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Senate Democrats threaten to block stopgap funding bill over Flint

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats on Tuesday threatened to block must-do legislation to prevent the government from shutting down Friday at midnight, battle the Zika virus and help flood-ravaged Louisiana rebuild. Continue reading...

Parents sued after son kills 8-year-old in puppy dispute

DANDRIDGE, Tenn. — The parents of an 11-year-old boy who fatally shot an 8-year-old girl after she refused to show him her puppies are being sued for $10 million. Continue reading...

Trump, Clinton reflect on debate performances, return to campaign trail

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Donald Trump blamed the moderator, a bad microphone and anyone but himself Tuesday after he was forced onto the defense by Hillary Clinton's cascade of attacks about his taxes, honesty and character in the first presidential debate. Continue reading...

Jabs by Clinton, Trump go personal in first debate

They clash on stamina, race, taxes, ISIS, foreign policy

Subscriber onlyHEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton clashed in unusually personal terms during a first general-election presidential debate Monday evening, with Clinton accusing Trump of pushing "racist lies" about President Barack Obama's birthplace and Trump accusing Clinton of lacking the "stamina" to be president. Continue reading...

Houston police kill gunman who shot 6

Subscriber onlyHOUSTON -- A disgruntled lawyer who had numerous weapons randomly shot at drivers in a Houston neighborhood Monday morning, hitting six people, one critically, before he was shot and killed by police, authorities said. Another three people had injuries from glass or debris. Continue reading...

Mall suspect draws 5 charges of murder

Subscriber onlyMOUNT VERNON, Wash. -- Arcan Cetin was charged with five counts of first-degree premeditated murder in connection with the fatal shootings of five people Friday at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Skagit County. Continue reading...

The nation in brief

Subscriber onlyCrowd in Charlotte rip council, mayor Continue reading...

U.S. settles suits, will pay 17 tribes over land abuses

Agency official says deals end ‘decades of contention’

Subscriber onlyPresident Barack Obama's administration announced Monday that it has settled lawsuits with 17 American Indian tribes that accused the federal government of long mismanaging their funds and natural resources. Continue reading...

FACT CHECK: Trump, Clinton deny their own words in debate

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump's habit of peddling hype and fabrication emerged unabated in the first presidential debate while Hillary Clinton played it cautiously in her statements, though not without error. They both denied making statements that they are on the record as saying. Continue reading...

Presidential debate: Clinton accuses Trump of 'hiding something' in taxes

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Hillary Clinton emphatically accused Donald Trump of purposely keeping his personal tax returns and business dealings secret from voters, declaring during Monday night's presidential debate, "There's something he's hiding." Continue reading...

Official: One-third of calls to VA suicide hotline roll over

WASHINGTON — More than one-third of calls to a suicide hotline for troubled veterans are not being answered by front-line staffers because of poor work habits and other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to the hotline's former director. Continue reading...

Documents: Washington mall shooting suspect confesses to slayings

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — The young man accused of killing five people in a Washington state shopping mall before leading authorities on a nearly 24-hour manhunt has confessed to the slayings, according to court documents released Monday. Continue reading...

Debate preview: Clinton, Trump set for high-stakes showdown

WASHINGTON — After months of tangling from afar, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will confront each other face to face for the first time in Monday night's presidential debate, laying out for voters their vastly different visions for America's future. Continue reading...

FBI data show increase in murder, violent crime in 2015

WASHINGTON — The number of murders reported by local law enforcement agencies jumped by more than 10 percent in 2015 from the year before, according to crime data released by the FBI on Monday. Continue reading...

Charlotte ends curfew imposed after black man shot by police

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte lifted its midnight curfew, signaling movement toward normalcy after a state of emergency was imposed following the shooting death of a black man by police last week that brought National Guard troops and armored vehicles to downtown street corners. Continue reading...

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