2.45 billion over the next decade, congressional analysts estimate.

The proposed legislation, spurred by a Sun Sentinel investigation and introduced in recent months by U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo and Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republicans, ...Read more

Bernie Sanders grows pro-pot during California primary swing

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Bernie Sanders is turning to marijuana to bolster his credentials in California ahead of the crucial Democratic primary there.

The Vermont senator told a rally in beach-front Santa Monica that he would vote yes on an initiative proposed for the November ballot in the state that would legalize the drug. In Riverside, he told more than a thousand...Read more

LGBT divide grows as 11 states sue feds over transgender bathroom rule

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DALLAS -- Texas and 10 other states are suing the Obama administration over its directive that schools must allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding to the gender with which they identify.

"The president continues to violate the Constitution by trying to rewrite laws as if he were a king," Texas Gov. Greg ...Read more

Trump takes control of Florida away from national political director

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump has stripped decision-making powers from his national political director in Florida, a crucial state for Republicans to win in November in order to capture the White House.

Trump shifted control of Florida away from Rick Wiley, who was hired just six weeks ago to take over the campaign's national political operation, ...Read more

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Mapping a victory: 12-year-old wins National Geographic bee

WASHINGTON -- Florida native Rishi Nair, a sixth-grader at Williams Middle Magnet School in Tampa, beat out nine other young geography whizzes to win the National Geographic Bee Championship Wednesday.

The final question: "A new marine sanctuary will protect sharks and other wildlife ...Read more

House passes bill stripping District of Columbia of budget control

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WASHINGTON -- House Republicans passed a bill Wednesday that strips the District of Columbia of any autonomy over how it spends its own money.

The measure, which passed 240-179, seeks to overturn a local law passed by D.C. officials and affirmed by voters in a referendum allowing the city to control how it spends money it raises through its ...Read more

House moves on California water bills, but toward what end?

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WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives passed yet another set of controversial California water provisions Wednesday, sending a political signal and, perhaps, putting pressure on the Senate.

Important differences, though, still split the state, and lawmakers have yet to show they can get out of their respective trenches and resolve them. ...Read more

Two officers in Freddie Gray case sue state's attorney for defamation

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BALTIMORE -- Two officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray are suing Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby for defamation and invasion of privacy.

Sgt. Alicia White and Officer William Porter, who are facing charges of involuntary manslaughter in the 25-year-old's death last April, filed the lawsuit against Mosby, Baltimore sheriff's ...Read more

Trump protesters clash with police in Anaheim; several arrested

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ANAHEIM, Calif.--Supporters and critics of Donald Trump squared off Wednesday in Anaheim as the presidential candidate held a rally, with police making several arrests after some demonstrators threw objects at them.

After Trump departed, a small group of protesters remained in the area and ignore demands by police to leave the area. At least ...Read more

Analysis: Ahead of California primary, Clinton and Sanders have different messages, challenges

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LOS ANGELES -- As the primary season whirls to an end, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are two planets occupying orbits that only occasionally cross.

Both presidential candidates have coursed across California in recent days, pleading with voters to give them the victory each needs in the June 7 Democratic primary. Both warned of challenges ...Read more

Pakistani transgender activist who was shot, then taunted at hospital, dies of injuries

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PESHAWAR, Pakistan--A 23-year-old transgender activist died at a northern Pakistani hospital Wednesday after a shooting and delays in medical care that her friends blamed on discrimination in the South Asian country.

Shot seven times in an altercation Sunday, the activist--who went by one name, Alisha--was brought to Lady Reading Hospital, one ...Read more

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signs 20-week abortion ban

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed into law Wednesday a ban on abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy or later.

An abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy or later, calculated as the weeks past fertilization, is allowed under the law in the case of a severe fetal anomaly that would prevent the child from surviving with or without ...Read more

Clinton says Trump's words endanger Americans

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BUENA PARK, Calif. -- Hillary Clinton hammered Donald Trump's foreign policy on Wednesday, saying the presumptive GOP presidential nominee's rhetoric endangered Americans, served as a recruiting tool for the Islamic State terrorist group and showed a profound lack of understanding of global affairs.

"Here is where I'm especially concerned about...Read more

Mapping a victory: 12-year-old wins National Geographic bee

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WASHINGTON -- Florida native Rishi Nair, a sixth-grader at Williams Middle Magnet School in Tampa, beat out nine other young geography whizzes to win the National Geographic Bee Championship Wednesday.

The final question: "A new marine sanctuary will protect sharks and other wildlife around Isla Wolf in which archipelago in the Pacific Ocean?" ...Read more

Fed study: Nearly half of US households would struggle with unexpected $400 expense

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WASHINGTON -- Shedding light on the precarious economic state of many American families, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday that nearly half of U.S. households reported they would have trouble meeting emergency expenses of just $400.

In addition, the Fed found that 22 percent of workers were juggling two or more jobs last year, higher than what...Read more

Speculation rife over Wasserman Schultz's future as DNC chair

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Rumors of Debbie Wasserman Schultz's death as chair of the Democratic National Committee appear to have been greatly exaggerated. For now.

A party spokesperson made it clear that Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., still had the confidence of the party, despite a report in the congressional newspaper The Hill that quoted two ...Read more