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One officer has died in Dallas Home Depot shooting

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DALLAS -- One police officer has died and another was critically wounded in a shooting Tuesday by a gunman inside a Home Depot store in northeast Dallas, which set off a five-hour manhunt that ended with the chase and arrest of the suspected shooter.

On Wednesday morning, Dallas police identified the officers as Chrystal Almeida and Rogelio ...Read more

Transgender inmate sues to practice witchcraft at notorious all-male NC prison

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- One of North Carolina's most notorious all-male prisons is the focus of a court fight over religious liberty led by a transgender witch.

Jennifer Ann Jasmaine says in her handwritten, federal lawsuit that Lanesboro Correctional Institution is blocking the practice of her spiritual beliefs, which happen to be rooted in ...Read more

Mother files complaint, says while she was at jury duty, staff sent her to men's room to pump breast milk

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CHICAGO -- She was summoned to jury duty at the downtown Daley Center courthouse, but the Chicago attorney and mother to a newborn said she couldn't fulfill her civic duty because there was no private place to pump breast milk.

So Judith Miller filed a discrimination complaint with the Illinois Department of Human Rights, a possible precursor ...Read more

Starving dogs turned to cannibalism. Their owner is jailed — again

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A dog seen trotting down a path with another dog's head in its mouth led Johnson County, Kan., authorities to a horrible site.

Eleven dead and dying animals were found on property owned by Julie Bernet, a Johnson County breeder of expensive German shepherds imported from Europe, and she was charged with multiple counts of ...Read more

New details show how life and death became a matter of chance in Parkland school massacre

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- As gunman Nikolas Cruz skulked through Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, a person's chances of surviving depended largely on where they encountered him.

One student who came across him on the first floor got away as Cruz loaded his weapon, according to a chilling animation released Tuesday. And all students on ...Read more

Jury deliberations begin in Bill Cosby's retrial

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. -- A jury of seven men and five women began deliberating Bill Cosby's fate in his sex assault retrial Wednesday.

"You're going to do justice in the case of Commonwealth v. William H. Cosby," Judge Steven T. O'Neill told the panel after instructing them on the charges against the entertainer.

O'Neill sent the jurors to a ...Read more

After trip to China, Miami-Dade wiped data from phones used by top county officials

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MIAMI -- When senior officials in Miami-Dade's government returned from an extended trade mission to China and Japan last month, the county took the unusual -- and possibly illegal -- step of erasing all the data from temporary phones issued for the trip.

A log by the county's Information Technology Department lists 13 phones assigned to county...Read more

Eyesore or landmark? Debate roils in small Kansas town over decades-old half-car gag

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Paris has the Eiffel Tower. Rome has the Colosseum.

What, to the chagrin of city leaders, does the tiny community of Edgerton, Kan., in Johnson County have?

Just inside its northern border, it's got a weather-beaten 1987 Chevrolet Citation in faded rusty orange and dingy white with wasps living inside. Nearly 30 years ago, it was literally ...Read more

GOP baseball returns to scene of last year's shooting

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WASHINGTON -- Republican congressional baseball coach Roger Williams was hitting infield practice Wednesday morning as Rodney Davis played catcher and Williams staffer Zack Barth backed them up around a flooded batters box.

In the outfield, lobbyist and former Hill aide Matt Mika was fielding balls with teammates.

It seemed like a normal ...Read more

Trump's travel ban goes before Supreme Court in test of presidential power

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WASHINGTON -- More than a year after President Donald Trump issued a travel ban that set off the first legal controversy of his presidency, the Supreme Court is set to consider whether the chief executive has the power to bar most immigrants and travelers from five heavily Muslim countries.

The justices will hear arguments Wednesday from ...Read more

3 killed, at least 7 wounded over 7 hours in Chicago

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CHICAGO -- Three people have been killed and at least seven other people have been wounded in shootings since just after noon Tuesday in Chicago, according to police.

A 19-year-old man was fatally shot in the 5100 block of West Chicago Avenue in the Austin neighborhood just before 9 p.m., police said in a media notification. He was wounded in ...Read more

Grocery employee was punched because she didn't hear a customer. She's deaf

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Liberty Gratz is deaf and has vision loss.

That hasn't stopped her from working at Publix. But on the afternoon of April 22, she had an interaction with a customer that will stay with her.

Gratz was kneeling down to arrange items on a lower shelf, when a customer hit her.

"All of a sudden, I felt some woman hit me in my back,...Read more

Restaurant in McDonald's new Chicago headquarters features food from its menus around the world

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CHICAGO -- Globe-trotting fans of the Golden Arches may find some of their favorites in the new McDonald's opening Wednesday in Chicago's booming Fulton Market district.

McSpicy Chicken Sandwich from Hong Kong, anyone? The new location will feature a rotating menu of food served in McDonald's restaurants around the world. The 6,000-square-foot ...Read more

'Year of the woman'? Not so much in California

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WASHINGTON -- The numbers are eye-popping. On Monday, EMILY's List, a political organization dedicated to electing Democratic women to office, announced that over 36,000 women had contacted them about running for office since Donald Trump was elected president in Nov. 2016. By comparison, just over 900 women reached out to the group over the ...Read more

Why the Hill's Quitters Caucus keeps growing

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WASHINGTON--There are really just three ways to give up a seat in Congress on your own timetable: retire, resign or quit. And the method with the least attractive connotations has become particularly popular in the last decade, especially among Republicans.

Those who use the term "retirement" properly are lawmakers who decline to run for re-...Read more

After blackface incident, minority students at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo say they don't feel welcome

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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Aaliyah Ramos was walking through the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo campus last year when a prospective student approached her.

Ramos was the only black person, the young woman said, that she and her mother had seen that day. They asked about the quality of education and the diversity of the student body.

Ramos, a ...Read more

Republican Debbie Lesko wins Arizona special election

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Former Republican state Sen. Debbie Lesko won the special election in Arizona's 8th District on Tuesday night, but by a relatively slim margin in a district that President Donald Trump easily carried in 2016.

With most of the votes counted, Lesko had 53 percent of the vote to 47 percent for Democrat Hiral Tipirneni, according to the Arizona ...Read more

New Dreamers may be coming as Trump loses another DACA fight

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Yet another federal court has prohibited the Trump administration from ending the Obama-era program offering protection from deportation for hundreds of thousands of children of undocumented immigrants, this time setting a road map for the government to begin accepting new applications.

U.S. District Judge John Bates in ...Read more

Boca Raton, Fla., mayor booked on felony charges of official misconduct

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie was booked on felony charges of official misconduct Tuesday night and plans to withdraw her candidacy for the county commission, sources told the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Acting on complaints, prosecutors began their investigation of Haynie, 62, the same month she was elected mayor of ...Read more

In tiny Illinois town, residents hesitate to acknowledge accused shooter as one of their own

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MORTON, Ill. -- Four hundred miles from Nashville, Tenn., in a small, bedroom community surrounded by Illinois farmland and divided by a winding, two-lane road, news of the fatal Waffle House shooting roared into town like an unexpected storm.

The town of 16,000, which touts itself as the Pumpkin Capital of the World, is protective of its image...Read more