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Confrontation at Georgia Tech ended 1 life, changed another forever

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ATLANTA -- One was just making his way in the world, 23 years old, fresh out of college. The other, two years younger, was only a few months shy of graduating and was already taking courses for a post-graduate degree.

Both were raised in Gwinnett County and chose careers aimed at helping others -- one in law enforcement, the other designing ...Read more

Water district vote deals major blow to California's delta tunnel project

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LOS ANGELES -- The board of the Westlands Water District on Tuesday dealt a potentially fatal blow to the most ambitious California water project planned in decades.

By a 7-1 vote, the board of the state's largest irrigation district decided not to join the California WaterFix, a $17 billion project that would re-engineer the way Northern ...Read more

Trump's UN speech delivers just what his voters wanted

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NEW YORK -- In his first speech to the world's leaders, President Donald Trump delivered the message of the voters who elected him.

"The United States will forever be a great friend to the world, and especially to its allies," Trump said Tuesday. "But we can no longer be taken advantage of or enter into a one-sided deal where the United States ...Read more

A hair-raising sense of deja vu in Mexico

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JUCHITAN, Mexico -- When the tremor struck Tuesday, the people of this earthquake-battered city feared the worst: a repeat of the Sept. 7 earthquake that tumbled buildings and left thousands homeless here.

"We were afraid it was happening all over again," said Yasmin Talavera, 57, who was sitting in a chair Tuesday in an outdoor shelter here, ...Read more

Manafort urges Justice Department to release any wiretaps of him

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NEWARK, N.J. -- Paul Manafort, the former campaign chairman for President Donald Trump, called on the Justice Department's inspector general to investigate leaks after CNN reported that the FBI conducted separate wiretap investigations of him before and after the election last year.

The network said Monday that a secret court order authorized a...Read more

US-Cuba commission meets for first time during Trump administration

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The United States and Cuba held their sixth Bilateral Commission meeting -- the first since President Donald Trump has been in office -- and it wasn't exactly cordial.

In a statement following Tuesday's meeting, the Cuban delegation said it protested "the disrespectful, unacceptable and meddling statements made by President Donald Trump in his ...Read more

After 13 years, Baltimore man free after new witnesses say he is innocent of 2004 murder

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BALTIMORE -- Lamar Johnson was led into the Baltimore courtroom Tuesday with his arms and legs in the shackles worn by convicted murderers, but with a wide smile across his face.

For more than 13 years, through two failed appeals and countless crushed hopes, the West Baltimore man had waited for these moments in court.

Circuit Judge Charles ...Read more

Continuing a fierce assault on 'sanctuary' policies, Sessions attacks California bill

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WASHINGTON -- In another shot in an ongoing battle over so-called sanctuary city polices, Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday attacked California's new bill that affords some protections to undocumented immigrants across the state, calling it "unconscionable" and a threat to public safety.

Sessions, speaking in Portland, Ore., to federal ...Read more

'This is a biggie': Puerto Rico prepares for first Cat 5 hurricane in nearly 90 years

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The relieved sigh Puerto Ricans heaved after Hurricane Irma's menacing eye just missed them two weeks ago has long been forgotten now that Hurricane Maria, Irma's wicked cousin, has everyone on the Caribbean island holding their breath.

Maria is coming straight for them.

"Today, I'm afraid. This is a biggie," said 79-...Read more

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Tubman still part of $20 bill redesign as Mnuchin focuses elsewhere

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. government agency that prints currency notes hasn't been instructed to take Harriet Tubman's picture off the $20 note redesign project and is proceeding with the Obama administration's plan.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said last month he would ...Read more

Playboy Playmate sues actor Ryan Phillippe, accusing him of kicking, hitting and pushing her downstairs

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LOS ANGELES -- A Playboy Playmate is suing Hollywood actor Ryan Phillippe on allegations that he kicked, hit and pushed her downstairs in an incident that has also been referred to the Los Angeles city attorney's office for possible prosecution.

Elsie Rose Hewitt filed the lawsuit against Phillippe, her former boyfriend, on Monday in Los ...Read more

Tubman still part of $20 bill redesign as Mnuchin focuses elsewhere

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. government agency that prints currency notes hasn't been instructed to take Harriet Tubman's picture off the $20 note redesign project and is proceeding with the Obama administration's plan.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said last month he would review the Obama-era initiative, adding that it's not a high priority ...Read more

2 more lawsuits say Hollywood nursing home and utility share responsibility for deaths

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MIAMI -- Last month, Manuel Mendieta and Carolyn Eatherly celebrated their final birthdays while living at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills.

They were in the nursing home for different reasons. Mendieta, 96, had multiple health conditions, but was alert and spoke in Spanish with his family when they visited, which was often, ...Read more

Facebook to be called before Senate panel on Russian meddling

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WASHINGTON -- The Senate Intelligence Committee expects representatives of Facebook Inc. to testify at a public hearing examining Russia's use of social media to influence last year's U.S. presidential election.

The panel hasn't yet determined all of the issues that will be covered or invited company representatives, Chairman Richard Burr, R-N....Read more

Senate Republicans want houses of worship to help aid Harvey, Irma victims

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans are moving quickly to assure houses of worship can routinely receive federal disaster aid as hurricane-battered Texas and Florida struggle to recover.

Four Senate Republicans, including Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, Tuesday proposed legislation to permit religious institutions to get federal relief....Read more

Trump will use campaign funds to pay for Russia legal bills

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump will use money donated to his campaign and the Republican National Committee to pay for his personal legal bills related to investigations into his campaign's ties to Russia, two people familiar with the matter said.

The first payments from the campaign and RNC have already been made to Trump lawyers John ...Read more

Analysis: Trump defines his foreign policy doctrine as sovereignty for major powers

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump used variations of the word "sovereign" 21 times during Tuesday's 42-minute speech to the U.N. General Assembly, driving home his belief that countries, not international institutions like the U.N., will and should determine the fate of the world by pursuing their own best interests.

The speech offered the ...Read more

Fox News seeks dismissal of suit by contributor who said he was used to deflect Trump-Russia story

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NEW YORK -- Fox News has filed a motion to dismiss a defamation and discrimination lawsuit filed by a former contributor who said he was used by the network in a plot to downplay reporting on President Donald Trump's ties to Russia.

Rob Wheeler, a private investigator and former Washington, D.C., police detective, alleged in a suit filed Aug. 1...Read more

Domestic violence homicide rate drops with stricter gun law, study finds

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When domestic violence offenders are required to relinquish their guns, instead of simply being barred from owning firearms, the risk that those offenders may kill their partners goes down, a new study finds.

The paper, described in the Annals of Internal Medicine, highlights a simple method for lowering the risk women face of being killed by ...Read more

Third person arrested after London underground attack

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LONDON -- British police have arrested a third person in connection with last week's terror attack on the London underground railway.

A 25-year-old man was arrested by counterterrorism officers in Newport, Wales, London's Metropolitan Police said Tuesday in a statement.

Two men arrested on Saturday were still in custody, and searches were ...Read more