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As Trump ups attacks on Justice Dept, Barr remains in post

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

Even as President Donald Trump renewed his public attacks on the Justice Department on Wednesday, there was little outward worry from either end of Pennsylvania Avenue that Attorney General William Barr would follow through on his private threat to resign over presidential meddling.

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Homeland Security waives contracting laws for border wall

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

The Trump administration is waiving federal contracting laws to speed construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall, moving the president closer to fulfilling a signature campaign promise in an election year but sparking criticism about potential for fraud, waste and abuse
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Boy Scouts files for bankruptcy due to sex-abuse lawsuits

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 17, 2020

Barraged by hundreds of sex-abuse lawsuits, the Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday in hopes of working out a potentially mammoth victim compensation plan that will allow the hallowed, 110-year-old organization to carry on.
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‘True Grit’ novelist Charles Portis dies at age 86

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 17, 2020

Novelist Charles Portis, a favorite among critics and writers for such shaggy dog stories as "Norwood" and "Gringos" and a bounty for Hollywood whose droll, bloody Western "True Grit" was a best-seller twice adapted into Oscar nominated films, died Monday at age 86.
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Survivor of Pearl Harbor attack dies, leaving two who fled USS Arizona

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 17, 2020

The water appeared to be on fire, and the scent of burning oil filled the air. Donald Stratton stood on the deck of the USS Arizona as a Japanese bomb devastated part of the battleship, stationed in Pearl Harbor off the coast of Honolulu. The ground trembled beneath his feet as explosions rang out and a fireball ripped through him, setting his T-shirt ablaze and destroying part of his ear.
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The Big Number: The flu has hit at least 22 million people in the U.S. so far

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 17, 2020

Four months into the flu season, at least 22 million U.S. residents have contracted influenza - and possibly as many as 31 million people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Of those afflicted,about 210,000 have been hospitalized and at least 12,000 have died of the flu, including 78 children as of Feb. 7.
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Hundreds still flooded from homes in Mississippi capital

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 17, 2020

The swollen Pearl River appeared to have crested Monday in Mississippi’s capital, but authorities warned the hundreds of evacuees in the Jackson area not to rush back home until they got the all clear, and a forecast of more rain put counties further south at risk of flooding.
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Florida 6-year-old sent from school to mental health facility; officers say she was ‘fine’

In body camera footage, Nadia King, 6, emerges from Love Grove Elementary School on Feb. 4, holding the hand of a Jacksonville sheriff's deputy. The officers were told Nadia was "a threat to herself and others" and was "out of control," a police incident report later recounted, and it would lead to her committal in a mental health facility. But one of the officers was perplexed. The little girl in the back seat of her squad car, inquiring about snacks and stopping for sweets, was calm and bright-eyed despite her worry she was going to jail.
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Eccentric millionaire Robert Durst faces trial in friend’s killing

There is almost no physical evidence connecting New York real estate heir Robert Durst to the slaying of his best friend in Los Angeles 20 years ago. What does link him to the killing of Susan Berman, though, is a cryptic note sent to police with her address and one word: “CADAVER.”