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THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2016

Report: First U.S. case of germ resistant to last-resort drug

NEW YORK – For the first time, a U.S. patient has been infected with bacteria resistant to an antibiotic used as a last-resort treatment, scientists said Thursday. The patient – a 49-year-old woman in Pennsylvania – has recovered. But health officials fear that if the resistance spreads to other bacteria, the country may soon see supergerms impervious to all known antibiotics.

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Nihar Janga, 11, of Austin, Texas, left, and Jairam Hathwar, 13, of Painted Post, N.Y., celebrate after being named co-champions in the 2016 National Spelling Bee, in National Harbor, Md., on Thursday. (Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press)

National Spelling Bee co-champions include youngest ever

OXON HILL, Md. – The words were tougher. The final rounds lasted longer. The result was the same. The Scripps National Spelling Bee ended in a tie for the third consecutive year Thursday night, with Jairam Hathwar and Nihar Janga declared co-champions after a roller-coaster finish.

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Rescued people walk out of the entrance to Hidden River Cave after officials said over a dozen people who exploring the cave were trapped by rising water Thursday in Horse Cave, Ky. (Austin Anthony / Austin Anthony/Daily News via AP)

Trapped group escapes Kentucky cave through neck-deep water

HORSE CAVE, Ky. – A group of college students trapped by flash flooding on a field trip to a Kentucky cave Thursday walked through neck-deep water to get to safety, authorities said. The 19 people who escaped more than six hours after entering Hidden River Cave included students from Clemson University, four tour guides and two police officers who became trapped when they tried to rescue the group, Kentucky State Police Trooper B.J. Eaton said.

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Many opt to take early, reduced Social Security benefits, poll finds

CHICAGO – Taking Social Security benefits early comes with a price, yet more than 4 in 10 Americans who are 50 and over say they’ll dip into the program before reaching full retirement age. An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll released Thursday found that 44 percent report Social Security will be their biggest source of income during their retirement years.

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GOP conservatives scuttle spending bill over LGBT rights

Conservatives angered by the inclusion of LGBT protections in an otherwise routine spending bill scuttled the measure Thursday in a stark display of the potency of a civil rights issue suddenly prominent in the presidential race and responsible for a legal standoff between the Obama administration and several states.

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a campaign rally at Ventura College in Ventura, Calif., on Thursday. (Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press)

Trump vs. Sanders: Bernie says he’s ready to debate GOP nominee

Who knows if the purported debate between Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders will come off? The Republican seemed to be half-joking when he suggested at a North Dakota appearance that he’d debate Sanders, the Vermont senator running for the Democratic nomination, if the event could raise money for women’s health groups.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a United Food and Commercial Workers International union Legislative and Political Affairs conference on Thursday in Las Vegas. (John Locher / Associated Press)

Origin of key Clinton emails from report are a mystery

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was supposed to have turned over all work-related emails to the State Department to be released to the public. But an agency audit found at least three emails never seen before – including Clinton’s own explanation of why she wanted her emails kept private.

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