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Scientists scour WWI shipwreck to solve military mystery

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100 years later, researchers conclude underwater mine sank World War I warship off the coast of New York. More>>

Virgin Galactic tourism rocket ship reaches space in test

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Branson's Virgin Galactic gearing up to finally send its tourism rocket ship to the edge of space. More>>

Congress OKs bill to allow killing sea lions to help salmon

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Congress has agreed to make it easier to kill sea lions threatening fragile runs of salmon in the Northwest. More>>

Record number of Mexican gray wolves found dead in 2018

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Wildlife managers have confirmed that a record number of Mexican gray wolves have been reported dead this year. More>>

Alaska groups sue EPA to enforce clean air laws in Fairbanks

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Three Alaska groups are suing the Environmental Protection Agency to demand it enforce the cleanup of polluted air around the state's second-largest city. More>>

Idaho test reactor is pivotal in US nuclear power strategy

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A nuclear test reactor that can melt uranium fuel rods in seconds is running again after a near quarter-century shutdown as U.S. officials try to revamp a fading nuclear power industry with safer fuel designs and a new generation of power plants. More>>

Report rips expensive decisions in California wildfire fight

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A new report criticizes decisions made to stop a 2016 fire in California's Big Sur area that became the costliest wildfire fight in U.S. history. More>>

Worries about ballot security overshadow disputed House race

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Warnings about the potential for voter fraud in a rural North Carolina county went unheeded for years before last month's disputed congressional race. More>>

Baylor ties pervade rape case that sparked uproar

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Local leaders say plea deal allowing former Baylor student to serve no jail times highlights outsized influence alumni play in shaping local criminal justice system. More>>

Death of 7-year-old on border raises questions

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Immigration officials say an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death of a 7-year-old migrant girl who suffered seizures in custody and later died. More>>

California court blocks pardon of man who killed at age 14

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In a rare step, the California Supreme Court has blocked Gov. Jerry Brown's attempt to issue a pardon to a 37-year-old man Cambodian refugee facing deportation for killing and robbing a woman when he was 14 years old. More>>

Wisconsin, Michigan Republicans enact lame-duck limits

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Republicans in Wisconsin and Michigan enacted last-minute limits on Democratic power Friday, with GOP governors in both Upper Midwest states signing laws protecting their priorities before leaving office in less than a month. More>>

O'Rourke, other Dems don't want tent city's contract renewed

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Rep. Beto O'Rourke, other Democrats tour remote tent city where 2,700 immigrant teens are being held at a cost of roughly $1 million per day. More>>

UNC system rejects $5M plan to house Confederate statue

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North Carolina's public university system rejects proposal to build a $5 million structure to house a toppled Confederate statue. More>>

Report details firefighters' harrowing work in Paradise

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A report on firefighter injuries in a deadly Northern California wildfire details the harrowing conditions they faced and a few close calls with death. More>>

California alleges utility falsified pipeline safety records

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Regulators are accusing one of California's largest utilities of falsifying safety documents on natural gas pipelines. More>>

California is first state to mandate zero-emission bus fleet

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California is moving to eliminate fossil fuels from its fleet of 14,000 transit buses, enacting a first-in-the-nation mandate that will vastly increase the number of electric buses on the road. More>>

Steps taken to address Walter Reed shooting alert error

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Two Maryland congressmen say Navy officials are taking steps to correct deficiencies that wrongly led to reports of an active shooter at Walter Reed National Medical Center outside Washington last month. More>>

First lady spreads anti-bullying message at kids' hospital

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Melania Trump is keeping up the first ladies' tradition of a Christmas season visit to a Washington children's hospital. More>>

Tainted romaine lettuce traced to at least 1 California farm

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US officials have traced a recent outbreak of E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce to at least 1 farm in central California. More>>

Court: Trump can't let companies deny birth control coverage

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A U.S. appeals court has blocked rules by the Trump administration allowing more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control. More>>

With OK from Congress, US hemp market set to boom

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With federal legalization of hemp at hand, the US market is set to boom amid the popularity of CBDs, a non-psychoactive compound found in hemp as a health supplement. More>>

