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Florida newsrooms will partner to report on the state's biggest threat — climate change

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MIAMI -- Climate change is the story of Florida's future. No other state has as much at risk.

That's why six of the leading news organizations in Florida have formed a partnership to share stories and work together to report on the complex challenges of climate change. The founding members include the Miami Herald, the South Florida Sun ...Read more

Melania Trump aide Stephanie Grisham to be White House press secretary and communications director

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WASHINGTON -- Stephanie Grisham, who has been a top aide to first lady Melania Trump, will be the next White House press secretary and communications director.

The first lady announced the move in a tweet after Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced earlier this month that she would leave the post. Friday will be Sanders' last day.

The president "...Read more

House Democrats offer changes to woo liberals on border funds

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WASHINGTON -- House Democratic leaders sought to tamp down a rebellion among their party's left flank Tuesday as they prepared for a floor vote on $4.5 billion in emergency funding for the surge of migrants at the U.S. southern border.

Appropriations Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey, D-N.Y., offered a new manager's amendment aimed at easing the ...Read more

Governor signs bill into law that legalizes marijuana in Illinois on Jan. 1

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CHICAGO -- Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday signed into law a bill that will legalize marijuana in Illinois next year, marking a momentous shift in how the state treats drug use.

The bill will allow the licensed growth, sales, possession and consumption of cannabis for adults 21 and over. While the plant remains illegal under federal law, and the ...Read more

Marilyn Monroe sculpture thief previously took a pickax to Trump's star, police say

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LOS ANGELES -- A Glendale, Calif., man who smashed President Trump's Walk of Fame star with a pickax last year was charged Monday with stealing a glittery sculpture of Marilyn Monroe from atop a public art installation on Hollywood Boulevard.

Austin Mikel Clay, 25, faces a felony count of grand theft of property valued at more than $950 and a ...Read more

Jeffrey Epstein plea deal must stand, prosecutors tell sex abuse victims

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MIAMI -- Suspected sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein was handed another break by the Department of Justice on Monday when federal prosecutors rejected his victims' efforts to throw out his plea deal and prosecute him for abusing dozens of underage girls.

In the 35-page motion, filed in federal court in the Northern District of Georgia, federal ...Read more

State police end search of trash-to-energy plant as probe of Jennifer Farber Dulos' disappearance continues

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Investigators ended weeks of searching a Hartford trash-to-energy plant in connection with the disappearance of New Canaan mother Jennifer Farber Dulos late Monday, but said the case remains "very active."

New Canaan police officials said their search with state police teams of Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority on ...Read more

A Texas city has nation's best drivers, Baltimore the worst.

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LOS ANGELES -- Thinking about where to go on your next road trip? Brownsville, Texas, could be a safe bet. The border town a little less than 30 miles from South Padre Island, for the second year running, is where you'll find America's best drivers.

You might want to avoid Baltimore, though. The city came in last in a ranking of drivers in 200 ...Read more

'There is no safe space,” Latinos in Minneapolis say, as threat of immigration raids linger

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Fear of immigration enforcement has prompted fewer people to come out these days to Mercado Central in south Minneapolis to buy quinceanera dresses and snack on tamales. At nearby restaurants, diners trade tips on avoiding deportation.

The corner of Lake Street and Bloomington Avenue, long one of the city's thriving immigrant ...Read more

Trump says US will use 'overwhelming force' if Iran attacks

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump threatened Iran with forceful retaliation for any attack on the U.S. after the Islamic Republic ruled out talks to resolve escalating tensions between the two nations.

"Any attack by Iran on anything American will be met with great and overwhelming force," Trump said Tuesday in a tweet. "In some areas, ...Read more

Health Department asks for more time to evaluate defendant in Capital Gazette shooting case; motions hearing postponed

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Maryland Department of Health doctors evaluating the mental state of the man charged in the Capital Gazette shooting have asked for more time to complete their report.

Circuit Court Judge Laura Ripken, who is presiding over the case against the man accused of fatally shooting Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, ...Read more

California's mighty predator — the mountain lion — faces 'extinction vortex'

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LOS ANGELES -- As the mountain lions of Southern California approach what some experts call an "extinction vortex," environmentalists are demanding that state officials grant the big cats protective status -- a move that could potentially ban development on thousands of acres of prime real estate.

Mountain lions as a species are not threatened ...Read more

Federal debt on track to reach unsustainable level in 30 years, CBO reports

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WASHINGTON -- The nation's federal debt by the end of the year will reach the highest level since shortly after World War II and is on pace to reach historic and unsustainable levels within 30 years, according to a government report released Tuesday.

The federal debt already equals 78% of the nation's gross domestic product. It is on track to ...Read more

Marathon runners get a boost from the bacteria in their guts

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The secret to a healthier life may lie in the guts of elite athletes.

Scientists who studied marathon runners discovered a type of bacteria that flourished in their digestive tracts. These Veillonella bacteria produce a molecule that helps increase exercise endurance.

The results, published Monday in the journal Nature Medicine, could someday ...Read more

How to squeeze all those Democrats on the debate stage

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With virtually the entire adult U.S. population seeking the Democratic presidential nomination -- or so it seems -- the party faces some knotty questions.

Is anyone left to vote for somebody besides him- or herself? Can all those people squeeze onto a single debate stage? How does that Buttigieg guy pronounce his name, anyway?

The debate ...Read more

Emergency border funds face delays as money and time run short

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WASHINGTON -- Swift passage of billions of dollars in emergency aid to help care for tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants, many of them children, was in doubt Monday night as House Democrats were facing a possible revolt and a lone Republican senator was holding up action across the Capitol.

Members of the Congressional Progressive ...Read more

Carnival passengers hospitalized after tour bus crash in Bahamas

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MIAMI -- Four people injured in a Carnival Cruise Line Bahamas shore excursion single bus crash were airlifted to hospitals in Nassau and Fort Lauderdale, the cruise line said Monday night.

An email from Carnival also said one of the injured went to Nassau and three went to Fort Lauderdale, which also admitted an accompanying relative of one of...Read more

White House rejects House panel's request for Conway's testimony

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WASHINGTON -- The White House on Monday evening told the chairman of a House committee that Kellyanne Conway, a top aide to President Donald Trump, would not testify before the panel.

Last week, a government watchdog recommended that Conway be "removed from federal service" for disparaging Democratic presidential candidates in her official ...Read more

In addition to mail, Baltimore postman delivered marijuana on his route

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BALTIMORE -- A man pleaded guilty Monday to his role in a drug-dealing operation that involved paying a U.S. Postal Service driver in drugs and cash in exchange for delivering over 100 kilograms of marijuana while on his mail route in Baltimore.

Michael Gray faces up to 20 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to ...Read more

China presses Trump to compromise on trade war demands ahead of key meeting

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BEIJING -- Chinese officials on Monday demanded compromise from the Trump administration, with hopes for an end to a bruising trade war resting on a key meeting this week with China's Xi Jinping.

China's vice minister of commerce, Wang Shouwen, told journalists Monday that compromise had to come from both sides.

"Both sides must make ...Read more

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