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School counselors treating emotional wounds after 6 Ga. students die in crashes

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ATLANTA -- Death, especially that of a child, brings grief that can be debilitating in the near term and surface months and years later in unexpected ways.

So the tragedies rippling across Fulton County's Langston Hughes High School, which lost four students in a crash Monday, and Cobb County's Lassiter High, which lost two in another, provides...Read more

Trump said to personally intervene to toughen Iran deal letter

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump personally intervened to inject tougher language into a State Department letter to Congress last week that found Iran was in compliance with the deal limiting its nuclear program, according to an administration official familiar with the matter.

The letter to Congress from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ...Read more

Will Ann Coulter show up at Berkeley's Sproul Plaza Thursday?

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BERKELEY, Calif. -- The controversy surrounding Ann Coulter's vow to speak at the University of California, Berkeley on Thursday has backed the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement into an uncomfortable and unfamiliar corner -- and could lead to a tense showdown if the firebrand conservative commentator shows up at Sproul Plaza.

University ...Read more

Coulter says she'll speak at UC Berkeley Thursday, invited or not

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Conservative pundit Ann Coulter has told the University of California, Berkeley student groups that she intends to speak on campus Thursday, leaving the full details of her controversial appearance to be decided by university police, demonstrators and counter-protestors.

On the heels of three violent clashes this year between extreme left and ...Read more

After 13 years at Saturn, Cassini spacecraft is ready for its grand finale

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What do you do with a 20-year-old spacecraft that has spent 13 years orbiting Saturn, logged 4.1 billion miles in space and is about to run out of fuel?

You could crash it into one of the dozens of moons that orbit the ringed planet. Or you could let it hang out in a wide orbit around the gas giant where it would stay out of the way.

But the ...Read more

State department memo boosts case to stay in Paris climate pact

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WASHINGTON -- An internal State Department memo says the Paris climate accord imposes few obligations on the U.S., bolstering the case for Trump administration officials who want to stay in the deal.

The document, marked as a draft, makes no explicit recommendation about whether the U.S. should remain part of the pact. It circulated ahead of a ...Read more

Judge refuses effort to block spending on California's bullet train

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The California bullet train dodged another legal bullet Tuesday when a Sacramento Superior Court judge tentatively rejected a request to stop the state rail agency from spending bond money approved by voters in 2008.

Opponents of the project sought an injunction to keep the agency from spending the money to build a 119-mile segment of track in ...Read more

South Korea sees Thaad missile defense system ready this year

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SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea said a U.S. missile defense system being installed on its soil has been partly deployed and should be operational by the end of the year, as tensions mount over North Korea's nuclear program.

The defense ministry gave the update on the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, known as Thaad, in a text ...Read more

Nation and world news briefs

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Cutting money for UN would harm US power, former ambassadors warn

WASHINGTON -- Nine former U.S. ambassadors to the United Nations on Tuesday warned against Trump administration plans to slash funding of the world body, portraying such a move as a grave danger to American power.

The ambassadors' warning, contained in a letter to congressional ...Read more

US objects after Turkish jets strike Kurds in Syria, Iraq

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ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkish warplanes bombed Kurdish groups in Syria and Iraq, including fighters who are U.S. allies in the battle against Islamic State, drawing a rebuke from the State Department.

The Turkish military said the attacks early Tuesday centered on Mount Sinjar in Iraq and Mount Karakoc in Syria, areas near Turkey's borders with the...Read more

Lawmakers say Flynn did not disclose lobbying and payments from Turkey and Russia

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, may have violated the law when he failed to disclose large fees from business dealings in Russia and Turkey shortly before he joined the White House, the leaders of the House Oversight Committee said Tuesday.

The disclosure by Reps. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, ...Read more

Democratic mayors unload on Jeff Sessions over sanctuary city warning

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WASHINGTON -- Democratic mayors, frustrated with President Donald Trump's threat to cut funding to cities and counties that do not enforce immigration policy, urged Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday to craft a unified federal policy that might eliminate what they see as mixed messages from various agencies.

"It's very difficult to send ...Read more

Accused al-Qaida commander wants to know if he can leave Guantanamo if acquitted

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GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- Defense lawyers asked a Marine judge Tuesday to order the prosecution to find out if a man accused of running the al-Qaida army in Afghanistan will get out of Guantanamo if he's acquitted or completes a war crimes sentence.

"What are we doing here? Let's abate these proceedings until we get an answer to this ...Read more

New twist in Trump-Russia probe as Congress turns focus to Michael Flynn

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's first national security adviser, retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, probably broke federal law by failing to disclose on a 2016 security clearance application that he had done business with Russia in 2015, the chairman of the House Oversight committee said Tuesday.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, also said ...Read more

Mexican police arrest suspect in 2014 disappearance of student group

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MEXICO CITY -- Mexican police have arrested another suspect in the 2014 disappearance and suspected massacre of a group of 43 students, a prosecution spokesman told dpa Tuesday.

He was captured in a raid in the state of Queretaro in central Mexico, the spokesman said.

The suspect, known by the aliases "El Walter" and "La Medusa," is believed ...Read more

Trump loses another round in court, this time over funds for 'sanctuary' cities

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WASHINGTON -- In yet another blow to the Trump administration from the courts, a federal judge in San Francisco declared Tuesday that he would temporarily block enforcement of President Donald Trump's directive to strip federal funding from so-called sanctuary cities that do not enforce federal immigration policy.

The ruling by U.S. District ...Read more

Two men arrested after cancer group's toy-loaded trailer stolen, police say

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A trailer filled with toys meant for children battling cancer is back where it belongs in North Miami and two men have been accused of stealing it.

Dudley Merus, 30, of Miami and Endy Merus, 25, of North Miami, were taken into custody at the scene, Sunrise Police Officer Chris Piper said. The men are related but exactly...Read more

Kentucky miners: Why won't McConnell and Paul notice us?

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WASHINGTON -- Retired coal miners wearing camouflage shirts were an unmistakable, recurring sight Tuesday on Capitol Hill. Yet to Kentucky's senators, they may as well have blended in with the woodwork.

Sen. Rand Paul walked right past them in the hallway. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell didn't even look up from the Senate floor as they ...Read more

Trump and Republican leaders differ on a lower corporate tax rate

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is set to announce what he's calling a "tax reform and reduction" plan Wednesday, and the longtime real estate mogul wants to slash the corporate tax rate by 20 percentage points, from 35 percent to 15 percent.

Trump floated the idea of a 15 percent corporate tax rate during the campaign, but Republican ...Read more

Veteran prosecutor takes over No. 2 job at Justice Department — and Russia probe

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WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to confirm Rod J. Rosenstein as the No. 2 official at the Justice Department, a post that puts the veteran prosecutor in charge of the investigation into whether current or former aides to President Donald Trump coordinated with Russia during the 2016 campaign.

Rosenstein, 52, won unusual ...Read more