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Stabbing of popular student devastates South El Monte High School; teen suspected in slaying

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LOS ANGELES--When administrators at South El Monte High School called Jeremy Sanchez's parents to say he never showed up for class Wednesday, his father began to worry.

It was unusual for the 17-year-old junior to miss school, so his father filed a missing person's report and assembled two people, Jeremy's close friend and another teen with ...Read more

In recorded jail call, Robert Durst tells friend he regrets doing 'The Jinx'

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LOS ANGELES--In a jail call recorded in 2015, Robert Durst told a friend he regretted giving interviews to the producers of "The Jinx," saying he realized while watching the six-part HBO documentary that he "definitely had a problem."

The New York real estate scion was arrested in connection with the slaying of his best friend Susan Berman on ...Read more

25 years later, Waco survivor is keeper of the Davidian flame

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WACO, Texas -- On April 19, 1993, Clive Doyle was one of nine Branch Davidians to emerge from the fire that consumed Mount Carmel, the small religious sect's communal home a few miles outside of Waco. He was burned, but alive.

"Twenty-five years, a quarter-century, it's hard to believe," an emotionally exhausted Doyle, 77, said at the ...Read more

Comey memos show Trump sought loyalty, tried to end Flynn probe

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump praised James Comey for his honorable conduct during the 2016 campaign, sought out his loyalty and asked the FBI director to let go an investigation into his former national security adviser, according to memos Comey wrote to document private conversations.

These aspects of Comey's conversations with Trump ...Read more

Southwest asked for more time in probe of potential flaws in fan blades

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PHILADELPHIA--Late last year, Southwest Airlines responded with a plea for more time to a proposed inspection protocol to identify flaws in fan blades like the one that caused one of its Boeing 737s to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia this week, documents show.

The proposal would be more sweeping than federal authorities anticipated, ...Read more

4 brothers home alone killed in Lake Ozark house fire

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Four brothers who were home alone were found dead after an early morning fire destroyed a house Thursday in Lake Ozark, Mo.

The children were identified as 14-year-old Tyler Otto, 8-year-old Cason Otto, 5-year-old Max Otto and 4-year-old Levi Otto.

The School of the Osage posted on its Facebook page Thursday that it "is ...Read more

The more humans spread across the globe, the smaller other mammals get

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LOS ANGELES--Thirteen thousand years ago Southern California was crawling with enormous mammals -- all of which are extinct today.

There were massive mammoths three times bigger than modern-day elephants, giant ground sloths up to 20 feet in length, and strange, armadillo-like beasts known as glyptodons that were roughly the size of a VW bus.

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Top Senate Republican Cornyn slams tech lobby's CFIUS bill push

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WASHINGTON -- The Senate's No. 2 Republican on Thursday used a floor speech to try to beat back efforts by IBM and a tech trade group to gut a bill that would expand the powers of a secretive national security panel.

The section of the bipartisan legislation that Sen. John Cornyn of Texas is trying to preserve would strengthen the Committee on ...Read more

Ex-Liberian warlord living in Pennsylvania sentenced to 30 years

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PHILADELPHIA -- A Pennsylvania man convicted of hiding his past as the murderous Liberian warlord "Jungle Jabbah" was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison Thursday -- a historic punishment that prosecutors touted Thursday as one of the longest ever given to an accused war criminal convicted of immigration fraud in the United States.

At his ...Read more

Judge bars government from sending a US citizen captured in Syria to Saudi Arabia

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WASHINGTON -- Trying to find its way out of a legal thicket, the Trump administration wants to send to Saudi Arabia a U.S. citizen who was captured on the battlefield in Syria last fall and is suspected of supporting Islamic State.

Lawyers for the American, who is identified only as John Doe in court papers, claim that would violate his ...Read more

San Gabriel Mountains National Monument plan limits new mining, energy development

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LOS ANGELES -- New oil, gas and mineral exploration and development will be barred in the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument under a long-awaited management plan, released Thursday, governing the largest wilderness in Los Angeles County.

The U.S. Forest Service plan prioritizes environmental protection over economic development and, in ...Read more

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California officials say Pentagon has confirmed National Guard funding despite Trump threat

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The awkward dance between California Gov. Jerry Brown and the federal government over the National Guard jerked back toward discord on Thursday, when President Donald Trump said he would refuse to pay for a new deployment of troops ...Read more

Cook County clerk plans to run for mayor of Chicago despite federal corruption probe

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CHICAGO -- Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown has been the focus of a long-running federal investigation into an alleged bribes-for-jobs scheme. On Thursday, she indicated she'll ask voters to elect her mayor of Chicago next year.

Even in a place where countless aldermen and several governors have done prison time for political ...Read more

At Bill Cosby trial, drug experts offer conflicting opinions

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PHILADELPHIA--The prosecution's expert said Andrea Constand could have felt weak and woozy, with blurred vision and a dry mouth, as quickly as 10 to 15 minutes after taking pills that Bill Cosby gave her.

But a different expert called by Cosby's defense team said she couldn't have felt those symptoms so quickly or severely from the Benadryl ...Read more

Schumer backs decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level

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WASHINGTON -- The push to decriminalize marijuana has picked up another high-profile backer -- Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer -- just a week after President Donald Trump endorsed letting states decide how to regulate the drug.

"I'll be introducing legislation to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level from one end of the country to...Read more

Florida victim paid for dinner before Minnesota fugitive shot her, authorities say

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MINNEAPOLIS--The Florida woman found shot dead in her rented condo in Fort Myers Beach had paid for her killer's drinks and dinner just hours before.

A manager at the Smokin' Oyster Brewery confirmed that Pamela Hutchinson paid the bill that she and Minnesota fugitive Lois Riess ran up during their two-hour visit on the late afternoon of April ...Read more

Cal State, Fresno professor under fire for tweets attacking Barbara Bush

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A series of controversial tweets a California State, Fresno English professor posted Tuesday evening mocking the death of former first lady Barbara Bush has sparked intense backlash online as well as a university inquiry.

Randa Jarrar, an author and associate professor who teaches creative writing at the school, stirred outrage with tweets she ...Read more

Video of Iranian 'morality police' beating woman triggers outrage

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TEHRAN, Iran -- A video showing female members of Iran's so-called "morality police" beating a woman, allegedly for being inappropriately dressed, has prompted outrage on social media and calls for an investigation.

The video, circulated widely on social media Thursday, showed a young woman with a headscarf that exposed some of her hair being ...Read more

Internal report that McCabe misled investigators sent to criminal prosecutors

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WASHINGTON -- Andrew McCabe, the FBI official who became a target for President Donald Trump, now faces the possibility of criminal charges -- the latest fallout from an internal watchdog report that found he lied to investigators.

The findings of that report, by the inspector general of the Justice Department, were referred to the U.S. ...Read more

Miguel Diaz-Canel replaces Raul Castro as Cuba's president

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HAVANA -- Cuban lawmakers on Thursday transferred power to new President Miguel Diaz-Canel, marking a major generational shift on the island nation ruled for almost 60 years by the late Fidel Castro and his brother, Raul.

Diaz-Canel, 57, a longtime stalwart of the ruling Communist Party, was heartily endorsed for the role by outgoing President ...Read more