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Sen. Bernie Sanders says he's running for president in 2020 Video included

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says he's running for president in 2020. More>>

AP source: FBI had backup plan to save Russia probe evidence

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A person familiar with FBI internal discussions says after FBI Director James Comey was fired the bureau developed a plan to protect evidence in its Russia investigation. More>>

Flynn pushed to share nuclear tech with Saudis, report says Video included

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A new congressional report says senior White House officials pushed a project to share nuclear power technology with Saudi Arabia despite the objections of ethics and national security officials. More>>

Trump chooses Jeffrey Rosen for deputy attorney general

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President Donald Trump has nominated Jeffrey Rosen to be the next deputy attorney general. More>>

Poll: Rural/urban political divisions also split the suburbs

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UChicago Harris/AP-NORC poll: Fewer political independents live in US suburbs than in cities and rural areas. More>>

Trump says he has 'absolute right' to declare emergency Video included

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President Donald Trump is criticizing California's lead role in a multistate lawsuit against his emergency declaration to pay for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. More>>

Thousands rally in France to oppose recent anti-Semitic acts

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Gatherings and marches against anti-Semitism will be taking place across France following a series of shocking anti-Semitic acts. More>>

A look at rival Branson vs Maduro concerts for Venezuela

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A look at the rival concerts planned by billionaire Richard Branson and Nicolas Maduro's government on both sides of Venezuela's border with Colombia. More>>

AP Explains: Venezuela opposition's fight to win over troops

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U.S. President Donald Trump and Venezuela's opposition are pushing the military to let in humanitarian aid in belief it could break a month-long standoff, but top commanders are showing no signs of breaking loyalty to Nicolas Maduro. More>>

Religious orders apologize for sex abuse inaction, cover-ups

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Catholic religious orders from around the world are apologizing for having failed to respond when their priests raped children. More>>

Pressure builds to get civilians out of last IS-held enclave

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The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights says she is concerned about the condition of some 200 families trapped in the last remaining area held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria. More>>

Lagerfeld's legacy: Youthful designs, elaborate showmanship

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Lagerfeld's legacy: Youthful designs, showmanship, eccentricities and an acid tongue. More>>

EU, UK to have more Brexit talks but key disagreement intact

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British Prime Minister Theresa May will be traveling to European Union headquarters to seek an elusive breakthrough in Brexit negotiations, but she was told Tuesday on the eve of the talks that her most important demand is not even up for discussion. More>>

Mexico closes temporary migrant shelter near US border

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Officials in the northern Mexico border state of Coahuila say they have closed a shelter in the border city of Piedras Negras where about 1,600 Central American migrants had been confined during the past two weeks. More>>

Man pleads guilty in rape, murder of Pennsylvania teen

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A Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty in the rape, murder and dismemberment of a 14-year-old girl, and the victim's adoptive mother has agreed to plead guilty and serve a life sentence. More>>

APNewsBreak: Feds share watchlist with 1,400 private groups

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The federal government is acknowledging it shares its terrorist watchlist with more than 1,400 private entities, including hospitals and universities. More>>

Police dismiss tip Smollett, 2 brothers together in elevator

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Chicago police are investigating a tip that on the night "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett reported being attacked by two masked men he was in an elevator of his apartment building with two brothers later arrested and released from custody in the probe. More>>

Legal hurdles would look familiar in any new R. Kelly case

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Prosecutors will have to clear a series of legal hurdles if they intend to charge R. Kelly and convict him, even if video evidence is available. More>>

Trump wants California to pay back billions for bullet train

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The Trump administration plans to cancel $929 million in U.S. money for California's beleaguered high-speed rail project and wants the state to return an additional $2.5 billion it's already spent. More>>

Judge OKs suit aimed at halting Obama library in Chicago

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A judge has given the green light to a lawsuit that aims to stop Barack Obama's $500 million presidential center from being built in a Chicago park beside Lake Michigan. More>>

