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Missouri fraternity suspended during racism probe

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COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A fraternity at the University of Missouri has been suspended while officials investigate reports of racial and sexist slurs.

University officials and the Delta Upsilon national organization suspended the chapter of the fraternity Wednesday after members were accused of shouting slurs at black students late Tuesday.

Two black ...Read more

Eye specialist accuses his ex-colleague, University of Miami of Medicare fraud

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MIAMI -- A four-year-old lawsuit between a pair of star doctors who had a falling out at the nation's No. 1 ranked eye institute, Miami-based Bascom Palmer, was finally unsealed on Wednesday -- revealing allegations of "false claims" for procedures billed to Medicare based on "fabricated" patient evaluations.

Dr. Philip Rosenfeld, a retinal ...Read more

Some worry Shimon Peres' death will end hopes for a two-state solution in Mideast

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TEL AVIV, Israel -- As the world mourns former Israeli President Shimon Peres, the eulogies will be clouded by concern that the Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation he had envisioned remains as remote as ever.

"At a time when he is leaving us, the idea of the two states is going through its worst days ever," said Alon Liel, a former aide to Peres...Read more

Trump keeps on criticizing Venezuelan beauty queen he once called 'Miss Piggy'

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WAUKESHA, Wis. -- Donald Trump resumed his attack on a beauty pageant winner he had criticized for gaining weight, saying she had "a lot of difficulties" as Miss Universe and that now "a lot of things are coming out about her."

Alicia Machado, who won the beauty contest in 1996, has emerged as a symbol of what critics of the Republican ...Read more

Iranian court upholds activist's 16-year sentence

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TEHRAN -- An Iranian appeals court on Wednesday upheld a 16-year prison sentence for a prominent Iranian human rights advocate.

Narges Mohammadi had been sentenced in May on charges of violating national security and acting against the Islamic government through her support of an anti-death penalty campaign.

As vice president of the Defenders ...Read more

Tropical Storm Matthew likely a hurricane by Friday

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MIAMI -- Tropical Storm Matthew will likely become a hurricane by Friday as it pushes across the Caribbean Sea, posing a serious threat to vulnerable islands in a region prone to deadly flooding and mudslides.

At 8 p.m. Wednesday, National Hurricane Center forecasters said Matthew was located about 90 miles west of St. Lucia and had slowed to ...Read more

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Philando Castile case turned over to Minn. county for charging consideration

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has turned over its investigation of the officer-involved fatal shooting of Philando Castile to the Ramsey County Attorney's Office for charging consideration.

Castile, an African-American, was fatally shot ...Read more

Eye-tracking technology shows that preschool teachers have implicit bias against black boys

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For African-American boys, the presumption of guilt starts before they have entered a kindergarten classroom, new research shows.

In a study presented Wednesday to a meeting of education policy officials, researchers found that pre-K educators who were prompted to expect trouble in a classroom trained their gaze significantly longer on black ...Read more

Why the fight for Aleppo is a turning point in the Syrian war

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Families huddle terrified in basements, stalked by staggeringly powerful explosions shaking the streets above. Wounded children writhe untreated on dirty clinic floors. Hospitals and rescue centers -- a ravaged city's last ragged line of defense -- crumble daily into rubble, often appearing to have been methodically targeted.

Even by the brutal...Read more

Eyeing narrow margins, Clinton campaign tries to keep voters from going over to third parties

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DURHAM, N.H. -- With polls showing a tightening presidential race, Hillary Clinton's campaign is playing defense against third-party candidates to keep them from widening Donald Trump's path to victory.

Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson and the Green Party's Jill Stein are drawing enough support, particularly from millennials, to threaten ...Read more

Interior Department now probing Yosemite harassment complaints

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WASHINGTON -- Federal investigators are heading back to Yosemite National Park in coming days, as their probe of park management picks up speed.

Prompted by a National Park Service request, the investigation that formally began Aug. 29 is digging into myriad Yosemite employee complaints about the work environment fostered under Superintendent ...Read more

Statute of limitations for rape eliminated in California after governor signs bill

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California has ended its statute of limitations for rape cases after Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed legislation filed in the wake of sexual assault allegations against comedian Bill Cosby.

Senate Bill 813, filed by Democratic State Sen. Connie Leyva amends the penal code so that some sex crimes, including rape, ...Read more

Trump: 'How many more Clinton scandals can this country take?'

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COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa -- Donald Trump ramped up his attacks on Hillary Clinton's integrity Wednesday, saying the former secretary of State "would put the Oval Office up for sale" if she wins the presidency.

"How many more Clinton scandals can this country take?" the Republican presidential nominee asked supporters at a rally of Christian ...Read more

Philando Castile case turned over to Minn. county for charging consideration

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has turned over its investigation of the officer-involved fatal shooting of Philando Castile to the Ramsey County Attorney's Office for charging consideration.

Castile, an African-American, was fatally shot by St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez on July 6 during a traffic stop ...Read more

Voters say Clinton won the debate, but impact is still unclear

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WASHINGTON -- More than half a dozen polls show that voters say Hillary Clinton won Monday night's debate against Donald Trump, but it's still too early to know how much impact that will have on the candidates' standings.

The latest evidence comes from an NBC/SurveyMonkey poll that found more than half of likely voters viewed Clinton as the ...Read more

US tells court of plans to remodel empty portion of Guantanamo complex

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MIAMI -- The Obama administration has put the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., on notice that the military plans to demolish part of Guantanamo's Camp 5 prison complex to transform it into a medical facility for low-value detainees in custody there.

The Justice Department filing notifies the court that the prison has already begun ...Read more

Zika money finally gets approved as Senate votes to keep government running

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WASHINGTON -- Overcoming its earlier divisions on Zika funding, the Senate on Wednesday approved $1.1 billion in research and prevention aid as it passed a bigger appropriations bill to fund the federal government into December.

Sen. Bill Nelson, aware of a looming potentially divisive House vote later in the day or this week, greeted the ...Read more

'Barefoot Bandit' transferred to work-release program

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SEATTLE -- Colton Harris-Moore, the onetime teen fugitive who gained international fame as the "Barefoot Bandit," has been transferred to a work-release facility in Seattle.

Harris-Moore, now 25, checked into the Reynolds Work Release, just a few blocks from the Pioneer Square offices of his former defense attorney, John Henry Browne, who said ...Read more

Charlotte police withholding more than 2 hours of video from Scott shooting

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has refused to release more than two hours of footage that video cameras captured at the University City apartment complex where police fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott last week.

On Saturday, CMPD released about two minutes of video footage, captured by a dashboard camera and a body...Read more

California treasurer sanctions Wells Fargo over fake-accounts scandal

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LOS ANGELES -- California's state treasurer announced Wednesday that he has temporarily severed some business relationships with Wells Fargo & Co. over revelations that the bank created millions of accounts without customers' permission.

Treasurer John Chiang said his office will no longer invest in Wells Fargo securities, go through Wells ...Read more