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Where did El Nino go? Heat, dry spell stoke drought worry
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Where did El Nino go?
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Texas A&M president decries reports of racial harassment
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M University is still trying to determine which students may have shouted a racial slur and referenced the Confederate flag to a group of black and Latino high school students touring the campus.
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Governor signs bill overhauling Wisconsin civil service laws
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker signed a sweeping bill Friday that reworks Wisconsin's hiring and firing practices, brushing aside Democrats' complaints that the measure will lead to cronyism in state agencies.
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Judge weighs bid to block Indiana's Syrian refugee order
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A judge considering a challenge to Republican Gov. Mike Pence's order barring state agencies from helping Syrian refugees resettle in Indiana appeared skeptical Friday, peppering the state's lawyer with questions about whether
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Ferguson mayor: City told DOJ agreement no sure thing
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Ferguson leaders warned U.S. Department of Justice negotiators last month that they couldn't guarantee approval of a plan to address the agency's scathing review of the city's police and courts, including allegations that the
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Autopsy: Slain New Jersey sex worker possibly strangled
MILLER PLACE, N.Y. (AP) — A sex worker who disappeared near a remote stretch of Long Island beach highway that was later revealed to be a suspected serial killer's dumping ground for bodies might have been strangled, according to a new autopsy.
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Veto override drawing vitriol from constituents in Maryland
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's Senate president called for civility Friday after Democrats received what he called "the most vicious hate mail you can possibly imagine" in the aftermath of overriding the Republican governor's veto. One caller
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Veto override drawing vitriol from constituents in Maryland
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's Senate president is calling for civility after Democrats received what he called "the most vicious hate mail you can possibly imagine" in the aftermath of overriding the Republican governor's veto.
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Obstacles abound in prosecution of Texas priest in cold case
HOUSTON (AP) — Prosecutors face a tough road in their case against a former priest accused this week in the killing of a young Texas teacher and beauty queen nearly 56 years ago, according to legal experts.
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Manhole cover crashes into SUV's windshield, killing driver
BOSTON (AP) — A dislodged manhole cover weighing more than 200 pounds went airborne and crashed through an SUV's windshield on a major highway, killing a woman as she drove during the Friday morning commute, authorities said.
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'Finally:' Pope meets Russian Orthodox leader
HAVANA (AP) — With a hug and an exclamation of "Finally!" Pope Francis met Friday with Patriarch Kirill in the first ever meeting between a pontiff and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a historic development in the 1,000-year schism that has
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The Latest: Rubio says he doesn't support women's draft
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on campaign 2016. (all times local):
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Diplomats aim for temporary Syria truce in a week
BEIRUT (AP) — A diplomatic push for a temporary pause in Syria's civil war and the delivery of humanitarian aid faced huge hurdles Friday, with Russia saying it would continue its airstrikes and government planes dropping leaflets urging rebels to
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WHO: Zika vaccines at least 18 months away from broad trials
GENEVA (AP) — Possible Zika vaccines are at least 18 months away from large-scale trials, the World Health Organization said Friday as it advised pregnant women to consider delaying travel to areas where the mosquito-borne virus has turned up amid
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The Latest: Pope, patriarch sign declaration on unity
HAVANA (AP) — The latest on Pope Francis's historic meeting in Cuba with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill and his subsequent trip to Mexico (all times local):
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Candidates promise unity in Central African Republic vote
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — For more than two years, even going to the cemetery to bury a loved one could get a mourner killed in Central African Republic. The threat of attacks from Christian militia fighters was once so high that
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US, Cuba to sign agreement on restarting commercial flights
HAVANA (AP) — U.S. officials say the United States and Cuba will sign an agreement next week to restart commercial air traffic for the first time in five decades.
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The Latest: UN envoy: Key to Syria deal is its 'commitment'
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria and international diplomatic efforts to end the violence (all times local):
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Egyptian doctors revolt against escalating police abuses
CAIRO (AP) — When a doctor at a Cairo hospital told a police officer that his cut didn't require stitches, the response was startling and brutal. Police beat up the doctor and a colleague and dragged them off into custody.
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Facebook nude-painting case can face trial in France
PARIS (AP) — If you post a 19th-century nude painting on Facebook, is it art or impermissible nudity? That question is now cleared for trial in France, after an appeals court there ruled that an aggrieved user can sue the social network over the
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