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Same-sex marriage laws helped reduce suicide attempts by gay, lesbian and bisexual teens, study says

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Guess what? It did get better for gay, lesbian and bisexual high schoolers when the states they were growing up in changed their laws to allow same-sex marriage, a new study finds.

More specifically, in a 16-year period during which changes in state marriage laws were sweeping the nation, states that adopted laws allowing same-sex marriage saw ...Read more

Profile of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on the rise

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SEATTLE -- The turbulent early weeks of President Donald Trump's White House have had an unexpected side effect: boosting Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's national profile.

Since the start of February, Inslee has been interviewed, sometimes repeatedly, by CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, the BBC, NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street ...Read more

Israeli soldier gets 18 months for killing wounded attacker

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TEL AVIV, Israel -- A military court sentenced an Israeli soldier to 18 months in jail for killing an immobilized Palestinian attacker, a judgment that exposed deep fault lines in Israeli society.

Elor Azaria, a medic in the military, was convicted in January of killing Abed al-Fatah al-Sharif last March while the Palestinian was lying wounded ...Read more

Russia's pension money for its veterans escapes scrutiny as it flows into US

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WASHINGTON -- Hundreds of thousands of dollars flow every month from Russia to its former soldiers living in the United States, usually unseen and unchecked.

But now U.S. investigators are examining whether this river of pension benefits intended for Russian military veterans is somehow mixed up in efforts to undermine last fall's U.S. election...Read more

Nigerian president disdains his country's best hospital for medical care in Britain. But what ails him?

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JOHANNESBURG -- An extended medical trip for Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, the latest in a long line of leaders in Africa to travel overseas for medical treatment, has prompted a rash of online fake news stories proclaiming "Buhari is dead."

Buhari, 74, who is in London for medical tests, posted photographs of himself meeting Nigerian ...Read more

How Trump's approach may alter Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts

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TEL AVIV, Israel -- When U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday that Israelis and Palestinians could hash out for themselves whether the answer to their decades-old conflict is one state or two, he resuscitated an option previous administrations had buried. Below is a list of the possible options that may now be back in play:

The Binational...Read more

Trump team fosters fears he'll adopt alternative economic facts

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump complains regularly about what he calls "fake news." What's got some statisticians worried, though, is the risk of doctored economic data coming from the administration itself.

While there are government directives in place to prevent that from happening, the number crunchers worry that the president's ...Read more

September trial date set for one of two girls charged in Slender Man stabbing

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WAUKESHA, Wis. -- Anissa Weier, one of two girls charged in the Slender Man stabbing case, will stand trial starting Sept. 11, and her bids to have her statements to police blocked from the trial and a jury to be called from outside of Waukesha County were denied Monday.

Last week, Circuit Judge Michael Bohren made similar rulings against ...Read more

A drug submarine built to carry tons of cocaine leads to a guilty plea

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MIAMI -- On March 29, 2012, the U.S. Coast Guard intercepted a strange-looking vessel off the Honduran Caribbean coast.

When the vessel stopped, Coast Guard personnel realized it was a makeshift semi-submersible built to carry at least 3 tons of cocaine.

Nelson Penagos Molina, a Colombian charged in connection with the semi-submersible, has ...Read more

Supreme Court to take up US-Mexico border-shooting case

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday will take up the case of a Mexican teenager who was shot and killed by a U.S. border agent and try to decide a question that is also at the heart of the legal dispute over President Donald Trump's foreign travel ban: Does the Constitution protect foreign citizens who stand at the nation's borders?

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'Not My President!' declare anti-Trump protesters

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ATLANTA -- Tristan Merediz waited 72 years before participating in his first protest.

On Monday, Merediz, shadowed by his 6-year-old grandson, joined hundreds of demonstrators in Atlanta who celebrated Presidents Day arguing that Donald Trump is unfit for the White House. The "Not My President's Day" rally was one of a number that took place ...Read more

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Oroville dam holding steady below flood control stage

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Lake Oroville water levels have fallen below 850 feet, the flood control stage that officials normally want to keep the lake below this time of year, state figures show.

In addition, water continues to flow into Lake Oroville at a slower pace than it is flowing out, ...Read more

Same-sex laws associated with drop in suicide rates among high schoolers, study finds

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States that legalized same-sex marriage before it became federal law two years ago saw a sharp decline in suicide attempts by high school students, according to an analysis by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The researchers compared the suicide rates of 32 states that passed the laws with states that didn't ...Read more

Trump lawyers battle over how far they can go in new travel-ban order

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WASHINGTON -- A fight between leaders at the Justice and Homeland Security departments could delay release of President Donald Trump's revised executive order to limit to the United States by citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries, according to a person who was briefed on the dispute.

The department leaders are debating whether to again ...Read more

Yiannopoulos gets disinvited from national conservative conference

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Milo Yiannopoulos, the far-right provocateur whose scheduled speeches at the University of California, Berkeley and UC Davis were canceled this year amid violent protests, has now been kicked off the national stage by conservatives because of controversial remarks and jokes he made last year about the sexual abuse of minors. ...Read more

Famine strikes in South Sudan, as people in 4 countries face starvation

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JOHANNESBURG -- The South Sudanese government and humanitarian agencies on Monday declared a famine in parts of the country, which has been devastated by three years of war.

The announcement comes as international aid agencies are overwhelmed by catastrophes unfolding in four countries.

The United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan...Read more

Trump has a 'very big personality,' says Australia's Turnbull

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SYDNEY -- U.S. President Donald Trump has a "very big personality" with a "very big job," according to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

"We've had several conversations now, they've been constructive, frank and forthright," Turnbull, 62, said on Tuesday in a Bloomberg Television interview in Sydney. He said his government's approach ...Read more

Oroville dam holding steady below flood control stage

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Lake Oroville water levels have fallen below 850 feet, the flood control stage that officials normally want to keep the lake below this time of year, state figures show.

In addition, water continues to flow into Lake Oroville at a slower pace than it is flowing out, meaning that lake levels continue to drop, albeit slowly....Read more

Tribes bury remains of ancient ancestor known as Kennewick Man

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SEATTLE -- In the high desert of the Columbia Plateau, more than 200 people gathered early Saturday to lay the Ancient One to rest, returning his 9,000-year-old remains to an undisclosed location not far from the Columbia River.

There was a feeling of finality and catharsis for those who had fought for 20 years to reclaim and repatriate the ...Read more

Feds say at least 12 aircraft violated restrictions during Trump's Florida visit

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- At least 12 aircraft violated temporary flight restrictions through Monday afternoon for President Donald Trump's Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago stay, with at least five of those having the unique experience of being buzzed by military aircraft, federal officials confirmed to The Palm Beach Post.

Eight of those crossed the line ...Read more