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For child-welfare agencies across the United States, it's the ultimate sanction.

Kentucky Confederate monument to be removed after 120 years

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Confederate monument will be removed from a spot near the University of Louisville campus where it has stood since 1895. Read more »

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Obama gets once more chance to zing official Washington

President Barack Obama is getting one more chance to poke fun at fellow politicians, the press and himself at the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner. Read more »

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Woman struck, killed by duck boat in downtown Boston

ar-old woman was killed and her passenger was injured after the scooter she was driving was struck by an amphibious sightseeing vehicle in downtown Boston on Saturday. Read more »

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33 rescued lions arrive in South Africa in airlift

The roars of lions filled the cargo section of Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport Saturday evening as 33 lions rescued from South American circuses landed in South Africa where they will... Read more »

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Oculus Rift delays flatten virtual-reality fan fervor

Virtual reality, oddly enough, isn't immune to the problems that arise in practical reality. Just ask would-be fans of the Oculus Rift headset, many — possibly most — of whom are still... Read more »

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Kenya burns huge pile of ivory tusks to protest poaching

Kenya's president set fire Saturday to 105 tons of elephant ivory and more than 1 ton of rhino horn, believed to be the largest stockpile ever destroyed, in a dramatic statement by this East... Read more »

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Strahan-Ripa breakup isn't TV's first botched transition

"Live with Kelly and Michael" host Kelly Ripa emerged from her brief "strike" this past week on stronger footing, having extracted an apology from Walt Disney Co. officials for giving her little... Read more »

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Wrecked helicopter fuselage raised from the sea in Norway

Emergency crews pulled the wrecked fuselage of an Airbus EC-225 helicopter out of the sea Saturday off western Norway after a crash that killed all 13 people on board. Read more »

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Man abandoned 30 years ago tries to find his birth family

Nobody knows just how long the baby lay there that September night in 1986. Read more »

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Supreme Court trying to find its way after Scalia

Two months, 31 arguments and 18 decisions since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, is the Supreme Court hopelessly deadlocked or coping as a party of eight? Read more »

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Trump, Clinton angle for advantage in politics of gender

She has no stamina. She shouts. She's got nothing going for her but being a woman. Read more »

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San Francisco chief releases racist texts, orders training

San Francisco's police chief said that he has ordered that all officers finish an anti-harassment class within the next month amid a racist texting scandal that has rocked the department already... Read more »

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Congress heads out with no resolution on Zika, Puerto Rico

Congress accomplished relatively little in a short work period, missing deadlines on the budget and on helping Puerto Rico with its financial crisis as lawmakers began a weeklong break. Read more »

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Kenya police: 6-story residential building collapses in rain

A six-story residential building in a low income area of the Kenyan capital collapsed Friday night under heavy rain and flooding, killing at least seven people and injuring 121 others, Kenyan... Read more »

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The positive role religion plays in furthering foreign policy goals

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Secretary of State John Kerry hopes lawmakers will continue assessing the positive role religion plays in furthering foreign policy goals. Read more »

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Is your 'doctor' really an M.D.?

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From a teenager posing as a physician to a chiropractor practicing "pastoral medicine," some people sound like doctors, but they're not. What initials should you look for after your doctor's name? Read more »

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This controversial law could help schools in Nevada struggling with growth booms

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While the courts deliberate, school choice advocates debate the political and policy merits of the nation's boldest school choice law. Read more »

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UN says N. Korea accusations vs US troops 'unsubstantiated'

The American-led U.N. command on Saturday dismissed as unsubstantiated accusations from North Korea that U.S. troops at a border village tried to provoke its frontline troops with "disgusting acts." Read more »

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Parts of India ban daytime cooking as hundreds die of heat

With sizzling temperatures claiming more than 300 lives this month in India, officials said they were banning daytime cooking in some parts of the drought-stricken country in a bid to prevent... Read more »

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Kasich calls for balance on gay rights, religious beliefs

Asked about gay rights and marriage equality, Republican presidential candidate John Kasich said Friday that more people should take a "chill pill" and try to get along with one another rather than... Read more »

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Rowdy Trump protests portend explosive California primary

Hundreds of rowdy protesters broke through barricades and threw eggs at police Friday outside a hotel where Donald Trump addressed the state's Republican convention. Several Trump supporters said... Read more »

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Yahoo CEO could get $55M in severance pay in potential sale

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer will walk away with a $55 million severance package if the company's auction of its Internet operations culminates in a sale that ousts her from her job. Read more »

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8 children, 2 tied up in backyard, rescued from Texas home

A late-night phone call to police about a crying child led to the discovery of eight children unsupervised at a San Antonio home, including a 2-year-old boy chained in the backyard and a 3-year-old... Read more »

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Colorado woman gets 100 years for cutting baby from womb

A judge on Friday sentenced a Colorado woman who cut a baby from a stranger's womb to 100 years in prison, including the maximum penalties for attempted murder and unlawful termination of a pregnancy. Read more »

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Chaffetz attorney calls FEC complaint claims 'false and misleading'

A lawyer for Rep. Jason Chaffetz said Friday the Utah Republican's primary opponent, Chia-Chi Teng, made "demonstrably false and misleading" claims in a request for a Federal Election Commission... Read more »

