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A federal judge says Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach violated her order that some voters were eligible to cast a ballot while a lawsuit challenging a state law requiring proof of U.S. citizenship worked its way through the courts.
U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson found Kobach in contempt of court Wednesday. She didn't impose a fine but ordered Kobach to pay for damages, including attorney fees.
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New York state is restoring the voting rights of 35,000 parolees under an executive order from Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The governor issued the directive on Wednesday, adding New York to a list of 14 states and the District of Columbia that allow people to vote once they have served their sentence.
Former FBI Director James Comey is defending himself against criticism about his new book that compares President Donald Trump to a mafia don and says he threatens the country.
Some have questioned Comey's decisionmaking during and after the 2016 presidential election based on what he wrote in "A Higher Loyalty," the book Comey is promoting in appearances across the country. But Comey has stood by how he handled the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails, his public critiques of Trump amid a possible obstruction of justice investigation and his motivation for writing the book.
"I think it is raw in the sense that I find it really painful to relive — reading that book, doing the audiobook left me physically drained — but I really don't feel a sense of anger" he told Savannah Guthrie on the "Today" show Wednesday.
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They met at a Christmas dance. She was 16. He was 17.
Three years later they were married. The couple stayed together for 73 years, becoming the longest-married couple in presidential history.
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NASA's Tess spacecraft embarked Wednesday on a quest to find new worlds around neighboring stars that could support life.
Tess rode a SpaceX Falcon rocket through the evening sky, aiming for an orbit stretching all the way to the moon.
The satellite — the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or Tess — will scan almost the entire sky for at least two years, staring at the closest, brightest stars in an effort to find and identify any planets around them.
The largest Texas-based manufacturer of bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly like automatic firearms, announced Wednesday that it will stop taking orders and shut down its website next month.
The announcement comes about a month after President Donald Trump said his administration would "ban" bump stocks, which he said "turn legal weapons into illegal machines."
Time to get in formation: a San Francisco church is set to hold a Beyoncé Mass.
The Vine SF at Grace Cathedral invites parishioners "to sing your Beyoncé favorites and discover how her art opens a window into the lives of marginalized and forgotten — particularly black females."
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Three Kansas militia members were convicted Wednesday of plotting to bomb a mosque and apartment complex housing Somali refugees, an attack thwarted by another member of the group who tipped off federal authorities about escalating threats of violence.
Patrick Stein, Gavin Wright and Curtis Allen were convicted of one count of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and one count of conspiracy against civil rights. Wright was convicted of a charge of lying to the FBI. Sentencing is set for June 27.
Cleanup is underway after massive flooding destroyed homes and forced hundreds to evacuate on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. KHNL's Keahi Tucker reports.
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A second piece of the Southwest Airlines plane that experienced a deadly midair engine failure Tuesdayhas been recovered in rural Pennsylvania, authorities said, as the investigation focuses on metal fatigue in a fan blade.
Southwest Flight 1380 was traveling from New York to Dallas when the incident took place, prompting an emergency landing in Philadelphia. The second piece of debris believed to be from the plane was recovered on state game land just north of Bright School Lane and Route 183 in Penn Township, Berks County, Wednesday morning, Pennsylvania State Police said.
It wasn’t clear exactly what part of the plane the piece came from. Troopers waited for the FBI to come collect the item, police said.
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Firefighters in central Indiana had a strange problem on their hands this week: hashing out what to do with a raccoon its owner said was stoned.
A woman awoke firefighters at Station 82 in Wayne Township, east of Indiana, in the middle of the night asking for treatment for her pet raccoon, according to a tweet from the township's fire department.
"The raccoon had smoked too much weed," the department said Monday, going on to assure readers that, "Yes! It happened!"
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The United States is targeting a NAFTA deal in three weeks, according to congressional aides and industry executives who have been briefed by the Trump administration, CNBC reported.
Last week, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told members of Congress high-level talks would take two more weeks, with another two weeks spent on hammering out the fine print. A senior administration official confirmed that as the expected timing.
For the second time this month, top officials from the U.S., Canada and Mexico are descending on Washington to hold negotiations. Those meetings will take place tomorrow and Friday.
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Is Israel a success as it turns 70? As Israelis commemorate the milestone this week, satisfaction and a grim disquiet share the stage.
It has a standard of living that rivals Western Europe, though it lacks significant natural resources. It can boast of scientific achievements and military and technological clout beyond its modest size. It controls most of biblical Israel, and despite widespread criticism of its policies toward the Palestinians, it has cultivated good diplomatic ties with most of the world.
But it's also a country that is weary from decades of conflict with the Palestinians. It is riven by religious, ethnic and economic divisions. It is still seeking recognition in a region that has not fully come to terms with the presence of a Jewish state.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo recently traveled to North Korea to meet with leader Kim Jong Un, a highly unusual, secret visit undertaken as the enemy nations prepared for a meeting between President Donald Trump and Kim within the next few months.
In a tweet on Wednesday morning, Trump confirmed the meeting, saying it "went very smoothly and a good relationship was formed."
He added, "Details of Summit are being worked out now. Denuclearization will be a great thing for World, but also for North Korea!"
The Washington Post, which first reported Pompeo's meeting with Kim, said it took place over Easter weekend.
Tim McGinty, a passenger on Southwest Flight 1380, describes trying to save a woman who was partially sucked through a broken window after the plane’s engine blew in midair.