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Trudeau touts Canada's AI credentials at MIT tech gathering

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is coming to MIT to speak with tech entrepreneurs. More>>

'Jurassic Park' dinosaur expert's next big thing: holograms

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'Jurassic Park' dino expert Jack Horner sees hologram exhibit as the next big thing to display his colorful, bird-like dinosaurs. More>>

Hawaii lava evacuees grow weary as uncertainty drags on

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Hawaii residents forced to evacuate their homes because of lava oozing from cracks in their neighborhoods are growing weary. More>>

NRA links school violence to Ritalin but experts deny link

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The National Rifle Association's incoming president is linking school shootings to using medications such as Ritalin. More>>

Cyclists tried to scare cougar but it attacked, killing 1

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Two friends on a morning mountain bike ride 30 miles (48 kilometers) east of Seattle were attacked by a cougar, killing one of the men and leaving the second hospitalized in what authorities described as a rare occurrence. More>>

Lava from Kilauea volcano enters ocean, creates toxic cloud

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White plumes of acid and extremely fine shards of glass are billowing into the sky over Hawaii as molten rock from Kilauea volcano pours down a hillside and into the ocean. More>>

Hawaii volcano explosions could go for weeks, experts say Video included

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Scientist predictions from eight days ago of powerful steam-driven explosions at Hawaii's Kilauea volcano have come true. More>>

Sea otters rebound but struggle to regain historic range

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Despite decades of government protection, southern sea otters on West Coast still only occupy about a fraction of their historic range. More>>

Man faces murder charges in restaurant crash that killed kin

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Authorities say man intentionally rammed vehicle into a North Carolina restaurant busy with weekend lunch crowd, killing his daughter, another person and injuring several others. More>>

Texas mom marched after Parkland, then her town was next

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Texas mother had been inspired by survivors of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, then the very sort of extreme gun violence she was marching against arrived in her town. More>>

'Deadpool 2' ends Avengers' box-office reign, rakes in $125M

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Deadpool and his foul-mouthed crew of misfits and malcontents have taken down the Avengers. More>>

Company says gas leak caused explosion at Houston-area plant

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Authorities say an explosion and fire at a chemical plant near Houston injured 20 people and left one missing. More>>

New Starbucks policy: No purchase needed to sit in cafes

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New policy at Starbucks: No purchase needed to sit, use restrooms. More>>

Rhino in San Diego pregnant, could help save subspecies

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A southern white rhino named Victoria has become pregnant through artificial insemination at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. More>>

NYPD probing sex allegations against Mario Batali

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The New York Police Department is investigating allegations of sexual misconduct leveled celebrity chef Mario Batali. More>>

Investigators finally get look at materials from Cohen raid

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Criminal investigators are finally getting to study materials seized in raids on the home and office of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer. More>>

Survivors of Texas massacre confront 'spiritual war zone'

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Prosecutor tells seniors graduating from Texas high school where mass shooting occurred: 'You are entering into a war zone in this world, and it's a spiritual war zone'. More>>

School shooting victims remembered as sweet, hardworking

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An outgoing and 'really funny' student who blocked the door to try to prevent the gunman from entering the classroom and an exchange student who aspired to work in civil service were among the 10 people killed at a Texas high school. More>>

Police response to Texas school shooting remains unclear

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Questions remain about the police response to a shooting at a high school outside Houston that killed 10 people. More>>

Black women look to flex power in Georgia governor's race

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In Georgia governor's race, black women seek to shape the state's political landscape. More>>

For school shooting victims, future plans dashed by tragedy

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Among the 10 people killed in the mass shooting at a Texas high school were a Pakistani exchange student, a substitute teacher with a "lust for life" and a boy whose sense of humor made him impossible to not like. More>>

Faster-moving Hawaii lava gushes into sea, spews new danger

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Lava has destroyed four homes and left dozens of others in the shadow of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano isolated, forcing more residents to plan for a possible evacuation. More>>

Iraqi, Syrian guides bring views to Philadelphia museum

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Three Iraqi natives and a Syrian woman have been enlisted as guides to share a modern cultural perspective with visitors to new Middle Eastern galleries at a museum in Philadelphia. More>>