Indiana governor says passing hate crime law 'long overdue'

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Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb is pushing for Indiana to join the 45 states that have hate crime laws. More>>

Hung without care? Some say tunnel decor is an eyesore

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Holiday decorations that have been displayed for decades at the entrance of the Holland Tunnel into New York are not making the season bright for some motorists. More>>

Police want direct talk with missing Colorado woman's fiance

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Colorado police say they are searching the property of a missing woman's fiance. More>>

Reports: Federal prosecutors probe Trump inaugural committee

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Federal prosecutors are reportedly investigating the finances of President Donald Trump's inaugural committee and whether foreigners made illegal contributions to its events. More>>

States cite climate worries in push to stop US coal sales

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Four states that say burning coal will hurt their residents as it makes climate change worse are trying to stop the Trump administration from selling vast reserves of the fuel that are beneath public lands. More>>

GM says it has 2,700 jobs for workers slated to be laid off

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General Motors says it has 2,700 jobs for the 3,300 U.S. factory workers it plans to lay off next year. More>>

Florida tale of infidelity and homicide ends with conviction

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A Florida woman has been convicted of helping mastermind the killing of her husband nearly two decades ago. More>>

McCain replacement Sen. Jon Kyl resigning at end of year

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Arizona's governor says U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl will resign at the end of the year from the U.S. Senate seat he was appointed to less than four months ago following the death of Sen. Jon McCain. More>>

Beto O'Rourke still undecided as 2020 White House buzz grows

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When it comes to a 2020 presidential run, Beto O'Rourke is still playing hard to get. More>>

Lawyers seek to exclude evidence at NYC truck attack trial

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Lawyers for a man charged with killing eight people in a terrorist attack on a New York City bike path say they have learned that the FBI was intercepting his communications. More>>

Wisconsin's Walker signs sweeping lame-duck GOP bills

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has signed a sweeping package of Republican-written legislation that restricts early voting and weakens the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general. More>>

Michigan governor signs bills to gut wage, sick time laws

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed Republican-backed laws to significantly scale back citizen-initiated measures to raise the minimum wage and require paid sick leave for workers. More>>

Canada caught between 2 powers, feeling alone in the world

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China has Canada in its cross-hairs, detaining two Canadians in apparent retaliation for Canada's arrest of a top Chinese tech executive on behalf of the U.S. States. More>>

Montana man pleads guilty to killing 2, putting them in acid

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A Montana man has pleaded guilty to killing two people whose bodies were dismembered and placed in acid-filled tubs to dispose of them. More>>

Use of death penalty continues to decline in Texas

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A new report says that while Texas led the nation in the number of inmates executed in 2018, the use of capital punishment in the state continues to decline. More>>

More sleep in Seattle: Later school start helps kids get zzz

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High school students are getting more sleep in Seattle thanks to a later start of the school day. More>>

California chief justice gives up Republican Party label

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California Supreme Court chief justice says she gave up her Republican Party affiliation over concerns about increasing polarization and incivility in the country. More>>

The Latest: Holder group promises lame-duck lawsuit

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has signed a sweeping package of Republican-authored lame-duck legislation that restricts early voting and weakens the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general. More>>

Bomb threat empties Sandy Hook school on attack anniversary

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A bomb threat forced the evacuation of the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, a day of memorial services and moments of silence to mark the sixth anniversary of the massacre of 20 first-graders and six educators. More>>

Trooper wounded in 2014 ambush shooting has leg amputated

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A Pennsylvania state police trooper who was shot in a 2014 ambush has had his right leg amputated below the knee. More>>

'Wild' salmon may be straight from the farm, NY report finds

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New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood says more than one-fourth of the seafood her office sampled in a statewide supermarket survey was mislabeled. More>>

California mulls texting fee to help poor people get phones

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California regulators are considering a plan to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones to help support programs that make phone service accessible to the poor. More>>

Authorities: Wave of hoax bomb threats made across US

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Authorities say bomb threats sent to dozens of schools, universities and other locations across the U.S. appear to be a hoax. More>>

