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US weather agency predicts above-normal hurricane season

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting an above-normal 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season, with five to nine hurricanes -- two to four of them Category 3 (winds at least 111 mph) or stronger. The forecast calls for 11 to 17 tropical systems (winds a least 39 mph).

The Atlantic Hurricane Season begins June 1 and runs until...Read more

Trump to decide next week whether to quit Paris climate agreement

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NEW YORK –– Donald Trump continued to distance himself from fellow leaders over climate change at the Group of Seven summit, and said he'll determine next week whether to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement.

"I will make my final decision on the Paris Accord next week," the president said in a Twitter post Saturday.

Trump, who...Read more

Some railroads are not ready to meet a safety system deadline

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WASHINGTON -- Four of the nation's commuter railroads are not on track to meet an end-of-next-year deadline to fully implement a collision-avoidance system Congress required nearly a decade ago.

Three of the country's largest freight railroads will not be able to finish their systems until 2020, according to reports filed this month with the ...Read more

Will latest GOP win in Montana have impact in Georgia?

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BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Republicans in Atlanta's northern suburbs can sleep just a little bit easier after GOP candidate Greg Gianforte avoided electoral disaster here Thursday evening.

But the former technology executive's single-digit victory in this vast state of only 1 million people -- which backed Donald Trump for president by more than 20 ...Read more

Trump's war on extremism has some awkward allies in Saudi Arabia

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Rows of men dressed in identical white robes and headdresses silently stared at computer screens as Donald Trump, the Saudi king and the president of Egypt placed their hands on a glowing orb.

The movie-set visuals were in honor of a new center in Riyadh to combat the ideologies behind terrorism. Technology is ...Read more

Zbigniew Brzezinski, US national security adviser to Jimmy Carter, dies at 89

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WASHINGTON -- Zbigniew Brzezinski, U.S. national security adviser to former President Jimmy Carter during the Iran hostage crisis, died on Friday at 89, his daughter has confirmed.

"My father passed away peacefully tonight. He was known to his friends as Zbig, to his grandchildren as Chief and to his wife as the enduring love of her life," Mika...Read more

Report: Kushner suggested secret communications channel with Russians

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WASHINGTON -- The Washington Post reported Friday that Jared Kushner, Donald Trump's son-in-law, suggested setting up a secret and secure communications channel between the U.S. president's transition team and Moscow, in December discussions with the Russian ambassador.

The report is the latest allegation of potential collusion between Trump's ...Read more

California woman sues Jelly Belly Candy claiming beans were full of sugar

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LOS ANGELES--A San Bernardino County woman has filed suit against the Jelly Belly Candy Co. claiming that she was duped into buying and eating sugar-filled jelly beans when she thought she was devouring performance-enhancing "Sport Beans" instead.

Jessica Gomez filed a federal class-action lawsuit against the Fairfield, Calif.-based candy ...Read more

Bullied teen girl filmed urinating; parents tell Calif. school to 'do their job'

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DANVILLE, Calif. -- San Ramon Valley Unified School District officials are being blamed for doing next to nothing when a 16-year-old student was filmed with her pants down in the girls bathroom, and the cellphone video was posted on Instagram.

The perpetrator, who is a 17-year-old girl and star athlete at San Ramon Valley High School, confessed...Read more

Snapchat appears to show SC alligator abuse involving beer and smoke

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is investigating a reported incident of alligator abuse in Beaufort County, state officials confirmed Friday.

Beaufort County officers from DNR's Law Enforcement Division are investigating reports that a group of teenagers abused a baby alligator and poured beer down...Read more

Trump relies on personal ties with leaders

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TAORMINA, Italy -- By the time President Donald Trump sat down with the leaders of the world's other industrialized powers at a former monastery here Friday, he already had met and spent time with each individually. The mood around the circular table was one of a "family dinner," the White House said, with discussions ranging from terrorism and ...Read more

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Texans: Ready to hunt hogs from hot air balloons?

AUSTIN, Texas -- Hot air balloons aren't just tourist attractions any more.

Soon, they may be the newest way to reduce the feral hog and coyote population in Texas.

A bill to let Texans hunt feral hogs and coyotes from hot air balloons ricocheted through the House and Senate and now heads to ...Read more

Gephardt stops lobbying for Turkey as St. Louis delegation seeks action against security guards

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WASHINGTON -- Former U.S. Rep. Dick Gephardt of St. Louis has stopped lobbying for the government of Turkey, according to a filing with the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

That news comes amid growing calls for action against Turkish security officers who were shown on video attacking protesters in front of that country's ambassador's ...Read more

North Carolina governor sues lawmakers over Appeals Court and Industrial Commission appointments

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- In a continuing power struggle with Republican lawmakers at the helm of the General Assembly, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday filed another lawsuit in state court, accusing the legislative leaders of trying to strip him of power to appoint state Court of Appeals judges and N.C. Industrial Commission members.

The ...Read more

Marine officers drugged, robbed after Bogota pub crawl and could face charges

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Three married U.S. Marine officers have found themselves under investigation for a night in February that went off the rails in Bogota, Colombia, involving allegations they went drinking with some local women, were slipped illicit drugs, robbed of U.S. property and landed in a local hospital emergency room.

The men may have fallen prey to what ...Read more

Further Manchester arrests as Britons urged to enjoy national holiday

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LONDON -- Home Secretary Amber Rudd on Friday urged Britons to enjoy a busy three-day national holiday, as police made further arrests in their investigation into the deadly bombing of Manchester Arena earlier this week.

"Over this weekend normal events will take place," Rudd said after chairing a meeting of the government's emergency committee...Read more

Next step in Russia probe: A meeting between Comey and Mueller

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WASHINGTON -- Sometime soon the abruptly fired man who first announced that the FBI was investigating whether Donald Trump's campaign cooperated in Russian interference in the 2016 election will meet with the man who now runs that investigation.

They won't need much in the way of introductions.

Former FBI Director James Comey, who was fired by...Read more

Secret court rebukes NSA for 5-year illegal surveillance of US citizens

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. intelligence agencies conducted illegal surveillance on American citizens over a five-year period, a practice that earned them a sharp rebuke from a secret court that called the matter a "very serious" constitutional issue.

The criticism is in a lengthy secret ruling that lays bare some of the frictions between the Foreign ...Read more

Can't sleep? Maybe global warming is to blame

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It's no surprise that a change in our planet's climate would affect our coastlines, our weather patterns and our food supply. But here's something you may not have considered before: Global warming might also affect how well we sleep at night.

In a paper published Friday in Science Advances, researchers show that when local temperatures get ...Read more

13 construction workers injured in Oakland building collapse

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Thirteen workers, some left trapped knee-deep in wet concrete and others dangling from scaffolding, were injured Friday morning when a building under construction in the Pill Hill area of Oakland partially collapsed, authorities said.

Some were taken to hospitals and no fatalities or major injuries have been reported, Oakland...Read more


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