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Officer who fired fatal Kansas 'swatting' shot didn't see anything in victim's hand, he said

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WICHITA, Kan. -- The Wichita police officer who killed Andrew Finch on Dec. 28 didn't see a gun in Finch's hand, he said on Tuesday.

Justin Rapp testified about what happened when he and his partner received information from dispatch that there was a man who had shot his father in the head and was holding his mother and sibling hostage inside a...Read more

Law firm of Stormy Daniels' attorney is hit with $10 million judgment

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LOS ANGELES -- The law firm of Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti was hit with a $10 million judgment Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court after he broke his promise to pay $2 million to a former colleague.

Judge Catherine Bauer of U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Santa Ana ordered the Eagan Avenatti law firm to pay $10 million to Jason Frank, a ...Read more

Trump casts doubt on US-North Korea summit as he meets with South Korea's Moon

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump threw plans for next month's historic summit with North Korea into greater uncertainty Tuesday even as he met at the White House with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in to try to keep the diplomatic breakthrough on track.

"It may not work out for June 12," he told reporters at one point, then confused the ...Read more

New poll finds volatile race for second place in California governor's contest

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The fight for second place in California's governor's race between Republican John Cox and Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa remains unpredictable and volatile as the June 5 primary approaches, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom led both by 10 percentage points or more, validating ...Read more

Florida's Everglades now have 1,000 fewer pythons

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MIAMI -- Snake hunters for the South Florida Water Management District hit a major milestone when they bagged their 1,000th Burmese python, before heading out and quickly catching eight more.

On Tuesday, the district held a celebratory check-in at the Homestead field station, documenting No. 1,000: an 11-foot, 2-inch male snake.

Hunter Brian ...Read more

Mueller targeted flows of money to Israeli social media company

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WASHINGTON -- Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has asked about flows of money into the Cyprus bank account of a company that specialized in social media manipulation and whose founder reportedly met with Donald Trump Jr. in August 2016, according to a person familiar with the investigation.

The inquiry is drawing attention to PSY Group, an...Read more

Guns bought in Kentucky and resold in Chicago linked to 3 homicides, prosecutors say

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CHICAGO -- It was lunchtime outside an outlet mall east of Louisville, Ky., when the deal was made for a gun that within weeks would be used to kill a 15-year-old boy in Chicago.

The 9 mm Taurus pistol was posted for sale on, a controversial website that helps buyers and sellers of weapons find each other without asking them to ...Read more

102-year-old sets another world record

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SAN DIEGO -- To celebrate his 102nd birthday in February, Carlsbad, Calif., retiree Glenn Quillin whizzed into history as the world's oldest zip-line rider.

But his glory was short-lived. On April 6, a 106-year-old Englishman established the new Guinness World Record.

No worries. With the publication of his first book three weeks ago, Quillin ...Read more

Paul Ryan pushes back on pressure for early exit

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WASHINGTON -- Speaker Paul D. Ryan defended himself Tuesday amid reports of threats to his leadership position and reiterated his view that it's not in Republicans' best interest to have a divisive leadership race before the November midterm elections.

"Obviously I serve at the pleasure of the members; those are the people who drafted me in ...Read more

Wright Brothers soared over the Outer Banks. Their memorial may end up underwater

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Parks on North Carolina's Outer Banks will see the greatest amount of sea level rise among national parks over the next century, says a federal report that initially deleted references to human-caused climate change as the cause.

By 2100, the shoreline at the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills may see the ...Read more

National security officials brief Congress on protecting elections from Russian cyberattacks

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WASHINGTON -- With political primaries already underway and the November midterm elections fast approaching, top national security officials briefed members of Congress on Tuesday about gaps in election security.

The Trump administration has been under pressure to take stronger steps to deter Russian attempts to meddle in U.S. campaigns. ...Read more

Faculty members call for USC president to step down: 'He has lost the moral authority to lead'

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LOS ANGELES -- Two hundred University of Southern California professors on Tuesday demanded the resignation of university President C. L. Max Nikias, saying he had "lost the moral authority to lead" in the wake of revelations that a campus gynecologist was kept on staff for decades despite repeated complaints of misconduct.

In a letter to USC's...Read more

'Jealous' bloodshed: Woman pregnant with twins is shot on her wedding day, her father is critically injured

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PHILADELPHIA -- It was supposed to be a joyful day for a 23-year-old Southwest Philadelphia woman who got married Sunday and is about five months pregnant with twins.

Instead, she and her 74-year-old father were shot and wounded outside their home after her husband's jealous ex-wife saw her announcement on Facebook that she had just gotten ...Read more

3 ways Nancy Pelosi won't be speaker next year

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WASHINGTON -- Nancy Pelosi is a drug that Republicans just can't quit, and the GOP hopes that the threat of her becoming speaker of the House again will awaken any potentially apathetic base voters. While that might work for Republicans for yet another cycle, it might be the last cycle with their favorite boogeywoman, considering there are at ...Read more

Remains found in Chicago River not human, possibly a beef tongue

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CHICAGO -- An item pulled from the Chicago River this weekend was not a human body part, as police initially thought, but may be a beef tongue, authorities said Monday.

A forensic pathologist at the Cook County medical examiner's office reviewed the item found in 2200 block of West Diversey Avenue in the North Branch of the river and determined...Read more

5 things to watch in Tuesday's primaries

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WASHINGTON -- Voters again head to the polls Tuesday, this time in Texas, Arkansas, Georgia and Kentucky.

Texas held its primaries in March, but more than a few of those contests advanced to runoffs since the winners did not surpass 50 percent of the vote. None has received more attention that the Democratic runoff in the 7th District.

...Read more

The death rate from cancer is falling for American men, women and children of all backgrounds

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Cancer is the No. 2 cause of death in the U.S., but a comprehensive new report says that it is affecting -- and killing -- fewer Americans with every passing year.

The gains have been seen in men, women and children, as well as across racial and ethnic groups. However, depending on the type of cancer involved, some Americans benefited more than...Read more

Newspaper sues over Farenthold's new job

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A Texas newspaper filed a lawsuit saying a county agency broke the state's open meetings law when it hired former Rep. Blake Farenthold as a lobbyist.

On Monday, the Victoria Advocate announced it was suing over whether the county ports authority discussed hiring the disgraced former congressman in a closed meeting on May 9.

The notice for the...Read more

Suspect in custody after Baltimore County police officer killed after confrontation

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BALTIMORE -- A Baltimore County police officer was killed in a confrontation Monday as she responded to an afternoon call in Perry Hall, setting off an hours-long manhunt for suspects as police searched densely populated suburban neighborhoods.

On Tuesday morning, the department said a 16-year-old boy was arrested shortly after the ...Read more

Taliban, Islamic State make millions from mining Afghan minerals

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KABUL, Afghanistan -- Rising global demand for cosmetics, marble and stainless steel is helping Taliban and Islamic State militants in Afghanistan fund their increasingly violent insurgencies, according to an investigation by Global Witness.

The militant groups make millions of dollars annually mining talc, chromite and marble in eastern part ...Read more