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Bloomberg drops $124 million in Super Tuesday states. Rivals go on the attack

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DENVER -- Democratic presidential candidate Michael R. Bloomberg has spent more than $124 million on advertising in the 14 Super Tuesday states, well over 10 times what his top rivals have put into the contests that yield the biggest trove of delegates in a single day.

The only other candidate to advertise across most of those states so far is ...Read more

US-Taliban peace deal to be signed end of February, militant group says

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KABUL, Afghanistan -- The U.S. and Taliban will sign a peace deal at the end of February, more than a year after negotiations started, paving the way for broader talks between the Afghan government and the militant group on the country's post-war future.

The peace agreement will be signed during a ceremony in Doha, Qatar, where the Taliban has ...Read more

Georgia city sues drug company over medicine that went from $40 to $39,000

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ATLANTA -- The city of Marietta, Ga., has filed a class action lawsuit against a drug company after the price of a decades-old medicine went from $40 a vial to more than $39,000.

The city, which covers health care costs for employees and their families, says it has already spent more than $2 million on the drug for a single patient.

Stacie ...Read more

Black student said white peer played whip-cracking sound on phone

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ATLANTA -- A black Cobb County, Ga., student who said another teenager at her school used an app on his cell phone to play the sound of a cracking whip wants the district to listen to the concerns of minorities on matters of racism.

Ivy Williams, 16, a junior at Walton High School, told Cobb County School Board members Thursday about the ...Read more

Attorney seeks justice for Marine confined more than two years without trial or charges

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SAN DIEGO -- A Marine recruit arrested for allegedly striking a drill instructor at the service's San Diego boot camp has spent most of the last two years in the brig and is now confined to a federal prison hospital.

He has not had a trial, nor has he been charged with a crime, according to the Marine Corps and the man's attorney.

Jay-Ar Ruiz'...Read more

Bloomberg hopes strong record on guns will resonate with Connecticut primary voters

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- In Connecticut, where gun violence prevention has been a major issue since the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's strong record on the issue will likely resonate with a wide swath of voters in the April Democratic presidential primary.

"What (Bloomberg) has done is not ...Read more

New bullet train plan paints optimistic picture, but opposition continues to grow

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Every other year, the California bullet train authority issues a business plan to support its cause, and this year's 168-page document came out this month with words that are obvious by now:

"Building the nation's first truly high-speed rail system is certainly not easy," Chief Executive Brian Kelly said in the first sentence of the report.

...Read more

Family therapist Amie Harwick killed in Hollywood Hills, police say

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LOS ANGELES -- Amie Harwick, a well-known family therapist, was killed Saturday at her Hollywood Hills home by a former boyfriend, authorities said.

The Los Angeles Police Department on Saturday afternoon arrested Gareth Pursehouse, 41, of Los Angeles' Playa del Rey section, for murder in connection with Harwick's death, according to a release ...Read more

Democratic candidates ramp up efforts in Nevada as early voting begins

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LAS VEGAS -- The Democratic presidential campaign turned west this weekend, with candidates barnstorming Nevada in the leadup to the state's caucuses on Saturday.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, her voice hoarse from a cold, spoke about the pain of the housing market crash in Las Vegas. Former Vice President Joe Biden, growing emotional as...Read more

Trump calls on Russia to stop supporting 'atrocities' in Syria

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump has called on Russia to stop its support for what he called the Syrian government's "atrocities" in the country's conflict.

In a statement released by the White House on Sunday, Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere said that Trump, in a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, "conveyed the ...Read more

Infrastructure week hits the presidential campaign trail

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LAS VEGAS -- For at least a few hours, it was infrastructure week on the presidential campaign trail Sunday.

Predictably, former Vice President Joe Biden was entirely in his element as the kickoff speaker. "Amtrak Joe" got to talk about his interest in upgrading key rail infrastructure corridors.

"If you straighten out those three curves, you ...Read more

Libya weapons embargo has become a 'joke,' top UN official says

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MUNICH/CAIRO -- A senior United Nations official said the arms embargo on Libya is a "joke," as governments called for accelerated talks on a permanent cease-fire in the North African state.

Officials gathered in Munich Sunday expressed concern about "the deplorable recent violations" of the weapons embargo, while also reaffirming the ...Read more

Work temporarily halted at new German Tesla site after court order

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POTSDAM, Germany -- Efforts by electric car manufacturer Tesla to raze a large forest in Germany to make way for a planned factory were brought to a sudden halt over the weekend by a court order following a complaint by environmentalists.

Felling machines had begun an operation to clear 92 hectares (about 2.5 acres) of mostly pine forest in ...Read more

Cab driver saves 92-year-old woman from $25,000 scam, police say

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LOS ANGELES -- Police in Northern California are crediting a cab driver with helping save a 92-year-old woman from becoming the victim of a scam that would have cost her tens of thousands of dollars.

The woman had called Raj Singh, who owns Roseville Cab, to pick her up from her home in Sun City and drive her to the bank, Roseville police said ...Read more

California to apologize officially for historical mistreatment of Japanese Americans

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LOS ANGELES -- For decades, Japanese American activists have marked Feb. 19 as a day to reflect on one of the darkest chapters in this nation's history.

On that date in 1942, during World War II, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt authorized the forced removal of over 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent from their homes and businesses.

On ...Read more

Buttigieg says he won't be lectured on morality by Rush Limbaugh

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Openly gay Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg pushed back Sunday against recent comments from conservative radio personalities as he rises to become a 2020 front-runner.

Rush Limbaugh this week mused on his nationally syndicated broadcast about Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., as a "gay guy kissing his husband on ...Read more

Coronavirus cruise ship passengers head to California military base for quarantine

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LOS ANGELES -- American passengers evacuated from a cruise ship in which 355 people have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus were expected to be flown on a chartered flight to a California military base on Sunday.

The State Department chartered flights to transport U.S. citizens from the Diamond Princess, which has been docked off Yokohama ...Read more

Biden vows to emulate Bill Clinton with comeback primary wins

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WASHINGTON -- Joe Biden brushed off weak showings in the first two 2020 Democratic nominating contests and vowed to be the party's presumptive front-runner by the end of March.

"Bill Clinton lost his first eight, 10, 12 primaries and caucuses before he won one," Biden said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." "We're just getting to the meat of ...Read more

Klobuchar says she's raised $12 million online since N.H. debate

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WASHINGTON -- Amy Klobuchar said her campaign has raised more than $12 million online since the New Hampshire Democratic debate on Feb. 7, helping to scale up her 2020 presidential effort heading into Super Tuesday.

With the nomination contest moving to Nevada and then South Carolina in the next two weeks, the Minnesota senator is trying to ...Read more

One dead, four others injured in early morning shooting in Conn. nightclub

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Police say five people were shot, one fatally, in a Hartford nightclub early Sunday morning.

A 28-year-old man was killed, officers said, and two other victims -- one man and one woman -- were still in surgery as of 7:30 a.m. The two other victims are in stable condition, police said.

Hartford police spokesperson Lt. Paul ...Read more