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Democratic primary fights drain coffers as Republicans bank cash

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WASHINGTON -- The surge of enthusiasm among Democrats that's produced a record number of candidates for Congress this year has come at a cost: spread out donations and campaign accounts drained by expensive primary fights.

Even as Democratic donors lavish money on the party's U.S. House candidates in the first midterm election of Donald Trump's...Read more

The senators Trump will watch as the Pompeo confirmation fight unfolds

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's beleaguered choice for his second secretary of state faces its first test Monday as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds a confirmation vote. But the more intense drama is likely to unfold during the week, when Mike Pompeo struggles to find the 50 votes he needs to win the job.

While Republicans ...Read more

Federal officials widen warning about E. coli contamination of romaine lettuce

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Federal health officials have extended their health warning for romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, Ariz., region. Consumers now are advised to avoid all forms of the lettuce.

Previous warnings highlighted chopped, packaged romaine and salad mixes containing the variety.

The expansion came after prisoners in Alaska fell ill after eating lettuce...Read more

North Korea to suspend nuclear and missile tests

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SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea said Saturday it will suspend nuclear tests and missile tests and shut down its underground test site, boosting hopes for a diplomatic breakthrough with rival South Korea and the United States.

Although the announcement stopped well short of a complete freeze, Pyongyang said it had no need for further testing ...Read more

Missouri governor charged with felony computer tampering

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ST. LOUIS -- Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, who has been in a public court fight against a felony invasion of privacy charge for nearly two months, now faces a new felony charge: that he misused a charity donor list to solicit campaign cash for his 2016 run for governor.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner charged Greitens, 44, with felony ...Read more

Columbine 19 years later: How far have we come?

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.--Thirteen killed. 24 wounded.

Those numbers still haunt Columbine.

On April 20, 1999, two teenage gunmen walked into the high school in Littleton, Colo., firing nearly 200 rounds in what remains one of the deadliest school shootings in the nation's history.

Nineteen years later -- in the wake of the Feb. 14 massacre at ...Read more

CIA releases report finding Haspel not at fault in destruction of torture tapes

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WASHINGTON--The Central Intelligence Agency released an unclassified but partially redacted version of an internal memo Friday finding "no fault" on the part of current director nominee Gina Haspel regarding the destruction of infamous tapes.

The tapes showed the use of harsh interrogation tactics on detainees who had been subject to rendition ...Read more

Arrest of Stephon Clark's brother tied to alleged threat to kill roommate

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Stephon Clark's brother, Stevante, was accused of threatening to kill one of his roommates and of shouting profanities at a Sacramento police officer, according to court papers obtained Friday by The Sacramento Bee.

The accusations against Clark, who was arrested Thursday on charges that include suspicion of assault with a...Read more

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Cop fatally shoots himself in his car outside NYPD facility

NEW YORK -- An on-duty NYPD cop fatally shot himself Friday while parked outside a department facility in the Bronx, authorities said.

He's the fourth NYPD officer to take his own life in as many months, police said.

First responders rushed to an NYPD Auto Crime and Narcotics ...Read more

North Korea's Kim Jong Un says no need for more nuclear or missile tests

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SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea has achieved its goal of developing nuclear weapons and does not plan to conduct further nuclear or intercontinental ballistic missile tests, its state-run media reported, citing leader Kim Jong Un.

Kim said the regime's nuclear test site in the northern area of the country has completed its mission and will be...Read more

Deputies launch 'no confidence' vote in Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Upset with Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, members of a union of rank-and-file deputies will vote electronically over the next week on whether they have faith in his leadership.

The so-called "no confidence" vote, slated to begin Friday night, is a first for the office.

"A law enforcement union at the Broward ...Read more

GOP leaders ignore their Capitol Hill border expert

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WASHINGTON -- In Texas, a super PAC aligned with GOP House leadership is eagerly promoting Rep. Will Hurd's work on immigration and security.

But in Washington, on some of the issues Hurd knows best, they're pushing his ideas aside.

That dynamic puts Hurd, normally a favorite of his party's leaders, at unusual odds with them over the most ...Read more

FBI announces new, $1 million reward to help locate missing journalist

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WASHINGTON -- The FBI has announced a new reward of $1 million for information leading to the safe location, recovery, and return of Austin Tice, an American freelance journalist who disappeared in Syria in 2012.

Tice's parents, Marc and Debra Tice, said Friday they were encouraged by the reward but suggested it did not signify new developments...Read more

McCabe barred by FBI from proving he told the truth, lawyer says

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WASHINGTON -- The FBI is barring former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe from releasing interview transcripts and other evidence to disprove an allegation that he misled Justice Department officials about his contacts with a journalist, his lawyer said.

Michael Bromwich told reporters Friday that the evidence undercuts an assertion by his ...Read more

Family sues after man's body found decomposed in Kansas City airport parking lot

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The family of a man whose body decomposed in a parking lot for months at Kansas City International Airport is suing the company responsible for monitoring vehicles in the lot.

SP Plus Corporation and two of its employees are named as defendants in the suit, which was filed Friday by Randy Potter's widow, Carolina Potter, and...Read more

Authorities relieved after 'stone-cold killer' Lois Riess arrested in Texas

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MINNEAPOLIS -- "It feels good" to have Minnesota fugitive Lois Riess in custody, a U.S. marshal said Friday, hours after the arrest of the gambling grandmother wanted for murders in two states.

Riess, 56, was apprehended without incident Thursday night at a restaurant in South Padre Island, Texas, after a restaurant worker who had seen her ...Read more

Judge OKs accord between Trump, Jupiter club members, but tab may rise

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Long-running litigation between President Donald Trump and members of his golf club in Jupiter came to an anti-climatic end on Friday with both sides declaring victory when a federal judge tentatively signed off on a $5.4 million settlement agreement.

"The trial was a complete victory. The settlement was a complete ...Read more

Bill Cosby's wife is not at his trial. But Camille Cosby's presence looms

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. -- She has not attended her husband's retrial on sexual assault charges. She is not on the list of witnesses. Her name has not even been uttered in the courtroom.

But Camille Cosby remains a central figure in the case.

Cosby's wife of 54 years is active behind the scenes, communicating with her husband's publicist and keeping ...Read more

Syrian army secures areas south of capital

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BEIRUT -- Fresh off their takeover of Syria's eastern Ghouta enclave earlier this month, loyalist forces were poised Friday to subdue pockets south of Damascus held by Islamic State and rebel groups, Syrian pro-government media and activists said.

The move is part of a larger bid to secure the capital, the seat of power of Syrian President ...Read more

LAPD officer arrested on 3 counts of murder in suspected DUI crash

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LOS ANGELES -- A Los Angeles police officer was arrested Friday and charged with three counts of murder in connection with a suspected DUI crash on the 605 Freeway in Whittier last fall, authorities said.

Edgar Verduzco, 26, was taken into custody at a friend's home in Long Beach about 7:30 a.m. Friday and booked on suspicion of three counts of...Read more