Texas mourners endure grief that 'none of us can comprehend'

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The suspect in the Texas school shooting pointed at one person and declared: "I'm going to kill you." Then he fired. More>>

Police: Suspect faces 2 murder charges in restaurant plowing

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Authorities say man intentionally drove his car into a North Carolina restaurant, killing his daughter and another person and injured more people. More>>

George H.W. Bush arrives in Maine for summer

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Former President George H.W. Bush is in Maine for the summer, and for the first time in 73 years, he's without his wife by his side. More>>

The Latest: Prosecutor wont' release autopsies during probe

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The National Rifle Association's incoming president is blaming the latest deadly school shooting on youngsters "steeped in a culture of violence.". More>>

Northern states taking down vestiges of racism, intolerance

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Vestiges of racism and intolerance slowly being moved and removed in Michigan and other northern states as calls continue in the South to take down such monuments. More>>

Clinton ribs Trump with Russian cap at Yale's Class Day

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Hillary Clinton returned to Yale University this weekend, using the school's tradition of over-the-top headwear to rib President Donald Trump with her own unusual hat: a Russian fur cap. More>>

Arrest records of Rosa Parks, MLK to be preserved

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Yellowing court records from the arrests of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and others at the dawn of the modern civil rights era are being preserved and digitized after being discovered in a courthouse box. More>>

93-year-old ex-president Bush arrives in Maine for summer

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Former President George H.W. Bush is in Maine for the summer. More>>

Alaska fishermen: Sea otter comeback is eating into profits

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Sea otters have come back from the brink of extinction along Alaska's Panhandle but fishermen who target shellfish are seeking relief from their voracious appetites. More>>

Texas shooting renews debate about American school design

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Texas shooting renews debate about whether school designs make them easy targets. More>>

Guess who's coming to Windsor? Royal ceremony weds cultures

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Guess who's coming to Windsor? Royal wedding blends black, British culture. More>>

Police search for motive in Texas school shooting

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The mother of one of the 10 people killed at a Texas high school said her daughter recently rejected the romantic advances of the 17-year-old charged in the shootings. More>>

Americans fete royal wedding in pubs, hotels and homes

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From pubgoers in pajamas to families in fancy hats, Americans are cheering and toasting the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. More>>

The Latest: Incoming NRA president addresses school shooting

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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is urging a "hardening" of school buildings in the wake of a shooting that killed 10 people at a Texas high school. More>>

Conservative revolt over immigration sinks House farm bill

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The House is pressing toward a showdown vote on stricter work and job training requirements for food stamps that are combined with a renewal of farm subsidies, but the measure's chances are iffy because of an unrelated scrap over immigration. More>>

Police: 2 arrests in fatal shooting after Georgia graduation

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School safety chief says 2 people hospitalized with gunshot wounds after argument outside high school graduation ceremony south of Atlanta. More>>

Arizona 'Dreamers' struggle after losing cheaper tuition

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More than 2,300 other public college students around Arizona with deferred deportation status starting this fall will no longer qualify for in-state tuition under an Arizona Supreme Court decision. More>>

US births hit a 30-year low, despite good economy Video included

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Last year saw the lowest number of U.S. births in 30 years, with birth rates declining not only for women in their teens and 20s but also women in their 30s. More>>

The Latest: Hawaii lava flow may cross highway within hours

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Fast-moving lava has crossed a road and isolated about 40 homes in a rural subdivision below Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, forcing at least four people to be evacuated by county and National Guard helicopters. More>>

Hawaii lava flow ramps up as new magma mixes with old

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Hawaii officials warned residents that fast-moving lava was approaching an area near homes that were previously destroyed by eruptions from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano. More>>

Family recall shooting victims as funny, loving

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A substitute teacher who relatives say had a "lust for life" and a foreign exchange student from Pakistan are among the confirmed victims of a shooting at a Texas high school that left 10 dead. More>>

In deadly school shooting, a confession but no clear motive

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Officials say the Texas student charged in the shooting at Santa Fe High School described planning the attack in private journals. More>>

