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Woman barges into Kardashians' boutique with gun, returns later with 14-inch machete

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LOS ANGELES -- A woman barged into the Kardashians' clothing boutique in West Hollywood on Thursday, pulling out a revolver and pointing it at the sales staff before returning later with a machete.

About 11:30 a.m., the woman entered Dash, pointed a handgun at an employee and shouted, "Stay away from Cuba," according to the Los Angeles County ...Read more

Ex-Lindenwood wrestler gets 10 years in HIV transmission case after plea deal

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ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- The case of a former Lindenwood University wrestler charged with infecting a sex partner with HIV was resolved with a plea deal Thursday after four years.

The case at times drew national media attention because of controversy over the laws and punishments for exposing others to HIV.

Michael L. Johnson, 25, was sentenced to ...Read more

Billy Joel takes to the stage in St. Louis as protesters march in street

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ST. LOUIS -- Billy Joel managed to do on Thursday night what protests had prevented U2 and Ed Sheeran from doing earlier in the week: perform in concert in St. Louis.

Despite hundreds of demonstrators marching outside, the performer known as The Piano Man took to the stage at Busch Stadium as scheduled at 8 p.m. to deliver hit after hit in ...Read more

Trump urges help for Myanmar's Rohingya amid violent crackdown

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NEW YORK -- U.S. President Donald Trump has asked his national security advisers to find ways to help end violence that's driven hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh, according to United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley.

"The president is very concerned about Burma," Haley told reporters in New York on ...Read more

North Korean minister says nation could test hydrogen bomb in Pacific

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SEOUL, South Korea -- Pyongyang's foreign minister said North Korea could test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean, following Kim Jong Un's warning that his country was considering "highest level" actions against the United States, local media report.

"It could be the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific," Ri Yong Ho told ...Read more

Pro-Trump activists vent over president's Alabama endorsement

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Donald Trump is getting bad advice. He's being misled. The D.C. "swamp" is threatening his agenda.

A sampling of the president's most ardent supporters gathered Thursday in a sweltering train shed to puzzle--and vent--over Trump's decision to back Sen. Luther Strange in the Republican Senate runoff here in Alabama, a race ...Read more

Florida hides details in nursing home inspection reports, but federal agencies don't

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott widened his offensive Thursday against the Broward County nursing home he blames for the deaths of 10 residents by setting up a tip line for information, but when it comes to access to the inspection reports of all nursing homes, the governor's administration has heavily censored what the public can ...Read more

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Trump's travel ban expires Sunday, and a new one may be coming

WASHINGTON -- Days before the expiration of President Donald Trump's much-contested travel ban, the White House is reviewing a security report that aides say could serve as the basis of a new, and perhaps broader, version.

The classified report by the Department of Homeland ...Read more

Frida the search dog gets her star moment

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MEXICO CITY -- One of Mexico's most beloved rescuers wears wide protective goggles, a harness and two pairs of boots.

Frida is the star of the Mexican navy's Canine Unit. Throughout her career, the 7-year-old Labrador has detected 52 people -- 12 alive -- in various natural disasters.

She detected the body of a police officer in Juchitan after...Read more

Ugandan president wants to hold the office for life, sparking protests in the streets

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KAMPALA, Uganda -- After more than 31 years in power, 73-year-old Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is carefully planning for the 2021 elections, determined to run for office again.

It needs a deft manipulation: a change in the Constitution to remove the 75-year age limit for presidential candidates, but he's done that before. In 2005, Museveni...Read more

Everyday Mexicans relying on themselves for earthquake rescue

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MEXICO CITY -- In the moments after the earthquake, they didn't cower, they mobilized.

By the tens of thousands, volunteers streamed toward the Mexico City neighborhoods most damaged by Tuesday's violent temblor. Some carried shovels, others hauled donations of food and water. Many simply offered up two good hands.

They weren't public ...Read more

Johnson C. Smith president not happy with Trump's initiative on black schools

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WASHINGTON -- Ronald Carter, president of Johnson C. Smith University, said he's seen just what he expected to see so far from President Donald Trump's initiative on historically black colleges and universities -- nothing.

"There's a statement attributed to a French philosopher who said that 'The eyes cannot see what the mind doesn't comprehend...Read more

As flooding continues across Puerto Rico, San Juan begins to pick up after Hurricane Maria

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Left to fend for themselves a day after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico and forced them into a primitive existence, San Juaneros took to the streets Thursday to do what they say Caribbean people do best: Figure it out.

No electricity? A mustachioed man in a white undershirt played traffic cop at a Santurce ...Read more

10th person dies in Hollywood, Fla., nursing home tragedy

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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- A 10th nursing home patient died Wednesday, a week after the tragedy at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills began to unfold.

Martha Murray, 94, was the latest victim of the sweltering temperatures in a building that lost power after Hurricane Irma swept through the state. According to Broward Medical Examiner Dr. ...Read more

Trump's travel ban expires Sunday, and a new one may be coming

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WASHINGTON -- Days before the expiration of President Donald Trump's much-contested travel ban, the White House is reviewing a security report that aides say could serve as the basis of a new, and perhaps broader, version.

The classified report by the Department of Homeland Security, sent to the White House last week, is a study of the ...Read more

Facebook agrees to give Congress Russian ads and pledges to dig further

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WASHINGTON -- Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg bowed to mounting public pressure Thursday and announced that the social media giant would turn over to congressional investigators about 3,000 ads purchased during the 2016 presidential campaign by a mystery-shrouded Russian company with links to the Kremlin.

Zuckerberg also announced that...Read more

Multiple pilot failures deemed cause of Pence's LaGuardia skid

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WASHINGTON -- A series of errors by the pilots of the plane carrying then vice presidential candidate Mike Pence sent it skidding off a runway in New York in October, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a final report establishing probable cause of the accident.

The safety investigator said the first officer, who landed the Eastern...Read more

10th resident from sweltering Florida nursing home dies

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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- A 10th person from the Hollywood nursing home that turned into a deadly hothouse when its air conditioning lost power after Hurricane Irma has died, police said.

Hollywood police said Martha Murray, 94, died Wednesday. She joined nine others, including 93-year-old Carlos Canal, another several-days-later victim, who fell ill ...Read more

Trump praises Erdogan for 'high marks' amid crackdown concerns

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump heaped praise on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Thursday, comments that came amid international condemnation of Erdogan's crackdown on political dissent and just months after Turkish security officials beat up protesters during a visit to the U.S.

Trump said it was "a great honor" to host Erdogan ...Read more

Trump wants to eliminate federal program that oversees long-term hurricane relief

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WASHINGTON -- The federal agency tasked with managing billions in long-term hurricane relief money is on the Trump administration's chopping block.

In May, President Donald Trump announced that he wanted to cut the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Block Grant Program, which administers about $3 billion a year to local ...Read more