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Small, icy and elusive: Scientists discover a new moon at Neptune that Voyager missed

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When Voyager II flew past Neptune in August of 1989 it revealed a complex system of 13 moons, six of which had never been seen before.

Thirty years later, scientists say the space probe missed one.

Using data from the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered an elusive seventh ice moon around the ice giant that fell just out of ...Read more

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Trump says release of Mueller report will be 'totally' up to new AG Barr

WASHINGTON -- During a Wednesday meeting with his Austrian counterpart, President Donald J. Trump said the release of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's report would be "totally" up to Attorney General William Barr.

The president was asked after CNN reported ...Read more

At least 49 killed in Bangladesh multi-building fire

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DHAKA, Bangladesh -- At least 49 people were killed in an overnight fire that engulfed several buildings in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, a rescue official said early Thursday.

Ali Ahmed Khan, director general of the Fire Service and Civil Defense, or DMCH, told dpa 49 bodies were recovered from the site of the fire, and 41 injured people were...Read more

House Democrats to file resolution on Trump's border emergency

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WASHINGTON -- Democrats in the U.S. House plan to file a resolution on Friday seeking to block President Donald Trump's emergency declaration to build a wall on the southern U.S. border.

Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas outlined plans to introduce the measure in an email circulated to colleagues that was obtained Wednesday by Bloomberg News. The ...Read more

Roger Stone moving out of his Fort Lauderdale home — even if judge doesn't lock him up

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Even before finding out if a federal judge will revoke his bail and lock him up, Roger Stone has decided to move out of his $9,500-a-month home in a luxury neighborhood in Fort Lauderdale.

A "For Rent By Owner" sign has gone up outside Stone's rental house in the Las Olas Isles, which is in the finger islands between ...Read more

Trump says release of Mueller report will be 'totally' up to new AG Barr

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WASHINGTON -- During a Wednesday meeting with his Austrian counterpart, President Donald J. Trump said the release of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's report would be "totally" up to Attorney General William Barr.

The president was asked after CNN reported Wednesday that Mueller's report could be finalized next week. Trump said releasing...Read more

Alabama Republicans aren't stressing a Roy Moore redux as Senate primary kicks off

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WASHINGTON -- Alabama Republican Rep. Bradley Byrne launched his Senate campaign Wednesday, kicking off the contest to take on one of the most vulnerable senators in the country: Democrat Doug Jones.

"Look in Washington and tell me you don't see a disconnect between your values and the values you see up there," Byrne told supporters at his ...Read more

University of Washington Medicine mistakenly exposed information on nearly 1 million patients

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SEATTLE -- The medical files of nearly 1 million patients of University of Washington Medicine were visible on the internet for at least three weeks in December, UW Medicine said Wednesday.

The files, which were exposed on Dec. 4 because of "an internal human error" were internal files that the hospital system used to document when it shared ...Read more

Coast Guard officer accused of plotting to kill Democratic politicians, TV news personalities

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WASHINGTON -- A Coast Guard lieutenant living in a Washington suburb stockpiled weapons and plotted to kill prominent liberal politicians and television news personalities, federal prosecutors said.

Christopher Paul Hasson, who worked at the Coast Guard headquarters in Washington, was arrested on firearms and narcotics charges last Friday. But ...Read more

Trump says US won't take back Alabama woman who joined ISIS

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said he's told Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to bar an Alabama woman who joined Islamic State and now expresses remorse from returning to the U.S.

"I have instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and he fully agrees, not to allow Hoda Muthana back into the Country!" the president tweeted on Wednesday.

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'Day care fight club' in St. Louis will be investigated by Missouri attorney general

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said Wednesday his office would investigate a St. Louis day care where 3- and 4-year-olds were filmed engaging in fist fights.

The announcement came two weeks after the St. Louis circuit attorney's office dropped its case against day care workers Tena N. Dailey and Mickala Guliford, ...Read more

DNA leads to arrest in 1973 cold case killing of 11-year-old Newport Beach girl

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LOS ANGELES -- Nearly 46 years after the lifeless body of 11-year-old Linda Ann O'Keefe was found among the cattails in Newport Beach's Back Bay, police this week announced that a suspect has been arrested in connection with the girl's death.

Orange County prosecutors have charged James Alan Neal, 72, of Colorado with murder. If convicted, he ...Read more

Michigan postal worker accused of stealing 15,000 pieces of mail

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DETROIT -- A United States Postal Service worker is charged with mail theft in Macomb County, Mich., after nearly 15,000 pieces of mail were discovered in her Clinton Township home last month.

Tiara Vann, 30, admitted to withholding the mail since September 2018, according to federal court documents filed with U.S. District Court for the ...Read more

Will dolphins die in search for oil? Marine life at risk, legal action says

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Saying dolphins and whales are at risk in the search for oil, environmental groups asked a federal court Wednesday to block companies from launching seismic tests to look for oil deposits off the South Carolina coast.

The request for a preliminary injunction to stop seismic blasting would prevent the search from starting until...Read more

Venezuela's Guaido asks followers to surround military bases amid aid showdown

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BOGOTA, Colombia -- Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaido is asking followers to surround military bases on Saturday to demand that the armed forces allow aid into the country -- a provocative move that's likely to inflame President Nicolas Maduro.

Guaido, the self-proclaimed interim president, told his 1.3 million followers in a series of ...Read more

California lawmakers propose soda tax, outlawing super-size sugary drinks

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California restaurants and stores would be prohibited from selling "Big Gulp"-style sodas and consumers would face taxes on sugar-sweetened soft drinks under bills announced Wednesday by five state lawmakers to address a "public health crisis" of obesity in the Golden State.

The proposals include a ban on the sale of ...Read more

Son of NC GOP candidate expressed concerns about operative at center of disputed election

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The son of Republican congressional candidate Mark Harris testified Wednesday that he had concerns about a Bladen County operative hired by his father before the 2018 campaign.

"I've heard about this McCrae (Dowless) guy. Seems to me he might be kind of a shady character," John Harris said he told Harris campaign consultant ...Read more

Supreme Court bolsters right of owners to fight against police seizures of vehicles

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday strengthened the rights of Americans to fight police seizures of vehicles and property, ruling the Eighth Amendment's ban on "excessive fines" applies to states and localities, not just the federal government.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her second day back from cancer surgery delivered the ...Read more

Trump prevails as Mexican officials stop caravan at Texas border and ship migrants to other cities

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PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Mexico -- Last week, a caravan of 1,800 Central American migrants arrived in this isolated Mexican border city, where police ushered them into a makeshift government shelter at a shuttered factory surrounded by chain-link fence.

As conditions at the shelter deteriorated, riots erupted last Wednesday. Migrants broke through ...Read more

Gun control bills proliferate in Congress, state legislatures

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Efforts by advocates to push gun control legislation in state legislatures and the new Congress have led to a flurry of bills that sponsors say are aimed at reducing shootings, suicides and domestic violence, along with other proposals that call for expanding gun rights.

Several gun control bills were introduced in Congress last week to mark ...Read more