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NFL star Hernandez's family sues league over 'severe' CTE

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BOSTON Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, who killed himself in prison in April, had a "severe case" of the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a lawyer said on Thursday as he sued the team and NFL on behalf of the athlete's young daughter.

U.S. judge aims to quickly decide lawsuits over DACA

SAN FRANCISCO A U.S. judge on Thursday said he wanted to decide quickly lawsuits challenging the Trump administration's decision to end a program that shielded from deportation children brought to the United States illegally by their parents.

Politics, Election 2016, 3:40pm EDT

U.S. attorney general ties gang violence to immigration

BOSTON Protesters gathered outside a federal court in Boston on Thursday where U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions came to address law enforcement about what he called the need to tackle transnational gang violence and to secure the Mexican border.

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Illinois high court upholds former cop Peterson's murder conviction

The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the conviction of former Chicago-area police officer Drew Peterson for murdering his third wife.

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Navajo tribe says ready to sue Trump over changes to Utah monument

WASHINGTON The Navajo Nation will sue the Trump administration if it tries to reduce the size of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, its top lawyer told Reuters on Thursday, ahead of the release of a broad government review of such sites across the country.

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Death toll from overheated Florida nursing home rises to 10

A 10th elderly patient at a Miami-area nursing home has died after she was exposed to sweltering heat in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, police said on Thursday.

Natural Disasters 3:59pm EDT

BYU lifts decades-long ban on caffeinated soft drink sales

Brigham Young University has ended a 60-year ban on the sale of caffeinated soft drinks at its flagship campus in Provo, Utah, the Mormon Church-owned school said on Thursday.

Health, 8:09pm EDT

U.S. safety board says train crash engineers had undiagnosed sleep disorder

WASHINGTON The engineers in two New York City area commuter train crashes suffered from sleep apnea that had not been diagnosed, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said on Thursday.

Health 4:16pm EDT

Hurricane Maria devastates Puerto Rico, heads for Turks and Caicos

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria destroyed buildings and knocked out power across Puerto Rico before flooding parts of the Dominican Republic and then regaining some of its strength as it approached the Turks and Caicos Islands and southeastern Bahamas on Thursday night. | Video

London's National Gallery prevails in 'stolen' Matisse lawsuit: New York judge

NEW YORK The National Gallery in London on Thursday won the dismissal of a lawsuit in which three grandchildren of a muse of the artist Henri Matisse sought to recover a painting they said was stolen shortly after World War Two.

Arts, 5:49pm EDT

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