US judge: Suit over Trump travel ban waivers will go ahead

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A U.S. judge in San Francisco says a lawsuit accusing the Trump administration of denying nearly all visa applicants under President Donald Trump's travel ban will move forward. More>>

Florida man executed for fatally stabbing woman in 1992

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Man convicted of fatally beating and stabbing South Florida woman 26 years ago scheduled to be executed Thursday evening. More>>

Man rescued in coal mine: Four-day ordeal was 'terrible'

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The father of a woman found alive after spending days in an underground coal mine in West Virginia says his daughter went into the mine in search of copper. More>>

Southwestern US states get Jan. 31 deadline for drought deal

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Water managers from seven Southwestern states that depend on the Colorado River say they're close but haven't finalized an unprecedented drought contingency plan they may have to implement in 2020. More>>

Effort to weaken governors stirs separation-of-powers debate

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Effort to dilute power of next Wisconsin governor stirs separation-of-powers debate. More>>

Activists decry no-jail sentence for former frat president

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A woman who accused a former Baylor University student of raping her at a fraternity party says she's outraged his plea includes no jail time. More>>

Walker: Partial vetoes possible on some lame-duck bills

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Gov. Scott Walker says the powers of his Democratic replacement will remain among the strongest of any governor in the country, even if he signs bills passed in a lame-duck session. More>>

Secret Service detail for Bush, code name 'Timberwolf,' ends

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Secret Service ends detail for George H.W. Bush after nearly 40 years of protecting the former president, who was known by the code name "Timberwolf". More>>

Attorneys for ex-Baylor student break silence over rape case

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Attorneys for a former Baylor University student accused of rape have fired back against an account the accuser read in court, saying it was "riddled with distortions and misrepresentations.". More>>

Pelosi recalls Arizona's former US Rep. Pastor at funeral

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Former U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor, Arizona's first Hispanic member of Congress, will be laid to rest Friday. More>>

Correction: Trump-Joint Chiefs story

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President Donald Trump says he'll be making an announcement on Saturday concerning the Joint Chiefs of staff. More>>

Winter storm causes icy roads across swath of South

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Millions in Southern states brace for a harsh wintry storm that could bring immobilizing snowfalls, icy roads or deadly floods. More>>

US appeals court won't immediately allow Trump asylum ban

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A divided U.S. appeals court has refused to immediately allow the Trump administration to enforce a ban on asylum for any immigrants who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border. More>>

Kansas faces new fight over taxes after years of turmoil

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Kansas' new Democratic governor has promised not to raise taxes to boost state spending, but Republicans who control the Legislature argue that one is already coming. More>>

Trump resort worker: No regrets speaking out about abuse

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A Guatemalan living in the U.S. illegally who says she faced abusive working conditions as a maid at Donald Trump's New Jersey golf club doesn't regret speaking out, even though she might lose her job and be deported. More>>

California lawmaker arrested on child cruelty suspicion

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A California state lawmaker has been arrested on suspicion of child cruelty. More>>

Pilot seriously injured after military jet crash off Hawaii

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A military spokesman says an aircraft crashed in the ocean Wednesday. More>>

Cuba health mystery: Diplomats had inner-ear damage early on

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Doctors: American diplomats affected by mysterious health incidents in Cuba showed damage in the inner ear shortly after they complained of weird noises and sensations. More>>

2 Jesuit provinces releases 153 names of accused abusers

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A Catholic Jesuit province covering 13 states says it has found "credible allegations" of sexual abuse involving 42 priests and other ministry leaders, dating back to 1955. More>>

Trump Justice pick likely to be queried on Mueller comments

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President Donald Trump says he will nominate William Barr, former President George H.W. Bush's attorney general, to serve in the same role. More>>

Hertz, Clear partner to speed rentals with biometric scans

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Hertz partners with Clear to speed car rental process with biometric scanning. More>>

Doc took pics of sex abuse; patients seek their whereabouts

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Victims of alleged molestation by a physician at Rockefeller University Hospital want to know what happened to photos they say the doctor took while the abuse was occurring. More>>

Investigation yields few clues on missing Colorado woman

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Colorado police are asking for help in their search for a missing woman, whose family calls her disappearance completely out of character for the mother of a one-year-old daughter. More>>

