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The stage is set for unprecedented major flooding this spring for most of the nation, U.S. weather officials said Thursday.

By SETH BORENSTEIN and JEFF MARTIN, Associated Press March 21, 2019
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BRUSSELS — Worn down by three years of indecision in London, European Union leaders on Thursday grudgingly offered the U.K. more time to ease itself out of the bloc, delaying by several weeks — but not eliminating — the threat of a chaotic British exit.

By RAF CASERT and JILL LAWLESS. Associated Press March 21, 2019
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President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday requiring U.S. colleges to protect free speech on their campuses or risk losing federal research funding.

By COLLIN BINKLEY, AP Education Writer March 21, 2019
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JERUSALEM — President Donald Trump abruptly declared Thursday the U.S. will recognize Israel's sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, a major shift in American policy that gives Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a political boost a month before what is expected to be a close election.

By MATTHEW LEE and DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press March 21, 2019
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MCALLEN, Texas — A mother cradled a crying toddler as she waited in line with 20 other women to shower. Dozens of fathers quietly held their children's hands in an enclosure made of chain-link fencing.

By NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press March 21, 2019
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SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook left millions of user passwords readable by its employees for years, the company acknowledged Thursday after a security researcher exposed the lapse.

By BARBARA ORTUTAY and FRANK BAJAK, AP Technology Writers March 21, 2019
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MOSUL, Iraq — A ferry overloaded with people celebrating the Kurdish new year and Mother's Day capsized in the Tigris River near the Iraqi city of Mosul on Thursday, killing nearly 100 people, including families, officials said.

By FARID ABDULWAHED and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press March 21, 2019
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NEW YORK — A Florida man pleaded guilty Thursday to sending pipe bombs to CNN and prominent critics of President Donald Trump in a wave of attacks that harmed no one but spread fear of political violence across the U.S. for days leading up to last fall's midterm elections.

By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press March 21, 2019
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Scientists are warning that historic flooding could soon deluge parts of several Southern states along the lower Mississippi River, where floodwaters could persist for several weeks.

By JEFF MARTIN, Associated Press March 21, 2019
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CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — The government of New Zealand announced a ban on "military-style" semi-automatic firearms and high-capacity magazines Thursday, just a week after such weapons were used in attacks on two mosques in the city of Christchurch that killed 50 people.

By JULIET WILLIAMS and NICK PERRY, Associated Press March 21, 2019
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WASHINGTON — Casting aside rare censure from Republican lawmakers, President Donald Trump aimed new blasts of invective at the late John McCain, even claiming credit for the senator's moving Washington funeral and complaining he was never properly thanked.

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press March 21, 2019
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The Green New Deal and "Medicare for All" are old news. The hottest position in the Democratic presidential field this week is abolishing the Electoral College.

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI, Associated Press March 20, 2019
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PITTSBURGH — A witness in the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer said Wednesday he saw the officer standing on the sidewalk, panicking, saying, "I don't know why I shot him. I don't know why I fired."

By RAMESH SANTANAM, Associated Press March 20, 2019
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WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve left its key interest rate unchanged Wednesday and projected no rate hikes this year, reflecting a dimmer view of the economy as growth weakens in the United States and abroad.

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer March 20, 2019
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Labrador retrievers aren't letting go of their hold on U.S. dog lovers, but German shorthaired pointers are tugging on the top ranks of doggy popularity, according to new American Kennel Club data.

By JENNIFER PELTZ Associated Press March 20, 2019
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NEW YORK — Hundreds of pages of court records made public Tuesday revealed that special counsel Robert Mueller quickly zeroed in on Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney and fixer, in the early stages of his Russia probe.

By JIM MUSTIAN and LARRY NEUMEISTER Associated Press March 19, 2019
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DES MOINES, Iowa — Farmer Jeff Jorgenson looks out over 750 acres of cropland submerged beneath the swollen Missouri River, and he knows he probably won't plant this year.

By DAVID PITT, Associated Press March 19, 2019
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CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — Relatives of those killed in last week's shootings at two mosques in New Zealand gathered to bury their dead Wednesday, hours after the country's prime minister defiantly urged her wounded nation to remember the 50 victims and to never speak the name of the white supremacist responsible.

By Associated Press March 19, 2019
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CHIMANIMANI, Zimbabwe — Aid workers rushed to rescue victims clinging to trees and crammed on rooftops Tuesday after a cyclone unleashed devastating floods in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. More than 350 people were confirmed dead, hundreds were missing and thousands more were at risk.

By FARAI MUTSAKA and ANDREW MELDRUM, Associated Press March 19, 2019
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Bernie Sanders spent much of 2016 talking of revolution. In 2019, he's turned to a subject that's a bit more pragmatic: electability.

By JUANA SUMMERS & HUNTER WOODALL AP March 19, 2019
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The man charged with killing the reputed boss of the Gambino crime family wrote pro-Donald Trump slogans on his hand and flashed them to journalists before a court hearing Monday.

By WAYNE PARRY Associated Press March 19, 2019
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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider Virginia's plea to reinstate the life-without-parole sentence of a man who as a teenager participated in sniper shootings that terrorized the Washington, D.C., region in 2002.

By JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press March 18, 2019
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MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin led thousands to chant "Russia!" on a visit Monday to Crimea marking the fifth anniversary of the Black Sea peninsula's annexation from Ukraine, as NATO and the European Union once again strongly condemned the land grab by Russia.

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press March 18, 2019
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hundreds of homes flooded in several Midwestern states after rivers breached at least a dozen levees following heavy rain and snowmelt in the region, authorities said Monday while warning that the flooding was expected to linger.

By HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH, Associated Press March 18, 2019
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The girls, a dozen of them 15 to 18 years old, file into a conference room in a downtown Brooklyn office building, taking seats in chairs carefully arranged in a circle.

By MARYCLAIRE DALE and JOCELYN NOVECK Associated Press March 18, 2019

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