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After blackface incident, minority students at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo say they don't feel welcome

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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Aaliyah Ramos was walking through the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo campus last year when a prospective student approached her.

Ramos was the only black person, the young woman said, that she and her mother had seen that day. They asked about the quality of education and the diversity of the student body.

Ramos, a ...Read more

Republican Debbie Lesko wins Arizona special election

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Former Republican state Sen. Debbie Lesko won the special election in Arizona's 8th District on Tuesday night, but by a relatively slim margin in a district that President Donald Trump easily carried in 2016.

With most of the votes counted, Lesko had 53 percent of the vote to 47 percent for Democrat Hiral Tipirneni, according to the Arizona ...Read more

New Dreamers may be coming as Trump loses another DACA fight

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Yet another federal court has prohibited the Trump administration from ending the Obama-era program offering protection from deportation for hundreds of thousands of children of undocumented immigrants, this time setting a road map for the government to begin accepting new applications.

U.S. District Judge John Bates in ...Read more

Boca Raton, Fla., mayor booked on felony charges of official misconduct

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie was booked on felony charges of official misconduct Tuesday night and plans to withdraw her candidacy for the county commission, sources told the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Acting on complaints, prosecutors began their investigation of Haynie, 62, the same month she was elected mayor of ...Read more

In tiny Illinois town, residents hesitate to acknowledge accused shooter as one of their own

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MORTON, Ill. -- Four hundred miles from Nashville, Tenn., in a small, bedroom community surrounded by Illinois farmland and divided by a winding, two-lane road, news of the fatal Waffle House shooting roared into town like an unexpected storm.

The town of 16,000, which touts itself as the Pumpkin Capital of the World, is protective of its image...Read more

Sailor charged with possessing explosives stolen from San Diego Navy ship

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SAN DIEGO -- A sailor was arrested Tuesday morning on suspicion of possessing 20 military-grade grenades that had been stolen from a San Diego-based Navy destroyer -- explosives that were later found abandoned on the side of a freeway in Arizona.

Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Aaron A. Booker, 31, is charged with one count of possession of stolen ...Read more

Wife of man involved in affair kills rival, self, police say

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PHILADELPHIA--On paper, Meredith Chapman and Jennair Gerardot had plenty in common.

Both were well-educated, accomplished women with backgrounds in marketing. Both had notable ties to Delaware: Chapman once ran for office there, and worked for much of the last eight years at the University of Delaware. Gerardot lived in Wilmington, and her ...Read more

HUD Secretary Ben Carson tours women's homeless center on LA's skid row

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LOS ANGELES -- Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson toured a homeless women's center on L.A.'s skid row Tuesday as part of a fact-finding trip to local public-private partnerships and faith-based programs tackling homelessness and job training.

Carson, whose agency provided a record $109 million last year to L.A.'s battle with one...Read more

Fired Fla. professor who called Sandy Hook massacre a hoax denied new trial

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A former Florida Atlantic University professor is not entitled to a new trial over his claim that he was fired in retaliation for calling the Sandy Hook massacre a hoax, a judge ruled Tuesday.

The decision by U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenberg comes four months after a jury rejected James Tracy's free speech lawsuit.

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Parkland school shooter can keep publicly funded defense team

MIAMI -- Faced with a massive criminal case against him and the possibility of the death penalty, mass shooter Nikolas Cruz can keep his taxpayer-funded defense team, a judge ruled this week.

That means the Broward Public Defender's Office will continue in its quest to keep the 19-...Read more

Defendants in water slide murder case want separate trials

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The five defendants facing serious criminal charges for the 2016 death of a young boy on the Verruckt water slide in Kansas City, Kan., are asking for separate trials.

In a filing Tuesday in Wyandotte County District Court, Jeff Henry, John Schooley and Henry & Sons Construction, the general contractor, argue they cannot be ...Read more

Former Chris Christie allies try to avoid prison in bridge scandal

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NEWARK, N.J. -- Chris Christie is no longer governor of New Jersey, but the political scandal that helped derail his bid for the White House hasn't gone away.

Four and a half years after Christie loyalists caused notorious traffic jams near the George Washington Bridge, lawyers are still debating whether the bizarre scheme crossed the line from...Read more

Michigan woman found living with boyfriend's decomposing body

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DETROIT -- Police in Warren, Mich., are investigating the death of a man whose badly decomposed body was found in bed during a welfare check at his home Monday, Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer told the Detroit Free Press on Tuesday.

He identified the body as that of George Curtis, 68, who lived in the bungalow-style house.

Dwyer said a 62-year-...Read more

Parkland school shooter can keep publicly funded defense team

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MIAMI -- Faced with a massive criminal case against him and the possibility of the death penalty, mass shooter Nikolas Cruz can keep his taxpayer-funded defense team, a judge ruled this week.

That means the Broward Public Defender's Office will continue in its quest to keep the 19-year-old off Florida's death row for the Feb. 14 massacre at ...Read more

Rep. Duncan Hunter sets up legal fund amid criminal investigation

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., has filed paperwork to establish a legal expense fund amid an ongoing federal criminal investigation into whether he misused campaign cash.

Hunter filed the required paperwork March 27, seeking a rarely granted "Legal Expense Fund" through which members of Congress under investigation or being sued in...Read more

3 missing Mexican students were slain, their bodies dissolved in acid

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MEXICO CITY -- Three Mexican film students whose disappearance last month sparked large-scale protests in the city of Guadalajara were beaten, killed and their bodies dissolved in acid, Mexican authorities said Monday.

Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the gruesome crime, said officials of the attorney general's office in ...Read more

Pence, once a Greitens ally, postpones Missouri trip on eve of governor's criminal trial

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WASHINGTON -- Vice President Mike Pence's office says it has canceled a Missouri rally and fundraiser next month because of a scheduling conflict -- and not out of concern that the trip would too closely coincide with the upcoming felony trial of Gov. Eric Greitens, with whom Pence has had some close political ties.

Pence won't attend a ...Read more

Officials release causes of death for 7 inmates killed in S. Carolina prison riot

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Officials Tuesday released more information about how seven inmates were killed during a riot at Lee Correctional Institution earlier this month.

According to Lee County Coroner Larry Logan, all seven died from exsanguination, or severe blood loss, due to multiple sharp force injuries due to stab wounds and incised wounds.

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Trump's EPA proposes to block regulators from considering a wide range of scientific studies

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration launched an attack on the science behind many of the nation's clean air and clean water rules, announcing a proposal Tuesday that would effectively prevent regulators from considering a wide range of health studies when they look at new regulations.

The plan by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator...Read more

Veterans Affairs nominee may withdraw, Trump suggests

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that he was nudging aside Dr. Ronny Jackson, his nominee to head the Veterans Affairs Department, after senators canceled his nomination hearing to investigate allegations of inappropriate behavior.

"I told Admiral Jackson just a little while ago ... I said, 'What do you need this for?'" ...Read more