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Muslim immigrant to join California lieutenant governor race
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A Pakistani-born doctor announced Wednesday that he is joining the 2018 race for lieutenant governor on a platform of saving Obamacare, providing free community college education and fighting what he termed "Donald Trump's hate."...

Latest: 12 killed, 3 injured in Texas church van-truck crash
UVALDE, Texas (AP) -- The Latest on the crash of a church van and a pickup truck that resulted in what investigators say were 'multiple fatalities' (all times local):...

Environmental groups file lawsuit over Trump climate actions
CHICAGO (AP) -- Environmental groups that vowed to fight President Donald Trump's efforts to roll back his predecessor's plans to curb global warming made good on their promise Wednesday, teaming up with an American Indian tribe to ask a federal court to block an order that lifts restrictions on coal sales from federal lands....

After setback, abortion foes keep pressing Congress to act
NEW YORK (AP) -- The collapse of the Republican health care overhaul was a sharp setback for anti-abortion leaders, whose hopes of halting federal funding to Planned Parenthood were derailed. But they continue to pursue that goal and also are pushing for a federal ban on most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy....

'Unreal when it targets you': Faceless trolls attack online
One morning near the end of her long-shot congressional campaign, 25-year-old Erin Schrode rolled over in bed, reflexively checked her cellphone - and burst into tears....

2 former Christie aides get prison for bridge revenge plot
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Two former aides to Gov. Chris Christie were sentenced to prison Wednesday for creating a colossal traffic jam at the George Washington Bridge for political revenge, a scandal that sank Christie's White House campaign and was attributed by the judge to a venomous climate inside state government....

US judge questions government on narrowing travel ban block
HONOLULU (AP) -- A federal judge in Hawaii questioned a government attorney Wednesday who urged him to narrow his order blocking President Donald Trump's travel ban after arguing that a freeze on the nation's refugee program had no effect on the state....

Iranians, engines of US university research, wait in limbo
BOSTON (AP) -- Hundreds of Iranian students already accepted into U.S. graduate programs may not be able to come next fall because of the uncertainty around President Donald Trump's proposed travel ban, potentially derailing research projects and leaving some science programs scrambling to find new students....

Prosecutors: Foster father's home a 'horrific place'
RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) -- A foster father who took in more than 100 troubled boys over 20 years and is on trial for sexually abusing eight of the children operated a house that was a "horrific place" where boys lived in fear and needed permission to go to the bathroom, prosecutors said Wednesday....

Ban sought for cyanide trap that hurt Idaho boy, killed dog
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Environmental groups have petitioned the U.S. Agriculture Department to ban its use of cyanide-ejecting devices aimed at killing coyotes after one went off near a boy and his dog earlier this month, killing the dog....

 
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