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SpaceX to fly private, paying citizens around the moon next year

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LOS ANGELES -- SpaceX said Monday that it will fly two private citizens around the moon in its Crew Dragon spacecraft next year.

The Hawthorne space company said in a statement that the two individuals have "already paid a significant deposit" to do a moon mission. Initial training, along with health and fitness tests will occur later this year...Read more

Judge appoints public defenders to represent suspect in Kansas bar killing

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OLATHE, Kan. -- The man charged in last week's deadly shooting in Olathe made his first court appearance Monday afternoon via closed-circuit television from the Johnson County Jail.

Adam Purinton, 51, is accused of shooting three men at Austins Bar & Grill on Wednesday in what is being investigated by the FBI as a possible hate crime.

Purinton...Read more

Justices skeptical about North Carolina law banning sex offenders from social media

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WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court justices on Monday cast doubt on a North Carolina law that bans registered sex offenders from using Facebook and other online social media.

Through their questions and statements, justices repeatedly voiced skepticism about the 2008 law now being challenged by Durham, N.C., resident and convicted sex offender Lester ...Read more

9th Circuit Court denies DOJ request to put travel ban appeal on hold

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The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied the Department of Justice's request to pause proceedings on an appeal of President Donald Trump's travel ban.

The court in a filing on Monday said its schedule over the federal government's appeal of a lower court's halt on Trump's travel ban will proceed, with the first brief due to the court on...Read more

Officials begin effort to shore up Oroville Dam

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The effort to protect Northern California's Oroville Dam entered a critical phase Monday as engineers began to shut off water flowing out of the damaged main spillway Monday afternoon, giving officials their first unobstructed view of the eroded concrete spillway since a crisis prompted mass evacuations earlier this month.

The move starts a ...Read more

NC House speaker says Cooper trying to 'sabotage' HB2 repeal

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore on Monday criticized Gov. Roy Cooper for his remarks on Sunday opposing part of a bill that would repeal last year's House Bill 2.

"Gov. Cooper should stop playing political games, stop trying to please special interest groups and stop attempting to sabotage legislative efforts to find ...Read more

14 shot in Chicago over weekend as violence continues to outpace last year

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CHICAGO -- Four people were killed and 10 others were wounded over the weekend in Chicago as violence this year continues to outpace last year.

As of Monday morning, the city had logged 103 homicides, compared with 101 this time a year ago, according to data compiled by the Chicago Tribune. At least 513 people have been shot this year, compared...Read more

Clinton calls on Trump to speak out on hate crimes after Kansas shooting

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on President Donald Trump to speak out against hate crimes in the wake of the murder of an Indian engineer last week in Kansas.

Trump has yet to comment on the Olathe shooting, which also left two other victims injured. His press secretary, Sean Spicer, said last week ...Read more

Trump: 'I haven't called Russia in 10 years'

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump rejected calls for an independent investigation of his ties to Russia, telling a group of business leaders Monday that he hasn't called Russia in a decade.

At the start of a White House meeting with health care executives, a reporter asked Trump whether a special prosecutor should be assigned to investigate ...Read more

Ben Emons: Tail risks and the French election

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Markets trade in the probability of certain events happening. In case an event has high risk, a "tail" is priced in. Those tail risks typically show up in certain corners of the markets.

Today, tail risks are priced in for a potential unexpected outcome in the French elections. That tail risk is on the rise now that polls of the second round of...Read more

Officer pleads not guilty in Philando Castile shooting death

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The police officer charged with fatally shooting Philando Castile last summer in Falcon Heights, Minn., pleaded not guilty Monday.

Jeronimo Yanez, on leave from the St. Anthony Police Department, entered his plea to manslaughter and other charges in Ramsey County District Court.

During Yanez's appearance in court, a hearing was ...Read more

George W. Bush doesn't see eye to eye with Trump on media, Muslim ban

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WASHINGTON -- President George W. Bush defended the media and expressed differing views from President Donald Trump on the Muslim ban and immigration during an interview Monday.

Despite getting his fair share of grief from the media, Bush told the "Today Show" that journalists and the media are crucial to governing, a stark difference from ...Read more

Trump wants to add $54 billion to defense budget while slashing domestic spending and foreign aid

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is proposing a massive increase in defense spending of $54 billion while cutting domestic spending and foreign aid by the same amount, the White House said Monday.

Trump's spending blueprint previewed a major address that he will give Tuesday night to a joint session of Congress, laying out his vision for ...Read more

Didn't see that renewal notice? Some states are trying to help

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WASHINGTON -- Ever sign up for a magazine or maintenance service and then get surprised by a renewal charge that pops up on your credit card bill months later? Have you gotten frustrated when you can't figure out how to cancel, or it's too late to avoid the charges?

It's called automatic renewal, and the practice increasingly is showing up in ...Read more

Guest list: Who members of Congress are taking to Trump's address

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump will hold his first joint session address to Congress on Tuesday and every member is able to bring a guest to sit in the gallery.

Oftentimes, those invited are a part of what is driving the news of the day. Notable themes this year have been immigration, the 2010 health care law and police-community ...Read more

Black History Month: Cummings on Obama's biggest contribution

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Elijah E. Cummings has spent more than two decades on Capitol Hill, representing Maryland's 7th District. Now the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Cummings talked to Roll Call about what former President Barack Obama meant to the country, why Black History Month continues to matter and why ...Read more

Judge: Cosby trial to stay in Norristown, Pa., with jurors from outside the county

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. -- Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial this spring will stay in Montgomery County, Pa., but with jurors from outside the county, a judge ruled Monday, citing pervasive local media coverage of the case.

In an order issued from the bench, Judge Steven T. O'Neill said he remained optimistic that moving jury selection would not delay ...Read more

Man wounded in Kansas bar shooting at vigil, remembers his best friend

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OLATHE, Kan. -- Alok Madasani walked with crutches to the podium Sunday at a vigil for the victims of the gun violence in Olathe that killed his best friend and left him and another man injured.

But Madasani, released from the hospital, put aside his crutches as he addressed an audience of several hundred people at the vigil sponsored by the ...Read more

'Beyond belief': 75-100 headstones toppled at Jewish cemetery

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PHILADELPHIA -- Stacy Silver prayed as she drove with her husband to Mount Carmel Cemetery in Philadelphia's Wissinoming section Sunday: Please don't let my mother and great-grandmother be among the victims.

When Silver, 50, of Cherry Hill, N.J., heard about the vandalism at the Jewish cemetery that occurred overnight Saturday, she rushed to ...Read more

China's spat with Kim Jong Un shows difficulty stopping him

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HONG KONG -- The rare public spat between China and North Korea illustrates the dilemma facing Beijing's leaders as they try to coax Kim Jong Un back to the negotiating table.

North Korea condemned China for banning coal imports in an unusually hostile state-media commentary last week, mocking its ally for "dancing to the tune of the U.S." and ...Read more