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Report shows US deficit to exceed $1 trillion next year

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal budget deficit is expected to balloon to more than $1 trillion in the next fiscal year under the first projections taking into account the big budget deal that President Donald Trump and Congress reached this summer, the Congressional Budget Office reported. The return of $1 trillion annual deficits comes despite…

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North Dakota Supreme Court throws out life sentence for man convicted in 2017 slaying of woman whose baby cut from body

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Supreme Court throws out life sentence for man convicted in 2017 slaying of woman whose baby cut from body.

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Patrick Chung

Patriots safety Chung indicted on cocaine possession charge

LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung has been indicted in New Hampshire on a charge of cocaine possession, according to court paperwork released Thursday. A Belknap County grand jury indicted Chung, 32, on Aug. 8. Chung knowingly possessed cocaine on June 25 while in Meredith, authorities said. Chung’s arraignment is scheduled…

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The Latest: Portugal offers to take 35 people from Med. ship

MILAN (AP) — The Latest on migration into Europe (all times local): 6;55 p.m. Portugal is offering to take 35 people from the Ocean Viking rescue ship, following an appeal by the European Commission. The Portuguese government said in a statement Thursday that France, Germany, Romania and Luxembourg are also ready to take some of…

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Pacific fishermen report best king salmon season in years

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Trolling off the California coast, Sarah Bates leans over the side of her boat and pulls out a long, silvery fish prized by anglers and seafood lovers: wild king salmon. Reeling in a fish “feels good every time,” but this year has been surprisingly good, said Bates, a commercial troller based…

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Italian populist mixes religious symbols with his politics

ROME (AP) — Matteo Salvini slipped the rosary out of his pocket right before Premier Giuseppe Conte began his speech to Parliament. He took it out and kissed it again midway through the address, just as Conte began admonishing him for exploiting his Catholic faith for political ends. The interior minister’s blatant brandishing of Catholic…

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Kathleen Blanco

Memorials begin for former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s first and only female governor, Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, will return to the state’s ornate Capitol building for her last time Thursday, with her casket carried in to the sound of a 21-gun salute honoring her service. Mourners are expected to pack the building to pay their last respects to…

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John Hickenlooper

Ex-Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper says he’s running for Senate

DENVER (AP) — Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said Thursday that he will run for the U.S. Senate, becoming the immediate front-runner in a crowded Democratic field vying for the right to challenge Republican incumbent Cory Gardner. He made his announcement via a video message in which he blasted Washington lawmakers over soaring prescription drug…

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Walmart to revamp, reopen El Paso store after mass shooting

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Walmart plans to reopen the El Paso store where 22 people were killed in a mass shooting this month, the retail giant said Thursday, but the entire interior of the building will first be rebuilt. The renovated store will include an on-site memorial honoring the victims of the shooting, many…

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4 dead, over 30 hurt by lightning strikes in Poland

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A spokeswoman for Poland’s air ambulance service says four people have been killed and over 30 injured when lighting struck different locations in the Tatra Mountains. Kinga Czerwinska told TVN24 that lightning hit Giewont peak, a popular trekking destination, and other locations Thursday in the mountains in southern Poland. She said…

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