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Court tells teen plaintiffs it can't force climate policy changes

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WASHINGTON -- A three-judge panel of a federal appeals court said Friday that young climate activists established that government policies worsened climate change but dismissed the activists' case seeking to force policy changes, ruling it was beyond the court's power.

In a 2-1 decision, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel accepted the ...Read more

Michelle Obama's school lunch program faces new cuts on former first lady's birthday

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration has announced plans to cut back school lunch nutrition standards led by former first lady Michelle Obama.

The proposed rule announced Friday would increase "flexibility" for vegetable requirements and allow schools to change fruit servings during breakfast in favor of meats or meat alternatives, according ...Read more

Endangered right whales population at about 413, expert says

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Not even halfway through the calving season for North Atlantic right whales, there have already been some major ups and downs.

Julie Albert, right whale coordinator for the Marine Resources Council, gave an update Thursday night on the calving season. With more than 120 people in attendance at the Marine Discovery ...Read more

There's more than one way to age. How are you doing it?

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Most of us think we know what aging looks and feels like. It announces itself with wrinkled skin and gray, thinning hair. It blurs vision, makes joints creaky, and if not rigorously countered, causes things to sag.

But scientists are cataloging far subtler signs of biological aging, evident long before hair is lost and skin starts to crinkle.

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Chicago-area man linked to teen's 1976 death now a suspect in 12 other murders, 9 rapes, police say

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AURORA, Ill. -- A man linked by DNA this week to the 1976 murder of a Woodridge teenager is a suspect in the murders of at least 12 people, an investigator on the case said Thursday.

Lisle police detective Chris Loudon said he has received more than 70 tips since authorities announced on Monday they've identified Bruce Lindahl as the man ...Read more

Virus screenings to begin at 3 US airports amid outbreak in China

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Federal authorities will begin screening airline travelers arriving from Wuhan, China, for signs that they may be infected with a new coronavirus that is spreading in Asia, officials announced Friday.

Passengers flying into Los Angeles International Airport, San Francisco International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New ...Read more

1 killed, another injured in avalanche near Lake Tahoe, officials say

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One person was killed and another was seriously injured when an avalanche sent snow barreling down the mountain at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort just west of Lake Tahoe on Friday morning, authorities said.

Sheriff's deputies in Placer County, Calif., responded to the scene, near the Subway ski run, about 11:20 a.m. PST, along with a search and ...Read more

New federal legislation would ban Epstein-like secret plea deals

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WASHINGTON -- Two members of Congress filed a bill Friday that would increase punishment for prosecutors if they fail to inform crime victims of plea deals, an effort to prevent future, secret agreements like the one serial pedophile Jeffrey Epstein received from then-U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta in 2007.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., and...Read more

To stop Trump fracking plans, California is going to court

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California took legal action Friday to block the Trump administration's plans to open federal lands in California to oil and gas drilling, including the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing.

The federal lawsuit announced by state Attorney General Xavier Becerra comes after President Donald Trump's administration ...Read more

South Carolina agrees to change voter registration requirements on Social Security numbers

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Democratic officials celebrated a victory after South Carolina election officials agreed to change voter registration requirements that currently demand all voters to submit their full Social Security number, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced Friday morning.

South Carolina is one of three states that ...Read more

These people will defend president trump in his impeachment trial

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WASHINGTON -- The Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump is set to begin in earnest on Tuesday and the president has selected these nine people to defend him.

The attorneys and lawmakers will argue Trump's case that he should be acquitted of the House's charges that he abused his power and obstructed the congressional investigation into the ...Read more

White House considers changes to law banning overseas bribes

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's administration is weighing whether to seek changes to a 1977 law that makes it illegal for U.S. companies to bribe foreign officials.

"We are looking at it," White House Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow said at the White House on Friday, in response to a reporter's question about the Foreign Corrupt Practices...Read more

Chicago police ask for public's help after 5 people are shot inside barbershop

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CHICAGO -- The two young brothers had always wanted to go to the Gotcha Faded barbershop in West Garfield Park, and Thursday night they finally got their chance.

The boys, 11 and 12, had been in the busy shop for less than an hour when two gunmen entered shortly after 6 p.m., looked around, then walked back out, turned and started firing, ...Read more

What Lori Loughlin knew: New documents illuminate alleged role in faking daughters' USC athletic profiles

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- In November 2017, Lori Loughlin's daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli received the kind of news that any college-bound high school senior dreams of: A letter from the admissions dean at a top college saying: "I am pleased to inform you ... "

The letter was from the University of Southern California. But something in the letter ...Read more

More people are bringing guns to the airport — and Florida is among the top places

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MIAMI -- Three Florida airports were among the top 10 for weapons seizures in the United States in 2019, a year in which authorities confiscated more firearms than at any other time since the formation of the Transportation Security Administration.

According to the TSA, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport was seventh on the list, ...Read more

Plane at Kansas City airport slides off taxiway

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Delta flight slid off a taxiway at the Kansas City International Airport, a spokesperson said early Friday morning.

According to KCI spokesman Joe McBride, a Delta Air Lines A319 was taxiing from the terminal when the nose wheel dropped off the pavement. There were 129 passengers and crew on board the flight headed to ...Read more

Khamenei says Iran strike delivered a 'slap' to the US superpower image

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Iran had delivered a "slap to the U.S.'s image as a superpower" in this month's military confrontation, seeking to rally Iranians around an embattled establishment as he led Friday prayers in Tehran for the first time in eight years.

His comments came amid unprecedented ...Read more

Alan Dershowitz, onetime Jeffrey Epstein lawyer, named to Trump's impeachment legal team

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WASHINGTON -- Ten years after O.J. Simpson was acquitted of murder, one of his lawyers, Alan Dershowitz, admitted that "sometimes you lose sleep at night" while working as a defense attorney.

"Every lawyer who's also a good person has these ambivalences," he told PBS in 2005.

It might seem a bout of unlikely introspection for an outspoken ...Read more

A secret vote pushed Kweisi Mfume out as NAACP leader amid 'growing dissatisfaction' with his performance, records show

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BALTIMORE -- Kweisi Mfume, who is running for Congress in part on his accomplishments as leader of the NAACP, had a more tumultuous tenure at the civil rights organization than previously known -- leaving after several negative performance reviews and a vote by the executive committee not to grant him a new contract, according to records ...Read more

Before SpaceX can launch astronauts, it has to ace this last big test

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Elon Musk founded SpaceX with the intention of one day sending humans to space.

Eighteen years later, the Hawthorne, Calif., company has launched commercial satellites, astronaut supplies, sensitive government payloads and even a Tesla Roadster. But not humans. Yet.

Only one major test now stands between SpaceX and its long-awaited plan to ...Read more