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Sanders says Clinton's email situation has changed

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Months after telling Hillary Clinton that Americans were "sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails," Bernie Sanders may be changing his mind.

Interviewed Friday on HBO, Sanders was asked if the furor over Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state had become large enough for the Vermont senator to reconsider his ...Read more

Admiral says high-security Guantanamo prison doesn't need replacement after all

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A claim that the secret prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where the military keeps former CIA captives was falling apart was a mistake, the prison commander says.

A Marine general had asked Congress for $49 million and a committee proposed $69 million to build a new one.

The lockup called Camp 7 that houses alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik ...Read more

Wall Street pushes Dodd-Frank changes in spending bill

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WASHINGTON –– A spending bill that funds agencies that oversee the financial industry will offer Congress one of its last opportunities to undercut President Barack Obama's financial overhaul before the November elections.

Financial interests are pushing for big changes, championed mostly by Republicans, to the Consumer Financial Protection...Read more

Latest Mediterranean migrant deaths show EU failures, Italy says

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ROME –– Migrant deaths off the coast of Libya in the past few days are exposing the European Union's failure to get to grips with the situation, Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said Saturday.

This past week there were three shipwrecks in three days, killing 50. At least 20 remain missing, and Italy's coast guard coordinated the ...Read more

7 suspects arrested a year after Francis Bacon paintings were stolen

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MADRID –– Nearly a year after five works by artist Francis Bacon worth an estimated $27.8 million were stolen from an apartment in Madrid, seven people have been arrested, police said.

Police tracked down the suspects using photos that had been made of the paintings and distributed, police said Saturday.

Of the seven people arrested, two ...Read more

Despite Trump's criticism, wind turbines kill fewer birds than tall buildings

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NEW YORK -- Donald Trump criticized the wind-power industry this past week for killing birds. A far bigger threat is real estate developers and their tall buildings.

About 599 million birds are killed annually in the U.S. when they fly into windows, trailing only loss of habitat and cats as the top causes of bird deaths, according to the ...Read more

Analysis: Recent national polls should worry Clinton

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WASHINGTON -- In the past week, several national polls looking at a general-election matchup between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have been released. Despite varying sample sizes and methodologies, the results were strikingly consistent.

Two of the more well-established polls reveal that movement toward Trump does not appear to be an ...Read more

Justice Dept. to launch racial sensitivity program at Wisconsin high school

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MILWAUKEE--A U.S. Department of Justice program aimed at defusing racial tension and conflict will be implemented next year at a Kenosha County high school where a student recently dressed as Ku Klux Klansman for a class presentation and a 15-year-old freshman detailed months of racial bullying.

Westosha Central High School officials confirmed ...Read more

Feds give thumbs-up to fracking off California coast

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SAN DIEGO--An environmental assessment from two federal agencies released Friday determined that fracking off the coast of California causes no significant impact, thus lifting a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing that was instituted earlier this year.

"The comprehensive analysis shows that these practices, conducted according to permit ...Read more

Coroner releases autopsies of San Bernardino terror victims: 'The room was in disarray'

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LOS ANGELES -- The scene inside the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino hours after the deadliest terrorist attack since 9/11 still had the hallmarks of the holiday festivities that brought the victims together and the bloodshed that followed.

There was the Christmas tree in the corner. The holiday decorations that covered more than a ...Read more

LA will convert motel units to 500 apartments for homeless vets

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LOS ANGELES -- The city of Los Angeles has approved a deal for nonprofit and private developers to convert "nuisance" motels into 500 permanent supportive apartments for homeless veterans.

Officials called it a major step forward toward developing large-scale housing for hundreds of homeless veterans. Advocates say about 2,700 homeless veterans...Read more

Kane spokesman quits: 'Tired of explaining the inexplicable'

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Saying he's "tired of explaining the inexplicable," Chuck Ardo, the spokesman for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, said Friday that he is quitting.

Like Kane's seven previous press secretaries, Ardo is leaving his job, widely thought to be one of the toughest in state government.

In an interview, Ardo said he ...Read more

In agricultural heartland, Trump sides with California farmers over environmentalists

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SAN DIEGO--Donald Trump waded into California's perennial water wars Friday, taking the side of agriculture and vowing to boost the state's farmers even if it means cutting back environmental protections.

"If I win, believe me, we're going to start opening up the water so that you can have your farmers survive, so that your job market will get ...Read more

Missouri senator to meet with CDC director on Zika response

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., will meet Saturday with the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the midst of a simmering fight over how much the U.S. government should spend fighting the Zika virus.

Blunt has taken the lead on the issue in the Senate, a risky yet high-profile role in an election year in which he says ...Read more

Storm, moving north toward S. Carolina, expected to strengthen

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A storm moving north along the Florida coast has strengthened to a tropical depression, the National Hurricane Center said Friday.

It was expected to become Tropical Storm Bonnie in the next day or so.

With sustained winds of 35 mph about 450 miles southeast of Charleston, S.C., the storm was moving at about 13 mph but may slow as it nears the...Read more

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Kate Steinle's family files federal lawsuit blaming government for Bay Area slaying

The family of a woman allegedly killed by a Mexican immigrant deported five times from the U.S. has filed a federal lawsuit against San Francisco County's former sheriff, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the federal Bureau of Land Management.

The ...Read more

Under new rules, an American couple finally has a word for Haitian child: daughter

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The first time Dan and Julie Cruz met the little girl with the wide eyes and bright smile, she looked up, stretched out her arms and silently motioned to be picked up.

"It was an awesome moment," recalled Dan, 35, about meeting Angelene, who was abandoned by her parents before her fourth birthday, and can neither hear, speak nor sign. "It was ...Read more

GOP woos Marco Rubio to run for Senate re-election

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MIAMI--It's the nightmare political scenario for the five Republicans running for Florida's open U.S. Senate seat: What if Marco Rubio changes his mind and seeks re-election?

For months, Rubio denied any interest in remaining in Congress if he lost his presidential bid. Even after getting creamed in Florida's March 15 primary, Rubio insisted he...Read more

Kansas school funding still illegally inequitable, state Supreme Court rules

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WICHITA, Kan.--The Kansas Legislature's funding of schools remains constitutionally inequitable, the state Supreme Court ruled late Friday, reaffirming its July 1 deadline for lawmakers to fix the problem or have the state's school system shut down.

"In short, (disparities in funding) among the districts remain inequitable and unconstitutional,...Read more

Chicago officials to release videos from as many as 100 police shootings, other incidents

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CHICAGO -- City officials in Chicago plan to release videos, reports and other materials next week from about 100 police incidents, including officer-involved shootings, as part of an effort to improve public trust in Chicago police, according to a memo obtained Friday by the Chicago Tribune.

The impending release of the materials comes after ...Read more