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US drive to stabilize Afghanistan mostly failed, watchdog says

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WASHINGTON -- Stabilization efforts that have been at the heart of military and foreign policy in Afghanistan since the U.S. invaded in 2001 have largely failed, according to a report by a government watchdog.

Projects were poorly planned or mismanaged, fostering widespread distrust by Afghan civilians, the report issued Thursday by the Special...Read more

White House gift shop puts North Korea summit coin on clearance

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When plans for the North Korea summit were still on, the White House Gift Shop made sure to include a commemorative North Korean summit coin on the shelves.

But the moment President Donald Trump canceled that summit, the gift shop was eager to put them on clearance, reported the Daily Beast.

The item -- listed as the "Deal of the Day" -- seems...Read more

Asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs also shaped the evolution of birds

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Scientists studying plant life around the extinction event that killed the dinosaurs have made a surprising discovery: Out of all the birds living at the time, only the ground-dwelling species survived.

The finding, described in the journal Current Biology, reveals how the avian winners and losers in the wake of the Cretaceous-Paleogene ...Read more

Billionaire Koch brothers attack both sides in Texas Senate race

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WASHINGTON -- Groups affiliated with the billionaire Koch brothers --better known for their history of bankrolling Republican candidates -- are taking the unusual step of knocking both of Texas's Senate hopefuls in ads launched this week.

The LIBRE Initiative, a Koch-backed group aimed at engaging Latino voters, launched mail ads Thursday ...Read more

4 students charged after swastikas, racial graffiti found at Maryland high school

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BALTIMORE -- Four Glenelg High School students have been charged with hate crimes after swastikas and racial epithets, including one that police said targeted the central Howard County school's African-American principal, were found painted on campus sidewalks, outside walls and parking lot at dawn.

Howard County Police said they used video ...Read more

Quest for affordable housing drives people away from the coasts, new figures show

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WASHINGTON -- The high cost of housing seemed to sap Americans' taste for coastal cities last year as cities in Texas and Arizona gained more population than New York City or Los Angeles for the first time in a decade, according to census population estimates released Thursday.

"What started as a promising decade for big cities is starting to ...Read more

A relaxed Brownback settles into new DC job, far from Kansas political fray

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WASHINGTON -- When Sam Brownback left the Kansas governor's mansion in January, he left behind dismal approval ratings, the ire of his fellow Republicans and a hefty order for more school funding from the Kansas Supreme Court.

Fast forward five months, and a visibly relaxed Brownback was back in his element: making jokey sports analogies, ...Read more

Lawyer: Accused al-Qaida commander undergoes fifth emergency spine surgery at Guantanamo

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A Guantanamo detainee awaiting a war-crimes trial as an alleged al-Qaida commander in post 9/11 Afghanistan has undergone his fifth emergency spine surgery at the U.S. Navy base in southeast Cuba, his lawyer said Thursday.

The military declined to discuss the condition of the prisoner known as Abd al Hadi al-Iraqi, citing "patient ...Read more

Pfizer settles kickback case related to copay assistance for $24M

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Pfizer will pay the government nearly $24 million as part of a settlement to resolve allegations that it funneled money through a foundation resulting in illegal kickbacks.

The company is not admitting wrongdoing or liability as part of its settlement with the Department of Justice. According to the settlement agreement, from 2012 through 2016,...Read more

Fort Worth trustee to DeVos: 'We educate our kids, we don't report them'

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Educating undocumented students is part of an overarching theme in Fort Worth schools -- all children are welcome to learn.

That's why Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' recent comments, stating that local communities and schools should decide whether to call federal authorities on students lacking immigration status, were ...Read more

Canceling summit gives Trump an exit from an increasingly risky meeting, analysts say

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WASHINGTON -- As recently as Wednesday afternoon, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted that "all across the administration" preparations were steaming along for a historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Less than 24 hours later, Trump abruptly canceled the meeting, citing the "tremendous anger and ...Read more

Trump's breakup letter with Kim Jong Un leaves experts puzzled

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Dear Kim Jong Un: It's just not working out between us. Sorry. Hope we don't have to nuke you. Please call.

On Thursday morning, President Donald Trump canceled his upcoming peace summit in Singapore with North Korea's leader with an open letter that veered between sentimentality and threats of nuclear war, leaving experts to puzzle over what ...Read more

California's health insurance marketplace says 'time's up' for hospitals to meet safety and quality targets

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Covered California, the state's health insurance marketplace under the Affordable Care Act, has devised what could be a powerful new way to hold hospitals accountable for the quality of their care. Starting in less than two years, if the hospitals haven't met targets for safety and quality, they'll risk being excluded from the "in-network" ...Read more

World leaders confused, 'disappointed' after Trump cancels summit

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President Donald Trump's cancellation of a June 12 meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un has left many international leaders confused as they attempt to understand what comes next in discussions about nuclear disarmament.

In South Korea, President Moon Jae-in said Trump's "very regrettable" announcement was perplexing.

"We are trying to grasp...Read more

5 takeaways from Trump's decision to cancel talks with Kim Jong Un

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Thursday canceled his June 12 meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but he signaled that the two could still meet.

"If and when Kim Jong Un chooses to engage in constructive dialogue and actions," Trump said, "I am waiting."

Here are five key takeaways from Thursday's decision:

-- DECIDE IN ...Read more

Senate passes bill to address sexual harassment on Capitol Hill

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WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Thursday passed a bill by voice vote that would crack down on sexual harassment on Capitol Hill and update the onerous process for employees to report harassment and discrimination.

The overhaul measure was quickly brought to the floor, after being released Wednesday with the backing of the Senate's Republican and ...Read more

5 takeaways from Trump's decision to cancel talks with Kim Jong Un

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Thursday canceled his June 12 meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but he signaled that the two could still meet.

"If and when Kim Jong Un chooses to engage in constructive dialogue and actions," Trump said, "I am waiting."

Here are five key takeaways from Thursday's decision:

-- DECIDE IN ...Read more

Stalls, stops and breakdowns: Problems plague push for electric buses

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LOS ANGELES -- When Chinese battery maker BYD Ltd. approached Southern California officials in 2008 touting ambitious plans to build electric cars, local politicians jumped at the promise of thousands of jobs and cleaner air.

In the nine years since, agencies have awarded BYD grants, subsidies and public contracts worth more than $330 million ...Read more

'I wasn't going to let him get away,' says Illinois cop who confronted suspect in high school shooting

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The police officer credited with preventing what could have become a major tragedy when he chased down and shot a gunman at Dixon High School in Dixon, Ill., last week said instinct and training were what sustained him through the ordeal.

"When you're put in that stress, I guess the training makes such a difference that you revert back to it ...Read more

House committee chairman says he spoke with FBI about Missouri governor

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The chairman of a Missouri House committee investigating Gov. Eric Greitens said Thursday that he had spoken with the FBI regarding Greitens' campaign activities.

Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, said that when Michael Hafner, a former Greitens campaign staffer, testified to the committee earlier this year that the ...Read more