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Kelly defends Trump's call to war widow, raps congresswoman
WASHINGTON (AP) -- White House chief of staff John Kelly delivered an extraordinary denunciation of a Democratic congresswoman Thursday, accusing her of politicizing what he called a "sacred" presidential effort to console the grieving loved ones of a slain soldier....

Man gets 29 years in wrong-way crash that killed sisters
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida man has been sentenced to 29 years in prison for the wrong-way crash that killed two sisters on Interstate 95....

US government: Inspections show Lake Okeechobee's dike sound
CLEWISTON, Fla. (AP) -- For the thousands of Floridians who live in the shadow of the 80-year-old dike that surrounds Lake Okeechobee, there is always a back-of-the-mind fear that the earthen barrier might fail - a twitch that gets ticked up a notch when its water level reaches near-record levels like now....

Wildlife officials investigate shooting of black bear
NAVARRE, Fla. (AP) -- Officials say a black bear found dead in a backyard of a Florida home was shot....

Florida school board settles case with 4 molestation victims
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida school district has agreed to pay almost $3.6 million to settle a case involving four third-graders who were sexually molested by their teacher in 2005....

Former Menendez staffers push counter narrative at trial
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez's former employees are telling a different story about an alleged bribery scheme than prosecutors have presented....

Florida Democrats take aim at Confederate memorials
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida Democratic legislators are taking aim at Confederate memorials and holidays linked to Confederate leaders....

Police kill armed, suicidal man at Florida apartment complex
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- A police officer in Florida fatally shot an armed, suicidal man during a confrontation at an apartment complex....

Helen DeVos, who backed health, education causes, dies at 90
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- Helen J. DeVos, a philanthropist from western Michigan known for her support of children's health, Christian education and the arts, has died at age 90, her family said Thursday....

The Latest: Helen DeVos remembered for her philanthropy
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- The Latest on the death of Helen J. DeVos, a philanthropist from western Michigan (all times local):...