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Judge strikes down Kansas voter law, orders Kobach to take classes

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TOPEKA, Kan. -- A federal judge has struck down a Kansas voter citizenship law that Secretary of State Kris Kobach had personally defended.

Judge Julie Robinson also ordered Kobach, who is seeking the Republican nomination for governor, to take more hours of continuing legal education after he was found in contempt and was frequently chided ...Read more

Pompeo says US agreed to 'alter' Korea armistice at summit

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump has agreed to "alter" the 1953 armistice halting the Korean War if North Korea gives up its nuclear weapons, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, revealing an apparent promise from Trump's summit with Kim Jong Un that wasn't announced at the time.

"He has made very clear his commitment to fully denuclearize ...Read more

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In-flight sexual assault reports on the rise, FBI says

BALTIMORE -- The number of sexual assault reports aboard airplanes has grown by nearly two-thirds in recent years, according to the FBI.

Sixty-three cases of in-flight sexual assault were reported to federal authorities in the last fiscal year, the FBI said. That's up from the 38 cases ...Read more

Florida has most in the nation to lose from sea rise

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Florida stands to lose more homes -- and real estate value -- to sea-rise damage than any other state in the nation this century, according to a new study.

That conclusion, in a report compiled by the Union of Concerned Scientists, was reached using housing information from Zillow and a flood model from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric ...Read more

Northwestern revokes honorary degree given to Bill Cosby

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CHICAGO -- Northwestern University has rescinded an honorary degree awarded to Bill Cosby, marking the first time the institution has taken such action.

Trustees voted unanimously Monday to invalidate Cosby's honorary doctorate of humane letters awarded in 1997, citing years of sexual assault allegations culminating in his April conviction for ...Read more

Scientists discover world's first known manta ray nursery

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SAN DIEGO -- The University of California, San Diego has discovered the world's first known nursery for manta rays, an idyllic spot in the Gulf of Mexico where the "gentle giants" approach divers along colorful reefs that seem drawn from the imagination of Walt Disney.

An exploration team led by Josh Stewart, who is finishing up his doctorate ...Read more

In-flight sexual assault reports on the rise, FBI says

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BALTIMORE -- The number of sexual assault reports aboard airplanes has grown by nearly two-thirds in recent years, according to the FBI.

Sixty-three cases of in-flight sexual assault were reported to federal authorities in the last fiscal year, the FBI said. That's up from the 38 cases reported in the 2014 fiscal year, according to the agency, ...Read more

Transgender woman sent to men's prison in Philadelphia: Experience was 'dehumanizing'

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PHILADELPHIA -- A transgender woman accused of trying to burn a flag in a crowd at Philadelphia's Pride parade says authorities referred to her by male pronouns, used her birth name, Ryan -- even though she told them it was her "dead name" and she goes by ReeAnna -- and ignored her pleas not to be housed with male inmates.

"Aside from the ...Read more

'Sleep well tonight'? Trump has yet to press North Korea on its chemical weapons

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's summit with Kim Jong Un offered a small ray of hope that North Korea might ease its nuclear threat. But left untouched in the talks was Kim's arsenal of chemical weapons, an omission that baffles some security analysts, given that Pyongyang stands accused of using such armaments and sharing the technology ...Read more

Pompeo calls China's appeals for more trade openness a 'joke'

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo amplified President Donald Trump's tough line in a brewing trade war with China in a speech on Monday, saying U.S. action was long overdue and calling Chinese appeals for greater economic openness "a joke."

"Chinese leaders over these past few weeks have been claiming openness and globalization, but it's a joke," ...Read more

Grassley says FBI had double standard in Clinton, Trump probes

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WASHINGTON -- The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said a watchdog report shows Hillary Clinton got "kid-glove" treatment from the FBI while the bureau used "brass-knuckle" tactics against Donald Trump.

"The Justice Department faces a serious credibility problem because millions of Americans suspect there is a double ...Read more

New trial for Meek Mill? Judge needs more time to decide

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PHILADELPHIA -- The judge who sent Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill to prison last fall for violating the terms of his 2008 conviction on drug and gun charges says she needs more time to decide whether he should get a new trial.

Common Pleas Court Judge Genece Brinkley said at the end of a hearing Monday that she wanted to read more statements and...Read more

Former Pa. Gov. Ed Rendell announces he has Parkinson's Disease

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PHILADELPHIA -- Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, 74, announced Monday that he has Parkinson's Disease, but that his symptoms have stabilized with aggressive treatment.

"The reason I'm going public today, I want to send a message" to people with symptoms, he said during a news conference at Pennsylvania Hospital. "Get in to see a doctor, get...Read more

Commentary: Don't follow Australia's grim path on migration

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Fariborz Karami had been held in Australia's offshore detention system for five years when he killed himself in his mouldy tent on the Pacific island of Nauru Friday. Less than a month earlier, a 52-year-old member of Burma's Rohingya ethnic group died after throwing himself from a vehicle near Australia's other offshore detention center in ...Read more

Ghani extends truce for 10 days to push Taliban toward talks

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KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has extended a rare cease-fire with the Taliban for another 10 days after his initial truce prompted an extraordinary response -- militants hugging soldiers and civilians across the war torn country.

The armed Taliban -- many on motorbikes -- appeared on the streets of towns and cities ...Read more

Trump announces 'Space Force' plan as he signs space policy directive

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President Donald Trump signed a space policy directive Monday aimed at coordinating federal and industry efforts to manage space traffic and debris ahead of the expected launch of hundreds or even thousands of small satellites.

Trump also said he would direct the Defense Department and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,...Read more

Backlash builds against Trump's policy splitting families at border, as he falsely blames Democrats

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump faced a growing backlash Monday over his administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy that since April has separated at least 2,000 children from their parents crossing the southern border, even as he continued to falsely blame Democrats for the hard-line actions.

Some Republican allies in Congress, ...Read more

Supreme Court decides not to decide on constitutionality of partisan gerrymandering

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WASHINGTON -- In a major setback for political reformers, the Supreme Court refused Monday to rule on the constitutionality of extreme partisan gerrymandering, dismissing cases from Wisconsin and Maryland for procedural reasons.

In the Wisconsin case, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said the challengers must bring complaints against their own...Read more

Trump warns US could follow path of Germany on immigration

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Monday appeared to defend his administration's policy of separating migrant families by warning that Germany's and Europe's immigration issues could be replicated here.

He used several tweets Monday morning to blast not only German and European immigration laws, but also Democratic lawmakers. The GOP ...Read more

Los Angeles mayor's office won't talk about 'inappropriate behavior' among Garcetti staff

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti moved quickly to address sexual harassment at City Hall after allegations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein last fall sparked nationwide outrage over unwanted behavior in the workplace.

Garcetti ordered new reporting protocols, unveiled a city website for workers to lodge allegations and ...Read more