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May 23, 2015 - 8:20am
31 min 58 sec ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — A judge has reached a verdict in the trial of a Cleveland officer charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting deaths of two unarmed people in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire.

Saturday's verdict comes after four weeks of testimony in 31-year-old Michael Brelo's (BREE'-lowz) trial in the deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Wiliiams in November 2012. Thirteen officers fired at the pair's car after a high-speed chase. Only Brelo was charged...

May 23, 2015 - 7:24am
31 min 58 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A different health care issue has emerged for Democrats.

This one is in sync with the party's pitch to workers and middle-class voters ahead of next year's elections.

Democrats are calling it "underinsurance" — the problem of high out-of-pocket costs for people who already have insurance coverage.

After paying premiums, many low- and middle-income patients also face high costs when trying to use their coverage...

May 23, 2015 - 4:28am
31 min 58 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

ABC's "This Week" — Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio; Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn.

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NBC's "Meet the Press" — Pre-empted by coverage of the Monaco Grand Prix.

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CBS' "Face the Nation" — Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.; Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

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CNN's "State of the Union" — Housing and Urban...

May 23, 2015 - 4:22am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Unable to end a struggle over how to deal with government surveillance programs, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has scheduled a last-minute session to consider retaining the National Security Agency's bulk collection of domestic phone records.

McConnell is warning against allowing the controversial NSA program and other key surveillance activities under the USA Patriot Act to expire at midnight May 31. He is calling the Senate into session that...

May 23, 2015 - 4:21am
31 min 58 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — When senators left town after approving a brief extension of the nation's highway and transit aid, they were following a well-worn path. If a program is about to expire and the two sides are stymied over what to do, lawmakers often keep the program alive temporarily and revisits the problem later.

Records show that the two-month rescue of the highway trust fund is Congress' 33nd short-term patch of that program since 2008. And that lawmakers have...

May 23, 2015 - 1:46am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has cleared a bill to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states for another two months and prevent shutdown of summer construction projects under a bill.

The Senate on Saturday approved the bill by a voice vote and sent it to President Barack Obama. It's the 12th such temporary patch in more than six years, and a reflection of lawmakers' continuing lack of consensus on how to solve the nation's infrastructure financing woes....

May 22, 2015 - 11:26pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of mourners gathered at a New York City funeral home to say goodbye to a college dean killed in this month's Amtrak crash in Philadelphia.

Derrick Griffith was one of eight passengers killed when the train derailed on May 12.

The Daily News reports (http://nydn.us/1FF06D0 ) that Griffith's funeral in the Bronx on Friday drew about 500 mourners.

Griffith was the dean of student affairs at Medgar Evers...

May 22, 2015 - 11:09pm
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — In death, as in life, B.B. King drew fans to his side in Las Vegas.

A funeral home manager says more than 1,000 people streamed past the guitar-flanked casket of the King of the Blues during a four-hour public viewing Friday.

King died May 14 at home in Las Vegas.

The 89-year-old music legend, known for hits like "The Thrill Is Gone" and "Everyday I Have the Blues," wouldn't have been downhearted about the...

May 22, 2015 - 9:23pm
31 min 57 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led Senate has handed President Barack Obama a major victory by approving his request for enhanced trade negotiating authority.

The bill now faces a tough battle in the House.

The Senate voted 62-37 Friday to endorse Obama's request for "fast track" negotiating authority. It would let him present trade agreements that Congress can ratify or reject, but not change.

Obama says fast track would...

May 22, 2015 - 9:11pm
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Firefighters in Florida have rescued a naked man trapped on a raised drawbridge.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel quoted witnesses as saying the unidentified man was walking across the Florida East Coast Railway railroad bridge in Fort Lauderdale on Friday morning when it began to rise, forcing him to scamper to the top, about 100 feet up.

The man said he had been swimming in the New River, which flows under the bridge....

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