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ORLANDO, Fla. - Wolfgang Halbig, a Florida man who for years has harassed the parents of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, claiming it never occurred, was arrested early Monday by Lake County deputy sheriffs on charges that he was in possession of another person's identification. Halbig, of Sorrento, was released after posting $5,000 bail nearly two hours after he was ...

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MINNEAPOLIS - Tests by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed that two Minnesotans who became sick after recent travels to Wuhan, China, were not infected by the novel coronavirus that has emerged there and spread to more than a dozen countries. The two Minnesotans were among 32 people in the U.S. whose tests by the CDC for the novel coronavirus turned up negative, ...

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New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew's leading opponent in the Republican primary has decided to run instead in a neighboring district, a change he announced Monday, a day before Trump hosts a rally that Van Drew hopes will pump up support from conservatives in his new party. "Having the president fully endorse (Van Drew) and embrace him, it just doesn't make sense for me to continue in this race," ...

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Over the last few decades, Puerto Rico has been decimated by a mounting debt crisis, failed economic policies and mismanagement, a closed naval base that has left deep environmental and health scars and a series of devastating storms and hurricanes. This month, a series of earthquakes have damaged buildings, knocked out the island's largest power plant for up to a year and left many people ...

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LOS ANGELES - On the remote Calabasas hillside where Kobe Bryant's helicopter crashed, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies and other emergency personnel spent Monday morning with the delicate task of removing the remains of victims. The rough terrain around the crash site off Las Virgenes Canyon Road has been a challenge for first responders from the beginning. On Monday, deputies could be ...

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Are there Las Vegas odds yet on whether former national security adviser John Bolton reveals more in his book than he will in President Trump's impeachment trial? On Monday, Amazon revealed that Bolton's account of his time in the White House will be published March 17. People who saw drafts of the book told the New York Times that it includes at least one impeachment-related bombshell: ...

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LOS ANGELES - There's this thing that happens when a person dies, especially when that person is famous and the death is unexpected. Those who are left behind to mourn tend to gloss over the bad decisions and focus on the good deeds, the heroic traits and the uncommonly charitable gestures. This was very much the case Sunday. Hours after a helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old ...

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WASHINGTON - Most Democrats running for president have tiptoed around the issue of Puerto Rican statehood, saying they want Puerto Ricans to decide whether or not the U.S. territory becomes the country's 51st state. But Michael Bloomberg is going further. The former New York mayor and 2020 presidential candidate broke with most of the Democrats vying for the party's nomination to unequivocally ...

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BALTIMORE - The Chesapeake Bay Foundation said Monday it is preparing a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency, following Maryland in seeking to force a federal crackdown on Pennsylvania for the pollution it sends downstream to the estuary. The nonprofit said EPA must be held accountable to its role overseeing environmental cleanup efforts across the bay's 64,000-square-mile ...

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School lunches are under attack, again. Which also means children living in poverty are taking the most direct hit, again, since they make up the majority of students who eat school lunches. The Trump administration wants to roll back improved nutritional standards for school lunches championed by former first lady Michelle Obama in 2010. The Healthy Kids Act pushed for more fruit and ...

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The recent trade truce between President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron did more than spare France's wine, cheese and lipstick industries from up to 100% U.S. tariffs. It also presents breathing room for an international agreement governing how to tax U.S. tech firms with worldwide reach such as Facebook and Google parent company Alphabet Inc. France last year said it would ...

NEW YORK - A former production assistant broke into tears Monday as she told a Manhattan jury how film tycoon Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted her in 2006 in his SoHo loft and once again in a Tribeca hotel. Despite her desperate pleas and futile attempts to fight him off, Mimi Haley said Weinstein easily overpowered her, pinning her down against her will before he pulled out her tampon and ...

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NEW YORK - Federal prosecutors have requested to interview Prince Andrew about Jeffrey Epstein's sex trafficking operation but have not yet received a response, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said Monday. Andrew has long denied allegations Epstein loaned him underage girls for sex. The ongoing scandal prompted Andrew to take a step back from his public role in the British Royal Family ...

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry face a great deal of uncertainty about their future, but also a literal wealth of opportunities. Will they actually settle down in Canada, or could they decide that Los Angeles is a better base for their new non-royal careers? And speaking of their careers, how will they earn a living? Could it be through lucrative speaking gigs and TV and production deals, in ...

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With more younger Americans renting than buying homes, apartment builders expect their current construction wave to continue. Last year, builders started more than 381,000 multifamily homes across the country. And construction of apartments is expected to increase in both 2020 and 2021, according to the National Association of Home Builders. "2019 may have been best year of apartment ...

