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Private information of hundreds of Kansas voters exposed by Florida

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TOPEKA, Kan. -- Partial Social Security numbers of nearly 1,000 Kansas voters were released publicly by Florida after Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office provided the data as part of a program that looks for double voter registrations.

Kobach called the disclosure unfortunate, but defended the program, called Crosscheck, as key to his ...Read more

Trump slaps big tariffs on imported solar panels, riling renewables industry

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration announced Monday that it will impose hefty tariffs on the cheap, imported panels that have driven the rapid expansion of solar power in the United States, a move that industry groups warn will slow the spread of renewable energy and cost thousands of jobs.

The tariffs come as Trump has vowed to take a ...Read more

Analysts say Russian Twitter accounts promoted Republican talking points during government shutdown

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WASHINGTON -- The White House branded the federal budget impasse, which appeared to be ending on Monday, as the "Schumer Shutdown" in its attempt to pin the blame on Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y.

But it wasn't just Republicans using that phrase during the weekend government shutdown. Independent analysts said Twitter ...Read more

Teen with 10-pound facial tumor dies days after surgery, reports say

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A teenage boy who came to South Florida from Cuba to have a massive facial tumor removed has died days after surgery, according to news reports.

Emanuel Zayas, 14, flew to Miami in late November because of the 10-pound tumor that developed from a disorder called polyostotic fibrous dysplasia.

The tumor covered his face...Read more

DACA protesters temporarily block Disneyland entrance

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and their allies temporarily blocked a vehicle entrance to Disneyland on Monday, just as the Senate reached an agreement to end the government shutdown brought on in part by a stalemate over the young immigrants' future.

The DACA recipients, commonly called "...Read more

Trump's draft public works plan asks cities, states to pony up

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WASHINGTON -- Half of the federal money in President Donald Trump's promised $1 trillion infrastructure plan would go for a new incentive program to encourage states and localities to secure their own funding for projects, according a draft copy of principles obtained by Bloomberg News.

A quarter of the federal funding would provide grants for ...Read more

Florida man attacks girlfriend with an unlikely weapon β€” his dinner, cops say

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MIAMI -- A St. Petersburg man got angry with his live-in girlfriend and lashed out.

Juwan Brown ended up getting arrested on domestic battery charges.

This is, unfortunately, not a unique occurrence.

But his weapon of choice was.

The suspect used a piece of chicken, cops say.

The 23-year-old was taken into custody Wednesday night after the ...Read more

With deal on ending shutdown, Trump wins immigration leverage

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump won valuable leverage in the fight over young immigrants on Monday following the Democrats' caving to the White House in agreeing to end the shutdown.

The issue goes way beyond Democrats agreeing to vote to reopen the government. They have also offered to spend billions to build Trump's signature wall along ...Read more

Pa. Supreme Court strikes down congressional map as unconstitutional

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Monday that the state's congressional map "clearly, plainly and palpably" violates the state constitution and blocked its use in the May 2018 primaries.

In a split decision, the seven-member panel sided with a group of voters who contended the state's 18 U.S. House of Representatives ...Read more

Scalise back at Capitol after successful surgery

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WASHINGTON -- House Majority Whip Steve Scalise returned to the Capitol Monday after surgery and a 12-day hospital stay to cast a "yes" vote on a stopgap spending bill that will reopen the government through Feb. 8.

"I'm feeling real good," the Louisiana Republican said regarding his health after what he called a "major surgery" he had 12 days ...Read more

In Trump's first year, anti-abortion forces make strides despite setbacks

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As a candidate, President Donald Trump promised abortion opponents four specific actions to "advance the rights of unborn children and their mothers."

A year into his presidency, three of those items remain undone. Nevertheless, abortion opponents have made significant progress changing the direction of federal and state policies on the issue. ...Read more

Top political operatives shrug off shutdown fallout in 2018 vote

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WASHINGTON -- Democrats were imperiling the military. Republicans were too incompetent to lead. The consequences for the midterms would be disastrous and decisive.

All weekend, Republican and Democratic officials and party hands pinned the blame for the government shutdown squarely on the other side, as they each sought to gain a political edge...Read more

Boy, 12, accused in armed carjacking against 81-year-old woman

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- He's only 12, but the Broward Sheriff's Office says a boy was part of a baby-faced trio accused of committing an armed hijacking against an elderly woman at a Walmart store in Lauderdale Lakes.

The child was taken into custody Friday; his cohorts were still at large, the Broward Sheriff's Office said Monday.

On the ...Read more

Supreme Court rules police may arrest partygoers at a vacant house

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court put partygoers on notice Monday that they may be lawfully arrested if they show up at a loud and wild party where they do not know the host.

In a 9-0 decision, the justices tossed out a $1 million verdict in favor of 16 partygoers who were arrested inside a vacant house in the District of Columbia.

Police had ...Read more

Larry Hatheway: For economy, markets, little changed in Trump's 1st year

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The first year of Donald Trump's presidency was marked by some of the worst political turbulence in modern U.S. history. But when it comes to the economy and markets, the surprise is how little change, good or bad, has occurred.

Let's start with economics. The prevailing view is that conditions have improved over the past year. I've compared ...Read more

A 13-year-old took a brief joyride β€” before slamming into 3 people walking, Miami cops say

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MIAMI -- The driver arrested in Sunday's hit-and-run that caused a fractured hip and a bruised butt has two addresses on his arrest report: his home address and his middle school address.

Jamie Pinol, a 13-year-old Nautilus Middle School student, faces felony charges of leaving the scene of a crash with injury and leaving the scene of a crash ...Read more

Woman falls overboard into the Gulf of Mexico from Carnival cruise

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MIAMI -- A 44-year-old woman went overboard from the Carnival Triumph into the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday night, Carnival Cruise Line confirmed Monday.

The ship, which sails from New Orleans, was on the second day of a five-day cruise when the passenger was "seen going overboard," said Vance Gulliksen, spokesman for Doral-based Carnival.

"All ...Read more

White House: No Trump visit to San Diego to see wall prototypes scheduled yet

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump has discussed traveling to San Diego to see border wall prototypes, and White House officials are known to have been discussing plans for a possible trip, but a Trump administration official said Monday that there is still nothing in that regard on Trump's short-term schedule "as of now."

The official ...Read more

Cops: Another Eagles fan arrested after punching a police horse

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PHILADELPHIA -- For the second week in a row, an Eagles fan has been arrested at Lincoln Financial Field after allegedly punching a police horse.

According to police, Andrew Tornetta, 19, of North Wales, became verbally combative after a mounted State Police corporal attempted to disperse a large crowd around 3:15 p.m., hours before the start ...Read more

Senate leaders reach a deal to reopen government, with vote scheduled Monday

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WASHINGTON -- Senate leaders have reached an agreement to end the three-day government shutdown by passing a stopgap spending bill and committing to tackle the issue of immigration before the next deadline, according to a Democratic aide familiar with the decision.

The Senate is scheduled to vote on the bill soon, and Speaker Paul D. Ryan said ...Read more