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US citizen jailed for 2 years in Venezuela is released

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WASHINGTON -- A Utah man who was imprisoned in Venezuela and languished for nearly two years in a Caracas jail was released Saturday.

The family of Joshua Holt announced his release in a statement, and President Donald Trump later confirmed it on Twitter.

The Holt family, in a statement, asked for privacy.

"We are grateful to all who ...Read more

North and South Korean leaders meet in effort to get US summit back on track

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SEOUL, South Korea --The leaders of North and South Korea met Saturday in an effort to resurrect talks between Washington and Pyongyang, continuing their close coordination despite the apparent breakdown in U.S.-North Korean diplomacy.

White House officials said they were informed of the two-hour meeting in advance, and indicated that they ...Read more

State of emergency declared across Florida for subtropical storm Alberto

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in all 67 Florida counties Saturday as Subtropical Storm Alberto moved north through the Gulf of Mexico.

Only the western tip of Florida's Panhandle was in the projected path of the storm but the governor urged all Florida residents to be prepared for severe weather.

"The track of these ...Read more

Russia's Putin urges patience in negotiations with Japan over disputed islands

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MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin urged patience in efforts to resolve a territorial dispute with Japan that's lasted since World War II after talks Saturday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has made a deal a priority.

"It is important to patiently continue the search for a solution," Putin said. Abe said Russia and Japan ...Read more

Strong vote for abortion chance shows Ireland's unity, prime minister says

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DUBLIN –– Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on Saturday said the large majority of voters in favor of loosening Ireland's abortion laws showed the country was united.

"What we have seen today is a culmination of a quiet revolution that's been taking place in Ireland for the past 10 or 20 years," Varadkar told national broadcaster RTE.

"...Read more

United Airlines settles with owner of a French bulldog that died in overhead bin

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United Airlines has settled with the owners of a French bulldog puppy that died after a flight attendant insisted that the carrier containing the dog be stowed in an overhead bin for a 3 1/2-hour flight.

The dog's death in March prompted animal rights groups to call for the flight attendant to be fired and United to change its rules for ...Read more

Deep brain stimulation may offer treatment for Type 2 diabetes, study suggests

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A surprising side effect of a therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder may lead to a new approach to treating Type 2 diabetes -- and offer new insights into the links between obesity and the metabolic disease that afflicts nearly 10 percent of adults in the U.S.

The therapy is deep brain stimulation of the nucleus accumbens, a structure best ...Read more

Moon, Kim discuss scrapped US-North Korea summit as Trump signals optimism

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SEOUL, South Korea -- The leaders of North and South Korea met Saturday to discuss the canceled summit with Donald Trump, less than a day after the U.S. president signaled that the meeting may be back on, citing "very productive" talks between the two countries.

South Korea's Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un spent two hours ...Read more

'God save us from becoming Venezuela'; Colombians to vote in bitter presidential race

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BOGOTA, Colombia -- As Alberto Solis heads to the polls Sunday to cast his vote for Colombia's president, he knows what he wants -- and what he doesn't.

"This country has its problems and we need a young, capable leader," said the 76-year-old pharmacist. "And God save us from becoming Venezuela."

Colombians are voting for president in an ...Read more

Police release first responders' statements from Las Vegas shooting scene

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LAS VEGAS -- Firsthand accounts by Las Vegas police officers about their roles in the mass shooting last October that killed 58 people and wounded hundreds at an outdoor concert were released this week, offering a new perspective on the deadliest mass shooting in modern America.

It was the third major release this month in response to a public ...Read more

Delayed seismic testing decision puts energy industry at odds with Trump administration

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration's long-awaited decision on whether to allow seismic testing for oil and gas beneath the Atlantic Ocean is causing heartburn for the energy industry, which eagerly awaits the fulfillment of President Donald Trump's push to allow offshore drilling in U.S. coastal waters.

Five seismic survey companies want ...Read more

Some Parkland victims slam school district as unsupportive: 'They know I am broken'

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.--After the most horrible day of their lives, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School teachers and families expected thoughtful and compassionate outreach from Broward school district staff and board members.

But some say their phones stayed quiet. Several said their contacts with the school district have been clumsy or ...Read more

Manafort judge denies request to dismiss count in indictment

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NEWARK, N.J. -- A federal judge denied a request by Paul Manafort, the former campaign chairman for President Donald Trump, to dismiss one of two counts in an indictment as unnecessarily overlapping.

Special counsel Robert Mueller didn't violate the double-jeopardy clause of the U.S. Constitution by charging Manafort with two crimes based on ...Read more

USC President C.L. Max Nikias to step down

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LOS ANGELES -- University of Southern California President C.L. Max Nikias, whose tenure was marked by a significant boost in the university's prestige and fundraising prowess but tarnished by a series of damaging scandals, is stepping down from his post, the university's Board of Trustees announced Friday.

The move comes after more than a week...Read more

California's physician-assisted suicide law is overturned — for now

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LOS ANGELES -- Nearly two years after it was enacted, California's physician-assisted suicide law is, at least for the moment, no longer in effect.

A Riverside County judge who ruled against the law last week issued a formal judgment Friday deeming it unconstitutional. Legal experts said that meant the law had been overturned.

The law allowed ...Read more

Wind and storm surge watches issued for Florida as Alberto moves north

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Wind and storm surge watches were posted across the Florida Gulf coast Friday as Subtropical Storm Alberto continued northward.

The western tip of Florida's Panhandle was at the center of the projected impact zone and while Alberto's strongest winds were expected to stay well offshore until then, forecasters cautioned that storm's path ...Read more

This futuristic pill senses signs of disease inside the body, then sends a wireless alert to a phone

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In the 1966 science fiction classic "Fantastic Voyage," a submarine crew is miniaturized so it can squeeze inside a human body and travel to a hot spot where medical assistance is needed.

A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has adapted this idea for real life, replacing the shrunken squad with specially engineered E. coli ...Read more

Judge strikes down Florida Legislature's ban on smoking medical marijuana

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. --A Leon County circuit court judge ruled Friday afternoon that the state's ban on smoking medical marijuana is unconstitutional, setting up continued legal fights as the state likely appeals the decision.

In a 22-page order, Judge Karen Gievers said that the Legislature's ban on smoking medical cannabis conflicted with the ...Read more

With Trump's North Korea summit off, is the trade war with China back on?

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WASHINGTON -- Only a week ago, the drums of a trade war seemed to be quieting as the Trump administration put a hold on plans to tax Chinese imports and there was talk of a so-called skinny deal emerging from renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

But just like that, things could be simmering again after two abrupt moves by ...Read more

Paxton seeks emergency block on judge's motor-voter ruling

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Friday asked a federal appeals court to block a San Antonio judge's order that gave state officials 45 days to correct an online voter registration system that was found to violate federal law.

U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia on Monday ordered officials to create a process that lets ...Read more