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US newspapers to Trump: We're not enemies of the people

Newspapers from Maine to Hawaii pushed back against President Donald Trump's attacks on "fake news" Thursday with a coordinated series of editorials speaking up for a free and vigorous press.

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'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies at 76

Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think," ''I Say a Little Prayer" and her signature song, "Respect," and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76 from pancreatic cancer.

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Vital US reservoir OK for now, but shortages are looming

Arizona among states affected

DENVER — A vital reservoir on the Colorado River will be able to meet the demands of Mexico and the U.S. Southwest for the next 13 months, but a looming shortage could trigger cutbacks as soon as the end of 2019, officials said Wednesday.

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US officials: Iraqi refugee was part of terror group

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A refugee from Iraq was arrested Wednesday in Northern California on a warrant alleging that he killed an Iraqi policeman while fighting for the Islamic State organization.

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Trump yanks ex-CIA chief's clearance, hitting vocal critic

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump abruptly revoked the security clearance of ex-CIA Director John Brennan on Wednesday, an unprecedented act of retribution against a vocally critical former top U.S. official.

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‘Manafort and his lies’ at heart of case, prosecution argues

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Paul Manafort lied to keep himself flush with cash and later to maintain his luxurious lifestyle when his income dropped off, prosecutors told jurors Wednesday in closing arguments at the former Trump campaign chairman’s financial fraud trial. Jurors will begin deliberations Thursday.

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Priests molested 1,000 children in Pennsylvania, report says

A priest raped a 7-year-old girl while he was visiting her in the hospital after she'd had her tonsils removed. Another priest forced a 9-year-old boy into having oral sex, then rinsed out the boy's mouth with holy water.

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Manafort chooses not to testify as defense rests its case

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Paul Manafort’s defense rested its case Tuesday without calling any witnesses in the former Trump campaign chairman’s tax evasion and bank fraud trial. Manafort himself chose not to testify.

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EPA challenged safety of administration mileage freeze

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency privately challenged the Trump administration's rationale for freezing Obama-era mileage standards, saying the proposal would actually increase U.S. highway deaths.

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Ex-White House aide says Trump trying to silence her

NEW YORK — Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman declared Tuesday that she "will not be silenced" by President Donald Trump, remaining defiant as her public feud with her former boss appeared set to shift from a war of words to a possible legal battle.

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Cars plunge as highway bridge collapses in Italy; 20 dead

A bridge on a main highway linking Italy with France collapsed Tuesday in the Italian port city of Genoa during a sudden, violent storm, sending vehicles plunging 90 meters (nearly 300 feet) into a heap of rubble below.

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Police: Man flies plane into his home after fight with wife

A Utah man flew a small plane into his own house early Monday just hours after he had been arrested for assaulting his wife in a nearby canyon where the couple went to talk over their problems, authorities said.

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Business owners, visitors rejoice as Yosemite reopens

Yosemite National Park's reopening can't come soon enough for Douglas Shaw.

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Judge sets bail for adults arrested at New Mexico compound

Judge Sarah Backus set a $20,000 bond for each defendant and ordered that the two men and three women wear ankle monitors, have weekly contact with their attorneys, not consume alcohol and have no firearms.

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UK police treat Parliament crash as terrorism, man arrested

London's Metropolitan Police say that they are treating the crash outside of Parliament as a terrorist incident.

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Under new law, military kids get sex assault protections

The Defense Department must improve the way it responds to child-on-child sexual assault at military bases in the U.S. and abroad as part of a sweeping new law President Donald Trump signed Monday.

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Friendly tone belied desperate acts of Seattle plane thief

He cracked jokes, complimented the professional demeanor of an air traffic controller and apologized for making a fuss.

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Toxins turning up in dozens of public water systems

Lauren Woeher wonders if her 16-month-old daughter has been harmed by tap water contaminated with toxic industrial compounds used in products like nonstick cookware, carpets and fast-food wrappers.

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Omarosa says she secretly taped her firing, plays audio

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — Former presidential adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman said Sunday she secretly recorded conversations she had in the White House, including her firing by chief of staff John Kelly in the high-security Situation Room

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‘Touch the sun’: NASA spacecraft hurtles toward our star

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Embarking on a mission that scientists have been dreaming of since the Sputnik era, a NASA spacecraft hurtled Sunday toward the sun on a quest to unlock some of its mysteries by getting closer than any object sent before.

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Rent control fuels costliest fight on California 2018 ballot

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A Los Angeles-based health care nonprofit known for funding controversial ballot measures is waging an expensive battle with the real estate industry over rent control in California.

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Florida school massacre relatives want school board ousted

The parents and spouses of the Florida high school massacre’s victims called for the ouster of their county’s school board, saying the members haven’t done enough to bolster security before students return to class this week.

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Spa, beauty industry campaign hopes to fill 30,000 jobs

The spa and beauty industry is growing so fast that 30,000 jobs are going unfilled. A “Get Your Dream Job” campaign is aiming to change that.

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Consumer prices up 2.9%, leaving Americans worse off

WASHINGTON — Consumer prices climbed 2.9 percent in July from a year earlier, a rate of inflation that suggests Americans are earning less than a year ago despite an otherwise solid economy.

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Authorities probe how airline employee could steal plane

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Investigators are piecing together how an airline ground agent working his regular shift stole an empty Horizon Air turboprop plane, took off from Sea-Tac International Airport and fatally crashed into a small island in the Puget Sound after being chased by military jets that were quickly scrambled to intercept the aircraft.

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