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FILE -- Children play behind a fence at Baytown Shelter in Baytown, Texas, Aug. 14, 2018. The Trump administration has separated 81 migrant children f

Family separations at border down, but dozens still affected

The Trump administration separated 81 migrant children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border since the June executive order that stopped the general practice amid a crackdown on illegal crossings, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press.
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December 6

Supreme Court seems likely to keep double jeopardy exception

The Supreme Court seemed likely Thursday to preserve a constitutional rule that allows state and federal governments to prosecute someone for the same crime.
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December 6

Congressman Ralph Abraham enters Louisiana governor's race

U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham jumped into the Louisiana governor's race Thursday, becoming the second Republican to announce he'll challenge Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards in the 2019 election and ensuring a fractured GOP field.
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December 6

Obama health law sign-ups lagging for 2019

With open enrollment ending next week, the government says sign-ups for coverage under former President Barack Obama's health care law are lagging when compared with last year.
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December 6

Pelosi: House could take 'extraordinary step' on NC election

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says the chamber could take the "extraordinary step" of calling for a new election in a North Carolina congressional district if the winner is unclear amid allegations of voter fraud.
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December 6

The Latest: Justices unlikely to upset double jeopardy rule

The Latest on Supreme Court arguments in a closely watched case on double jeopardy (all times local):
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December 6

The Latest: Wisconsin's Walker weighing bill signings

The Latest on Wisconsin lame-duck legislative session (all times local):
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December 6

The Latest: Wisconsin's Walker weighing bill signings

The Latest on Wisconsin lame-duck legislative session (all times local):
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December 6

It may be time to stop itemizing your taxes

Around this time of year, many taxpayers begin the annual ritual of pondering The Big Question: Do I take the standard deduction or spend time…
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December 6
FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2014, file photo, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick speaks during an interview at his Statehouse office in Boston.

Former Mass. Gov. Patrick says he won't run for president

Former Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, citing the "cruelty of our elections process" and the effect it would have on his loved ones, announced Thursday that he will not run for president.
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December 6

Correction: Marijuana-Michigan-News Guide story

In a story Dec. 2 about Michigan legalizing recreational marijuana, The Associated Press erroneously reported the number of states that have done so. Ten states have legalized recreational marijuana, not 11.
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December 6
People pay their respects to former President George H.W. Bush as his body lies in repose at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Dec. 5, 2018. B

Nation bids goodbye to Bush with high praise, cannons, humor

The nation bid goodbye to George H.W. Bush with high praise, cannon salutes and gentle humor Wednesday, celebrating the life of the Texan who embraced a lifetime of service in Washington and was the last president to fight for the U.S. in wartime. Three former presidents looked on at Washington National Cathedral as a fourth — George W. Bush — eulogized his dad as "the brightest of a thousand points of light."
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December 6
From left, President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, former President Barack Obama, former first lady Michelle Obama and former President Bill

Trump odd man out as presidents assemble for Bush funeral

There was no mistaking the odd man out.
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December 6

Former Louisiana Gov. Blanco: 'no escape' from her cancer

Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco says there's "no escape" from the incurable cancer that has spread throughout her body.
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December 6

SC county judges toss same-sex domestic violence cases

Prosecutors in a South Carolina county say they may bypass magistrates who dismiss domestic violence charges involving same-sex couples.
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December 6

Lawyer: Man charged in mall shooting didn't start the melee

Gunshots that wounded two people and sparked the fatal Thanksgiving day police shooting of a black man in a shopping mall erupted from an "ongoing thing" between people who knew each other, the lawyer for a suspect said Wednesday.
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December 5

Democrat says he'll appeal to Walker to veto GOP power play

Wisconsin's incoming Democratic governor says he's willing to go to court if a Republican plan to restrict his powers is signed into law.
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December 5

Democrat says he'll appeal to Walker to veto GOP power play

Wisconsin's incoming Democratic governor says he's willing to go to court if a Republican plan to restrict his powers is signed into law.
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December 5

Bush remembered for enjoying a joke, even aimed at himself

Memories of George H.W. Bush's underappreciated sense of humor drew laughter and brought smiles to the sorrowful mourning of the death of America's 41st president.
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December 5

In salute to Bush, a nod to passing of 'greatest generation'

It wasn't just a salute to a president, it was a tribute to a generation.