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Florida hides details in nursing home inspection reports, but federal agencies don't

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott widened his offensive Thursday against the Broward County nursing home he blames for the deaths of 10 residents by setting up a tip line for information, but when it comes to access to the inspection reports of all nursing homes, the governor's administration has heavily censored what the public can ...Read more

Nation and world news briefs

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Trump's travel ban expires Sunday, and a new one may be coming

WASHINGTON -- Days before the expiration of President Donald Trump's much-contested travel ban, the White House is reviewing a security report that aides say could serve as the basis of a new, and perhaps broader, version.

The classified report by the Department of Homeland ...Read more

Frida the search dog gets her star moment

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MEXICO CITY -- One of Mexico's most beloved rescuers wears wide protective goggles, a harness and two pairs of boots.

Frida is the star of the Mexican navy's Canine Unit. Throughout her career, the 7-year-old Labrador has detected 52 people -- 12 alive -- in various natural disasters.

She detected the body of a police officer in Juchitan after...Read more

Ugandan president wants to hold the office for life, sparking protests in the streets

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KAMPALA, Uganda -- After more than 31 years in power, 73-year-old Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is carefully planning for the 2021 elections, determined to run for office again.

It needs a deft manipulation: a change in the Constitution to remove the 75-year age limit for presidential candidates, but he's done that before. In 2005, Museveni...Read more

Everyday Mexicans relying on themselves for earthquake rescue

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MEXICO CITY -- In the moments after the earthquake, they didn't cower, they mobilized.

By the tens of thousands, volunteers streamed toward the Mexico City neighborhoods most damaged by Tuesday's violent temblor. Some carried shovels, others hauled donations of food and water. Many simply offered up two good hands.

They weren't public ...Read more

Johnson C. Smith president not happy with Trump's initiative on black schools

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WASHINGTON -- Ronald Carter, president of Johnson C. Smith University, said he's seen just what he expected to see so far from President Donald Trump's initiative on historically black colleges and universities -- nothing.

"There's a statement attributed to a French philosopher who said that 'The eyes cannot see what the mind doesn't comprehend...Read more

As flooding continues across Puerto Rico, San Juan begins to pick up after Hurricane Maria

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Left to fend for themselves a day after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico and forced them into a primitive existence, San Juaneros took to the streets Thursday to do what they say Caribbean people do best: Figure it out.

No electricity? A mustachioed man in a white undershirt played traffic cop at a Santurce ...Read more

10th person dies in Hollywood, Fla., nursing home tragedy

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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- A 10th nursing home patient died Wednesday, a week after the tragedy at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills began to unfold.

Martha Murray, 94, was the latest victim of the sweltering temperatures in a building that lost power after Hurricane Irma swept through the state. According to Broward Medical Examiner Dr. ...Read more

Trump's travel ban expires Sunday, and a new one may be coming

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WASHINGTON -- Days before the expiration of President Donald Trump's much-contested travel ban, the White House is reviewing a security report that aides say could serve as the basis of a new, and perhaps broader, version.

The classified report by the Department of Homeland Security, sent to the White House last week, is a study of the ...Read more

Facebook agrees to give Congress Russian ads and pledges to dig further

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WASHINGTON -- Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg bowed to mounting public pressure Thursday and announced that the social media giant would turn over to congressional investigators about 3,000 ads purchased during the 2016 presidential campaign by a mystery-shrouded Russian company with links to the Kremlin.

Zuckerberg also announced that...Read more

Multiple pilot failures deemed cause of Pence's LaGuardia skid

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WASHINGTON -- A series of errors by the pilots of the plane carrying then vice presidential candidate Mike Pence sent it skidding off a runway in New York in October, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a final report establishing probable cause of the accident.

The safety investigator said the first officer, who landed the Eastern...Read more

10th resident from sweltering Florida nursing home dies

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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- A 10th person from the Hollywood nursing home that turned into a deadly hothouse when its air conditioning lost power after Hurricane Irma has died, police said.

Hollywood police said Martha Murray, 94, died Wednesday. She joined nine others, including 93-year-old Carlos Canal, another several-days-later victim, who fell ill ...Read more

Trump praises Erdogan for 'high marks' amid crackdown concerns

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump heaped praise on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Thursday, comments that came amid international condemnation of Erdogan's crackdown on political dissent and just months after Turkish security officials beat up protesters during a visit to the U.S.

Trump said it was "a great honor" to host Erdogan ...Read more

Trump wants to eliminate federal program that oversees long-term hurricane relief

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WASHINGTON -- The federal agency tasked with managing billions in long-term hurricane relief money is on the Trump administration's chopping block.

In May, President Donald Trump announced that he wanted to cut the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Block Grant Program, which administers about $3 billion a year to local ...Read more

Facebook to provide ads bought by Russian company to congressional committees

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WASHINGTON -- Facebook said Thursday that it would turn over to Congress copies of more than 3,000 ads linked to a shadowy Russian company, for House and Senate committees' investigations of Kremlin interference in the 2016 election.

The move is an about-face for Facebook, which earlier this month said it had given the ads and other information...Read more

Senate race in Alabama pits Trump against his own supporters and advisers

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FLORENCE, Ala. -- President Donald Trump will swoop into Alabama on Friday to bolster the campaign of Sen. Luther Strange, a soft-spoken former state attorney general now in danger of losing the seat he was tapped to fill just months ago after Jeff Sessions joined the administration.

But in this conservative state that overwhelmingly supported ...Read more

Mexico's president visits quake-injured; no sign of children alive in collapsed school

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MEXICO CITY -- Scenes of desolation and rejoicing unspooled Thursday at the sites of buildings crumbled by Mexico's deadly earthquake, which killed at least 252 people and galvanized heroic efforts to reach those trapped, including a child or children thought to still be alive in the ruins of a school.

Battling grinding fatigue and mountains of...Read more

UN World Food Program gets substantial funding, but 'needs are not being met'

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NEW YORK -- Funding for the U.N. World Food Program is substantial compared to other times in the agency's history, but more is needed to meet global needs, the agency's executive director said.

The United States is responsible for more than half of the funding, David Beasley, executive director of the program said this week during side ...Read more

Bernie Sanders, in speech, takes aim at 'outrageous' inequalities

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FULTON, Mo. -- Drawing a direct link between the United States' foreign policy and his own long-standing message of economic equality, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders said Thursday that "the planet will not be secure or peaceful when so few have so much and so many have so little."

"Foreign policy must take into account the outrageous income and ...Read more

Open your mouth and say goo-goo: Dentists treating ever-younger patients

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Allen Barron scrunches up his tiny face and wails as his mother gently tips him backward onto the lap of Jean Calvo, a pediatric dental resident at the University of California, San Francisco.

Allen's crying may be distressing, but his wide-open mouth allows Calvo to begin the exam. She counts his baby teeth and checks for dental decay.

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