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Nursing home disaster plans often faulted as 'paper tigers'

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It does not take a hurricane to put nursing home residents at risk when disaster strikes.

Around the country, facilities have been caught unprepared for far more mundane emergencies than the hurricanes that recently struck Florida and Houston, according to an examination of federal inspection records. Those homes rarely face severe reprimands, ...Read more

Instagram post of guns lets LAPD track down gangster on Texas' most wanted list

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LOS ANGELES -- One of Texas' 10 most wanted criminal suspects was taken into custody by Los Angeles police early Tuesday after he displayed video of an arsenal of weapons on Instagram that authorities used to track him to Woodlands Hills.

Christopher Ricardo Gonzalez, 18, a Texas gang member with a lengthy history of violent robberies, home ...Read more

Space Corps proposal has military brass going orbital

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WASHINGTON -- It was, to be sure, a bold and audacious move from a relatively unknown member of Congress, who moved forward despite fervent objections from both the Defense Department and the White House and not so much as a full committee hearing or debate.

Alabama Republican Mike D. Rogers nevertheless used his perch atop a House Armed ...Read more

Judges smack down Dylann Roof's racist request to fire his Jewish, Indian attorneys

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RICHMOND, Va. -- The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals took just one day -- and one sentence -- to deny convicted white supremacist Dylann Roof's request to fire his court-appointed lawyers, one of whom is Jewish and the other of whom is Indian.

"The court denies the motion for substitution of counsel on appeal," said the order, filed Tuesday by 4th...Read more

Man who killed Fox executive having an affair with his wife gets 11 years in prison

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LOS ANGELES -- A convicted drug dealer was sentenced Tuesday to 11 years in prison for his role in the 2012 slaying of a 20th Century Fox executive whose decomposed body was found in the desert more than two years after he disappeared.

Before handing down the sentence, L.A. County Superior Court Judge Stephen A. Marcus spoke directly to John ...Read more

Moore campaign removes endorsement from deceased conservative leader

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Former state supreme court justice Roy Moore is racking up endorsements from inside Alabama and around the country for his challenge to GOP Sen. Luther Strange, but one in particular stood out: renowned -- and deceased -- conservative leader Phyllis Schlafly.

Schlafly died Sept. 5, 2016, at the age of 92, two months before Donald Trump won the ...Read more

Trump's ambassador pick says Russia meddled in the US election

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's nominee to be ambassador to Russia was unequivocal Tuesday in calling out the federation's interference in the 2016 election in the United States.

"There is no question -- underline no question -- that the Russian government interfered in the U.S. election last year, and Moscow continues to meddle in the ...Read more

Hurricane Maria tears through the eastern Caribbean toward Puerto Rico

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Hurricane Maria was churning towards Puerto Rico Tuesday after devastating the Caribbean island of Dominica overnight, on track to hit several islands in between still reeling from Hurricane Irma's damage earlier this month.

Maria made landfall in Dominica with 160 mph winds that stripped roofs, including the prime ...Read more

3.6 magnitude earthquake strikes near Westwood, Calif.

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LOS ANGELES -- A magnitude 3.6 earthquake was felt in Los Angeles on Monday night, particularly on the Westside and in the San Fernando Valley.

The epicenter of the earthquake, which struck at 11:20 p.m., was just west of the Sepulveda Pass section of the 405 Freeway in the Santa Monica Mountains.

The U.S. Geological Survey's ShakeMap said ...Read more

Three arrested in violent Georgia Tech protests after police shoot student

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ATLANTA -- Anger over the police shooting of a Pride Alliance leader at Georgia Tech turned violent Monday night, as protesters who had attended a vigil on the campus set a police car ablaze.

Two police officers received minor injuries, Tech spokesman Lance Wallace said. One was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, treated and released, he said.

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Hurricane Maria heading toward Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico as Category 5

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MIAMI -- Hurricane Maria continued on its track toward the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Tuesday morning, hours after leaving behind a scene of devastation in Dominica where it ripped off rooftops on the small Caribbean island overnight.

The Category 5 storm is expected to continue fluctuating in strength as it moves over the northeast ...Read more

As Rohingya Muslims flee Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi says: 'We want to find out why this exodus is happening'

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MUMBAI, India -- Under mounting pressure to address Myanmar's bloody military crackdown against Rohingya Muslims, Aung San Suu Kyi said Tuesday that her government was "working to restore the situation to normalcy" but declined to accept responsibility for what a top United Nations official has called ethnic cleansing.

"We want to find out why ...Read more

Record gains by Latinos in Congress contradict narrative

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's victory last year was widely understood to challenge predictions of a coming surge in Democratic-leaning Latino voters that would forever alter the American electorate.

But with National Hispanic Heritage Month underway, some Latino political leaders are pointing to Congress to argue that Trump's win was ...Read more

Leaf blowers flagged as polluters, possible health threat

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Five years after starting his first job with a landscaping crew in the suburbs of Seattle, Fredi Dubon decided he had enough and quit. The workdays were long, sometimes 12 hours, but a bigger problem was having to inhale exhaust from his gas-powered leaf blower.

The fumes tended to be harshest in the cool mornings or when he ran his machine in ...Read more

Is Kobach a private citizen on Trump commission? Question will test Kansas transparency law

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's use of private email for a presidential commission could bring him into conflict with a 1-year-old state law meant to increase government transparency.

Kobach, a candidate for Kansas governor, told ProPublica last week that he was serving on President Donald Trump's voting fraud ...Read more

Western cities try to stop hungry bears from causing havoc

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BOULDER, Colo. -- On a recent morning that was chilly with the first nip of fall, Brenda Lee went looking for knocked-over trash cans. She drove her car slowly through alleyways on the west side of this Colorado city, close to where streets end and the Rocky Mountains begin. The damage wasn't hard to find.

On every block, it seemed, at least ...Read more

White supremacists' use of Pepe the Frog fought by its creator

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WASHINGTON -- The creator of Pepe the Frog is getting more aggressive in his legal campaign against websites, books and phone apps that he says use the fun-loving cartoon figure to espouse hate.

Lawyers for artist Matt Furie are demanding that websites, including one created by white supremacist Richard Spencer, stop using images or selling ...Read more

Nikki Haley, usually a UN star, steps aside this week to Trump

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NEW YORK -- The United Nations headquarters in New York City has unquestionably been Nikki Haley's domain -- except for this week, when the United States' U.N. ambassador must blend into the background.

Haley's ability to play a supporting role will be tested this week as President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence attend the U.N. ...Read more

Gov. Scott Walker signs $3 billion Wisconsin Foxconn bill and promises spring groundbreaking

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STURTEVANT, Wis. -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Monday approved up to $3 billion in subsidies for a flat screen plant, binding the state's economic hopes and his own political future to the investment proposed by an Asian electronics giant.

The signing of the legislation clears the way for the Walker administration and Foxconn Technology Group ...Read more

Suu Kyi says Myanmar ready to bring back refugees from Bangladesh

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YANGON, Myanmar -- Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday said her government was ready to start the verification process to bring back any refugees who wish to return to Myanmar from Bangladesh after fleeing recent violence.

"We are prepared to start the verification process at any time," Suu Kyi told diplomats gathered in the ...Read more