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Charlottesville violence revives painful past for minorities
Bernard Lafayette fought to end segregation during the civil rights movement. But after watching events in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend and hearing President Donald Trump blame both sides for the deadly violence, he realized that changing laws did not change enough hearts and minds....

Donald Trump's die-hard supporters show no signs of straying
NEW YORK (AP) -- They wash their hands of neo-Nazis and wag their fingers at leftists. They denounce a press corps they see as biased and controversies they view as manufactured. But in the frenzied blame game over the deadly violence at a rally of white supremacists, Donald Trump's loyal base is happy to absolve the president himself....

Driver of Texas trailer indicted for 10 passengers' deaths
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- The driver of a tractor-trailer packed with people illegally entering the United States in an alleged human smuggling operation was indicted Wednesday on charges related to the deaths of 10 people inside....

Federal court: Arkansas can block Planned Parenthood money
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- A federal appeals court panel ruled Wednesday that Arkansas can block Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood, two years after the state ended its contract with the group over videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group....

Business execs shunned Trump panels before he disbanded them
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump had pushed many of America's top corporate leaders to the breaking point with his inability to decisively condemn white supremacists - so they huddled on an 11:30 a.m. conference call Wednesday....

Confederate monuments removed or vandalized across the US
Confederate monuments are being removed around the country under pressure from those who say they honor a regime that enslaved African-Americans. The pace has increased, however, in the wake of last weekend's deadly confrontation at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia....

Ousted chief justice makes runoff in Alabama Senate race
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Ousted Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is trying to play usurper to deep-pocketed Republican forces after making a runoff with incumbent Sen. Luther Strange in the state's Senate primary....

Missouri regulators reject massive Midwest wind power line
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri utility regulators on Wednesday rejected a proposed high-voltage power line to carry wind power across the Midwest to eastern states, delivering a significant setback to developers of one of the nation's longest transmission lines....

National Parks Service ends ban on disposable water bottles
PHOENIX (AP) -- The federal government announced Wednesday it will eliminate a policy that allowed national parks like the Grand Canyon to ban the sale of bottled water in an effort to curb litter....

5 missing after Army helicopter goes down, items found
HONOLULU (AP) -- A multi-agency team scoured the ocean off Hawaii on Wednesday for five soldiers aboard an Army helicopter that went down during a nighttime training exercise....

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