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NC governor, AG seek to end Supreme Court review of voter ID case

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and state Attorney General Josh Stein have taken steps to end a request for the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court ruling overturning North Carolina's voter ID law.

Stein and Cooper's chief counsel sent a letter on Tuesday discharging private attorneys who had been representing the state ...Read more

McMaster needs Senate confirmation to keep all three stars

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WASHINGTON -- National security advisers don't need the consent of the Senate, but the decision by President Donald Trump to tap Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster for the assignment brings up an unusual question of military rank. Why? Without the Senate confirmation, McMaster would effectively be demoted as result of the new responsibilities, since three-...Read more

North Carolina's ban on secession could be dropped under proposed measure

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- A bill filed Tuesday by a trio of N.C. House Republicans seeks to drop a provision in the North Carolina Constitution that prohibits secession.

Reps. Michael Speciale of New Bern, George Cleveland of Jacksonville and Larry Pittman of Concord are proposing a constitutional amendment that would give voters a chance to repeal ...Read more

Hong Kong Disneyland reports a 2016 loss as visitor slump worsens

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Two weeks after Walt Disney Co. launched a bailout of struggling Euro Disney, another international Disney resort revealed that its financial woes grew last year.

Hong Kong Disneyland reported Monday a second consecutive annual loss on an 11 percent drop in attendance and a 7 percent decline in revenue. The $22 million loss for the fiscal year ...Read more

Federal appeals court upholds Maryland assault rifle ban

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BALTIMORE -- A federal appeals court has upheld the assault rifle ban Maryland lawmakers passed in 2013, concluding that the powerful military-style guns outlawed by the measure are not entitled to protection under the Second Amendment.

The ruling, issued by the entire 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., reverses a decision by a ...Read more

Drew Peterson transferred from Illinois to federal prison, sources say

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CHICAGO -- Drew Peterson, the former Bolingbrook police officer convicted of killing his third wife and trying to arrange a hit on the prosecutor who put him behind bars, has been transferred out of custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections and into federal prison, sources said Tuesday.

Peterson was transferred to a federal prison in ...Read more

'Do your job,' Republican-friendly audience demands of McConnell

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LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. -- Mitch McConnell expected the protesters outside the Republican-friendly luncheon in heavily Republican Anderson County. He didn't expect what he found inside the American Legion hall.

The questions from the $10-a-plate crowd, which heard the Senate majority leader offer his usual defense of the Trump administration and the ...Read more

SC man waives right to hearing on federal gun charge in 'Dylann Roof' attack case

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FLORENCE, S.C. -- In a hearing that took little more than a minute, Benjamin Thomas Samuel McDowell -- accused of purchasing a gun from an undercover agent for an attack "in the spirit of Dylann Roof" -- waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

He delayed the matter of his bond.

"He looked real good. He looked real strong," said McDowell's ...Read more

Suspect in Calif. officer killing had cycled in and out of jail, records show

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LOS ANGELES -- The gang member accused of killing a Whittier police officer Monday had cycled in and out of jail for repeatedly violating the terms of his release, records show.

Sheriff's Homicide Capt. Steve Katz on Tuesday identified the suspect as Michael C. Mejia, 26, a career criminal with a history of drugs and violence. Mejia has a "...Read more

Advocates gearing up to challenge tough new DHS rules on deportation

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WASHINGTON -- Immigration lawyers have already begun taking steps to challenge President Donald Trump's sweeping new directives to step up deportations of those in the country illegally.

Some of the top immigration rights groups and their lawyers huddled over the weekend and Tuesday to debate when and how they want to attack directives released...Read more

Testosterone therapy benefits elusive, major studies find

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SAN DIEGO -- Testosterone therapy for older men possibly could provide some benefit, but there are also signs it could cause harm, according to a major series of studies published Tuesday.

The five studies are published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and JAMA Internal Medicine. Four are the product of the Testosterone Trials...Read more

Scott Pruitt tries to calm a rattled EPA workforce

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WASHINGTON -- Even as the newly installed Environmental Protection Agency chief sought to calm employees anxious about his longtime opposition to the agency, Scott Pruitt managed to rattle them a little more.

Concerns about the direction he will take the EPA grew with publication over the weekend of his first interview as agency chief.

During ...Read more

Milo Yiannopoulos resigns from Breitbart News

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Milo Yiannopoulos, the conservative provocateur whose comments on race have been assailed by Democrats and Republicans alike, resigned Tuesday from his senior editor position at Breitbart News.

In recent days, nearly a dozen reporters at the conservative news organization had threatened to resign if Yiannopoulos was not fired for remarks he ...Read more

A lethal shooting at the US-Mexico border divides the Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON -- A short-handed Supreme Court that's about to be recast seemed split Tuesday about whether to extend U.S. constitutional protections to cover a teenager shot on Mexican soil.

An even split, though, would be a defeat for the teenager's family members and the immigration advocates who support them.

Amid a broader debate over ...Read more

Storm brings record rainfall, gusts up to 199 mph and flooding to Northern California

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MODESTO, Calif. -- Northern California was battered by another atmospheric river that produced record rainfall and wind gusts that reached 199 mph.

The dramatic gusts were recorded high in the Sierra Nevada, where Alpine Meadows had the 199-mph gust, according to the National Weather Service. Biggs recorded 184 mph.

Several areas set new ...Read more

Sweeping new immigration guidelines emphasize more enforcement, deportations

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WASHINGTON -- Immigration enforcement officers are free to target any of the 11 million people in the U.S. illegally for removal, the Trump administration said Tuesday, a vast expansion of the federal government's deportation priorities as the president pursues his promised crackdown on illegal immigration.

The new guidelines, in two memos ...Read more

Liberal group will put money into city, municipal races

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WASHINGTON -- A liberal political group says it will spend a half-million dollars helping progressive candidates win city and municipal races, part of a broader effort underway among activists and the Democratic Party to refocus on state and local elections that Republicans dominated during President Barack Obama's time in office.

Officials ...Read more

Final DHS rules foresee immediate deportation for anyone caught anywhere in US

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WASHINGTON -- Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has issued final orders that would allow immigration officials to deport tens of thousands more immigrants living in the country illegally.

The final orders, distributed to agency heads on Monday, wipe away protections implemented by the Obama administration that were designed ...Read more

Timothy O'Brien: Trump's Russia problem keeps cropping up

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The New York Times reported Sunday that one of Donald Trump's lawyers, Michael Cohen, along with two other men, attempted to deliver a sealed proposal for crafting a Ukraine peace accord and lifting Russian sanctions to then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn shortly before Flynn resigned.

Cohen disputed a portion of the Times' account to ...Read more

Trump intends to release 2018 budget in mid-March

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's administration is aiming to release a fiscal 2018 budget outline on March 14, a White House official confirmed Sunday to CQ.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said it is the White House's "intention" to release the outline, also called a "skinny" budget, on that date.

That date is not set...Read more