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In Florida, midterm elections hold faint hope for Medicaid expansion

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Can the deep-red Florida Statehouse follow Virginia and expand Medicaid?

Highly unlikely anytime soon, many state political analysts say.

It's been three years since the Florida legislature last debated -- and overwhelmingly rejected -- Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

Republicans -- who have controlled the governor's office ...Read more

Promises of cash, protection lure teens into smuggling drugs across border

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SAN DIEGO -- They made a lot of promises.

They promised to pay the 16-year-old $1,000 for his first drug smuggling trip across the border. It was the kind of money that could help the teen's single mom in Tijuana.

They promised that he wouldn't get caught. As a student who crosses the border daily to go to high school in the U.S., he was ...Read more

Deadly wildfire near Yosemite National Park almost doubles in size to 9,300 acres

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LOS ANGELES -- A wildfire burning west of Yosemite National Park doubled in size overnight while crews scrambled to set up defenses around nearby homes, officials said.

Just over 4,300 acres on Sunday, the Ferguson fire exploded overnight and grew to 9,266 acres Monday morning with only 2 percent of the blaze contained, the U.S. Forest Service ...Read more

US pledges additional $6 million to help Colombia with Venezuelan exodus

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CUCUTA, Colombia -- The United States is giving Colombia an additional $6 million in aid to deal with the growing number of Venezuelans crossing the border trying to escape their nation's social unrest and collapsing economy, officials announced Monday.

Speaking in the Colombian border city of Cucuta, Mark Green, the administrator of the U.S. ...Read more

Weekend toll in Chicago: 6 dead, 22 wounded

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CHICAGO -- Six people were killed and 22 others were wounded in shootings across the city over the weekend.

Among those killed between Friday afternoon and Monday morning were a woman shot by a carjacker and a man killed by police in a shooting that set off clashes between officers and citizens.

The shootings also included five teenagers under...Read more

Florida to restrict shore-based shark fishing at many public beaches

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The controversial fishing practice of catching large sharks from shore could be banned from many of Florida's public beaches, restricted to nighttime hours or subjected to other limits, under options being considered to protect both swimmers and the sharks.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted ...Read more

Cave diver says he might sue Elon Musk after Musk suggests he's a pedophile

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SAN FRANCISCO -- A British cave diver involved in the rescue of 12 Thai soccer players and their coach said he would consider taking legal action against Elon Musk after the Tesla Inc. and SpaceX chief executive suggested on Twitter that the diver was a pedophile.

On Monday, Vernon Unsworth told the Guardian that he was "astonished and very ...Read more

Chicago police release body camera footage of fatal officer-involved shooting that prompted protests

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CHICAGO -- Chicago police on Sunday released a snippet of video of a fatal police shooting less than a day after it sparked violent clashes between officers and protesters on the South Side.

The footage, taken from an officer's body-worn camera, appears to show Harith Augustus, 37, a barber, break away from officers and move his hand toward his...Read more

Trump finally meeting Putin in a high-stakes summit, blames the US for poor relations

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HELSINKI, Finland -- President Donald Trump opened his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, hours after blaming the frosty state of relations between the two countries on the U.S. government.

"We have a lot of questions, and hopefully we'll come up with answers. It's great to be with you," Trump said as he and the Russian ...Read more

Family members of Dr. Henry Heimlich say Red Cross guidance on choking victims could end in death

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You're dining in a restaurant when someone at a table nearby starts choking. As they gasp for air -- and help -- a bystander rushes to their aid.

If the bystander in this dramatic scene were trained in first aid at the American Red Cross, then the choking victim could be in trouble, say Janet and Phil Heimlich, adult children of the late Dr. ...Read more

As Democratic Party activists reject Sen. Feinstein, which side of the debate is more in touch with voters?

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Infused with energetic Bernie Sanders supporters and a generation of Democrats who came of age during the Obama administration, the liberal activists who stock the California Democratic Party's executive committee want leaders in Washington to take a blowtorch to the policies of President Donald Trump and the Republican-led ...Read more

Kavanaugh, Trump's Supreme Court pick, could trigger shift on firearms

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WASHINGTON -- With the addition of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court could have a conservative majority to strike down bans on semiautomatic weapons in liberal states and to decree that law-abiding Americans have a right to carry a gun in public.

Although the fight over Kavanaugh's nomination has mostly focused on abortion and health ...Read more

'I'm here. I'm here.' Father reunited with son amid tears, relief and fear of what's next

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LOS ANGELES -- Hermelindo Che Coc learned his son was coming home and immediately began to prepare for his arrival.

Nearly two months had passed since he'd seen his 6-year-old boy after they were separated at the border while traveling from Guatemala to seek asylum.

On Saturday, the father mopped floors and washed bed sheets at the home in the...Read more

Cave diver criticizes Musk's kid-sub rescue plan. Musk suggests he's a pedophile

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LOS ANGELES -- The Elon Musk story took a bizarre turn Sunday morning, as the world famous entrepreneur took to Twitter to suggest a critic of his submarine rescue plan is a pedophile.

Musk's tweet was directed at British cave diver Vern Unsworth, who had participated in the rescue of 12 Thai children and their soccer coach from a water-filled ...Read more

Schools should set up 'threat assessment teams' to prevent massacres, Secret Service says

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To prevent school shootings like the one in Parkland, Fla., in February, the U.S. Secret Service released a guide intended to help schools identify troubled students and other threats to their campuses.

The agency urges schools to establish "threat assessment teams" -- groups comprising teachers, guidance counselors, coaches and administrators ...Read more

Preparing to meet with Putin, Trump calls the European Union a 'foe'

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HELSINKI -- On the eve of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump Sunday described the European Union as a trading "foe," further unnerving some of America's closest partners after disruptive visits to NATO headquarters and the United Kingdom.

Trump has not said what he hopes to gain from four hours of ...Read more

Trump resists Mueller interview, leaving decision on subpoena before fall elections

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WASHINGTON -- After months of negotiations could not secure an interview with President Donald Trump, special counsel Robert Mueller warned the president's lawyers in March that he could use a grand jury subpoena if necessary to compel his testimony.

That prompted a furious response from John M. Dowd, the president's lead attorney at the time. ...Read more

Fire near Yosemite explodes as officials mourn firefighter killed on front line

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A forest fire burning near Yosemite National Park exploded to 4,000 acres, forcing the closing of a major highway into the park and prompting evacuations of nearby communities, officials said.

The fire was only 2 percent contained early Sunday, the day after a firefighter was killed battling the blaze.

The fire was burning in a wilderness area...Read more

Chicago officers, crowd clash after fatal police shooting

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CHICAGO -- A fatal shooting by Chicago police Saturday afternoon fueled a violent clash between officers and a large crowd of onlookers who threw bottles and rocks as officers hit back with clubs.

The shooting happened around 5:30 p.m. CDT on the South Side, and police took about five hours to bring the ensuing disturbance under control. Some ...Read more

US, North Korea agree to search for remains of 5,300 soldiers

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The United States and North Korea have agreed to search for the remains of 5,300 U.S. soldiers who died in the Korean War and whose bodies were never recovered, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement Sunday.

The statement was issued after "the first general officer-level talks" between the two countries since 2009.

"Today's talks ...Read more