Trump wades deeper into abortion politics as midterms loom

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has long been an unlikely sweetheart for conservative and evangelical voters. Now, in the lead-up to the midterm elections, the thrice-married former Democrat who used to describe himself as “very pro-choice” is offering...
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Twins designate pitcher Phil Hughes for assignment

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have designated pitcher Phil Hughes for assignment, an expensive decision to dump the right-hander after continued struggles recovering from rib surgeries. Hughes, who is making $13.2 million this season and due the same salary in...
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China sentences Tibetan activist to 5 years for separatism

BEIJING (AP) — China has sentenced a Tibetan language activist to five years in prison for inciting separatism after he appeared in a documentary video produced by The New York Times. Tashi Wangchuk’s lawyer Liang Xiaojun told The Associated Press that a judge in...
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Mass school shootings mostly happening in small-town America

ATLANTA (AP) — If you want to know where mass school shootings are most likely to occur, look no farther than small-town and suburban America. The massacre that killed 10 people at a high school in Texas last week was just the latest to happen in a small or suburban city....
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School shooting unlikely to bring gun restrictions in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has vowed to address school violence and safety in the wake of another mass school shooting. But Abbott’s call to do “more than just pray” for the victims comes in a state that has fully embraced its gun culture...
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US clings to health coverage gains despite political drama

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. clung to its health insurance gains last year, an unexpected outcome after President Donald Trump’s repeated tries to take apart the Obama-era coverage expansion, according to a major government survey released Tuesday. Overall, the survey...
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Mikolas gets 1st shutout, O’Neill homers, Cards beat Royals

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Miles Mikolas was pitching in Japan a year ago. Now he’s one of the top pitchers in the majors. Mikolas pitched a four-hitter for his first career shutout and Tyler O’Neill homered for the third straight game and drove in four runs, leading the...
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LEADING OFF: Soto swings away, Harvey’s home debut with Reds

A look at what’s happening around the majors Tuesday: ENCORE! Nationals outfielder Juan Soto looks to add to his hit total. The youngest player in the majors at 19, he launched a 442-foot home run Monday night in his first big league start. Soto also singled while driving...
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Police search past nightfall for suspects in officer’s death

PERRY HALL, Md. (AP) — Police backed by aircraft and trained dogs scoured a greater Baltimore suburb into the night, seeking suspects believed armed and dangerous after the death of a female officer killed as she investigated a report of a suspicious vehicle. Baltimore...
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Miss Nebraska wins Miss USA competition

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Sarah Rose Summers from Nebraska beat out 50 other women Monday to win this year’s Miss USA competition. Summers, a 23-year-old contestant from Omaha, graduated from Texas Christian University with two degrees and is working on becoming a...
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