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10 Things to Know for Today | August 17-19, 2018

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today

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Slain Colorado mother painted rosy picture of married life

Shanann Watts' Facebook page painted a portrait of a happy married life — of a woman dedicated to her husband and their two young children

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Vatican in 'shame and sorrow' over abuses in Pennsylvania

The Vatican expressed "shame and sorrow" Thursday over a scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report about clergy who raped and molested children in six dioceses in that state, calling the abuse "criminally and morally reprehensible" and says Pope Francis wants to eradicate "this tragic horror."

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Manafort jury ends first day of deliberations with questions

The jury in the fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort ended its first day of deliberations with a series of questions to the judge, including a request to "redefine" reasonable doubt.

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Former US security leaders blast Trump for yanking clearance

Former U.S. security officials issued scathing rebukes to President Donald Trump on Thursday, admonishing him for yanking a top former spy chief's security clearance in what they cast as an act of political vengeance.

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US pledges to work more closely with states vs. wildfires

The Trump administration is pledging to work more closely with state and local officials to prevent wildfires and fight those choking California and other western states.

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US officials: Ex-ISIS fighter entered US as refugee

An Iraqi man accused of killing for the Islamic State entered the U.S. as a refugee after claiming to be a victim of terrorism, in a case drawing attention amid the Trump administration's criticism of the resettlement program's vetting process.

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*Update* - 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin has died

MESFIN FEKADU and HILLEL ITALIE, AP Entertainment Writers

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10 Things to Know for Today | August 16, 2015

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today

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Man arrested after 46 overdoses at downtown city park

Forty-six people overdosed Wednesday at or near a Connecticut park from a suspected bad batch of "K2" synthetic marijuana

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Vermont nominates 1st US transgender candidate for governor

A former Vermont utility executive on Tuesday became the first transgender candidate from a major political party to be nominated for governor

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Brennan: Trump worked with Russians and now he's desperate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former CIA Director John Brennan said Thursday that President Donald Trump yanked his security clearance because his campaign colluded with the Russians to sway the 2016 election

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Trump yanks ex-CIA chief's clearance, hitting vocal critic

President Donald Trump abruptly revoked the security clearance of ex-CIA Director John Brennan on Wednesday

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Church sex scandal: Abuse victims want a full reckoning

In dozens of other dioceses, there has been no reckoning, leading victims to wonder if the church will ever truly take responsibility or be held accountable.

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'Manafort and his lies' at heart of case, prosecution argues

"Mr. Manafort was very happy with how things went today," Downing said.

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Vital US reservoir OK for now, but shortages are looming

The report projects that by October 2019, the surface of Lake Mead could fall below 1,075 feet (330 meters) above sea level, the agreed-upon point that would trigger an announcement of cutbacks that would occur sometime in the following 12 months.

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10 Things to Know for Today | August 10, 2015

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today

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Report identifies more than 1,000 victims of priest abuse

More than 1,000 children — and possibly many more — were molested by hundreds of Roman Catholic priests in six Pennsylvania dioceses, while senior church officials took steps to cover it up, according to a landmark grand jury report released Tuesday.

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Manafort chooses not to testify as defense rests its case

Paul Manafort's defense rested its case Tuesday without calling any witnesses in the former Trump campaign chairman's tax evasion and bank fraud trial. Manafort himself chose not to testify.

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Nebraska executes inmate using powerful opioid fentanyl

Nebraska carried out its first execution in more than two decades on Tuesday with a drug combination never tried before, including the first use of the powerful opioid fentanyl in a lethal injection.

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Lavish court spending in poor West Virginia triggers scandal

A $42,000 antique desk. A $32,000 blue suede sectional sofa. A $7,500 inlaid wooden floor map of West Virginia's 55 counties.

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EPA challenged safety of administration mileage freeze

The Environmental Protection Agency privately challenged the Trump administration's rationale for freezing Obama-era mileage standards, saying the proposal would actually increase U.S. highway deaths.

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Vermont city employs goats to get rid of poison ivy

On Wednesday, three goats munched on the plants along the small city's bike path behind the high school and near a river.

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Yosemite reopens to visitors with smoky air, limited lodging

Park officials also advised visitors to expect limited lodging and food services at Yosemite, one of the busiest national parks in the U.S., as it gets back to full speed following the longest closure in decades.

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Glacier latest US park to be scorched by Western wildfires

Firefighters from many states are on the lines in California, which has seen a series of deadly and devastating wildfires since late July.

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