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Exclusive: In Florida Zika probe, federal scientists kept at arm's length

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CHICAGO The state of Florida, the first to report the arrival of Zika in the continental United States, has yet to invite a dedicated team of the federal government's disease hunters to assist with the investigation on the ground, health officials told Reuters.

Hot air balloon catches fire, crashes in Texas; 16 feared dead

AUSTIN, Texas At least 16 people were feared dead after a hot air balloon caught fire and crashed in a pasture near the central Texas city of Lockhart on Saturday morning in one of the deadliest balloon accidents on record.

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Deadly California wildfire expected to widen severely

CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA, Calif. A deadly blaze near California's Big Sur coast could widen to more than five times its current size and has destroyed some 60 homes, threatened hundreds of others and spurred mass evacuations, authorities said on Saturday.

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Three shot dead at Seattle-area house party

Three people were killed and another injured in a shooting at a house party in Mukilteo overnight, about 25 miles (40 km) north of Seattle, officials said. | Video

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Two Chicago officers relieved of police authority after shooting

Two Chicago officers were stripped of their police authority on Friday after a preliminary investigation found they may have violated department policies during a shooting the day before, the department said.

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Federal judge strikes down parts of Wisconsin voter laws

A federal judge on Friday struck down a string of Wisconsin voting restrictions passed by the Republican-led legislature and ordered the state to revamp its voter identification rules, finding that they disenfranchised minority voters.

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U.S. court strikes down North Carolina voter ID law

WASHINGTON A U.S. appeals court on Friday struck down a North Carolina law that required voters to show photo identification when casting ballots, ruling that it intentionally discriminated against African-American residents.

Jul 29 2016

Accused gunman charged in fatal San Diego police shooting

SAN DIEGO A man suspected of opening fire on two San Diego police officers, killing one and severely wounding the other, has been arrested and charged with murder after a gunfight that left the accused gunman hospitalized, police said on Friday. | Video

Jul 29 2016

Powerball jackpot grows to $478 million, fifth largest ever

The multi-state Powerball jackpot grew to $478 million, the fifth largest in the game's history and the eighth-biggest lottery prize ever in the United States, before an 11 p.m. EDT drawing on Saturday, officials said.

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New Connecticut school on massacre site blends safety and nature

NEWTOWN, Conn. When the children of Newtown, Connecticut, report to the new Sandy Hook Elementary School next month, they will enter a building carefully designed to protect them from the unthinkable. | Video

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