Wall Street's Fearless Girl statue gets new place of honor

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The "Fearless Girl" statue that inspired millions with a message of female empowerment has a new home in front of the New York Stock Exchange. More>>

Military officials unveil damage from powerful Alaska quake

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Military officials at the sprawling Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson say last week's magnitude 7.0 earthquake near Anchorage caused multiple problems around the base, including damage to steel frameworks, ceilings, and sprinkler and heating systems. More>>

US judge tosses bulk of suit against Trump immigration move

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A U.S. judge in San Francisco says the Trump administration provided adequate justification for its decision to end a program that reunited hundreds of immigrants from Central America with family members in the U.S. More>>

Canseco makes pitch for chief of staff job in tweet to Trump

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Jose Canseco makes pitch for chief of staff job in tweet to Trump. More>>

Kasich would prefer competing for presidency as a Republican

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Outgoing Republican Gov. John Kasich says he's continuing a serious look at a third presidential run while acknowledging he probably couldn't win GOP primaries held today. More>>

7-year-old immigrant girl dies after Border Patrol arrest

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Federal immigration authorities have confirmed that a 7-year-old girl who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border with her father last week died after being taken into the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol. More>>

Trump invokes 'advice-of-counsel' defense in campaign probe

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President Donald Trump is invoking something called the "advice-of-counsel" defense in response to the scandal over hush-money payments made to conceal his alleged affairs. More>>

Washington governor proposes major steps for orca recovery

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With the Northwest's beloved killer whales on the brink of extinction, Washington Gov. More>>

Arizona journalism saga has poisoning claim, nasty divorce

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The owner of a small Arizona newspaper chain and his wife are locked in a nasty divorce dispute that includes allegations of poisoning. More>>

Boy Scouts' money struggles: Is bankruptcy an option?

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The Boy Scouts of America says it is exploring "all options" to address serious financial challenges, but is declining to confirm or deny a report that it may seek bankruptcy protection. More>>

Serial killer pleads guilty in Texas woman's 1994 death

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A 78-year-old man who says he killed about 90 people over nearly four decades as he moved around the country has pleaded guilty to murder in the 1994 strangulation of a Texas woman. More>>

Correction: Los Angeles Housing Development story

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Los Angeles County supervisors approved a massive housing project in fire-prone mountains as the state continues to recover from devastating wildfires. More>>

'Dirty deeds': Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen gets 3 years in prison Video included

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A lawyer who made his career protecting President Donald Trump is set to learn whether cooperating with federal investigators will lessen his punishment for dodging taxes, lying to Congress and violating campaign finance laws. More>>

Investigation yields few clues on missing Colorado woman

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Colorado police are asking for help in their search for a missing woman, whose family calls her disappearance completely out of character for the mother of a one-year-old daughter. More>>

Walker uses power next governor may not have to seal deal

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker executed a $28 million deal to save nearly 400 jobs at a Kimberly-Clark Corp. plant using powers that his Democratic successor would no longer have under a bill passed during a lame-duck session last week. More>>

Sting uses fake Amazon boxes, GPS to catch would-be thieves

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Jersey City is teaming up with Amazon to try and thwart the thefts of packages during the Christmas season. More>>

Metaphorical Washington 'swamp' overrun by actual vermin

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The nation's capital is facing a spiraling rat infestation, fueled by mild winters and a human population boom. More>>

Record count reported for mysterious paralyzing illness

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Health officials are reporting the most cases ever of a mysterious paralyzing illness in children. More>>

Court nixes pension law that prompted teacher protests

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The Kentucky Supreme Court has struck down a pension law that prompted thousands of teachers to protest at the state Capitol. More>>

The Latest: Tourism rocket ship reaches space on test flight

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Branson's Virgin Galactic rocket ship takes off on test flight to reach the edge of space. More>>

Minnesota lawmakers discuss reining in soaring insulin costs

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Minnesota lawmakers are considering steps they could take to rein in the soaring cost of insulin, which one couple says has become so expensive that their diabetic son could no longer afford it and died. More>>

