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A drug submarine built to carry tons of cocaine leads to a guilty plea

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MIAMI -- On March 29, 2012, the U.S. Coast Guard intercepted a strange-looking vessel off the Honduran Caribbean coast.

When the vessel stopped, Coast Guard personnel realized it was a makeshift semi-submersible built to carry at least 3 tons of cocaine.

Nelson Penagos Molina, a Colombian charged in connection with the semi-submersible, has ...Read more

Supreme Court to take up US-Mexico border-shooting case

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday will take up the case of a Mexican teenager who was shot and killed by a U.S. border agent and try to decide a question that is also at the heart of the legal dispute over President Donald Trump's foreign travel ban: Does the Constitution protect foreign citizens who stand at the nation's borders?

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'Not My President!' declare anti-Trump protesters

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ATLANTA -- Tristan Merediz waited 72 years before participating in his first protest.

On Monday, Merediz, shadowed by his 6-year-old grandson, joined hundreds of demonstrators in Atlanta who celebrated Presidents Day arguing that Donald Trump is unfit for the White House. The "Not My President's Day" rally was one of a number that took place ...Read more

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Oroville dam holding steady below flood control stage

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Lake Oroville water levels have fallen below 850 feet, the flood control stage that officials normally want to keep the lake below this time of year, state figures show.

In addition, water continues to flow into Lake Oroville at a slower pace than it is flowing out, ...Read more

Same-sex laws associated with drop in suicide rates among high schoolers, study finds

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States that legalized same-sex marriage before it became federal law two years ago saw a sharp decline in suicide attempts by high school students, according to an analysis by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The researchers compared the suicide rates of 32 states that passed the laws with states that didn't ...Read more

Trump lawyers battle over how far they can go in new travel-ban order

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WASHINGTON -- A fight between leaders at the Justice and Homeland Security departments could delay release of President Donald Trump's revised executive order to limit to the United States by citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries, according to a person who was briefed on the dispute.

The department leaders are debating whether to again ...Read more

Yiannopoulos gets disinvited from national conservative conference

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Milo Yiannopoulos, the far-right provocateur whose scheduled speeches at the University of California, Berkeley and UC Davis were canceled this year amid violent protests, has now been kicked off the national stage by conservatives because of controversial remarks and jokes he made last year about the sexual abuse of minors. ...Read more

Famine strikes in South Sudan, as people in 4 countries face starvation

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JOHANNESBURG -- The South Sudanese government and humanitarian agencies on Monday declared a famine in parts of the country, which has been devastated by three years of war.

The announcement comes as international aid agencies are overwhelmed by catastrophes unfolding in four countries.

The United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan...Read more

Trump has a 'very big personality,' says Australia's Turnbull

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SYDNEY -- U.S. President Donald Trump has a "very big personality" with a "very big job," according to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

"We've had several conversations now, they've been constructive, frank and forthright," Turnbull, 62, said on Tuesday in a Bloomberg Television interview in Sydney. He said his government's approach ...Read more

Oroville dam holding steady below flood control stage

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Lake Oroville water levels have fallen below 850 feet, the flood control stage that officials normally want to keep the lake below this time of year, state figures show.

In addition, water continues to flow into Lake Oroville at a slower pace than it is flowing out, meaning that lake levels continue to drop, albeit slowly....Read more

Tribes bury remains of ancient ancestor known as Kennewick Man

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SEATTLE -- In the high desert of the Columbia Plateau, more than 200 people gathered early Saturday to lay the Ancient One to rest, returning his 9,000-year-old remains to an undisclosed location not far from the Columbia River.

There was a feeling of finality and catharsis for those who had fought for 20 years to reclaim and repatriate the ...Read more

Feds say at least 12 aircraft violated restrictions during Trump's Florida visit

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- At least 12 aircraft violated temporary flight restrictions through Monday afternoon for President Donald Trump's Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago stay, with at least five of those having the unique experience of being buzzed by military aircraft, federal officials confirmed to The Palm Beach Post.

Eight of those crossed the line ...Read more

'I pee with LGBT' ad attacks Texas transgender bathroom bill

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AUSTIN, Texas -- A web-based ad, shot by Austin film director Richard Linklater, uses humor to attack arguments that the transgender bathroom bill is needed to protect privacy.

The digital ad, which will appear in targeted buys on Facebook, includes a diverse cast -- including two transgender Texans -- to argue that Senate Bill 6 is about ...Read more

Trump names H.R. McMaster, Army strategist, as his new national security adviser

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- President Donald Trump named Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new national security adviser Monday, replacing Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign last week.

McMaster, a career Army officer and strategist, is known as one of the military's most prominent intellectuals.

"He is highly respected by everyone in the ...Read more

Trump state visit debate gives UK lawmakers time to sound off

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LONDON -- For the second time in just over a year, the British Parliament debated the prospect of a visit from Donald Trump.

In January 2015, the question was whether the U.S. presidential candidate should be allowed into the country. Trump opponents having suffered some setbacks since then, and the question this time was whether, when he comes...Read more

Can a mouse meditate? Why these researchers want to find out

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Can a mouse meditate? A new study suggests the answer is ... kind of.

Researchers from the University of Oregon in Eugene have replicated some of the same brain patterns exhibited by human meditators in the brains of mice -- no tiny meditation cushions or squeaky "oms" required.

Still, experiments show that the "meditating mice" were more ...Read more

Trump names H.R. McMaster, Army strategist, as his new national security adviser

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- President Donald Trump named Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new national security adviser Monday, replacing Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign last week.

McMaster, a career Army officer and strategist, is known as one of the military's most prominent intellectuals.

Trump also said that John Bolton, the former ...Read more

Vitaly Churkin, Russia's sharp-tongued ambassador to the UN, dies

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MOSCOW -- Russia's long-time ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, died in New York on Monday, following a career that spanned four decades and saw Russia emerge from the Soviet Union and experience many turbulent events in its relations with the West.

Churkin, who "died suddenly," a day before his 65th birthday, was a "great ...Read more

Damage to Oroville's main spillway 'was an accident waiting to happen'

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LOS ANGELES -- The badly damaged main concrete spillway at Oroville Dam was pounded by massive volumes of stormwater this month, but its failures occurred well short of the maximum flow that engineers designed the system to handle.

The spillway began breaking apart when its gates were opened Feb. 7, allowing 55,000 cubic feet of water per ...Read more

1 officer dead, another injured in shootout in Southern California

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LOS ANGELES -- One officer was killed and a second injured in a shootout with a gang member who was wounded in the Monday morning altercation in Whittier, authorities said.

Two Whittier Police Department officers responding to the scene of a traffic collision were getting out of their vehicle about 8 a.m. when a gang member driving a stolen car...Read more