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Confederate group, activists hold competing ceremonies at Chicago cemetery

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CHICAGO -- The differences start in how the burial markers look at Oak Woods Cemetery on the city's South Side.

One, a Confederate Mound, lists the names of thousands of Confederate soldiers who were captured and died at Camp Douglas in Chicago. It's topped with a bronze statute of a Confederate infantry soldier. Farther north, a simple ...Read more

Travel 700 mph in a vacuum tube? Hyperloop promises a 30-minute trip from Chicago to Cleveland, but multiple challenges ahead

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CHICAGO -- Suppose you want to go to Cleveland from Chicago -- how fast can you get there?

A car ride takes around five hours. A plane takes an hour and 20 minutes, not counting waiting time in the airport.

Hyperloop technology, which involves a system composed of a vacuum and magnets to propel vehicle pods through a tube, could theoretically ...Read more

Climate change will make California's drought-flood cycle more volatile, study finds

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Californians should expect more dramatic swings between dry and wet years as the climate warms, according to a new study that found it likely that the state will be hit by devastating, widespread flooding in coming decades.

UC researchers in essence found that California's highly volatile climate will become even more volatile as human-caused ...Read more

Congress sets modest to-do list amid polarized election campaign

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WASHINGTON -- Republicans are showing little appetite for big action in what may be their last months in full control of Congress.

The House took much of last week off and doesn't get back to Washington until Tuesday. The Senate is bogged down in confirmation hearings. And many lawmakers are already focused on their first election campaigns ...Read more

Judge: Bill Cosby's lawyers can't read deposition from Andrea Constand's friend

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. -- Bill Cosby's lawyers cannot read old deposition testimony from Andrea Constand's friend at Cosby's sexual assault trial, a judge ruled Monday.

Members of Cosby's defense team said they had sought to find Sheri Williams to testify at the entertainer's retrial, but they could not locate her. Instead, they asked to use her ...Read more

'Your kids masturbate' and other provocative lines from Fresno State professor who insulted Barbara Bush

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FRESNO, Calif. -- A video circulated by people identifying with the alt-right presents a compilation of often obscenity-laced moments from Fresno State professor Randa Jarrar's interviews and speeches.

The university is investigating the conduct of Jarrar, an award-winning author, who posted to Twitter that Barbara Bush was an "amazing racist" ...Read more

Terrorism suspect gets 20-year sentence over Brussels shootout

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BRUSSELS -- Terrorism suspect Salah Abdeslam has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for attempted murder, after participating in a 2016 police shootout in Brussels.

The 28-year-old Frenchman is thought to be the only survivor of a group of terrorists who orchestrated attacks across the French capital in November 2015, leaving 130 people dead....Read more

Change-of-address scam moved UPS corporate headquarters to tiny Chicago apartment, feds say

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CHICAGO -- The timeworn apartment building in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood hardly looks like the corporate headquarters of one of the world's largest shipping companies.

But for a few recent months, that's essentially what it became -- at least as far as the U.S. Postal Service was concerned.

Federal court papers unsealed last week ...Read more

Judge won't be back in court after video shows her yelling at frail woman who died days later

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A Broward judge is under fire after she repeatedly snapped at a frail inmate who later died at her Lauderhill home.

Broward Chief Administrative Judge Jack Tuter said Saturday that he is telling Circuit Court Judge Merrilee Ehrlich not to return to the courthouse because of how she treated Sandra Twiggs, 59, who ...Read more

Senate committee poised to vote against Mike Pompeo as secretary of State

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WASHINGTON -- Barring a last-minute change of votes, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is expected Monday to reject secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo in an embarrassing rebuke of President Donald Trump's foreign policy.

It would be the first time in years that a nomination for such a high-level Cabinet position did not receive backing...Read more

Ruling party candidate scrapes narrow win in Paraguay vote

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MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay -- Paraguay's electoral court declared Mario Abdo Benitez, a former senator from the ruling Colorado Party, the winner of Sunday's presidential election.

Abdo Benitez, 46, had 46.5 percent of the vote, with 97.3 percent of voting stations counted at 9:35 p.m., according to preliminary results from the electoral court. Former...Read more

Trump bristles at criticism over planned North Korea summit

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump pushed back Sunday against criticism that his decision to hold face-to-face talks with North Korea's leader amounted to a major concession to Pyongyang, with no gain for Washington in return.

"Wow, we haven't given up anything," the president tweeted from his Florida resort.

In the same tweet, Trump ...Read more

Impostors on social media exploit Parkland shooting victims, families

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Impersonators on social media are posing as the Parkland shooting victims and their family members -- trying to dupe the public, discredit the victims or profit from deceit.

"That's so sick," said Marie Laman, whose 15-year-old son, Kyle, is among the wounded Marjory Stoneman Douglas students to recently be impersonated...Read more

French, German leaders will tell Trump this week not to wreck Iran nuclear deal

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump faces a European double bill this week as a deadline looms for deciding whether the U.S. will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, arriving back to back, will bring a unified message: Save the deal.

"I don't have any Plan B for nuclear (...Read more

63 people killed in attacks on Afghanistan voter-registration centers

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KABUL, Afghanistan -- As a crowd of Afghans lined up outside a voter registration center in Kabul on Sunday, a suicide bomber blew himself up, killing 57 people in the deadliest of a spate of attacks on Afghanistan's upcoming elections, officials said.

Six people were also killed when a vehicle struck a roadside bomb near a voter registration ...Read more

Trump tempers his optimism on North Korea

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WASHINGTON –– President Donald Trump tempered his optimism on North Korea Sunday, saying that "only time will tell" how things turn out a month before of possible talks between the U.S. and North Korean leaders.

"We are a long way from conclusion on North Korea, maybe things will work out, and maybe they won't -- only time will tell," Trump...Read more

Suicide bomber kills 47 in Kabul

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KABUL, Afghanistan -- A suicide bomber killed at least 57 people Sunday in an attack on a national ID distribution center in Kabul.

Among the dead were 22 women and eight children, Afghan Public Health Ministry spokesman Wahidullah Majroh said, and at least 119 others were injured.

The bomber, who was on foot, set off his explosive vest ...Read more

Mitt Romney faces Republican primary in Utah Senate race

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Mitt Romney will head to a primary in the race for U.S. Senate from Utah after falling short of the threshold needed to win the nomination at the state Republican convention this weekend.

Romney had hoped to win 60 percent of the delegate votes to win the nomination, but 51 percent backed state Rep. Mike Kennedy instead, according to the Salt ...Read more

Illinois bill would force insurers to cover egg, embryo freezing

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At 23, Erin Keith didn't know if she wanted children, but she knew she wanted a choice.

So before embarking upon months of chemotherapy to treat Hodgkin lymphoma -- treatments that could leave her sterile -- the New Lenox, Ill., woman had her eggs frozen. She did it despite being unsure whether her insurance would cover the procedure.

"At 30, ...Read more