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Clinton broadens money network as Trump gets started

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WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton is expanding the ranks of her money operation to people new to major Democratic Party fundraising, even as Donald Trump struggles to get the established Republican donor class on board.

Since the beginning of 2016, Clinton's campaign has added 125 major fundraisers to its list of "Hillblazers," supporters who have ...Read more

Where things stand as Congress leaves town

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WASHINGTON -- Congress is heading out of town for Memorial Day recess, but lawmakers still have plenty of items on their to-do lists.

Members on both sides of the aisle have pushed for action to address issues ranging from the Zika virus to authorizing defense programs. With roughly two months worth of legislative days left in 2016, here's a ...Read more

Atlantic storm likely to strengthen to tropical depression or storm Friday

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MIAMI -- A storm moving north far off the coast of Florida will likely strengthen to a tropical depression or storm later Friday, National Hurricane Center forecasters said early Friday.

Forecasters gave the system, centered between the Bahamas and Bermuda, a 90 percent chance of strengthening, meaning it will almost surely become Bonnie, the ...Read more

In historic visit to Hiroshima, Obama calls on the world to morally evolve

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HIROSHIMA, Japan -- President Barack Obama paid somber tribute here Friday to the devastating human cost of war and pleaded with the world to progress morally as it does technologically, decades after an American warplane dropped an atomic bomb that leveled Hiroshima and ushered in the age of nuclear warfare.

Obama became the first sitting U.S....Read more

Philippine Congress confirms Duterte won presidential election

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MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Congress on Friday confirmed that Rodrigo Duterte, a tough-talking mayor from a southern city, won the presidential elections earlier in the month.

A joint session of the House of Representatives and the Senate completed the tally of the votes for president and vice president in three days, confirming ...Read more

Search for kidnapped Northern California teen widens after suspect killed in police shootout

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The man wanted on suspicion of kidnapping a 15-year-old Bay Area girl was killed Thursday after a high-speed chase in Santa Barbara County, Calif., ended in a shootout, authorities said.

But the search has intensified for Pearl Pinson, who was abducted early Wednesday morning in Vallejo, Calif., while walking to a school bus and has not been ...Read more

Protests provide outlet for political passions in Venezuela

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CARACAS, Venezuela -- One day, thousands march through downtown Caracas in defense of beleaguered President Nicolas Maduro and the socialist legacy of his predecessor and patron, the late Hugo Chavez.

The next day, hundreds of government opponents gather in the streets to demand the recall of Maduro.

So it has gone for weeks in Venezuela. In ...Read more

In the Democrats' battle for California, Sanders in particular is all over the map

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VENTURA, Calif. -- All week Bernie Sanders has galloped about California, showing up in places where presidential candidates usually don't tread.

On Sunday he was in Vista. On Tuesday he hit Riverside and San Bernardino. On Wednesday he was in Cathedral City and Lancaster. On Thursday, Ventura. On Saturday, he'll be in Santa Maria.

His ...Read more

Reaganomics band gets back together to advise Trump on tax plan

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump the real estate developer owes much of his fame to the 1980s. Now Donald Trump the presidential candidate is going back to that decade to call on President Ronald Reagan's economic team.

As the presumptive Republican nominee gets ready to put out his plan to boost U.S. growth, he's sought advice from some of the most ...Read more

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez in harsh Trump spotlight

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- These days, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is a study in contrasts.

The nation's first Hispanic woman governor, she's also the first Hispanic chair of the Republican Governors Association.

But now she's bearing the national brunt of Donald Trump's scorn.

In her sixth year as a governor, Martinez has demonstrated ...Read more

Clinton lurks in shadows when sparring with Sanders on big banks

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WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton says that she, too, would break up banks. If necessary.

"But I go further," she said at a Democratic debate in April, "because I want the law to extend to those that are part of the shadow-banking industry." This has been her consistent answer as Bernie Sanders defines his campaign in opposition to the largest ...Read more

Regular disorder: Another House free-for-all

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WASHINGTON--Who is to blame when a free-for-all amendment process causes a $37.4 billion spending bill to collapse on the House floor?

The inclination may be to point the finger at Speaker Paul D. Ryan, who assumed the House's top job in October promising to open up more bills to amendments from both sides of the aisle.

Ryan, R-Wis., blamed ...Read more

Dustin Diamond of 'Screech' fame jailed on unspecified probation violation

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MILWAUKEE -- Dustin Diamond, the "Screech" actor-turned-Wisconsin resident, is back in the Ozaukee County Jail on a probation hold, less than two months after serving three months for a Christmas 2014 bar stabbing.

The Ozaukee County Sheriff's Office, in a news release Thursday morning, provided little additional info other than that he was ...Read more

FDA standards for approving cancer drugs lax, study says

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A new study calls into question the standards used by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve new cancer drugs, and whether those drugs are helping patients at all.

The paper, published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, says the FDA has been approving cancer drugs that may have no scientific correlation to actually living longer or ...Read more

Suspect in earlier shooting fatally shot by police in St. Louis area

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WASHINGTON PARK, Mo. -- The man who police believe shot and killed a 21-year-old woman in a downtown St. Louis carjacking was shot and killed by officers in the Metro East on Thursday afternoon, police said.

St. Clair County Coroner Rick Stone identified the man shot as Devonte Gates, 21. Gates was declared dead at 5:03 p.m. by a deputy coroner...Read more

Hillary Clinton bashes 'loose cannon' Trump

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Facing a tightening primary battle in California and renewed criticism over her tenure as secretary of State, Hillary Clinton received a hero's welcome Thursday from more than 1,000 supporters in downtown San Jose eager to help the likely Democratic nominee get her campaign back on track.

Clinton devoted much of her 25-...Read more

Hiroshima survivor: Obama should have come earlier

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HIROSHIMA, Japan -- Hiroshi Shimizu was just 3 years old when the United States dropped the first-ever atomic bomb on his hometown seven decades ago. He can still describe it in vivid detail.

He and his mom had just come into their house from feeding rabbits in their yard on a clear morning when they saw a flash, heard a blast and the roof fell...Read more

1.2 million college students drink alcohol on a typical day, and more than 703,000 use weed

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There's a lot more going on at U.S. colleges these days than just studying.

On any given day, 1.2 million full-time students are drinking alcohol and more than 703,000 are using marijuana, according to a report released Thursday by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

More than 2,100 of these students are ...Read more

50-years-to-life sentence upheld for California killer who was 16 at time of shooting

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The California Supreme Court decided unanimously Thursday to uphold a sentence of 50 years to life for an inmate who was 16 when he fatally shot another teenager in 2011.

The court said a recent state law giving such offenders the chance of parole after 25 years satisfied legal concerns about life sentences for juveniles.

Tyris Lamar Franklin ...Read more

An Idaho town grapples with an ugly mix — high school football, racism and rape

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It began with racist taunts and pranks, escalated to physical harassment and ended, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court in Idaho, in a horrific act of rape by three white high school football players against their mentally disabled, African-American teammate.

The $10 million lawsuit filed by the black teenager has thrown a small, ...Read more