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Coroner: Leader of large organic food scheme dies by suicide

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Missouri farmer blamed for running the largest organic food fraud scheme in U.S. history has died by suicide, weeks before he was to report to federal prison to begin…
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Planned Parenthood leaves federal family planning program

By DAVID CRARY and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR NEW YORK (AP) — Planned Parenthood said Monday it’s pulling out of the federal family planning program rather than abide by a new Trump administration rule prohibiting clinics from…
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Florida’s iconic palm trees threatened by invasive disease

By TERRY SPENCER DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s iconic palm trees are under attack from a fatal disease that turns them to dried crisps in months, with no chance for recovery once they become ill.…
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Israel grants Tlaib West Bank visit on humanitarian grounds

By ISAAC SCHARF JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s interior minister said Friday he has received and granted a request by Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib to enter the Israeli-occupied West Bank on humanitarian grounds. The decision marked…
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Rep. Steve King says rapes, incest helped populate the world

By SCOTT McFETRIDGE DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — U.S. Rep. Steve King on Wednesday defended his call for a ban on all abortions by questioning whether there would be “any population of the world left”…
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Flooded Mississippi a threat as hurricane season heats up

By JEFF MARTIN and JANET McCONNAUGHEY NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The river that drains much of the flood-soaked United States is still running far higher than normal, menacing New Orleans in multiple ways just as…
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Farms turn to technology amid water warnings in Southwest US

By DAN ELLIOTT GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — A drone soared over a blazing hot cornfield in northeastern Colorado on a recent morning, snapping images with an infrared camera to help researchers decide how much water…
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Autopsy of Epstein performed, but details yet to be released

By JIM MUSTIAN, MICHAEL R. SISAK and MICHAEL BALSAMO NEW YORK (AP) — The details of how Jeffrey Epstein died in his Manhattan jail cell over the weekend have yet to be released, but medical…
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Scandal-ridden NRA head LaPierre digs in against gun control

By LISA MARIE PANE In the aftermath of the back-to-back shooting massacres in Texas and Ohio, the debate over gun control has returned to the National Rifle Association and its immense power to stymie any significant legislation…
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Largest US immigration raids in a decade net 680 arrests

By ROGELIO V. SOLIS and JEFF AMY MORTON, Miss. (AP) — U.S. immigration officials raided seven Mississippi chicken processing plants Wednesday, arresting 680 mostly Latino workers in the largest workplace sting in at least a…
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