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Suspect who slithered out of patrol car window stayed stuck in cuffs 2 days, cops say

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The North Carolina man who made headlines on Sunday for allegedly slithering out the back window of a deputy's patrol car apparently had less luck getting out of his handcuffs, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

Clarence Jackson Crutchfield was still wearing cuffs as bracelets when deputies tracked him down two...Read more

Gettysburg College trustee resigns over yearbook photo in Nazi costume

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PHILADELPHIA -- A member of Gettysburg College's board of trustees resigned this week after a 1980 college yearbook photo of him wearing a Nazi uniform surfaced, the school announced.

Bob Garthwait Jr., the trustee, prominent donor and third generation business owner from Waterbury, Conn., said in a statement that the photo was taken when he ...Read more

Putin warns US: Russian weapons to target NATO decision makers

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MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin made a thinly veiled threat at the United States on Wednesday, saying Russian weapons will be aimed at powers that have deployed missile systems that could target Russia.

While commenting on the U.S. withdrawal from a mid-range nuclear missile treaty with Russia, Putin reiterated Russia's concerns that...Read more

Bernie Sanders draws record $5.9 million in one day as he starts 2020 run

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bernie Sanders, the self-described democratic socialist, received $5.9 million from about 223,000 donors in the 24 hours after he announced his repeat bid for the U.S. presidency.

In total, the Vermont independent has raised $6 million, with small-dollar pledges mirroring the average donation of $27 from his 2016 run, ...Read more

2 dead, 6 injured in separate crashes fleeing Border Patrol agents

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SAN DIEGO -- Two men were killed and a woman was critically injured Tuesday evening when their vehicle crashed into a semi truck and careened down an embankment while fleeing from a Border Patrol agent in San Diego, authorities said.

The crash happened just before 6:20 p.m. near Otay Mesa Road and Sanyo Avenue, according to the California ...Read more

Analysis: After contentious border moves, stakes only get higher for Trump

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WASHINGTON -- "Stay tuned" is a common refrain from White House aides when asked about the many cliffhangers created by President Donald Trump. But remarkably, even after three topsy-turvy months that culminated Friday in a wild Rose Garden appearance, that West Wing mantra will apply doubly over the next few weeks.

Trump's decision to declare ...Read more

Supreme Court says constitutional ban on 'excessive fines' also applies to states

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WASHINGTON -- In a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Court said Wednesday that the 8th Amendment's ban of "excessive fines" applies to states and local agencies, not just the federal government.

The decision will limit the power of the police and state law enforcement agents to seize cars, boats and other property.

The ruling is a victory for ...Read more

California's challenge to Trump's border wall more likely to win on narrow grounds

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SAN FRANCISCO -- When a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's plan to build a border wall goes before a federal judge in San Francisco, California and 15 other states will argue that the administration's decision to bypass Congress violates the U.S. Constitution.

But legal analysts generally agreed Tuesday that the lawsuit is most likely...Read more

Rod Rosenstein will leave a contentious and consequential legacy

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WASHINGTON -- After President Donald Trump picked Rod Rosenstein two years ago for the second highest job at the Justice Department, his daughter asked if his picture would appear in the newspaper.

"I said, 'No,'" Rosenstein recalled recently. "I told her, 'The deputy attorney general is a low-profile job. Nobody knows the deputy attorney ...Read more

Smoking can damage eyesight by age 35, study suggests

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Smoking cigarettes has long been known for its ability to damage eyesight, on top of the harm it causes to the lungs, heart and other organs.

But a new study suggests that smoking can impair vision far earlier than is commonly thought.

Heavy smokers with an average age of 35 were markedly worse than nonsmokers at distinguishing colors as well ...Read more

Wet winter mostly wasted in California

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LOS ANGELES -- California's wet winter has dumped at estimated 18 trillion gallons of rain in February alone. But much of it is simply going down the drain.

In what has become a source of much concern in a state prone to droughts and water shortages, the vast majority of rainwater in urban areas flows into storm drains and is eventually lost to...Read more

Why North Korea may give up its nuclear crown jewel at Trump summit

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SEOUL, South Korea -- For much of the past four decades, North Korea's nuclear ambitions have focused on a sprawling complex nestled in the mountains north of Pyongyang. All of that could come to an end after President Donald Trump and leader Kim Jong Un meet next week.

The dismantlement of the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center has ...Read more

Maryland bill would aim to speed up demise of the Electoral College

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BALTIMORE -- More than a decade ago, Maryland agreed to enter a compact to bypass the Electoral College in favor of the national popular vote for electing a president -- if enough other states went along with the proposal.

But the effort to kill the Electoral College stalled.

Now, state Sen. Bill Ferguson, a Baltimore Democrat, is pushing a ...Read more

Hundreds of Baltimore-area sex assault victims signed waivers releasing police from duty of investigating

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BALTIMORE -- Over 2017 and 2018, police departments in the Baltimore area prompted sexual assault victims to waive their rights to an investigation -- 223 times, according to a survey by The Baltimore Sun.

The practice runs counter to guidance from experts and from the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Baltimore County had the ...Read more

30,000 Venezuelans cross into this Colombian town each day. Now it's the scene of an escalating aid showdown

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CUCUTA, Colombia -- For the beleaguered people of Venezuela, this Colombian border town has served for years as a kind of safety valve -- a way station en route from their reeling homeland, or a place to score food, medicine and other basics no longer available in Venezuela.

"I came to get vaccinations for my daughter," said Almari Ruiz, ...Read more

For 2020 Democratic hopefuls, 'Medicare-for-all' is a defining issue, however they define it

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Democrats with 2020 presidential aspirations are courting the party's increasingly influential progressive wing and staking out ambitious policy platforms.

Front and center are three words: Medicare. For. All.

That simple phrase is loaded with political baggage, and often accompanied by vague promises and complex jargon. Different candidates ...Read more

Knife attacker shot dead in Marseille, 2 injured

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PARIS -- A knife attacker injured two people on a busy street in the southern French city of Marseille on Tuesday before being shot dead by police, the news agency AFP reported.

The anti-terrorism department of the Paris prosecutors office was in contact with prosecutors in Marseille, the Parisian authority confirmed to dpa.

But Marseille ...Read more

LA votes to file legal challenge to Trump's emergency declaration

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to go to court to challenge President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency along the U.S.-Mexico border, either on its own or in conjunction with other government agencies.

On a 13-0 vote, the council authorized City Attorney Mike Feuer to either join a lawsuit against ...Read more

Why Trump's tweets could be used against him in California's border emergency lawsuit

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WASHINGTON -- California is using President Donald Trump's own tweets against him in the state's lawsuit seeking to block his declaration of a national emergency at the Mexico border.

The lawsuit filed Monday by officials in California and 15 other states cites a string of Trump's tweets and public statements dating back to 2014 to argue that ...Read more

Trump poised to name Jeffrey Rosen as deputy attorney general

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump plans to nominate Jeffrey Rosen as his new deputy attorney general as soon as this week, according to people familiar with the matter.

Rosen, now deputy secretary of the U.S. Transportation Department, would replace Rod Rosenstein, who oversaw the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Last ...Read more