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White House 2016: Clinton gears up for Trump in fall race

Waves of campaign staffers are being dispatched to battleground states. Advisers are starting to consider locations for a splashy convention rally in Philadelphia. And an army of lawyers is... Read more »

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Judge to lift female guard ban in 9/11 case at Guantanamo

The military judge presiding over the Sept. 11 war crimes proceedings at Guantanamo Bay says he will lift his order prohibiting female guards from having physical contact with the five defendants... Read more »

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Rising violence kills over 200 in a week in Syria's Aleppo

The Syrian army and rebels unleashed deadly new attacks on each other Friday in Aleppo, with insurgents shelling a mosque during weekly prayers and government airstrikes hitting opposition... Read more »

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Exxon sees smallest profit in 16 years, Chevron posts loss

Motorists are saving billions on cheaper gasoline, but the long slump in oil prices is taking a heavy toll on companies that find and produce crude. Read more »

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Protesters get rowdy at California hotel before Trump speech

Several hundred protesters opposing Donald Trump gathered Friday outside the hotel where he was scheduled to speak to Republicans, and some broke through a steel barricade and approached the... Read more »

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Obama announces new steps to curb gun violence

President Barack Obama announced new steps Friday to help curb gun violence, including by identifying the requirements that "smart guns" would have to meet for law enforcement agencies to buy and... Read more »

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FDA reconsiders training requirements for painkillers

The Food and Drug Administration is reconsidering whether doctors who prescribe painkillers like OxyContin should be required to take safety training courses, according to federal documents... Read more »

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Clinton endorses all-boys public schools in high-crime areas

Hillary Clinton says she wants a network of all-boys public schools in high-crime areas to "spread across America." Read more »

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Supreme Court refuses to block Texas voter ID law

The Supreme Court on Friday rejected an emergency appeal to stop Texas from enforcing its challenged voter ID law. But the court said it could revisit the issue as the November elections approach. Read more »

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Are you ready to replace your moisturizer with a pill?

The makeup industry is trying to convince women that looking good on the outside starts from within — but it's unclear whether the products they're trying to hawk are safe and effective. Read more »

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Norway oil-rig helicopter crash kills 13; flying ban issued

A helicopter carrying Statoil workers from an offshore rig in the North Sea crashed Friday on an island off western Norway, killing all 13 people on board, rescuers said. Read more »

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Punishments but no criminal charges in US attack on hospital

A U.S. aerial gunship attack on a hospital in Afghanistan that killed 42 people occurred because of human errors, process mistakes and equipment failures, and none of the aircrew or U.S. ground... Read more »

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Violence follows California Trump rally, 17 arrested

Raucous protesters of Donald Trump took to the streets in California in violent demonstrations leading to 17 arrests as the Republican presidential contender brought his campaign to conservative... Read more »

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At the Vatican, Biden calls for global commitment to cancer

Casting cancer as a scourge with no boundaries, Vice President Joe Biden came to the Vatican on Friday to call for a global commitment to fund cancer research rooted in appreciation for the real... Read more »

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Avoid giving your baby this food that may include harmful levels of arsenic

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Research shows that the first food many babies are given includes levels of arsenic that may be cause for concern. Read more »

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Why volunteer work is good for businesses

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Some companies are finding ways to incorporate volunteerism into their workplace, including offering volunteer time as a benefit. Here's how they are helping their own business, their employees and... Read more »

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The ‘ism’ labels that millennials choose to identify with

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A poll of young American adults finds they don't see themselves as capitalists, but they don't embrace socialism, either. Read more »

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Q&A: The Becket Fund founder’s surprising solution to end conflict between church and state

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In his new book, "Believers, Thinkers and Founders," Kevin Seamus Hasson suggests looking at God in the legal context in an unexpected way. Read more »

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Casualties mount from bombardment in Syria's largest city

Airstrikes and artillery killed more than 60 people in the past 24 hours in Aleppo, including dozens at a hospital in a rebel-held neighborhood, as Syria's largest city was turned once again into a... Read more »

April 28, 2016

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High-speed rail board approves revised California plan

The board that oversees California's high-speed rail project approved a revised $64 billion plan Thursday that calls for the train to go from the Central Valley to the San Jose area before it heads... Read more »

April 28, 2016

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Congress votes to designate bison as national mammal

The bison could soon become the national mammal of the United States. Read more »

April 28, 2016

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Clinton backers 'feel the Bern' of angry Sanders supporters

Nancy Schumacher says she just wanted to do her civic duty, and so she heeded the call to become a superdelegate for Hillary Clinton. But in the year of the angry voter, not even an administrative... Read more »

April 28, 2016

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'Bomb' hooked to man in animal suit really flotation device

A young man in an animal costume and surgical mask who walked into a Baltimore TV station Thursday claiming to have a bomb was shot and wounded by police, who determined that his alleged explosive... Read more »

April 28, 2016

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UN says 9,333 killed since Ukraine conflict began

Nearly 10,000 people have been killed and more than 20,000 injured since the Ukraine conflict began in April 2014, a top U.N. official said Thursday. Read more »

April 28, 2016

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Trump, Cruz face early test at California GOP conclave

California's Republican Party convention will be an early test for Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich in a state whose June election could hold the decisive delegates in the fight for the... Read more »

April 28, 2016

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