Gunman blasted through door, lingered for about 30 minutes

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Only weeks after supporting Parkland survivors, Texas students are victims of deadly school attack. More>>

The Latest: Wounded student attends school baseball game

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A hospital treating three of the people injured in a mass shooting at a Texas high school says one of them, a minor, is in good condition and the other two are in critical condition. More>>

The Latest: 2 arrested in killing outside Georgia graduation

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School safety chief says 2 people hospitalized with gunshot wounds after argument outside high school graduation ceremony south of Atlanta. More>>

Not all GOP candidates want Trump to stump

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Trump plans aggressive role in midterm elections, but he's not welcome everywhere. More>>

Jimmy Carter gently jabs Trump at Liberty commencement

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Former President Jimmy Carter will deliver Saturday's keynote address at Liberty University's commencement. More>>

Wife of man charged in blast probe died in 'mysterious case'

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Years before a targeted explosion killed his former girlfriend, the wife of a Southern California man charged as part of the blast investigation died in what officials called a "mysterious case". More>>

Parkland students on Texas: "They're part of this now"

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Parkland school shooting survivors are expressing outrage and heartbreak on social media in the aftermath of the latest school shooting in Texas. More>>

Poll: Half of Americans approve of legal sports betting

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A new poll finds half of Americans approve of legal sports betting. More>>

Governor struck while biking says helmet saved his life

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Maine Gov. Paul LePage said a bicycle helmet saved him last fall in a crash in which he says he was hit by an uninsured driver. More>>

Trucking company owner 'saddened' by fatal school bus crash

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Investigators are working to determine why a school bus taking a group of fifth-graders on a field trip collided with a dump truck and tipped over in New Jersey, killing a student and a teacher. More>>

Protesters target lawyer who ranted against Spanish speakers

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A mariachi band has performed songs including "La Cucaracha" during a protest in front of the former office of a New York City lawyer caught on video ranting against Spanish-speaking workers. More>>

The Latest: Affidavit: Gunman didn't shoot students he liked

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Houston-area media citing unnamed law enforcement officials are reporting that there are fatalities following a shooting at a high school. More>>

Texas school shooting kills 10, deadliest since Parkland

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Law enforcement officers are responding to a high school near Houston after an active shooter was reported on campus. More>>

The Latest: Hawaii authorities warn of fast-moving lava

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Hawaii officials are checking with residents to see if they need help as fast-moving lava approaches a mostly rural part of the Big Island. More>>

Hawaii officials warn residents about latest lava flow Video included

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A volcano on Hawaii's Big Island has spewed a steely gray plume of ash into the sky that began raining down on a nearby town. More>>

Teen held in Texas attack is said to have used father's guns

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The Associated Press has learned that the Texas student in custody in the school shooting at Santa Fe High School played football and danced as part of a church group. More>>

Sub with 'lust for life,' Pakistani girl among Texas victims

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A sophomore baseball player who was wounded in the mass shooting at a Texas high school says the gunman walked into his classroom and tossed something onto desks. More>>

Police: Fitness buff tried ambush attack at Trump resort

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South Florida authorities say a person is in custody after police responded to a call of shots fired at the Trump National Doral Golf Club near Miami that's owned by President Donald Trump. More>>

Texas governor vows to look at school safety after attack

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The mass shooting at a Texas high school has elicited promises from the state's top Republicans to look for ways to improve school safety, but none of them suggested that substantial gun restrictions could be on the table. More>>

Utah lawmaker wants to raise legal marriage age to 18

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A Utah lawmaker wants to raise the state's legal marriage age to 18 to prevent girls from being pressured into unions associated with higher poverty and lower education rates. More>>

Kim Davis challenger: Man whose marriage license she denied

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A gay man in Kentucky wants to run against Kim Davis, the county clerk who denied him a marriage license in 2015. More>>

The Latest: Truck firm owner 'deeply saddened' by bus crash

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The husband of a New Jersey teacher killed along with a student in a school bus crash that also injured dozens of others says he's "in shock, devastated and totally crushed" by the tragedy. More>>

