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Why is cancer so rare in elephants? They might thank their 'zombie gene'

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Maybe it's the elephant's genes that never forget.

In addition to having great memories, elephants are known for having a very low incidence of cancer. In what might seem a wild mash-up of the SyFi channel and National Geographic, new research has uncovered a surprising factor that protects elephants against the dread disease: a gene that had ...Read more

'The school looks like a prison': First day of school in Broward opens with heavy security presence

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PARKLAND, Fla. -- A new era opened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday, the first day back at school after summer break.

For many students, the tragedy that struck the school on Feb. 14, when a shooter killed 17 students and teachers, loomed heavily as they entered their campus. Police officers directed traffic and ensured no ...Read more

Russia probe exploited by both parties to raise campaign cash

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WASHINGTON -- Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation hasn't yet become a top issue for most voters. But when it comes to fundraising, Democrats and Republicans battling for control of Congress in November are using the probe to cash in.

Some Democrats are pitching to donors that they'll prevent Mueller's ouster or other ...Read more

LAPD chief proposes eliminating old bench warrants for homeless people

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LOS ANGELES--The Los Angeles Police Department is considering a plan that would allow thousands of homeless people to eliminate old bench warrants as part of a larger effort to reform a system that has created a vicious cycle for those with nowhere to live.

LAPD Chief Michel Moore described the proposal as a "radical solution" to ease the ...Read more

Trump's Turkey spat could rouse army of well-paid, connected lobbyists

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WASHINGTON -- Whatever the result of President Donald Trump's tariff fight with Turkey, it is almost certainly going to rouse a well-financed and deeply entrenched influence peddling operation in Washington.

The Republic of Turkey spends hundreds of thousands of dollars a year on well-connected D.C. lobbyists to promote its interests in ...Read more

California ponders Plan B if Trump wins opener in tailpipe fight

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CHICAGO -- Even as California professes optimism in its legal fight against President Donald Trump's rollback of tailpipe emissions limits, the state is eyeing a fallback plan that could test how much its residents are willing to sacrifice to fight climate change.

Trump has proposed gutting the state's ability to regulate greenhouse gas ...Read more

Can hackers tamper with your vote? Researchers show it's possible in nearly 30 states

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LAS VEGAS -- Top computer researchers gave a startling presentation recently about how to intercept and switch votes on emailed ballots, but officials in the 30 or so states said the ease with which votes could be changed wouldn't alter their plans to continue offering electronic voting in some fashion.

Two states -- Washington and Alaska -- ...Read more

Review: 'The Cabin at the End of the World,' by Paul Tremblay

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"The Cabin at the End of the World" by Paul Tremblay; HarperCollins (272 pages, $26.99)

Is the apocalypse a rapture or a reckoning? How much does human influence spur -- or stop -- its arrival?

In Paul Tremblay's "The Cabin at the End of the World," the apocalypse is determined by human choice, or so it seems. While on vacation in rural New ...Read more

Keith Ellison easily wins Democratic primary for Minnesota AG despite abuse allegations

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Rep. Keith Ellison won the Democratic primary for Minnesota attorney general Tuesday night, despite allegations that he abused an ex-girlfriend surfacing just days before the election.

With 35 percent of precincts reporting, Ellison led by 53 percent of the vote, according to The Associated Press. His closest challenger was state Rep. Debra ...Read more

Johnson leads Pawlenty in GOP race for Minnesota governor, while Walz leads DFL

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Jeff Johnson was on the verge of shocking the Minnesota political world Tuesday night, as he built a commanding lead in the Republican primary for governor over former Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

Johnson, a Hennepin County commisioner, campaigned on a message of change. Pawlenty, a former two-term governor, was trying to stage a comeback ...Read more

Radinovich will face Stauber in top GOP pickup opportunity in Minnesota

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Former Minnesota state Rep. Joe Randinovich has won the Democratic-Farmer-Labor nomination in the state's 8th District, which, if the past two cycles are any indication, could be among the most expensive House races this fall.

With 62 percent of precincts reporting, Radinovich led the five-person field with 47 percent of the vote, when The ...Read more

Keith Ellison easily wins Democratic primary for Minnesota AG despite abuse allegations

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Rep. Keith Ellison won the Democratic primary for Minnesota attorney general Tuesday night, despite allegations that he abused an ex-girlfriend surfacing just days before the election.

With 35 percent of precincts reporting, Ellison led by 53 percent of the vote, according to The Associated Press. His closest challenger was state Rep. Debra ...Read more

Leah Vukmir wins Wisconsin GOP primary to take on Sen. Tammy Baldwin

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State Sen. Leah Vukmir won Tuesday's Republican Senate primary in Wisconsin, notching a victory for the state GOP. Vukmir's win sets up another opportunity for Wisconsin Republicans to take down one of the last remaining high-profile Democrats in the state.

Vukmir led Marine veteran and businessman Kevin Nicholson, 54 percent to 40 percent, ...Read more

Bob Stefanowski wins Republican nomination for governor in Connecticut

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- With nearly 70 percent of the vote counted, political newcomer Bob Stefanowski won the Republican nomination for governor Tuesday night.

Stefanowski, a former UBS chief financial officer from Madison, outpaced Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton by a 30 percent to 22 percent margin. Others in the five-candidate field, David Stemerman...Read more

Incumbent Colyer concedes GOP primary for Kansas governor to Trump ally Kobach

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Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has ended his campaign to keep his job, conceding the Republican primary to Kris Kobach, whose forceful condemnations of illegal immigration over the years have catapulted him to the national stage and won him the admiration of President Donald Trump.

"The numbers are just not there," Colyer said in a news conference ...Read more

In historic victory, Jahana Hayes wins 5th District Democratic primary

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Jahana Hayes took a giant step toward making history Tuesday night, emerging victorious over Mary Glassman in a Democratic primary in the 5th Congressional District, paving the way for her to be Connecticut's first black Democrat in Congress.

Glassman conceded to Hayes shortly before 9:30 p.m.

"I congratulated Jahana Hayes ...Read more

Ned Lamont defeats Joe Ganim to win Democratic primary for Conn. governor

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Ned Lamont, the Greenwich Democratic business executive who was denied his party's nomination for governor of Connecticut in 2010, losing in a primary to Dannel P. Malloy, emerged victorious in Tuesday's primary by trouncing Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim.

The race was called quickly by The Associated Press with only about 10 ...Read more

Analysis: Manafort lived large but here's how he could beat the rap

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Jurors at Paul Manafort's trial heard of his appetite for luxury -- the ostrich jacket, the Hamptons estate and the New York Yankees seats near the dugout. They saw extensive documentation of false statements that prosecutors say prove he engaged in bank and tax fraud. Given this damning portrait of Manafort, how will his ...Read more

Minnesota's Ilhan Omar poised to become first Somali-American in Congress

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WASHINGTON--State Rep. Ilhan Omar is the likely new member from Minnesota's 5th District, setting her up to be the first Somali-American in Congress.

With 91 percent of precincts reporting, Omar led the six-way Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party field with 48 percent of the vote, when The Associated Press called the race.

Omar ran with the ...Read more

Randy Bryce, a.k.a. 'Iron Stache,' wins Democratic Primary for Paul Ryan's seat

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WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin Democrat Randy Bryce, who rose to fame with a viral web video last year, won the party nomination Tuesday night in the 1st District race to succeed retiring Speaker Paul D. Ryan.

Bryce will now have to determine whether his hard-scrabble profile that brought him national recognition and a fundraising boom will help him ...Read more

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