Kim or Trump? Hanoi barber offers leaders' hairdos for free

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Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un have become the latest style icons in Hanoi, a week before their second summit in Vietnam's capital. More>>

The Latest: Smollett gave false information in 2007 case

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A Chicago police spokesman says two brothers who were arrested and later released from custody in connection with the attack reported by "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett have met with police and prosecutors at the courthouse. More>>

Lawmakers seek probe of ICE force-feeding of immigrants

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Nearly 50 Democratic lawmakers are calling for a watchdog investigation of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement after reporting revealed that the agency was force-feeding immigrant detainees on a hunger strike. More>>

Despite bill's demise, W.Va. teachers to strike for 2nd day

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Strike 2: West Virginia teachers' unions have called a statewide strike over a complex education bill, nearly a year to the day that they embarked on a nine-day walkout that started the national 'Red4Ed' movement. More>>

Haitians seek water, food as businesses reopen after protest

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Businesses and government offices are slowly reopening in Haiti after more than a week of violent demonstrations. More>>

Honda to shut plant in Brexit-shaken Britain

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Honda says it plans to close its car factory in western England in 2022, with the potential loss of 3,500 jobs. More>>

Payless files for bankruptcy, closing North American stores

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Payless files for bankruptcy as it winds down North American biz. More>>

Burberry apologizes for hoodie with noose knot

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Noose knot on luxury hoodie pulled by Burberry, British luxury powerhouse apologizes amid fury. More>>

USA Gymnastics hires NBA exec Li Li Leung as new CEO

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USA Gymnastics is turning to NBA executive Li Li Leung to help turn the embattled program around as it fights to retain its status as the national governing body for the sport. More>>

AP source: Machado, Padres agree to $300M, 10-year deal

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A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that All-Star infielder Manny Machado has agreed to a $300 million, 10-year deal with the rebuilding San Diego Padres, the biggest contract ever for a free agent. More>>

Coaching site builds list of those banned from US Olympics

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Coaching website publishes first comprehensive list of banned Olympic coaches. More>>

Supreme Court staying out of actor's 'Empire' lawsuit

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The Supreme Court is staying out of a lawsuit involving the television show 'Empire'. More>>

Designer Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel's global icon, dies in Paris

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Chanel's iconic couturier, Karl Lagerfeld, whose accomplished designs as well as trademark white ponytail, high starched collars and dark enigmatic glasses dominated high fashion for the last 50 years, has died. More>>

Georgia voting problems highlighted in congressional hearing

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Congressional Democrats are highlighting voting problems in Georgia as justification for restoring federal oversight of elections in certain places with a history of discrimination. More>>

Haiti probes US men detained with weapons, no license plates

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Authorities in Haiti say five U.S. citizens are among eight men who have been detained with automatic weapons and other arms, and they are investigating whether anyone authorized their entry into the country. More>>

Tech could unite Europe's populists ahead of EU vote in May

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The offer by Italy's populist 5-Star Movement to share its web platform with France's "yellow vest" protesters could be a harbinger of what's to come in the upcoming European Parliament elections. More>>

'Digital gangsters': UK wants tougher rules for Facebook

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A parliamentary committee report is recommending that the United Kingdom government increase oversight of social media platforms like Facebook. More>>

China accuses US of trying to block its tech development

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China accuses Washington of trying to block industry development after Pence calls Huawei and other telecom suppliers a security threat. More>>

Consultant on North Carolina race: Methods were surprise

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North Carolina elections officials say the country's last undecided congressional election was marred by falsified signatures, blank ballots that consultants could complete and disappearing documents. More>>

Judge orders Roger Stone to court over Instagram post

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A federal judge has ordered Trump confidant Roger Stone to appear in court to address an Instagram post featuring a photo of the judge with what appears to be the crosshairs of a gun. More>>

Justice Thomas calls for re-examining landmark libel case

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The Supreme Court is declining to revive a defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby that was filed by a woman who says he raped her and later spread lies about her when she came forward. More>>

Storm-lashed South Carolina reassesses global warming's role

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Emergency management officials in South Carolina say they are preparing both for more massive floods like the state has seen in three of the past four years and smaller, but still destructive deluges. More>>

