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Obama says he watched video of Trump's lewd comments on women

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President Barack Obama says he knew right away the video of Donald Trump crudely describing unwanted advances on women would change the presidential election.

The president said on ABC-TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Monday night that he listened to the Republican presidential nominee's comments on Oct. 7, the day the video was made public by The ...Read more

Tom Hayden allies pay tribute to his dogged pursuit of liberal causes

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LOS ANGELES -- The day before his death, Tom Hayden was talking with his ex-wife Jane Fonda in his Santa Monica hospital room when conversation turned to a 1961 "Freedom Ride" in the Deep South, his initiation into the civil rights movement.

"He met activists who were willing to die for what they believed was right," Fonda said Monday. "He said...Read more

Trump cherry-picks polls to rally supporters

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Faced with the nearly impossible task of catching up to Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump is devoting his energy to a supercharged schedule of rallies, small-group meetings and local news interviews.

Just about everywhere he went Monday, he expressed worry that news coverage about his lagging poll numbers will keep his supporters ...Read more

Poll: Racial discrimination, Supreme Court are influencing voters more than the economy

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WASHINGTON -- Political strategists have long known that some issues can be important to voters but have little effect on who they vote for. Other issues can motivate both sides in an election, while still others move partisans on one side more than the other.

The University of Southern California/Los Angeles Times "Daybreak" poll provides new ...Read more

Early voting in Florida kicks off with eager voters, some glitches

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MIAMI -- Early voting kicked off in South Florida on Monday with voters eager to cast ballots and encountering short to moderate lines, with only a few first-day glitches.

With numerous local and statewide questions on the ballot, including five constitutional amendments and a seat in the U.S. Senate, many voters expressed a desire to perform ...Read more

US military commander meets with Saudi officials in bid to ease relations

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- After a series of high-profile disputes between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, the nation's top military official in the Middle East moved Monday to ease tensions in one of America's most enduring, yet perplexing alliances.

Gen. Joseph Votel, head of the U.S. military's Central Command, began a series of one-on-one meetings ...Read more

Missouri agency considers ban on unlimited turtle hunting

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ST. LOUIS -- At the request of environmental advocates, the Missouri conservation agency says it will consider amending the state regulation that allows for unlimited commercial hunting of wild turtles.

In August, the Center for Biological Diversity and Great Rivers Environmental Law Center filed a petition with the state's Department of ...Read more

Pregnant Fla. woman is infected with Zika, but doctors say baby is developing fine

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MIAMI -- Yessica Flores believes in miracles.

She may need miracles to avert any damage to the daughter she is carrying, as Flores is six months pregnant and infected with the Zika virus. The virus can cause a baby to be born with a smaller-than-usual head, resulting in severe brain defects.

"If you have faith, everything turns out well," ...Read more

Pennsylvania GOP sues over rules for poll watchers

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PITTSBURGH -- Just what the 2016 election needed: A bit of last-minute political drama. This time, it's thanks to the state Republican Party, which has filed a lawsuit that seeks to overturn state rules governing Election Day poll watchers.

State GOP spokeswoman Megan Sweeney called the lawsuit "a commonsense remedy to ensure the fairest ...Read more

Trump launches nightly campaign broadcast via Facebook Live

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump launched a nightly Facebook Live program Monday, amid speculation that the Republican presidential nominee is plotting some sort of media channel should he lose the election Nov. 8.

Trump's campaign blasted out an email to supporters shortly before 6:30 p.m. ET, alerting them about "Trump Tower Live," which the email ...Read more

Species may be listed as threatened based on climate change projections, court says

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Federal authorities may list a species as "threatened" based on climate models that show habitat loss in the coming decades, an appeals court decided Monday.

The state of Alaska, oil company groups and Alaskan natives had challenged a decision by the federal government to list a sea ice seal subspecies as threatened and deserving of protection....Read more

4 in California fire may have died in murder-suicide, authorities say

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LOS ANGELES -- A fire at an adult-care facility in Temecula over the summer in which five bodies were found appears to have been the result of a quadruple murder followed by a suicide, Riverside County sheriff's officials said Monday.

In a statement that did not identify which victim was the gunman, authorities said four of the five men who ...Read more

Congress knew for at least 2 years about Pentagon efforts to take back bonuses from veterans

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WASHINGTON -- The California National Guard told the state's members of Congress two years ago that the Pentagon was trying to claw back re-enlistment bonuses from thousands of soldiers, and even offered a proposal to mitigate the problem, but Congress took no action, according to a senior National Guard official.

The official added that ...Read more

Obama's campaign mission: Protect legacy, pummel GOP — oh, and elect Hillary Clinton

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MIAMI -- Something is missing from President Barack Obama's list.

"Progress is on the ballot," he said at a campaign rally here last week. "Tolerance is on the ballot. Justice is on the ballot. Equality is on the ballot. Our democracy is on the ballot!"

It's not as if Obama forgot that Hillary Clinton, the nominee he is campaigning for, is ...Read more

1 dead in Fla. scaffolding collapse, officials say

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A mural painter fell to his death while two others in safety harnesses dangled 40 feet above ground Monday at the site of a 41-story luxury condominium resort that is rising in Hollywood.

The accident happened after the men fell from a scaffold that collapsed on the south side of the Hyde Resort & Residences in ...Read more

Grand jury to consider charges against Austin officer in teacher's arrest

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AUSTIN, Texas -- A Travis County grand jury on Tuesday will begin reviewing the violent arrest of Austin teacher Breaion King before deciding whether to indict Officer Bryan Richter on charges of assault or official oppression.

The arrest, which occurred in June 2015, had received little scrutiny until three months ago, when the American-...Read more

At least 7 people killed, more than 100 injured in Pakistan attack

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ISLAMABAD -- Unidentified assailants attacked a police training college Monday night outside Quetta in northwest Pakistan, killing at least seven people and injuring more than 100 police cadets, according to reports.

Security forces are at the scene. The attackers are inside the premises and exchanging fire with police, the Dawn newspaper ...Read more

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'Serial' podcast subject Adnan Syed asks for release from prison

BALTIMORE -- Adnan Syed, the "Serial" podcast subject whose murder conviction was overturned this summer, is asking for a judge to grant his release as he awaits a new trial.

The petition filed Monday by his defense team says Syed would be no danger to the community and that ...Read more

Trump notes latest accuser is a porn star: 'Oh, I'm sure she's never been grabbed before'

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Donald Trump on Monday defended himself against the latest allegations of sexual misconduct by pointing out that the accuser worked as an adult film actress.

"One said, 'He grabbed me on the arm.' And she's a porn star," Trump said in an interview with a New Hampshire radio station. "Now you know, this one that came out recently, 'He grabbed me...Read more

Despite plea for leniency, former Pa. attorney general gets 10 to 23 months in jail

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. -- Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane was sentenced Monday to 10 to 23 months in jail for orchestrating an illegal news leak to damage a political enemy, capping a spectacular downfall for a woman who three years ago was seen as one of the state's fastest-rising stars.

"The case is about ego, ego of a politician ...Read more

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