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This is Jupiter? Giant planet surprises scientists in Juno's first flybys

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Scientists with the NASA Juno mission have released the findings from the spacecraft's first two orbits around Jupiter -- and the results are unlike anything they expected.

Deep beneath its striped layers, Jupiter still has a surprising amount of structure that researchers had not predicted. The core, such as it may be, is not rocky and dense ...Read more

Texans: Ready to hunt hogs from hot air balloons?

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Hot air balloons aren't just tourist attractions any more.

Soon, they may be the newest way to reduce the feral hog and coyote population in Texas.

A bill to let Texans hunt feral hogs and coyotes from hot air balloons ricocheted through the House and Senate and now heads to Gov. Greg Abbott for consideration.

"We've got a ...Read more

At G7 Summit, a day of clarification for the White House

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TAORMINA, Italy -- As President Donald Trump met with leaders of the world's leading economies here Friday within miles of an active volcano, the White House was working to ease a pair of diplomatic eruptions.

Trump was due to meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in this coastal Sicilian resort town, ...Read more

Boehner: Trump a 'complete disaster' beyond foreign policy

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Former House Speaker John A. Boehner told attendees at an energy conference that beyond foreign policy, President Donald Trump has been a "complete disaster" so far.

As the keynote speaker at KPMG's Global Energy conference, Boehner said he's known the president for 15 years and Trump would call him regularly when he had a bad day or to commend...Read more

Pence tells Naval Academy graduates they have a friend in Trump

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Vowing that the Trump administration would "rebuild the military," Vice President Mike Pence told the Naval Academy's graduating class on Friday that they should be confident their commander-in-chief would have their support as they begin a career of service.

"President Donald Trump is the best friend the armed forces of the ...Read more

Muslim man sues Little Caesars, claiming 'halal' was a lie

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A Muslim man is suing Little Caesars for $100 million after he says he was served and then accidentally ate pepperoni made with pork, a food prohibited by Islamic law.

The complaint says Mohamad Bazzi of Dearborn, Mich., ordered halal pizza twice from a shop in Dearborn. The boxes were labeled "halal," but the pies inside were topped with ...Read more

Private insurers may expand role in federal flood program

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WASHINGTON -- Democrats and Republicans, who have agreed on little this year, have found common ground on plans to give private insurers greater access to the $5 billion flood insurance program and to offer more buyouts for homeowners in areas likely to be repeatedly submerged.

"Flood insurance seems to be one of those few areas where Democrats...Read more

Agriculture secretary says he'll push for more wildfire funding

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WASHINGTON -- Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has assured House appropriators that he would press the White House for more funding and flexibility to address wildfires across the nation as lawmakers from both parties expressed dismay at proposed budget cuts to the U.S. Forest Service.

President Donald Trump's proposal for fiscal 2018 ...Read more

Trump says Germany 'very bad' on trade in G-7 slap at Merkel

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TAORMINA, Sicily -- Donald Trump's top economic adviser acknowledged that the president said Germany is "very bad" when it comes to flooding the U.S. with cars, but insisted it wasn't a dig at one of the U.S.'s most-important allies.

"He said, 'They're very bad on trade,' but he doesn't have a problem with Germany," Gary Cohn, director of the ...Read more

Armed men attack bus carrying Christians, killing 26 in Egypt

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CAIRO -- At least 26 people have been killed and 25 others injured in an attack on a bus carrying Coptic Christians in southern Egypt, according to the Health Ministry.

The ministry's spokesman, Khaled Megahed, said the injured were being transported to several hospitals near the city of Minya.

The bus was carrying around 45 people and was ...Read more

How GOP outside spending turned a loser into a winner in Montana

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Six months ago, Republican Greg Gianforte lost Montana's gubernatorial election by nearly 4 points. Thursday night, he won statewide by about 6 points.

Congressional special elections are, well, special. The electorate is different, and so is the spending. Last fall, Gianforte was running against an incumbent.

But in this election, Gianforte ...Read more

Chicago cop's lawyer calls Laquan McDonald's killing 'business as usual'

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CHICAGO -- In perhaps a hint of his trial strategy, the lawyer for the Chicago police officer charged in Laquan McDonald's killing argued Thursday in court that the shooting was required by law, calling the officer's actions "business as usual."

"Yes, it was an ugly shooting, ugly from the standpoint it showed a graphic image ... not unlike ...Read more

Lawmakers seek to restore internet privacy after repealing it

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WASHINGTON -- House and Senate lawmakers are hoping to push legislation to replace recently repealed Obama-era internet privacy regulations, a move by the Federal Communications Commission that has led to a tide of consumer complaints.

At least two Senate bills are being drafted to address the regulatory void and public outcry created last ...Read more

Narco ballad draws applause and a fine in Mexico

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MEXICO CITY -- It was a well-known ballad about Camelia the Texan -- a woman who smuggles drugs into the United States and then murders her lover in a jealous rage -- that got Los Tigres del Norte into trouble.

The wildly popular band played the song -- one of their many hits chronicling the lives of drug smugglers -- during a packed ...Read more

Trump turns his back on international tourists

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DALLAS -- If a U.S. president's annual budget is a statement of priorities, a world traveler contemplating a trip to America might consider going somewhere else.

The Trump administration's budget proposal released this week seeks to eliminate Brand USA, a federal tourism marketing arm organized under the Commerce Department. Congress created ...Read more

Political gerrymandering: Is there a math test for that?

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WASHINGTON--Racial gerrymanders have been undone many times, most recently when the Supreme Court ruled against a pair of North Carolina congressional districts this week. But another case from that same state, heading into federal court next month, has a shot at eventually persuading the justices to do what they've never done before: strike ...Read more

Study: States with lenient gun laws see more civilians fatally shot by officers

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Fatal shootings of civilians by police officers are less common in states with stricter gun laws than they are in states that take a more relaxed approach to regulating the sale, storage and use of firearms, new research says.

A study published this month in the American Journal of Public Health has found that fatal police shootings were about ...Read more

Trump wants to cut funding for earthquake early warning system, which would likely kill project

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LOS ANGELES -- President Donald Trump's budget would eliminate federal funding for an earthquake early warning system being developed for California and the rest of the West Coast, which if enacted would likely kill the long-planned effort.

The budget proposal for the year ending in September 2018 also seeks to eliminate U.S. funding for ...Read more

Some conservatives justify 'manly' Montana candidate's alleged body-slam of 'snowflake' reporter

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After he was accused of physically attacking a reporter, Greg Gianforte had some very visible defenders while he went invisible for election day Thursday.

The Republican candidate for Montana's open congressional seat canceled his national TV appearances after he was charged with misdemeanor assault on suspicion of body-slamming a national ...Read more

Oakland to settle claim filed by teen exploited by police

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The city is poised to pay nearly $1 million to settle a claim filed by the teenage daughter of a police dispatcher at the center of last year's police sex scandal that rocked the department and reverberated across the Bay Area.

City Attorney Barbara Parker's office is recommending that the City Council settle the case for $...Read more

 

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