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Obama nominates the first ambassador to Cuba in more than 50 years

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MIAMI--The White House Tuesday nominated Jeffrey DeLaurentis, who has been the chief of the U.S. Embassy in Havana since it reopened in July 2015, as the "first U.S. ambassador to Cuba in more than 50 years."

"Jeff's leadership has been vital throughout the normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba, and the appointment of an...Read more

Wells Fargo CEO to forfeit $45 million in pay over fake-accounts scandal

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LOS ANGELES -- Embattled Wells Fargo & Co. Chief Executive John Stumpf will forfeit compensation worth about $45 million as part of the company's response to the still-unfolding scandal over millions of fake accounts created by bank employees.

Stumpf will give up about $41 million in unvested stock awards, or about 910,000 shares, and will not ...Read more

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'Affluenza' teen's attorneys argue for judge's recusal

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Attorneys for Ethan Couch on Tuesday continued trying to get him out of jail, arguing that a criminal court judge has no authority over the case because Couch's probation should be treated as a civil case.

The attorneys also argued that state District Judge Wayne ...Read more

Baby boy born with DNA from 3 people

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A healthy baby boy is the first person to be born with DNA from three people, according to a medical report released Tuesday.

In addition to inheriting nuclear DNA from his mother and father, the infant also has mitochondrial DNA from a second woman who served as an egg donor.

Mitochondrial DNA consists of just 37 genes, a tiny fraction of the...Read more

After debate, Trump visits with the Hispanics who seem to like him most

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MIAMI -- If Donald Trump got the sort of reception from all Hispanics as he did Tuesday in Miami, he might have the election in the bag.

Trump's brief visit to Little Havana, billed as a town hall-style meeting with Latinos, turned into a love fest in which no one asked a single question. Instead, one by one, five fervent supporters lavished ...Read more

Candidates' attacks turn more personal after the debate

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- The presidential race ventured deeper into profoundly personal territory Tuesday as Hillary Clinton seized on Donald Trump's criticism of a former beauty queen and the Republican indicated he would step up his attacks on her husband's infidelities.

Trying to rebound from a rocky performance at Monday's first presidential ...Read more

Narcissists may start out popular, but people see through them in the long run

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To build a following, narcissism works. Briefly.

But if, as they say in this electoral season, you're looking to "grow your base," exercising emotional intelligence -- expressing empathy, checking your emotions in a bid to avoid conflict, and investing in personal relationships -- is a strategy that beats narcissism over the long term.

A new ...Read more

Man rescued at sea was suspect in grandfather's slaying

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- As authorities continued on Tuesday to gather information in the case of Nathan Carman, a former Middletown man who spent eight days on a raft at sea, court records in Connecticut show police suspected him in the unsolved 2013 slaying of his grandfather in Windsor.

Windsor police submitted to a prosecutor an arrest warrant ...Read more

Elon Musk unveils plans for colonizing Mars

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LOS ANGELES -- SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk on Tuesday unveiled his plans for colonizing Mars, which could eventually involve a fleet of up to 1,000 spaceships to transport as many as 1 million people to the Red Planet.

Musk envisions continuous launches from Earth, with massive rockets returning for reuse and spacecraft refueling in a "...Read more

Tropical wave zeroing in on Windward Islands

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MIAMI -- A tropical wave racing toward the Caribbean and expected to spin into a potentially dangerous storm will likely reach the Windward Islands by Wednesday.

At 4:20 p.m. EDT Tuesday, National Hurricane Center forecasters said the system was located about 300 miles east-southeast of Barbados and was continuing to show signs of strengthening...Read more

What does Trump do now to come back in the next debate?

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WASHINGTON -- What does Donald Trump do now?

The general consensus among the media, debate experts and various Republicans outside his core following was that Hillary Clinton won their first presidential debate Monday night.

She was prepared, disciplined and didn't yield to his hectoring. Trump was just the opposite and, though he denied it, ...Read more

We're this much closer to a government shutdown

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate on Tuesday rejected a stopgap funding bill proposed by Republicans that included funds to combat Zika, edging the federal government closer to a shutdown.

The federal government will shut down if Congress doesn't pass a bill to maintain current funding levels by Friday.

Democrats complained that the Republicans' ...Read more

California Rep. Loretta Sanchez has one of the worst voting records in the House

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WASHINGTON -- California Rep. Loretta Sanchez has nearly the worst attendance record in the U.S. House of Representatives as she campaigns to replace Barbara Boxer in the Senate -- missing more than 44 percent of the votes since July.

Sanchez, a Democrat, has missed more votes than all but two of the 431 other serving members of the House over ...Read more

Spending bill to avert shutdown is blocked in Senate, but compromise likely by week's end

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WASHINGTON -- Faced with a week's-end deadline to keep government funds flowing, the Senate on Tuesday blocked a stopgap spending measure amid partisan fighting over aid to victims of the Flint, Mich., water crisis.

But both sides predicted a government shutdown was unlikely, and final passage was still expected by Friday, when funding for ...Read more

Analysis: The most striking thing missing from Hofstra's debate stage

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The nonprofit Commission on Presidential Debates, established in 1987, uses a stock, reconfigurable stage design, a kit of sober-looking parts, for each of its nationally televised events. Monday night this portable backdrop was reassembled inside Hofstra University's David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex in Hempstead, N.Y.: blue carpet ...Read more

Gun recovered at fatal Charlotte police shooting was reported stolen, sources say

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The gun police say they found in Keith Lamont Scott's possession last week after he was fatally shot by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer was reported stolen, multiple sources confirmed to The Charlotte Observer's news partner WBTV.

The gun was reportedly stolen in a residential breaking and entering, WBTV reports, ...Read more

Senate Democrats upend government funding over Flint

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WASHINGTON -- Democrats in the U.S. Senate upended votes on a short-term measure funding the government past Oct. 1 on Tuesday, objecting that it contained help for flood victims in Louisiana but failed to provide assurances that money to replace old lead water pipes in Flint, Mich., would be forthcoming as well.

The two roll calls on the floor...Read more

Political news briefs

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A record 84 million TV viewers tuned in for presidential debate

NEW YORK -- The contentious first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump lived up to its big ratings expectations with an estimated average TV viewership that will top the previous record of 80.6 million.

The total average audience for Monday's matchup for ...Read more

FBI gave Clinton aide limited immunity to see laptop, Comey says

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WASHINGTON -- A former top aide to Hillary Clinton was given limited immunity as part of the FBI's investigation into the use of a private email system so investigators could get access to the staffer's laptop, agency Director James Comey told a Senate committee.

The Justice Department gave Cheryl Mills what's known as "active production ...Read more

Nephews of Venezuelan first family fight US drug charges

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WASHINGTON -- Defense attorneys for the nephews of Venezuela's first lady increased their attack of the U.S. government, accusing it of trying to lure their clients into an international drug sting because of their family ties.

In a plea to a federal judge to toss out their clients' alleged confessions, the lawyers for Efrain Campo, 29, and ...Read more