Man gives up 1st-class plane seat for mother with ill child

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A Pennsylvania man who has been praised for giving up his first-class seat for a mother with an 11-month-old baby says he doesn't think it was that big of a deal. More>>

Virgin Galactic aims to reach space soon with tourism rocket

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Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic is gearing up to finally send its tourism rocket ship to the edge of space. More>>

Insurance claims at $9 billion from California fires

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Authorities estimate it will cost at least $3 billion to clear debris of 19,000 homes destroyed by California wildfires last month. More>>

Brazilian couple get light sentences in grandson's abduction

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A federal judge has sentenced a Brazilian couple to minimal prison sentences for helping their daughter kidnap their grandson, who has been living in Brazil for the last five years after being taken from Texas. More>>

3 found alive inside West Virginia coal mine

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Authorities say three people missing since last weekend have been found alive at a nonoperational coal mine in southern West Virginia. More>>

Spacewalking astronauts check site of capsule leak

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Two Russian cosmonauts are preparing to venture outside the International Space Station to inspect a section where a mysterious leak has been discovered. More>>

SC teen pleads guilty to murder in death of father, boy

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A teen has pleaded guilty to two charges of murder for fatally shooting his father in their home and a 6-year-old boy at a South Carolina elementary school. More>>

Washington state builds bridge to keep wildlife off highway Video included

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Washington state is finishing construction on its largest wildlife bridge: a 35-foot-tall, 66-foot-wide span that will carry myriad migrating animals over busy Interstate 90. More>>

Florida school massacre panel recommends arming teachers

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The panel investigating the Florida high school massacre is recommending that teachers who volunteer and undergo extensive background checks and training be allowed to carry concealed guns on campus to stop future shootings. More>>

Judge declines to dismiss challenge to US asylum delays

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A federal judge says immigrant rights activists can continue to challenge what they describe as unlawful U.S. government delays for asylum cases. More>>

Lawsuit: Police chief condones white officers' racism, abuse

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A federal lawsuit accuses police officials in a Washington, D.C., suburb of retaliating against black and Hispanic officers who complain about racist, abusive conduct by white officers. More>>

Official: California must mull home ban in fire-prone areas

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California's top firefighter: Wildfires have become so unpredictable that government officials should consider banning home construction in particularly vulnerable areas. More>>

Quackarazzi: Mandarin duck holds NYC in its spell

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Quackarazzi: A brightly colored Mandarin duck is holding New York City in its spell, with pink, purple, orange and emerald green colors one admirer called a "living box of crayons.". More>>

Ex-judges to ICE: End immigration arrests at courthouses

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Dozens of retired state and federal judges are calling on U.S. immigration officials to stop making arrests at courthouses of people suspected of being in the country illegally. More>>

Police rip toddler from mother's arms at benefits office

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The New York Police Department is investigating video that shows a group of officers pulling a 1-year-old boy from his mother's arms while arresting her at a Brooklyn food stamp office. More>>

With new board in place, CBS to decide Moonves' exit pay

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The investigation into sexual-misconduct claims against former CBS CEO Les Moonves will loom large over the network's annual shareholder meeting on Tuesday. More>>

NASA's Voyager 2 becomes 2nd craft in interstellar space

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NASA's Voyager 2 becomes only 2nd human-made object to reach space between the stars. More>>

The Latest: Insurance claims at $9 billion from fires

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Insurance claims from last month's California wildfires already are at $9 billion. More>>

Artificial dyes fading, but food will still get color boosts

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Artificial dyes are falling out of favor, but foods get color boosts in other unexpected ways. More>>

Magnitude 4.4 earthquake jolts Tennessee; felt in Atlanta

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The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 4.4 earthquake struck eastern Tennessee and could be felt in Atlanta. More>>

4 journalists and a newspaper are Time's Person of the Year

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Time magazine's 2018 person of the year are the "guardians and the war on truth.". More>>

California judge orders porn star to pay Trump legal fees

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A federal judge has ordered porn star Stormy Daniels to pay Donald Trump nearly $293,000 for his attorneys' fees and another $1,000 in sanctions after her defamation suit against the president was dismissed. More>>

