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HUD's Ben Carson denies trying to mislead public in furniture furor

WASHINGTON -- Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said he wasn't trying to mislead the public when an agency spokesman initially denied that he and his family were involved in a controversial decision to buy a $31,000 dining room set for his office.

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Dozing deputy suspended at school. He was part of beefed-up security after shooting

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MIAMI -- A Broward Sheriff's deputy assigned to protect the very building on the Parkland campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where 17 people were shot and killed last month was suspended Tuesday for taking a nap in his patrol car.

The Broward Sheriff's Office said Moises Carotti has been suspended with pay at least until an internal...Read more

'Innovative' FIU bridge was a modern take on an old design; and vulnerable to failure

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MIAMI--The Florida International University pedestrian overpass that collapsed catastrophically during construction last week was advertised as a "cable-stayed" bridge, but it actually wasn't: Instead, it was a modern take on an old bridge design that experts say is vulnerable to failure when a single structural piece is damaged.

And now ...Read more

HUD's Ben Carson denies trying to mislead public in furniture furor

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WASHINGTON -- Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said he wasn't trying to mislead the public when an agency spokesman initially denied that he and his family were involved in a controversial decision to buy a $31,000 dining room set for his office.

Carson addressed the furor Tuesday during a House Appropriations subcommittee ...Read more

Cambridge Analytica's board suspends CEO Nix, pending inquiry

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Cambridge Analytica's board said it suspended Chief Executive Officer Alexander Nix, effective immediately, while an independent investigation is conducted.

"Mr. Nix's recent comments secretly recorded by Channel 4 and other allegations do not represent the values or operations of the firm and his suspension reflects the ...Read more

Trump meets with Saudi Crown Prince 'MBS' to push arms deals and challenge to Iran

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Tuesday promised the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, to help push through long-stalled arms deals for the desert kingdom, saying the transactions would bring billions of dollars in investment and new jobs to the United States.

Trump gave an effusive welcome to the young prince on his ...Read more

'Soul mates' killed in FIU collapse will be buried together. Joint lawsuit to follow

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MIAMI -- An attorney representing the families of two Cuban businessmen and life partners killed last week in a bridge collapse near Florida International University said Tuesday she would be filing a wrongful death lawsuit on their behalf.

Alberto Arias, 53, and Osvaldo Gonzalez, 57, were pulled from beneath nearly 1,000 tons of concrete and ...Read more

Greitens claims grand jury heard no evidence he committed felony

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ST. LOUIS -- Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' defense team claims in a new filing that the grand jury that indicted him for felony invasion of privacy was presented no evidence that the governor transmitted a compromising photo of his lover.

Transmission is a key element of the indictment because that makes the crime a felony instead of a ...Read more

US election systems need stronger defenses against cyberattacks, senators warn

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WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of senators Tuesday said the nation's election systems, targeted by Russian intelligence operatives in 2016, are badly in need of federal funds and expertise to prevent cyberattacks that could impede or distort future elections.

The Senate Intelligence Committee, as part of its investigation into Russian efforts...Read more

Research misconduct allegations shadow likely CDC appointee

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WASHINGTON -- A more than 20-year-old controversy over shoddy HIV research is re-emerging as a significant criticism of President Donald Trump's likely pick to lead the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Army in 1994 acknowledged accuracy issues with HIV vaccine research led by Dr. Robert Redfield, who is expected to head the CDC, ...Read more

Two Douglas students arrested for taking knives to school; another made threats, BSO says

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MIAMI--Two Marjory Stoneman Douglas students were arrested Tuesday after being found with knives in separate incidents, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.

A third student was charged with a misdemeanor after detectives say he made a threat on social media.

One student pulled a knife out of her bra after a lunchtime confrontation, ...Read more

It works for Fox anchors, why not them? Republican leaders talk to Trump through the television cameras

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WASHINGTON -- Trying to persuade President Donald Trump to back down from his increasingly public battle with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, Republican leaders turned Tuesday to the approach that has worked for Fox network personalities: They talked to him through the television screen.

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan and Senate Majority ...Read more

With Xi in office for the long haul, China touts its stability

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BEIJING -- President Xi Jinping offered an assertive vision Tuesday of a proud and capable China, culminating an unusual legislative session that endowed him with indefinite power and sparked rare public dissent -- including one extremely famous eye roll.

"Today, the creative spirit of the Chinese people is being realized in an unprecedented ...Read more

LAPD to reverse policy and make body camera, patrol car videos public

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Police Department's yearslong practice of keeping video from body cameras and patrol cars under wraps will soon end after the agency's civilian bosses approved a policy Tuesday that requires the release of recordings in the future.

The 4-0 vote by the Police Commission marks a dramatic about-face for a department ...Read more

TSA denies accessing data on electronic devices carried by domestic airline passengers

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The Transportation Security Administration said Tuesday that its airport security agents do not scan or review the data held on electronic devices carried by passengers on domestic flights.

The statement came in a letter to the American Civil Liberties Union chapter in San Francisco, which filed a lawsuit last week demanding that the TSA ...Read more

Minneapolis officer is charged with murder, manslaughter in shooting of Justine Damond

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor was charged Tuesday with murder and manslaughter in the July shooting death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond.

Noor is charged with third-degree murder "perpetrating eminently dangerous act and evincing depraved mind" and second-degree manslaughter, "culpable negligence creating unreasonable risk"...Read more

McCain blisters Trump for congratulatory call to Putin

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. John McCain blasted President Donald Trump for his call earlier Tuesday congratulating President Vladimir Putin on his re-election, saying Trump had "insulted every Russian citizen who was denied the right to vote in a free and fair election."

McCain, the Republican senator who is undergoing treatment for brain cancer yet ...Read more

Oceans on ancient Mars may have got an assist from volcanoes

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The oceans that once covered Mars may have formed somewhere around 3.7 billion years ago, even earlier than previously thought, according to scientists at the University of California, Berkeley.

The findings, published in the journal Nature, highlight a potential link between the birth of Martian oceans and the rise and fall of its volcanic ...Read more

Democratic, Republican voter bases are more different than ever, study finds

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WASHINGTON -- Drop into a political gathering almost anywhere in America, and you can usually name the party just by looking: Democrats increasingly reflect the racially mixed demographics of the nation's cities; Republicans remain overwhelmingly white, older and more rural.

That hasn't always been true -- a generation ago, the voters ...Read more

Tensions grow as another package bomb believed bound for Austin explodes at FedEx facility

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Tensions increased in central Texas overnight after the latest in a series of explosions that are being investigated as the work of a serial bomber.

A package believed to be bound for Austin exploded at a FedEx facility near San Antonio early Tuesday, authorities said, the fifth in a series of explosions this month surrounding ...Read more