Potential privacy lapse found in Americans' 2010 census data

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A top Census Bureau official says an internal agency team found that basic personal information collected from more than 100 million Americans during the 2010 head count could be reconstructed from encrypted data _ but with lots of mistakes. More>>

Year in space put US astronaut's disease defenses on alert

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Scientists find that a NASA astronaut who spent nearly a year in space had his immune system go on high alert. More>>

First private Israel lunar mission to be launched this week

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Israeli nonprofit says it'll launch what it hopes will be first private spacecraft to land on the moon this week. More>>

Trump the pundit handicaps 2020 Democratic contenders

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Trump positions himself as pundit for 2020 Democratic field, giving high marks to Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar, thumbs down to Elizabeth Warren's video debut. More>>

Alabama woman who joined Islamic State seeks return to US

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An Alabama woman who left home to join the Islamic State after becoming radicalized online wants to return to the United States. More>>

16 states sue Trump over emergency wall declaration Video included

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California's attorney general says at least a dozen states will join a lawsuit against President Donald Trump over his emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. More>>

Police: More than a dozen people rescued from SeaWorld ride

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Police say more than a dozen people are trapped on a ride at SeaWorld in San Diego. More>>

NASA rover finally bites the dust on Mars after 15 years

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Opportunity Lost: NASA rover finally bites the dust on Mars after an unexpected 15 years. More>>

Aurora shooter's permit was revoked but gun wasn't seized

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The man who killed five co-workers at a suburban Chicago manufacturing plant took a gun he wasn't allowed to have to a job he must have known he was about to lose. More>>

The Latest: French rally to say 'No' to anti-Semitism

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Israel's prime minister is urging European leaders to speak out against anti-Semitism after what he called the "shocking vandalism" of Jewish graves in France. More>>

Ginsburg returns to Supreme Court bench in public session

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The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is making her public return to the bench, eight weeks after surgery for lung cancer. More>>

Belles of the ball: Dem freshmen courted by 2020 hopefuls

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Democrats hoping to unseat President Donald Trump in 2020 are courting the party's famous freshmen. More>>

Lisa Borders steps down as head of Time's Up organization

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Lisa Borders says she has resigned as president and CEO of Time's Up, the gender equality initiative. More>>

Harris: Facts unfolding in probe of alleged Smollett attack

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Several Democratic presidential candidates are closing out the long holiday weekend on the campaign trail, with stops planned across states key to securing their party's nomination. More>>

First-ever 'Jeopardy!" team contest draws top champions

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The first-ever "Jeopardy!" team tournament is bringing together 18 of the game's top players. More>>

Researchers find clues that depression may speed brain aging

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Memory and thinking skills naturally slow with age but now scientists are finding clues that depression might worsen the decline. More>>

Flu vaccine doing a relatively good job this season

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Health officials say the flu vaccine is doing a relatively good job protecting Americans this winter. More>>

Trump gains weight, now considered obese; cholesterol down

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President Donald Trump has tipped the scales and is now officially considered obese. More>>

Opioid maker used rap video to push powerful painkiller

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Employees at a drug company accused of bribing doctors rapped and danced around a life-size bottle of a highly addictive fentanyl spray in a video meant to motivate sales reps into getting patients on higher doses. More>>

No plan for Smollett to do follow-up police interview Monday

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Jussie Smollett's attorneys say there are no plans for the "Empire" actor to meet with Chicago detectives Monday for a follow-up interview about his reported assault. More>>

US, China resume trade talks in Washington ahead of deadline

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China's economy czar will go to Washington for talks this week aimed at ending tariff war over Beijing's technology ambitions. More>>

Amazon dumped New York, but cities still wooing the company

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Amazon's breakup with New York was still fresh when other cities started sending their own valentines to the online giant. More>>

Amazon's stormy week will blow over, but the debris may stay

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It's been a complicated few weeks for Amazon, what with its abrupt pullout from a massive New York City development and extortion claims related to intimate selfies taken by its founder Jeff Bezos. More>>

