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Hawley blames McCaskill for campaign's high legal spending

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WASHINGTON -- Top GOP Senate recruit Josh Hawley has spent more than $110,000 on lawyers since he launched his campaign four months ago --about 20 percent of his total spending so far in the race, and a sum that experts say is unusually high.

His campaign blames Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, the Democrat Hawley hopes to oust in November, for ...Read more

A familiar pattern? Russian trolls on Twitter 'rile' Americans on gun violence

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WASHINGTON -- An organization that monitors Russian trolling has spotted a peculiar similarity between certain types of social media postings that went up immediately after the Oct. 1 Las Vegas festival shootings and again after last week's shootings at a school in Parkland, Fla.

The pattern: A day after the tragedy, the trolls tweet on all ...Read more

On gun issue, Trump and Rubio elicit different reactions from conservatives

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OXON HILL, Md. -- President Donald Trump has political capital to spend on limited gun regulation. But not Sen. Marco Rubio.

In the aftermath of last week's deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., both Trump and Rubio -- rivals for the GOP nomination in 2016 -- have emerged as two of the most prominent faces ...Read more

Mueller more than doubles criminal charges against Manafort and Gates

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WASHINGTON -- Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III filed a vastly expanded criminal indictment against President Donald Trump's former campaign manager and his partner Thursday, more than doubling the number of charges they face.

Paul W. Manafort Jr. and Richard J. Gates III were first charged with 12 counts on Oct. 30. Both pleaded not guilty...Read more

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens indicted on felony invasion of privacy

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was indicted Thursday afternoon by a St. Louis grand jury on felony invasion of privacy.

The charges stem from a 2015 affair and allegations that he threatened to release a nude photograph of the woman, taken while she was blindfolded and her hands were bound, if she ever spoke publicly about ...Read more

Trump denies break with NRA, says lobby group 'wants to do what's right'

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Thursday doubled down on arming school teachers while defending the National Rifle Association -- even as he broke ranks with the powerful gun rights organization on a key gun ownership proposal.

Trump defended the NRA and its CEO, Wayne LaPierre, who have come under intense pressure from Parkland, Fla., ...Read more

School cop resigns after shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The police officer assigned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has resigned after a shooting rampage that left 17 people dead.

Scot Peterson, a deputy for the Broward Sheriff's Office, came under scrutiny after 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz entered the school with an AR-15 rifle and killed 14 students and three ...Read more

School cop who 'never went in' after shooting has resigned

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MIAMI -- Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said Thursday the school resource officer stationed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was suspended without pay after he learned the deputy never went into the building when the shooting began.

Scott Peterson chose to resign and retire Thursday morning, Israel said.

A review of surveillance video ...Read more

Wildfires at Guantanamo Navy base force evacuation of some housing areas

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MIAMI -- A wildfire that broke out on the Cuban side of Guantanamo Bay jumped the fence line Thursday, threatening U.S. Navy base buildings and forcing evacuations of four neighborhoods, including one where prison guards live.

"Right now everyone is safe," base spokeswoman Julie Ann Ripley said Thursday afternoon. Base workers were "doing a ...Read more

Immigrants group sees trump as racist in ending refugee program

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NEW YORK -- Haitian and Salvadoran refugees sued President Donald Trump, claiming his administration's decision to end protections that allowed them to stay in the U.S. was "tainted by racial animus."

The lawsuit, filed in Boston federal court, seeks to block the administration from ending the Temporary Protected Status program that allowed ...Read more

Bodies of 3 men discovered in San Francisco

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Police are investigating after the bodies of three men were discovered Thursday on the street near a high school in the city's Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, authorities said.

A person who works in the area found the three men on the sidewalk around 4:30 a.m. on Page Street near Urban School of San Francisco, police said.

The ...Read more

GOP rattled by Pennsylvania congressional race in the heart of Trump country

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CARNEGIE, Pa. -- The dismayed laborers from shuttered coal yards and steel mills didn't have to shift political allegiances to vote for Donald Trump in this part of the Rust Belt. They had been electing Republicans long before he showed up on the ballot.

That explains why party leaders in a congressional district stretching from the Pittsburgh ...Read more

Will a burst of new, young energy break an old impasse over gun laws?

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For days now, the airwaves and social media have been filled with the voices of young people, thick with righteousness and anger, vowing never again.

But will the student-led protests against gun violence dramatically change the politics and lead the president and Congress to act in a way that other explosions of fury and grief -- after ...Read more

Illinois governor drinks chocolate milk to demonstrate his commitment to diversity

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CHICAGO -- In an awkward onstage appearance this week, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner drank a glass of chocolate milk to demonstrate his belief in diversity.

"It's really, really good," Rauner said after taking a sip of the sugary drink. "Diversity!"

The clunky corporate metaphor was the brainchild of Hyatt Hotels diversity and inclusion executive...Read more

Calif. state senator accused of misconduct resigns after colleagues move to expel him

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Tony Mendoza, a former East Los Angeles elementary school teacher who moved swiftly from local to state government elected offices, resigned from the California Senate on Thursday as his colleagues moved to formally expel him after a series of sexual misconduct accusations.

The resignation was the culmination of an almost ...Read more

Case closed: Oldest known cave art proves Neanderthals were just as sophisticated as humans

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A red hand stencil. A series of lines that look like a ladder. A collection of red dots.

These images, painted in ocher on the walls of three separate caves in Spain, are the oldest-known examples of cave art ever found. And new research suggests that all three were created not by humans, but by our ancient cousins the Neanderthals.

In a paper...Read more

Man crashes car into Connecticut hospital entrance, sets himself on fire

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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- A man in his 20s crashed his car through the emergency room entrance at Middlesex Hospital Thursday morning and apparently set himself on fire, Mayor Daniel Drew said.

Drew said the act was intentional, but he would not speculate on the motive. The FBI, state police and Hartford bomb squads responded to the hospital and ...Read more

Trump berates California, threatens to pull federal immigration agents

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Thursday lambasted California officials for how they are dealing with gangs and threatened to pull immigration and border agents out of the state to show just how bad things would be without federal help.

Federal agents are working to defeat gangs like MS-13, the president said, but the gang members "come...Read more

An amateur astronomer testing a new camera happens to catch a supernova as it's being born

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Peering at a distant galaxy, an amateur astronomer in Argentina managed to capture a star in the act of going supernova. The chances of this discovery, scientists say, are 1-in-a-million at best.

This lucky find, described in the journal Nature, offers the first images of the sudden brightening caused by a shock in the star's core -- a process ...Read more

A fire may have damaged precious relics at Tibet's holiest temple. China says no β€” but experts aren't sure

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BEIJING -- A fire broke out at Tibet's most sacred temple on Saturday, and the public knows no more.

The blaze may have severely damaged the 1,300 year-old temple and many of its precious architectural features, murals and relics; or perhaps it was small and quickly extinguished, and the temple is more or less fine.

On Saturday evening, ...Read more