Bill Cosby jurors identified, 3 weeks after conviction

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A judge is publicly identifying members of the jury that convicted Bill Cosby of sexual assault following a 21-day "cooling off period.". More>>

Post-Parkland push for gun control hasn't gripped Texas yet

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The calls for tighter gun controls that have swelled since the February mass shooting at a Florida high school have barely registered in gun-loving Texas, at least to this point. More>>

Buses collide inside Lincoln Tunnel; 32 hurt, 7 seriously

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Fire officials say two buses collided in the Lincoln Tunnel, injuring at least 31 people. More>>

Democrats get giddy about a perennial target: Arizona

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For a decade, Democrats have said they were close to turning Arizona blue. More>>

Bomb victim's ex-boyfriend held on explosives charge

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The ex-boyfriend of a Southern California spa owner killed by an exploding package has been charged with illegal possession of a destructive device but not with the killing. More>>

Lawyer who ranted against Spanish speakers faces complaint

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A lawyer who threatened to call immigration enforcement on New York City restaurant workers who angered him by speaking Spanish has had a formal complaint filed against him with a disciplinary committee that oversees lawyers in the state. More>>

Trump can't delay lawsuit from 'Apprentice' contestant

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A New York court says former "Apprentice" contestant Summer Zervos can proceed with her defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump. More>>

Police: Rifle bought by mom used in Illinois school shooting

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The mother of the teenager charged with firing shots at a northern Illinois high school says he was ostracized and bullied by classmates. More>>

Lowest US birth rate in 3 decades could pose risk to economy

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US births fell last year to 30-year low, a potential drag on the economy in coming years. More>>

Ground-penetrating radar in hunt for dead in racial massacre

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Researchers seeking possible mass grave site in Louisiana from 1887 racial massacre report finding signals of disturbed earth but don't know yet what ground-penetrating radar detected. More>>

93-year-old makes first hole-in-one in 65 years of golfing

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A 93-year-old Ohio man made his first hole-in-one in 65 years of golfing and then walked off the course for good a few holes later. More>>

Ex-boyfriend of blast victim arrested on explosives charge

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Authorities are investigating whether a California woman killed in an explosion at the day spa that she owned was targeted in the crime. More>>

Prosecutor: Greitens' lawyers threatened to 'ruin' her

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The St. Louis prosecutor whose office now finds itself under investigation by police over its handling of a criminal case against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens says his attorneys twice threatened to "ruin" her if she didn't back off. More>>

Teachers channel momentum from strikes into midterm races

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As they packed up their protest signs and returned to the classroom to finish out the school year, thousands of teachers in North Carolina turned their attention to a different fight: the midterm elections. More>>

Corps leaving Puerto Rico with hurricane recovery unfinished

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The Army Corps of Engineers is ending its work to rebuild Puerto Rico's electric grid despite fears the island's government won't be able to restore power on its own to more than 16,000 people who remain blacked out eight months after Hurricane Maria. More>>

The Latest: Residents say ash not bad near volcano summit

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The summit explosion of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano created booming sounds in the nearby town of Pahoa and resident Toby Hazel says she's had enough and is preparing to leave town. More>>

'Excited and scared': Hawaii volcano spews huge cloud of ash Video included

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A geophysicist says a plume that's rising from the Kilauea volcano summit on Hawaii's Big Island does not contain as much ash as it did Tuesday. More>>

School bus torn apart in dump truck collision, killing 2

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Authorities say a school bus and dump truck have collided on a New Jersey highway and multiple people are injured. More>>

California #MeToo leader cleared of groping allegations

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An outside investigation has cleared a California assemblywoman of allegations that she groped a male staff member who worked for another lawmaker. More>>

New Niger video shows harrowing escape of US forces

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Dramatic new drone video of the Niger ambush that killed four American soldiers shows U.S. forces desperately trying to escape, and fighting for their lives when friendly Nigerien forces mistook them for the enemy. More>>

Cases against bikers struggle 3 years after Waco shootout

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Three years after a gunfight in Waco killed nine bikers, Texas prosecutors are struggling to convict anyone in the deadliest biker shooting in U.S. history. More>>