Smollett developments leave some baffled, others outraged

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Jussie Smollett developments leave some baffled, others outraged on social media. More>>

Trump pleads with Venezuela's military to back Guaido Video included

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Trump to seek to rally support among the largest Venezuelan community in the U.S. for opposition leader Juan Guaido. More>>

Roger Stone apologizes to judge for Instagram post about her

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President Donald Trump's longtime confidant Roger Stone has apologized to the judge presiding over his criminal case for an Instagram photo of her with what appears to be the crosshairs of a gun. More>>

Border wall a complex issue for 2020 prospect Beto O'Rourke

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Few Americans have a clearer idea of life with a border wall than former Texas congressman and possible 2020 presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke. More>>

Venezuela's Maduro to throw concert rivaling Richard Branson

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Billionaire Richard Branson says that he hopes that the concert he's throwing to rally humanitarian aid for Venezuela will help draw global attention and saves lives by raising funds for "much-needed medical help.". More>>

Official: Deputy AG Rosenstein expected to depart in March

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A Justice Department official says Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to leave his position in the middle of next month. More>>

Tense standoff spells endgame for IS militants in Syria

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More than 300 IS militants holed up in tiny area in eastern Syria refuse to surrender, trying to negotiate an exit. More>>

Israeli leaders' Nazi comments derail European summit

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Poland's prime minister canceled plans for his country to send a delegation to meeting in Jerusalem on Monday after the acting Israeli foreign minister said that Poles "collaborated with the Nazis" and "sucked anti-Semitism from their mothers' milk.". More>>

French judge refuses to block Catholic sex scandal movie

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A French judge has refused to block the release this week in French cinemas of a movie based on a Catholic sex scandal. More>>

Amazon's exit could scare off tech companies from New York

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Amazon decision to walk away from New York City could scare off other tech companies. More>>

Team LeBron rallies to beat Team Giannis, 178-164

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Team LeBron, down by 20 in the second half, finally got firing and went on to beat Team Giannis 178-164 in the All-Star Game. More>>

Brex-split: 7 lawmakers quit Labour over EU, anti-Semitism

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Seven British lawmakers say they are quitting the main opposition Labour Party over its approach to issues including Brexit and anti-Semitism. More>>

Nadav Lapid's 'Synonyms' wins top prize at Berlin Film Fest

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Director Nadav Lapid's "Synonyms," a film following a young Israeli man who uproots himself to France, has won the Berlin International Film Festival's top Golden Bear award. More>>

Sailor in iconic V-J Day Times Square kiss photo dies at 95

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The ecstatic sailor shown kissing a woman in Times Square celebrating the end of World War II has died. More>>

W.Va. teachers' unions call for strike over education bill

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West Virginia teachers' unions have called a statewide strike over an education bill that they view as retaliation for a nine-day walkout last year. More>>

N Carolina elections head says ballots handled illegally

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The North Carolina State Board of Elections is holding a hearing on ballot fraud allegations in the nation's last undecided congressional election. More>>

3 children among 4 found dead after west Michigan shooting

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3 children among 4 people found dead following shooting in western Michigan. More>>

Chicago police seek follow-up interview with Jussie Smollett

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Chicago police and representatives for Jussie Smollett are keeping quiet about the investigation into a reported attack on the "Empire" actor. More>>

EU states mixed on Trump demand to take back IS fighters

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U.S. President Donald Trump's demand that European countries take back their citizens fighting in Syria is receiving a mixed reaction, as nations pondered how to bring home-grown Islamic State extremists to trial. More>>

Return to sender: High court to hear undeliverable mail case

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday is taking up a case involving an Alabama man who developed a way to process undeliverable mail. More>>

Amazon dumps NYC headquarters and its promised 25,000 jobs Video included

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Amazon ditches New York as location for new headquarters. More>>

Aurora shooting victims included plant manager, intern

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The victims of disgruntled employee who opened fire at a suburban Chicago industrial warehouse were co-workers ranging from an intern to a plant manager. More>>

