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Mako shark makes a 5,000-mile sprint to South Florida in just 142 days

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MIAMI -- Nova Southeastern University shark scientists are marveling at the stamina of a mako named Hypower making a sprint from Maryland to South Florida -- a 5,000-mile journey -- in just 142 days.

After researchers tagged the 6.5-foot-long male shark off the Maryland coast in the fall, Hypower circled offshore between New York and New Jersey...Read more

Man who destroyed Trump's Walk of Fame star returns brass pieces to police

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LOS ANGELES -- The man who smashed President Donald Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star with a sledgehammer and pickax last year won't be auctioning off the brass pieces as he had hoped. Instead, he's returned the metal bits to police, his attorney said.

After destroying the star, James Otis took the TV emblem at its center, as well as some of ...Read more

Pentagon prepares to give White House stepped-up battle plan against Islamic State

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WASHINGTON -- Pentagon strategists are putting final touches on a stepped-up battle plan against Islamic State and are due to offer President Donald Trump options as early as Monday to accelerate the war against the militants in Iraq and Syria, officials said.

The monthlong strategic review, which Trump requested Jan. 28, is expected to include...Read more

Texas Democrats say emphasizing voter ID fears could drive up turnout in 2018

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DALLAS -- Melissa Thrailkill witnessed Republicans in Texas win the messaging battle -- and elections -- for years by using immigration as a unifying issue for the party's base.

She said it's now time for Democrats to unify around a single issue that evokes strong emotion and turnout in midterm elections.

And in Texas that issue is voter ID.

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GOP senators embrace awkward Russia probe that could hurt Trump

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WASHINGTON -- A Senate Intelligence Committee investigation of Russia's effort to influence last year's U.S. election is shaping up as an unexpectedly bipartisan effort that could take months to complete as it explores the most significant controversy shadowing the new Trump administration.

The investigation, which will involve scouring highly ...Read more

Analysis: Can Mexico expect less-hostile days after visit by Trump secretaries?

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MEXICO CITY -- Seldom has the seemingly routine visit of a pair of U.S. Cabinet secretaries generated so much anguish and disquiet to the host country, in this case, Mexico.

And rarely has the reaction been so uncertain that the scripted finale -- a meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Thursday -- was thrown into doubt.

Mexico'...Read more

White House excludes some media outlets from press briefing

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WASHINGTON -- Friday's White House press briefing, normally an on-camera affair open to all reporters with press credentials, was turned into an exclusive event for certain outlets hand-picked by the administration.

The action came after President Donald Trump on Friday described the media and what he terms "fake news" as "the enemy of the ...Read more

Trump rips media in address to conservative crowd

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OXON HILL, Md. -- President Donald Trump on Friday invoked the First Amendment as he decried much of the press as "fake news" and the "enemy of the people," part of a blistering critique that was rowdily embraced by a conservative crowd.

"They say we can't criticize their dishonest coverage because of the First Amendment -- they always bring up...Read more

Noah Feldman: A loss, but maybe also a gain, for transgender movement

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Now that the Trump administration has reversed the Department of Education policy on transgender bathroom use, the Supreme Court will probably dismiss the case it's hearing on the matter rather than issue a decision. But even if that happens -- and it isn't 100 percent certain -- the result may be better for transgender-rights advocates than ...Read more

Ramesh Ponnuru: What does predicted GDP effect of losing illegal immigrants really mean?

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It's an eye-opening finding: If the U.S. no longer had any illegal immigrants, its GDP would be $5 trillion smaller over 10 years.

That's the conclusion of a recent study by the National Bureau of Economic Research. But while the number is big, it's not clear it tells us much about what to do about illegal immigration.

Normally, the ...Read more

Marijuana industry angered by White House reversal

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NEW YORK -- The cannabis industry was rattled Thursday after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said he expects the Department of Justice to increase enforcement of federal laws prohibiting recreational pot, even in states where it's already legal.

Along with the District of Columbia, eight states have legalized recreational use among ...Read more

Democrats cast wide for response to Trump address

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WASHINGTON -- Former Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear will deliver the Democratic response to President Donald Trump's address to Congress on Tuesday and immigration activist Astrid Silva will deliver the Spanish language response, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer announced Friday.

Beshear, Kentucky's...Read more

At CPAC, Trump delivers a journalism lecture — and a threat

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump on Friday issued a blistering attack on news organizations he dubbed "fake news," appearing to threaten those outlets and again calling them an "enemy of the people."

The president's latest broadside on the media came a few hours after he attacked the FBI with two morning tweets for an alleged inability to stop and ...Read more

Trump defines a new GOP at conservatives' most prominent gathering

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump made one of his strongest pitches Friday to unite the Republican Party and the conservative movement behind a nationalist, anti-globalist ideology that until recently would have been unthinkable for many Republicans.

"There is no such thing as a global anthem, a global currency or a global flag," Trump said ...Read more

Kansas shooting shocks an Indian city where 'every other house' has someone in America

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MUMBAI, India -- The shooting death of an Indian man in a possible hate crime in suburban Kansas City has shocked his family and his hometown of Hyderabad, which sends thousands of students and professionals to the United States every year.

Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, was shot along with an Indian co-worker Wednesday night at a bar in Olathe, Kan...Read more

Troubled man, typical neighbor: Suspect's cul-de-sac reeling after Kansas bar shooting

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OLATHE, Kan. -- Residents in the Walnut Creek subdivision in Olathe, Kan., saw Adam W. Purinton out mowing his lawn Wednesday afternoon.

A neighbor who'd been gone for about a week just got home and waved at the Navy veteran, figuring they'd probably catch up soon.

But hours later, Purinton was on the run from Olathe authorities after they say...Read more

Trump blasts FBI as 'totally unable' to stop, find leakers

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Friday criticized the FBI for its alleged inability to identify individuals within the government who leaked information about possible contacts between the president's associates and Russia.

The new chief executive dubbed the agency "totally unable" to prevent the actions of "leakers," tweeting that such...Read more

Nerve agent was used to kill North Korean leader's half brother, police say

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SEOUL, South Korea -- Malaysian police announced Friday that Kim Jong Nam, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half brother, could have been killed by VX nerve agent, a highly toxic chemical compound banned by the United Nations as a weapon of mass destruction.

The announcement that police found traces of the nerve agent on Kim's face has raised ...Read more

Cosby prosecutor wanted to call 13 women accusers. Judge says he can call 1

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PHILADELPHIA -- In a decisive victory for Bill Cosby, a Montgomery County judge on Friday said he would allow only one additional accuser to testify at the 79-year-old entertainer's sexual assault trial.

In a one-page order, Judge Steven T. O'Neill offered little explanation for his decision to bar prosecutors from calling 12 other women they ...Read more

Report: FBI rejected White House request to deny Trump Russia links

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WASHINGTON -- The FBI declined a recent White House request to deny media reports about contact between campaign staff for president Donald Trump and Russian intelligence before last year's election, CNN reported on Thursday.

The broadcaster cited U.S. officials as saying that the Trump administration had asked the agency to intervene.

Such a ...Read more