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Latest North Korean missile test ends in failure

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SEOUL, South Korea -- An attempt by North Korea to launch a ballistic missile on Saturday ended in failure, South Korean media reported.

North Korea attempted to launch the missile from an area north of Pyongyang, however it exploded seconds after liftoff, the Yonhap news agency reported, citing the South Korean military.

The launch comes amid...Read more

Newest Trump order targets Obama's marine sanctuaries for possible oil drilling

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WASHINGTON -- The executive order President Donald Trump signed Friday could ease offshore oil drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans and possibly lead to oil exploration in new marine sanctuaries, including some off the California and Florida coasts.

"We are opening it up," said Trump, referring to the administration's plan to allow oil ...Read more

Trump makes it clear: He owes the NRA, big time, and plans to pay it back

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ATLANTA -- In the first presidential speech to the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in more than three decades, Donald Trump on Friday pledged to repay gun owners for helping to propel him to his stunning rise to the White House.

"I am here to deliver you good news," Trump said. "The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment ...Read more

Congress backs one more week of government spending, averts shutdown

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WASHINGTON -- Congress averted a partial government shutdown Friday, approving a one-week spending measure to keep agencies and services running while lawmakers negotiate a longer-term spending deal.

The Senate approved the one-week continuing resolution by voice vote after the House of Representatives passed the stopgap bill by 382-30.

The ...Read more

SpaceX set to launch a national security satellite on Sunday

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SpaceX is set to launch a payload Sunday morning for the National Reconnaissance Office in one of the company's earliest tests as a national security launch provider.

The spy satellite, known as NROL-76, will launch on a Falcon 9 rocket from Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The two-hour launch window opens at 7 a.m. Eastern time.

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Ex-chief of Chicago Public Schools sentenced in massive bribery scandal

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CHICAGO -- Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the disgraced former Chicago Public Schools CEO, was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison Friday for scheming to pocket hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks in return for steering lucrative contracts to a consulting firm at a time CPS was struggling financially.

Byrd-Bennett, handpicked by Mayor Rahm ...Read more

Lobbyist who once sued Interior Department named to be its No. 2 official

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WASHINGTON -- His name is David Longly Bernhardt, and he's worked as the top lobbyist for California's Westlands Water District, the largest agricultural entity of its kind in the nation. He has sued the Interior Department and helped write legislation on behalf of his client. Largely because of his services, Westlands has paid Bernhardt and the...Read more

Here's what the 'mother of all bombs' did for US fight in Afghanistan

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WASHINGTON -- The use of the "mother of all bombs" on an underground network of Islamic State tunnels in a remote district in Afghanistan was a lot of hype with little long-term impact, according to many military analysts.

While breathless coverage of the use of the most powerful non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal gave the appearance that the...Read more

Kasich not ruling out presidential run

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WASHINGTON -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Friday refused to rule out running for president on Friday but said it's "unlikely."

"In terms of politics, I don't know what the future brings, but I know it's in front of me," Kasich told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast in Washington.

Kasich said that even after he leaves the ...Read more

Sergeant killed in NC prison was beaten with fire extinguisher, sources say

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North Carolina prison Sgt. Meggan Callahan, who authorities say was killed in an attack by an inmate Wednesday evening, was responding to a fire that had been set inside Bertie Correctional Institution when she was assaulted.

Sources say she was beaten with the fire extinguisher she had brought to douse the fire.

Inmate Craig Wissink, who has ...Read more

Congress approves stopgap spending bill to prevent federal shutdown

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WASHINGTON -- Congress approved a stopgap measure Friday to avoid a government shutdown, but Republican leaders shelved a last-minute effort to also revive efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

The House approved a temporary spending bill, 382-30, providing a weeklong extension of federal funding as negotiators continue to hash...Read more

North Carolina college requires teachers to sign pledge opposing same-sex marriage, abortion

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Christian college in the North Carolina mountains that's long been associated with the Billy Graham family is in turmoil over the school's insistence that faculty and staff sign and live in accordance with a new document that opposes same-sex marriage and abortion.

Montreat College's "Community Life Covenant," which was ...Read more

Demetrio, lawyer for dragged United passenger, is highflying aviation attorney

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CHICAGO -- Thomas Demetrio, the Chicago personal injury lawyer who negotiated an undisclosed settlement with United Airlines in its passenger-dragging incident, is no stranger to holding airlines accountable.

Well-known in legal circles, Demetrio, 69, has been in the spotlight since the April 9 episode in which smartphone video captured Dr. ...Read more

Economic growth stumbles to worst rate in 2 years, underscoring Trump's challenge

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WASHINGTON -- The economy stumbled at the start of 2017, expanding at its slowest pace in two years in a demonstration of the difficulty President Donald Trump will have in boosting growth to a much stronger sustained level.

Total economic output, also known as gross domestic product, increased at just a 0.7 percent annual rate from January ...Read more

Francis Wilkinson: Can the Dreamers 'rest easy'?

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What doesn't Donald Trump understand about the word "illegal"?

That's the gist of some right-wing reaction to the president's comments in an interview with the Associated Press last week. The sticking point is Trump's position on Dreamers, the undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, and who were shielded from ...Read more

Trump signs order that could open California coastal waters to new drilling

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that could open large parts of the Pacific, Arctic and Atlantic oceans to new oil and gas drilling, creating yet another clash with California, where leaders are vowing they will do everything in their power to block new drilling off the state's shores.

Trump's move, which is ...Read more

When people work together, they're literally on the same wavelength, brain waves show

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Thanks to scientists who have ventured outside the laboratory, we have learned that tight-knit groups of females experience synchronized menstrual periods over time, that cohesive groups engaged in decision-making discount dissenting viewpoints in the interests of consensus, and that couples who stay together long enough begin to look alike.

In...Read more

Trump's first 100 days mostly lags predecessors

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WASHINGTON -- The first 100 days benchmark that President Donald Trump will pass on Saturday, in so many ways, sums up his presidency to date: He has both dismissed it as "ridiculous" while also endorsing its value through planned events, policy announcements and even a statement regarding his accomplishments.

In the week leading up to his ...Read more

Chicago fires head of security at O'Hare, Midway for not disclosing why he lost Tollway job

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CHICAGO -- The city of Chicago fired the head of security at O'Hare and Midway airports Thursday for what City Hall sources said was his failure to disclose critical details of his prior employment at the Illinois Tollway, after a confidential memo obtained by the Tribune revealed numerous allegations of sexual harassment against him.

The ...Read more

Shooting suspect charged in slaying of judge, wounding of judge's girlfriend

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CHICAGO -- A man with a long prison stint in his background for attempted murder fatally shot a Cook County judge and wounded his girlfriend outside the judge's residence earlier this month, Chicago police said Thursday in announcing the first-degree murder charges.

At a news conference Thursday evening at police headquarters, Cmdr. Rodney ...Read more

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