Trump lashes out at key officials involved in Russia probe

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Trump is suggesting that key officials involved in the Russia probe were engaged in 'treasonous' behavior. More>>

School board in Virginia may end transgender bathroom ban

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A transgender teen says his former high school is refusing to update the gender listed on his transcript. More>>

DC's many prankster activists turn anger into street theater

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From fake street signs to Robert Mueller-themed ice cream trucks, activists in the nation's capital have honed a particular brand of performative prankster-style protest. More>>

Sports' future in balance as Semenya-IAAF showdown opens

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Caster Semenya has arrived at international sport's best-known tribunal for a week-long hearing in a landmark case that will challenge science and gender politics. More>>

Heading south: Warming to change how US cities feel in 2080

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A new study looks at what cities' future climate could be like under global warming by comparing them to hotter southern cities of today. More>>

White House indicates Trump to veto disapproval of emergency

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A top adviser to President Donald Trump is indicating that Trump is prepared to issue the first veto of his term if Congress votes to disapprove of his declaration of a national emergency along the U.S.-Mexico border. More>>

Warren highlights her work on economic crisis in Vegas stop

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Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is describing a squeeze on working families in America as she introduces herself to voters in the early nominating state of Nevada. More>>

Abe mum on Trump's claim of nomination for Nobel Peace Prize

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe mum on reports he nominated President Donald Trump for Nobel Peace Prize. More>>

Ex-FBI official: 'Crime may have been committed' by Trump

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McCabe says Rosenstein was "absolutely" supportive of the decision to launch investigations into whether Trump was inappropriately aligned with the Russians, had obstructed justice. More>>

'Black Panther' costume designer blazes trail to inspire Video included

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'Black Panther' costume designer Ruth E. Carter says she wants her Oscar recognition to create more opportunities for African-Americans and women of color who desire to follow her footsteps. More>>

Academy reverses plans, will air all awards live at Oscars

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Following an outcry from many of the movie industry's most prominent figures, the Academy of Motion Pictures has reversed its decision to present four awards during the commercial breaks to this year's Oscar broadcast. More>>

Snow too thick to plow keeps skiers from California resorts Video included

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Authorities warn that mudslides are possible even after a damaging storm moved through California, trapping people in floodwaters, triggering a debris flow that destroyed homes, and forcing residents to flee communities scorched by wildfires last year. More>>

In Brexit limbo, UK veers between high anxiety, grim humor

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With Britain due to exit the European Union in six weeks and still no certainty about the terms of its departure, supporters and opponents of Brexit are both in a state of high anxiety. More>>

Sex abuse survivors to meet with Vatican summit organizers

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Organizers of Pope Francis' summit on preventing clergy sex abuse will meet with survivor-activists who have come to Rome to demand an end to decades of cover-up by church leaders. More>>

'Carer-feeder': Gillibrand plays up motherhood in 2020 race

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As she cranks up her presidential campaign, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand isn't trying to hide her working-mom juggle -- she's running on it. More>>

Study: Ancient European stone monuments spread from Brittany

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A new study suggests the practice of building huge stone monuments spread throughout ancient Europe from northwestern France. More>>

The Latest: US Jewish group asks Poland, Israel to stay calm

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Poland's prime minister says his country is not sending a delegation to a meeting in Jerusalem after the acting Israeli foreign minister said that Poles "collaborated with the Nazis" and "sucked anti-Semitism from their mothers' milk.". More>>

Gone in a New York minute: How the Amazon deal fell apart

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When Amazon chose the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens to build a new campus, New York's top brass saw it as a major coup but what they didn't anticipate was the deal's eventual unraveling. More>>

Booker holds back on questions about 'Empire' actor attack

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Democratic presidential candidates are courting voters in states with influential early roles in the 2020 primary as the busy pace of campaigning over the holiday weekend shows that the contest to challenge President Donald Trump is fully underway. More>>

