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Survivor of FIU bridge collapse sues design-construction firms for reckless negligence

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MIAMI -- Two days after the last body was removed from a collapsed bridge near FIU, the first civil lawsuit stemming from the tragedy has been filed -- and it alleges reckless negligence on the part of the companies that did design and construction.

Marquise Rashaad Hepburn, who lives in Miami-Dade County, was "seriously injured" as he rode his...Read more

Supreme Court to decide whether immigrants jailed for past crimes can be detained pending deportation

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide another case testing the Trump administration's power to jail immigrants facing deportation.

The justices will review a class-action ruling from California that held that immigrants who served time in local and state jails may be released if they pose no danger to the public and are not ...Read more

Bridge victim's wife: 'I have to find words to tell my girls that Daddy is not coming home'

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MIAMI -- Brandon Brownfield was a husband, a father and a tower crane technician at Maxim Crane Works, according to his Facebook profile.

On Sunday, his wife Chelsea Brownfield confirmed that he was the sixth and final victim of the collapse of a pedestrian bridge by Florida International University Thursday. She called her husband of three ...Read more

Trains collide in Scott County, leading to fire, evacuations

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A train derailed in Scott County, Ky., late Sunday night, resulting in a collision with a separate train.

The crash, which occurred near Lisle Road in Georgetown about 11 p.m., hurt four people, according to the Georgetown Police Department.

All four, including both engineers, were on the trains, according to LEX 18. The ...Read more

Departing appropriations chairmen set to reap omnibus bounty

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WASHINGTON -- The outgoing chairmen of the House and Senate Appropriations committees are set up for a bountiful swan song as a sprawling $1.3 trillion fiscal 2018 omnibus spending bill comes to fruition.

For Senate Appropriations Chairman Thad Cochran, resigning April 1, it's a "mic drop" moment as the ailing 80-year-old Mississippi Republican...Read more

Fourth explosion this month injures two; this time in Southwest Austin

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AUSTIN, Texas -- An explosion tore through a quiet Southwest Austin neighborhood Sunday night, sending two men to the hospital with serious injuries and heightening worries that a serial package bomber is targeting the city's residents.

Shortly before 9 p.m., an explosion rocked a neighborhood north of Southwest Parkway near the MoPac Boulevard...Read more

As spring break ends, FIU prepares for classes and memorials to bridge collapse victims

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MIAMI -- The beginnings of a memorial to the six people who died in the collapse of a bridge at Florida International University appeared Sunday -- a single bouquet of flowers and six small wooden crosses on cords hung from a wall and held in place by pieces of rubble.

The impromptu memorial is sure to grow as FIU students return to school from...Read more

Congress to explore sexual harassment in the service industry

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WASHINGTON -- Congress wants to take a harder look at victims of sexual harassment who don't have much clout.

The bipartisan Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues is hosting a hearing, "Beyond the Headlines: Combating Service Sector Sexual Harassment in the Age of #MeToo" on Monday.

"We picked the service industry because it's probably where...Read more

DCCC raised $10.6 million in February

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WASHINGTON -- The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised nearly $10.6 million in February.

That's the most the committee has ever raised during the second month of the year, according to figures obtained first by Roll Call.

The DCCC raised $3.38 million from online donations in February, with an average online gift of $18. So far ...Read more

Trump to call for death penalty for some opioid dealers, but White House won't say how it would be applied

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump plans to push ahead with a controversial call for the death penalty for some drug dealers as part of a larger initiative to fight opioid abuse, a senior White House official said Sunday.

But in a conference call with reporters, a senior administration official declined to provide any examples of ...Read more

Stoneman Douglas survivors speak out on '60 Minutes'

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Five leaders of the #NeverAgain movement said Florida lawmakers get a C, or C-minus, grade for their response to the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The panel of student survivors appeared Sunday on CBS' "60 Minutes" with correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi. They reflected on their activism and the response from lawmakers after the ...Read more

Turkish military and allied Syrian rebels seize Afrin, Syria, after nearly two-month offensive

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ISTANBUL, Turkey -- The Syrian Kurd dream of creating an autonomous state stretching across the country's north suffered a crushing blow Sunday when Turkey-backed rebel forces routed a militia from the city of Afrin after a nearly two-month offensive.

The enclave along the Syria-Turkey border had been controlled by the People's Protection Units...Read more

Candidates for Illinois governor spend $65.7 million on TV ads –– just for the primaries

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CHICAGO -- Like Chicago's downtown on St. Patrick's Day weekend, a river of green has flowed through TV sets ahead of Tuesday's primary vote, as candidates for Illinois governor have spent tens of millions of dollars on advertising during the long campaign.

The final weekend of in-person campaigning supplemented the nearly $65.7 million spent ...Read more

Trump's quick agreement to meet Kim was a surprise, diplomat says

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WASHINGTON –– President Donald Trump's immediate willingness to meet with Kim Jong Un about North Korea's nuclear and missile programs probably caught the North Korean leader by surprise, forcing him to consider his position before responding publicly, the South Korean foreign minister said.

"We were all quite surprised by the readiness of ...Read more

Putin easily wins re-election as Russian president

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MOSCOW –– Russian President Vladimir Putin has cemented his position in power at the Kremlin by winning what early results indicated will be his largest-ever victory.

According to exit polls published by state media, Putin won 73.9 percent of the vote. The Central Election Commission said that with about a third of the ballots counted, more...Read more

UK says Russia stockpiled nerve agent, Johnson Says

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LONDON –– The United Kingdom accused Russia of developing and stockpiling nerve agents for a decade, after Moscow suggested that a British laboratory may have been the source of the substance used to poison a former spy and his daughter.

"We actually had evidence within the last 10 years that Russia has not only been investigating the ...Read more

Republican senators push back against Trump on McCabe's firing

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Republican lawmakers spoke against the firing of FBI official Andrew McCabe and efforts by President Donald Trump and his lawyer to link it to the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

McCabe shouldn't have been fired two days before he was due to retire in an episode that risks demoralizing and "smearing" agents, said Sen. ...Read more

Rand Paul threatens filibuster on State Department, CIA nominees

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WASHINGTON –– Sen. Rand Paul said Sunday that he would "do everything to stop" President Donald Trump's nominations of Mike Pompeo for secretary of state and Gina Haspel for CIA director, but conceded that he may not be able to stop them.

Paul, R-Ky., said on CBS' "Face the Nation" that he wants someone who's not "advocating for war," ...Read more

Saudi crown prince heads to White House and Silicon Valley

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WASHINGTON -- Promoting the image of a new Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives Monday in Washington on a cross-country trip to court government officials, Silicon Valley technology companies, investors and one of his biggest fans: President Donald Trump.

He is a prince on a mission and in a hurry.

The 32-year-old heir to the...Read more

Trump renews attack on ousted FBI official, questions special counsel's fairness

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump Sunday continued his attack on fired FBI official Andrew McCabe, who is likely to be a significant witness in the investigation being conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller.

After reports that McCabe made contemporaneous notes about his encounters with the president, Trump said on Twitter that he doubts...Read more