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Church attendance linked with reduced suicide risk, especially for Catholics, study says

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Against a grim backdrop of rising suicide rates among American women, new research has revealed a blinding shaft of light: One group of women -- practicing Catholics -- appears to have bucked the national trend toward despair and self-harm.

Compared with women who never participated in religious services, women who attended any religious ...Read more

Puerto Rico rescue bill moves forward

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WASHINGTON -- The Senate agreed Wednesday to move forward with legislation to rescue Puerto Rico from its fiscal crisis just days ahead of a July 1 deadline when the island would default on as much as $2 billion in debt.

Despite reservations from Democrats and Republicans alike, the Senate voted 68-32 to close debate on a measure already ...Read more

Analysis: Ranking the 2016 presidential primary polls and predictions

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After more than 50 million votes cast in 100-plus nominating contests since early February, the U.S. presidential primary season is over and each major party finally has its presumptive nominee. Now, as the country prepares for the race between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, and braces for a flood of polling and ...Read more

Ditka surprised to read that he'll be at GOP convention with Trump

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CHICAGO -- A report late Tuesday that Donald Trump is lining up Mike Ditka to make a star appearance at the Republican National Convention came as no surprise to anybody -- except Da Coach himself.

While Ditka, 76, has made no secret of his support for presumptive GOP presidential nominee, and Trump has in the past publicly returned the love, ...Read more

$24 million cash stuffed in buckets recovered at suspected pot dealer's home

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MIAMI -- Miami-Dade police detectives raiding the home of a suspected marijuana trafficker unearthed at least $24 million in cash -- all in bundles of $100 bills in heat-sealed bags stuffed in dozens of orange 5-gallon Home Depot-brand buckets.

Authorities are still counting the money, most of which was found inside a secret compartment in the ...Read more

Warren calls for stronger antitrust enforcement

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WASHINGTON -- If you've got a beef with Comcast, you're not alone.

On Wednesday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren took on the telecom company, which she said serves more than half of the nation's cable and internet subscribers.

"Last year was Comcast's best year in nearly a decade," the Massachusetts Democrat said in prepared remarks for a speech. "But ...Read more

Charge: Man decapitated after being accused of rape

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Authorities say that a a 20-year-old Minnesota man who was accused of rape was decapitated with a machete by the woman's boyfriend.

David A. Haiman, of Hibbing, was killed last week in an ambush attack along a northern Minnesota road, his body left in one spot in the woods and his head dumped in another location, according to the criminal ...Read more

Critics of North Carolina LGBT law say nothing short of full repeal will do

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- While North Carolina Republicans debate a state bill that would change House Bill 2, the state's controversial LGBT bathroom law, opponents said Wednesday they'll be satisfied with nothing less than full repeal.

Meanwhile, Gov. Pat McCrory met with Republican lawmakers Wednesday morning in a closed caucus where they were ...Read more

Tribune News Service politics quiz

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1. Henry Paulson, who served as treasury secretary for Republican President George W. Bush, recently announced he's voting for ...

A. Donald Trump

B. Hillary Clinton

C. Gary Johnson

D. None of the above

2. Which of these college coaching legends is reportedly lined up to speak at the GOP convention in Cleveland in July?

A. Mike Krzyzewski ...Read more

Spinal cord injury advocates Roll on Capitol Hill

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WASHINGTON -- Dozens of wheelchair users came to the Capitol on Tuesday to celebrate their supporters in the Senate and lobby for more like them.

At the fifth annual Roll on Capitol Hill, hosted by the United Spinal Association, those with spinal cord injuries and clinicians who care for them raised awareness for their community.

At a ...Read more

Brexit economic fallout worries Americans in national poll

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CHICAGO -- More than a third of U.S. voters see the U.K.'s decision to leave the European Union as damaging to the American economy and four in 10 of those who have stock market investments say it will hurt their portfolios.

A Bloomberg/Morning Consult national poll on fallout from the Brexit vote on the western side of the Atlantic also shows ...Read more

41 killed, including 13 foreigners in Istanbul airport attack

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ISTANBUL -- Three suicide attackers killed 41 people, including 13 foreigners, at Istanbul's main international airport, Turkish officials said Wednesday, with Islamic State the prime suspect in the carnage and panic at the global transit hub.

Among the dead were 23 Turks, while 239 people were injured in the attack, Istanbul Governor Vasip ...Read more

With 'free the delegates' rallying cry, upstarts seek to block Trump nomination in Cleveland

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As Republicans move closer to their convention in Cleveland next month, a growing faction of delegates is campaigning to block Donald Trump from securing the presidential nomination.

The multi-pronged effort -- which includes outreach to individual attendees, national television ads and even a lawsuit -- aims at a long-shot goal. They want to ...Read more

Uncle of zookeeper killed by tiger wants changes at Florida zoo

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The Minnie Mouse dress Stacey Konwiser wore almost daily as a toddler now hangs in a frame on a wall in her childhood home -- a reminder of the compassionate, outgoing girl she always was.

Her uncle, Jeffrey Miller, says he is proud of the expert zookeeper she grew up to be. And he revels in the fact she did what she ...Read more

Two Abe ministers seen at risk in Japan Upper House election

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TOKYO -- The containers of radioactive soil have been sitting outside Ryuta Sawamura's apartment building in northern Japan for years. Every time he walks past them he's reminded that the clean-up from the Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011 is far from over.

Sawamura runs a small construction company in Koriyama -- the largest city in Fukushima...Read more

Emerging alliance between Breyer, Kennedy helps move Supreme Court to the left

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ended its term this week with two liberal victories -- on abortion and affirmative action -- that reflect in part a deepening center-left alliance between Justices Anthony M. Kennedy and Stephen G. Breyer.

Breyer is the most moderate of the court's four Democratic appointees, and Kennedy is easily the most ...Read more

In states, some resistance to new opioid limits

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WASHINGTON -- For governors and lawmakers in nearly every state, the soaring overdose death toll from prescription painkillers, heroin and fentanyl has become an urgent priority.

Lawmakers in dozens of states took decisive action this year to stanch the flow of prescription pain drugs and help those addicted to them. Roughly 2.5 million ...Read more

Dueling death penalty trials for Roof? South Carolina prosecutor wants to go first

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CHARLESTON, S.C.--An apparently unprecedented public protest over who goes first -- state or federal prosecutors -- in Dylann Roof's upcoming death penalty trials broke out in Charleston on Tuesday.

The protest was made by 9th Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson, who filed an emotional plea in state circuit court, arguing that the state -- and ...Read more

Phone call sets off chain of events leading to Oakland police sex scandal

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OAKLAND -- Celeste Guap, drunk and lost while vacationing in Puerto Rico last year, called Oakland Police Officer Brendan O'Brien for help.

The unanswered phone call appears to have set off a chain of events, ending in O'Brien shooting himself to death after Guap threatened to expose their relationship to police officials. The officer's suicide...Read more

Initiative to legalize recreational use of pot in California qualifies for November ballot

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SACRAMENTO, Calif.--An initiative that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in California officially took its place on the Nov. 8 ballot on Tuesday as its campaign took a commanding lead in fundraising to battle the measure's opponents.

The Secretary of State's Office certified that a random sample showed sufficient signatures among...Read more