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Trump plans Tuesday rally in Raleigh, same day as Clinton's Charlotte event

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CHARLOTTE, N.C.--Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will campaign in Raleigh on Tuesday -- the same day his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton will hold a rally with President Barack Obama in Charlotte.

Trump is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. in Memorial Auditorium at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, said N.C. ...Read more

Minnesota man removes Nazi flag from yard after complaints

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Dismay and distress gripped the residents of Pleasant Street in the quiet little town of Lauderdale, Minn., this week when one of their neighbors hoisted a red flag bearing a swastika.

Ben Holsen first spotted the Nazi emblem flying on Wednesday night after another neighbor alerted him to its presence. The flag was flying next ...Read more

A father's final act was trying to save his son from ISIS

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KSOUR ESSEF, Tunisia -- Fathi Bayoudh battled for months to save his only son from Islamic State, whose ranks he had joined as a volunteer in Iraq and Syria.

This week, Bayoudh, a respected Tunisian doctor and military officer, thought the nightmare was finally drawing to a close.

Authorities in Turkey, the country bordering Islamic State's ...Read more

Hostage siege continues in restaurant in Bangladesh; 2 killed

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DHAKA, Bangladesh -- A tense standoff carried into the early morning hours Saturday after two police officers were killed in a gunfight with armed assailants who took several people hostage, including foreign nationals, at a restaurant in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, police said.

The gunmen entered the Holey Artisan Bakery restaurant at ...Read more

Nation and world news briefs

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Woman killed in Chicago crash believed to be first bike-sharing death in US

CHICAGO -- A 20-year-old woman riding a Divvy bike who was killed Friday morning in a crash involving a flat-bed truck in Chicago's Avondale neighborhood is believed to be the first person killed riding a bike-sharing bicycle in the United States.

The crash happened ...Read more

Minn. woman's al-Shabab guilty plea unveiled, linked to Virginia terror case

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Two years before federal agents searched her Twin Cities home in 2014, Amina Mohamud Esse told fellow members of an online community that sent money to al-Shabab that the FBI had contacted her.

It was a lie. She wanted out.

Esse will testify later this month in Virginia against the alleged ringleaders of a network prosecutors ...Read more

Afghan's path to US citizenship leads to George Washington's estate

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WASHINGTON -- Mirwais Nasari's first glimpses of America came from Rambo movies and "X-Files" episodes that he watched underneath the leaky roof of his family's clay house at a refugee camp in Pakistan.

Other young Afghans he knew admired Europe, but it was always the United States for Nasari. He skipped lunch for two years to take English ...Read more

Cosby lawyers to judge: Make Constand return settlement money

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PHILADELPHIA -- Lawyers for Andrea Constand urged a federal judge Friday to throw out Bill Cosby's bid to make her return the money he paid her a decade ago to settle sexual assault claims.

In a hearing before U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno in Philadelphia, the attorneys, Dolores Troiani and Bebe Kivitz, denied allegations by Cosby lawyers...Read more

Families of Charleston church shooting victims, survivors sue the FBI

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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Relatives of the victims and survivors of the Emanuel AME Church shooting in Charleston are suing the federal government for failing to prevent the sale of a gun used in the slayings of nine parishioners.

Five survivors and five families of those killed are faulting the government, claiming the FBI should have denied the ...Read more

California Gov. Jerry Brown signs gun control proposals into law

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed six gun control bills into law, including new restrictions on semiautomatic rifles and a requirement that ammunition purchasers undergo background checks, saying they will help "enhance public safety" in California.

The governor vetoed five other measures, including an expansion of the use...Read more

Gingrich is a top contender for Trump's VP

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ATLANTA -- Newt Gingrich is saying all the right things to boost his profile as a potential Donald Trump running mate. He's been advising the billionaire in private, praising him in public and attacking Hillary Clinton at every turn, fanning the flames for the likelihood that he's auditioning for the No. 2 gig.

And, perhaps most importantly, ...Read more

California veterans face long march in appealing disability benefits

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WASHINGTON -- The decorated Vietnam War veteran with an aching back sought care at the Fresno Veterans Affairs Medical Center in California.

Then the unnamed vet found himself on the vexing backlog of veterans appealing benefits decisions. While lawmakers and civil servants alike struggle to shrink the backlog, politics is slowing the arrival ...Read more

Trump praises evangelicals, pans Colorado's caucus system

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DENVER -- Donald Trump praised evangelicals, vowed to get tough on terror and promised to help America win in his first campaign visit to Colorado on Friday.

The presumptive GOP nominee started out praising the swing state, which was won twice by Democratic President Barack Obama and twice by Republican President George W. Bush, as he addressed...Read more

Attorney general won't recuse herself in Clinton email case

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WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Friday that she planned to take a step back in the case involving the handling of sensitive information stored on Hillary Clinton's personal email server but would not flat-out recuse herself.

Lynch said she still intended to review the case but expected to accept the recommendation of ...Read more

Clinton campaign's bank account grows with an additional $40.5 million raised in June

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WASHINGTON -- As Donald Trump struggles to mount an effective fundraising operation, Hillary Clinton reported another huge month.

The Clinton campaign said it raised $40.5 million for its own accounts in June, plus an additional $28 million that the Democratic National Committee and its affiliates in the states can use to register voters and ...Read more

In Colorado, Trump could have wooed skeptical Republicans; instead he brought up old fights

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DENVER -- Donald Trump's visit to Colorado on Friday offered the presumptive GOP nominee a chance to repair relations with Republicans in this pivotal swing state after a contentious primary season. But Trump instead dwelt on the divisions that threaten to split open the party.

In his address at the Western Conservative Summit, Trump repeatedly...Read more

Consumer groups ask: Will GMO bill reveal what's in your food?

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WASHINGTON -- A bill to create the first nationwide labeling standard for genetically modified foods is getting push-back from consumer advocates alarmed that its language could exempt a vast majority of foods made with genetic engineering.

"There may be no genetically engineered food that we commonly eat that's actually covered by this law as ...Read more

As Zika funds stall in Congress, Florida is attacking mosquitoes

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WASHINGTON -- Mosquito control isn't a profession that requires much politicking. Killing tiny insects doesn't take a lot of arm twisting.

But in May, Chris Lesser, assistant director of the Manatee County Mosquito Control Division in Florida, went to Washington to ask Congress for more money to fight the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

A board ...Read more

'We continue to grieve,' says family of victim in 'Serial' slaying

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BALTIMORE -- The family of Hae Min Lee, the victim in the homicide case investigated by the "Serial" podcast, reacted with frustration to news that her accused killer has been granted a new trial.

In a statement issued Friday through the Maryland attorney general's office, Lee's relatives said they continue to believe Adnan Syed is guilty of ...Read more

Political news briefs

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Lynch to accept recommendation of FBI, career prosecutors in Clinton email probe

WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Friday she will remove herself from the decision-making process about whether to seek charges in the investigation involving Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state.

The ...Read more