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DIVIDED AMERICA: Yearning for unity, enduring divisiveness
Though they live about 1,730 miles apart, though they've never met, though they are of different races and backgrounds, Lauren Boebert and Dorothy Johnson-Speight speak almost in unison when they lament the fracturing of America....

Authorities find no sign of braking by bus driver in crash
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) -- Ana Car didn't remember the sudden impact, only that she woke up among dead and injured passengers in a dark bus filled with screams of terror and agony....

Suspect in killings, carjackings, cop shootings on the run
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Authorities are hunting for a man suspected of killing his aunt and uncle, shooting two police officers, stealing a patrol car and carjacking other vehicles in a violent rampage in the Oklahoma City area, all while apparently taunting law enforcement via social media....

Researchers link virus to Alaska birds with deformed beaks
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Biologist Colleen Handel saw her first black-capped chickadee with the heartrending disorder in 1998....

Guard seeks federal aid for soldiers told to return bonuses
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Members of Congress and veterans leaders on Monday called for federal action to absolve the debts of nearly 10,000 soldiers in California alone who have been ordered by the Pentagon to repay enlistment bonuses a decade after they signed up to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan....

For some low-income workers, retirement is only a dream
CHICAGO (AP) -- It was a striking image. A photo of an 89-year-old man hunched over, struggling to push his cart with frozen treats. Fidencio Sanchez works long hours every day selling the treats because he couldn't afford to retire. The photo and his story went viral and thousands of people donated more than $384,000 for his retirement....

Democrats, GOP think Trump could cost GOP House seats
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Clasping the $4,000 check that Orlando area real estate agents handed him, Rep. John Mica stood in the F&D Cantina restaurant and described his pathway to a 13th term in Congress....

Tom Hayden, '60s activist and liberal statesman, dead at 76
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- In one of the most dramatic personal transformations in American political history, Tom Hayden went from being a famed 1960s and 1970s student radical to a mainstream elected official and elder statesman of the country's left. He died Sunday at age 76 following a lengthy illness....

In year of 3,000 shootings, a teen faces life beyond bullet
CHICAGO (AP) -- He suddenly felt as if a hot wire had torn through his chest. It hurt to breathe....

Ex-Pennsylvania attorney general out on bail amid appeal
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Democrat Kathleen Kane burst onto the political scene in Pennsylvania with an enviable array of assets: glamour, charisma and a campaign war chest from her husband's fortune that topped $2 million for her 2012 run for state attorney general....

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