$500M settlement in Nassar case won't be shared equally

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Lawyers say the $500 million settlement between Michigan State University and hundreds of Larry Nassar's victims will be divided up after weighing many factors, such as the date and victim's age when the sexual assaults occurred. More>>

The Latest: Crews move school bus wrecked in deadly crash

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A New Jersey prosecutor's office says the crash of a dump truck and a school bus taking children to a field trip has killed multiple people. More>>

Officer in ICU after being stabbed in neck, suspect charged

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Hartford police say a city officer has been stabbed in the neck and critically injured by a woman who was being evicted from her downtown apartment. More>>

Female law professors hope settlement leads to change

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The University of Denver has agreed to a $2.6 million settlement in a lawsuit filed on behalf of female law professors who say they were illegally paid less than male colleagues. More>>

Vermont drug importation program will need federal approval

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Vermont's first-in-the-nation program to allow the wholesale importation of low-cost prescription drugs from Canada will need federal approval from skeptical Trump officials. More>>

Pregnant actress loses baby after car kills her 4-year-old

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A Tony-winning Broadway actress who was pregnant when a car killed her 4-year-old daughter has lost the baby. More>>

The Latest: Man arrested in bomb probe appears in court

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The son of a man arrested during an investigation into a deadly explosion in California says his father had been in a relationship with the woman killed in the blast but they recently broke up. More>>

911 call: Guard felt 'threatened' before T.I.'s arrest

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Lawyer for Grammy-winning rapper T.I. says artist never got to tell his side of the story before police arrested him as he tried to enter his gated community near Atlanta. More>>

Amputees sue railroad in Iowa, saying it creates danger

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Two Iowa women who lost limbs when they were struck while trying to climb through trains that were blocking the road are suing the railroad for allegedly ignoring a safety hazard that's left a trail of horrific injuries. More>>

Correction: Cyberattack Fighter-Detained story

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A British cybersecurity expert accused of creating and distributing malware designed to steal banking passwords is headed to court for a hearing on what evidence may be used in the case. More>>

Church with $2K in gas driller's stock wins methane vote

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A church with a minuscule stake in Range Resources has won shareholder approval of a resolution to force Pennsylvania's largest natural gas driller to produce a report on its effort to scale back methane emissions. More>>

Lack of paper trail a concern amid fears of election hacking

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As the midterm congressional primaries heat up amid warnings of Russian hacking, 1 in 5 Americans will be casting their ballots on machines that do not produce a paper record of their votes. More>>

Miss America picks women for leadership spots

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The Miss America Organization is putting women in its three top leadership positions following an email scandal involving former male leaders. More>>

Wynn completes $68 million pollution cleanup at casino site

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Wynn Resorts has completed the costly cleanup of the former chemical plant site where it's building a $2.5 billion Boston-area casino. More>>

Anita Hill mentions #MeToo in university commencement speech

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Anita Hill has referenced the #MeToo movement in her speech to Rutgers University-Camden law school graduates, saying "we can never as a society ignore it and pretend it doesn't exist.". More>>

Michigan State agrees to pay $500M to settle Nassar claims

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Michigan State University says it has reached a $500 million settlement with hundreds of women and girls who say they were sexually assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar in the worst sex-abuse case in sports history. More>>

NAACP and Mormons call for racial harmony, civility

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Top leaders from the NAACP and Mormon church are calling for greater civility and mutual respect in a joint public statement following the first official meeting between national leaders from the civil rights organization and Utah-based religion. More>>

Trump's bid to help Chinese firm draws fire but raises hopes

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Trump's surprise offer to help Chinese company ZTE draws fire but raises hopes in trade talks. More>>

Las Vegas shooting witnesses describe chaos and compassion

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Seven months after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, police have released witness statements and officer reports about the shooting that killed 58 people and injured hundreds on the Las Vegas Strip. More>>

A cancer screening flop: Few smokers seek free lung scans

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Less than 2 percent of those eligible for lung cancer screening have sought it. More>>

Lawmaker accused of choking political rival at restaurant

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A state lawmaker from Lowell has been accused of choking a political challenger during a chance encounter at a restaurant. More>>

