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Study: States with lenient gun laws see more civilians fatally shot by officers

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Fatal shootings of civilians by police officers are less common in states with stricter gun laws than they are in states that take a more relaxed approach to regulating the sale, storage and use of firearms, new research says.

A study published this month in the American Journal of Public Health has found that fatal police shootings were about ...Read more

Trump wants to cut funding for earthquake early warning system, which would likely kill project

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LOS ANGELES -- President Donald Trump's budget would eliminate federal funding for an earthquake early warning system being developed for California and the rest of the West Coast, which if enacted would likely kill the long-planned effort.

The budget proposal for the year ending in September 2018 also seeks to eliminate U.S. funding for ...Read more

Some conservatives justify 'manly' Montana candidate's alleged body-slam of 'snowflake' reporter

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After he was accused of physically attacking a reporter, Greg Gianforte had some very visible defenders while he went invisible for election day Thursday.

The Republican candidate for Montana's open congressional seat canceled his national TV appearances after he was charged with misdemeanor assault on suspicion of body-slamming a national ...Read more

Oakland to settle claim filed by teen exploited by police

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The city is poised to pay nearly $1 million to settle a claim filed by the teenage daughter of a police dispatcher at the center of last year's police sex scandal that rocked the department and reverberated across the Bay Area.

City Attorney Barbara Parker's office is recommending that the City Council settle the case for $...Read more

UC Berkeley fires professor for sexually harassing 4 students

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BERKELEY, Calif. -- University of California, Berkeley has fired an assistant professor for sexually harassing four students.

Blake Wentworth, who taught in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, was found to have violated the school's faculty code of conduct and its sexual harassment policy, the school said.

The firing, ...Read more

Trump finds new ally in his war on leaks: Britain

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump gained something Thursday he's been craving: validation from America's closest ally for his war on leaks.

Trump, a one-time fan of leaks who has spent much of his early term decrying them, vowed a "complete review" of possible intelligence leaks related to this week's deadly terrorist attack at a Manchester ...Read more

Italy coast guard: 2,300 migrants rescued, two bodies recovered

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ROME -- Some 2,300 people have been rescued and two bodies were recovered in the latest migrant rescues in the central Mediterranean, the Italian coast guard said Thursday.

Migrants were plucked from 14 dinghies and four wooden boats by three coast guard vessel, a rescue ship run by the Doctors Without Borders charity and by passing cargo ships...Read more

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NOAA forecasters predict busier-than-usual hurricane season

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Brace for what could be a wetter, windier summer.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting an above-normal 2017 hurricane season with five to nine hurricanes (minimum 74 mph winds), of which two to four will be Category 3 or stronger (...Read more

Trump's budget cuts to Violence Against Women programs just 'technical,' White House says

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WASHINGTON -- A chart buried on page 245 of President Donald Trump's 2018 budget analysis looks alarming: It shows a massive decrease in funding over 10 years for federal programs that aid survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.

The 93 percent cut appeared to confirm the worst fears of survivor advocates and women's activists. They'd...Read more

Corroded steel caused 'catastrophic failure' leading to deadly tank explosion in St. Louis area

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ST. LOUIS -- A steam tank explosion at a box company that killed four people last month was caused by a failure where the tank had been patched in an emergency repair in 2012, according to a report issued Thursday by a federal investigative agency.

The company never obtained a permit for the repair nor acted on a recommendation for a more ...Read more

A body slam, an assault charge and suddenly a Montana congressional race appears up for grabs

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MISSOULA, Mont.--For John Jepsen, Glacier National Park could wait a bit -- especially if it meant keeping Greg Gianforte from a seat in Congress.

Jepsen had planned to head to the park Thursday, but when he learned that Gianforte had been accused of assaulting a newspaper reporter covering the state's special election, he delayed his trip to ...Read more

Ted Cruz failed to show 2012 loans from Goldman Sachs, FEC says

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz improperly accounted for loans he received from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Citigroup Inc. during his 2012 campaign, saying the funds were his own personal contributions to the Senate race, the Federal Election Commission said Thursday.

The finding, released on the FEC website, marked a rare instance of ...Read more

No health survey conducted before Pentagon built Guantanamo's Camp Justice

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Ten years after the Pentagon opened its war court complex at Guantanamo as an expeditionary legal complex, there is no agreement that Camp Justice is expeditionary at all, according to a report released Thursday by the Navy.

The report, echoing earlier studies that ruled out a cancer cluster at Camp Justice, reflects the haphazard nature of the...Read more

Federal prosecutor found dead along the beach

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MIAMI -- A federal prosecutor who worked at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami has been identified as the man found dead along Hollywood beach this week in a case being investigated as a crime.

Hollywood police confirmed that the deceased man is Beranton J. Whisenant Jr., 37, and that he may have suffered a head wound caused by a possible ...Read more

Judge temporarily halts Maryland medical marijuana industry

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BALTIMORE--A Baltimore judge put the state medical marijuana industry temporarily on hold Thursday, granting the request of a company that alleged state regulators illegally ignored racial diversity when picking companies to grow the drug.

Circuit Judge Barry Williams said the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission is not permitted to grant any ...Read more

Court overturns order to protect elephants at LA Zoo

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SAN FRANCISCO -- A court order requiring the Los Angeles Zoo to exercise its elephants on soft ground and barring the use of electric shock was overturned Thursday by the California Supreme Court.

In a unanimous decision, the state's highest court said the taxpayers who obtained an injunction against the L.A. Zoo used the wrong legal vehicle to...Read more

Raleigh high school leaders apologize for student's 'offensive' quote in yearbook

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Millbrook High School administrators are apologizing for what they say is an "inappropriate and offensive" quote by a student in the school's yearbook.

A senior at the Raleigh school selected this phrase to appear under his photo: "I like my women how I like my milk: white, rich and 2 percent fat."

The quote went unnoticed by ...Read more

NOAA forecasters predict busier-than-usual hurricane season

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Brace for what could be a wetter, windier summer.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting an above-normal 2017 hurricane season with five to nine hurricanes (minimum 74 mph winds), of which two to four will be Category 3 or stronger (minimum 111 mph winds). The forecast calls for a total of 11 ...Read more

Zuckerberg asks Harvard grads to fight isolationism, nationalism

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg told Harvard graduates Thursday that they need to help others find purpose in a world where machines are taking away steady jobs and communities aren't as stable, leading to isolation and nationalism instead of people coming together globally to solve problems.

"When our parents ...Read more

Eisenhower Memorial won't be done by D-Day 75th anniversary

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WASHINGTON -- The hope of Republican Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas was that a memorial near the National Mall to the state's favorite son, Dwight Eisenhower, would be ready for the 75th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied France, which Eisenhower had led on D-Day.

But getting the memorial done by June 6, 2019, will be tough, even ...Read more


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