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Stormwater runoff from roadways kills coho salmon in hours, study finds

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SEATTLE -- A new study shows that stormwater runoff from urban roadways is so toxic to coho salmon that it can kill adult fish in as little as 2 1/2 hours.

But the research by Seattle scientists also points to a relatively easy fix: filtration through a simple, soil-based system.

"It's basically ... letting the Earth do what it does so well, ...Read more

Coastal Commission bans captive orca breeding at SeaWorld San Diego

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LONG BEACH, Calif.--The California Coastal Commission dealt an unexpected blow to SeaWorld San Diego by banning captive breeding of orcas and drastically restricting the transfer of whales in and out of the park.

The commission approved the $100-million project to enhance the orca habitat, but the vote was largely seen as a victory for animal ...Read more

Pa. Supreme Court Justice reportedly involved in racist email exchanges

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PHILADELPHIA--Experts on legal ethics condemned Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin on Thursday following disclosures that he had sent or received emails that mocked Muslim children as suicide bombers, called Mexicans "beaners," and joked about domestic-assault victims.

"This justice ought to say, 'I'm terribly embarrassed. In ...Read more

McCarthy's decision to drop out of Speaker race boosts Webster's longshot bid

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.--Florida Congressman Dan Webster's quixotic push to become speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives received an unexpected boost Thursday when House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy stunned the political world and abruptly withdrew from the race to replace John Boehner.

"It's been a whirlwind day," said Webster after ...Read more

Missouri to require all freshmen to undergo diversity training

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KANSAS CITY, Mo.--The University of Missouri, which this week removed a student from its Columbia campus for shouting "the 'N' word" and other racial slurs at members of a black student group practicing for homecoming, announced Thursday that, as of January, all new entering freshmen will be required to undergo diversity training.

The training,...Read more

Rich Davis, founder of KC Masterpiece and barbecue legend, dies at age 89

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The inventor of KC Masterpiece sauce and a legend in the world of barbecue, Rich Davis died Tuesday at his home in Leawood, Kan. He was 89.

In a tweet posted Wednesday, KC Masterpiece wrote: "The BBQ World lost one of its pioneers last night."

Davis, a piano prodigy who decided to become a child psychiatrist, founded ...Read more

Analysis: Republicans look for new speaker candidates, but few want the job

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WASHINGTON -- Speaker of the House of Representatives may be second in line to the White House, but it has become one of the least attractive perches of power in Washington.

The shock of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's withdrawal from the speaker's election Thursday has wrought even more chaos for a body already plagued by dysfunction. ...Read more

Obama, Kanye West in Bay Area to raise funds for Democrats

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Amid renewed debate over gun control at home and tumult aplenty abroad, President Barack Obama arrives in the San Francisco Bay Area on Friday to hold two fundraisers for the Democratic National Committee -- including one with a rap artist harboring his own White House aspirations.

On Friday night, Obama will attend a ...Read more

N. Carolina congressman's letter clouds McCarthy's leadership withdrawal

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WASHINGTON -- A North Carolina congressman threw confusion over House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's sudden departure from the speaker's race with a letter he later insisted had nothing to do with McCarthy at all.

As reporters and lawmakers alike scrambled Thursday to understand precisely why McCarthy withdrew from a race he had been expected...Read more

Terror funding defendant seeks case's dismissal

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ST. LOUIS -- A former Missouri man now living in California is seeking the dismissal of a federal indictment that claims he supported foreign terrorist fighters and murder overseas.

Armin Harcevic was one of six people indicted in St. Louis this year on accusations that he supplied money and equipment to fighters with designated foreign ...Read more

Witnesses graphically describe abortions as House opens 5th inquiry into Planned Parenthood

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WASHINGTON -- The latest congressional hearing investigating Planned Parenthood switched focus from the health care provider's abortion practices to the morality and constitutionality of the issue Thursday afternoon.

Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., held up a miniature diaper intended for an extremely premature baby, asking about what's happened to ...Read more

Anti-establishment mood doesn't stop 'Invisible Primary'

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WASHINGTON -- With 83 percent of Americans saying they disapprove of the way Congress is doing its job, one might expect presidential candidates and their savvy political teams to keep themselves at a distance.

But even in this year of the outsider -- where, from the revolt in the House to the polls in the presidential race, it might appear the...Read more

Clinton tapped D.C. lawyer to help respond to Benghazi questions

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WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton tapped a former State Department employee to help respond to various inquires from Capitol Hill after the 2012 fatal attacks in Benghazi, Libya, at the same he was being paid by his law firm.

Richard Verma was designated a "special government employee," allowing him to work at the department as well as at Steptoe &...Read more

El Nino: When will it start raining in California?

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SAN JOSE, Calif.--One of the strongest El Nino winters ever recorded since modern records first began in 1950 continues to grow in the Pacific Ocean, federal scientists reported Thursday.

So, with the likelihood for a wet winter increasing across drought-parched California, residents staring at empty reservoirs and dead lawns are asking: "When ...Read more

Kevin McCarthy shocks House, abandons race for speaker

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WASHINGTON -- House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, dogged by persistent skepticism from hard-core conservatives and facing questions about his qualifications, abruptly withdrew Thursday from the race to replace John Boehner as speaker of the House of Representatives.

McCarthy, R-Calif., who began Thursday as an embattled but clear favorite to ...Read more

Shock, anger in Bakersfield, Calif., after McCarthy ends bid for speaker

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Bakersfield Republicans, so recently elated that their hometown congressman Kevin McCarthy appeared on the verge of winning a bid to become the next speaker of the House of Representatives, were both stunned and angered to learn of his abrupt withdrawal Thursday.

After failing to win support from Republican conservatives, ...Read more

Ahead of debate, Clinton unveils aggressive Wall Street agenda

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WASHINGTON -- Hillary Rodham Clinton has struggled to persuade progressives that she is as determined as they are to change the culture of Wall Street, and Thursday she sought to reassure them with aggressive plans for regulating the financial sector.

The Clinton Wall Street agenda, unveiled in the form of a detailed policy paper, is notable ...Read more

Top LA County Sheriff's official bought stolen Audi

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LOS ANGELES -- A top-ranking Los Angeles County sheriff's official bought a stolen luxury sedan last year from the owner of a towing company that contracts with his agency, a Los Angeles Times investigation has found.

Assistant Sheriff Michael Rothans paid $3,000 for the 2012 Audi A4, which had been seized by sheriff's deputies from a suspected...Read more

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Global worries kept Fed from hiking rates in September

WASHINGTON -- Many Federal Reserve officials appeared to be on the fence on whether to vote for a interest rate hike last month, but in the end they agreed to hold off largely because the slowing global economy had increased their worries about low inflation in the U.S.

An account of ...Read more

Israel says 'lone wolves' behind recent stabbings

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JERUSALEM -- A rash of Palestinian stabbings of Israelis, which continued Thursday with four more attacks, has been the work of lone assailants with no record of arrests or links to Palestinian militant groups, according to police officials.

The copycat attacks, carried out by young Palestinians, mostly in their teens, appear to have been ...Read more