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Q&A: Wealthy parents in admissions scandal under intense pressure to make deals. Here's why

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LOS ANGELES -- The wealthy parents accused in the sweeping college admissions cheating scandal have been pilloried, and some have lost jobs.

They face prison time if convicted in the massive fraud scheme.

Now, sources say some of them are under pressure to cooperate with federal prosecutors, who are looking to expand the case. Prosecutors got ...Read more

Why Ronald Reagan's daughter isn't happy with Trump's 'MAGA' slogan her father coined

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Ronald Reagan may have been the first to popularize "Make America Great Again," but former first daughter Patti Davis says he'd be "horrified" by what President Donald Trump has done with the slogan, Yahoo News reports.

"I think it's taken on, obviously, a completely different meaning because what it seems to mean now is 'let's make America ...Read more

EU commission warns of 'risks' as May seeks June 30 Brexit delay

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LONDON -- British Prime Minister Theresa May wrote to European Council President Donald Tusk on Wednesday to request a delay in Britain leaving the European Union until June 30, but the bloc's executive immediately warned of serious "risks."

May told Parliament she did not want a longer extension that could involve Britain taking part in ...Read more

Border Patrol says detention centers are full — and starts releasing migrants

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MCALLEN, Texas -- The Border Patrol released 50 recently apprehended migrants here Tuesday, the first of several hundred border-crossers who officials say will soon be freed because there is no room to hold them.

Normally, the Border Patrol would transfer the migrants to Immigration and Customs Enforcement to be "processed" and in many cases ...Read more

Recent superbug cases linked to weight-loss surgeries in Tijuana prompt fresh warning

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SAN DIEGO -- With several patients in local hospitals struggling to recover, public health officials are warning San Diego doctors to be on the lookout for signs of a deadly infection linked to weight-loss surgeries performed in Tijuana.

The county Health and Human Services Agency this week alerted the medical community that four patients have ...Read more

Miami Beach holds emergency spring break meeting: 'We need to make it a lot less fun'

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MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- A brawl on the beach, a young woman knocked unconscious near Ocean Drive, police officers injured, a driver on the MacArthur Causeway serving alcohol to passengers in another vehicle, and a tourist flying out of the car window and getting run over on her way to the airport.

These are some of the incidents that prompted ...Read more

Amid crisis, Rubio visits Haiti to urge dialogue between president and opposition

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is headed to Haiti, where he plans to spend the day on Wednesday urging dialogue between the country's embattled president and opposition parties calling for his resignation.

The Florida Republican senator is visiting as chairman of the Senate's Western Hemisphere subcommittee, said Laura Ortiz, who handles foreign policy ...Read more

Ocasio-Cortez's campaign finance has critics crying hypocrisy

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WASHINGTON -- Democratic firebrand Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rode into office railing against the influence of big money and hidden donors in U.S. elections. Yet the political operation that helped elect her to Congress was itself less than transparent -- exposing her to attacks from conservative foes.

The New York congresswoman raised a hefty $...Read more

As Hong Kong grows, locals contend with a big fat hairy wildlife problem

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HONG KONG -- Out of the darkness appeared a snout.

"Fei zhu! Fat pig!" 8-year-old Shino Chen shouted to her younger brother as she jumped up and down and pointed at a wild boar.

The hairy black pig, which must have weighed at least 150 pounds, grunted and snuffled through a flimsy, old fence along the sidewalk. The children tiptoed toward the ...Read more

Q&A: Some real facts about fake news and its influence on US elections

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With another presidential election around the corner, a question from the last still lingers: Did fake news help Donald Trump beat Hilary Clinton in the race for the White House?

It depends on whom you ask, and how you define "fake news." Donald Trump, for example, tends to lob the term at mainstream media outlets when he doesn't like what they...Read more

A political awakening: How Howard University shaped Kamala Harris' identity

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WASHINGTON -- The war on drugs had erupted, apartheid was raging, Jesse Jackson would soon make the campus a staging ground for his inaugural presidential bid. Running for student office in 1982 at Howard University -- the school that nurtured Thurgood Marshall, Toni Morrison and Stokely Carmichael -- was no joke.

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., ...Read more

A tiny Illinois town has become the latest battleground in the effort to build an immigration detention center near Chicago

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CHICAGO -- Mary Flott thinks of her hometown of Dwight, Ill., as a quiet, quaint village. But she worries that if a proposed development is built, people will identify it more with a large immigration detention center that would sit on the side of the highway.

Flott, 71, had already been opposed to President Donald Trump's policies when she ...Read more

Trump nominates former airline executive to lead the FAA

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump named former airline executive Stephen Dickson to run the Federal Aviation Administration as the agency faces scrutiny for its role in approving the Boeing Co. 737 Max for service before two fatal crashes of the jetliner.

The FAA administrator job has been vacant since Michael Huerta, who had been appointed ...Read more

Daily use of high-potency marijuana linked to higher incidence of psychosis, new study claims

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The daily use of high-potency marijuana may strongly increase the likelihood of developing a psychotic disorder, according to a new study.

Those who used cannabis every day were three times more likely to have a diagnosis of first-episode psychosis compared with people who had never used cannabis, according to the study, published Tuesday in ...Read more

Kazakhstan's long-serving President Nazarbayev announces resignation

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MOSCOW -- Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev shocked the nation Tuesday by announcing that he is resigning his position after nearly 30 years in power.

"I have decided to end my duties as president," the 78-year-old leader said in a televised address to the nation.

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the speaker of the upper chamber of Kazakhstan's ...Read more

Retired UT professor becomes first woman to receive top prize in mathematics

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- A retired University of Texas professor has become the first woman to receive the world's top prize in mathematics, granted for her pioneering work in geometric analysis, which studies curved shapes and surfaces.

Karen Uhlenbeck, who taught mathematics at UT from 1987 to 2014, has been awarded the 2019 Abel Prize, which ...Read more

Sister of alleged killer Lois Riess is accused of purposely running over adult son

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The sister of accused double murderer Lois Riess ran over her 37-year-old son purposely with a full-size SUV in the family's driveway and inflicted serious injuries, authorities said Tuesday.

Cynthia Grund, 58, was arrested late Monday afternoon at the scene in Salem Township and remains jailed ahead of a court appearance ...Read more

Biden has started telling supporters he plans to run for president, source says

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WASHINGTON -- Former Vice President Joe Biden has begun telling some supporters that he'll jump into the 2020 Democratic race, which he'd enter as the instant front-runner in a diverse field of candidates vying to challenge President Donald Trump, a person familiar with the conversations said.

Biden, 76, has led in early-state and national ...Read more

Nation and world news briefs

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Judge says Trump is jumping the gun on military transgender ban

NEW YORK -- The U.S. government is "incorrect" in claiming that there are no further impediments to President Donald Trump's promised ban on transgender Americans serving in the military, a federal judge said.

The administration said on March 8 that it would issue a memorandum ...Read more

US negotiators see China pushing back on trade vows

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WASHINGTON -- Some U.S. negotiators are concerned that China is pushing back against American demands in trade talks as progress slows toward a deal that could give President Donald Trump a boost for his 2020 re-election bid, according to people familiar with the talks.

Chinese officials have shifted their stance with the view that while they ...Read more


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