Groups end ties with club that denied black applicant

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A South Carolina social club's decision to deny membership to a doctor who would have been its first black member has prompted several local groups to cut ties with it. More>>

Christmas tree farmers aim to boost sales via social media Video included

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Christmas tree farmers nationwide are fighting back against the growing popularity of the artificial Christmas evergreen with a social media ad campaign. More>>

Michelle Obama surprises Detroit students at Motown Museum

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Michelle Obama surprised a group of Detroit college students, walking in as the young men of color took part in a roundtable discussion on education at the Motown Museum. More>>

Moment of reckoning looms for ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen Video included

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The moment of reckoning has nearly arrived for ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen. More>>

Man who killed newlywed during robbery executed in Texas

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Texas death row inmate set to be executed for the fatal shooting more than 25 years ago of a newlywed who had only been married for 10 days. More>>

Nude photos linked to ex-USC doc in sex-abuse investigation

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Detectives were trying to determine whether nude photographs linked to a former University of Southern California gynecologist show any of the women who claim he sexually harassed or abused them during examinations. More>>

Jury recommends life in prison for man who rammed crowd

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A Virginia jury is set to resume deliberations on a sentencing recommendation for a man convicted of killing a woman and injuring dozens when he drove his car into counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally. More>>

Teen accused in pregnant classmate's murder appears in court

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An Indiana judge entered a preliminary not guilty plea for a high school football player accused of killing a 17-year-old schoolmate who was pregnant with his child. More>>

Catch limits increase for key West Coast groundfish species

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Federal officials say they are increasing catch limits for several species of West Coast groundfish that were severely depleted more than a dozen years ago, posing a threat to the commercial and sports fishing industries. More>>

Melania Trump gives gifts at Marine Corps Reserve toy drive

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Melania Trump is sorting toys and making Christmas cards for an annual toy drive held by the Marine Corps Reserve. More>>

Cosby lawyers detail 11 alleged trial errors as they appeal

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Bill Cosby's lawyers file list of alleged trial errors as they seek to undo conviction, 3- to 10-year sentence. More>>

Refreezing still a threat after snowstorm; rain on the way

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Several Southern states hit hard by a wintry storm were gradually warming Tuesday, but forecasters warned that temperatures in many areas will plunge below freezing again Tuesday night. More>>

US to ease oil drilling controls protecting imperiled bird

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The Trump administration is advancing plans to ease restrictions on oil and gas drilling and other activities on huge swaths of land in the American West that were put in place to protect an imperiled bird species. More>>

'Truth isn't truth' tops list of notable quotes in 2018

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The assertion that "truth isn't truth," made by a personal attorney for President Donald Trump, tops a Yale Law School librarian's list of the most notable quotes of 2018. More>>

Woman who accused man of rape outraged he got no jail time

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A Texas judge has accepted a plea deal allowing a former Baylor University fraternity president accused of rape to avoid serving jail time. More>>

Wisconsin GOP legislation eases corporate tax break rules

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Companies seeking tax credits from Wisconsin's troubled job-creation agency would face less scrutiny under a provision Republicans included in a package of lame-duck legislation designed to weaken newly elected Democrats. More>>

US arrests 32 at San Diego border demonstration

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US Border Patrol agents handcuff about a dozen people participating in demonstration organized by Quaker group at U.S.-Mexico border to protest militarization of border. More>>

Man who claimed Howard Hughes inheritance dies in Nevada

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Melvin Dummar, a delivery driver whose claim that reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes left a handwritten will bequeathing him $156 million when he died in 1976 was dismissed as a hoax, has died in rural Nevada. More>>

California inferno gives rise to family-reuniting 'Angels' Video included

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In the aftermath of California's catastrophic wildfire, online sleuths known as 'angels' bring their skills to Paradise to reconnect friends and family with survivors. More>>

Indiana teen charged with killing pregnant schoolmate

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Authorities say a 16-year-old boy is suspected in the death of a 17-year-old pregnant schoolmate whose body was found near her northern Indiana home in a restaurant's dumpster. More>>

The Latest: No sentence yet for man who rammed protesters

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Several people who were severely injured by a man who drove his car into counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally have described devastating physical and psychological injuries to jurors deciding a sentencing recommendation. More>>

