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Donald Trump Jr. comes to India to hawk apartments, and quickly edges into politics

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MUMBAI, India -- Landing in New Delhi on Tuesday to begin what was billed as an unofficial tour to promote his family's real estate interests in India, Donald Trump Jr. wasted little time before skirting into international politics.

Some of Trump Jr.'s first statements in India could be seen as crossing the line into geopolitics, showing how ...Read more

Continuing gerrymandering fight, national Republicans vow to sue over new Pa. congressional map

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PHILADELPHIA -- National Republicans say state and federal GOP officials plan to challenge Pennsylvania's new congressional map in federal court as early as Wednesday.

"The suit will highlight the state Supreme Court's rushed decision that created chaos, confusion, and unnecessary expense in the 2018 election cycle," National Republican ...Read more

West Point posthumously admits shooting victim Peter Wang to Class of 2025

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- U.S. Military Academy West Point is posthumously admitting Florida school shooting victim Peter Wang, who dreamed of attending the prestigious academy.

Wang could have been in the Class of 2025. The 15-year-old's funeral is today.

West Point will confer a letter of admission, along with honorarium tokens, to his family...Read more

SC legislators' bill defines marriage, and everything else is a 'parody marriage'

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The day after Valentine's Day, six South Carolina legislators introduced a bill to the state House that would amend the definition of what constitutes marriage in the Palmetto State.

The "Marriage and Constitution Restoration Act" was introduced Feb. 15 and would draw a line between what its sponsors deem is "marriage" and ...Read more

Russia investigation leads to charges against lawyer linked to Trump's former campaign aides

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WASHINGTON -- A lawyer linked to Rick Gates and Paul Manafort, two of President Donald Trump's former campaign aides ensnared in the ongoing Russian probe, has been charged by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III with lying to federal investigators.

The lawyer, Alex van der Zwaan, previously worked at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, a ...Read more

Florida man whose wife was lost at sea now accused in her death

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Lewis Bennett, the husband of a Delray Beach woman who went missing at sea last May, has now been charged in his wife's death.

The FBI Tuesday said Bennett, 41, was taken into custody at the federal courthouse in Miami on federal charges "for his alleged involvement in the murder of Isabella Hellman."

Hellman was last ...Read more

Protesters have a new strategy to remove Confederate statue from UNC campus

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Several people have submitted petitions to the North Carolina Historical Commission to move the Silent Sam Confederate statue from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus.

Four petitions were received in January and February, said Neel Lattimore, director of communications for the North Carolina Department of...Read more

Gold Star father who clashed with Trump part of internment camp anniversary event

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SEATTLE -- Khizr Khan, lawyer, author and Gold Star parent, and Kishi Bashi, a musician and filmmaker, spoke and performed Monday as the featured guests at "Our History, Our Responsibility: Day of Remembrance 2018," in Seattle Center's Fisher Pavilion.

The date marked the 76th anniversary of President Franklin Roosevelt's signing of Executive ...Read more

USA Today names Baltimore 'the nation's most dangerous city'

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BALTIMORE -- Baltimore's highest-ever per capita homicide rate in 2017 also made it the deadliest big city in the country, USA Today reported Monday.

Though official data from the FBI won't be available until later in the year, USA Today reviewed the homicide rates in the nation's 50 largest cities and Baltimore came out on top. The 342 ...Read more

Supreme Court leaves in place California's 10-day wait for gun buyers, rejects 2nd Amendment challenge

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday turned down a 2nd Amendment challenge to California's mandatory 10-day waiting period for new gun purchases.

With only Justice Clarence Thomas in dissent, the justices let stand a ruling of the 9th Circuit Court that called the California law a "reasonable safety precaution" and one that does not ...Read more

Blood and bullet holes remain but schools chief doesn't want lawmakers to look away

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MIAMI -- For the past week, Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie has become a grim tour guide to the deadliest high school shooting in American history.

Between funerals, press conferences and around-the-clock meetings in a makeshift "war room" set up in the principal's office at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Runcie has ...Read more

Broward school district announces plan for 'phased reopening' of Douglas High School

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MIAMI -- Broward County Public Schools announced an updated plan late Monday for reopening Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after the mass shooting last week that left 17 people dead.

Teachers and staff will return to the school at 8 a.m. Friday.

"The day is dedicated to meeting staff members' needs, with a variety of support services ...Read more

Stoneman Douglas to re-open to students Feb. 27

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Marjory Stoneman Douglas High is scheduled to re-open to students on Tuesday, Feb. 27, the school district said Monday night.

Teachers and staff will return to the school at 8 a.m. on Friday.

After the Feb. 14 mass shooting that left 17 dead, a voluntary campus orientation will be held for students and their parents or...Read more

Missing Uber driver found in Los Angeles hospital

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LOS ANGELES -- A 29-year-old Uber and Lyft driver who went missing in downtown Los Angeles more than a week ago has been found in a nearby hospital, authorities said.

Joshua Thiede, who was last seen driving his black Nissan Altima in the 1000 block of Wilshire Boulevard near the 110 Freeway on Feb. 11, was found less than a mile away at Good ...Read more

Trump re-ups criticism of Obama's handling of Russia

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump kept his foot on the gas on Twitter Tuesday, blaming his predecessor for Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections, annexation of Crimea, and swelling influence in Syria.

The Democrats' interest in the Russian affair, Trump alleged, arose only after he won the election.

"Thank you to @foxandfriends ...Read more

US is separating immigrant families to discourage others, activists say

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EL PASO, Texas -- Thousands of parents who crossed illegally into the U.S. in recent years have been held with their children at immigration detention centers. But the case of a Brazilian woman and her son illustrates what migrant advocates call a harsher approach to immigration enforcement that aims to separate parents and children.

She's ...Read more

Bannon sold his stake in Cambridge Analytica, and was fined for late ethics report

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WASHINGTON -- An enduring ethics question of the Trump White House has been answered.

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon sold his stake in Cambridge Analytica -- the controversial data firm Donald Trump's campaign employed to reach voters with hypertargeted online messaging -- in April, as required by his ethics requirement.

But ...Read more

Mueller deputy has a reputation for hard-charging tactics, and sometimes going too far

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WASHINGTON -- When FBI agents raided the northern Virginia home of President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul J. Manafort Jr. on July 26, they came with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer.

They arrived before dawn, forced the front door lock and burst in with a no-knock warrant, tactics typically used in a major drug bust. The agents...Read more

Republican Rep. Tom Rooney of Florida not running for re-election

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WASHINGTON -- Florida Rep. Tom Rooney announced Monday he will not seek a sixth term in November.

"After what will be 10 years in the United States Congress representing the good people of Florida's Heartland, it's time to 'hang 'em up,' as my old football coach used to say," the Republican congressman said in a statement.

First elected in ...Read more

Trump backs Romney in Utah Senate race, embracing GOP critic

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump endorsed former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for a U.S. Senate seat in Utah, setting aside longstanding differences with a GOP critic as the party looks to preserve its narrow majority in the chamber.

"He will make a great Senator and worthy successor to @OrrinHatch, and has my full support ...Read more