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Chocolate may be good medicine for reducing the risk of an irregular heartbeat, study says

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Medical researchers have identified a compound that may reduce your risk of a dangerous type of heart rhythm that can lead to strokes, dementia, heart failure and early death.

In a study of more than 55,000 Danish men and women who were tracked for up to 16 years, people who used this compound were up to 20 percent less likely to experience the...Read more

Debt limit deadline already creeping up on Congress

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WASHINGTON -- Congress and the Trump administration may be facing off over raising the debt limit sooner than planned.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he wanted Congress to complete a clean measure to lift the debt ceiling before the August recess on Wednesday.

"I urge you to raise the debt limit before you leave for the summer," ...Read more

Playboy model pleads no contest in gym 'body-shaming' photo case

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LOS ANGELES -- Playboy model Dani Mathers pleaded no contest Wednesday to invasion of privacy after she secretly photographed a naked 70-year-old woman in an LA Fitness shower area and posted it on social media with a disparaging remark.

After pleading to the misdemeanor charge, the 2015 Playmate of the Year was ordered to perform 30 days of ...Read more

Family of Naperville teen who committed suicide sues school, police

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The family of a Naperville, Ill., high school student who committed suicide after being called into a dean's office for a disciplinary matter filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the school district and city's Police Department, accusing them of breaking the law by interrogating the teen without first notifying his parents.

The lawsuit, filed in ...Read more

Why the Freedom Caucus may vote for a debt ceiling increase

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WASHINGTON -- The House Freedom Caucus is looking for a debt ceiling increase by August and it's willing to lend votes to pass one -- with some caveats.

According to a source familiar with the group's plans, the Freedom Caucus could soon take an official position saying they will provide votes for a debt ceiling increase conditional on two ...Read more

Another probe joins the lengthening line to question ex-Trump adviser Flynn

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WASHINGTON -- The House Intelligence Committee will subpoena former Trump adviser Michael Flynn after he refused to cooperate with the panel's investigation into Trump campaign ties with Russia.

"We will be following up with subpoenas and those subpoenas will be designed to maximize our chances of getting the information we need," Rep. Adam ...Read more

Trump has done what Obama didn't: Scare NATO into closer tracking of defense spending

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BRUSSELS -- President Donald Trump sent shock waves across Europe when he railed against the NATO alliance during his campaign and threatened not to defend those nations that hadn't paid their share of defense expenses.

He wasn't the first to raise concerns: President Barack Obama had frequently lamented NATO members' failure to spend enough on...Read more

House Intelligence Committee will subpoena Michael Flynn, Schiff says

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WASHINGTON -- The House Intelligence Committee is preparing to issue subpoenas to President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, according to the committee's ranking Democrat, following the lead of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said the House subpoenas "will be designed to maximize our...Read more

Pope Francis jokes with Trump family, presses the environment

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BRUSSELS -- President Donald Trump and Pope Francis appeared to put aside their differences Wednesday during a meeting at the Vatican, the third leg of a five-country overseas trip that had the president traveling to Brussels later in the afternoon.

The meeting with the pope had the potential for being awkward: The two world leaders couldn't be...Read more

5 suspects now under arrest as Manchester police investigate possible terror network

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LONDON -- British police made a fifth arrest Wednesday in connection with the Manchester terrorist attack that killed 22 people as they investigate whether the suicide bomber was part of a network.

The latest arrest came in the nearby town of Wigan, when police took a man who was carrying a package into custody, according to Manchester police. ...Read more

Baltimore attorney arrested for allegedly obstructing justice in rape case

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BALTIMORE -- A Baltimore defense attorney was arrested in the downtown courthouse Tuesday and charged with obstruction of justice and witness intimidation for allegedly telling a rape victim she risked deportation by the Trump administration in an effort to dissuade her from testifying against his client.

In a recorded conversation, Christos ...Read more

Miami-Dade braces for mosquito season with new battle plan

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MIAMI -- A year after getting caught off-guard by the first outbreak of the Zika virus in the continental U.S., Miami-Dade County aims to enter this mosquito season armed and ready.

The small mosquito-fighting division has been shored up with $25 million -- most of it covered by the state -- and tripled in size to 59 positions, including a ...Read more

Miami 'Joker' lookalike busted for pointing loaded gun at drivers

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MIAMI -- The Joker got busted. But the Caped Crusader didn't take him down, Miami-Dade police did.

Lawrence Patrick Sullivan, 29 -- whose green hair and tattooed face bears a striking resemblance to The Joker in the Batman movies -- was stopped by police Tuesday night outside the Hammocks Place Apartments in West Kendall.

In his pocket: a ...Read more

Exodus from Philippine city as Duterte warns of 'harsh' martial law

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MANILA -- Thousands of residents fled a southern Philippine city Wednesday after President Rodrigo Duterte warned that the martial law he imposed to fight Islamist militants would be "harsh."

The people left Marawi, a city 800 kilometers south of Manila, on foot and by boats, vehicles and motorcycles, provincial Vice Governor Mamintal Adiong Jr...Read more

The Big One is going to happen, no matter how much you want to deny it, California scientists say

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SEOUL, South Korea -- Fear of earthquakes is part of life in California.

But people experience this anxiety in different ways. For some, the fear prompts them to take steps to protect themselves: strapping down heavy furniture, securing kitchen cabinets and retrofitting homes and apartments.

For others, the fear prompts denial -- a willful ...Read more

No USAID funds for Cuba in Trump budget proposal

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MIAMI -- USAID programs in Cuba, which have been highly controversial in recent years, aren't funded under the Trump administration's proposed State Department budget for Fiscal Year 2018.

"As we work to streamline efforts to ensure efficiency and effectiveness of U.S. taxpayer dollars, we acknowledge that we have to prioritize and make some ...Read more

Trump said to hire lawyer for Russia probes

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NEW YORK -- President Donald Trump has hired one of his longtime lawyers, Marc Kasowitz, to help guide him through what is shaping up to be wide-ranging probes of his campaign and Russian interference in the election, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Kasowitz, managing partner at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, has represented Trump ...Read more

Police probe 'network' in Manchester attack; suitcase reportedly used

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LONDON -- Police on Wednesday arrested three more suspects linked to the attacker who killed 22 people at Manchester Arena, saying they were investigating the role of a terrorist network in the attack.

"I think it's very clear that this is a network that we are investigating," Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins told reporters...Read more

Patricia Murphy: Mick Mulvaney's compassion — not for the needy

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When George W. Bush ran for president in the late 1990s, he did it on a platform of "compassionate conservatism," a smooth-edged rebranding of the conservatism that had become synonymous with callousness in the age of Newt Gingrich. Bush's compassionate conservatism assured voters that he wasn't going to waste their money the way he said ...Read more

From African bushlands to Baltimore: The long path to education for a Hopkins star

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BALTIMORE -- The remote bushlands of West Africa are far from Johns Hopkins University, and the path was neither sure nor straight for the boy whose name meant "beloved by his ancestors." They called him Kpimenongme Mwinnyaa.

Only now, as he prepares to graduate -- having been baptized George, having earned semester after semester of straight A...Read more


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