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Miami 'Joker' lookalike busted for pointing loaded gun at drivers

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MIAMI -- The Joker got busted. But the Caped Crusader didn't take him down, Miami-Dade police did.

Lawrence Patrick Sullivan, 29 -- whose green hair and tattooed face bears a striking resemblance to The Joker in the Batman movies -- was stopped by police Tuesday night outside the Hammocks Place Apartments in West Kendall.

In his pocket: a ...Read more

Exodus from Philippine city as Duterte warns of 'harsh' martial law

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MANILA -- Thousands of residents fled a southern Philippine city Wednesday after President Rodrigo Duterte warned that the martial law he imposed to fight Islamist militants would be "harsh."

The people left Marawi, a city 800 kilometers south of Manila, on foot and by boats, vehicles and motorcycles, provincial Vice Governor Mamintal Adiong Jr...Read more

The Big One is going to happen, no matter how much you want to deny it, California scientists say

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SEOUL, South Korea -- Fear of earthquakes is part of life in California.

But people experience this anxiety in different ways. For some, the fear prompts them to take steps to protect themselves: strapping down heavy furniture, securing kitchen cabinets and retrofitting homes and apartments.

For others, the fear prompts denial -- a willful ...Read more

No USAID funds for Cuba in Trump budget proposal

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MIAMI -- USAID programs in Cuba, which have been highly controversial in recent years, aren't funded under the Trump administration's proposed State Department budget for Fiscal Year 2018.

"As we work to streamline efforts to ensure efficiency and effectiveness of U.S. taxpayer dollars, we acknowledge that we have to prioritize and make some ...Read more

Trump said to hire lawyer for Russia probes

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NEW YORK -- President Donald Trump has hired one of his longtime lawyers, Marc Kasowitz, to help guide him through what is shaping up to be wide-ranging probes of his campaign and Russian interference in the election, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Kasowitz, managing partner at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, has represented Trump ...Read more

Police probe 'network' in Manchester attack; suitcase reportedly used

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LONDON -- Police on Wednesday arrested three more suspects linked to the attacker who killed 22 people at Manchester Arena, saying they were investigating the role of a terrorist network in the attack.

"I think it's very clear that this is a network that we are investigating," Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins told reporters...Read more

Patricia Murphy: Mick Mulvaney's compassion — not for the needy

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When George W. Bush ran for president in the late 1990s, he did it on a platform of "compassionate conservatism," a smooth-edged rebranding of the conservatism that had become synonymous with callousness in the age of Newt Gingrich. Bush's compassionate conservatism assured voters that he wasn't going to waste their money the way he said ...Read more

From African bushlands to Baltimore: The long path to education for a Hopkins star

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BALTIMORE -- The remote bushlands of West Africa are far from Johns Hopkins University, and the path was neither sure nor straight for the boy whose name meant "beloved by his ancestors." They called him Kpimenongme Mwinnyaa.

Only now, as he prepares to graduate -- having been baptized George, having earned semester after semester of straight A...Read more

Inside Elections ratings: 19 House races shift toward Democrats

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WASHINGTON -- The midterm elections are still nearly a year and a half away, and the political dynamics could yet change, but we shouldn't ignore the fact that history and the current environment are merging together for a potentially great set of elections for Democrats in November 2018.

The president's party has lost House seats in 18 of the ...Read more

Q&A with Rep. Andy Biggs

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Freshman Rep. Andy Biggs, 58, an Arizona Republican, talks about his love of music, old movies, and friendships in the Freedom Caucus.

Q: What has surprised you about being in Congress so far?

A: It's pretty much like I thought it would be, to be honest with you: same legislative dynamics that you have in any self-governing or legislative body...Read more

Pence's battleground stops, PAC raise eyebrows amid Trump scandals

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WASHINGTON -- Vice President Mike Pence has quietly spent his weekends visiting key battleground states, raising eyebrows in political circles about just what the ambitious politician is up to as scandals threaten Donald Trump's presidency.

Last weekend provides a glaring -- and fascinating -- example. The former Indiana congressman and ...Read more

Taiwan's constitutional court rules in favor of same-sex marriage

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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's constitutional court on Wednesday ruled in favor of same-sex marriage and said the legislature should revise the country's civil code or establish new laws within two years.

The decision sets the stage for Taiwan to possibly become the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage.

The civil code, which does not ...Read more

Trump calls meeting with Pope Francis an 'honor'

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VATICAN CITY -- President Donald Trump held a half-hour private meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday, declaring it a "great honor" despite their past public dissension.

The unconventional Republican and the first Jesuit pontiff made for an unlikely pair in the Vatican's Apostolic Palace, where Catholic leaders have presided for...Read more

Special counsel in Russia probe gets separate funding path

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WASHINGTON -- Former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller started as special counsel to oversee the bureau's investigation of alleged Russian efforts to impact the 2016 presidential election, but the cost of his work won't be part of the regular appropriations process.

The funds for Mueller and his team come from a Treasury Department account for ...Read more

Mother of Michael Brown to receive high school diploma

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ST. LOUIS -- Lezley McSpadden, the 40-year-old mother of Michael Brown, will receive her high school diploma on Friday through a new adult high school program at the Jennings School District.

The program started after McSpadden met with Jennings Superintendent Art McCoy in the fall to discuss how her nonprofit, the Michael O.D. Brown We Love ...Read more

What a Montana congressional race will, and won't, tell us about Trump and his political troubles

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VICTOR, Mont -- On Thursday, the political world will eagerly look to Montana and a closely fought congressional race for the latest test of Democratic strength and Republican resilience in the turbulent age of Trump.

The major candidates and outside groups have sunk more than $8 million into the contest, a huge sum in a state where $250,000 ...Read more

President 'Moon-bama' captivates Korea with down-to-earth style

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SEOUL, South Korea -- They call him "Moon-bama."

Two weeks after his election win, South Korean President Moon Jae-in is captivating a nation shaken by scandal and economic struggles. He's even drawn comparisons to Barack Obama for his cool demeanor and the pop star status both attained during their first days in office.

While honeymoon ...Read more

Illinois teenager's senseless suicide: 'They scared him to death'

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On the last night of his life, Corey Walgren sat with his parents in the kitchen and talked about the colleges they would visit over spring break.

At 16, Corey didn't know what he wanted to study -- maybe business, maybe astronomy -- but he liked the idea of attending a Big Ten school. He wanted a big, bustling campus with different kinds of ...Read more

2018 Senate Recruitment: Too early to talk about it?

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WASHINGTON -- With the 2018 midterm elections about 18 months away, attention is shifting to the battle for the Senate -- and who could emerge as potential challengers.

But history shows that prospective contenders have a few more months before they typically announce their candidacies.

Senate Republicans bear the brunt of the recruitment ...Read more

Sydney siege police should have stormed cafe sooner, report says

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CANBERRA, Australia -- Australian police made key mistakes in handling a siege at a Sydney cafe that ended with the death of two hostages along with the gunman who'd claimed allegiance to Islamic State, a coroner's report has found.

Police wrongly assumed Man Haron Monis, who had a history of violence and extremist sympathies, didn't pose an ...Read more

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