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Manafort judge denies request to dismiss count in indictment

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NEWARK, N.J. -- A federal judge denied a request by Paul Manafort, the former campaign chairman for President Donald Trump, to dismiss one of two counts in an indictment as unnecessarily overlapping.

Special counsel Robert Mueller didn't violate the double-jeopardy clause of the U.S. Constitution by charging Manafort with two crimes based on ...Read more

USC President C.L. Max Nikias to step down

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LOS ANGELES -- University of Southern California President C.L. Max Nikias, whose tenure was marked by a significant boost in the university's prestige and fundraising prowess but tarnished by a series of damaging scandals, is stepping down from his post, the university's Board of Trustees announced Friday.

The move comes after more than a week...Read more

California's physician-assisted suicide law is overturned — for now

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LOS ANGELES -- Nearly two years after it was enacted, California's physician-assisted suicide law is, at least for the moment, no longer in effect.

A Riverside County judge who ruled against the law last week issued a formal judgment Friday deeming it unconstitutional. Legal experts said that meant the law had been overturned.

The law allowed ...Read more

Wind and storm surge watches issued for Florida as Alberto moves north

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Wind and storm surge watches were posted across the Florida Gulf coast Friday as Subtropical Storm Alberto continued northward.

The western tip of Florida's Panhandle was at the center of the projected impact zone and while Alberto's strongest winds were expected to stay well offshore until then, forecasters cautioned that storm's path ...Read more

This futuristic pill senses signs of disease inside the body, then sends a wireless alert to a phone

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In the 1966 science fiction classic "Fantastic Voyage," a submarine crew is miniaturized so it can squeeze inside a human body and travel to a hot spot where medical assistance is needed.

A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has adapted this idea for real life, replacing the shrunken squad with specially engineered E. coli ...Read more

Judge strikes down Florida Legislature's ban on smoking medical marijuana

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. --A Leon County circuit court judge ruled Friday afternoon that the state's ban on smoking medical marijuana is unconstitutional, setting up continued legal fights as the state likely appeals the decision.

In a 22-page order, Judge Karen Gievers said that the Legislature's ban on smoking medical cannabis conflicted with the ...Read more

With Trump's North Korea summit off, is the trade war with China back on?

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WASHINGTON -- Only a week ago, the drums of a trade war seemed to be quieting as the Trump administration put a hold on plans to tax Chinese imports and there was talk of a so-called skinny deal emerging from renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

But just like that, things could be simmering again after two abrupt moves by ...Read more

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