Swiss actor Bruno Ganz, star of 'Downfall,' dies at 77

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Swiss actor Bruno Ganz, who starred as Adolf Hitler cooped up in his Berlin bunker in "Downfall" and played an angel in Wim Wenders' "Wings of Desire," has died. More>>

Retailers, fashion brands struggle with racial insensitivity

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Retailers and top fashion brands keep apologizing for products that smack of racial insensitivity but now some are trying to come up with actual solutions. More>>

Judge bars immigration policing criteria for 2 grants

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A Los Angeles federal judge has permanently blocked the Trump administration from favoring police departments that cooperate with immigration officials when issuing some law enforcement grants. More>>

Hundreds stranded as British airline Flybmi collapses

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Hundreds of passengers have been stranded by the abrupt collapse of the British regional airline Flybmi. More>>

Verbal attack on French philosopher new anti-Semitism jolt

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French yellow vest protesters are marking three months since the kickoff of their anti-government movement, after anti-Semitic remarks by some demonstrators raised national concerns about the movement's ascendant radical fringe. More>>

Family: UK teen who joined Islamic State has baby in Syria

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The family of a British teenager who ran away to join the Islamic State group says she has given birth to a baby boy. More>>

'Taking their last breath': IS hides among Syrian civilians

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The U.S.-backed Syrian militia fighting the Islamic State in its last toehold in Syria says there are over 1,000 civilians trapped in the tiny area and that the militant group is preventing them from leaving. More>>

California governor wants users to profit from online data

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom says the state's consumers should get a piece of the billions of dollars that technology companies make off the personal data they collect. More>>

Russian court orders US investor Calvey held for 2 months

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A Moscow court has ordered a U.S. investment fund manager to be jailed for two months while facing fraud charges. More>>

Polish PM cancels Israel visit amid new Holocaust tensions

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Monday amid new tensions between the two countries over how to remember Polish behavior in the Holocaust. More>>

Denny Hamlin cruises to 2nd Daytona 500 victory in 4 years

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William Byron will start from the pole in the 61st running of the Daytona 500. More>>

State Department: Nauert out as pick for UN ambassador

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The State Department says Heather Nauert, nominated by President Donald Trump to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has withdrawn her name from consideration. More>>

Disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner released from prison

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Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner has been released from federal prison in Massachusetts. More>>

Patrick Caddell, pollster to Jimmy Carter, dies at 68

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Patrick Caddell, the pollster who helped propel Jimmy Carter in his longshot bid to win the presidency, has died. More>>

Nigeria's candidates blame each other in surprise vote delay

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Nigeria delays its election for a week as candidates rush back to capital, blaming each other. More>>

The Latest: Team LeBron rallies, wins All-Star game 178-164

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Dell Curry, Alonzo Mourning, Glen Rice, Muggsy Bogues feted as legends. More>>

Abu Dhabi arms fair opens amid Yemen war criticism

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A biennial arms fair has opened in the United Arab Emirates as the country faces increasing scrutiny over its involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. More>>

Iran pressures Europe to do more to save the nuclear deal

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Iran's foreign minister is blasting the United States' "unhealthy fixation" with his country and condemning the Trump administration's efforts to press European countries to pull out of the nuclear agreement with Tehran. More>>

The Latest: Denny Hamlin wins 2nd Daytona 500 in 4 years

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. hopes to land more "odd jobs" at Daytona 500 in retirement. More>>

NYC's Chinatown welcomes Year of the Pig with vibrant parade Video included

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Drums, dragons and dancers are parading through New York's Chinatown to ring in the Year of the Pig. More>>

The Latest: Smollett says no truth he played role in attack

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Attorneys for Jussie Smollett say there is no truth to reports that the "Empire" actor played a role in the assault on him. More>>

Court filing: Manafort faces more than 19 years in prison

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Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort could spend more than 19 years in prison on tax and bank fraud charges. More>>

Chicago police: Jussie Smollett assault case has 'shifted'

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Chicago police say "the trajectory of the investigation" into the reported attack on Jussie Smollett has shifted. More>>

