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Biden might delay decision on running for president

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WASHINGTON -- Some longtime friends of Joe Biden and other Democratic donors, including some who've been supporting Hillary Clinton, are preparing for the possibility the vice president may delay announcing whether he'll run for president past an end-of-September timeline he and his advisers were targeting.

Biden and his advisers initially ...Read more

Crowded presidential field pushes congressional races out of limelight

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MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Members of Congress running for re-election in early presidential states are learning a lesson: It's hard to get attention when the circus is in town.

Over the five-week August recess, an opportunity for members to spend time at home to connect with constituents, members like GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte have had the unique ...Read more

Republicans tap their own tax mavens for 2016

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WASHINGTON -- When it comes to tax policy, Republican presidential candidates have a holy grail: tax cuts that pay for themselves by unleashing economic growth. In 2012, the dominant voice when it came to judging candidates' proposals -- from Herman Cain's 9-9-9 plan to Rick Perry's flat tax -- was the Tax Policy Center, a Washington nonprofit ...Read more

Top Haitian education official tackles difficult challenges in effort to reform system

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti-- A group of students from Lycee Fritz Pierre-Louis who were wearing mustard-colored bottoms and ivory tops were crossing the public square near the presidential palace's grounds when teens from two rival schools, donning olive green and gray pants with white shirts, approached them and demanded money. They then slapped one...Read more

Schools want the sky to be the limit on loans

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NEW YORK -- For the past nine years, graduate students in the U.S. have had almost a blank check to take out as much as $80,000 a year in government-backed loans to pay for tuition and living expenses. Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee thinks that's too much. He has introduced legislation, backed by Democratic colleagues Michael ...Read more

Stanton Cook, modernizer of Tribune Co. and longtime CEO, dies at 90

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CHICAGO--Stanton Cook was working at a Chicago gas station on a bitterly cold January morning when a family friend called to say he'd heard about a possible job opening at The Chicago Tribune.

Cook, a Northwestern University graduate who'd recently been discharged from the Army, jumped at the prospect and by the spring was working as an ...Read more

Russia may be escalating military role in Syria

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. intelligence has captured evidence of a significant escalation of Russia's military engagement in Syria's civil war, including satellite images of an apparent Russian base for staging troops and heavy equipment under construction near a port city that is a stronghold for Syrian President Bashar Assad, U.S. officials say.

The ...Read more

Man arrested in Sacramento City College shooting likely friend of slain victim

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento police on Friday arrested Rico Ridgeway, one of the men injured during the Sacramento City College shooting, for assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the case.

Ridgeway, 24, was booked into the Sacramento County Jail and placed on parole hold.

Police are still searching for the man who shot and ...Read more

Charter schools are unconstitutional, Washington state's high court rules

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SEATTLE -- After nearly a year of deliberation, Washington state's Supreme Court ruled 6-3 late Friday afternoon that charter schools are unconstitutional.

The ruling overturns the law voters narrowly approved in 2012 allowing publicly funded, but privately operated, schools.

Eight new charter schools are opening in Washington this fall in ...Read more

Salvadoran gang member suspected in assassination caught at O.C. car dealership

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A member of the violent street gang MS-13, wanted in his native El Salvador for allegedly assassinating a government prosecutor, was captured working at a Santa Ana, Calif., car dealership.

Authorities announced his arrest Friday and said he had been sent back to El Salvador Friday morning to face charges of aggravated homicide.

Officials ...Read more

Police: 11-year-old boy fatally shot teen inside St. Louis County home, evidence shows

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. -- Police said Friday that Lamonte Streeter was the teenager killed by an 11-year-old boy on Hallwood Drive, and that physical evidence showed the shooting occurred inside.

That evidence would contradict witness accounts from some neighbors who said Streeter was standing outside the front door when the child shot him once ...Read more

Saudi king 'satisfied' with safeguards in Iran deal

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WASHINGTON--Saudi King Salman signaled broad support for the Iran nuclear deal Friday in meetings with President Barack Obama at the White House, and asked U.S. officials for an acceleration of military aid in return.

In almost three hours of meetings that marked his first White House visit as king, Salman heard, and accepted, Obama's arguments...Read more

No charges against Shattuck in Baltimore County

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BALTIMORE -- Baltimore County's top prosecutor says he will not pursue criminal charges against former Ravens cheerleader Molly Shattuck after re-examining allegations of sexual abuse involving a teen boy.

State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger said Friday his office has spoken with a representative of the victim's family.

Shattuck, 48, admitted...Read more

Purified wastewater triggers release of arsenic within aquifer, study finds

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When it comes to the science of transforming sewage into tap water -- or potable reuse -- engineers say there's no question the product is clean enough to drink.

The trouble is, researchers are now learning that this drinking water may be too clean to store underground without special treatment.

A study published this week in the journal ...Read more

Aid groups see 'dramatic' increase in donations after death of Syrian toddler

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The photo told a familiar story of dispossessed refugees from war-torn Syria. But the image of a Syrian toddler's small, lifeless body on a beach in Turkey -- thrown with his family from a capsized raft -- suddenly made the long-running crisis seem urgent and new.

The photograph of the toddler, later identified as a 3-year-old named Aylan, ...Read more

Is Iraq too broke to fight the Islamic State group?

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WASHINGTON -- Iraq's ability to fight Islamic State extremists who control roughly a third of the country is hampered by a financial crisis that has left the Baghdad government operating "hand to mouth," Iraqi Ambassador Lukman Faily warned this week.

The inability to pay salaries on time to the soldiers and militiamen fighting the Islamic ...Read more

Inmates provide new details on Calif. jail death

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- New eyewitness details emerged Friday from inmates housed in the same wing of the Santa Clara County Main Jail as mentally ill inmate Michael Tyree, who was allegedly beaten to death last week by three jail guards who have since been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Tyree had been behind bars for violating probation on a ...Read more

Nation and world news briefs

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- A Florida A&M University band member who played a role in the hazing death of a fellow student in 2011 was sentenced Friday to four years in prison.

Caleb Jackson pleaded no contest to manslaughter and felony hazing in 2013 for his role in the death of drum major Robert Champion in Orlando.

Jackson faced as much as 35 years ...Read more

Analysis: Would a run by Biden aim to knock Clinton out or serve as a standby?

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WASHINGTON -- As Vice President Joe Biden continues to publicly ponder whether to enter the presidential race, a key question has emerged: If he runs, would he try to push Hillary Rodham Clinton aside or, simply and more gently, stand as a possible replacement?

In the space of 36 hours this week, Biden offered a glimpse of both strategies.

At ...Read more

Hillary Clinton sorry for 'confusing' email issue

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WASHINGTON -- Would Hillary Rodham Clinton like to apologize to voters for the past emailing practices that have so many of them questioning her trustworthiness?

Sort of.

"It wasn't the best choice," Clinton said during a 30-minute interview with journalist Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC Friday. "I certainly have said that. I will continue to say ...Read more