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Legendary Philip Roth, author of 'Portnoy's Complaint,' dies at 85

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Author Philip Roth, who tackled self-perception, sexual freedom, his own Jewish identity and the conflict between modern and traditional morals through novels that he once described as "hypothetical autobiographies," has died. He was 85.

Roth was one of America's pre-eminent 20th century novelists in a career that began in the 1950s and ...Read more

Georgia Democratic race to take on Karen Handel moves to runoff

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WASHINGTON--Two Democrats in Georgia's 6th District will advance to a July runoff for the right to take on Republican Rep. Karen Handel in November.

Since no candidate earned more than 50 percent of the vote in Tuesday's Democratic primary in the suburban Atlanta district, the top-two finishers -- activist Lucy McBath and businessman Kevin Abel...Read more

Clarke Tucker wins Democratic primary in Arkansas

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State Rep. Clarke Tucker won the Democratic primary in Arkansas' 2nd District on Tuesday, to face Republican Rep. French Hill in November.

Tucker was one of four Democrats vying for the nomination, and he comfortably averted a June 19 runoff.

With 67 percent of precincts reporting, he had 57 percent of the vote to 21 percent for his nearest ...Read more

Lizzie Fletcher wins closely watched Texas Democratic runoff for Culberson seat

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WASHINGTON--Lawyer Lizzie Pannill Fletcher won the Democratic runoff in Texas' 7th District on Tuesday, defeating activist and writer Laura Moser, whom the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee considered a weak general election candidate.

With 63 percent of precincts reporting, Fletcher led Moser, 68 percent to 32 percent, according to ...Read more

Facebook brushes aside proposal over labeling of political news

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WASHINGTON -- While Facebook Inc. has said that it wants to draw the line between news and misinformation, the company turned down an offer to work with a news media trade group to help resolve a conflict, emails show.

News Media Alliance Chief Executive Officer David Chavern on Monday offered a plan that would relieve some news organizations ...Read more

Venezuela's president expels top US diplomat

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CARACAS, Venezuela -- President Nicolas Maduro ordered the expulsion Tuesday of the top U.S. diplomat in Venezuela, accusing him of being involved in a "military conspiracy" against this nation's socialist government.

It was the latest ratcheting up of tensions between the United States and Venezuela, which have been political adversaries for ...Read more

Mnuchin says Cohen bank report release appears unauthorized

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WASHINGTON -- Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that banking records of President Donald Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen appear to have been leaked from a database maintained by his department.

"Our inspector general is reviewing the issue of leaks. There is the appearance that some of the information may have gone out," Mnuchin told the ...Read more

Planned Parenthood consolidates to cover Minnesota, Dakotas, Nebraska and Iowa

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Planned Parenthood affiliate in Minnesota and the Dakotas is consolidating with the affiliate in Nebraska and Iowa, giving the new St. Paul-based organization stronger financial backing and regional political influence -- but also the challenge of providing and advocating for abortions in two conservative states.

The newly ...Read more

Stacey Abrams wins Democratic primary in Georgia gubernatorial race

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ATLANTA -- Former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams won the Democratic nomination for Georgia's top office on Tuesday, defeating ex-state Rep. Stacey Evans and advancing her quest to become the nation's first black female governor.

She will face one of five Republicans in November in the race to succeed Gov. Nathan Deal, a competition...Read more

House GOP seeks last-ditch immigration agreement amid rebellion

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WASHINGTON -- House Republican leaders are making a last-ditch effort to work out an agreement on immigration legislation as GOP hardliners conceded Tuesday that moderates would otherwise be able to force a vote on bipartisan proposals the conservatives oppose.

Rep. Dennis Ross of Florida, a member of the Republican vote-counting team, said he ...Read more

Senate could vote this week on deal to address sexual harassment

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WASHINGTON -- The Senate is expected to break a lengthy impasse that's blocked efforts to dramatically revamp its rules on sexual harassment.

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said he and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., plan to propose legislation to update a 1995 law governing how members of Congress and their staffs report harassment on Capitol Hill.

In ...Read more

Amy McGrath wins Democratic nod in Kentucky House race

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WASHINGTON--Marine veteran Amy McGrath won the Democratic nomination in Kentucky's 6th District on Tuesday to take on Republican Rep. Andy Barr in November.

With 95 percent of precincts reporting, McGrath led Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, 49 percent to 40 percent, when The Associated Press called the race.

National Democrats increasingly view the ...Read more

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Rubio, Diaz-Balart want investigation of Raul Castro in 1996 shoot-down of exile planes

MIAMI -- Two Florida Republicans, Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, have asked President Donald Trump to consider an investigation into whether Cuba's former ruler, Raul Castro, should be indicted for the 1996 shoot-down of two Brothers to the ...Read more

Hiker dies after fall from Half Dome cables in Yosemite

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A hiker has died after he slipped and fell from the Half Dome cables in Yosemite National Park, officials said Tuesday.

The male, who was not named, was hiking with another person during a thunderstorm when he fell at about 4:30 p.m. Monday, according to the National Park Service. Rangers recovered the hiker's body Tuesday afternoon.

The death...Read more

Rubio, Diaz-Balart want investigation of Raul Castro in 1996 shoot-down of exile planes

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MIAMI -- Two Florida Republicans, Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, have asked President Donald Trump to consider an investigation into whether Cuba's former ruler, Raul Castro, should be indicted for the 1996 shoot-down of two Brothers to the Rescue planes.

The shoot-down by Cuban military planes resulted in the deaths of three U.S....Read more

Woman who shot Wichita abortion doctor, bombed clinics in 1990s released from prison

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KANSAS CITY, Mo.--The Oregon woman who shot and wounded a Wichita abortion doctor 25 years ago and firebombed several clinics in three states has been released from federal prison, causing concern among clinic operators who worry her release could spark a new wave of attacks.

Rachelle "Shelley" Shannon, whose actions triggered a federal ...Read more

Los Angeles man confessed to making deadly Kansas hoax call, detective testifies

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LOS ANGELES -- A Los Angeles man confessed to placing a hoax phone call that led to a fatal police-involved shooting in Kansas late last year, a detective testified Tuesday.

Tyler Barriss, 25, was charged earlier this year with involuntary manslaughter for his role in an incident that stemmed from an online gaming dispute and ended with a ...Read more

Audit of Schlitterbahn water park finds many violations ahead of May 25 opening

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An audit by state regulators earlier this month identified 11 violations of the Kansas Amusement Ride Act at the Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City, Kan.

Regulators from the Kansas Department of Labor visited Schlitterbahn Vacation Village on May 16 and 17, resulting in an audit report that identified a total of 160 ...Read more

Democrats won't get data on Trump campaign intelligence source

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WASHINGTON -- Democrats will be shut out of a White House-brokered meeting during which Justice Department officials will tell two House GOP chairmen about an intelligence source who provided information about President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

Trump asked White House chief of staff John Kelly to set up the meeting, which ...Read more

Pompeo defends tough US demands on Iran as 'very simple'

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WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday defended his list of U.S. demands for Iran, rebuffing critics who said his goals were unrealistic in seeking fundamental change by the government in Tehran.

"The tasks that Iran needs to undertake aren't that difficult," Pompeo said at the State Department a day after he warned in a hard-...Read more