Trump emergency declaration faces fights in the courts

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President Donald Trump declared a national emergency along the southern border Friday and predicted his administration would end up defending it all the way to the Supreme Court. More>>

APNewsBreak: Allred contacted authorities about R Kelly tape

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Attorney Gloria Allred tells The Associated Press she has contacted law enforcement about concerns one of her clients may be the person in a VHS tape purportedly showing R. Kelly having sex with an underage girl. More>>

New-look Daytona 500 has a certain throwback feel

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NASCAR's biggest race features 8 drivers making their Daytona 500 debut and a handful of sponsors new to the sport. More>>

The Latest: OKC's Diallo leaps over Shaq to win dunk contest

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Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo says he'll play in the FIBA world championships this summer. More>>

Shanahan says he hasn't determined amount for border wall

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Defiant in the wake of a stinging budget defeat, President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency at the border. More>>

Judge limits public comments in Trump confidant Stone's case

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A federal judge has issued a gag order in the case of Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone. More>>

Payless ShoeSource to shutter all of its remaining US stores

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Payless ShoeSource to shutter all of its U.S. stores, joining a list of iconic names like Toys R Us that have liquidated in the last year. More>>

Trump says he might extend deadline in US-China talks

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US, Chinese envoys hold trade talks, Trump's top economic adviser says 'no decision' on possible March 2 tariff hike. More>>

Pope asks for prayers for sex abuse summit at Vatican

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Pope Francis is asking for prayers for this week's sex abuse summit at the Vatican for this "urgent challenge of our time.". More>>

Dem presidential candidates introducing themselves to voters

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Five Democratic senators vying for their party's nomination to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020 are fanning out across the country Saturday to campaign and meet voters. More>>

The Latest: CEO: Gunman passed background check when hired Video included

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Police say the fired worker who killed five people at a warehouse in Aurora, Illinois, was able to buy the gun he used because an initial background check didn't catch that he had a prior felony conviction in Mississippi. More>>

Bulgarian nationalists march in honor of pro-Nazi general

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Bulgarian nationalists have marched through the country's capital to honor a World War II general known for his anti-Semitic and pro-Nazi activities. More>>

Vatican defrocks former US cardinal McCarrick for sex abuse

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The Vatican says Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing Confession. More>>

21 Savage 'wasn't hiding' being British, feared deportation

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The Atlanta-based rapper 21 Savage says he didn't talk about his British citizenship before because he didn't want to get deported. More>>

Merkel defends Iran deal, multilateralism but Pence resists

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is calling on China to join in international disarmament negotiations after the collapse of a Cold War-era treaty on nuclear weapons in Europe. More>>

The Latest: Merkel defends Iran deal; Pence blasts Europe

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Egypt's president has called on Western countries to boost efforts at tackling extremist ideology in online media and mosques. More>>

Does Catalan crisis threaten to make Spain 'ungovernable'?

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Thousands of Catalan separatists are marching in Barcelona to proclaim the innocence of 12 of their leaders who are on trial for their role in a failed 2017 secession bid. More>>

Oakland teachers announce strike over pay, class sizes

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The union representing 3,000 teachers in Oakland announces strike starting Thursday. More>>

Aurora shooting victims ranged from intern to plant manager

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The victims of disgruntled employee who opened fire at a suburban Chicago industrial warehouse were co-workers ranging from an intern to a plant manager. More>>

Police: Aurora attacker used gun he shouldn't have owned

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Police say a 15-year employee being fired from a manufacturing company opened fire in its suburban Chicago plant, killing five co-workers and wounding five police officers before he was fatally shot. More>>

The Latest: Cardinal calls McCarrick punishment 'important'

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One of the victims of defrocked ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick victims is expressing relief that Pope Francis believed his accusations of years-long sex abuse. More>>

Tear gas, hate speech marks 14th yellow vest protest

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Police have fired tear gas and brought in water cannons and a horse brigade to disperse several thousand yellow vest protesters who massed near a Paris landmark following a march through the French capital, the 14th straight weekend of demonstrations. More>>

