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Congressional leaders haggle over abortion rights and healthcare in dispute over spending bill

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WASHINGTON -- Congressional negotiators laboring to write a trillion-dollar plan to fund the federal government are caught up in last-minute partisan disputes over abortion rights and health care costs, among other matters.

House and Senate leaders must agree on a package before Friday's deadline to avert another government shutdown, which ...Read more

39 Indians kidnapped by Islamic State in Iraq were killed, officials say

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MUMBAI, India -- India said Tuesday that 39 of its citizens who were abducted by Islamic State militants had been found dead in northern Iraq, ending a four-year mystery that had gripped the South Asian nation.

India's foreign minister, Sushma Swaraj, told Parliament that Iraqi authorities found 39 bodies buried under a mound near a village ...Read more

Shooting reported at St. Mary's County high school in Maryland

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Great Mills High School in St. Mary's County is on lockdown after a shooting there Tuesday morning, the school district confirmed.

"There has been a Shooting at Great Mills High School. The school is on lock down the event is contained, the Sheriff's office is on the scene additional information to follow," St. Mary's County Public Schools ...Read more

California city wants no part of 'sanctuary state' laws

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LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. -- With about 12,000 residents spread across a few miles of suburban Southern California, Los Alamitos is better known for its good schools and small-town charms than political activism.

But the city now finds itself at the center of a rebellion against California's "sanctuary" policies, which aim to protect immigrants here...Read more

Package believed to be bound for Austin explodes at FedEx facility near San Antonio

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AUSTIN, Texas -- A package destined for Austin exploded at a FedEx ground delivery facility in Schertz, Texas, northeast of San Antonio, according to federal authorities.

A federal official said that based on preliminary reports, the package was addressed from Austin to a recipient in Austin.

That official declined to be identified because ...Read more

Implementation of metals tariffs remains muddled days before they take effect

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WASHINGTON – As the Trump administration barrels ahead with its plan to apply stiff tariffs on imported metals starting Friday, governments and businesses around the world are in a fog about what is happening and are bracing for at least a short-term hit because of what many criticize as the administration's slapdash process.

When President ...Read more

Electrical brain stimulation could benefit children with cerebral palsy, study finds

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Every so often, Hadley Lucca will spend hours in front of her bedroom mirror, struggling to put on earrings or pull her long, golden locks back into ponytails.

For Hadley, 11, activities that other girls her age take for granted can sometimes seem insurmountable. As an infant, she survived a stroke that resulted in hemiplegia, a ...Read more

Democrats consider attacking their own California candidates to win back Congress

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WASHINGTON -- The filing deadline for California's June primary has passed, but Democrats and their affiliated groups aren't done trying to shape the field of candidates running to unseat Republican members of Congress.

Facing the risk that the party could get shut out of the general election race for one or more competitive Republican-held ...Read more

Stoneman Douglas student David Hogg says gun reform activism is a way to cope with grief

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PARKLAND, Fla. -- Fresh off an evening flight from New York City where he appeared on several news shows, David Hogg darts into his house in Parkland, grabs a box of chocolates -- a gift for a friend -- and hops into his Honda Accord.

Within minutes, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School comes into view in the distance. It's two weeks after the ...Read more

Democrats notching key legislative victories ahead of elections

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WASHINGTON -- Moderate Senate Democrats on the ballot in 2018 are racking up a number of key legislative victories in advance of what is expected to be a bitter midterm election cycle.

The successes on bills ranging from veterans issues to bank regulation and tax credits for so-called clean coal technology are the kind of achievements that can ...Read more

DNA in the water could help reveal where endangered manatees live

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MIAMI -- As big as they are, Florida manatees aren't always so easy to find.

Aerial surveys used by the state to conduct annual counts have been criticized for sometimes under- or over-estimating the lumbering sea cows and rely on statistical calculations. The expensive flights can't always cover the vast network of canals, springs and ...Read more

Pro-gun control student suspended for using foul language in call to congressional staffer

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LAS VEGAS -- Last week, Noah Christiansen walked out of school, along with thousands of other students across the country, as a part of the nationwide protest to bring about gun control legislation.

During those 17 minutes out of class at Robert McQueen High School in Reno, he called the office of his congressman -- Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev. -- ...Read more

US is said to plan heavy China tariff hit as soon as this week

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration plans to impose tariffs worth as much as $60 billion on Chinese products as early as this week to punish Beijing for what the U.S. perceives as intellectual property theft from American businesses, according to two people familiar with the matter.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is leading an ...Read more

Trump attacks Iranian government while delivering Nowruz holiday message

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump used the annual presidential statement marking the Persian holiday of Nowruz to criticize Iran's government and military leaders with sharp-tongued language rarely before seen in a celebratory presidential message.

"The history of Nowruz is rooted in Iran, where for millennia a proud nation has overcome ...Read more

Austin on edge after fourth bombing injures two people

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Richard Herrington was near the window in his television room Sunday night when he heard a sound in the distance that took him back to his Army days: the "distinctive thump" of a mortar detonating.

His first thought: "It's the bomber."

He was right. The explosion was the fourth in a series of attacks this month that ...Read more

Scientists fly across the country to see how germs spread on airplanes

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If you're the type of traveler who worries about catching the flu or another dreaded disease from a fellow airline passenger, a new study should put your mind at ease.

If a plane takes off with one infected flier, it is likely to land on the other side of the country with only 1.7 infected fliers, researchers found.

What you really need to ...Read more

Nikolas Cruz's brother arrested, accused of trespassing at Stoneman Douglas High

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Zachary Cruz, the brother of the man who killed 17 students and staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was arrested Monday, accused of trespassing at the Parkland school, officials said.

The Broward Sheriff's Office said Zachary, 18, rode his skateboard at 4:30 p.m. across the campus where his older ...Read more

Calif. congressional candidate, a Navy vet, says prior service should be required to run for office

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SAN DIEGO -- Former Navy SEAL Josh Butner is under fire for comments he made taking a shot at his Democratic opponent for Congress, saying, "It should be a requirement to have served to even run."

The comment came in an interview with Voice of San Diego.

"When you look at anybody for any political office you should look at their past ...Read more

Weinstein Co. has filed for bankruptcy and will pursue a sale

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LOS ANGELES -- Harvey Weinstein's embattled movie studio -- once a premier maker of award-winning films -- has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy more than five months after sexual misconduct allegations against its co-founder sent the company spiraling out of control, the company's board said late Monday night.

The filing, submitted in Delaware, ...Read more

Trump-Sessions relations at crossroads after attack on Mueller

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's aides are watching for two key encounters this week to see if Attorney General Jeff Sessions has finally extricated himself from the danger of being fired, in part by ousting the former No. 2 official at the FBI, according to two people familiar with the situation.

Sessions' standing improved after his Friday night ...Read more