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Georgia Dome comes crumbling down with a small glitch

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ATLANTA -- The Georgia Dome came down in a ball of dust Monday morning -- but not all of it fell.

More than 300 pounds of explosives collapsed the steel in the upper ring and about 4,500 pounds of dynamite intended to crumble the concrete columns of the Atlanta institution of the last 25 years.

When the dust cleared, two sections of the ...Read more

Charles Manson crawled from the Summer of Love to descend into Helter Skelter murders

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LOS ANGELES -- He could have been just another grifter.

When Charles Manson rolled into California from Appalachia in 1955 in a stolen Mercury, his big ambition was to be a pimp.

In prison at Terminal Island for trying to cash a forged $43 check, he talked tradecraft with the veteran pimps inside, dabbled in Scientology and read Dale Carnegie'...Read more

Flake fires back at Trump to dispute tax vote prediction

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump and perhaps his top congressional GOP critic are sparring again, this time with Sen. Jeff Flake's office disputing the president's claim that the Arizona Republican plans to oppose the party's tax overhaul plan.

The president started the duo's latest back-and-forth with a Sunday evening tweet predicting the retiring ...Read more

Charles Manson dead at 83; here's why his health crisis was shrouded in secrecy

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Mass killer Charles Manson died of natural causes Sunday evening at a Kern County hospital, authorities said.

The 83-year-old cult leader died at 8:13 p.m., according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Michele Hanisee, president of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys, issued a statement Sunday saying that ...Read more

Chicago passes 600 homicides for only third time since 2003

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CHICAGO -- Chicago has surpassed 600 homicides for the second year in a row and for only the third time since 2003, according to data kept by the Tribune.

As of early Monday, the city has recorded at least 609 homicides. That trails the 711 homicides this time last year but far exceeds previous years. In 2015, the city had recorded 443 ...Read more

Missing Los Angeles toddler found safe in Mexico, police say

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LOS ANGELES -- A 15-month-old boy who authorities said was abducted by his father from the Boyle Heights neighborhood in Los Angeles last week has been found in Mexico, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Noe Reyna, the subject of an Amber Alert, was found "safe and sound," said LAPD Capt. Ruby Flores.

The boy was located by U.S. ...Read more

Charles Manson, mastermind of 1969 murders, dies at 83

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LOS ANGELES -- Charles Manson, who masterminded a string of bizarre murders in Los Angeles in 1969 that both horrified and fascinated the nation and signified to many the symbolic end of the 1960s and the idealism and naivete the decade represented, has died. He was 83.

Considered one of the most infamous criminals of the 20th century, Manson ...Read more

Customs and Border Protection agent dies after being injured in west Texas

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DALLAS -- One U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent was killed and another seriously injured Sunday while responding to suspicious activity in the west Texas Big Bend area, officials said.

Agent Rogelio Martinez, 36, and his partner, whose name was not released, were injured and taken to a hospital, officials said. Martinez died and his ...Read more

Mexico is said to consider US car proposal for NAFTA to be unworkable

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MEXICO CITY ––The Mexican government views the U.S. proposal for tightening content rules for car manufacturing under the North American Free Trade Agreement as likely to cause serious damage to the North American auto industry, said a person familiar with the nation's position.

Mexico hasn't prepared or presented a counterproposal because ...Read more

Mere seconds saved lives during shooting a California school

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It was one of the worst-case scenarios for a school shooting: a yard full of children playing with a rampaging gunman just minutes away.

At Rancho Tehama Elementary School in Northern California last week, children were quickly hustled indoors to locked rooms as Kevin Janson Neal drew closer.

One student was shot, but nobody died. And that, ...Read more

Hit by scandal, Franken faces questions about ability to do job

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WASHINGTON -- A political star on the rise, Sen. Al Franken had emerged in recent months as a leading voice in opposition to President Donald Trump, a progressive powerhouse raising millions of dollars for Democrats across the country and frequently appearing on lists of potential 2020 presidential contenders.

Now, with one photograph, his ...Read more

California lawmakers upset that wildfire money is left out of White House's disaster aid request

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LOS ANGELES -- Every day, Mike Thompson hears a new story about how last month's fires in Northern California have affected people's lives. Insurance is being denied. Tourism is down. Some companies have laid off workers.

"Block after block of homes are wiped out and cars are melted down to their skeletal remains," the Napa Valley congressman ...Read more

Nonprofit launching ad campaign to engage Trump supporters in tax reform fight

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WASHINGTON -- A major nonprofit organization aligned with President Donald Trump is mounting a six-figure ad buy designed to engage the president's supporters in the tax reform fight that is seen as a must-win for the Republican Party.

America First Policies is launching the ad campaign Monday on conservative radio networks, and it will run ...Read more

Sebastian Pinera leads in race for Chile president, but runoff is likely

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SANTIAGO, Chile -- Conservative billionaire businessman Sebastian Pinera headed for a victory Sunday in Chile's presidential elections, taking 36.67 percent of the vote after around 78 percent of ballots had been counted.

The percentage is not enough for Pinera, a former president, to win the election in the first round, meaning he is likely to...Read more

Merkel's attempt to form German governing coalition collapses

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BERLIN -- Talks on forming German Chancellor Angela Merkel's next government collapsed, throwing the future of Europe's longest-serving leader into doubt and potentially pointing the world's fourth-biggest economy toward new elections.

After a 12-hour negotiating session that ended shortly before midnight Sunday, the pro-market Free Democratic ...Read more

Two months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico struggles to regain electricity and thousands flee the island

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ANASCO, Puerto Rico--The lights remain off in bustling cities and in small rural villages. Gas generators, the only alternative to the downed power lines that seem to be everywhere, continuously hum outside hospitals and bodegas. When night falls, it's the glow of car lights, not streetlights, that helps break through the darkness.

Two months ...Read more

Zimbabwe's Mugabe refuses to resign presidency

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HARARE, Zimbabwe -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who was widely expected to resign Sunday after the ruling party dropped him as leader and threatened to impeach him if he did not leave office, instead said he would remain the country's leader.

Mugabe said on state television that he expected to preside at the party's congress in December...Read more

White House budget director says it would support dropping health insurance mandate repeal from tax plan

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WASHINGTON -- The White House would support removing from the Senate tax plan a controversial provision to repeal the individual health care mandate of the Affordable Care Act, budget director Mick Mulvaney said -- a move that could help win the votes of key Republicans.

The provision could be dropped if it becomes "an impediment," Mulvaney, ...Read more

Mugabe is said to agree to quit as president of Zimbabwe

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HARARE, Zimbabwe ––Robert Mugabe has agreed to end his four-decade reign as the leader of Zimbabwe, according to three people familiar with the situation.

Mugabe, who at the age of 93 is the world's oldest national leader, made the decision after his ruling party told him to resign or face impeachment, according to the people, who spoke on ...Read more

Nuclear safety board warns of trouble ahead at Hanford, but could lose role under Trump

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An unfinished $16.8 billion complex to treat chemical and radioactive waste at the Hanford site in Central Washington continues to have problems that risk explosions and radioactive releases from unintended nuclear reactions, according to a Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board report.

The board's findings are at odds with a much more ...Read more