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White nationalist Richard Spencer says he's rethinking approach to college tour

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AKRON, Ohio -- White nationalist Richard Spencer says it is time to "take a step back" from his college speaking tour and apparently is no longer trying to speak at Kent State University.

Spencer posted a video to YouTube earlier this month in which he said, "I don't have any firm answers about what we should do going forward, and also I am ...Read more

Trump adds conservative lawyer to his legal team

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WASHINGTON -- Joseph DiGenova, a former U.S. attorney and occasional commentator on Fox News, will join President Donald Trump's legal team, his attorneys announced Monday, signaling a more confrontational approach to the investigation headed by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

DiGenova will start this week, according to a statement ...Read more

Trump issues new sanctions against Venezuelan digital currency

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump imposed new sanctions against the Venezuelan government Monday targeting the government's new digital currency.

The measures were spelled out in an executive order Trump signed blocking U.S. financial transactions involving Venezuela's version of the "bitcoin" created last month as a means to get around U.S....Read more

Washington aims at Venezuela's cryptocurrency in new round of sanctions

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BOGOTA, Colombia -- The White House on Monday continued tightening financial sanctions on Venezuela, issuing an order prohibiting U.S. citizens from making any transactions in the Petro, the socialist administration's newly launched cryptocurrency.

The presidential order prohibits U.S. citizens from dealing in "any digital currency, digital ...Read more

Malaysian flag mistaken for Islamic State symbol at Kansas lake leads to discrimination suit

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Muslim man from Malaysia has filed a discrimination lawsuit after his celebration of Malaysian independence was reported to the FBI as an Islamic State meeting.

The FBI quickly ended its investigation after it determined that what had been described as an American flag desecrated with Islamic State, or ISIS, symbols was in...Read more

St. Joseph's freshman missing in Bermuda while on rugby tour

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PHILADELPHIA -- Bermuda police have launched an islandwide search for a St. Joseph's University freshman who has been reported missing while on a rugby team tour to the British island territory.

Mark Dombroski, 19, of Media, Pa., was last seen on a close circuit TV (CCTV) video at 1:15 a.m. Sunday about 1.5 miles away from a bar he had left an ...Read more

New Pa. congressional district map upheld for now as federal judges dismiss Republican lawsuit

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A panel of federal judges Monday dismissed a lawsuit challenging the new congressional map imposed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, ending one of two challenges to the map and increasing the chances it will stand for the looming elections.

It was a loss for Republican lawmakers who had sought a preliminary injunction to ...Read more

Bill Cosby trial start date pushed back a few days

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PHILADELPHIA -- Bill Cosby's retrial on sexual assault charges will be delayed a few days past its scheduled start, a Montgomery County, Pa., judge ruled Monday.

The shift will allow for two additional days of pretrial hearings, Judge Steven T. O'Neill wrote in his order. The court will hold those hearings March 29 and March 30, when jury ...Read more

Missouri Gov. Greitens wants trial to start in 2 weeks and will ask for judge, not jury, to hear case

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ST. LOUIS -- The defense team for Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens wants his trial for invasion of privacy to start in as little as two weeks, and expects to waive a jury trial in favor of a judge hearing the case.

Greitens, a Republican, was indicted last month on a charge that claimed Greitens took a nude picture of his former lover without her ...Read more

Fatal shooting is Chicago's 100th homicide of the year

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CHICAGO -- A fatal shooting on the West Side over the weekend was the 100th homicide of the year in Chicago, a milestone reached nearly a month later than the last two years, according to data kept by the Tribune.

A 36-year-old man was sitting in a car in the 5400 block of West Division Street in South Austin when five people walked up and ...Read more

Where did their Twitter go? FIU bridge builder MCM deletes social media accounts

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MIAMI -- Munilla Construction Management, the construction firm behind the Florida International University pedestrian bridge that collapsed last week, has deleted its Twitter account.

It's unclear when the company did away with the page, along with content that once boasted about the state-of-the-art bridge.

The company's Facebook and ...Read more

Doctors worry there's 'nowhere to send' new and expectant moms with depression

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Lawmakers in California will begin debate next month on a bill that would require doctors to screen new moms for mental health problems -- once while they're pregnant and again after they give birth.

But many obstetricians and pediatricians bristle at the idea, saying they are afraid to screen new moms for depression and ...Read more

Survivor of FIU bridge collapse sues design-construction firms for reckless negligence

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MIAMI -- Two days after the last body was removed from a collapsed bridge near FIU, the first civil lawsuit stemming from the tragedy has been filed -- and it alleges reckless negligence on the part of the companies that did design and construction.

Marquise Rashaad Hepburn, who lives in Miami-Dade County, was "seriously injured" as he rode his...Read more

Supreme Court to decide whether immigrants jailed for past crimes can be detained pending deportation

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide another case testing the Trump administration's power to jail immigrants facing deportation.

The justices will review a class-action ruling from California that held that immigrants who served time in local and state jails may be released if they pose no danger to the public and are not ...Read more

Bridge victim's wife: 'I have to find words to tell my girls that Daddy is not coming home'

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MIAMI -- Brandon Brownfield was a husband, a father and a tower crane technician at Maxim Crane Works, according to his Facebook profile.

On Sunday, his wife Chelsea Brownfield confirmed that he was the sixth and final victim of the collapse of a pedestrian bridge by Florida International University Thursday. She called her husband of three ...Read more

Trains collide in Scott County, leading to fire, evacuations

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A train derailed in Scott County, Ky., late Sunday night, resulting in a collision with a separate train.

The crash, which occurred near Lisle Road in Georgetown about 11 p.m., hurt four people, according to the Georgetown Police Department.

All four, including both engineers, were on the trains, according to LEX 18. The ...Read more

Departing appropriations chairmen set to reap omnibus bounty

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WASHINGTON -- The outgoing chairmen of the House and Senate Appropriations committees are set up for a bountiful swan song as a sprawling $1.3 trillion fiscal 2018 omnibus spending bill comes to fruition.

For Senate Appropriations Chairman Thad Cochran, resigning April 1, it's a "mic drop" moment as the ailing 80-year-old Mississippi Republican...Read more

Fourth explosion this month injures two; this time in Southwest Austin

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AUSTIN, Texas -- An explosion tore through a quiet Southwest Austin neighborhood Sunday night, sending two men to the hospital with serious injuries and heightening worries that a serial package bomber is targeting the city's residents.

Shortly before 9 p.m., an explosion rocked a neighborhood north of Southwest Parkway near the MoPac Boulevard...Read more

As spring break ends, FIU prepares for classes and memorials to bridge collapse victims

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MIAMI -- The beginnings of a memorial to the six people who died in the collapse of a bridge at Florida International University appeared Sunday -- a single bouquet of flowers and six small wooden crosses on cords hung from a wall and held in place by pieces of rubble.

The impromptu memorial is sure to grow as FIU students return to school from...Read more

Congress to explore sexual harassment in the service industry

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WASHINGTON -- Congress wants to take a harder look at victims of sexual harassment who don't have much clout.

The bipartisan Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues is hosting a hearing, "Beyond the Headlines: Combating Service Sector Sexual Harassment in the Age of #MeToo" on Monday.

"We picked the service industry because it's probably where...Read more