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The 45-minute mystery of Freddie Gray's death

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BALTIMORE -- When Freddie Gray briefly locked eyes with police at 8:39 a.m. on a corner of an impoverished West Baltimore neighborhood two weeks ago, they seemed to recognize each other immediately. As three officers approached on bicycles along West North Avenue, the 25-year-old Gray was on the east corner of North Mount Street chatting with a ...Read more

Some Republicans caution against overzealous inquiry into Clinton, Benghazi

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WASHINGTON -- As Congress pursues its latest investigation of Hillary Rodham Clinton's missing emails and the role they may have played in the security lapses in the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, not every Republican is delighted by the prospect of dragging her to Capitol Hill for a skewering.

Some see danger.

The Clintons have proven ...Read more

Gay-rights skeptic Roberts urged to make U.S. high court history

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WASHINGTON -- When three of his U.S. Supreme Court colleagues said two years ago that same-sex marriage wasn't a constitutional right, Chief Justice John Roberts left himself room to maneuver.

Roberts declined to join that group, and that decision will put him in focus Tuesday when the court hears arguments in a historic clash that may legalize...Read more

Nepal on 'war footing' to restore order; earthquake toll passes 3,800

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KATHMANDU, Nepal -- Aid efforts ramped up in Nepal on Monday as the country tried to recover from the weekend's earthquake, but thousands prepared for another night in the open as the official death toll climbed past 3,800.

The Interior Ministry said 3,837 had died and around 6,800 people had been injured in Saturday's 7.8-magnitude quake.

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Saudi-led air raids hammer Houthis in southern Yemen, Red Sea coast

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SANAA, Yemen -- A Saudi-led coalition Monday launched a new round of airstrikes on Yemeni rebels and allied military units in the south of the country and on its Red Sea coast.

The coalition hit positions held by the mainly Shiite Houthi rebels and by military units loyal to former president Ali Abullah Saleh in the southern provinces of al-...Read more

Japan's Shinzo Abe visiting US to discuss their new threat: China

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WASHINGTON -- When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe rises to address a joint session of Congress on Wednesday, it will represent a diplomatic sea change so great that it may seem incomprehensible to the lingering members of the "Greatest Generation."

To those who lived through World War II, Japan was once seen as such a menacing enemy that ...Read more

Defense begins last chance to save life of Boston Marathon bomber Tsarnaev

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BOSTON -- Defense lawyers on Monday begin trying to convince a federal jury that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should not be sent to death row for the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

The government spent three days last week providing horrific tales from bombing survivors and relatives of the dead recounting their anguish after the blasts at the ...Read more

Peru may resume shooting down suspected coke-smuggling planes

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LIMA, Peru -- A surge in air shipments of cocaine to Bolivia has prompted neighboring Peru to consider resuming a policy of shooting down small aircraft suspected of ferrying the drug, authorities say.

That policy resulted in the 2001 shoot-down of a small aircraft, killing an American missionary and her daughter by mistake.

Peruvian National ...Read more

Majority of Americans say businesses must serve gay patrons

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A majority of American voters say businesses should not be allowed to refuse services to gays and lesbians, even on the basis of religious beliefs, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday.

Coming a day before the Supreme Court hears marriage-equality arguments that could lead to nationwide legalization, the poll also found a ...Read more

Trying to revive lucha-style wrestling using a national TV broadcast

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LOS ANGELES -- Fidel Bravo was minding his own business, eyes locked on the fight happening 5 feet away, when a massive shadow spilled over him.

Bravo, a lanky 22-year-old who doesn't look much for fisticuffs, had something the man casting the shadow wanted. All muscle, tattoos and sneer, the man placed his hands around Bravo's collar and ...Read more

Should states tell welfare recipients how to spend their benefits?

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WASHINGTON -- Kansas' new law that restricts welfare recipients from using their benefits to get a tattoo, consult a psychic or take a cruise has made for endless fodder on the late-night talk show circuit.

Supporters argue the law will push the poor to obtain gainful employment, and 18 other states are weighing comparable measures. But welfare...Read more

In Albuquerque, a police killing divides city's top law enforcement

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- After a fitful few hours of sleep, Kari Brandenburg reads a note every morning on a bulletin board in her closet, written to herself: "Being a hero is enduring for one moment more."

The sentiment has become a source of inspiration for Brandenburg, Albuquerque's chief prosecutor, and a signal of how deep the rift has grown ...Read more

Crawling their way into the digital era

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Have you ever been befuddled by a feature on your iPhone, only to have your 6-year-old show you how it works? A new study helps explain how this happens.

Most children have been using smartphones and digital tablets practically since birth -- literally.

Fully 36 percent of parents who answered a recent survey said their children had "touched ...Read more

After court adjourns, iconoclastic judge presides over movie nights

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SAN FRANCISCO -- It's movie night at the courthouse.

U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Alex Kozinski, his identification and security tags hanging from his neck, greets dozens of people who have shown up early for a guided tour of the court's headquarters, an ornate columned building on the edge of San Francisco's seamy Tenderloin.

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As the US spends more on detaining immigrants, private prison companies profit

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- In the women's wing of the nation's newest immigrant detention center, 28-year-old Silia Ramirez sat Thursday writing a letter to her family.

She described her day so far -- yoga with another detainee in the morning, chicken fajitas for lunch -- as well as her anxiety about the future. Like the 185 others held in the new ...Read more

Nepal earthquake death toll reaches 3,200

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KATHMANDU, Nepal -- Terrifying aftershocks continued to plague Nepal on Sunday, sending people screaming into the driving rain and complicating efforts to rescue survivors after a massive earthquake killed more than 3,200 people in the impoverished mountain kingdom and surrounding countries.

In Kathmandu, Nepal's capital, just 50 miles from the...Read more

After Nepal earthquake, chaos at Kathmandu airport

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KATHMANDU, Nepal -- Under a yellow moon that hung like a wedge of lemon in the sky, Ole Andersen was camped at 3 a.m. Monday out front of Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport with a green notebook, writing a story he called "From Paradise to Hell in a Few Seconds."

When Saturday's magnitude 7.8 earthquake racked Nepal, the 66-year-old ...Read more

VIDEO: Obama ribs those trying to succeed him at correspondents' dinner

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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama took aim the emerging 2016 presidential field at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner on Saturday even as he joked about his own waning time in office.

The president often gets good laughs at the annual event that brings together politicians, journalists, and celebrities, and this year he sent ...Read more

Nepal Quake: Survivor video of deadly avalanche on Mount Everest

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The powerful earthquake in Nepal Saturday triggered an avalanche above the most popular Mount Everest base camp at the height of climbing season, killing at least 10 people and stranding others at the perilous Khumbu Icefall, Nepalese officials and climbers reported.

"Running for life from my tent," Romanian climber Alex Gavan said via Twitter,...Read more

Nepal earthquake leaves climbers stranded on Mount Everest

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The earthquake-triggered avalanches that killed and critically injured dozens of climbers on Mount Everest also destroyed the path between two camps on the side of the world's tallest mountain, leaving some mountaineers stranded and awaiting rescue.

After the magnitude 7.8 earthquake shook Nepal early Saturday, a wall of rock and debris swept ...Read more

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