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Probe of FEMA chief finds improper use of government vehicles

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WASHINGTON -- Federal Emergency Management Agency Brock Long used government vehicles to travel between Washington and his home in North Carolina "without proper authorization," according to an inquiry by the Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General, and will reimburse the government.

The secretary of homeland security, Kirstjen ...Read more

North Carolina legislative leaders want special session on disaster aid sooner than Cooper suggested

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Legislative leaders want the North Carolina General Assembly to return to work next week to vote on Hurricane Florence relief money and policies.

Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, said in a news release Thursday that he wanted the legislature to return on Oct. 9 to handle Hurricane Florence relief. Senate leader Phil Berger and ...Read more

More than a dozen women and a man among those accusing surgeon of sexual assault

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LOS ANGELES -- The list of accusers alleging sexual assault by a Newport Beach surgeon has grown to more than a dozen, prosecutors said Friday.

More than 12 women and one man have claimed they were attacked by Dr. Grant Robicheaux, who has already been charged with drugging and raping two women, Orange County prosecutors said. One of the new ...Read more

Road kill: New Britain Democrats want to take 'Paul Manafort' off street name

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NEW BRITAIN, Conn. -- Tweaking the name Paul Manafort Drive to Paul Manafort Sr. Drive last month just wasn't enough, city Democratic leaders say.

They want the Manafort name off the street sign altogether.

"It's scandalous, it's an embarrassment to New Britain," said Carlo Carlozzi, majority leader of the common council.

Carlozzi and six ...Read more

Fugitive who threatened Trump and others is captured in Ohio

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ALLENTOWN, Pa.--Shawn Christy, the Schuylkill County man who led police on a three-month chase on charges he threatened President Donald Trump and others, was arrested Friday afternoon in Ohio, federal marshals said.

Christy, 26, of McAdoo, Pa., was taken into custody at 4:38 p.m. in Mifflin Township, Ohio, about 6 miles northeast of where he ...Read more

Trump urges Missouri supporters to back Hawley 'because you're voting for me'

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- In the early stages of his campaign for the U.S. Senate, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley faced criticism from some in his party over a sense that he was trying to distance himself from President Donald Trump.

No one is saying that anymore.

Hawley shared the stage with the president Friday night in Springfield, ...Read more

Police in Parkland shooting under criminal investigation

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Florida's top law enforcement agency says it is investigating whether police committed crimes while responding to February's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Immediately after the shooting, Gov. Rick Scott ordered the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate law enforcement'...Read more

Opposition to Trump motivating Pennsylvania voters in new Morning Call/Muhlenberg poll

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WASHINGTON -- Sending lawmakers to Washington who will be a check on President Donald Trump is a top motivating factor for Pennsylvania's likely voters, according to a new Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll conducted less than two months before Election Day.

Nearly half -- 48 percent -- said their vote for Congress will be intended to signal ...Read more

Woman sentenced for murder, arson in Kansas City salon fire

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The woman who ignited gallons of flammable liquids in her nail salon looking to get an insurance check but ended up killing two Kansas City firefighters was sentenced Friday to 74 years in prison.

The stiff sentence for Thu Hong Nguyen was punishment for causing what Assistant Jackson County Prosecutor Dan Nelson called "...Read more

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Study doubles estimates of US undocumented immigrants

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. may have double the number of undocumented immigrants as commonly estimated, according to a new study that has the potential to further fuel the debate over one of the nation's most politically charged topics.

While the U.S. government and several outside groups have ...Read more

Trump to lift summertime limits on high-ethanol gasoline

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration is set to announce a policy change allowing year-round sales of gasoline with higher ethanol blends, a move that could bolster Midwest Republicans in tough election contests and appease corn farmers battered by agricultural tariffs, according to people briefed on the planned announcement.

President Donald ...Read more

Study doubles estimates of US undocumented immigrants

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. may have double the number of undocumented immigrants as commonly estimated, according to a new study that has the potential to further fuel the debate over one of the nation's most politically charged topics.

While the U.S. government and several outside groups have put the number of undocumented migrants at about 11 ...Read more

Scientists find immune cell with unexpected power to fight cancer

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SAN DIEGO -- Researchers at the University of California, San Diego say a relatively unexplored pathway the immune system uses to recognize cancer is far more important than previously recognized.

The finding could help scientists design new cancer immunotherapies and predict responses to them.

When this pathway doesn't recognize mutated genes...Read more

Hurricane forecasters are watching out for four tropical systems

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MIAMI -- After a brutal start to September, when Florence and three other named storms churned across the Atlantic at once, hurricane season is simmering again.

On Friday, National Hurricane Center forecasters were watching four systems with the potential to become tropical depressions or storms, two of which could affect the U.S. While odds ...Read more

Indiana to ask Supreme Court to hear abortion case

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WASHINGTON -- The state of Indiana is planning to ask the Supreme Court to settle an abortion dispute involving a state law that could reopen the debate over Roe vs. Wade in the upcoming term.

The state said recently in court filings that it will ask the justices to consider whether a woman can be prohibited from getting an abortion because of ...Read more

3-D printed gun crusader Cody Wilson arrested in Taiwan on sexual assault charge

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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan authorities have arrested and jailed the owner of a Texas company that sells blueprints for untraceable 3-D printed guns and who is wanted on suspicion of sex with a minor, a Taiwanese immigration agency spokesman said.

The Taiwan National Immigration Agency said Cody R. Wilson was arrested Friday at a Taipei hotel ...Read more

Amid Kavanaugh controversy, attention turns to Cory Booker's 1992 'groping' admission

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Sen. Cory Booker has been outspoken in opposing President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, warning that his confirmation would endanger the rights of women and minorities.

During confirmation hearings earlier this month, he invited Republicans to bring ethics charges against him in a dispute over ...Read more

Trump, undercutting aides, says he'll focus on Iran in UN meeting

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said Friday that the subject of a United Nations Security Council meeting he'll chair next week will be Iran, undercutting administration officials who have insisted the topic is a broader effort to counter the spread of weapons of mass destruction.

The distinction is important because if the session is ...Read more

Cal State Long Beach retires Prospector Pete mascot amid cries of racism, genocide during gold rush

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LOS ANGELES -- California State University, Long Beach is sending Prospector Pete packing.

The towering bronze statue that sits in the plaza outside the liberal arts building soon will be relocated to a less prominent place on campus as the university officially moves to retire the mascot that some say represents the state's history of racism ...Read more

A lawyer and a senator: Graham struggles to play both parts in Kavanaugh drama

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WASHINGTON -- When Sen. Lindsey Graham was a practicing lawyer, he prosecuted rapists and defended their victims.

"I learned how much unexpected courage from a deep and hidden place it takes for a rape victim or sexually abused child to testify against their assailants," the South Carolina Republican wrote in his 2015 autobiography.

"Trying to...Read more