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Former Senate leader Bob Dole hospitalized for low blood pressure

WASHINGTON -- Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., last week for low blood pressure, Fox News reported.

Dole, 94, and his wife, former Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C., tweeted confirmation of the story....Read more

Search narrows for last possible survivors of Mexican quake

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MEXICO CITY -- As the search for the last possible survivors of this week's powerful earthquake intensified Friday, the scale of damage across central Mexico became more evident.

At least 3,000 buildings in the densely packed capital have suffered damage from the devastating 7.1 quake, Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said, with a number of ...Read more

Navy won't punish vice admiral stripped of security clearance during 'Fat Leonard' probe

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SAN DIEGO -- Fretting about his possible role in the "Fat Leonard" bribery scandal, in late 2013 the Navy stripped the security clearance of its top spy, destroying the career of Vice Adm. Ted "Twig" Branch.

On Friday, the Navy closed its review with what it called appropriate administrative action for Branch, the former director of Navy ...Read more

Last of 5 Wheaton College football players charged in hazing turns self in

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CHICAGO--The final of five Wheaton College football players facing criminal charges in a 2016 hazing incident turned himself in Friday to police.

James Cooksey, 22, of Jacksonville, Fla., appeared at the Wheaton police station before 2 p.m. Friday. The other four players posted the required $5,000 bail -- 10 percent of their bonds -- and were ...Read more

Death toll above 20 after migrant boat sinks off Turkish coast

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ISTANBUL -- At least 21 people are dead after a fishing boat carrying migrants sank off Turkey's Black Sea coast Friday, according to the country's coast guard.

The boat capsized near the coastal town of Kefken in northwestern Turkey. The coast guard said that 40 people had been rescued.

The nationalities of those on board was unclear, as were...Read more

Trump administration is considering new 'tailored' travel restrictions

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is considering a proposal to replace his controversial travel ban on six mostly Muslim countries with a set of "tailored" screening rules and restrictions that will depend on the threat from each country, administration officials said Friday.

The officials said Trump has not made a decision and it wasn't ...Read more

11th person dies in Florida nursing home saga

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- An 11th person has died as a result of stifling heat at a Hollywood, Fla., nursing home that lost power during Hurricane Irma.

Constance Alice Thomas, 94, died Thursday at 8:58 a.m., more than a week after eight people succumbed to stifling heat at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills.

Among those who died, ...Read more

'The mold is just gonzo': Florida Keys residents come back to grueling work or nothing at all

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MIAMI--Dee Thorne wants to change the name of her trailer from "Escapade" to "The Escape Pod."

Without the little trailer they bought in May, she and her husband, David, couldn't have evacuated from their home on Big Pine Key when Hurricane Irma was coming. Without it, they wouldn't have a place to live now that the storm is gone.

Their house ...Read more

Magnitude 5.7 earthquake strikes off the Northern California coast

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A shallow magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck beneath the Pacific Ocean off the Northern California coast Friday afternoon, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

No tsunami warnings were issued for the coast, according to the National Weather Service.

The temblor occurred at 12:50 p.m. at a depth of 2.5 miles, according to the USGS. Its ...Read more

Protesters disrupt Comey's speech at Howard University

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More than 50 students at Howard University in Washington protested former FBI Director James Comey's convocation address to students Friday.

After a delay, Comey delivered his speech and received a standing ovation. It was one of his few public appearances since he was fired by President Donald Trump in May.

"Our country is going through one ...Read more

Mexico City still vibrant, but disjointed, after earthquake

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MEXICO CITY -- Arriving in Mexico City after an absence of a few days is to arrive to a town transformed.

It remains a vibrant, dynamic metropolis, but there is an overwhelming sense of urgency, and disquiet. The city is disjointed several days after Tuesday's earthquake left scores dead and thousands homeless.

Pedestrians wander residential ...Read more

Former Senate leader Bob Dole hospitalized for low blood pressure

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WASHINGTON -- Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., last week for low blood pressure, Fox News reported.

Dole, 94, and his wife, former Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C., tweeted confirmation of the story.

He added a light-hearted note that he hopes to be "sipping a ...Read more

Aides warned Trump not to attack North Korea's leader personally before his fiery UN address

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WASHINGTON -- Senior aides to President Donald Trump repeatedly warned him not to deliver a personal attack on North Korea's leader at the United Nations this week, saying insulting the young despot in such a prominent venue could irreparably escalate tensions and shut off any chance for negotiations to defuse the nuclear crisis.

Trump's ...Read more

Lavrov blames 'small-minded' Obama for US-Russia divisions

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UNITED NATIONS -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov lashed out at former President Barack Obama for planting a "time bomb" that has deepened the worst rift between the two powers since the Cold War and frustrated cooperation in addressing global crises from Iran to North Korea.

In some of the harshest Russian language used against Obama, ...Read more

Confusion reigns as far-right Berkeley 'free speech week' approaches: Will Bannon, Coulter show up?

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LOS ANGELES -- A series of talks by controversial conservative speakers being planned at the University of California, Berkeley by right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos appears to be falling apart as the Sunday kickoff date approaches.

For starters, UC Berkeley officials say only four speakers have confirmed their visit with the university. ...Read more

Carson praises Moore, breaking with Trump on Alabama Senate race

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WASHINGTON -- A member of President Donald Trump's Cabinet appears to be breaking with him in the GOP runoff in the Alabama Senate race.

Hours before Trump traveled to the state to headline a rally for Sen. Luther Strange on Friday, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson praised former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, ...Read more

Murder charge filed in case of woman killed in crash while fleeing alleged rapist

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A man already charged with raping a Kansas City, Kan., woman is now charged with murder in her death in a traffic crash.

Wyandotte County prosecutors said Friday that Orlando Taylor, 35, is now charged with felony first-degree murder in the death of 39-year-old Shannon Keithley.

Keithley died the morning of Aug. 18 while ...Read more

Man who killed 8 at Orange County, Calif., salon sentenced to life in prison

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SANTA ANA, Calif. -- A former tugboat captain who carried out Orange County's worst mass shooting was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison Friday for killing eight people at a Seal Beach salon in 2011.

The sentencing of Scott Evans Dekraai, 47, marked an emotional end to a case that has roiled the county's criminal justice system ...Read more

Trump makes little headway in his first turn on UN world stage

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UNITED NATIONS -- President Donald Trump won accolades from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu but otherwise made more diplomatic waves than progress in his first appearance at the United Nations General Assembly this week.

The presidents of Japan and South Korea welcomed Trump's announcement of new sanctions against North Korea but ...Read more

Despite tense relations, US and Mexico come together for earthquake recovery

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MEXICO CITY -- It's been a tough year for U.S.-Mexico relations.

The countries are locked in tense talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, and Mexican public opinion of the U.S. has plummeted as President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized Mexico and vowed to make it pay for construction of a border wall.

But those ...Read more