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Court gives 67-year-old Vietnam veteran another shot at benefits claim

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WASHINGTON -- Ringing ears remind Texas resident Roger L. Perales of the war that's still within him.

Sixteen months in Vietnam as an infantryman and helicopter door gunner with the 101st Airborne Division left other bruises, as well. Doctors diagnosed the 67-year-old San Antonio native with post-traumatic stress disorder. He has diabetes and ...Read more

UC Berkeley chancellor improperly accepted free fitness benefits, probe finds

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University of California, Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks improperly accepted free benefits, including membership to the campus fitness center, personal training sessions and the unauthorized transfer of exercise equipment from the public gym to his private residence, a university investigation has found.

Overall, Dirks failed to pay $4,990 ...Read more

ICE agent accused of helping inadmissible Mexican national re-enter US

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LOS ANGELES -- A veteran U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agent was accused this week of working with an organized crime figure to help a Mexican national with multiple convictions re-enter the country illegally.

Felix Cisneros was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of a felony count of aiding and assisting an inadmissible alien to...Read more

After health care defeat, Rep. Brady schedules markup on Trump tax returns

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WASHINGTON -- Hours after House GOP leaders and President Donald Trump on Friday made the decision to finally pull their ill-fated health care plan, one of the bill's architects made an interesting pivot to Trump's tax returns.

But not by choice.

Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, whose panel was responsible for half of the GOP's now-defunct...Read more

Desperate Haitians living in caves, eating toxic plants in post-hurricane Haiti

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Almost six months after deadly Hurricane Matthew destroyed crops and livestock along Haiti's southern peninsula, life has become so desperate that Haitians are eating poisonous plants and living in caves to survive, aid workers say.

On Wednesday, 240 people, including 84 women and 62 children, were found in a mountain cave near Fonds Rouge ...Read more

Trump administration approves Keystone XL pipeline, but its future remains in question

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump reignited a bruising battle over the nation's energy future that environmentalists had hoped was behind them when he announced Friday that his administration has issued a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.

But, although Trump portrayed the pipeline as a done deal now, its future remains uncertain. It faces...Read more

LA officials push for new steps to address health risks from homebuilding near freeways

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LOS ANGELES -- In a new push to address health risks from a surge in residential construction near freeways, Los Angeles officials have requested a study of development restrictions, design standards and other steps to protect residents from traffic pollution.

Planning, transportation and other officials should prepare "strategies to address ...Read more

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Tillerson will meet with NATO counterparts, after all

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet with NATO allies next week in Brussels, a move that could quell controversy over his earlier decision to skip a long-planned summit of the trans-Atlantic alliance.

The State Department said Friday that Tillerson added a stop at NATO ...Read more

Trump approval for Keystone pipeline doesn't guarantee it'll be built

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WASHINGTON -- Completion of the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline is still far from a done deal, despite the Trump administration's approval of a key permit on Friday that reversed a decision by the Obama administration.

Soon after the State Department granted TransCanada a permit to build a pipeline across the U.S.-Canada border, Trump sat ...Read more

Warning of famine in Africa and western Asia, UN seeks billions of dollars

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JOHANNESBURG -- In a race against time to prevent four famines in Africa and western Asia, the U.N. and its humanitarian agencies need to raise $5.6 billion, fast.

The United Nations had raised just $90 million -- two cents for every dollar it needs to provide food for those most in need -- by the end of February, the latest available figures ...Read more

Hamas claims Israel assassinated one of its leaders in Gaza

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Senior Hamas movement officials accused Israel on Friday of assassinating of one of its leaders in the Gaza Strip.

Unknown Israeli forces shot dead Mazen Fuqaha'a, a Hamas leader from the West Bank city of Jenin, who was sent to Gaza after being released from Israeli prison in 2011, the movement said in a statement.

In...Read more

Atlanta family battling state over right to name daughter Allah

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ATLANTA -- The toddler daughter of Elizabeth Handy and Bilal Walk has everything you would expect: a sweet smile, curious nature and finicky tastes.

But, in the eyes of the state of Georgia, the 22-month-old child has no name.

According to Handy and Walk, the Georgia Department of Public Health refused to issue the infant a birth certificate ...Read more

More signs that House panel's Trump-Russia probe is reeling

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WASHINGTON -- A week that began with a public hearing by the House Intelligence Committee that confirmed the FBI is conducting a counterintelligence investigation into possible collusion between President Donald Trump's election campaign and Russia ended Friday with "deeply disturbing signs" that a House probe into the same topic is breaking ...Read more

Woman guilty of kidnapping infant at Pa. mall

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. -- When Cherie Amoore arrived home last March with a baby, she told her boyfriend it was their own newborn son.

When she took the 7-week-old baby to visit her parents, they took photos with him and believed the infant was their grandchild.

But the baby was not hers. And as she was introducing it to her family, a frantic search ...Read more

Tillerson will meet with NATO counterparts, after all

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WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet with NATO allies next week in Brussels, a move that could quell controversy over his earlier decision to skip a long-planned summit of the trans-Atlantic alliance.

The State Department said Friday that Tillerson added a stop at NATO headquarters in Brussels to a previously scheduled trip ...Read more

California isn't giving up on fighting auto pollution — even with Trump in office

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Wielding the same authority created decades ago to fight smog, California regulators on Friday moved forward with tough new pollution-reduction requirements for automakers selling cars in the state.

The decision to push ahead with cuts to greenhouse gas emissions came even as President Donald Trump has begun rolling back ...Read more

Chicago authorities offer to relocate family of girl attacked on Facebook Live because of taunts, threats

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CHICAGO -- Authorities have offered to relocate the family of a 15-year-old girl who police say was sexually assaulted on Facebook Live, after the family received taunts and threats since the video surfaced.

"It's sickening. It's disgusting," Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said. "You know, she's been victimized once. Now we're ...Read more

'Reading a book can't turn you gay,' authors say as NC school system pulls their book

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The authors of what has become the most talked about book in Charlotte -- "Jacob's New Dress" -- have a message for the conservative groups that have labeled their children's book a threat to "traditional family values."

"The idea that a book can turn someone gay or transgender is bizarre to us. Reading a book can't turn you ...Read more

Ex-Penn State president convicted of endangerment over handling of Sandusky

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Graham B. Spanier, the former Pennsylvania State University president once considered one of the nation's most prominent college leaders, was convicted Thursday of endangering children by failing to report signs that Jerry Sandusky was a serial sex predator.

After about 12 hours of deliberation, the jury of seven women and ...Read more

Threats lodged against Hawaii judge who ruled against travel ban

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The Hawaii federal judge who brought President Donald Trump's revised travel ban to a national halt last week has become the target of threats.

U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson has received the threats since his March 15 ruling, according to Federal Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Michele Ernst.

Ernst said the FBI is ready to assist but ...Read more