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Ralph Northam beats Tom Perriello in Democratic Virginia primary

Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam won the Democratic gubernatorial primary in Virginia, overcoming a challenge from former Rep. Tom Perriello, who tried to tap into the fervor of Bernard Sanders — only to get the same result as the senator from Vermont last year. The Associated Press called the race for ...

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Opioid funds tied to Obamacare repeal

Senate Republicans are dangling billions of dollars in opioid-fighting funds to try to entice wary moderates to sign onto their Obamacare repeal bill, looking to ink a final compromise. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia Republican, said she is looking for a $45 billion commitment over a 10-year period to ...

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Trump tours tech college, readies job-training initiative

President Trump toured a technical college in Wisconsin Tuesday, promoting a plan for more apprenticeships and other alternatives to a four-year degree that he said will help more Americans find good-paying jobs. The tour was part of the president’s week-long focus on workforce development, which will include the unveiling of ...

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Minority judicial nominees pose Democrat dilemma

Democrats face a dilemma if President Trump appoints more minority judicial nominees, forcing the party that touts its commitment to diversity to decide between confirming more conservatives or opposing black, Hispanic and Asian judges — and risking angering key constituencies. They got a taste of it last month when they ...

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Syrian man detained outside Rhode Island courthouse

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Federal immigration officials say a Syrian man was arrested outside a Rhode Island courthouse earlier this month for overstaying his guest visa by 19 years. A spokesman for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement tells The Providence Journal (http://bit.ly/2tjln2o ) agents took 48-year-old Abulkhalek Darwich, of ...

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The Latest: 5 Merchant Marine athletes sue to graduate

KINGS POINT, N.Y. (AP) – The Latest on an investigation into alleged abuse involving members of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy soccer team (all times local): 4:55 p.m. Five soccer players at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy have filed lawsuits after being told they would not be permitted to graduate ...

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Rhode Island proposal to take abusers' guns could face vote

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A proposal to take guns away from domestic abusers and people under domestic restraining orders could be heading to a vote in the Rhode Island legislature after years of debate. Proponents and opponents of the legislation agree that momentum has been building to put it to ...

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Governor confident immigrant sentencing law constitutional

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam says his administration’s legal team is very confident about the constitutionality of a new law that lets judges toughen sentences for defendants in the country illegally at the time of their crimes. The Republican governor on Tuesday stressed that the law says judges ...

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FARC's elusive finances undercut support for Colombia peace

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) – As Colombia’s leftist rebel movement begins making its transition to a political party, a crucial question hangs over the process: how much money is it hiding? Chief prosecutor Nestor Martinez rocked the nation last week by saying he has compiled evidence that the Revolutionary Armed Forces ...

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Donald Trump pushes Obamacare replacement, blasts 'obstructionist Democrats…

President Trump on Tuesday blasted Democrats for failing to help replace Obamacare, saying the health care law was in a “death spiral” after another 2 million people dropped off the insurance rolls. He tweeted: “2 million more people just dropped out of ObamaCare. It is in a death … Original ...

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