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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina House gave near final approval to a bill Wednesday that would ban almost all abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, but the measure may have little chance of clearing the Senate.

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SUNLAND PARK, New Mexico (AP) — Authorities have distanced themselves from an armed civilian group that detains asylum-seeking families at the U.S.-Mexico border, but the United Constitutional Patriots have never been shy about saying they work with Border Patrol agents.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior White House official expressed support Wednesday for one of President Trump's picks for the Federal Reserve board, Stephen Moore, two days after a second choice withdrew from consideration.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Iran's top diplomat said Wednesday President Donald Trump's aim "is to bring us to our knees to talk" — but national security adviser John Bolton and key U.S. allies in the Mideast want "regime change at the very least" and the "disintegration of Iran."

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NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio presides over a city that's known for its skyscrapers but he is no fan of the glass towers that have transformed the Manhattan skyline in recent decades.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Under pressure over past allegations of child sex abuse, the Boy Scouts of America defended its current prevention policies on Wednesday and said there were five known victims in 2018 out of roughly 2.2 million youth members.

NORTHFIELD — Norwich University student Dillon Zites will present his medical research on improving cancer treatments at this year’s annual Posters on the Hill event in Washington, D.C., on Monday and Tuesday.

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REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft's ongoing push to get automakers, retailers and other businesses onto its cloud computing platform helped power the company's third-quarter earnings ahead of Wall Street expectations Wednesday.

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NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's prison-bound former lawyer candidly told actor Tom Arnold last month that he pleaded guilty to some crimes he didn't commit so his wife wouldn't "get dragged into the mud of this crap."

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The public defenders representing the suspect in last year's Florida high school massacre have made an unexpected request to withdraw from the case, saying the man will soon receive nearly a half million dollars from his late mother's life insurance policy.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is taking a $3 billion charge as a contingency against a possible fine by the Federal Trade Commission. The agency has been investigating Facebook, but has not announced any findings yet.

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BALTIMORE (AP) — When Bernard "Jack" Young automatically became Baltimore's acting mayor earlier this month, he emphasized that he'd act only as a "placeholder" for the elected mayor as she departed on a leave of absence amid an accelerating scandal focused on her self-published children's books.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A top White House official told Kirstjen Nielsen, then Homeland Security secretary, not to bring up election security with President Donald Trump, steering her away from discussing a critical national security threat with a president who bristles at suggestions that Russian…

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WASHINGTON (AP) — For nearly two years, President Donald Trump assailed the special counsel's Russia investigation. And he had choice words for the inquiry when it ended, calling it "the Crazy Mueller Report," written by "18 Angry Democrat Trump Haters."

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A small southeast Missouri town has been under a watchful police presence in the week since nearly simultaneous fires hours after the mayor left office burned her home as well as the building that houses City Hall.

BARRE — The state has dropped drug charges against a Massachusetts man after the officer involved allegedly did not get consent to search the man’s belongings during a traffic stop last summer.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A newly unveiled advisory committee for a downsized national monument in southern Utah has become the latest flashpoint in a long-running debate, with monument supporters crying foul about being left off the panel.

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NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. measles cases have climbed to their highest level in 25 years, largely because misinformation is turning parents against vaccines.

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BOSTON (AP) — As a sweeping bribery scandal reignites debate over college admissions, a pair of polls reveal that many Americans think the nation's universities place too much emphasis on factors such as wealth, family ties and athletic ability.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Borrowing from the way cockroaches skitter along walls, scientists have created a robotic device that safely guides itself through the delicate chambers of a pig's heart as it's beating.

BARRE — A proposed ordinance that would set new standards, fines and fees for all vacant and abandoned city buildings has provoked push back from those who view the regulations as excessive.

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — These Vermont lotteries were drawn Wednesday:

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CHEROKEE, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Republican Steve King says the criticism he has faced from fellow members of Congress over his offensive remarks gives him "better insight" into what Jesus Christ experienced when he was persecuted for his beliefs.

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The National Rifle Association is used to battling forces that criticize its fiery and unbending efforts to protect gun rights. But as the group gathers for its annual convention this week, the NRA may be facing its toughest foe in decades: its own members.

There’s a few good places in Vermont to watch steelhead rainbow trout jumping up waterfalls, but only one will be staffed by a state biologist during a day in early May.

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NEW YORK (AP) — The college philosophy teacher accused of entering St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan with gasoline cans, lighter fluid and butane lighters had also booked a hotel just 20 minutes from the Vatican, a New York prosecutor said Wednesday.

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Democratic presidential contenders are facing a new debate over whether criminals in prison, even notorious ones like the Boston Marathon bomber, should be able to win back their right to vote.

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NEW YORK (AP) — When Susie Carder gave her daughter Amanda a summer job in her business coaching company, the teenager knew office gossip was forbidden. On Amanda's second day, Carder caught her in the break room, complaining — Carder describes it as talking smack — about how little her moth…

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IXTEPEC, Mexico (AP) — The train known as "The Beast" is once again rumbling through the night loaded with people headed toward the U.S. border after a raid on a migrant caravan threatened to end the practice of massive highway marches through Mexico