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Fired staffer accuses Tammy Baldwin's office of cover-up in VA scandal

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MILWAUKEE -- A former staffer for U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin has filed an ethics complaint against the Wisconsin Democrat, accusing her of engaging in a political cover-up by firing the aide.

Marquette Baylor -- former deputy state director for Baldwin and chief of her Milwaukee office -- was fired from the $80,800-per-year job in January for ...Read more

Robert Schuller is eulogized as pastor who spoke the people's language

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GARDEN GROVE, Calif. -- Robert H. Schuller's children said he did the work of many men -- as a visionary, as a pastor to millions, as a religious translator who knew how to speak the people's language.

More than 1,000 mourners gathered in Garden Grove on Monday, outside the gleaming Crystal Cathedral -- now called Christ Cathedral -- he built, ...Read more

Baltimore police focus on van ride in investigation of arrestee's death

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BALTIMORE -- Baltimore police said Monday that Freddie Gray asked for medical attention repeatedly while officers shuttled him in the back of a prisoner transport van, but they didn't call for paramedics until they found him critically injured and unresponsive at the end of the ride.

On Sunday, one week after Gray's arrest, the Baltimore man ...Read more

Appeals court throws out California city's tiered water-use rates

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An appeals court decision handed down Monday has thrown into question a major component of California's drought conservation efforts.

California's 4th District Court of Appeal found that San Juan Capistrano's tiered water rate structure was unconstitutional because it charged more for water than it cost the city to provide the service.

The ...Read more

California paper revels in its first-ever Pulitzer Prize

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TORRANCE, Calif. -- When the big announcement came, no one in the newsroom believed the paper could actually win. There was no gathering planned, no food platters, no champagne.

Then, suddenly, city editor Frank Suraci let out a scream.

"Oh, my God! Oh, my God! Are you kidding me?"

The results came in Monday afternoon and staffers at the ...Read more

LA Times wins Pulitzers for feature writing, criticism

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Times won two Pulitzer Prizes, American journalism's top honor, for its coverage of California's drought and for cultural criticism, Columbia University announced Monday.

Staff writer Diana Marcum won the 2015 feature writing prize for her searing portraits of farmers, fieldworkers and other Californians in ...Read more

Friends, neighbors say Baltimore man was a well-liked jokester known to police

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BALTIMORE -- As stubborn clouds hung low over the Gilmor Homes on Monday, those who knew Freddie Gray sat on front steps or stood in close circles, shaking their heads at the death of another young black man while in police custody. They described a 25-year-old who was well-liked by older residents and beloved by his peers for his sense of humor...Read more

Obama administration signals possible compromise in Iran nuclear talks

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WASHINGTON -- Signaling a potential key compromise in negotiations with Iran, the White House said Monday that it might be willing to start providing sanctions relief as soon as Tehran begins putting in place new curbs on its nuclear program.

The Obama administration and Iran have been at odds over how quickly sanctions will begin to be lifted ...Read more

'No easy answer' to Mediterranean migration crisis, leaders find

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CATANIA, Italy -- European leaders are struggling to find a solution to a desperate surge of Mediterranean migration that appears to have claimed more than 1,500 lives so far this year, as poverty and war drive people to risk their lives on rickety, overloaded boats.

Any likely answer, however, could be years in the making.

"The main issue ...Read more

6 from Minnesota arrested, charged with planning to join Islamic State group

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Six Somali-American men from Minneapolis were arrested Sunday and charged Monday with conspiracy to support terrorism in the largest Minnesota operation -- and one of the biggest nationally -- to result from an eight-year federal investigation into terrorist recruiting in the United States.

Two of the six were arrested by FBI ...Read more