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Judge won't block California's strict child vaccination law

A federal judge will not immediately block a California law that requires all schoolchildren to be vaccinated and is one of the strictest in the nation for eliminating exemptions based on religious and personal beliefs.
Louisiana's four-legged flood victims await reunions, homes

Louisiana's four-legged flood victims await reunions, homes

Two weeks ago, fast-rising floodwaters forced many south Louisiana homeowners to leave their beloved pets behind as they boarded rescue boats or waded through chest-deep water to reach dry ground.

Transgender plaintiffs get narrow win on injunction request

A judge ruled Friday that two students and an employee must be allowed to use restrooms matching their gender identity at University of North Carolina campuses, and he said they have a strong chance of proving the state's bathroom-access measure violates federal law.
Breach in fishing license system exposes data in Northwest

Breach in fishing license system exposes data in Northwest

A breach in a vendor's system that processes online sales of hunting and fishing licenses in Idaho, Oregon and Washington state exposed several million records containing buyers' personal information, officials said Friday.
Photograph of separated elderly Canada couple gets attention

Photograph of separated elderly Canada couple gets attention

A photograph of a crying elderly Canadian couple in wheelchairs, separated into two different care homes after 62 years of marriage because no beds were available together, has received international attention.
Kaine in Florida picks up Clinton line of attack on Trump as racist

Kaine in Florida picks up Clinton line of attack on Trump as racist

Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine attempted the two-fingered thrust of a “Rattler Strike” while attending a voter-registration rally Friday at Florida A&M; University, part of a two-day swing through the nation’s biggest presidential battleground state.

Court sides with Trader Joe's in suit over alleged knockoff

A U.S. court has the authority to hear a trademark lawsuit by grocery chain Trader Joe's against a man who purchased the company's products and resold them in Canada at "Pirate Joe's," a store designed to mimic a real Trader Joe's, a federal appeals court said Friday.
Biden: $2.45B loan for Amtrak upgrades in Northeast Corridor

Biden: $2.45B loan for Amtrak upgrades in Northeast Corridor

Amtrak is receiving a $2.45 billion loan from the federal government to buy new trains, upgrade tracks and make platform improvements along the busy Northeast corridor, the largest such loan ever by the Department of Transportation, officials announced Friday.

Report: Texas flouted federal aquifer rules for 34 years

Texas allowed the drilling of oil and natural gas injection wells in some areas near drinking water sources starting more than three decades ago, but state regulators recently assured the federal government the effort posed "little to no risk" to the subterranean reserves, according to a report released Friday.
Clinton says controversies behind her; Trump begs to differ

Clinton says controversies behind her; Trump begs to differ

Hillary Clinton vigorously defended her family's foundation against Donald Trump's criticism on Friday and declared she's confident there will be no new blockbuster accusations on the foundation, her emails or anything else that could undermine her chances of defeating him in November.
Defense attorneys clash with prison over recorded meetings

Defense attorneys clash with prison over recorded meetings

Defense attorneys who represent inmates at a privately run federal prison in Kansas were livid after learning that their meetings with clients had been recorded on video, despite repeated assurances from the penitentiary that the conversations were private.
'Making a Murderer' attorney seeks more evidence testing

'Making a Murderer' attorney seeks more evidence testing

The attorney for a Wisconsin inmate featured in the hit Netflix series "Making a Murderer" filed a motion Friday seeking permission to perform extensive testing on evidence she believes will show he's innocent.
Correction: Climate Change-American Pika story

Correction: Climate Change-American Pika story

In a story Aug. 25 about a study about the American pika vanishing from some Western lands, The Associated Press reported erroneously how many areas where the animal is still living in northeastern California.
Rebels, civilians leave town after four-year siege

Rebels, civilians leave town after four-year siege

Escorted by armed troops, dozens of insurgents and their families left this war-wrecked suburb of the Syrian capital on Friday as part of a forced evacuation deal struck with the government to end a four-year siege and aerial campaign that has left the area in ruins.
Stocks end mostly lower after Yellen speech

Stocks end mostly lower after Yellen speech

Stocks ended mostly lower on Friday after Federal Reserve officials said the case has strengthened for raising interest rates above the super-low levels that have helped fuel a seven-year bull market.
Kurdish militants claim deadly car bomb attack in Turkey

Kurdish militants claim deadly car bomb attack in Turkey

A Kurdish suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden truck into a checkpoint near a police station Friday in southeast Turkey, killing at least 11 police officers and wounding 78 other people, the prime minister said.
Top French court rules burkini bans violate basic freedoms

Top French court rules burkini bans violate basic freedoms

France's top administrative court on Friday overturned a ban on burkinis in a Mediterranean beach resort, effectively meaning that towns can no longer issue bans on the swimsuits that have divided the country and brought world attention to its fraught relationship with Muslims.
Quake damaged roads threaten access to Italy town

Quake damaged roads threaten access to Italy town

Rescue workers acknowledged Friday they might not find any more survivors from Italy's earthquake as they confronted a new obstacle to their recovery work: a powerful aftershock that damaged two key access bridges to hard-hit Amatrice, threatening to isolate it.
Lawmakers call Maine governor unhinged after obscene tirade

Lawmakers call Maine governor unhinged after obscene tirade

Maine's bombastic Republican governor has built a reputation on his unfiltered comments, but his obscene tirade unleashed on a liberal lawmaker prompted Democratic lawmakers Friday to warn that the governor was coming unhinged and to call for a political intervention.
US Open top seeds Williams, Djokovic coming off injuries

US Open top seeds Williams, Djokovic coming off injuries

Serena Williams is "starting to feel a little better." Novak Djokovic is "getting there." The U.S. Open's top seeds in both singles brackets are coming off injuries, and neither has played since an early loss at the Olympics.

