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Passenger dies from fall on board Carnival cruise ship, report says

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- A man died after falling from the ninth to the fifth deck on board a Carnival Cruise Line ship on Friday, according to a report on WINK-TV, based in Fort Myers.

The cruise line confirmed the unidentified passenger died on board the Carnival Horizon on its way back to Miami from a six-night Western Caribbean voyage.

"We can ...Read more

Bushfires smoke blankets Sydney as firefighters brace for heat, wind

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SYDNEY -- A thick smoke haze from bushfires around New South Wales blanketed the city of Sydney and its outskirts Tuesday as three Australian states head into tough days with searing temperatures and high winds.

Sydney residents have been urged to "stay vigilant" amid severe fire dangers as temperatures surpassed 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees ...Read more

NJ legislators seek to put recreational marijuana issue on ballot

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A majority of New Jersey residents support legal marijuana, polls show.

The majority of state legislators in Trenton do not.

In March, the Democratic-controlled Legislature scuttled a vote to legalize weed for adult recreational use when state Senate President Stephen Sweeney, a Gloucester Democrat, said there weren't enough lawmakers on board...Read more

California is taking vaping giant Juul to court

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SACRAMENTO -- California and Los Angeles County officials announced a lawsuit against Juul Labs Inc. on Monday, alleging the vaping brand targeted young people through advertising and failed to give warnings about health risks posed by using e-cigarettes with nicotine.

Although the state bars sales of the devices to people under age 21, the ...Read more

Death of San Diego State University student part of disturbing trend at nation's fraternities

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SAN DIEGO -- From Ithaca, N.Y., to State College, Penn., to Pullman, Wash., to San Diego, parents are in grief and asking a painful question:

Why did my child die in an incident that, on some level, involved a fraternity?

It's an old, intractable problem that has been particularly horrifying this fall.

Since early October, a fraternity member...Read more

Dad used teen daughter as bait to catch alleged molester, San Jose authorities say

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The actions of a Santa Clara County, Calif., prosecutor have come under scrutiny after authorities say he used his teenage daughter as bait to catch a man accused of molesting her.

The father, who works for the Santa Clara County district attorney's office and who has not been identified, videotaped an encounter earlier this month between his ...Read more

PG&E may shut down power to 264,000 customers in Northern California

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LOS ANGELES -- In a now-familiar warning, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. notified hundreds of thousands of customers Monday that it may shut off power amid dry and windy conditions posing an increased fire risk.

The utility said 264,000 customers in parts of 22 counties in the Sierra foothills and north Bay Area -- including Alameda, Butte, El ...Read more

Pa. will no longer hold death row prisoners in endless solitary confinement

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PHILADELPHIA -- After nearly two decades in death row solitary confinement in a Pennsylvania state prison, Jimmy Dennis could no longer endure the humiliation of being strip-searched and shackled to move between the cage of his 8-by-12-foot cell, the cage of a work station in the law library, the cage of the small, fenced-in exercise yard, and ...Read more

Venezuelan gold pilot pleads guilty for light sentence; US keeps $5 million haul

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MIAMI -- Two Venezuelans charged with smuggling about $5 million worth of gold bars in a private plane to South Florida have cut plea deals with federal prosecutors to gain light prison sentences along with immediate deportation to Venezuela.

Pilot Victor Fossi Grieco, 51, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to transport 230 pounds of gold ...Read more

Miami professor who wrote book on organized crime laundered millions in dirty money, feds say

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MIAMI -- A University of Miami professor who studies organized crime and drug cartels was accused Monday of engaging in a plot to launder millions in dirty money from Venezuela.

Federal prosecutors in New York announced that Bruce Bagley, 73, was charged with money laundering and conspiracy after he "opened bank accounts for the express purpose...Read more

GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik seizes spotlight at Trump impeachment proceedings

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WASHINGTON -- She went out of her way to confront Adam B. Schiff.

The House Intelligence Committee was gathered for its second open hearing of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump when Elise Stefanik stormed into the spotlight.

"This is the fifth time you have interrupted members of Congress, duly elected members of Congress," ...Read more

Fuel trapped on burned superyachts could pose environmental threat

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FORT LAUDERDALE -- Investigators continue to monitor the fuel tanks of two superyachts that were destroyed in the city's largest and costliest fire to make sure their 2,500 gallons of fuel do not spread into waterways.

The Reflections and the Lohengrin -- worth $20 million jointly -- were under renovation at Universal Marine Center off State ...Read more

Chick-fil-A no longer funding Salvation Army, Fellowship of Christian Athletes

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ATLANTA -- Atlanta-based Chick-Fil-A has stopped donating to The Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, two organizations that have come under fire from LGBTQ activists.

The company told the Thomson Reuters Foundation it has stopped donating to the organizations on Monday, according to CNBC.

"We made multiyear commitments to ...Read more

Weapons and social media are examined for clues in Santa Clarita school shooting

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LOS ANGELES -- Authorities this week are examining weapons seized from the home of a teenager they say opened fire at Saugus High School and are scrubbing social media accounts, trying to learn more about the violence that left two students dead and three wounded in Santa Clarita.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department homicide Capt. Kent ...Read more

Easy fire cost Reagan Library $500,000, including destroyed banners and olive trees

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LOS ANGELES -- Last month's Easy fire in Simi Valley cost the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum nearly half a million dollars after the flames chewed through olive trees, presidential banners and an internet and cable box that took down the library's network, officials said.

The fire licked the perimeter of the 125,000-square-foot ...Read more

Gunman at large after husband and wife shot to death in 'targeted' attack in suburban Chicago parking garage, officials say

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Buffalo Grove police are searching for a gunman after a husband and wife were shot to death Sunday in what police are calling a "targeted" attack in the parking garage of the condominium where they lived, police in the Chicago suburb said Monday.

At a news conference Monday, police Chief Steven Casstevens said that the 69-year-old man and his ...Read more

Stopgap bill to avoid partial government shutdown hung up over last-minute riders

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WASHINGTON -- Disputes over potential add-ons were holding up a deal Monday on a monthlong stopgap funding measure needed to avoid a partial government shutdown starting Thursday at midnight.

The continuing resolution is expected to keep the government open through Dec. 20 and fund agencies mostly at their current spending rates held over from ...Read more

Violence spreads in Bolivia: Here's what you need to know

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MEXICO CITY -- The Andean nation of Bolivia, home to 11 million, has been engulfed in political turmoil since disputed elections were held last month. Ex-President Evo Morales is now in exile in Mexico.

Some questions and answers about the Bolivian crisis.

-- Who is Evo Morales?

Morales, 60, was elected in 2005 on a socialist platform and ...Read more

Supreme Court temporarily halts house bid for Trump financial records

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts temporarily blocked a subpoena from a House panel for President Donald Trump's financial records while the Supreme Court considers a request for a longer delay.

The administrative stay, which gave no indication how Roberts or the court might ultimately rule, came hours after the House told the ...Read more

2 victims identified in mass shooting in Fresno as famous singers by Hmong news

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FRESNO, Calif. -- At least two of the victims shot Sunday night in southeast Fresno were identified as famous Hmong singers, including Xyy Lee, who died, according to Hmong Talk, an online news source.

Four men were killed and six other wounded late Sunday when unidentified gunmen sneaked into the backyard of a southeast Fresno home and opened ...Read more