Trump says he is running campaign of 'great optimism'

Trump revs up large crowd at Feb. 12, 2016, rally in Tampa, Fla.

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Donald Trump is spinning his campaign in positive terms in the face of a renewed onslaught of attacks from his GOP presidential rivals on the stump and in TV…

2 missing boys found six months later

Two brothers allegedly kidnapped by their biological mother and taken to Mexico six months ago have been reunited with their father.

Sage Cook, 15, and Isaac…

Clinton picks up newspaper endorsements in Texas, Florida

Hillary Clinton in NH

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Hillary Clinton got a boost from three large newspapers on Friday in her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. The Tampa Bay Times, Dallas Morning…

SoCal Gas plugs leaking natural gas well

Concrete used to plug natural gas well

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Infrared video taken Friday confirmed that a Southern California gas company has stopped the flow of natural gas leaking from a well at a facility near Los…

Bush picks up endorsements of 2 Texas newspapers

Jeb Bush in NH Feb

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With a little more than two weeks before the March 1 primary in Texas, Jeb Bush picked up the endorsements from the editorial boards at the Houston Chronicle…

Alabama woman who ran granddaughter to death dies

Jail cell, prison, bars, arrest

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An Alabama woman convicted of murdering her 9-year-old granddaughter by running her to death has died while serving a life prison sentence, authorities said.

Michigan Legionnaires' deaths were preventable, official says

Flint water plant

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Residents of Flint, Michigan, began getting gravely ill and in some cases dying in summer 2014 in one of the worst outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease in U.S.…

Campaign: Photo confirms Sanders' leadership

Bernie Sanders, standing, at University of Chicago in 1962

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Bernie Sanders' campaign manager said Friday the campaign is "100% confident" that a well-publicized photograph showing a man leading a sit-in at the…

Zebra stripes could save endangered species

Examples of rare zebras shown in Scotland in 2008

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Rare Grevy's zebras in Kenya were photographed during a census of the endangered animals to help researchers keep tabs on them.

What threat does Zika pose to the Olympics?

Rio 2016 Olympic stadium

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Well before the Zika epidemic began in Brazil last year, Olympics organizers knew they would face a challenge in keeping the approximately 16,000 athletes and…

Kenya says it's addressing athletes' doping allegations

Kenyan track and field team in Samoa, Sept. 9, 2015

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Kenya is under investigation by the World Anti-Doping Agency amid reports of drugs among athletes. The agency said an independent group is looking into…

Jim Gilmore leaves presidential race

Jim Gilmore

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Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore is ending his long-shot bid for the Republican presidential nomination, he said Friday.

On stage and off, Clinton-Sanders contest turns testy

Indignant Sanders and Clinton

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Forget for a minute -- if you can -- the incredibly nasty battle for the GOP nomination that's drawn so much attention. You just might have missed what's…

Record lows expected for Northeast this weekend

Cold New Yorkers, cold weather

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An Arctic surge will bring bitter cold air to the Northeast this weekend, with record low temperatures expected.

More than a dozen states are under wind chill…

Pope and Russian patriarch plea for persecuted Christians

Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis

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Delicately dancing around centuries of theological tensions, Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill met in Cuba on Friday and pleaded for world…

Death toll rises to 94 in Taiwan earthquake

Taiwan earthquake rebuild

Taiwan Defense Ministry

The number of people killed by the magnitude-6.4 earthquake that struck southern Taiwan has risen to 108, the Tainan City Disaster Response Center reported…

Stephen Curry on NBA wins record: 'You've got to go for it'

Curry

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He's the reigning NBA Most Valuable Player and is arguably the best player in the league. He's having a career year. And he's leading the defending champions…

"I thought life would be better after the recession. Not worse."

--John Smith, unemployed construction worker

"These amendments may very likely duck the House's specific definition of what constitutes an earmark, but that doesn't mean it's not pork.

--Leslie Paige of Citizens Against Government Waste

"Folks are beyond homeless here. Their homes don't exist ... the power and destruction here was unimaginable."

--Missouri Gov. Jay Dixon following a devastating tornado that killed more than 150 people.

""There's a lot of things happening that can change the dynamic of this race from the past. So it will certainly be interesting to see."

--former Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneve on the Indy 500.

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