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Trump's policies, rhetoric unlikely to scare immigrant voters away from polls

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WASHINGTON -- Democratic concerns that President Donald Trump's tough immigration policies might keep immigrants from voting may be unfounded.

Activists working with immigrant voters say a "climate of fear" -- stoked by rising deportation arrests, the failure of Congress and Trump to strike a deal on DACA, and his push for a border wall with ...Read more

In a Puerto Rican mountain town, hope ebbs and health suffers

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CASTANER, Puerto Rico -- Helicopters from the power company buzz across the skies of this picturesque valley, ferrying electrical poles on long wires to workers standing on steep hillsides.

The people of Castaner, an isolated village in Puerto Rico's central mountains, watch warily. Crews have come and gone, and people living along the mountain...Read more

Who is Miguel Diaz-Canel, Cuba's handpicked president?

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On the eve of the anniversary of Cuban patriot Jose Marti's birth, Raul Castro, flanked by members of the revolutionary old guard and a much younger man who hadn't even been born at the time of the 1959 Cuban Revolution, led a torchlight parade from the University of Havana.

While the younger man, Miguel Diaz-Canel, stepped briskly along during...Read more

Tammy Duckworth and baby cast their first Senate vote together, opposing NASA nominee

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WASHINGTON -- Maile Pearl Bowlsbey made Senate history Thursday, becoming the first newborn allowed on the Senate floor.

Maile Pearl, the daughter of Illinois Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth, was born just last week and came to the Senate floor the day after the Senate changed its antiquated rules to allow senators to bring in children under ...Read more

Rosenstein said to tell Trump he's not a target in Mueller probe

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WASHINGTON -- Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told President Donald Trump last week that he isn't a target of any part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Rosenstein, who brought up the Mueller probe himself, offered the assurance during a meeting with Trump at the White ...Read more

Manafort investigated as 'back channel' to Russia, US lawyer Says

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Special counsel Robert Mueller's interest in former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort stemmed in part from his suspected role as a "back channel" between the campaign and Russians intent on meddling in the election, a Justice Department lawyer told a judge.

The disclosure by U.S. prosecutors came Thursday during a hearing on whether Mueller...Read more

Senate panel tees up Mueller protection bill despite headwinds

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WASHINGTON -- Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Thursday they want to act on a bill to protect special counsel Robert S. Mueller III -- even if Majority Leader Mitch McConnell essentially killed it by saying it won't make it to the floor.

They then spoke to the natural follow-up question: Why bother?

"I answered this question I'll...Read more

Someone stole a trailer full of 8,000 Disney California Adventure tickets

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LOS ANGELES -- A Disney trip for 6,500 high school students was thrown into turmoil Wednesday when a trailer loaded with Disney California Adventure tickets was stolen from a Central Valley parking lot, authorities say.

The trailer was set to travel from the office of the California Future Farmers of America Foundation, in Galt, to Anaheim, ...Read more

No criminal charges for doctor and others who secretly gave opioids to Prince

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MINNEAPOLIS -- No criminal charges will be filed against the doctor and other associates who illegally gave pain pills to Prince, who died of an accidental opioid overdose, officials announced Thursday.

The music megastar, whose full name was Prince Rogers Nelson, died at his estate in Chanhassen, Minn., in 2016 after unknowingly taking a ...Read more

Pompeo to meet with Paul as he hunts for votes for his confirmation

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump, trying to avoid an embarrassing defeat for his choice for secretary of state, has asked Republican critic Rand Paul to meet with Mike Pompeo to persuade the Kentucky senator to vote yes.

Trump called Paul Wednesday to urge him to meet with Pompeo, now the CIA director, in the hopes he might change his mind....Read more

With one tweet, Trump appears to scrap funding for Gov. Jerry Brown's National Guard deployment

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LOS ANGELES -- The awkward dance between California Gov. Jerry Brown and the federal government over the National Guard jerked back toward discord on Thursday, when President Donald Trump said he would refuse to pay for a new deployment of troops -- just hours after his administration said otherwise.

Trump called Brown's decision to approve 400...Read more

Jeb Bush speaks in Chicago area day after mother's death: 'She would have been very upset if I stayed home'

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OAK BROOK, Ill. -- Former presidential candidate and Florida governor Jeb Bush opened his remarks to an audience of about 800 people Wednesday talking about his mother, Barbara, who died on Tuesday."

"I appreciate everybody's prayers and their condolences," Bush said. "If she were here, she'd say, 'Thank God, you made it,' because she would ...Read more

Professor's tweet about Barbara Bush was 'beyond free speech,' Fresno State president says

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FRESNO, Calif. -- All options are on the table in dealing with the Fresno State professor who called Barbara Bush "an amazing racist" shortly after the former first lady died, university president Joseph Castro said Wednesday.

"A professor with tenure does not have blanket protection to say and do what they wish," he said. "We are all held ...Read more

Gov. Greitens' invasion-of-privacy case will proceed, St. Louis judge rules

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A felony invasion of privacy case against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens will continue on despite his attorneys' attempts to have it thrown out, a St. Louis judge ruled Thursday.

Judge Rex Burlison said in court that St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner had committed "sanctionable" rules violations and he found it "troubling" prosecutors had ...Read more

Charlotte politician sees 'racial overtones' in criticism of her 9-11 conspiracy theory

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A black Charlotte City Council member who ignited a national backlash by questioning who was behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks says she will not resign and is suggesting the criticism of her has had "racial overtones."

Critics were outraged at an April 16 post on council member LaWana Mayfield's Facebook page, in which she ...Read more

April in Chicago among coldest in 130 years

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CHICAGO -- Chicago area residents woke up to snow on the ground Thursday, the latest reminder that winter weather's grip is delaying so many spring rites of passage, from Major League Baseball games to bridge-lifting season on the Chicago River downtown – the parade of boats heading for slips offering the surest sign of warm weather ahead.

...Read more

Three lottery millionaires in 4 weeks: Is this the luckiest place in Texas?

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Outside the 4 Star Quick Pantry, a new sign is proudly displayed: "We sold a winning ticket!"

Inside, scratch-off lottery tickets have been selling at a fast clip, particularly the $5 Set for Life ticket that earlier this month made a customer a millionaire.

"People are buying a lot of tickets," said Neeraj Khatri, owner ...Read more

Cuba's new president is the first non-Castro in 42 years. How much power will he have?

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Cuba's new President Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel grew up in the Cuban revolution and it's clear his mission is to make sure it survives.

But Diaz-Canel, who officially took office on Thursday, faces daunting challenges and unfinished business inherited from retiring Cuban leader Raul Castro, 86.

The National Assembly on Wednesday cast ballots for ...Read more

Gun rights group suing over handgun ban at home day cares

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CHICAGO -- A Central Illinois couple and several gun rights groups have filed a federal lawsuit challenging a statewide ban on handguns in home day cares, arguing the prohibition violates the Second Amendment rights of the operators of the businesses.

The suit was filed Monday against the state and the Illinois Department of Children and Family...Read more

The food that goes bad in your fridge amounts to trillions of gallons of wasted water

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You walk into the grocery store with the best intentions, filing your cart with kale, broccolini, tofu and Greek yogurt.

Then you get home, feel pressed for time and order a pizza.

Before you know it, the perishables are going bad at the back of the fridge. They'll wind up in the trash, like so many other well-intentioned meals that never came...Read more