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Guantanamo prisoner, accused of being a 9/11 planner, held in isolation

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Ramzi bin al Shibh, the alleged deputy plotter of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, is being held in an isolation cell with only a prayer rug and Quran -- no bed, no running water, and access to legal material for only an hour a day -- as punishment for protesting conditions in his Guantanamo confinement, his attorney said Saturday.

Bin al ...Read more

Barbara Bush remembered at funeral for her grit, grace and humor

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas –– Barbara Pierce Bush was remembered Saturday for the strength of character and wit that made her one of the most popular first ladies in U.S. history, as she was laid to rest by the political clan she built, including the husband and son she helped reach the presidency.

"She was our teacher and role model on how ...Read more

Investigators enter Syria's Douma, 11 days after suspected chemical weapons attack killed dozens

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BEIRUT –– Almost two weeks after a suspected chemical weapons attack killed almost 40 people in Syria, a team of experts arrived Saturday at one of the sites of the alleged attack in the city of Douma.

"Early on April 21, a special OPCW (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) mission for finding traces of chemical weapons ...Read more

Stormy Daniels' former lawyer cooperates in Michael Cohen investigation

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NEW YORK –– The former attorney for two women who claim they were paid to keep quiet about having sex with Donald Trump before he was elected president is cooperating with a criminal investigation of Trump's lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen.

Keith Davidson, who represented porn actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, ...Read more

Temple suspends fraternity while police investigate allegations of sexual assault at parties

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PHILADELPHIA -- Temple University has suspended one of its fraternities as Philadelphia and campus police investigate at least two sexual assaults at fraternity parties.

Temple police said they had received "multiple credible reports" of alleged crimes at Alpha Epsilon Pi's house. The allegations include sexual assault, underage drinking, and ...Read more

Kim shifts focus to economy as North Korea ditches nuclear tests

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SEOUL, South Korea –– Kim Jong Un's suspension of North Korean nuclear tests has strings attached.

The leader's statement at a ruling party meeting Friday includes a pledge to seek a "favorable" international environment for economic development so that he can put the economy "on an upward spiral track."

That builds on his 2012 vow to ...Read more

UAW wins representation election among Harvard graduate students

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After a high-profile battle at one of the nation's most prestigious universities, Harvard student workers have elected to join the United Auto Workers with 56 percent in favor of organizing.

The National Labor Relations Board reported a vote of 1,931-1,523 in favor of joining the Harvard Graduate Students Union-United Auto Workers, ending a ...Read more

San Diego alarmed by botulism cases among heroin users

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SAN DIEGO -- A death and six cases in only one month have San Diego County's public health department sounding an alarm about wound botulism among the region's black tar heroin users.

According to the county Health and Human Services Agency, a 67-year-old man died recently despite being treated with antitoxin after he was hospitalized with ...Read more

Democratic primary fights drain coffers as Republicans bank cash

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WASHINGTON -- The surge of enthusiasm among Democrats that's produced a record number of candidates for Congress this year has come at a cost: spread out donations and campaign accounts drained by expensive primary fights.

Even as Democratic donors lavish money on the party's U.S. House candidates in the first midterm election of Donald Trump's...Read more

The senators Trump will watch as the Pompeo confirmation fight unfolds

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's beleaguered choice for his second secretary of state faces its first test Monday as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds a confirmation vote. But the more intense drama is likely to unfold during the week, when Mike Pompeo struggles to find the 50 votes he needs to win the job.

While Republicans ...Read more

Federal officials widen warning about E. coli contamination of romaine lettuce

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Federal health officials have extended their health warning for romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, Ariz., region. Consumers now are advised to avoid all forms of the lettuce.

Previous warnings highlighted chopped, packaged romaine and salad mixes containing the variety.

The expansion came after prisoners in Alaska fell ill after eating lettuce...Read more

North Korea to suspend nuclear and missile tests

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SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea said Saturday it will suspend nuclear tests and missile tests and shut down its underground test site, boosting hopes for a diplomatic breakthrough with rival South Korea and the United States.

Although the announcement stopped well short of a complete freeze, Pyongyang said it had no need for further testing ...Read more

Missouri governor charged with felony computer tampering

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ST. LOUIS -- Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, who has been in a public court fight against a felony invasion of privacy charge for nearly two months, now faces a new felony charge: that he misused a charity donor list to solicit campaign cash for his 2016 run for governor.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner charged Greitens, 44, with felony ...Read more

Columbine 19 years later: How far have we come?

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.--Thirteen killed. 24 wounded.

Those numbers still haunt Columbine.

On April 20, 1999, two teenage gunmen walked into the high school in Littleton, Colo., firing nearly 200 rounds in what remains one of the deadliest school shootings in the nation's history.

Nineteen years later -- in the wake of the Feb. 14 massacre at ...Read more

CIA releases report finding Haspel not at fault in destruction of torture tapes

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WASHINGTON--The Central Intelligence Agency released an unclassified but partially redacted version of an internal memo Friday finding "no fault" on the part of current director nominee Gina Haspel regarding the destruction of infamous tapes.

The tapes showed the use of harsh interrogation tactics on detainees who had been subject to rendition ...Read more

Arrest of Stephon Clark's brother tied to alleged threat to kill roommate

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Stephon Clark's brother, Stevante, was accused of threatening to kill one of his roommates and of shouting profanities at a Sacramento police officer, according to court papers obtained Friday by The Sacramento Bee.

The accusations against Clark, who was arrested Thursday on charges that include suspicion of assault with a...Read more

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Cop fatally shoots himself in his car outside NYPD facility

NEW YORK -- An on-duty NYPD cop fatally shot himself Friday while parked outside a department facility in the Bronx, authorities said.

He's the fourth NYPD officer to take his own life in as many months, police said.

First responders rushed to an NYPD Auto Crime and Narcotics ...Read more

North Korea's Kim Jong Un says no need for more nuclear or missile tests

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SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea has achieved its goal of developing nuclear weapons and does not plan to conduct further nuclear or intercontinental ballistic missile tests, its state-run media reported, citing leader Kim Jong Un.

Kim said the regime's nuclear test site in the northern area of the country has completed its mission and will be...Read more

Deputies launch 'no confidence' vote in Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Upset with Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, members of a union of rank-and-file deputies will vote electronically over the next week on whether they have faith in his leadership.

The so-called "no confidence" vote, slated to begin Friday night, is a first for the office.

"A law enforcement union at the Broward ...Read more

GOP leaders ignore their Capitol Hill border expert

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WASHINGTON -- In Texas, a super PAC aligned with GOP House leadership is eagerly promoting Rep. Will Hurd's work on immigration and security.

But in Washington, on some of the issues Hurd knows best, they're pushing his ideas aside.

That dynamic puts Hurd, normally a favorite of his party's leaders, at unusual odds with them over the most ...Read more