The Latest: MSU president says settlement helps healing

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Michigan State University's interim president says the school's $500 million settlement with victims of former campus sports doctor Larry Nassar will help the survivors and school heal. More>>

Trooper slaying appeal focuses on how suspect was questioned

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A man on death row for killing one Pennsylvania state trooper and wounding another to act out his anti-government beliefs is asking the state Supreme Court to throw out his conviction. More>>

Unapologetic Trump Jr.: Not troubled that I met with Russian Video included

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Donald Trump Jr. told a Senate panel that he didn't think there was anything wrong with meeting a Russian lawyer who promised dirt on Hillary Clinton ahead of the 2016 election, and that he can't recall whether he discussed the probe with his father. More>>

FDA approves 1st nonopioid drug to ease withdrawal symptoms

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FDA approves 1st nonopioid treatment to ease withdrawal symptoms. More>>

Man accused of stealing cruiser slipped through tiny opening

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Video captures man charged with stealing a police cruiser slipping through an 11-by-11 inch opening while handcuffed to get into the driver's seat. More>>

Homeowners scramble as Hawaii volcano spews ash, lava Video included

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Destructive lava prompts worried Hawaii homeowners to ask: Am I covered for volcanos?. More>>

Hawaii volcano erupts from summit, shooting plume of ash Video included

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Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has erupted from its summit, shooting a dusty plume of ash about 30,000 feet into the sky. More>>

Cherokee Nation lauded for hepatitis C elimination effort

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One of the largest Native American tribes is the first community in the US to implement a hepatitis C elimination program to treat its citizens; federal officials say the initiative could serve as a national model. More>>

Restored WWII bomber Memphis Belle makes public debut

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After a 13-year restoration project, the World War II bomber Memphis Belle went on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Ohio. More>>

AP analysis shows how Bill Gates influences education policy

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Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates saw an opportunity with a new federal education law that has widespread repercussions on American classrooms. More>>

Trump disclosure of Cohen payment raises new legal questions

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Trump submits his annual financial disclosure, which is expected to be made public in the coming days. More>>

DA: Children in California home were strangled, waterboarded

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Prosecutors say they will file nine counts of felony child abuse against the California mother of 10 children who officials say suffered long-term abuse in a filthy home. More>>

Thousands of North Carolina teachers marched. Now what?

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North Carolina politicians and the public are waiting to see what happens next after thousands of teachers rallied to demand increased spending on public schools. More>>

6 US states accuse opioid maker Purdue of fueling overdoses

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Six U.S. states are accusing the maker of the opioid OxyContin of using deceptive marketing to boost drug sales that fueled opioid overdose deaths. More>>

Judge rules Confederate statues removal by Memphis is legal

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A judge has ruled that the December removal of three statues of Confederate leaders from public parks in Memphis, Tennessee, was legal. More>>

The Latest: Nassar victims to get ESPYS courage award

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The chairman of Michigan State University's governing board says the school is "truly sorry" for what disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar's victims and families went through. More>>

Seattle OKs taxing companies like Amazon to aid the homeless

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Seattle's largest businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks will have to pay a new tax to help fund homeless services and affordable housing under a measure approved by city leaders. More>>

Suit: Homeless man jailed after trying to eat at Burger King

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A homeless Boston man who was wrongfully accused of trying to use counterfeit cash at Burger King and spent three months in jail is suing the fast food giant. More>>

Inmate executed for San Antonio lovers' lane killing

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Texas inmate has insisted he wasn't involved in a San Antonio killing more than 14 years ago that sent him to death row; execution scheduled for Wednesday. More>>

When lava flows, a Hawaiian goddess' name is invoked Video included

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In rural Hawaii neighborhoods where lava from Kilauea volcano has burned down or threatened to consume their homes, a name often comes up: Pele. More>>

Officer shoots armed student at high school, charges filed

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A police officer at a northern Illinois high school is being hailed as a hero for shooting and arresting a former student who fired on him in a hallway while staff and seniors were meeting for a graduation rehearsal. More>>

