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Poll: Majority of Republicans want legal marijuana

WASHINGTON -- Almost two-thirds of Americans think marijuana should be legal, according to a Gallup poll released Monday.

That represents the highest number in the nearly 50 years since the polling organization began asking about the issue, according to a press release.

The findings come as ...Read more

Can organic food help you reduce your risk of cancer? A new study suggests the answer may be yes

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To reduce your risk of cancer, you know you should quit smoking, exercise regularly, wear sunscreen, and take advantage of screening tests. New research suggests another item might be added to this list: Choose organic foods over conventional ones.

A study of nearly 70,000 French adults who were tracked for an average of 4.5 years found that ...Read more

Uber driver in critical condition after being shot

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LOS ANGELES -- An Uber driver was listed in critical condition after being shot and crashing into another car, authorities said Monday.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies were called to assist the California Highway Patrol with what was at first thought to be traffic collision call in the 2000 block of El Segundo Boulevard just ...Read more

Trump still 'not satisfied' with Saudi story on Khashoggi

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump says he is still "not satisfied" with the Saudi Arabian government's explanation of what led to the death of Washington journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed inside a Saudi consulate in Turkey.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers are calling on Trump to punish the Saudi royal family for coaxing the self...Read more

Pentagon sends 2 warships through Taiwan Strait, further straining relations with Beijing

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WASHINGTON -- Two U.S. warships sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Monday, a show of military support for the self-ruled island of Taiwan by the Trump administration that is sure to worsen already tense relations between Washington and Beijing.

The Antietam, a guided missile cruiser, and the Curtis Wilbur, a guided missile destroyer, sailed ...Read more

Bolton tells Russians election interference was ineffective

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WASHINGTON -- White House national security adviser John Bolton told his Russian counterpart that his country's interference in the 2016 presidential election didn't affect the outcome but has nonetheless damaged relations with the U.S.

"The point I made to Russian colleagues today was that I didn't think, whatever they had done in terms of ...Read more

Trump backpedals on timing of vague tax cut proposal

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said any vote on a new tax overhaul bill he floated this weekend would come "after the election," saying a "resolution" would be introduced in the next two weeks.

Trump's remarks amounted to a presidential clarification of his own vague comments on Saturday, when he told reporters Republicans are "looking at...Read more

Austin ordered to boil water; flood silt stalls treatment

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AUSTIN, Texas -- The city of Austin's water utility told all residents early Monday to boil water before using until the city's water treatment system is stabilized.

Austin Water customers, which include residents in Austin, Rollingwood and West Lake Hills, need to boil water before drinking it, cooking with it or using it for ice until further...Read more

Trump backpedals on timing of vague tax cut proposal

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said any vote on a new tax overhaul bill he floated this weekend would come "after the election," saying a "resolution" would be introduced in the next two weeks.

Trump's remarks amounted to a presidential clarification of his own vague comments on Saturday, when he told reporters Republicans are "looking at...Read more

Senators warn of potential return of earmarks

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WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of senators critical of pork-barrel spending is again warning about the possible return of congressional earmarks.

The contingent of persistent critics of the earmarking process warned about talk of the return of the practice in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Minority Leader ...Read more

Farting felon pleads guilty to federal gun and drug charges in Kansas City

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A man whose flatulence-filled police interview was memorialized in court documents pleaded guilty Monday to federal gun and drug charges.

Sean A. Sykes Jr., 25, was charged last year in U.S. District Court in Kansas City with possession with intent to sell cocaine, heroin and marijuana, and with being a felon in possession ...Read more

Wisconsin authorities seek 2,000 volunteers for renewed search for Jayme Closs

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Wisconsin authorities are intensifying their search near the family's home where 13-year-old Jayme Closs was last known to be more than a week ago and where her parents were shot dead.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald has put the call out for 2,000 volunteers to participate in a six-hour search "for articles of evidentiary ...Read more

Category 5 Hurricane Willa barrels toward Mexico's Pacific coast

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MEXICO CITY -- Mexico on Monday was bracing for the arrival of Hurricane Willa, which intensified into a Category 5 storm expected to wreak havoc on the country's Pacific coast.

The hurricane could produce "life-threatening" storm surge, wind and rainfall, with a "potentially catastrophic" impact on western-central and southwestern regions of ...Read more

At least 4 people shot after funeral service on Chicago's South Side

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CHICAGO -- At least four people were shot after a funeral service in the Burnside neighborhood on Chicago's South Side Monday afternoon, authorities said.

The shooting took place around 12:20 p.m. in the 9200 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a tweet.

"Early reports indicate the shooting allegedly ...Read more

Trump threatens to cut aid to Central American nations for failing to stop migrant caravan

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TAPACHULA, Mexico -- President Donald Trump criticized Mexico and three Central American nations Monday for failing to stop a caravan of immigrants bound for the United States that has swelled in size to several thousand people.

On Twitter, Trump said the U.S. "will begin cutting off, or substantially reducing" aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El...Read more

Pelosi suggests 2020 outcome will help her decide whether to stay in Congress

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WASHINGTON -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who hopes to be speaker next year if Democrats win the House majority, suggested Monday that the outcome of the 2020 presidential election will factor into her decision on how long to stay in Congress.

The 78-year-old California Democrat has long signaled that she sees her congressional career ...Read more

Michael Avenatti hit with $4.85-million judgment for unpaid debt as law firm faces eviction trial

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LOS ANGELES -- Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for porn actress Stormy Daniels, was hit with a personal judgment of $4.85 million on Monday for his failure to pay a debt to a former colleague at his Newport Beach firm.

The judgment by Judge Dennis J. Landin in state Superior Court in Los Angeles is the latest in a series of setbacks for Avenatti ...Read more

Poll: Majority of Republicans want legal marijuana

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WASHINGTON -- Almost two-thirds of Americans think marijuana should be legal, according to a Gallup poll released Monday.

That represents the highest number in the nearly 50 years since the polling organization began asking about the issue, according to a press release.

The findings come as four states prepare to vote on November ballot ...Read more

Trump threatens to cut aid to Central American nations for failing to stop migrant caravan

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TAPACHULA, Mexico -- President Donald Trump criticized Mexico and three Central American nations Monday for failing to stop a caravan of immigrants bound for the United States that has swelled in size to several thousand people.

On Twitter, Trump said the U.S. "will begin cutting off, or substantially reducing" aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El...Read more

Ad that links Michigan Democrat to 'black genocide' denounced

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WASHINGTON -- Ministers in Detroit are criticizing a radio ad running in the city that supports John James' U.S. Senate campaign and attempts to link U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow's support of abortion rights with what the ad calls "black genocide," the Michigan publication Bridge Magazine reported Monday.

Stars and Stripes Forever PAC, which is ...Read more