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Forecasters call for more normal, but still active, Atlantic hurricane season

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MIAMI -- The looming Atlantic hurricane season will likely be active but not nearly as punishing as last year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday.

During a briefing for the annual preseason forecast, Assistant Secretary of Commerce Neil Jacobs said the agency expects to see 10 to 18 named storms, five to nine ...Read more

Head of investigative committee says he's talked with FBI about Missouri governor

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The chairman of the Missouri House committee investigating Gov. Eric Greitens said Thursday that he's spoken with the FBI about accusations that the governor's campaign sought contributions from foreign donors.

Republican Rep. Jay Barnes of Jefferson City said he spoke with the FBI earlier this year after the committee ...Read more

Schlitterbahn disputes audit, won't open rides until concerns are 'fully addressed'

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Schlitterbahn on Wednesday called for the Kansas Department of Labor to publicly retract claims that the water park operator violated state regulations while at the same time saying it won't open rides in question until concerns are fully addressed.

The Texas-based company, which has battled a flood of negative publicity in ...Read more

Dead Missouri tornado chaser wants his ashes launched into a twister

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Jim "Mad Dog" Sellars, by his own account, lived quite a life in Springfield, Mo., as an ice cream dipper, butcher, reserve policeman who once protected Elvis Presley, as a telephone lineman, a twice-divorced dad with "exes" he felt lucky to have loved and as a 6-foot-7 power-hitting softball player.

But perhaps most notably, for 30 years, ...Read more

Moderate Republicans pushing for immigration vote give leaders a deadline

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WASHINGTON -- Moderate Republicans are giving their colleagues until June 7 to find a legislative fix for the legal status of people brought to the country illegally as children, or they will try to use a special process to force a vote over the GOP leaders' objections, Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., said Thursday.

Denham, frustrated by the ...Read more

Justice Department holds meetings on Russia probe as Republicans push for classified records

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WASHINGTON -- The Department of Justice will host two unusual meetings for congressional leaders Thursday as Republicans demand classified records involving the use of a confidential FBI informant during the early days of the Russia and investigation.

Law enforcement and intelligence leaders have resisted turning over any documents involving ...Read more

Where violence overshadows the beginning of summer

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CHICAGO -- When 80-degree temperatures roll into Chicago in time for Memorial Day weekend, Solomon Johnson knows just where he'll be: safely inside his centrally cooled Austin home, maybe slipping out for a barbecue dinner at his grandmother's home in a safer neighborhood.

One thing is for sure. He won't be enjoying the outdoors on the ...Read more

Trump pulls out of planned nuclear summit with North Korea

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WASHINGTON -- In a dramatic diplomatic setback, President Donald Trump abruptly pulled out of his scheduled nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jung Un on Thursday with a letter to Kim -- seemingly sent via Twitter -- blaming recent harsh statements from officials in Pyongyang.

The U.S. pullout comes two days after Trump signaled for ...Read more

A day after NC man vanished from Carnival cruise ship, Coast Guard suspends search

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U.S. Coast Guard crews suspended the search for a Greensboro, North Carolina, man who reportedly went overboard on a cruise ship Tuesday off the coast of Florida.

Coast Guard watchstanders received a call about 10 a.m. Tuesday from Carnival Paradise that Brian Lamonds, 50, was missing and had reportedly gone overboard from the cruise ship about...Read more

A yacht, cocaine, prostitutes: Winery partly owned by Rep. Devin Nunes sued after fundraiser event

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In 2015, Alene Anase was asked by her employer Alpha Omega Winery to serve guests as part of a charity cruise on the San Francisco Bay.

But what she expected to be a routine shift serving wine turned into a nightmare, according to court documents.

The guests aboard the yacht that night -- described in her 2016 lawsuit as 25 of the Napa Valley-...Read more

A yacht, cocaine, prostitutes: Winery partly owned by Rep. Devin Nunes sued after fundraiser event

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In 2015, Alene Anase was asked by her employer Alpha Omega Winery to serve guests as part of a charity cruise on the San Francisco Bay.

But what she expected to be a routine shift serving wine turned into a nightmare, according to court documents.

The guests aboard the yacht that night -- described in her 2016 lawsuit as 25 of the Napa Valley-...Read more

One of the officers accused of beating Raleigh man was also involved in a 2016 beating

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Michael George Blake, one of three law enforcement officers accused of beating a Raleigh man last month, was involved in the beating of a motorist two years ago that left the man with head injuries, broken ribs and a collapsed lung.

Blake, 45, a trooper with the North Carolina Highway Patrol, was not criminally charged or ...Read more

Woman arrested in connection with triple homicide in Los Angeles

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LOS ANGELES -- A woman has been arrested in connection with the deaths of an elderly couple and their son whose bodies were found stacked on top of one another in a house in Los Angeles.

Nancy Jackson, 55, was arrested by LAPD South Bureau homicide detectives on Wednesday, hours after she was named a "material witness" in the deaths, according ...Read more

US prepares to take action against Nicaragua if Ortega regime fails to cooperate

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration is crafting a range of options, including potential sanctions, against the government of Nicaragua and President Daniel Ortega if it fails to properly address the concerns of student groups, church leaders and other civic players about increasing violence and political repression.

"We're watching this with...Read more

Trump cancels North Korea summit

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump has written to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to inform him their planned nuclear disarmament summit will not take place on June 12.

Trump pinned his decision on Kim's "tremendous anger and open hostility" in a recent statement, according to a letter released by the White House.

Trump used the letter to ...Read more

On 'Stormy Daniels Day,' West Hollywood honors porn star with key to the city

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- The porn star walked out of the hot-pink sex-toy shop and, enveloped by security guards, waded into a sea of camera operators so thick she could hardly move.

"Stormy, to your left!" they shouted. "Your right! Stormy! Stormy!"

It was Stormy Daniels Day in West Hollywood -- and the adult-film actress had an event with ...Read more

Prenups under attack as tax law boosts cost of alimony payments

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NEW YORK -- President Donald Trump's tax overhaul could wreak havoc on prenuptial agreements across the country -- and maybe even his own.

Prenups often contain provisions about how much a partner would pay in alimony, also known as spousal support. The agreements can be thrown out if judges deem them unfair, signed too quickly or under duress....Read more

Border Patrol agents' seizure of opioids on the rise, McCaskill report says

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WASHINGTON -- United States Border Patrol agents seized more than 3,500 pounds of opioids between 2013 and 2017, mostly near the southern border of the United States, and seizures of fentanyl by this federal agency were up by almost 72 percent in a single year, according to a new report by investigators for Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.

The ...Read more

How America will launch more rockets, and faster

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In the 1960s, a rocket launch was big news all over the world. Sixty years later, it's still a big deal. Sure, SpaceX has leaped forward with reusable vehicles, but the ability to make space travel a reliable, everyday event is still a way off.

The U.S. government and some private companies want to change that. The Pentagon's Defense Advanced ...Read more

How the Supreme Court is invoking a 1925 law to restrict workers' rights today

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WASHINGTON -- In 1925, at the behest of New York merchants, Congress passed the Federal Arbitration Act to uphold as "valid, irrevocable and enforceable" the contracts they had negotiated for shipping and delivering goods. They agreed to settle disputes through private arbitration, which was seen as quicker and cheaper than going to court.

When...Read more