Any doctor on board? US surgeon general gives aid on plane

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Is there a doctor on board? No less than the U.S. surgeon general steps up to help with a medical emergency aboard a commercial flight. More>>

Vegas shooting papers hint some may have encountered gunman

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Police in Las Vegas plan to make public witness statements and officer reports about last year's mass shooting that killed 58 people and injured hundreds in the deadliest event of its kind modern U.S. history. More>>

State to defend California law allowing life-ending drugs

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Advocates say the terminally ill may suffer unnecessarily after a judge threw out a California law that allows adults to obtain a prescription for life-ending drugs. More>>

The Latest: Hotel guest reported hearing Vegas shots nearby

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A man who met Las Vegas mass shooter Stephen Paddock less than a month before the Oct. 1 attack told authorities that Paddock had ranted against the government and warned that law enforcement and the military would start confiscating guns. More>>

Cleanup underway a day after powerful storms pound Northeast

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Cleanup underway throughout the Northeast a day after powerful storms pounded the region with torrential rain and marble-sized hail, leaving at least two people dead. More>>

North Carolina teachers demand better funding in large march

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NN A political showdown over how much to spend on public school classrooms and teachers hits another conservative, tax-cutting state as protests are expected to roil North Carolina's capital. More>>

More US adults try vaping but current use is down, data show

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New research shows 1 in 7 US adults has tried e-cigarettes but current use is down. More>>

Signs of bomb found at site of deadly California explosion

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Federal and local authorities are trying to find remains of a bomb that exploded at a Southern California medical office, leaving a woman dead and three other people injured. More>>

School official calls police chief 'skinhead' during stop

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A New Jersey school board member has been caught on camera cursing at a police officer who pulled her over for speeding and calling the local police chief 'a skinhead cop'. More>>

Lawyer says Rapper T.I. 'wrongfully arrested' near his home

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Police say rapper T.I. has been arrested for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness as he tried to enter his gated community outside Atlanta. More>>

The Latest: California blast victim's family expresses shock

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Two officials have told The Associated Press that an office in a Southern California medical building was targeted by an explosive package that killed a woman and left 3 others injured. More>>

Man pleads guilty to killing 4, but cousin rejects plea deal

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Two cousins charged in the deaths of four young men found buried on a suburban Philadelphia farm are expected to resolve their criminal case without a trial. More>>

Autopsy report: Exploding vape pen killed Florida man

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Authorities say an exploding vape pen hurled fragments into a man's head, killing him and staring a fire that burned most of his body. More>>

Iowa abortion suit won't have easy path to US Supreme Court

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Constitutional law experts say the nation's strictest abortion law passed recently in Iowa likely will not have an easy path to the U.S. Supreme Court where supporters had hoped it would help end legalized abortion. More>>

Turkish banker gets 32-month sentence in Iran sanctions case

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Defense lawyers say a Turkish banker convicted of helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions deserves leniency, but prosecutors want him locked up for at least 15 years. More>>

Trump reversal of mining pollution rule challenged in court

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Environmental groups are challenging the Trump administration's rejection of an Obama-era rule that would have required companies to prove they have the financial wherewithal to clean up mining pollution. More>>

AP-NORC Poll: Young adults feel stress of long-term care

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Most young adults haven't given much thought to their own needs as they get older, but a significant number are already providing long-term care for older loved ones. More>>

Emergency 911 technology struggles to keep up with the times

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In this era of active shooters, police shootings and global terrorism, a patchwork of technology around the country can make the experience of calling 911 vastly different depending on where you live. More>>

College officials may face subpoenas from panel on closure

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Top officials of a Massachusetts' college that is closing are declining to appear before a state Senate oversight hearing. More>>

Report finds cases of STDs reach all-time high in California

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A California report finds the number of cases of sexually transmitted diseases in the state reached a record high in 2017. More>>

Scientists study lava for clues to how volcano will behave

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Scientists study Kilauea lava for clues about how eruption will unfold. More>>

Mormon church wants 1984 rape suit against ex-leader tossed

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The Mormon Church is asking a judge to toss out a lawsuit accusing church leaders of brushing aside rape allegations against a former missionary training center director. More>>