Chicago police release 2 men questioned in Smollett case

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Chicago police have released without charges two Nigerian brothers arrested on suspicion of assaulting "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett. More>>

Kaepernick, Eric Reid settle collusion grievances with NFL

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Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid have settled collusion lawsuits against the NFL. More>>

The Latest: Chicago police release men held in Smollett case

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Chicago Police say the two men being questioned in the attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett are considered suspects. More>>

Floors collapse at Russian university in St. Petersburg

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Several floors of a university building in Russia's second-largest city have collapsed, but there is no immediate information on casualties. More>>

Cleaning routine shows promise in curbing superbug infection

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A new study finds a way for people to cut their risk of developing a dangerous superbug infection after leaving the hospital. More>>

US military aircraft to deliver more aid to Venezuela border Video included

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he sees obvious signs that President Nicolas Maduro is starting to understand Venezuelans reject him as their leader. More>>

In Nigeria, election spectacle at odds with rampant poverty

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Fashion world descends on London for fashion week shows

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London is taking its turn in the style spotlight with the opening of London Fashion Week, an extravaganza that will feature up and coming designers along with big names like Victoria Beckham, Vivienne Westwood and Burberry. More>>

AP Interview: Maduro reveals secret meetings with US envoy Video included

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AP Interview: Maduro reveals secret New York meetings with US envoy, predicts he will surmount the unprecedented global campaign to force his resignation. More>>

Employee being fired fatally shoots 5 co-workers in Illinois

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A shooter has been apprehended after opening fire in an industrial park in in Aurora, Illinois. More>>

Nigeria delays election until Feb. 23 over 'challenges'

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'Everybody suffers too much:' Nigeria heads to the polls as its president tries to hang on. More>>

Bombshell book alleges a Vatican gay subculture, hypocrisy

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A gay French writer has lifted the lid on what he calls one of the world's largest gay communities _ the Vatican. More>>

The Latest: Nigeria delays presidential vote until Feb. 23

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The Latest: Nigeria delays presidential election until Feb. 23 over 'challenges'. More>>

Chicago police release 2 men questioned in Smollett case

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Chicago police says local media reports that allege the attack against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett was a hoax are unconfirmed. More>>

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A suburban Chicago school district is keeping its students in classrooms as police investigate an active shooter situation at an industrial park in Aurora. More>>

Trump tests presidential power, declares emergency at border Video included

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Congress has easily approved a border security compromise that will clear Congress and get President Donald Trump's signature. More>>

Trump declaration faces uncertain fate in coming court fight Video included

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President Donald Trump declared a national emergency along the southern border Friday and predicted his administration would end up defending it all the way to the Supreme Court. More>>

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10 days before show time, the 91st Academy Awards are beset by rancor and dispute over plans to keep the broadcast to three hours. More>>

California may sue Trump over emergency wall declaration Video included

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California's governor and attorney general and say they will sue President Donald Trump over his emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. More>>

Oregon official: texts show police-extremist collusion

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A member of Portland's city council said she is not shocked by a newspaper report that the commander for the police rapid response team exchanged friendly text messages with a leader of far-right protests that have rocked the city. More>>

Portland police texts with far-right group spark probe

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A member of Portland's city council said she is not shocked by a newspaper report that the commander for the police rapid response team exchanged friendly text messages with a leader of far-right protests that have rocked the city. More>>

ICE halts force-feeding of immigrant detainees in Texas

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Texas newspapers report the U.S. government has suddenly stopped force-feeding immigrants on a hunger strike inside an El Paso immigration detention center. More>>

Spain to get 3rd gov't in 4 years amid fragmenting politics

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Spain's prime minister has called early general elections for late April after his government's budget was voted down by lawmakers. More>>

Justices to decide if 2020 census can ask about citizenship

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The Supreme Court will decide whether the 2020 census can include a question about citizenship that could affect the allocation of seats in the House of Representatives and the distribution of billions in federal money. More>>

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