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Miami-Dade ready to create Harriet Tubman Highway, but Dixie name would stay on US 1

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MIAMI -- Miami-Dade may swap Harriet Tubman's name for "Dixie" on county roads, but U.S. 1 would remain Dixie Highway unless Florida agrees to the change.

Legislation set for approval Wednesday by the Miami-Dade County Commission would strip Dixie from portions of Old Dixie Highway and West Dixie Highway, stretches of road maintained by the ...Read more

Trump heads to Central Valley after slamming California on immigration, homelessness

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LOS ANGELES -- President Donald Trump's visit to California continues Wednesday with stops in the Central Valley to discuss water policy and then on to Rancho Mirage for a fundraiser hosted by Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison.

On Tuesday, Trump was in Beverly Hills, where he slammed Los Angeles officials for opposing his crackdown on illegal ...Read more

Biggest-ever CalPERS pension tops $400,000 per year

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A former top investment official at CalPERS received the largest pension the retirement system has ever paid last year, according to Transparent California and reviews of pension data by The Sacramento Bee.

Curtis Ishii, 64, of Sacramento, retired from the California Public Employees' Retirement System as its managing ...Read more

Is it 'torture'? California inmate going to court over prison noise keeping him awake

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- All Christopher Lipsey Jr. wants is a fighting chance at a good night's sleep.

But the 34-year-old Corcoran State Prison inmate says he and hundreds of other prisoners have been subjected to virtual "torture" through the use of nightly welfare checks in the security housing unit, or SHU, conducted every half hour with pipe...Read more

Resignation of 2 Seattle area Catholic-school teachers stirs protests over church stance on same-sex relationships

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SEATTLE -- For a few hours Tuesday, rainbow-clad crowds of Catholic-school students, alumni and parents covered the entrances of the Seattle Archdiocese offices in Capitol Hill and John F. Kennedy Catholic High School in Burien.

They protested the abrupt departure of two teachers at Kennedy Catholic, who they say were forced to quit last week ...Read more

Alleged Grindr cannibal found unresponsive after not eating, police say

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DETROIT -- The man accused of killing and cannibalizing his Grindr date was found unresponsive in jail after not eating, police say.

Mark D. Latunski, 50, was briefly hospitalized Tuesday evening after being found unresponsive about 5:10 p.m. at the Shiawassee County Jail, Shiawassee County Sheriff Brian BeGole said in an email.

Latunski was ...Read more

Sheriff's deputies arrest man suspected of hitting California Highway Patrol plane with blue laser

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Solano County sheriff's deputies arrested a 33-year-old man suspected of pointing a blue laser at a pilot flying a California Highway Patrol airplane late Monday.

The CHP's Golden Gate Division Air Operations posted a video of the laser strike on its Facebook page Tuesday. The video shows the blue laser hitting the plane ...Read more

College student's boyfriend arrested, named person of interest in her death, cops say

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ATLANTA -- For four days, authorities had been tirelessly combing through country backroads and woodlines across three Middle Georgia counties in hopes of finding a missing Fort Valley State University student.

On Tuesday, deputies stumbled across her car's detached bumper 150 feet off a two-lane Crawford County road. Next to it, partially ...Read more

First quarantined cruise passengers leave as virus deaths pass 2,000

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BEIJING -- Some 500 people on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which has been quarantined in a Japanese port for two weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak, began disembarking on Wednesday, as the fatalities from the virus across China passed 2,000.

More than 500 cases of the virus have been confirmed among some 3,700 passengers on the ...Read more

Coronavirus outbreak helps lawmakers make case on drug shortage bills

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WASHINGTON -- The coronavirus outbreak is prompting fears of drug shortages in the United States because of how deeply the pharmaceutical supply chain relies on China. For lawmakers who were already working on bills to address shortages and bring more drug manufacturing back to the U.S., the epidemic is helping them prove their point.

No drug ...Read more

Autographs and no apologies as Rod Blagojevich returns home: 'I didn't do the things they said I did. They lied on me'

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CHICAGO -- With 20 minutes to spare, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich landed in Chicago the same day his 14-year prison sentence was commuted by President Donald Trump, signing autographs at O'Hare International Airport as he continued to insist on his innocence.

Repeating, "There's no place like home," Blagojevich stepped off the jetway ...Read more

As his first debate nears, Bloomberg is having to answer about his past

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WASHINGTON -- This is not the gracious welcome billionaire Michael R. Bloomberg -- who has poured towering piles of cash into liberal causes and candidates for more than a decade -- has come to expect from prominent Democrats.

No, the former New York mayor's debut in the top tier of the presidential race has turned brutal.

His rapid rise in ...Read more

How Patti Blagojevich helped earn her husband's release

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CHICAGO -- For most of her time as Illinois first lady, Patti Blagojevich preferred a behind-the-scenes role, advising her husband on myriad topics while building a real estate career that leaned heavily on the couple's clout.

But since her husband's arrest nearly a dozen years ago, Blagojevich has commanded the spotlight as she has done almost...Read more

Rod Blagojevich's rise and fall and presidential commutation, a Chicago story

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CHICAGO -- Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was on the witness stand testifying in his own defense in federal court, chattering on in typical form and telling jurors about a 2002 fundraiser that was held for him at Yankee Stadium.

"First time I met Donald Trump," Blagojevich proudly recalled of the occasion in New York City, "he walked in ...Read more

Contrasting visions shape district attorney's race in LA County

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LOS ANGELES -- Jackie Lacey and George Gascon spent more than three decades each working for and eventually running some of the nation's largest law enforcement agencies.

Yet, their visions to lead the Los Angeles County district attorney's office couldn't be more different.

Lacey, the two-term incumbent who oversees the office she has worked ...Read more

Sweetened-beverage sales in Seattle dropped 30% after soda tax, new study says

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SEATTLE -- Sales of sugar-sweetened beverages at stores in Seattle dropped about 30.5% in the months after the city adopted a tax on such beverages, says a new study that also looked at sales at stores in Portland, which has no such tax.

Sales in Portland declined only 10.5%, suggesting sales in Seattle dropped much more than they would have ...Read more

Barr tells associates he might resign over ongoing Trump tweets

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WASHINGTON -- Attorney General William Barr has told associates he might resign in response to comments and tweets by President Donald Trump about Justice Department investigations, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Barr has been discussing his frustration that Trump continues to wade into Justice Department business, after ...Read more

Klobuchar admits 'mistakes' for forgetting Mexican leader's name

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Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar said her inability to remember the name of the president of Mexico in an interview last week was an honest mistake after a long day of campaigning.

"I have a lot of respect for President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador," Klobuchar told Bloomberg News in Las Vegas on Tuesday. "I did that interview late...Read more

Trump sanctions Rosneft, Russia's largest oil company, for aiding Maduro in Venezuela

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration announced significant new sanctions on Tuesday targeting Rosneft, Russia's largest oil company, for helping Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro circumvent U.S. sanctions.

The Treasury Department blocked all U.S. assets of Rosneft´s subsidiary, Rosneft Trading S.A., and its director, Didier Casimiro.

But the...Read more

Bernie Sanders takes wide lead in California primary, new poll finds

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LOS ANGELES -- Bernie Sanders has opened a wide lead in California's Democratic presidential primary, and four rivals are virtually tied for a distant second place, according to a poll released Tuesday.

The survey by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California found Sanders favored by 32% of likely voters in the March 3 primary, ...Read more