Colorado mom scares off bear attacking 5-year-old daughter

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Officials say a 5-year-old Colorado girl who was attacked by a black bear outside her home is expected to recover thanks to the quick thinking of her mother. More>>

Man reached custody agreement days before son's slaying

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Court records show an Ohio man charged with killing his 20-month-old son had recently signed a custody agreement with the boy's mother. More>>

Civil rights leader's home closer to being national monument

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The Mississippi home of a slain civil rights leader is one step closer to becoming a national monument. More>>

Bear killed confirmed to be responsible for Colorado attack

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Wildlife officials say a bear killed by officers is the one that attacked a 5-year-old girl outside her home in western Colorado. More>>

Virginia Republicans at odds - and throats - in Trump era

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The vicious tenor of the 2016 GOP presidential primary is being matched by Virginia's raucous congressional primaries. More>>

Awe and fear: Lava in Hawaii sloshes, oozes, crackles, roars Video included

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For the past week, Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has spewed lava into the air, destroyed homes, forced residents into shelters and agitated an otherwise cheerful, small community where everyone is a neighbor. More>>

Hawaii volcano eruption costs tourism industry millions Video included

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A new fissure in Hawaii's Puna District sent gases and lava exploding into the air on Sunday, spurring officials to call for more evacuations as residents waited for a possible major eruption at Kilauea volcano's summit. More>>

Judges hear arguments, ask questions on immigration program

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The Trump administration will try to convince a U.S. appeals court that it was justified in ending an Obama-era immigration policy that shielded hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation. More>>

Who will referee billion-dollar sports betting industry?

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Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting, the race is on to see who will referee the multibillion-dollar business of gambling on pro and college sports. More>>

Singing the blues: Study of pop music finds rise in sadness

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A study of hundreds of thousands of popular songs over the last three decades has found a downward sonic trend in happiness and an increase in sadness. More>>

It's checkmate for Baltimore's latest police commissioner

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Baltimore's mayor has announced the city's police commissioner has resigned after being charged with failing to pay his taxes. More>>

Powerful storms pound Northeast, leaving at least 2 dead

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Powerful storms have pounded the Northeast with torrential rain and marble-sized hail, leaving at least two people dead and hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses without power. More>>

Uber shifts policy for alleged sexual misconduct on service

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Uber's ride-hailing service changes US rules governing riders, drivers seeking to pursue claims of sexual misconduct. More>>

1 dead, 3 hurt in Southern California building explosion

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A U.S. official says an explosion at a Southern California office building that killed a woman and left 3 others injured is being investigated as an intentional act. More>>

Nation's most restrictive abortion law is challenged in Iowa

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Abortion-rights groups say they have challenged nation's most restrictive abortion law in Iowa. More>>

The Latest: Official: Explosion being probed as intentional

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A U.S. official says an explosion at a Southern California office building is being investigated as an intentional act and investigators believe the blast may have come from a package. More>>

It's checkmate for Baltimore's latest police commissioner

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Baltimore's mayor has announced the city's police commissioner has resigned after being charged with failing to pay his taxes. More>>

Judge tosses California law allowing life-ending drugs

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California judge says Legislature unconstitutionally enacted 2016 state law allowing the terminally ill to end their lives. More>>

California mom of 10 says social services visited years ago Video included

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A California woman is denying that she or her husband abused their 10 children after authorities said the kids suffered puncture wounds, burns and injuries consistent with being shot with a pellet gun. More>>

Lawmakers press Missouri governor probe despite dropped case

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' attorneys say invasion-of-privacy case was crumbling under lack of evidence when charge was dropped; prosecutors say they'll still pursue case. More>>

California military base psychologist accused of rape

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A psychiatrist hired by Travis Air Force Base in California to help military veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder has been charged with raping patients. More>>

US judge scraps Oakland, California, ban on coal shipments

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A federal judge in California has struck down the city of Oakland's ban on coal shipments through its port. More>>

It's checkmate for Baltimore's latest police commissioner

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Baltimore's mayor has announced the city's police commissioner has resigned after being charged with failing to pay his taxes. More>>

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