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Bannon brings 'war' to California

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Former Trump administration strategist and GOP agitator Stephen K. Bannon on Friday told California Republicans, whose state party has fallen in membership and political influence, that their salvation lies in putting aside their differences and getting to work -- just as they'd done to help move President Donald Trump to his ...Read more

Stem cell infusions improved health in frail elderly, researchers say

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There's no medicine to prevent signs of aging like fatigue, muscle weakness and loss of balance.

But as scientists work to unlock the mysteries of why some 80-year-olds must live in nursing homes while others play tennis every week, researchers with the University of Miami's Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute said they found the beginnings ...Read more

Abe seeks fresh mandate in Japanese elections Sunday

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TOKYO –– Elections Sunday may clear the way for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to become Japan's longest-serving leader.

Polls project that Abe's ruling Liberal Democratic Party and coalition partner Komeito will maintain control of parliament while two opposition groups compete for second place. It's unclear whether Abe's coalition will retain ...Read more

Irma is long gone, but South Florida's watery wilderness is still feeling the pain

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MIAMI --When Hurricane Irma charged across the state last month, coastal communities hammered by powerful storm surges attracted the most attention. But inland Lake Okeechobee, the state's 730-square mile liquid heart, also took a hit.

Lake levels already high from the wettest rainy season in 86 years shot up 3 1/2 feet, raising concerns about ...Read more

China's rising authoritarianism has a stark human cost

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BEIJING -- Li Heping spent his career trying to hold Chinese Communist Party officials accountable for their darkest behavior. He believed in an authority higher than the party -- China's legal system. And for that, he suffered tremendously.

Since the late 1990s, Li, a human rights lawyer, had defended China's most persecuted groups: dissidents...Read more

Trump divide trickles down to colleges

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LOS ANGELES -- University of California, Irvine senior Ariana Rowlands is buddies with Milo Yiannopoulos, the right-wing provocateur who has sparked campus uproars over free speech. She writes for Steve Bannon's Breitbart News. And she is unapologetically combative in campus culture wars.

Leesa Danzek, a University of Southern California ...Read more

State Department says US ambassador in Niger did not deny personnel request

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. ambassador in Niger did not deny support for a U.S. Special Forces unit that lost four soldiers in a deadly ambush on the border between Mali and Niger on Oct. 4, the State Department said Friday.

The Los Angeles Times/Tribune Washington Bureau reported Thursday that the ambassador had resisted U.S. military requests for ...Read more

U.S. identifies 2 more victims of mysterious sonic attacks in Havana

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MIAMI -- The U.S. State Department added two victims to the list of diplomats who have suffered mysterious attacks in Havana.

The number of Americans affected is now 24.

"Based on continued assessments of U.S. government personnel, we can confirm 24 persons have experienced health effects from the attacks," State Department spokeswoman Heather...Read more

Woman in St. Louis County swindled out of $4,800 in a virtual kidnapping scheme

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ST. LOUIS--Nancy McGowan answered her phone and a man said he had her daughter and that he was not joking. But he didn't, and by the end of the scam she had wired him $4,800. It was what police call virtual kidnapping for ransom.

McGowan, of St. Louis County, is embarrassed but wants other people to beware and not get tricked as she was.

It ...Read more

Pablo Neruda may have been killed with toxic substance, experts say

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SANTIAGO, Chile -- Pablo Neruda, winner of the 1971 Nobel Prize in Literature, did not die of prostate cancer and may have been killed with a toxic substance, a group of international experts said Friday.

The studies were conducted to clarify whether the Chilean poet died of natural causes, or whether he was poisoned by the military ...Read more

Iraqi forces seize Kurdish-controlled town

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IRBIL, Iraq -- Fighting erupted Friday between the forces of Iraq's central government and Kurds in the disputed province of Kirkuk, as tensions escalated between Baghdad and the autonomous region of Kurdistan.

Thirty members of Kurdish peshmerga forces were killed in clashes with Shiite militias allied with Baghdad in the Kirkuk town of Altun ...Read more

Officer killed in Vegas shooting left funeral instructions: 'Remember me for who I was'

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LAS VEGAS -- Charleston Hartfield was a military man. A policeman. A family man.

And a prepared man.

So it didn't surprise those who knew him that he had instructions -- a computer file called "Charleston Hartfield's Memorial Service" -- that offered careful plans for what to do in the event of his death. Nobody should wear black. There should...Read more

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Weapons, explosive devices and aerial photos of schools found during child porn raid in Florida

A child porn raid at a Florida home this week turned into something much more when authorities found loads of weapons and explosive devices -- as well as aerial photos of two schools and a threatening note.

Detectives seized 20 guns, more than 2,300...Read more

Rep. Tim Murphy of Pa. will be gone, but staff staying on the job

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WASHINGTON -- Aides will answer phones by saying something like "18th Congressional District" rather than "Congressman Tim Murphy's office."

Other than that, constituents won't notice much change when they call their congressional office next week for help with things like help applying for veterans' benefits, guidance navigating federal ...Read more

Exclusive: After Trump claim of calling families of fallen service members, White House still lacked casualty list

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WASHINGTON -- In the hours after President Donald Trump said on an Oct. 17 radio broadcast that he had contacted "virtually everybody" who had lost a family member in military service this year, the White House was hustling to learn from the Pentagon the identities and contact information for those families, according to an internal Defense ...Read more

Analysis: Kelly might not be like Trump, but he seems like many Trump voters

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WASHINGTON -- In the roughly three months since President Donald Trump chose John F. Kelly as his second chief of staff, observers have puzzled over the retired Marine general's occasional scowls and downcast gazes, wondering whether he and Trump, with such different styles and backgrounds, perhaps weren't working well together.

Kelly, the ...Read more

Student organizing Richard Spencer's speaking tour sues Penn State

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PITTSBURGH--A Georgia university student wanted white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak at Penn State University, but school president Eric Barron said in August it would be a major security risk and deemed the speaker unwelcome.

Now that Georgia State University student who is organizing a collegiate speaking tour by Spencer is suing, ...Read more

Bannon expands his target list into North Carolina

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WASHINGTON -- On Thursday morning, GOP strategist Karl Rove lambasted Steve Bannon in The Wall Street Journal for his involvement in Republican primaries.

By Thursday afternoon, Bannon's allies were already plotting their revenge: mobilization against North Carolina Republican Rep. Robert Pittenger -- Rove's pick in that race.

"I'm familiar ...Read more

Appeals court delays abortion for immigrant held in federal detention

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WASHINGTON -- A divided federal appeals court delayed final resolution of the case of a 17-year-old pregnant migrant in federal detention who is seeking an abortion, giving the Trump administration until the end of this month to find a private sponsor who can house her and will allow her to obtain the procedure.

The 2-1 ruling, written by Judge...Read more

Nancy Pelosi says she needs to stay on as Democratic leader so there is a woman at the table

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WASHINGTON -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Friday she needs to keep her leadership position so there is a "top" woman at the table when decisions are made.

Pelosi made the comment on ABC's "The View" while recounting being interrupted by Cabinet officials during a recent White House dinner with President Donald Trump and Senate ...Read more