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Guns bought in Kentucky and resold in Chicago linked to 3 homicides, prosecutors say

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CHICAGO -- It was lunchtime outside an outlet mall east of Louisville, Ky., when the deal was made for a gun that within weeks would be used to kill a 15-year-old boy in Chicago.

The 9 mm Taurus pistol was posted for sale on, a controversial website that helps buyers and sellers of weapons find each other without asking them to ...Read more

102-year-old sets another world record

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SAN DIEGO -- To celebrate his 102nd birthday in February, Carlsbad, Calif., retiree Glenn Quillin whizzed into history as the world's oldest zip-line rider.

But his glory was short-lived. On April 6, a 106-year-old Englishman established the new Guinness World Record.

No worries. With the publication of his first book three weeks ago, Quillin ...Read more

Paul Ryan pushes back on pressure for early exit

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WASHINGTON -- Speaker Paul D. Ryan defended himself Tuesday amid reports of threats to his leadership position and reiterated his view that it's not in Republicans' best interest to have a divisive leadership race before the November midterm elections.

"Obviously I serve at the pleasure of the members; those are the people who drafted me in ...Read more

Wright Brothers soared over the Outer Banks. Their memorial may end up underwater

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Parks on North Carolina's Outer Banks will see the greatest amount of sea level rise among national parks over the next century, says a federal report that initially deleted references to human-caused climate change as the cause.

By 2100, the shoreline at the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills may see the ...Read more

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

Suspected serial killer wants an apology from police

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DETROIT -- Arthur Nelson Ream acknowledges that he raped a teenage hitchhiker in the 1970s, had sex with underage girls and buried 13-year-old Cindy Zarzycki in an unmarked grave.

But he denies killing Zarzycki or anyone else, and he says he deserves an apology from Warren, Mich., police who have called him a suspected serial killer.

Police ...Read more

Supporters of legalized hemp are counting heavily on Mitch McConnell

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WASHINGTON -- The future of hemp legalization is up to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Period.

House supporters of the idea tried to include legalization measures into the big farm bill lawmakers have been considering, but were advised to back off

McConnell, R-Ky., is taking care of things, they were told.

His fellow Kentucky ...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