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National security officials brief Congress on protecting elections from Russian cyberattacks

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WASHINGTON -- With political primaries already underway and the November midterm elections fast approaching, top national security officials briefed members of Congress on Tuesday about gaps in election security.

The Trump administration has been under pressure to take stronger steps to deter Russian attempts to meddle in U.S. campaigns. ...Read more

Faculty members call for USC president to step down: 'He has lost the moral authority to lead'

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LOS ANGELES -- Two hundred University of Southern California professors on Tuesday demanded the resignation of university President C. L. Max Nikias, saying he had "lost the moral authority to lead" in the wake of revelations that a campus gynecologist was kept on staff for decades despite repeated complaints of misconduct.

In a letter to USC's...Read more

'Jealous' bloodshed: Woman pregnant with twins is shot on her wedding day, her father is critically injured

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PHILADELPHIA -- It was supposed to be a joyful day for a 23-year-old Southwest Philadelphia woman who got married Sunday and is about five months pregnant with twins.

Instead, she and her 74-year-old father were shot and wounded outside their home after her husband's jealous ex-wife saw her announcement on Facebook that she had just gotten ...Read more

3 ways Nancy Pelosi won't be speaker next year

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WASHINGTON -- Nancy Pelosi is a drug that Republicans just can't quit, and the GOP hopes that the threat of her becoming speaker of the House again will awaken any potentially apathetic base voters. While that might work for Republicans for yet another cycle, it might be the last cycle with their favorite boogeywoman, considering there are at ...Read more

Remains found in Chicago River not human, possibly a beef tongue

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CHICAGO -- An item pulled from the Chicago River this weekend was not a human body part, as police initially thought, but may be a beef tongue, authorities said Monday.

A forensic pathologist at the Cook County medical examiner's office reviewed the item found in 2200 block of West Diversey Avenue in the North Branch of the river and determined...Read more

5 things to watch in Tuesday's primaries

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WASHINGTON -- Voters again head to the polls Tuesday, this time in Texas, Arkansas, Georgia and Kentucky.

Texas held its primaries in March, but more than a few of those contests advanced to runoffs since the winners did not surpass 50 percent of the vote. None has received more attention that the Democratic runoff in the 7th District.

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The death rate from cancer is falling for American men, women and children of all backgrounds

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Cancer is the No. 2 cause of death in the U.S., but a comprehensive new report says that it is affecting -- and killing -- fewer Americans with every passing year.

The gains have been seen in men, women and children, as well as across racial and ethnic groups. However, depending on the type of cancer involved, some Americans benefited more than...Read more

Newspaper sues over Farenthold's new job

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A Texas newspaper filed a lawsuit saying a county agency broke the state's open meetings law when it hired former Rep. Blake Farenthold as a lobbyist.

On Monday, the Victoria Advocate announced it was suing over whether the county ports authority discussed hiring the disgraced former congressman in a closed meeting on May 9.

The notice for the...Read more

Suspect in custody after Baltimore County police officer killed after confrontation

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BALTIMORE -- A Baltimore County police officer was killed in a confrontation Monday as she responded to an afternoon call in Perry Hall, setting off an hours-long manhunt for suspects as police searched densely populated suburban neighborhoods.

On Tuesday morning, the department said a 16-year-old boy was arrested shortly after the ...Read more

Taliban, Islamic State make millions from mining Afghan minerals

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KABUL, Afghanistan -- Rising global demand for cosmetics, marble and stainless steel is helping Taliban and Islamic State militants in Afghanistan fund their increasingly violent insurgencies, according to an investigation by Global Witness.

The militant groups make millions of dollars annually mining talc, chromite and marble in eastern part ...Read more

Maryland police officer killed after confrontation; police searching for multiple suspects

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BALTIMORE -- A Baltimore County police officer was killed in a confrontation Monday as she responded to an afternoon call in Perry Hall, setting off an hours-long manhunt for multiple suspects as police searched densely populated suburban neighborhoods.

The officer's death prompted an outcry throughout Maryland, and the search left nearly 2,000...Read more

Navy's top-dollar stealth fighter may not go the distance

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WASHINGTON -- The Navy's newest fighter jet, the stealthy F-35C, may not have the range it needs to strike enemy targets, the House Armed Services Committee said in a new report, raising troubling questions about whether the multibillion-dollar program is already outpaced by threats.

And critics say the Navy fighter -- part of the Joint Strike ...Read more

Manafort accuses Mueller prosecutors of smearing him with leaks

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NEWARK, N.J. -- Lawyers for Paul Manafort accused prosecutors working with special counsel Robert Mueller of smearing their client through unflattering media accounts that originated with illegal grand jury leaks.

The lawyers on Monday urged U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III to hold a hearing focusing in particular on communications involving ...Read more

Trump retreats from China tariffs amid White House trade discord

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump retreated from imposing tariffs on billions of dollars worth of Chinese goods because of White House discord over trade strategy and concern about harming negotiations with North Korea, according to people briefed on the administration's deliberations.

Trump also succumbed to pressure from farm-state ...Read more

California attorney general appeals judge's decision to overturn physician-assisted suicide law

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LOS ANGELES -- California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Monday filed an appeal against a judge's recent ruling overturning the state's physician-assisted suicide law.

The controversial law, which allows terminally ill patients to request lethal medications from their doctors, has been the subject of litigation since it was enacted two ...Read more

Campaign staff for Archie Parnell quit after candidate's past abuse revelations

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WASHINGTON -- South Carolina Democrat Archie Parnell physically abused his former wife in the 1970s, according to court documents unearthed by his campaign and obtained by The (Charleston) Post and Courier.

Parnell's campaign manager and his finance manager have quit, according to a source close to the campaign.

Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, who ...Read more

Snubbed UK lawmakers send Zuckerberg questions to Brussels

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LONDON -- Facebook Inc. co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, who has so far refused to appear before U.K. lawmakers over the Cambridge Analytica scandal, may indirectly face questions from London on Tuesday after parliamentarians appealed to their counterparts in Brussels for help.

Damian Collins, chairman of the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media...Read more

Nation and world news briefs

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Roger Ailes' estate can't hold up arbitration over sexual harassment claims

Ousted Fox Chairman Roger Ailes' estate can't hold up arbitration over sexual harassment allegations -- at least for now, the New York Daily News has learned.

Ailes and the media giant were sued by ex-Fox News anchor Andrea Tantaros in 2016 in Manhattan Supreme Court ...Read more

Death toll in Cuba plane crash rises to 111, airline suspended

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MEXICO CITY -- The death toll in the crash of a passenger jet in Cuba last week has risen to 111 following the death Monday of one of three survivors in the hospital.

The 23-year-old died of her injuries, her medical team confirmed Monday, according to Cuban state media.

She had suffered severe head trauma and severe neurological damage. ...Read more

Sheriff defends officers' response to Texas school shooting

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SANTA FE, Texas -- Minutes after a school shooter opened fire in an art class last week, killing 10 people and wounding 13, including a local police officer, fellow officers returned fire in a protracted gun battle before isolating the suspect, the local sheriff said Monday.

Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset praised first responders as ...Read more