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With impeachment threats and potential lawsuits looming, President Barack Obama knows whatever executive actions he takes on immigration will face intense opposition. So as a self-imposed, end-of-summer deadline to act approaches, Obama's lawyers are carefully crafting a legal rationale they believe will withstand scrutiny and survive any court challenges, administration officials say.
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On Syria, Obama faces questions on Congress' role

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  posted 5 minutes ago
President Barack Obama faces a familiar question as he contemplates airstrikes in Syria: Should Congress have a say in his decision?
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Omaha police bullet kills 'Cops' film crew member

Margery A. Beck, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 27th - 11:52pm
When the call came from an officer who needed help facing an armed robber at a fast-food restaurant, two members of a reality television show riding along with Omaha police hustled to record the confrontation.
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University bets $10 million on poor city's kids

Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 27th - 11:52pm
On the second day of class at Reading Senior High School, teacher Eric Knorr directs his students' attention to the banners hanging on the wall. Syracuse. Temple. Brown. Penn State. All of them brought back by former students who bucked the odds and went to college.
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Gun tourism grows in popularity in recent years

Michelle Rindels, Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 27th - 11:31pm
The death of an Arizona firearms instructor by a 9-year-old girl who was firing a fully automatic Uzi displayed a tragic side of what has become a hot industry in the U.S.: gun tourism.
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Tripping seniors on purpose to stop future falls

Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 27th - 11:23pm
Researchers are tripping seniors on purpose, and it's not some kind of warped practical joke.
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Parents: Mom didn't understand abandoning baby

Wendy Leonard and Sandra Yi  |  posted Aug 27th - 10:20pm
The distraught parents of a Kearns woman accused of disposing of her newborn daughter in a trash can say their daughter has "special needs" and didn't understand what she was doing.
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Cops should wear cameras if they want federal funding, senator says

Greg Seaby, CNN  |  posted Aug 27th - 9:54pm
Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill said Tuesday that police officers across the country should be required to wear body cameras in order for their departments to qualify for federal funds.
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Cowabunga! Storm sends big waves to California

Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 27th - 9:11pm
Thundering surf spawned by a Pacific hurricane pounded the Southern California coast Wednesday, causing minor flooding in a low-lying beach town while drawing daredevil surfers and body-boarders into churning, 20-foot waves as crowds of spectators lined the shore.
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Louisiana Gov. Jindal sues feds over Common Core

Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 27th - 6:47pm
In a move certain to bolster his national standing with conservatives, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal sued the Obama administration Wednesday, hoping to strike a blow against the controversial Common Core education standards and raising his profile as he builds a likely presidential campaign.
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Testimony wrapping up in former Va. governor trial

Larry O'Dell, Associated Press  |  posted 6 minutes ago
The jury is set to hear from the final witness in the public corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.
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Quotations in the News

The Associated Press  |  posted 6 minutes ago
Shirley Sotloff addressing the leader of the Islamic State terrorist group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a televised statement she made to plead for her son's release.
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Woman IDs dead, learns about Native beliefs

Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 27th - 11:33pm
A dusty, barren field in the shadow of a busy Arizona interstate was for decades a place where children played freely, teenagers spooked themselves on Halloween and locals dumped trash, seemingly unaware of the history beneath them.
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US checking report of 2nd American killed in Syria

Bradley Klapper, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 27th - 9:40pm
The U.S. is trying to determine if a second American fighting with the Islamic State group has been killed in Syria.
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Shooting by 9-year-old girl stirs debate over guns

Jacques Billeaud, Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 27th - 9:11pm
The accidental shooting death of a firing-range instructor by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi has set off a powerful debate over youngsters and guns, with many people wondering what sort of parents would let a child handle a submachine gun.
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Boston suspect's sister charged in NY bomb threat

Michael R. Sisak, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 27th - 8:30pm
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's sister was arrested Wednesday on suspicion she threatened to bomb a woman who previously had a romantic relationship with her boyfriend.
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Bourbon St. shooting suspect pleads not guilty

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 27th - 8:11pm
A Bourbon Street shooting suspect pleaded not guilty Wednesday on two charges related to the June 29 gunfight in the French Quarter that fatally wounded one person and injured nine others.
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Pediatric nurse charged with molesting 2-month-old

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 27th - 8:01pm
A pediatric nurse in Southern California has been charged with molesting his 2-month-old foster child, and investigators are asking for the public's help to find other possible victims.
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Judge denies restraining order in immigration case

Christopher Sherman, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 27th - 8:01pm
A federal judge in Texas denied Wednesday a conservative activist's request for an emergency stay to stop the government from transporting immigrants who entered the country illegally in South Texas to other states or releasing them on their own recognizance.
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Man arraigned in wife's death; kids still missing

Corey Williams, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 27th - 7:41pm
A Detroit man was arraigned Wednesday in the slaying of his estranged wife even as the whereabouts of her two young children remained unclear.
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Pilot's fate unknown in fighter jet crash

Alan Suderman, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 27th - 7:20pm
An experienced pilot was missing Wednesday after the flier's F-15 fighter jet crashed in the mountains of western Virginia, shaking residents but causing no injuries on the ground, military and law enforcement officials said.
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Police: Diplomat accused of beating; no charges

Brett Zongker, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 27th - 7:10pm
The ambassador of Equatorial Guinea is suspected of beating his daughter with a wooden chair leg but won't be arrested because he has diplomatic immunity, police said Wednesday.
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Feds allow logging after huge California wildfire

Scott Smith, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 27th - 6:30pm
U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan released Wednesday that allows loggers to remove trees killed in a massive central California wildfire last year, but environmentalists called it a travesty and threaten to sue.
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NYC comptroller: Some pre-K sites may be unsafe

Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 27th - 5:51pm
City Comptroller Scott Stringer said Wednesday that New York City is far behind schedule in submitting contracts with pre-kindergarten providers, which he says raises possible safety problems with some of the sites slated to be used for Mayor Bill de Blasio's signature program.
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