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Wildfires at Guantanamo Navy base force evacuation of some housing areas

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MIAMI -- A wildfire that broke out on the Cuban side of Guantanamo Bay jumped the fence line Thursday, threatening U.S. Navy base buildings and forcing evacuations of four neighborhoods, including one where prison guards live.

"Right now everyone is safe," base spokeswoman Julie Ann Ripley said Thursday afternoon. Base workers were "doing a ...Read more

Immigrants group sees trump as racist in ending refugee program

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NEW YORK -- Haitian and Salvadoran refugees sued President Donald Trump, claiming his administration's decision to end protections that allowed them to stay in the U.S. was "tainted by racial animus."

The lawsuit, filed in Boston federal court, seeks to block the administration from ending the Temporary Protected Status program that allowed ...Read more

Bodies of 3 men discovered in San Francisco

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Police are investigating after the bodies of three men were discovered Thursday on the street near a high school in the city's Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, authorities said.

A person who works in the area found the three men on the sidewalk around 4:30 a.m. on Page Street near Urban School of San Francisco, police said.

The ...Read more

GOP rattled by Pennsylvania congressional race in the heart of Trump country

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CARNEGIE, Pa. -- The dismayed laborers from shuttered coal yards and steel mills didn't have to shift political allegiances to vote for Donald Trump in this part of the Rust Belt. They had been electing Republicans long before he showed up on the ballot.

That explains why party leaders in a congressional district stretching from the Pittsburgh ...Read more

Will a burst of new, young energy break an old impasse over gun laws?

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For days now, the airwaves and social media have been filled with the voices of young people, thick with righteousness and anger, vowing never again.

But will the student-led protests against gun violence dramatically change the politics and lead the president and Congress to act in a way that other explosions of fury and grief -- after ...Read more

Illinois governor drinks chocolate milk to demonstrate his commitment to diversity

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CHICAGO -- In an awkward onstage appearance this week, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner drank a glass of chocolate milk to demonstrate his belief in diversity.

"It's really, really good," Rauner said after taking a sip of the sugary drink. "Diversity!"

The clunky corporate metaphor was the brainchild of Hyatt Hotels diversity and inclusion executive...Read more

Calif. state senator accused of misconduct resigns after colleagues move to expel him

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Tony Mendoza, a former East Los Angeles elementary school teacher who moved swiftly from local to state government elected offices, resigned from the California Senate on Thursday as his colleagues moved to formally expel him after a series of sexual misconduct accusations.

The resignation was the culmination of an almost ...Read more

Case closed: Oldest known cave art proves Neanderthals were just as sophisticated as humans

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A red hand stencil. A series of lines that look like a ladder. A collection of red dots.

These images, painted in ocher on the walls of three separate caves in Spain, are the oldest-known examples of cave art ever found. And new research suggests that all three were created not by humans, but by our ancient cousins the Neanderthals.

In a paper...Read more

Man crashes car into Connecticut hospital entrance, sets himself on fire

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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- A man in his 20s crashed his car through the emergency room entrance at Middlesex Hospital Thursday morning and apparently set himself on fire, Mayor Daniel Drew said.

Drew said the act was intentional, but he would not speculate on the motive. The FBI, state police and Hartford bomb squads responded to the hospital and ...Read more

Trump berates California, threatens to pull federal immigration agents

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Thursday lambasted California officials for how they are dealing with gangs and threatened to pull immigration and border agents out of the state to show just how bad things would be without federal help.

Federal agents are working to defeat gangs like MS-13, the president said, but the gang members "come...Read more

An amateur astronomer testing a new camera happens to catch a supernova as it's being born

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Peering at a distant galaxy, an amateur astronomer in Argentina managed to capture a star in the act of going supernova. The chances of this discovery, scientists say, are 1-in-a-million at best.

This lucky find, described in the journal Nature, offers the first images of the sudden brightening caused by a shock in the star's core -- a process ...Read more

A fire may have damaged precious relics at Tibet's holiest temple. China says no β€” but experts aren't sure

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BEIJING -- A fire broke out at Tibet's most sacred temple on Saturday, and the public knows no more.

The blaze may have severely damaged the 1,300 year-old temple and many of its precious architectural features, murals and relics; or perhaps it was small and quickly extinguished, and the temple is more or less fine.

On Saturday evening, ...Read more

Billy Graham's body to 'lie in honor' at US Capitol

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Rev. Billy Graham's body will lie in honor in D.C. next week, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Thursday.

Graham died Wednesday morning at his home in Montreat at the age of 99.

His body will lie in the Capitol rotunda from Feb. 28 to March 1, so the public can pay their respects, Ryan said.

"As soaring a figure as he ...Read more

Clarence Thomas should be removed from Supreme Court, accuser says

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Decades before the #MeToo movement, and long before Time magazine honored "the Silence Breakers," there was Anita Hill and Angela Wright.

In 1991 both women were in Washington to accuse Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior.

Hill was allowed to testify before the Senate committee considering his ...Read more

'Swatting' call sends Beverly Hills police to room at Peninsula Hotel

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LOS ANGELES -- A Beverly Hills police SWAT team was dispatched to the historic Peninsula Hotel on Thursday morning in response to a bogus emergency call, police officials said.

Police received a call about 6:30 a.m. from a man saying "there were men with guns in his hotel room and they weren't letting him leave," said Capt. Lincoln Hoshino.

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Pence pledges school safety will be 'top national priority'

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WASHINGTON -- Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday that the administration is making school safety the "top national priority" as it responds to the deadly school shooting in a Parkland, Fla., high school.

"As the president has said, no child, no teacher should ever be in danger in an American school," Pence told the annual gathering of ...Read more

Chase glitch that let customers see others' bank accounts now fixed, bank says

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CHICAGO -- For more than two hours Wednesday night, some Chase Bank customers logged into their online bank accounts and instead saw another person's balances.

The technological glitch -- which lasted "sporadically" from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Central time -- was resolved later Wednesday night, according to Chase Bank spokeswoman Trish Wexler.

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Should Charlotte brace for all living US presidents to be at Billy Graham funeral?

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Three surviving U.S. presidents were there when the Billy Graham Library was dedicated in Charlotte in 2007, so it makes sense that as many or more might be here for Graham's memorials and funeral next week.

Donald Trump, Jimmy Carter, George Bush, George H.W. Bush, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton have all released statements ...Read more

Man in custody after 2-year-old boy found dead in Chicago; child was nearly decapitated

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CHICAGO -- A man was arrested in Kankakee County, Ill., after a 2-year-old boy was found dead in Chicago, his throat deeply slashed, at his home in the Little Village neighborhood Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Officers were called to the 2700 block of South Avers Avenue about 1:55 p.m. and found Mateo Garcia Aguayo's body in a trash bag on ...Read more

North Texas school is getting a police station because of 'Sandy Hook and Columbine'

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WESTLAKE, Texas -- From the timing, it might seem like the plan to create a police substation on the campus of Westlake Academy is a response to the Feb. 14 shooting at a high school in Florida.

Actually, the plan -- a joint project of the city council of the small town north of Keller and the school's board of trustees which began last fall --...Read more