No sentence yet for man who rammed rally counterprotesters

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The same jury that convicted a man of first-degree murder for driving his car into counterprotesters at a 2017 white nationalist rally will now decide his punishment. More>>

The Latest: US arrests 32 at San Diego border protest

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US Border Patrol agents handcuff about a dozen people participating in demonstration organized by Quaker group at U.S.-Mexico border to protest militarization of border. More>>

Police, FBI probe suspected white supremacist attack on DJ

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Authorities say the FBI is now involved in an investigation into an attack by several white supremacists on a black DJ at a tavern in Washington state over the weekend. More>>

Snowed-in South makes the best of day off from work, school

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Millions in Southern states brace for a harsh wintry storm that's bringing immobilizing snowfalls, icy roads or deadly floods. More>>

The Latest: Pig truck crash adds to traffic woes after storm

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An overturned truck full of pigs is adding to traffic delays as western North Carolina digs out from a snow storm. More>>

Polygamous group lets go of sprawling Arizona worship center

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A polygamous group based on the Utah-Arizona border has allowed the building where it held worship services to be taken over in an ongoing eviction process that has steadily loosened the sect's grip on a community it ruled for a century. More>>

The Latest: Teen charged with killing pregnant schoolmate

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Northern Indiana authorities have accused a 16-year-old football player of fatally stabbing a 17-year-old girl during a fight about her pregnancy, tightly tying a plastic bag over her and dumping her body. More>>

Agency: Fear of returning home spikes at US-Mexico border

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People expressing fear to return home after being stopped at the US-Mexico border spiked in the last year, according to figures released by Monday by US Customs and Border Protection on the first step in the asylum process. More>>

Admitted killer sentenced to 3 life terms plus max 230 years

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A Nebraska man convicted of killing his wife has pleaded guilty to killing his parents and a niece. More>>

Church says nuns embezzled from school to cover Vegas trips

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Church officials say a pair of nuns embezzled a "substantial" amount of money from the Southern California Catholic school where they worked for decades and used it to pay for gambling trips to Las Vegas casinos. More>>

Newtown shooter described 'scorn for humanity'

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Documents from the investigation into the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut are shedding light on the gunman's anger, scorn for other people, and deep social isolation in the years leading up to the shooting. More>>

Trump plan to reclassify nuke waste alarms environmentalists

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The Trump administration has proposed reclassifying some radioactive waste left from the production of nuclear weapons to make disposal cheaper and easier. More>>

Rise up: Female voices take center stage at Grammys

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Female musicians who not only write their own lyrics _ but produce their songs too _ are taking center stage at the 2019 Grammy Awards, a year after female voices were shut of the show's major categories. More>>

US states to meet at deadline on Colorado River drought plan

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With drought continuing and reservoirs shrinking, seven Southwestern U.S. states that depend on the Colorado River had been expected to ink a crucial share-the-pain contingency plan by the end of 2018. More>>

With Kevin Hart's downfall, hosting the Oscars got harder

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Hart's fallout raises questions about the Oscars host problem and the liability of social media. More>>

Evers not optimistic Wisconsin Gov. Walker will veto bills

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Wisconsin Gov.-elect Tony Evers says he's not optimistic that outgoing governor Scott Walker will veto bills approved by the Republican-dominated Legislature that would limit the new governor's power. More>>

Teachers union: Tentative deal to end charter schools strike

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The nation's first teachers' strike against a charter school operator is ending in Chicago. More>>

GM plant closing not expected to stall Detroit's rebound

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General Motors' planned shutdown of its Detroit-Hamtramck plant would leave only one auto assembly factory in the city, but the closure and job losses are not expected to stall-out Detroit's remarkable comeback. More>>

Climate reality check: Global carbon pollution up in 2018

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Global carbon pollution rose sharply this year after several years of little growth. More>>

Former Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland dies at 90

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Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland has died in Minnesota. More>>

FBI: Man charged in kidnapping, death of North Carolina teen

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The FBI says an arrest has been made in the disappearance and death of a North Carolina teenager. More>>

