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Man with days left to live pushes to raise $1 million for at-risk children

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Just remember the babies.

That's all Happy Baggett wants.

Baggett, a well-known real estate developer and philanthropist, has terminal colon and liver cancer. And all he wants to do with his remaining days is to help at-risk children, particularly those served by Child Care Associates.

So he's asking pretty much everyone ...Read more

Giuliani's indicted Florida associates pursued a Florida weed license, too

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MIAMI--Two South Florida businessmen indicted last week on charges they illegally funneled foreign money into U.S. politics in an attempt to purchase influence in Washington and cannabis licenses in multiple U.S. states also pursued entry into Florida's medical marijuana industry, The Miami Herald has learned.

Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman -- ...Read more

Los Angeles Times reaches historic agreement with its newsroom union

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Times on Wednesday reached a tentative labor agreement with the guild that represents about 475 members of its newsroom, a milestone for a newspaper that for generations was known as a bastion of anti-unionism.

The two sides had been working on the newsroom's first collective bargaining agreement for more than a ...Read more

Biden lays out foreign policy strategy in rebuke of Trump

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DAVENPORT, Iowa -- In a fierce rebuke of Donald Trump's foreign policy, Joe Biden outlined Wednesday how he would address the conflict unfolding in Syria, calling on the U.S. to lead in brokering peace talks instead of retreating from the region.

Biden painted a stark picture of the consequences of Trump's decision to withdraw American troops ...Read more

Fort Worth mayor describes actions being taken after council meeting on police shooting

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price has outlined a few of the city's plans for police oversight in response to the fatal shooting of a woman inside her home on Saturday.

In a statement Wednesday, Price said she heard from dozens of citizens at Tuesday night's city council meeting. Hundreds of people spilled out of the packed ...Read more

Zion, 8, saw his aunt Atatiana Jefferson get shot. Family is trying to help him cope

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Zion, 8, used to bound into rooms with the madcap enthusiasm of a child, not looking to see who was inside before he would burst through an open doorway.

Since Saturday, however, family members have noticed he's been more restrained around the house, according to their attorney, Lee Merritt. He's approached rooms with more ...Read more

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State Department official says Iran has been transferring missiles to terrorists

WASHINGTON -- The State Department on Wednesday revealed that Iran has been transferring ballistic missiles to regional partners that the United States views as terrorists.

The revelation by the special envoy for Iran policy, Brian Hook, came at the start of a ...Read more

911 recording: Boy found hanging in Pa. home with sister was bullied, 'didn't want to go alone'

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- Minutes after finding her two children hanging from a support beam in the basement of their Albany Township home, Lisa R. Snyder told a 911 dispatcher that her 8-year-old son was bullied and had "made threats of doing this, but didn't want to go alone," a recording of the incident reveals.

A Broadcastify recording of Berks ...Read more

Threatening a mass shooting is a crime in Florida only if it's in writing. But that could soon change

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A deranged person in Florida can tell people of a plan to commit a mass shooting and still not face arrest -- as long as the threat isn't written down.

It's an oddity in state law that a school safety commission and a state legislator say must be changed.

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission, which is ...Read more

California to launch statewide earthquake early warning system

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LOS ANGELES -- California officials will launch the first-ever earthquake early warning app for all of the state's residents Thursday. Authorities will also begin issuing quake early warnings through the Wireless Emergency Alert system, offering text message alerts even for people who have not downloaded the app.

The MyShake app, built by the ...Read more

Trump-Erdogan call led to lengthy quest to avoid Halkbank trial

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump assigned his attorney general and Treasury secretary to deal with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's repeated pleas to avoid charges against one of Turkey's largest banks, according to two people familiar with the matter.

In an April phone call, Trump told Erdogan that William Barr and Steven Mnuchin ...Read more

Hoyer: Democrats not using inherent contempt, hope to conclude impeachment inquiry this year

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WASHINGTON -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer on Wednesday ruled out Democrats using inherent contempt to enforce subpoenas and became the most senior Democrat to say the chamber should wrap up its impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump by the end of 2019.

"We made a judgment that we want the American people to understand that we are...Read more

Britain, EU agree on key Brexit points but deal still elusive

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BRUSSELS -- Britain and the European Union made big strides Wednesday in intense negotiations to secure a Brexit deal, agreeing on almost all major sticking points, according to EU negotiator Michel Barnier. Some complex issues, however, remained unresolved.

It remained unclear late Wednesday whether EU leaders would be able to sign off on a ...Read more

Trump 'meltdown' at White House meeting on Syria sends Democrats storming out

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump found himself increasingly isolated Wednesday as members of his own party decried the withdrawal of U.S. troops from northern Syria -- a move that cleared the way for a Turkish invasion -- and top administration officials set off for an uncertain diplomatic mission to Ankara to negotiate a cease-fire.

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Trump warns Erdogan not to be 'tough guy' or 'fool,' seeks deal

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump wrote a letter to Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan calling on him to "work out a good deal!" and warning him not to be a "tough guy" or "fool."

"History will look upon you favorably if you get this done the right and humane way," according to the Oct. 9 letter, reported earlier by Fox Business Network and...Read more

Terrifying scene plays out as 300 birds ram NASCAR Hall of Fame windows in Charlotte

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- In a bizarre scene straight out of a horror movie, hundreds of birds flew into the NASCAR Hall of Fame Tuesday night in Charlotte and crashed to the sidewalk, Carolina Waterfowl Rescue said.

The nonprofit said it received a call about 11 p.m. from someone reporting birds by the dozens were dying as they dived straight at the ...Read more

Admissions scandal: Mom who rigged son's ACT, lied about his race gets 3 weeks in prison

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LOS ANGELES -- A federal judge handed down a three-week prison sentence for Marjorie Klapper, a white Menlo Park mother whose son applied to college with a fraudulent ACT score and an application that falsely portrayed him as black, Latino and the first in his family to attend college.

To ensure her son got a top score on his ACT exam, Klapper ...Read more

House Republicans aim to force vote on Schiff censure

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Andy Biggs will attempt to force a vote on his resolution to censure House Intelligence Chairman Adam B. Schiff on the House floor this week, having initiated the process Wednesday.

Biggs' censure effort has the backing of House Republican leaders -- an uncommon alliance between the party's establishment and the chairman of ...Read more

Southern California Edison considers power shut-offs ahead of high winds

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LOS ANGELES -- Thousands of Californians could once again be without power in the coming days as Southern California Edison mulls shutting off electricity to customers in an attempt to avoid wildfires sparked by windblown power lines.

Roughly 32,500 customers in six counties, including Inyo, Mono, Kern, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino...Read more

Mark Sanford kicked off his presidential campaign against Donald Trump in Philly. One person showed up

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PHILADELPHIA -- The bell in the Independence Hall tower rang at 9 a.m., and Mark Sanford took a deep breath. He grabbed a giant check for "one trillion dollars," stood next to a tiny wooden lectern, and asked me if I was ready for him to kick off a news conference announcing his bid to challenge President Donald Trump in the 2020 Republican ...Read more