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This is the end: Malibu cave made famous by a Jim Morrison rumor is closing

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MALIBU, Calif. -- Lindsey Templeton hiked down the dirt trail, through the thicket of purple sage and past the manzanita trees shrouding the cavern just a few hundred feet ahead.

Signs marking the path's closure had been removed, thrown in the bushes nearby. Trash hung in the trees, littered the ground and sat wedged into the sandstone ...Read more

Big money pours millions into ballot initiative battles

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WASHINGTON -- The year 2016 is shaping up to be a big one for ballot initiatives.

Political groups have already raised more than $125 million so far to get issues directly before voters, a Bloomberg analysis of state campaign finance data shows. That's a 74 percent increase from what was raised for initiatives at the same point in the 2014 ...Read more

Clinton slams Trump's immigration plans, nudges Sanders to exit race in LA stop

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LOS ANGELES--In front of a heavily Latino crowd in East Los Angeles, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton on Thursday castigated Donald Trump for reiterating his controversial plans to deport millions of immigrants after he became the presumptive GOP nominee earlier this week.

"Every election is a choice," she said, noting that Trump "...Read more

Trump's new finance chairman was sued over Madoff fraud profit

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NEW YORK -- Donald Trump's new national finance chairman was sued in 2010 for the return of $3.2 million in fake profit from his mother's account with Bernard Madoff, the mastermind of a $17.5 billion Ponzi scheme.

The lawsuit was dropped last year because of time restrictions imposed on Irving Picard, the trustee seeking to recoup investors' ...Read more

Donald Trump, Paul Ryan jab at each other, deepening fracture in GOP

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WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Paul D. Ryan thrust open Thursday the discomfort that many Republicans are feeling about Donald Trump as their presumed presidential nominee, withholding his support and deepening the fracture between the outsider candidate and the party he hopes to lead.

Ryan, the highest-ranking elected Republican, boldly ...Read more

Obama proposes to close loopholes amid Panama Papers

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WASHINGTON -- Faced with mounting foreign pressure and a looming global anti-corruption summit, the Obama administration Thursday night outlined steps to address weaknesses in financial transparency raised in the so-called Panama Papers.

The administration partially unveiled legislative proposals it said would combat money laundering and ...Read more

Campus sex assault reports on the rise

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SAN JOSE, Calif.--New federal data reveal a dramatic jump in the number of on-campus sexual assaults reported by colleges nationwide over the past decade -- an increase of 126 percent between 2001 and 2013 -- even as overall campus crime fell.

What's more, campus sexual assault reports rose by 25 percent between 2012 and 2013 alone, the data ...Read more

Cruise passengers spend a few hours on the ground in Cienfuegos

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CIENFUEGOS, Cuba -- Passengers were bused back to the Adonia about noon Thursday after a tour of Cienfuegos that included a stroll through a bustling outdoor market packed with Cubans buying gifts for Mother's Day, a drive past grand seafront houses built in the French-influenced Neoclassical style and a concert at the Teatro Tomas Terry on the ...Read more

New documents allege Paterno knew about Sandusky as far back as 1976

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PHILADELPHIA--Among the $60 million Pennsylvania State University paid to Jerry Sandusky's victims in 2013 were payments to accusers who alleged they had reported their abuse to Joe Paterno and other coaches at the school far earlier than had previously been alleged -- including one dating as far back as 1976, the Philadelphia Inquirer has ...Read more

Broward man accused of synagogue bomb plot has mental health issues, family says

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.--The Hollywood man accused of planning to bomb an Aventura synagogue has a long history of troubling behavior that family and acquaintances say was linked to serious mental health problems.

James Gonzalo Medina, 40, was arrested Friday night, FBI agents said, as he got out of a car and walked toward the Aventura Turnberry ...Read more

Grand Cayman to release genetically modified mosquitoes in fight against Zika

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Tourist alert: Genetically modified mosquitoes are coming to Grand Cayman.

On Thursday, British manufacturer Oxitec announced it had finalized a deal with government officials to release its modified males on the island's western tip to battle Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, the invasive bug that carries the Zika virus and other dangerous diseases. ...Read more

More than 80,000 flee as Canadian fire grows; even evacuation centers are evacuated

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WANDERING RIVER, Alberta--It took eight hours to get from hell to here.

Stacey Carroll covered her 4-month-old son's face with a cotton cloth as they drove through the smoke and flames, windows rolled up, her boyfriend dodging other cars in a slow-motion and dangerous escape. Any other day, the 115-mile drive from Fort McMurray to this rural ...Read more

Venezuela accuses US of conspiring to topple Nicolas Maduro

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WASHINGTON -- Venezuela's foreign minister accused the United States on Thursday of plotting to topple the government of President Nicolas Maduro and using the secretary of the Organization of American States to try to engineer its suspension from the multinational organization.

Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez said the OAS's discussion of ...Read more

No love lost between Trump and Republican national security experts

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WASHINGTON -- Even with the Republican nomination seemingly locked up, Donald Trump remains radioactive to the party's top national security strategists, who warn that his "incoherent" approach to world affairs could prove dangerous for the United States.

In March, 121 members of the GOP's national security brain trust signed on to a scathing ...Read more

Brothers accused of killing parents have brief status hearing

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The two brothers accused of shooting their parents to death appeared in court briefly Thursday for a status hearing, amid signs that a key hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to put them on trial for the crime will not occur next week as scheduled.

The brothers, 22-year-old Hasib Bin Golamrabbi and his 17-year-...Read more

FDA to begin regulating electronic cigarettes

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The fast-growing "vaping" industry faces a hazy future as the U.S. government said Thursday that it's taking the "milestone" step of regulating electronic cigarettes and other tobacco products as if they were traditional cigarettes.

The Food and Drug Administration finalized rules extending its oversight of the multibillion-dollar e-cigarette ...Read more

Nation and world news briefs

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Flight diverted to Fort Lauderdale airport after severe turbulence

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A flight destined for Pittsburgh was diverted to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after some passengers and crew members were injured when the plane hit severe turbulence on Thursday.

Allegiant Air's flight 7001 took off just before 12:30...Read more

Experts say Baltimore officer likely planning for bench trial in Freddie Gray case

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BALTIMORE -- All signs indicate that the next Baltimore police officer to go on trial in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray is planning to have his fate decided by a judge instead of a jury, legal experts say.

Police officers often opt to have a judge hear their case when the allegations turn on whether their actions were reasonable, experts ...Read more

White House honors companies pledging to hire, train veterans

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WASHINGTON -- First lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden announced Thursday that more than 50 companies have pledged to hire and train veterans and military spouses in conjunction with their Joining Forces initiative to help support veterans and their families.

"You know our veterans and military spouses are some of the most dedicated, ...Read more

Hearing scheduled for Sandusky lawyers to prove several allegations

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Another hearing will happen for Jerry Sandusky this month.

The retired Penn State defensive coordinator was convicted of 45 counts of child sex abuse charges in 2012. Sandusky is pursuing a Post Conviction Relief Act petition in Centre County court.

On Monday, his attorneys argued in front of McKean County Senior Judge ...Read more