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White House blasts GOP over calls to block Clinton Supreme Court picks

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WASHINGTON -- The White House on Thursday slammed three Senate Republicans for saying their party should refuse to take up any Supreme Court nominees submitted by Hillary Clinton if she becomes president.

At various points during the 2016 campaign, GOP Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah and John McCain of Arizona have made such ...Read more

Secret recordings reveal much about Kim Jong Il and his North Korean regime

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The voice on the tape recording is squeaky and excitable, the speaker using such a strong dialect that it is difficult even for native Korean speakers to understand. What comes across is that the man speaking in a rapid clip is anxious about his own shortcomings, and his country's.

The speaker, in fact, is Kim Jong Il, the leader of North Korea...Read more

Millions of people have voted, and Democrats are showing strong signs in key states

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The millions of votes already cast in the presidential election show promising signs for Hillary Clinton, with Democrats registering a strong performance in key states such as Florida and Colorado.

But the early votes reveal bright spots for Donald Trump in the Midwest, potentially signaling a significant shift in the parties' geographic bases ...Read more

LA boy was kept in closets for 3 years before his death, records show

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LOS ANGELES -- For three years, the young boy was hidden in locked closets, sedated by liquid sleeping aids allegedly given to him by his mother.

When people asked Veronica Aguilar where her son was, she told them he had been placed in an institution in Mexico, according to court records. Only her three other children -- two of whom slept on a ...Read more

Voting rights groups brace for Election Day 'chaos'

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WASHINGTON -- Voting rights advocates are preparing for a "perfect storm of chaos" on Election Day -- and not just because a hurricane has already affected registrations in some key battleground states.

Reports of voter disenfranchisement have already cropped up during early voting, the advocates say. Some Texas election officials are ...Read more

Judge rules lawsuit against Michigan over Flint water contamination may proceed

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LANSING, Mich. -- The State of Michigan can be sued over allegations that the contamination of Flint's drinking water damaged the health of residents and hurt the value of their properties, a Michigan Court of Claims judge has ruled.

Judge Mark Boonstra, in an opinion issued Wednesday, said that if proven true, allegations brought against Gov. ...Read more

Flake gets 2018 primary challenge

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The 2016 elections aren't over, but Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake is already facing a primary challenge in 2018 from former state Sen. Kelli Ward.

Ward announced on her radio show "The Kelli Ward Connection" Wednesday that she will challenge the Arizona Republican, who has been a consistent critic of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

"I'm going...Read more

Internet provider planning to use or share your personal data? Not so fast, government says

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WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators on Thursday approved tough new rules requiring high-speed internet service providers to get customer permission before using or sharing sensitive personal data, such as web browsing or app usage history and the geographic trail of mobile devices.

Cable and wireless companies that offer broadband service would ...Read more

Chaffetz Sixth Member to Reverse Course and Back Trump

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz of unexpected-presidential-battleground Utah has become the sixth Republican member of Congress to reverse his repudiation of Donald Trump.

The chairman of the House Oversight Committee said Wednesday he would vote for the GOP nominee because he's slightly preferable to the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton.

"I will not...Read more

Amtrak settles claims for 2015 fatal derailment for $265 million

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PHILADELPHIA -- Federal district Judge Legrome Davis on Thursday signed off on a $265 million settlement of claims against Amtrak for the derailment in Philadelphia of a commuter train on May 12, 2015, that claimed eight lives and injured more than 200.

Both Amtrak and lawyers for scores of plaintiffs approved the settlement, which came in ...Read more

Pennsylvania is about to liberate the six-pack for distributors

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf says he will free the six-pack.

In a statement Thursday, the Democratic governor said he intends to sign a bill passed by the legislature this week to allow beer distributors to sell six-packs.

The change is momentous -- at least it is for Pennsylvania, where the system for selling wine, hard ...Read more

National Guard bonus debate steeped in electoral politics

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WASHINGTON -- A Pentagon announcement Wednesday that it is suspending the recouping of excessive bonuses from National Guard personnel has only slightly cooled the congressional clamor to take prompt action to let virtually all the service members keep the money.

Never mind that Congress has known for years about the issue and has until now ...Read more

Pa. lawmakers approve ban on identifying officers in shootings

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- As cities across the country grapple with a spate of fatal police shootings, many involving unarmed black men, Pennsylvania's Republican-controlled legislature on Thursday passed and sent to Gov. Tom Wolf a contentious bill that would block public officials from immediately releasing the names of officers involved in such ...Read more

Poll: Fleming and Boustany fall short in Louisiana Senate race

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Republican Reps. John Fleming and Charles Boustany are looking less and less likely to make it to a runoff in the Louisiana Senate race in December according to a new poll.

In Louisiana, the top two candidates make it to the Dec. 10 runoff race. Republican State Treasurer John Kennedy leads the Senate race, with 22 percent of support, according...Read more

Sen. Cruz raises prospect of lasting Supreme Court gridlock

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WASHINGTON -- Could the Supreme Court remain a permanent victim of Washington gridlock?

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, who famously led the charge that partially shut down the federal government in 2013, raised the specter of leaving an indefinite vacancy on the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

"There is long historical precedent for a Supreme Court with ...Read more

Harris widens Senate race lead in California poll

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A new poll has California Attorney General Kamala Harris widening her lead over Rep. Loretta Sanchez by double digits in their contest for a California Senate seat.

The poll was conducted by the James Irvine Foundation and the Public Policy Institute of California. Pollsters conducted phone interviews with 1,704 adult residents of the state, ...Read more

'Till death do us part' in life, but these married couples part ways at the ballot box

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WASHINGTON -- The North Carolina couple won't even watch the news in the same room anymore. He is voting for Donald Trump to cancel out her vote for Hillary Clinton. The tension has brought their marriage to its lowest point, she says.

"I really, genuinely think the marriage is the worst it has ever been," said Tasha, who along with the others ...Read more

Police arrest man who says he destroyed Trump's star on Walk of Fame

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LOS ANGELES -- James Otis said he planned to turn himself in for damaging Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

But before doing that, he told media early Thursday, he would hold a news conference at the scene of the crime -- where a replacement star now rested.

Los Angeles police were having none of that. Hours before the planned...Read more

Green Party candidate escorted from Maryland Senate debate

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Green Party candidate Margaret Flowers was escorted off the stage Wednesday after trying to crash the Maryland Senate debate between Democrat Rep. Chris Van Hollen and challenger state Del. Kathy Szeliga.

Flowers wasn't invited to debate, but attended as an audience member. When others in the audience called for her to join, she got out of her ...Read more

Donald Trump's followers see wide-ranging conspiracy to steal election

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Election analysts overwhelmingly expect Donald Trump to lose the presidential race in less than two weeks, but his strongest supporters believe just the opposite will occur. They find solace in the candidate's fiery attacks on "rigged" polls and buy his theories of a wide-ranging conspiracy between Democrats and the media to fix the Nov. 8 ...Read more