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Johnson C. Smith president not happy with Trump's initiative on black schools

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WASHINGTON -- Ronald Carter, president of Johnson C. Smith University, said he's seen just what he expected to see so far from President Donald Trump's initiative on historically black colleges and universities -- nothing.

"There's a statement attributed to a French philosopher who said that 'The eyes cannot see what the mind doesn't comprehend...Read more

As flooding continues across Puerto Rico, San Juan begins to pick up after Hurricane Maria

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Left to fend for themselves a day after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico and forced them into a primitive existence, San Juaneros took to the streets Thursday to do what they say Caribbean people do best: Figure it out.

No electricity? A mustachioed man in a white undershirt played traffic cop at a Santurce ...Read more

10th person dies in Hollywood, Fla., nursing home tragedy

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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- A 10th nursing home patient died Wednesday, a week after the tragedy at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills began to unfold.

Martha Murray, 94, was the latest victim of the sweltering temperatures in a building that lost power after Hurricane Irma swept through the state. According to Broward Medical Examiner Dr. ...Read more

Trump's travel ban expires Sunday, and a new one may be coming

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WASHINGTON -- Days before the expiration of President Donald Trump's much-contested travel ban, the White House is reviewing a security report that aides say could serve as the basis of a new, and perhaps broader, version.

The classified report by the Department of Homeland Security, sent to the White House last week, is a study of the ...Read more

Facebook agrees to give Congress Russian ads and pledges to dig further

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WASHINGTON -- Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg bowed to mounting public pressure Thursday and announced that the social media giant would turn over to congressional investigators about 3,000 ads purchased during the 2016 presidential campaign by a mystery-shrouded Russian company with links to the Kremlin.

Zuckerberg also announced that...Read more

Multiple pilot failures deemed cause of Pence's LaGuardia skid

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WASHINGTON -- A series of errors by the pilots of the plane carrying then vice presidential candidate Mike Pence sent it skidding off a runway in New York in October, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a final report establishing probable cause of the accident.

The safety investigator said the first officer, who landed the Eastern...Read more

10th resident from sweltering Florida nursing home dies

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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- A 10th person from the Hollywood nursing home that turned into a deadly hothouse when its air conditioning lost power after Hurricane Irma has died, police said.

Hollywood police said Martha Murray, 94, died Wednesday. She joined nine others, including 93-year-old Carlos Canal, another several-days-later victim, who fell ill ...Read more

Trump praises Erdogan for 'high marks' amid crackdown concerns

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump heaped praise on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Thursday, comments that came amid international condemnation of Erdogan's crackdown on political dissent and just months after Turkish security officials beat up protesters during a visit to the U.S.

Trump said it was "a great honor" to host Erdogan ...Read more

Trump wants to eliminate federal program that oversees long-term hurricane relief

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WASHINGTON -- The federal agency tasked with managing billions in long-term hurricane relief money is on the Trump administration's chopping block.

In May, President Donald Trump announced that he wanted to cut the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Block Grant Program, which administers about $3 billion a year to local ...Read more

Facebook to provide ads bought by Russian company to congressional committees

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WASHINGTON -- Facebook said Thursday that it would turn over to Congress copies of more than 3,000 ads linked to a shadowy Russian company, for House and Senate committees' investigations of Kremlin interference in the 2016 election.

The move is an about-face for Facebook, which earlier this month said it had given the ads and other information...Read more

Senate race in Alabama pits Trump against his own supporters and advisers

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FLORENCE, Ala. -- President Donald Trump will swoop into Alabama on Friday to bolster the campaign of Sen. Luther Strange, a soft-spoken former state attorney general now in danger of losing the seat he was tapped to fill just months ago after Jeff Sessions joined the administration.

But in this conservative state that overwhelmingly supported ...Read more

Mexico's president visits quake-injured; no sign of children alive in collapsed school

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MEXICO CITY -- Scenes of desolation and rejoicing unspooled Thursday at the sites of buildings crumbled by Mexico's deadly earthquake, which killed at least 252 people and galvanized heroic efforts to reach those trapped, including a child or children thought to still be alive in the ruins of a school.

Battling grinding fatigue and mountains of...Read more

UN World Food Program gets substantial funding, but 'needs are not being met'

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NEW YORK -- Funding for the U.N. World Food Program is substantial compared to other times in the agency's history, but more is needed to meet global needs, the agency's executive director said.

The United States is responsible for more than half of the funding, David Beasley, executive director of the program said this week during side ...Read more

Bernie Sanders, in speech, takes aim at 'outrageous' inequalities

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FULTON, Mo. -- Drawing a direct link between the United States' foreign policy and his own long-standing message of economic equality, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders said Thursday that "the planet will not be secure or peaceful when so few have so much and so many have so little."

"Foreign policy must take into account the outrageous income and ...Read more

Open your mouth and say goo-goo: Dentists treating ever-younger patients

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Allen Barron scrunches up his tiny face and wails as his mother gently tips him backward onto the lap of Jean Calvo, a pediatric dental resident at the University of California, San Francisco.

Allen's crying may be distressing, but his wide-open mouth allows Calvo to begin the exam. She counts his baby teeth and checks for dental decay.

"...Read more

Trump announces more sanctions against North Korea for its nuclear buildup

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NEW YORK -- President Donald Trump on Thursday announced plans for new sanctions against North Korea as he struggles to find ways to confront the country's nuclear buildup.

After threatening earlier this week to completely destroy North Korea if it uses its nuclear weaponry against U.S. territory or allies, Trump told reporters he was issuing a...Read more

SEC reveals 2016 hack that may have been used for illegal trades

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WASHINGTON -- The nation's top financial markets regulator has revealed that its computer system was hacked last year and that private information might have been used to make "illicit gains" through stock trades.

Jay Clayton, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, said in a statement posted on the agency's website Wednesday ...Read more

GOP primaries could hamper plans on taxes

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WASHINGTON -- Republican hopes for moving an ambitious tax package in a closely divided Senate may hinge on a number of incumbents on the ballot, including Luther Strange of Alabama, who faces a tough primary runoff on Sept. 26.

The vulnerability of Republican incumbents like Strange underscores the challenges facing Senate Majority Leader ...Read more

A stunned Puerto Rico begins to dig out after Hurricane Maria

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Hurricane Maria reduced homes to heaps of wood and cement in the oceanfront settlement of La Perla, where hundreds of people picked their way down the rocky hillsides strewn with debris Thursday to salvage what they could from the wreckage.

At the foot of an ancient fort, just outside the walls of Old San Juan, Diego ...Read more

Miami woman gets nearly 5-year prison sentence in butt-injection case

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MIAMI --Magaly Del Rosario built a pile of lies about the build-a-butt injections she helped give as an assistant at Bella Beauty Spa in Miami.

Del Rosario helped lie to the government and DHL about the silicone smuggled in from Colombia for the injections. She lied to the women being injected about what the silicone was and its permanence. She...Read more

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