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Strong vote for abortion chance shows Ireland's unity, prime minister says

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DUBLIN –– Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on Saturday said the large majority of voters in favor of loosening Ireland's abortion laws showed the country was united.

"What we have seen today is a culmination of a quiet revolution that's been taking place in Ireland for the past 10 or 20 years," Varadkar told national broadcaster RTE.

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United Airlines settles with owner of a French bulldog that died in overhead bin

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United Airlines has settled with the owners of a French bulldog puppy that died after a flight attendant insisted that the carrier containing the dog be stowed in an overhead bin for a 3 1/2-hour flight.

The dog's death in March prompted animal rights groups to call for the flight attendant to be fired and United to change its rules for ...Read more

Deep brain stimulation may offer treatment for Type 2 diabetes, study suggests

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A surprising side effect of a therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder may lead to a new approach to treating Type 2 diabetes -- and offer new insights into the links between obesity and the metabolic disease that afflicts nearly 10 percent of adults in the U.S.

The therapy is deep brain stimulation of the nucleus accumbens, a structure best ...Read more

Moon, Kim discuss scrapped US-North Korea summit as Trump signals optimism

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SEOUL, South Korea -- The leaders of North and South Korea met Saturday to discuss the canceled summit with Donald Trump, less than a day after the U.S. president signaled that the meeting may be back on, citing "very productive" talks between the two countries.

South Korea's Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un spent two hours ...Read more

'God save us from becoming Venezuela'; Colombians to vote in bitter presidential race

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BOGOTA, Colombia -- As Alberto Solis heads to the polls Sunday to cast his vote for Colombia's president, he knows what he wants -- and what he doesn't.

"This country has its problems and we need a young, capable leader," said the 76-year-old pharmacist. "And God save us from becoming Venezuela."

Colombians are voting for president in an ...Read more

Police release first responders' statements from Las Vegas shooting scene

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LAS VEGAS -- Firsthand accounts by Las Vegas police officers about their roles in the mass shooting last October that killed 58 people and wounded hundreds at an outdoor concert were released this week, offering a new perspective on the deadliest mass shooting in modern America.

It was the third major release this month in response to a public ...Read more

Delayed seismic testing decision puts energy industry at odds with Trump administration

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration's long-awaited decision on whether to allow seismic testing for oil and gas beneath the Atlantic Ocean is causing heartburn for the energy industry, which eagerly awaits the fulfillment of President Donald Trump's push to allow offshore drilling in U.S. coastal waters.

Five seismic survey companies want ...Read more

Some Parkland victims slam school district as unsupportive: 'They know I am broken'

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.--After the most horrible day of their lives, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School teachers and families expected thoughtful and compassionate outreach from Broward school district staff and board members.

But some say their phones stayed quiet. Several said their contacts with the school district have been clumsy or ...Read more

Manafort judge denies request to dismiss count in indictment

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NEWARK, N.J. -- A federal judge denied a request by Paul Manafort, the former campaign chairman for President Donald Trump, to dismiss one of two counts in an indictment as unnecessarily overlapping.

Special counsel Robert Mueller didn't violate the double-jeopardy clause of the U.S. Constitution by charging Manafort with two crimes based on ...Read more

USC President C.L. Max Nikias to step down

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LOS ANGELES -- University of Southern California President C.L. Max Nikias, whose tenure was marked by a significant boost in the university's prestige and fundraising prowess but tarnished by a series of damaging scandals, is stepping down from his post, the university's Board of Trustees announced Friday.

The move comes after more than a week...Read more

California's physician-assisted suicide law is overturned β€” for now

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LOS ANGELES -- Nearly two years after it was enacted, California's physician-assisted suicide law is, at least for the moment, no longer in effect.

A Riverside County judge who ruled against the law last week issued a formal judgment Friday deeming it unconstitutional. Legal experts said that meant the law had been overturned.

The law allowed ...Read more

Wind and storm surge watches issued for Florida as Alberto moves north

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Wind and storm surge watches were posted across the Florida Gulf coast Friday as Subtropical Storm Alberto continued northward.

The western tip of Florida's Panhandle was at the center of the projected impact zone and while Alberto's strongest winds were expected to stay well offshore until then, forecasters cautioned that storm's path ...Read more

This futuristic pill senses signs of disease inside the body, then sends a wireless alert to a phone

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In the 1966 science fiction classic "Fantastic Voyage," a submarine crew is miniaturized so it can squeeze inside a human body and travel to a hot spot where medical assistance is needed.

A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has adapted this idea for real life, replacing the shrunken squad with specially engineered E. coli ...Read more

Judge strikes down Florida Legislature's ban on smoking medical marijuana

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. --A Leon County circuit court judge ruled Friday afternoon that the state's ban on smoking medical marijuana is unconstitutional, setting up continued legal fights as the state likely appeals the decision.

In a 22-page order, Judge Karen Gievers said that the Legislature's ban on smoking medical cannabis conflicted with the ...Read more

With Trump's North Korea summit off, is the trade war with China back on?

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WASHINGTON -- Only a week ago, the drums of a trade war seemed to be quieting as the Trump administration put a hold on plans to tax Chinese imports and there was talk of a so-called skinny deal emerging from renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

But just like that, things could be simmering again after two abrupt moves by ...Read more

Paxton seeks emergency block on judge's motor-voter ruling

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Friday asked a federal appeals court to block a San Antonio judge's order that gave state officials 45 days to correct an online voter registration system that was found to violate federal law.

U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia on Monday ordered officials to create a process that lets ...Read more

Trump nominates anti-immigration activist to head agency for immigrants and refugees

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump has nominated a staunch anti-immigration activist to head the State Department agency that oversees refugee and immigration issues.

Ronald W. Mortensen, a former foreign service officer and longtime fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates against legal and illegal immigration, is Trump'...Read more

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Hartford police officer injured in stabbing attack released from hospital

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Hartford Police said Friday that Officer Jill Kidik, who was severely injured in a stabbing attack last week, has been released from Hartford Hospital.

Kidik, a 12-year department veteran, was wounded during a call to a landlord-tenant dispute at an ...Read more

Teacher hailed as a hero after stopping Indiana school shooting suspect

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CHICAGO -- The teacher who subdued a suspected gunman during a shooting Friday at a middle school in Noblesville, Ind., is a former Southern Illinois University football player and Mahomet, Ill., native.

Jason Seaman, 29, played defensive end for the Salukis from 2007 to 2010 and graduated with a degree in elementary education. Seaman played 47...Read more

ACLU sues Missouri school district to let senior prankster attend graduation

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri is suing the Independence School District on behalf of a senior who was banned from his graduation ceremony for, in jest, listing his high school for sale on Craigslist.

The ACLU claims that Kylan Scheele's free speech rights were violated when he was suspended for three days and denied ...Read more