School lunch rules OK refined grains, low-fat chocolate milk

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Refined grains will be allowed back on school lunches, as will flavored, low-fat milk. More>>

Boy hits target, convinces town to scrap snowball fight ban

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Boy gets small Colorado town to lift nearly century-old ban on snowball fights. More>>

Study that took aim at 'Joy of Cooking' is retracted

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Another study by a prominent food researcher is being retracted. More>>

Amazon touted as big win for NY, but math is more complex

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Elected officials say the deal to bring a new Amazon headquarters to New York City is a big win for taxpayers, but the math behind billions of dollars in tax breaks and incentives isn't that simple. More>>

Virginia city seeks healing after man's murder conviction

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Civil rights activists in the city of Charlottesville, Virginia, are hoping the first-degree-murder conviction of a man who drove into counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally will help heal their scarred community. More>>

Kevin Hart quits as Oscars host over his anti-gay tweets

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Kevin Hart's response to criticism over earlier homophobic tweets has further inflamed the backlash to the newly minted Oscar host. More>>

Elder Bushes are gone but family Maine retreat to stay alive

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The passing of George and Barbara Bush won't mean an end to the children's laughter, splashing in the pool, barking dogs, or clinking horseshoes at the family compound on the Maine coast. More>>

Dog that survived California wildfire guarded home for weeks

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Dog that survived deadly Northern California wildfire apparently guarded his burned home for almost a month until his owner returned. More>>

In darkness and chaos, deputy killed by friendly fire

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Authorities say they plan to announce a "significant" development in their investigation of last month's shooting at a popular Southern California bar that killed 12 people, including a sheriff's deputy. More>>

Survivors gather at Pearl Harbor for attack remembrance Video included

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About 20 survivors are gathering at Pearl Harbor to remember thousands of men lost in the Japanese attack 77 years ago. More>>

Pearl Harbor survivor and Navy veteran recalls 1941 attack Video included

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Retired Navy commander Don Long remembers the 1941 Japanese attack on Hawaii from his home in Northern California. More>>

2 deadly shootings send a chill through black gun owners

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Twice in the span of 11 days last month, a black man who drew a gun in response to a crime in the U.S. was shot to death by a white police officer after apparently being mistaken for the bad guy. More>>

Swath of South faces wintry mess: Snow, sleet, freezing rain

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Millions in Southern states brace for a harsh wintry storm that could bring immobilizing snowfalls, icy roads or deadly floods. More>>

Absentee vote changes may have invited 'ballot harvesting'

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Changes to North Carolina's absentee voting rules may have invited 'ballot harvesting'. More>>

Disneyland tower suggested as Legionnaires' disease source

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A health official testified that a cooling tower that provides mist to make Disneyland guests more comfortable was the likely source for 22 cases in a Legionnaires' disease outbreak last year near the theme park. More>>

Man who drove into crowd convicted of first-degree murder

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Jury deliberations set to begin in murder trial of man accused of plunging into a crowd of counterprotesters at white nationalist rally, killing 1 woman and injuring dozens. More>>

Caretaker of neglected, bone-strewn cemetery is arrested

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A mass desecration of graves at a Connecticut cemetery has devastated dozens of families while police determine whether to file criminal charges. More>>

Senate passes bill making it easier to kill sea lions

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A bill making it easier to kill sea lions that feast on imperiled salmon in the Columbia River has cleared the U.S. Senate. More>>

Foie gras off Amazon's offerings in California in settlement

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California prosecutors say Amazon has agreed to stop selling foie gras in the state from birds that have been force fed after state lawmakers banned that form of the fatty duck and goose liver delicacy. More>>

Trump demands border wall money; shutdown showdown nears

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President Donald Trump is in Missouri to address a national conference on crime. More>>

Suicide recorded on cell phone sends Utah man to prison

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A Utah man who helped a teenage girl kill herself and filmed the act to fulfill what prosecutors called a fascination with death will serve at least five years and up to life in prison. More>>

Michigan's medical chief to stand trial on Flint charges

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Michigan's chief medical executive will stand trial on involuntary manslaughter and other charges in a criminal investigation of the Flint water crisis. More>>

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