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Paxton seeks emergency block on judge's motor-voter ruling

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Friday asked a federal appeals court to block a San Antonio judge's order that gave state officials 45 days to correct an online voter registration system that was found to violate federal law.

U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia on Monday ordered officials to create a process that lets ...Read more

Trump nominates anti-immigration activist to head agency for immigrants and refugees

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump has nominated a staunch anti-immigration activist to head the State Department agency that oversees refugee and immigration issues.

Ronald W. Mortensen, a former foreign service officer and longtime fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates against legal and illegal immigration, is Trump'...Read more

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Hartford police officer injured in stabbing attack released from hospital

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Hartford Police said Friday that Officer Jill Kidik, who was severely injured in a stabbing attack last week, has been released from Hartford Hospital.

Kidik, a 12-year department veteran, was wounded during a call to a landlord-tenant dispute at an ...Read more

Teacher hailed as a hero after stopping Indiana school shooting suspect

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CHICAGO -- The teacher who subdued a suspected gunman during a shooting Friday at a middle school in Noblesville, Ind., is a former Southern Illinois University football player and Mahomet, Ill., native.

Jason Seaman, 29, played defensive end for the Salukis from 2007 to 2010 and graduated with a degree in elementary education. Seaman played 47...Read more

ACLU sues Missouri school district to let senior prankster attend graduation

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri is suing the Independence School District on behalf of a senior who was banned from his graduation ceremony for, in jest, listing his high school for sale on Craigslist.

The ACLU claims that Kylan Scheele's free speech rights were violated when he was suspended for three days and denied ...Read more

N. Korean refugees in LA on the canceled US-North Korea summit: We never got our hopes up

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LOS ANGELES -- When the 34-year-old woman saw the news Thursday morning, she couldn't help but smirk.

The world had been holding its breath for the unprecedented summit between a sitting U.S. president and North Korea's leader, but she knew better than to get her hopes up. Many were caught off guard when President Donald Trump abruptly called ...Read more

Ireland votes to relax abortion laws, exit poll shows

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DUBLIN ––Ireland voted Friday 68 percent to 32 percent to liberalize the country's restrictive abortion laws, an exit poll conducted for the Irish Times showed late Friday.

Though the votes will not be counted until Saturday, the poll predicted an overwhelming victory for the "yes" campaign in a referendum that divided the traditionally ...Read more

Greitens issued a subpoena to appear before special Missouri House committee

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri House committee investigating Gov. Eric Greitens has sent a subpoena to the governor, committee chairman Rep. Jay Barnes announced Friday afternoon.

Barnes said the subpoena asks Greitens to testify on June 4, a Monday. One of Greitens' attorneys, Michelle Nasser, told the committee Friday afternoon that she ...Read more

More lawsuits filed in deadly SC prison riot

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- After the death of seven inmates at Lee Correctional Institution during a gang-related riot, two more lawsuits -- including one suing for wrongful death -- have been filed against the South Carolina Department of Corrections, according to Lee County court records.

A relative of Eddie Gaskins, a 32-year-old man incarcerated at ...Read more

Rep. Rohrabacher says it should be OK for homeowners to refuse to sell to gays

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LOS ANGELES -- Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of Costa Mesa told a group of California real estate agents this month that it should be OK for homeowners to refuse to sell their homes to gays and lesbians, prompting the National Association of Realtors to withdraw its endorsement.

"Every homeowner should be able to make a decision not to sell ...Read more

Man barges onto bus full of children, threatens driver with knife

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SAN DIEGO -- A man barged onto a school bus full of children in Campo, east of San Diego, and pulled a knife on the driver before witnesses dragged him away Friday, a sheriff's official said.

Nearby parents and an older child on the bus helped the children escape safely out the back emergency door.

Deputies arrived in time to take Matthew D. ...Read more

Trump at Naval Academy graduation: 'We are not going to apologize for America'

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- President Donald Trump told the U.S. Naval Academy's graduating class Friday that the nation is "respected again" abroad and that "We are witnessing the great reawakening of the American spirit."

On a warm, cloudless day, Trump told 783 men and 259 women graduates that the country has rediscovered its identity.

"In case you ...Read more

Publix halts political contributions after days of pushback from Parkland protestors

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MIAMI -- Supermarket giant Publix said Friday it has halted all corporate political contributions. The company made the announcement moments before a planned "die-in" protest organized by David Hogg, a vocal Parkland school shooting survivor.

Hogg and other gun violence activists were angered when news broke that the grocery store chain donated...Read more

Baltimore County officer buried two days before her 30th birthday

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BALTIMORE -- Shortly before 10 a.m., the bagpipes began and several hundred police officers rose to their feet in a church auditorium hushed but for the rustle of their dress blues. Officers wheeled in the flag-draped casket bearing the body of Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Caprio.

More than 1,000 mourners, including police officers from ...Read more

A day after canceling North Korea summit, Trump says it may be back on

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WASHINGTON -- A day after accusing North Korea of "open hostility" and calling off a June 12 summit with its leader Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump said Friday that talks with Pyongyang had resumed and expressed cautious optimism that the meeting could be held after all.

"We'll see what happens. It could even be the 12th," Trump told ...Read more

Hartford police officer injured in stabbing attack released from hospital

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Hartford Police said Friday that Officer Jill Kidik, who was severely injured in a stabbing attack last week, has been released from Hartford Hospital.

Kidik, a 12-year department veteran, was wounded during a call to a landlord-tenant dispute at an apartment building on Constitution Plaza on May 17.

Although police said it ...Read more

Former Pa. AG Kathleen Kane's conviction affirmed by state appeals court

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PHILADELPHIA -- Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane moved a big step closer to serving her jail term Friday with a ruling by the state Superior Court affirming her conviction for perjury and leaking grand jury information to hurt a rival.

Kane, 51, the state's first woman and first Democrat to be elected attorney general, was ...Read more

How summit plans collapsed: Trump sought a legacy, underestimated the difficulty

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WASHINGTON -- When it began, with a South Korean official standing outside the White House announcing that the leaders of the United States and North Korea would meet for an unprecedented summit, President Donald Trump believed he had accomplished a historic breakthrough -- an accomplishment, he told friends, that would secure his legacy and his...Read more

A doctor sells 13-second recordings he says can heal patients. The California medical board isn't buying it

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LOS ANGELES -- The website promises that audio recordings can cure dozens of ailments -- among them diarrhea, anxiety, labor pains, malaria, even a pet's infection.

Dr. William Edwin Gray III, a homeopathic doctor who practices in the Bay Area, sells these so-called eRemedies for $5 on his website. Each recording is 13 seconds long and consists...Read more

Chicago neighbors run from one shooting to the next

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CHICAGO -- Neighbors were still watching police work the scene of a shooting in Chicago when three gunshots rang out. They sounded close.

"That's the gas station across the street," a woman said. "Oh my God."

She and others ran toward the new crime scene, arriving before police had taped it off.

The shootings occurred in the span of two hours...Read more