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Judge: Cosby trial to stay in Norristown, Pa., with jurors from outside the county

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. -- Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial this spring will stay in Montgomery County, Pa., but with jurors from outside the county, a judge ruled Monday, citing pervasive local media coverage of the case.

In an order issued from the bench, Judge Steven T. O'Neill said he remained optimistic that moving jury selection would not delay ...Read more

Man wounded in Kansas bar shooting at vigil, remembers his best friend

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OLATHE, Kan. -- Alok Madasani walked with crutches to the podium Sunday at a vigil for the victims of the gun violence in Olathe that killed his best friend and left him and another man injured.

But Madasani, released from the hospital, put aside his crutches as he addressed an audience of several hundred people at the vigil sponsored by the ...Read more

'Beyond belief': 75-100 headstones toppled at Jewish cemetery

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PHILADELPHIA -- Stacy Silver prayed as she drove with her husband to Mount Carmel Cemetery in Philadelphia's Wissinoming section Sunday: Please don't let my mother and great-grandmother be among the victims.

When Silver, 50, of Cherry Hill, N.J., heard about the vandalism at the Jewish cemetery that occurred overnight Saturday, she rushed to ...Read more

China's spat with Kim Jong Un shows difficulty stopping him

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HONG KONG -- The rare public spat between China and North Korea illustrates the dilemma facing Beijing's leaders as they try to coax Kim Jong Un back to the negotiating table.

North Korea condemned China for banning coal imports in an unusually hostile state-media commentary last week, mocking its ally for "dancing to the tune of the U.S." and ...Read more

Poll says public has had enough of Trump's use of Twitter

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WASHINGTON -- Nearly two-thirds of American voters find President Donald Trump's use of Twitter is reckless and distracting, according to a new nationwide McClatchy-Marist poll.

The poll found that 65 percent of registered voters nationwide disapproved of Trump's Twitter use, while 25 percent found it effective and informative.

And despite ...Read more

Trump to order more effort to help black colleges

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is expected to provide historically black colleges and universities a long-awaited boost as he looks to outdo his predecessors –– including the nation's first African-American president -- on a surprising issue.

Trump will sign an executive order as soon as Monday, when the schools' presidents arrive ...Read more

Ethics concerns lead second of Trump's armed services secretary nominees to withdraw

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WASHINGTON -- For the second time, one of President Donald Trump's appointees to head one of the nation's armed services has withdrawn, citing difficulty in meeting ethics requirements.

Philip Bilden, a former private equity investment manager who operated in Asia, had been nominated to be secretary of the Navy. He withdrew his nomination ...Read more

Egyptian Christians flee from Islamic State violence on Sinai Peninsula

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ISMAILIA, Egypt -- Some fled with little more than the clothes they were wearing, terrified that the militants of Islamic State would come for them next.

For a fourth day on Sunday, Coptic Christians -- one of Egypt's most vulnerable minorities -- sought safe haven after a series of sectarian killings in and near the town of Arish, in Egypt's ...Read more

Crucial group of Americans like Trump's stands, not him, poll finds

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WASHINGTON -- With the public deeply split in its views of President Donald Trump, one potentially key group stands out -- those who dislike the man, but approve of the direction in which he's moving.

That's a central finding of a new nationwide survey by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal.

The new poll confirms what other major surveys have...Read more

White House says it's too early to decide on special prosecutor for Russian election meddling

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WASHINGTON -- A White House spokeswoman said Sunday that it was too soon to say whether a special prosecutor should look into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Calls have grown louder from Democrats in Congress for U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from the issue because of his role as a prominent ...Read more

North Korea's use of deadly chemical shows that nation is even more dangerous that had been thought

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WASHINGTON -- By using one of the world's deadliest known toxins to carry off a high-profile assassination in Malaysia, North Korea sent a message to the world that it has two types of weapons of mass destruction -- nuclear bombs and the most ghastly of chemical weapons.

"The point was made," said Raymond Zilinskas, director of the chemical and...Read more

New national Democratic chairman ridicules Trump's assertion that party vote was 'rigged'

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump claimed Sunday that the race for Democratic National Committee chairman had been "rigged"--drawing a quick response from Tom Perez, who narrowly won the party's leadership race.

Trump insinuated that Perez's election as chairman on the second ballot at a party conference in Atlanta on Saturday was because ...Read more