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Suicide attacker kills 10 civilians in Kabul

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KABUL -- At least 10 people were killed by a suicide attacker who targeted a vehicle carrying provincial court staff near the Afghan capital Wednesday, an official said.

The attacker was waiting for the bus in the Kabul suburb of Shahrak-e Dawodkhan, Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said.

"When the bus came near, he blew up himself," ...Read more

Majority of Texans and Floridians want Medicaid expansion, survey shows

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HOUSTON -- Americans who live in the two biggest states that haven't expanded Medicaid have more complaints about health care costs and quality, according to a new survey released by the Texas Medical Center Health Policy Institute in Houston. They'd also like their states to expand Medicaid.

The survey, conducted by marketing research firm ...Read more

Teacher abuse payouts top $300 million as LA Unified misses warning signs

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LOS ANGELES -- In the court hearing, one young man after another claimed that former Franklin High football coach Jaime Jimenez befriended them during summer practice before ninth grade, then sexually abused them.

But it's not the allegations against Jimenez that are at the center of a lawsuit filed this month against the Los Angeles Unified ...Read more

Portland schools tried to change how they teach climate change — and ignited a firestorm

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This winter, a small group of advocates, teachers, parents and students began meeting each week at a church in Portland, Ore., to figure out how their schools could do a better job of preparing the next generation to fight climate change.

Together, they wrote a resolution that, with some changes, was unanimously adopted by the Portland Public ...Read more

Former Secret Service agent Clint Hill, 84, carries burden of JFK assassination

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Clint Hill is still a haunted man.

At various times throughout the day, every day, the 84-year-old is taken back to Nov. 22, 1963.

It might be when he looks at the clock. It's noontime. That's when it happened.

It might be a loud, sudden sound. I thought at first it was a firecracker.

It could be even be a song. Oh, that was playing on the ...Read more

Trump wins Washington state primary

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Republican Donald Trump dominated Washington's presidential primary Tuesday night, taking more than 75 percent of the vote in initial counts of about 450,000 GOP ballots.

Among Democrats, Hillary Clinton was the favorite in initial returns, taking 54 percent to rival Bernie Sanders' 46 percent, with about 630,000 Democratic votes counted. That ...Read more

Lynch defends lawsuit aimed at overturning North Carolina's bathroom law

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch visited North Carolina on Tuesday and vigorously defended her decision to sue her home state over its so-called bathroom law, saying the statute amounted to state-sanctioned discrimination against a vulnerable group of citizens.

In a news conference and interview, Lynch refused to yield ...Read more

Bernie Sanders: Disney is not such a happy place for its workers

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Bernie Sanders, darting across Southern California on Tuesday, used Disney, a company renowned for evoking happiness, to rail against a decidedly bleak topic: economic inequality.

The Vermont senator accused the Fortune 500 business of underpaying its employees.

"Anybody make a living wage working for Disney?" Sanders asked ...Read more

Bill could add 'colored persons' to list of words banned in Michigan state law

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LANSING, Mich. -- The Michigan Legislature has been banishing offensive and archaic words from state laws for the last few years. And on Tuesday, the House of Representatives added "colored persons" and "white persons" to the list of words they want removed from the books.

By a 106-0 vote, the House of Representatives voted to remove the words ...Read more

DNA tests show Calif. honeybee attack was not caused by Africanized bees

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CONCORD, Calif. -- The swarm of aggressive bees that terrorized a California neighborhood and killed two dogs earlier this month were not Africanized honey bees, state agricultural officials reported Tuesday.

California Department of Food and Agriculture scientists tested the mitochondrial DNA of seven of the agitated bees that stormed the 3800...Read more

'Little House on the Prairie' star ends congressional bid

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Actress Melissa Gilbert, who played Laura Ingalls Wilder in the TV show "Little House on the Prairie," has dropped her challenge to GOP Rep. Mike Bishop in Michigan's 8th District citing health concerns.

"As many of you know, in 2012 I sustained head and neck injuries from two accidents. While I have received the best treatment and therapy I ...Read more

Trump unveils stable of Republican donors

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's road to raising $1 billion for the general election just got a lot smoother.

A group of 20 Republican donors, a who's who of the party's financing apparatus, pledged Tuesday to help bring in cash to fund Trump's run for the White House. The announcement could help quell predictions that Trump wouldn't get enough ...Read more

Clinton pal under FBI campaign probe is champion fundraiser

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WASHINGTON -- He once wrestled an 8-foot alligator in exchange for a campaign contribution. He set records for fundraising hauls. He was, in the words of a grateful Al Gore, "the greatest fundraiser in the history of the universe."

Now Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe -- a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, major party ...Read more

Conflicts swirl around irrigation drainage plan for California's San Joaquin Valley

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WASHINGTON -- A proposal to solve a long-running San Joaquin Valley irrigation drainage dispute between the Westlands Water District and the federal government is roiling a Congress already hung up on other California water fights.

The further complications surfaced Tuesday at a House of Representatives hearing that illuminated how the drainage...Read more

Elizabeth Warren: Donald Trump 'will never be president'

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren is throwing down the gauntlet, calling Donald Trump "a small, insecure moneygrubber," and telling progressives they must work to ensure he is never elected president.

And in doing so, she might be paving the way to become her party's uniter in chief.

"Donald Trump was drooling over the idea of a housing ...Read more

Nation and world news briefs

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Reid: 'Lay off Bernie Sanders'

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said it might be time to give Sen. Bernie Sanders a break.

At a moment when the underdog presidential candidate and his supporters have taken on the Democratic Party establishment with endorsements, lawsuits and unruly behavior, Reid cautioned restraint ...Read more

Eurozone ministers struggle to achieve breakthrough on Greek bailout

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BRUSSELS -- Eurozone finance ministers were struggling early Wednesday to clear the way for Greece to access a fresh round of bailout funds, which the cash-strapped country needs to avoid returning to the brink of bankruptcy.

The ministers were still locked in talks early Wednesday, 10 hours after they first started meeting in Brussels.

...Read more

Ferguson city attorney, target of protesters in recent months, resigns position

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FERGUSON, Mo. -- Ferguson City Attorney Stephanie Karr left no doubt about the extent of her influence.

In fact, she illustrated it with detailed invoices submitted each month. The bills document conference calls with the mayor, the drafting of news releases and talking points, correspondence with national news outlets, memorandums to the city ...Read more

In California, Hillary Clinton campaigns against Donald Trump

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COMMERCE, Calif. -- Hillary Clinton is running against Bernie Sanders in California's June 7 Democratic presidential primary. But you wouldn't know that from her speech at a union hall in a working-class suburb of Los Angeles on Tuesday.

On issues of the economy, foreign policy and gender equality, Clinton's target was not Sanders but another ...Read more

One of 2 brothers suspected in Washington state slayings led cops to bodies

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EVERETT, Wash. -- Two bodies believed to be those of a missing Arlington, Wash., couple have been found near Oso, the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday.

The bodies of a man and woman were located in a remote area a few miles north of the Oso-area home of the missing couple, Patrick Shunn, 45, and Monique Patenaude, 46. Tony C....Read more