BEIJING - Hundreds of medics are being sent to help deal with a rising number of cases of the new coronavirus in China's central metropolis of Wuhan, health authorities said on Monday. Eighty people have died and 2,744 people were confirmed infected across China as of Monday, marking a rise in the death toll of 24 since Sunday morning, according to the National Health Commission. Beijing ...

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Democrats did a thorough job laying out their case in the Senate for Donald Trump's impeachment. Perhaps, they did it too well. It is likely that quite a number of Republican senators left the room after Democrats finished Friday night convinced that Trump had, in fact, tried to get a foreign country to intervene in the 2020 election. Some, no doubt, were certain that his steps to block ...

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They have just two jobs on "Saturday Night Live": to be funny and somehow capture the American zeitgeist. The 2019-20 version of the show has mostly been a letdown on that first mission, although no one has really unlocked the secret of making America laugh when the president is beyond parody. But in these troubled times when a Joker is running Gotham City, SNL's Melissa Villasenor managed to ...

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ORLANDO, Fla. - In a legal fight against a woman who says she suffered an electrical shock at Volcano Bay last summer, Universal argues it didn't know about the electrical problems so it had no duty to warn visitors, according to court documents. Universal also blamed the woman, saying she hadn't used "reasonable care for her own safety," in the response filed last month to what appears to be ...

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OSWIECIM, Poland - It was 3 p.m. on Jan. 27, 1945, when the 322nd Rifle Division of the Soviet army entered Auschwitz, unaware of the inhumanity at the concentration camp where Nazis had killed more than 1.1 million people, the vast majority of them Jews. Germans had abandoned the site, leaving 1.2 million pieces of clothing, 7.7 tons of human hair and other personal items stripped from ...

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Monday hosts Israel's two top political figures at the White House, sharing details of a long-awaited U.S. proposal to balance Palestinians' statehood claims with Israel's security concerns - a plan that is likely to fail given the lack of Palestinian involvement. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief opposition rival, Benny Gantz, will ...

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WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans' loyalty to President Donald Trump could face its starkest test yet this week after John Bolton, the former national security adviser, reportedly wrote that Trump told Bolton he had blocked U.S. military aid to Ukraine in an effort to get Ukraine to investigate a Democratic rival. The revelations, contained in a book draft, sent tremors through Capitol Hill on ...

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PHILADELPHIA - When you download Uber's app, you agree that you're older than 18, that you're not using a stolen credit card to pay your driver, and - if you're like one Philadelphia woman and fracture your spine in a car crash - that you won't seek a jury trial against the ride-share giant. But, a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge has ruled that, because Uber can't prove that Jillian ...

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CLAREMONT, N.H. - When Paul Tsongas won the New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary in 1992, his victory in the year's first such contest was met with shrugs, overshadowed by the strong second-place finish of rival Bill Clinton. Then and since, it's been a political truism that candidates from New England have a decided edge in New Hampshire's party primaries among voters in the compact ...

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A grouchy feline dubbed the "world's worst cat" is quickly becoming the world's most popular, as people vie to adopt her and media outlets from around the world compete for interviews. Stories of Perdita and her perpetual grumpiness became a social media hit last week, after Mitchell County Animal Rescue in western N.C. detailed her shelter antics in a blunt Facebook post ...

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Most of us find it nerve-racking enough that we're forced to focus on gathering our piles of paperwork to fill out our tax returns. Now adding to our stress, we must watch out for tax season scam artists, too. The crooks are everywhere from the gym parking lot to the latest emails and text messages. A new trend: Expect an increase in ransomware attacks in 2020 on tax preparers where ...

LOS ANGELES - Did foggy weather Sunday morning play a role in the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others? That is a key question as federal investigators on Monday begin an intense investigation into the cause of the crash. The helicopter, a Sikorsky S-76 built in 1991, departed John Wayne Airport at 9:06 a.m. Sunday, according to publicly available ...

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Nearly two decades ago, DreamWorks was on a roll at the Oscars, winning two best picture trophies in a row - "American Beauty" and "Gladiator" - and believing it had another surefire nominee with the computer-animated hit "Shrek," a film that studio co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg loved so much that he premiered it in competition at Cannes, the first animated film since 1953's "Peter Pan" to do ...

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DETROIT - General Motors is investing $2.2 billion in its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant to make it a state-of-the-art facility building electric and self-driving cars. The automaker said Monday the plant will provide 2,200 jobs as it shifts to become the company's first all-electric vehicle plant. "This will be General Motors' most technically advanced assembly plant," GM President Mark ...

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LOS ANGELES - Outside, fans mourned the passing of a sports legend - while inside the music industry anointed a new superstar. That was the scene Sunday night at Staples Center, where the Recording Academy presented the 62nd Grammy Awards just hours after Lakers legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash that sent fans flocking to the downtown arena he once called home. At the Grammys, it ...