Deportations just latest topic where Trump has wavered

As he powered through his rivals in the Republican primary, Donald Trump sold himself as the "tell-it-like-it-is" candidate, a brash truth-teller whose policy pronouncements wouldn't be swayed by the polls.

Judge in Stanford sex assault case leaves criminal court

A judge whose sentencing of a former Stanford University swimmer to six months in jail for sexual assault touched off a national debate over campus rape took himself off criminal cases — but efforts to remove him from the bench are still moving forward.
Shouts, charges of 'stupidity,' at Brazil president's trial

Shouts, charges of 'stupidity,' at Brazil president's trial

A trial against Brazil's president turned into a yelling match and was temporarily suspended on Friday after the head of Senate declared "stupidity is endless" and sharply criticized a colleague who had questioned the body's moral authority.
FDA expands Zika screening to all US blood centers

FDA expands Zika screening to all US blood centers

The government told all U.S. blood banks Friday to start screening for Zika, a major expansion intended to protect the nation's blood supply from the mosquito-borne virus.
Tuesday is election day: What you need to know

Tuesday is election day: What you need to know

Tuesday is election day.Polls in Palm Beach County will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for 868 precincts at 461 polling locations, according to the county Supervisor of Elections.
Brits, Romanians among the foreigners killed in Italy quake

Brits, Romanians among the foreigners killed in Italy quake

Most of the victims of this week's earthquake were Italians, but among the dead were also one Spaniard, eight Romanians as well as three British citizens who were killed in the devastated hamlet Sommati near hard-hit Amatrice.
5 years after Irene, missing teenager's family still hopes

5 years after Irene, missing teenager's family still hopes

Relatives of a teenager who walked out of his foster home on the eve of Tropical Storm Irene and hasn't been seen since hope the storm's fifth anniversary will prompt anyone who knows what might have happened to come forward and help solve the lingering mystery.
On the ballot Tuesday

On the ballot Tuesday

Tuesday is election day. Here are the races and referendums on ballots in Palm Beach County:PARTY PRIMARIESU.

Actor Marvin Kaplan, a diner patron on 'Alice,' dead at 89

Veteran actor Marvin Kaplan has died at 89. Best known for his recurring role on the long-running sitcom "Alice," Kaplan died Friday in Burbank, California, where he resided, said John Gallogly, executive director of Theatre West, with which Kaplan was associated.
Governor's order seeks to make Minnesota more bee-friendly

Governor's order seeks to make Minnesota more bee-friendly

Gov. Mark Dayton sought Friday to extend a little Minnesota nice to the state's declining honeybee population by issuing an executive order limiting certain pesticides that harm them, a step advocates said positions the state as a leader in protecting pollinating insects critical to the nation's food supply.

Police seek man who posed as Uber driver, attacked woman

Atlanta police investigating a woman's report that she was sexually assaulted by an Uber driver say they now believe the suspect posed as a driver to lure her into his car, the most recent of several attacks by phony Uber drivers around the nation.
Grief overcomes Mississippi community after slaying of nuns

Grief overcomes Mississippi community after slaying of nuns

The two nuns who were killed in Mississippi were by all accounts some of the most friendly, helpful people in town, cooking and caring for anyone in their poor community — making the slayings all the more puzzling.
Tribe trucks totem pole 4,800 miles in fossil fuels protest

Tribe trucks totem pole 4,800 miles in fossil fuels protest

A Pacific Northwest tribe is traveling nearly 5,000 miles across Canada and the United States with a 22-foot-tall totem pole on a flatbed truck in a symbolic journey meant to galvanize opposition to fossil fuel infrastructure projects they believe will imperil native lands.
Candidates capitalize on the ever-powerful 'religious vote'

Candidates capitalize on the ever-powerful 'religious vote'

Republican Donald Trump has told conservative evangelical pastors in Florida that his presidency would preserve "religious liberty" and reverse what he insists is a government-enforced muzzling of Christians.
FDA says all blood donations should be tested for Zika virus

FDA says all blood donations should be tested for Zika virus

Fearing the Zika virus will enter the nation’s blood bank supplies, the Food and Drug Administration on Friday suggested that all blood and blood components be tested for the presence of the Zika virus.
Turkish PM vows to continue Syria military operations

Turkish PM vows to continue Syria military operations

Kurdish-led forces in Syria said they have come under artillery shelling in northern Aleppo Friday from the Turkish military for the second straight day, as Ankara continued its campaign to push the group back from its border areas.
Florida man survives lightning strike, spider, snake bites

Florida man survives lightning strike, spider, snake bites

Kyle Cook can't decide whether he's really unlucky or incredibly fortunate. In the last four years, the 31-year-old Florida man has been struck by lightning, bitten by a venomous spider and -- most recently -- attacked by an Eastern diamondback rattlesnake in his back yard in Lakeland.
Philippine rebels agree to indefinite cease-fire

Philippine rebels agree to indefinite cease-fire

Philippine communist rebels on Friday agreed to an indefinite cease-fire in peace talks with government officials aimed at ending one of Asia's longest-running insurgencies.
US economy grew at tepid 1.1 percent pace in spring

US economy grew at tepid 1.1 percent pace in spring

The U.S. economy expanded at a sluggish 1.1 percent pace this spring as businesses sharply reduced their stockpiles of goods and spent less on new buildings and equipment.
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