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More lawsuits filed in deadly SC prison riot

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- After the death of seven inmates at Lee Correctional Institution during a gang-related riot, two more lawsuits -- including one suing for wrongful death -- have been filed against the South Carolina Department of Corrections, according to Lee County court records.

A relative of Eddie Gaskins, a 32-year-old man incarcerated at ...Read more

Rep. Rohrabacher says it should be OK for homeowners to refuse to sell to gays

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LOS ANGELES -- Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of Costa Mesa told a group of California real estate agents this month that it should be OK for homeowners to refuse to sell their homes to gays and lesbians, prompting the National Association of Realtors to withdraw its endorsement.

"Every homeowner should be able to make a decision not to sell ...Read more

Man barges onto bus full of children, threatens driver with knife

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SAN DIEGO -- A man barged onto a school bus full of children in Campo, east of San Diego, and pulled a knife on the driver before witnesses dragged him away Friday, a sheriff's official said.

Nearby parents and an older child on the bus helped the children escape safely out the back emergency door.

Deputies arrived in time to take Matthew D. ...Read more

Trump at Naval Academy graduation: 'We are not going to apologize for America'

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- President Donald Trump told the U.S. Naval Academy's graduating class Friday that the nation is "respected again" abroad and that "We are witnessing the great reawakening of the American spirit."

On a warm, cloudless day, Trump told 783 men and 259 women graduates that the country has rediscovered its identity.

"In case you ...Read more

Publix halts political contributions after days of pushback from Parkland protestors

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MIAMI -- Supermarket giant Publix said Friday it has halted all corporate political contributions. The company made the announcement moments before a planned "die-in" protest organized by David Hogg, a vocal Parkland school shooting survivor.

Hogg and other gun violence activists were angered when news broke that the grocery store chain donated...Read more

Baltimore County officer buried two days before her 30th birthday

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BALTIMORE -- Shortly before 10 a.m., the bagpipes began and several hundred police officers rose to their feet in a church auditorium hushed but for the rustle of their dress blues. Officers wheeled in the flag-draped casket bearing the body of Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Caprio.

More than 1,000 mourners, including police officers from ...Read more

A day after canceling North Korea summit, Trump says it may be back on

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WASHINGTON -- A day after accusing North Korea of "open hostility" and calling off a June 12 summit with its leader Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump said Friday that talks with Pyongyang had resumed and expressed cautious optimism that the meeting could be held after all.

"We'll see what happens. It could even be the 12th," Trump told ...Read more

Hartford police officer injured in stabbing attack released from hospital

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Hartford Police said Friday that Officer Jill Kidik, who was severely injured in a stabbing attack last week, has been released from Hartford Hospital.

Kidik, a 12-year department veteran, was wounded during a call to a landlord-tenant dispute at an apartment building on Constitution Plaza on May 17.

Although police said it ...Read more

Former Pa. AG Kathleen Kane's conviction affirmed by state appeals court

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PHILADELPHIA -- Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane moved a big step closer to serving her jail term Friday with a ruling by the state Superior Court affirming her conviction for perjury and leaking grand jury information to hurt a rival.

Kane, 51, the state's first woman and first Democrat to be elected attorney general, was ...Read more

How summit plans collapsed: Trump sought a legacy, underestimated the difficulty

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WASHINGTON -- When it began, with a South Korean official standing outside the White House announcing that the leaders of the United States and North Korea would meet for an unprecedented summit, President Donald Trump believed he had accomplished a historic breakthrough -- an accomplishment, he told friends, that would secure his legacy and his...Read more

A doctor sells 13-second recordings he says can heal patients. The California medical board isn't buying it

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LOS ANGELES -- The website promises that audio recordings can cure dozens of ailments -- among them diarrhea, anxiety, labor pains, malaria, even a pet's infection.

Dr. William Edwin Gray III, a homeopathic doctor who practices in the Bay Area, sells these so-called eRemedies for $5 on his website. Each recording is 13 seconds long and consists...Read more

Chicago neighbors run from one shooting to the next

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CHICAGO -- Neighbors were still watching police work the scene of a shooting in Chicago when three gunshots rang out. They sounded close.

"That's the gas station across the street," a woman said. "Oh my God."

She and others ran toward the new crime scene, arriving before police had taped it off.

The shootings occurred in the span of two hours...Read more

Trump says MS-13, North Korea show Democrats have 'lost touch'

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Friday said congressional Democrats "have lost touch," accusing the opposition party of rooting against his attempts to disarm North Korea and coddling members of the violent MS-13 gang.

The president on Thursday thanked a bipartisan group of lawmakers who helped pass a bill that eases financial ...Read more

House Democrats rebuffed on getting census documents

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WASHINGTON -- House Democrats tried this week to make the Commerce Department disclose documents about the decision-making behind a citizenship question on the 2020 census. But they were blocked by Republicans.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday voted 20-16 along party lines to reject the resolution of inquiry by ...Read more

Sweet heist on final day of candy and snacks exhibition in Chicago

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CHICAGO -- A thief pulled off a sweet heist at Chicago's McCormick Place, stealing nearly $20,000 worth of candy on the last day of the Sweets and Snacks Exhibition there, according to Chicago police.

Boxes of Kidsmania, CandyRific and Squire Boone Village candy were being loaded into trucks and were left unattended in the parking garage when ...Read more

Trump's head-snapping reversals shake allies at home and abroad

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump slapped tariffs on China, then reconsidered. He yanked the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal without a plan B. He ordered U.S. penalties on ZTE Corp. reversed to save Chinese jobs.

And on Thursday he canceled a landmark summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as abruptly as he announced it in March.

Trump has ...Read more

White-collar prosecutions fall to 20-year low under Trump

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NEW YORK -- The number of white-collar prosecutions is on track to hit a 20-year low under President Donald Trump, after reaching a high in 2011 during the Barack Obama administration, according to a nonprofit research center that analyzes government data.

A total of 3,249 cases were brought during the first seven months of the U.S. government'...Read more

Half of 2020 map makers will be decided this cycle

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WASHINGTON -- Over half of the state elected officials deciding new district lines in 2020 will be elected this year, a new study by the National Conference of State Legislatures found.

Three-fifths of governors and one-third of all state senators elected during the 2018 midterms will still be in office during the next redistricting cycle, the ...Read more

Russian GRU officer tied to 2014 downing of passenger plane in Ukraine

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WASHINGTON -- A mysterious man wanted in connection with the deadly downing of Malaysia Air Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014 appears to be a high-level Russian military intelligence officer, an investigation by a team of reporting outlets has found.

The reporting team, made up of McClatchy and investigative web sites Bellingcat in Great ...Read more

Gorsuch takes inside-player role in second term on Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON -- Chief Justice John Roberts did something unusual when he decided who would write a major U.S. Supreme Court opinion curbing class action lawsuits by workers: He turned to the newest justice, Neil Gorsuch.

Seven months later, Gorsuch produced a 5-4 opinion that let employers enforce agreements requiring workers to take disputes to ...Read more