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Likely midair collision off coast near LA Harbor spurs search for survivors

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LOS ANGELES--Rescue crews searched unsuccessfully into the night Friday off the coast between San Pedro and L.A. Harbor for survivors of a possible midair collision between two small planes.

People aboard a private fishing vessel alerted the U.S. Coast Guard about 3:30 p.m. that they saw a plane plunge into the water, said U.S. Coast Guard ...Read more

41 killed in bus crash in western India

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NEW DELHI -- At least 41 people were killed and 26 injured when a bus plunged over a bridge in the western India state of Gujarat, police said Saturday.

The bus dropped near the banks of the Purna River in Navsari district late Friday.

"A total of 41 people, many of them women and children have died. Most victims died on the scene due to the ...Read more

Federal court invalidates maps of two North Carolina congressional districts

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- A federal court panel ruled late Friday that two of North Carolina's 13 congressional districts were racially gerrymandered and must be redrawn within two weeks, sparking uncertainty about whether the March primary elections can proceed as planned.

An order from a three-judge panel bars elections in North Carolina's 1st and ...Read more

Clinton shifts focus, looks beyond New Hampshire

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MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Hillary Clinton is way behind in New Hampshire, and she is running there like a candidate prepared to cede the first-in-the-nation primary.

As polls show Sen. Bernie Sanders continuing to hold a sizable lead here, Clinton strategists are positioning their campaign to weather a loss here, shifting their focus to holding ...Read more

Newly identified tarantula inhabiting Folsom area named for Johnny Cash

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SACRAMENTO, Calif.--Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues" brought the city and prison national notoriety, and now a newly identified species of tarantula inhabiting the Folsom area bears the singer's name.

The "Johnny Cash" tarantula, or Aphonopelma johnnycashi, is one of 14 new species of tarantulas identified in a study published in ZooKeys ...Read more

Memorial service to be held for Fla. missionary killed in terrorist attack in Africa

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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- Faith is drawing a grieving missionary back to the West African nation where her husband, Mike Riddering, was gunned down last month in a terrorist attack.

"People wonder what I am going to do now," Amy Boyle-Riddering, of Cooper City, said Friday. "It's simple. God did not only call Mike to Burkina Faso. He called me, too. ...Read more

University Daily Kansan editors sue KU Chancellor over funding cut

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KANSAS CITY, Mo.--The editor-in-chief of the University Daily Kansan has sued University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, claiming the student newspaper's funding was cut because of its coverage.

Gray-Little and Tammara Durham, vice provost for student affairs, were named in the suit filed Friday in federal court. The suit says a $...Read more

Missing Hong Kong booksellers detained in China for 'illegal activities'

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HONG KONG -- Chinese authorities announced that three Hong Kong booksellers are under investigation for "illegal activities," ratcheting up suspicion that they've fallen victim to a Beijing-backed crackdown on the city's publishing industry.

Lui Por, Cheung Chi Ping and Lam Wing Kee have been placed in criminal detention in mainland China, Hong...Read more

Prosecutors' release of polo mogul's Bentley leads appeal for case dismissal or third trial

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Wellington polo club founder John Goodman's appeal of his DUI manslaughter conviction and 16-year prison sentence contains so many pages that his attorneys requested special permission while filing it Thursday.

The lawyers contend they need 112 pages "to thoroughly address the errors that deprived" their 52-year-old ...Read more

Barbara Bush shuffles through the snow for her boy

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DERRY, N.H. -- Barbara Bush gingerly shuffled behind her red rolling walker, pushing her way through the slush of a suddenly snowy New Hampshire on Friday as she made her way into a local diner to shake hands, pose for pictures and order voters to get to the polls for her son.

"I haven't seen the snow for 1,000 years," the 90-year-old former ...Read more

US to experience more 'travel-related cases' of Zika virus, expert says

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The United States will see an increasing number of travel-related cases of the Zika virus as the epidemic that is ravaging Brazil continues to spread, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

Among them will likely be pregnant women, the population most vulnerable to the devastating effects of the virus.

"I ...Read more

Edgar Mitchell, astronaut who walked on the moon, dies at 85

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Edgar Mitchell, who as an astronaut on the Apollo 14 mission became the sixth person to walk on the moon on Feb. 5, 1971, died at a West Palm Beach hospice Thursday night, his family said.

Mitchell, who lived on an acre "ranchette" west of Lake Worth and often talked about his adventures and history making, was 85.

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Florida man who killed wife and posted her photo on Facebook sentenced to life in prison

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MIAMI -- When Derek Medina shot and killed his unarmed wife, he posted a photo of her body on Facebook with a prediction he was "going to prison or death sentence."

"You foretold your future," Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Yvonne Colodny told him Friday.

And with that, she swiftly sentenced Medina to life in prison for the August 2013 murder of ...Read more

Ted Cruz's Iowa campaign tactics still irk rivals

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WASHINGTON -- Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is earning his reputation as a bare-knuckled presidential campaigner as new evidence emerged late this week of an effort to get Iowa GOP caucus voters to switch to him Monday night from retired surgeon Ben Carson.

The presidential campaign has now shifted in full gear to New Hampshire, which has its primary ...Read more

Twitter offers new, though limited, evidence that it's driving terrorists away

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Twitter Inc. announced Friday that it had deleted 125,000 terrorist-related accounts in the last seven months.

The moves comes after months of criticism from President Barack Obama and others who complained that social media companies weren't doing enough to stifle extremist discussion online.

Still, Twitter was light on details about the ...Read more

Parole board gives ex-Mexican Mafia killer another chance at freedom

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LOS ANGELES -- A convicted killer and former shot-caller for the Mexican Mafia who developed an unusually close relationship with law enforcement was again granted parole Friday, a year after the governor rejected his previous bid for freedom.

During a hearing before a California parole board, Rene "Boxer" Enriquez spoke for more than three ...Read more

Nation and world news briefs

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Crane collapse in Manhattan kills 1, NYPD says

NEW YORK -- A pedestrian was killed and three other people were injured when a huge construction crane being lowered as a weather-related safety precaution instead collapsed Friday morning on a street in New York City, police and fire officials said.

David Wichs, 38, of Manhattan, was pronounced...Read more

Second trial in Chandra Levy killing likely to be delayed

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WASHINGTON -- The retrial of the man convicted of killing former intern Chandra Levy now appears to face a nearly three-month delay, as prosecutors cope with extensive defense requests for documents and other evidence.

On Friday, D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert E. Morin set May 23 as a backup date for the start of the trial, which is currently...Read more

'Affluenza' teen transferred to adult jail

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Ethan Couch, the "affluenza" teen who returned to Tarrant County last week, was transferred to Tarrant County Jail in downtown Fort Worth on Friday, according to jail records.

Couch, 18, had been in juvenile jail since last Thursday, when he returned to Fort Worth after evading Tarrant County officials for more than a month...Read more

What to look for as the Republicans debate in New Hampshire

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NASHUA, N.H. -- He's back. At center stage.

A week after skipping a Republican debate in a spat with Fox News, Donald Trump, the provocateur who has already upended the race to the presidency, will return to the debate spotlight Saturday night. But it's a different Trump, this time on uncertain footing after a disappointing second-place finish ...Read more