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Putin and Kim meet in summit heavy on pleasantries but light on specifics

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met with Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time Thursday in a summit filled with gifts, pleasantries and champagne, but with few specifics on how to achieve what both men have said they want -- denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

Kim and Putin met behind closed doors for about two hours in the ...Read more

NAACP, family attorney call for criminal charges against Florida deputies in teen's arrest

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A week after an unarmed black teen was forcefully arrested by white deputies, nationally renowned civil rights attorney Ben Crump and NAACP leaders are calling for criminal charges to be filed against the cops.

Fifteen-year-old Delucca "Lucca" Rolle was pepper-sprayed in the face and slammed to the ground outside a ...Read more

Sarah Sanders' first press briefing in 46 days is for children

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WASHINGTON -- White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders held her first news briefing in 46 days on Thursday. It was for children, and mostly off the record.

Sanders hasn't taken questions from reporters in the White House's briefing room since March 11, when she and other officials briefed the press corps on the president's fiscal 2020...Read more

Joe Biden 2020: How he could win. And why he might not

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Former vice president Joe Biden joined the Democratic presidential primary campaign Thursday as the consensus front-runner, based on early polling.

Still, history and the changing Democratic Party suggest that Biden still faces obstacles in his attempt to win the nomination. Here are three reasons why Biden might win the primary and the right ...Read more

'Unlocking American Dream': Bill proposes to seal non-violent, weed-related federal crime records

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A bipartisan coalition in Congress wants to give a second chance to Americans arrested for nonviolent federal crimes related to possession of marijuana.

Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, a liberal Democrat from Delaware, and Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, a conservative Republican from Western Pennsylvania on Monday re-introduced the Clean Slate Act. If ...Read more

Think 20 presidential candidates is a lot? Try 300-plus

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WASHINGTON -- More than 300 citizens since January have filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to run for president of the United States.

The full list features candidates from dozens of states, with multiple political affiliations.

Nevada libertarian Dan "Taxation is Theft" Behrman, who reported raising $736.82 since he launched...Read more

Sri Lanka was a popular travel destination. Bombings are 'a big blow' to its vital tourism

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Kithsiri De Silva, the head chef at Sri Lanka's venerable Kingsbury Hotel, walked through the main restaurant during breakfast Sunday, greeting diners and surveying the extravagant buffet.

He would have seen, he thinks now with dread, the guest who moments later detonated a suicide bomb in the middle of the dining room, ...Read more

Biden's nascent campaign racks up congressional endorsements

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WASHINGTON -- Within hours of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden's long-awaited announcement early Thursday that he would wage his third presidential campaign, he had already received endorsements from a raft of members of Congress.

By late morning, nods had come from Sens. Bob Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania and Doug Jones of Alabama, as well as ...Read more

After wild spring break, Miami Beach will crack down on unauthorized parties at clubs

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MIAMI -- Miami Beach wants to prevent promoters from advertising events at South Beach bars and clubs during peak tourism periods, part of a package of new rules aimed at taming the party atmosphere during spring break and over holiday weekends.

On Wednesday, the City Commission voted in favor of the restrictions, which apply to outside ...Read more

Science explains why you wrongly think that ball is yours

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Nearly simultaneously, two players grab for a ball.

Who got it first?

Whether on the playground or sports arena, we think it's ours, and scientists now know why: We mentally register our own sensations before whatever else is around us.

"We have identified what may be a principal cause of arguments in ballgames, and it is about time," ...Read more

Bail set at $5 million for parents of AJ Freund

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Bail was set at $5 million Thursday morning for each of 5-year-old Andrew "AJ" Freund's parents, who were charged with murder hours after authorities found what they believe is the body of the Crystal Lake, Ill., boy in a shallow grave near Woodstock.

JoAnn Cunningham and Andrew Freund both face multiple charges in the death of the boy, who was...Read more

In 2020, Biden experience could turn out to be baggage

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WASHINGTON -- Joe Biden entered the 2020 race for president Thursday at the top of the polls, with universal name recognition and the still-fresh sheen of his time as a popular vice president to Barack Obama.

In a video posted to his social media platforms, Biden characterized the race as a "battle for the soul of this nation."

"If we give ...Read more

Obama holds off on endorsing Biden, his vice president

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WASHINGTON -- Ex-President Barack Obama is holding off on an endorsement of his former running mate, Joe Biden, who on Thursday joined the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

He did, though, voice support for the former vice president in a statement timed to Biden's announcement. "President Obama has long said that selecting ...Read more

FBI raids Baltimore City Hall, home of Mayor Catherine Pugh, offices of job training center

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BALTIMORE -- FBI and IRS agents were raiding Baltimore's City Hall and the home of Mayor Catherine Pugh early Thursday.

Dave Fitz, an FBI spokesman, confirmed agents from the Washington field office were executing search warrants at those locations Thursday morning, as well as at another address associated with Pugh.

Several people, one of ...Read more

Joe Biden enters the presidential race, testing whether his time has come — or come and gone

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WASHINGTON -- When Joe Biden ran for president for the first time, 30 years ago, the World Wide Web had not yet been invented. When he ran again 10 years ago, Twitter was in its infancy.

Now, with his announcement Thursday that he is launching a third bid for the presidency at the age of 76, Biden is asking Democrats to decide if his time has ...Read more

Democrats close but still short votes needed to pass $15 minimum wage

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WASHINGTON -- Proponents of a $15 minimum wage are bullish about the prospects of the House passing a bill to incrementally double the current $7.25 federal standard over five years, despite Democrats seemingly being short the votes to do so.

"We're working to make sure that we have consensus, but we're going to pass that bill with enough ...Read more

Why did Manafort share Trump polling? Mueller leaves clues

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NEW YORK -- Around the time in 2016 when Paul Manafort began sharing the Trump campaign's internal polling data with an associate linked to Russian intelligence, each man was trying to advance an agenda.

Manafort was seeking to end a long-running business dispute with Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska. The associate, Konstantin Kilimnik, was ...Read more

Republicans have a post-Trump identity crisis on the horizon

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WASHINGTON -- Republicans are enjoying their ride in the White House and basking in the glow of a divided Democratic presidential field, but a monumental identity crisis is looming for the GOP.

Whether you think President Donald Trump won't be president in two months, two years or six years, Republicans are going to have a difficult time moving...Read more

The homeless are dying in record numbers on the streets of LA

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A record number of homeless people -- 918 last year alone -- are dying across Los Angeles County, on bus benches, hillsides, railroad tracks and sidewalks.

Deaths have jumped 76% in the past five years, outpacing the growth of the homeless population, according to a KHN analysis of the coroner's data.

Health officials and experts have not ...Read more

Immigrants prevented or minimized population loss in a fifth of US counties

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WASHINGTON -- Erie, Pa., has a population problem: Once a metropolis of almost 140,000, it has dropped below 100,000.

But Erie's situation would be even worse without the stream of immigrants and refugees arriving to work in the city's plastics and biofuels plants on Lake Erie. Without refugees and their children, the city's population might ...Read more