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'Just too much': Meet the uber-rich who want a wealth tax

WASHINGTON - When the grand vacation homes of Newport Beach were empty on a beautiful Memorial Day weekend, Molly Munger decided it was time for the U.S. to consider taxing wealth. As her family's boat moved through the harbor a few years … more

Study points to virus as culprit in children's paralyzing illness

WASHINGTON - Scientists have found the strongest evidence yet that a virus is to blame for a mysterious illness that can start like the sniffles but quickly paralyze children. The poliolike syndrome, called acute flaccid myelitis or AFM, is … more

Trump likens House impeachment inquiry to 'a lynching' on Twitter

WASHINGTON - Stirring up painful memories of America's racist past, President Donald Trump on Tuesday compared the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry to a lynching, a practice once widespread across the South in which angry mobs killed thousands of … more

$260 million deal averts 1st federal trial on opioid crisis

CLEVELAND - The nation's three biggest drug distributors and a major drugmaker reached an 11th-hour, $260 million settlement over the toll of the opioids in two Ohio counties, averting what would have been the first federal trial over the … more

U.S. takes step to require DNA from asylum-seekers

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration is planning to collect DNA samples from asylum-seekers and other migrants detained by immigration officials and will add the information to a massive FBI database used by law enforcement hunting for … more

U.S. may now keep troops in Syria to guard oil fields

KABUL, Afghanistan - The U.S. may leave some forces in Syria to secure oil fields and make sure they don't fall into the hands of a resurgent Islamic State, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Monday, even though President Donald Trump has … more

Former Nazi SS guard, 93, goes on trial in Hamburg

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) - From his post as a teenage SS private in a watchtower in Nazi Germany's Stutthof concentration camp, Bruno Dey could hear the screams of Jews dying in the gas chamber. And, Dey later told investigators, the carting of their … more

Survey: Doubts about 2020 Census higher with minorities

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Around 84% of Americans definitely or probably plan to answer the questions on the 2020 Census, according to a new survey released Friday. The Pew Research Center survey also found that around 16% of people surveyed express … more

Notorious Rikers jail complex to close by 2026

NEW YORK - New York City lawmakers voted Thursday to close the notorious Rikers Island jail complex, which has become synonymous with violence and neglect, and replace it with four smaller jails intended to be more modern and humane. The … more

1st all-female spacewalking team makes history

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The world's first all-female spacewalking team made history high above Earth on Friday, working to replace a broken part of the International Space Station's power grid. As NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica … more

38 people cited for violations in Clinton email probe

WASHINGTON (AP) - The State Department has completed its internal investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of private email and found violations by 38 people, some of whom may face disciplinary action. The investigation, … more

Syria cease-fire off to rocky start amid reports of fighting

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey - The cease-fire in northern Syria got off to a rocky start Friday, as Kurdish leaders accused Turkey of violating the accord with continued fighting at a key border town while casting doubt on provisions in the U.S.-brokered … more

Powerful Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings dies

BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a sharecropper's son who rose to become a civil rights champion and the chairman of one of the U.S. House committees leading an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, died Thursday of … more

Worried about flying on a 737 Max? Your options may be few

DALLAS (AP) - At some point early next year, air travelers will need to decide if they're willing to take a flight on a Boeing 737 Max. If they're not, they'll need to find out what their travel options are. There will be no government-ordered … more

Share of Americans with no religious affiliation growing

The portion of Americans with no religious affiliation is rising significantly, in tandem with a sharp drop in the percentage that identifies as Christians, according to new data from the Pew Research Center. Based on telephone surveys conducted … more

Georgia roadside museum devoted to legendary beast

CHERRY LOG, Ga. - Along a bustling four-lane highway that winds through the north Georgia mountains, an unassuming wooden structure breaks the monotony of churches, billboards and stores selling kitschy knickknacks. Once a BYOB supper club, it's … more

Detectives laugh with serial killer to close cases

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Keep him talking, don't interrupt him and, no matter what, don't ask why he killed his victims. Those were the instructions Texas Ranger James Holland gave to the dozens of homicide detectives around the country when they … more

Climbers find skeleton on California peak; identity of remains sought

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The climbers were closing in on the top of California's second-highest peak when they came upon the grisly discovery of what looked like a bone buried in a boulder field. Closer inspection revealed a fractured human skull. … more

Juul halts sales of fruit, dessert flavors

WASHINGTON (AP) - Juul Labs stopped selling fruit and dessert flavors Thursday, acknowledging the public's "lack of trust" in the vaping industry. The voluntary step is the company's latest attempt to weather a growing political backlash blaming … more

U.S., Turkey agree on a cease-fire with Kurds

ANKARA, Turkey - The U.S. and Turkey agreed Thursday to a cease-fire in the Turks' deadly attacks on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, requiring the Kurds to vacate the area in an arrangement that largely solidifies Turkey's position and aims in … more
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