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Biology explains why men kill big game like Cecil the lion — and how that behavior might be stopped

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Why do some humans engage in expensive ventures to hunt lions, elephants and other big-game species that often are endangered or otherwise threatened?

The cost, according to a trio of scientists, is exactly the point: These pricey big-game hunts are meant to show off men's high social status to competitors and potential mates.

The findings, ...Read more

Christie heads opioid abuse panel for Trump

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie didn't get tapped for the dream jobs of vice president, attorney general or chief of staff, but he has at last joined the Trump administration to work on a nightmare issue close to his heart.

On Wednesday, Christie debuted as the new chairman of a commission to combat opioid abuse, sitting to the president's right...Read more

FDA nominee addresses conflicts as panel sets hearing

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration's nominee to lead the Food and Drug Administration, Scott Gottlieb, will resign from positions with drug industry clients and divest himself of stock holdings. Gottlieb said in a letter about his plans to avoid conflicts of interest that he would also recuse himself from decisions affecting firms he is ...Read more

Suspect in custody after shots fired near US Capitol building

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WASHINGTON -- Capitol Police walkie-talkies started blaring "shots fired" shortly before 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, a jarring start to the workday as members of Congress, staffers and visitors arrived at the Capitol grounds.

A Capitol Police source said there was a traffic incident that involved gunshots being fired. The source said no one was ...Read more

African students advised to stay indoors after attacks by roving Indian mobs

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MUMBAI, India -- Indian mobs near the nation's capital have attacked and wounded at least nine university students from African countries since Sunday in a spasm of racial violence that a senior official called "deplorable."

The attacks -- which began after an Indian family accused five Nigerian men of kidnapping and killing their teenage son -...Read more

DEA cash seizure program poses risk to civil liberties

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WASHINGTON -- The way the Drug Enforcement Administration seizes cash and other assets may pose a risk to civil liberties, the Justice Department's internal watchdog reported Wednesday.

The Justice Department's inspector general also determined that the agency does not measure or track how its asset seizure activities advance criminal ...Read more

Fla. woman charged with threatening Sandy Hook parent a no-show for court hearing

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- If the woman accused of sending death threats to a Palm Beach County man whose 6-year-old son died in the Sandy Hook school shooting had shown up in court on Wednesday, she probably would have been sentenced to house arrest and probation.

Lucy Richards, 57, of Brandon, near Tampa, was due in federal court in Fort ...Read more

Former Christie ally gets 2-year prison sentence in Bridgegate scandal

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NEWARK, N.J. -- A former ally of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was sentenced Wednesday to 24 months in prison for his role in the traffic-jamming lane closures that would morph into a scandal damaging the governor's presidential ambitions.

Bill Baroni, who was Christie's top executive appointee at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey ...Read more

Noah Smith: White working class mortality rates rising; will Trump do anything?

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The U.S. white working class is in big trouble. The data is piling up.

Economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton have a new paper out, exploring mortality trends in the U.S. The results confirm the finding of their famous 2015 study -- white Americans without college degrees are dying in increasing numbers, even as other groups in and outside the ...Read more

Trump's FDA nominee wants to lower drug costs with more generics

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NEW YORK -- President Donald Trump's pick to head the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is among the most vigorous advocates of lowering drug costs by approving cheap generics faster, an initiative aimed directly at the profit centers of major companies.

Scott Gottlieb, a former FDA deputy commissioner, would make streamlining approvals his top...Read more

Lawmakers hope to avert government shutdown

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WASHINGTON -- After weeks of partisan fighting over health care and the Supreme Court, lawmakers have less than one month to come together and avert a government shutdown.

Government funding for the 2017 fiscal year expires on April 28, five days after lawmakers return to the nation's capital after a two-week recess. But negotiations appear to ...Read more

May triggers Brexit negotiations; 'great turning point' for Britain

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LONDON -- Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday said she has started the process of negotiating Britain's exit from the European Union, marking a "great turning point" for the country.

"Today, the government acts on the democratic will of the British people," May told parliament minutes after her government delivered the letter in Brussels ...Read more

UN confirms deaths of two human rights investigators in Congo

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JOHANNESBURG -- Two bodies found in Congo were those of U.N. experts investigating alleged human rights abuses, U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres confirmed in an overnight statement.

The remains of U.S. citizen Michael Sharp and Swedish citizen Zaida Catalan were discovered by U.N. peacekeepers outside the city of Kananga in Kasai Central...Read more

Warren and Carper question Ivanka Trump's White House arrangement

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants to know how ethics laws will affect Ivanka Trump as she goes to work in the White House without, apparently, being a government employee.

The Massachusetts Democrat joined Sen. Thomas R. Carper of Delaware in a Wednesday morning missive to the Office of Government Ethics questioning the White House's ...Read more

Macron endorsed by France's ex-premier as Fillon's wife charged

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PARIS -- Emmanuel Macron solidified his position as the front-runner in the French presidential election, picking up a key endorsement as Francois Fillon's legal woes continued.

Former Prime Minister Manuel Valls said he'll vote for Macron in the first round on April 23, instead of his own Socialist Party's candidate. Valls said the 39-year-old...Read more

Schock's attorneys claim FBI broke the law

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WASHINGTON -- Disgraced former Rep. Aaron Schock's legal team claims that a staffer working as an informant for the FBI broke the law.

The staffer provided emails, credit card receipts, and other documents that helped the feds make a case against Schock, Fox News reported, but Schock's lawyers say this violated his constitutional right against ...Read more

Former Rep. Steve Stockman indicted on 28 counts

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WASHINGTON -- Former Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman was formally indicted Tuesday evening on fraud, conspiracy and money laundering charges, the Justice Department announced.

Stockman, who retired after losing a 2014 primary challenge to Sen. John Cornyn, and aide Jason Posey were charged in a 28-count superseding indictment.

Among the ...Read more

Lawmakers hope to avert government shutdown

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WASHINGTON -- After weeks of partisan fighting over health care and the Supreme Court, lawmakers have less than one month to come together and avert a government shutdown.

Government funding for the 2017 fiscal year expires on April 28, five days after lawmakers return to the nation's capital after a two-week recess. But negotiations appear to ...Read more

Chinese insurance group, Kushner end Manhattan talks as lawmakers cite conflicts

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China's Anbang Insurance Group and a company co-owned by the family of President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner have ended talks to redevelop a Manhattan office tower, a deal that had drawn scrutiny from lawmakers citing ethics concerns.

"Kushner Companies is no longer in discussions with Anbang about 666 5th Avenue's potential ...Read more

Trump's infrastructure plan is caught in a White House turf war

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WASHINGTON -- When Donald Trump and Mike Pence met this month to discuss a promised $1 trillion infrastructure plan, the Cabinet Room was filled with half a dozen billionaire executives, from Tesla's Elon Musk to Steve Roth, a New York developer and longtime friend to the president.

One person who wasn't there? The man who worked for months to ...Read more

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