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It didn't take long for someone to pilfer weed from an airport bin where travelers ditch their stash

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CHICAGO -- One person's trash is another person's stash.

Chicago police say someone apparently stole marijuana this week from one of the blue boxes placed at Midway Airport for travelers who need to dispose of their weed before they get on a plane.

The "marijuana amnesty boxes" were placed there and at O'Hare International Airport earlier this...Read more

View from the gallery: Senators suffer through sniffles and sleepiness at Trump trial

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WASHINGTON -- South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham, one of the president's fiercest defenders in the Senate, chuckled, bowed his head slightly and rubbed his left eyebrow.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and California Sen. Dianne Feinstein laughed and met the eyes of their knowing Democratic colleagues.

It was just after 6 p.m. ...Read more

Delta Air Lines fined $50,000 by government for alleged discrimination

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ATLANTA -- The U.S. Department of Transportation is fining Delta Air Lines $50,000 for alleged discrimination against Muslim passengers in two separate incidents in 2016.

Atlanta-based Delta disagrees with the DOT's contention that it engaged in discriminatory conduct, according to a DOT consent order issued Friday.

The consent order comes ...Read more

Elizabeth Warren shows off broad organization despite drop in polls

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WASHINGTON -- Elizabeth Warren's campaign sought to reassure supporters that she has the resources to sustain her candidacy after Super Tuesday despite recent drops in her polling in early-voting states.

She touted her broad organization and vowed to use it to support down-ballot Democrats around the country whose backing could help her win the...Read more

By turning back caravans, Mexico is acting as Trump's border wall, critics say

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MEXICO CITY -- One year ago, Mexico's often chaotic southern border appeared relatively orderly: Mexican authorities processed thousands of U.S.-bound migrants for humanitarian visas, allowing them to travel north legally.

The free-transit regimen was a drastic change of policy pushed by a new Mexican president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who...Read more

Former Texas gymnastics coach sentenced to 50 years for sexual abuse of girls

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- A former gymnastics coach was sentenced on Friday to 50 years in prison for sexually assaulting young gymnasts.

Skipper Crawley, 53, of Kemp, pleaded guilty to four counts of aggravated assault of a child.

Once charges were filed in August 2018, Crawley fled Texas and was arrested in Indiana.

On Friday, many of Crawley's ...Read more

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2 killed in small plane crash near Northern California airport

Two people died and one person was injured when a small plane crashed near the Auburn Municipal Airport in Northern California on Friday morning, authorities said.

A single-engine Stinson Vultee V-77 went down about a mile northeast of the airport in Placer County, northeast of ...Read more

Coronavirus deaths surge in China while Europe finds first cases, US sees second case

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The death toll from the new coronavirus in China surged and the U.S. and Europe confirmed new cases as travelers from the outbreak's center in Wuhan have returned home and developed symptoms.

Chinese regional authorities said Saturday that an additional 15 people died in Hubei province, where Wuhan is located, bringing the total death toll ...Read more

Something far deadlier than the Wuhan virus lurks near you

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There's a deadly virus spreading from state to state. It preys on the most vulnerable, striking the sick and the old without mercy. In just the past few months, it has claimed the lives of at least 39 children.

The virus is influenza, and it poses a far greater threat to Americans than the coronavirus from China that has made headlines around ...Read more

Extremist neo-Nazi leader former NJ resident, Villanova grad, reports say

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PHILADELPHIA -- The head of a militant neo-Nazi group under investigation by U.S. counterterrorism officials was revealed Friday to be a man with strong Philadelphia-area connections, including graduating from a prestigious New Jersey prep school and a Main Line university in the 1990s, according to British newspaper The Guardian.

Rinaldo ...Read more

New Issa ad calls attention to opponent's sexuality, gets pushback from Republicans

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SAN DIEGO -- A new campaign ad from former Rep. Darrell Issa has drawn criticism from some of his Republican colleagues for highlighting the sexuality of his opponent Carl DeMaio.

The TV ad, which began airing earlier this week, runs 30 seconds and begins by decrying a recent attack ad from DeMaio.

Then Issa's ad spends much of its run time ...Read more

Thousands rally in Baghdad to demand US troops leave Iraq

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BAGHDAD -- Muqtada al-Sadr, one of Iraq's most inscrutable leaders, has portrayed himself as a reformist cleric, harboring criticism not only for the U.S., but also for Iran over its interference in Iraq's affairs.

On Friday, he displayed that stance again, rallying tens of thousands to demand the U.S. leave Iraq, even as he pushed to limit the...Read more

Should you panic about the coronavirus from China? Here's what the experts say

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It's a virus scientists have never seen before. Health officials don't know exactly where it came from, but it has traveled more than 6,000 miles since it was discovered late last month in central China. New infections are confirmed every day despite an unprecedented quarantine. The death toll is rising, too.

If this were a Hollywood movie, now...Read more

Accused accomplice in Jennifer Farber Dulos murder case loses custody of children as he sits in jail

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- The first wife of the Bloomfield attorney charged with conspiracy to commit murder in connection with the disappearance of Jennifer Farber Dulos has been granted sole custody of the former couple's twin sons after telling a judge her children "are embarrassed and afraid" of her ex-husband.

Kent Mawhinney was being held Friday...Read more

Analysis: Pentagon has a credibility problem, and it's only getting worse

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WASHINGTON -- Americans breathed a collective sigh of relief when, the morning after Iran's Jan. 8 ballistic missile attack on al-Asad air base in Iraq, Defense Department leaders said there were "no casualties."

That initial assessment hasn't held up, and neither have the department's varying statements on the matter since then.

The Pentagon ...Read more

Washington may have problems paying for new free and discounted college plan

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SEATTLE -- Washington lawmakers made national headlines when they promised to use a new business tax to make tuition at public colleges significantly more affordable -- or free -- for students across the state, starting in the 2020-2021 school year.

But now, after 31,000 students have submitted financial-aid forms, lawmakers and government ...Read more

Va. police officer killed in line of duty was new academy grad, mother to toddler

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- The police officer killed during a traffic stop in Newport News on Thursday night was a well-liked young officer who just graduated from the police academy seven months ago, Police Chief Steve Drew said at a somber news conference Friday.

Katherine M. "Katie" Thyne, 24, a mother of a 2-year-old daughter, is a former Navy ...Read more

At March for Life, Trump gets an enthusiastic reception

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump, seeking to court evangelical voters, addressed thousands of activists gathered Friday on the National Mall for the nation's largest annual anti-abortion rally.

Trump, who this week revealed his "Pro-Life Voices for Trump" coalition for his 2020 reelection campaign, has strong ties to the anti-abortion ...Read more

2 killed in small plane crash near Northern California airport

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Two people died and one person was injured when a small plane crashed near the Auburn Municipal Airport in Northern California on Friday morning, authorities said.

A single-engine Stinson Vultee V-77 went down about a mile northeast of the airport in Placer County, northeast of Sacramento, at about 10 a.m. EST, said Ian Gregor, a spokesman for ...Read more

Executive privilege standoff could roil Trump impeachment trial timeline

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WASHINGTON -- A legal fight over executive privilege in the middle of the Senate's impeachment trial of President Donald Trump could put it into suspended animation.

If senators ultimately decide to subpoena Trump administration documents or seek witness testimony, House Democratic managers might have to decide whether to now wage court battles...Read more