March 14, 2018
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The special House election in western Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district is too close to call, with Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone neck and neck, and Libertarian Drew Miller drawing more votes than the difference between Lamb and Saccone.

With all precincts reporting and many absentee votes counted, Lamb has 49.8 percent of the vote and Saccone has 49.6 percent; Miller is bringing up the rear with 0.6 percent.

Lamb, 33, is a Marine veteran and former prosecutor, while Saccone, 60, is a Republican state lawmaker. The House seat was vacated when former Rep. Tim Murphy (R) resigned after it was reported he asked his mistress to have an abortion. In 2016, President Trump won the district by 20 points. Catherine Garcia

March 11, 2018
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Five people were killed Sunday evening when a helicopter crashed into New York City's East River and then flipped on its side, authorities said.

There were six people on board the helicopter; one was rescued by a tugboat, and five were "recovered by divers," officials said. During a news conference, FDNY Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro announced the pilot was able to free himself from the helicopter, and of the five deceased passengers, three died at the hospital and two were pronounced dead at the scene.

New York City Police Commissioner James P. O'Neill said the helicopter is owned by Liberty Helicopter Tours, and was being used for a private photo shoot.

This is a developing story, and has been updated throughout. Catherine Garcia

February 27, 2018
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Nearly a dozen people became sick after a letter containing an unknown substance was opened at a northern Virginia military base on Tuesday afternoon, with three having to go to a local hospital after complaining of sore throats and burning sensations on their skin.

The incident took place at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall near Arlington, and once people began to say they felt sick, the building was evacuated, the Marine Corps announced on Twitter. Area hazmat teams and FBI investigators are on the scene. Catherine Garcia

February 1, 2018
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At least 18 people were injured, three seriously, on Friday morning when a van ran into pedestrians outside a Starbucks in central Shanghai, Chinese state-run media reports.

The van swerved onto a busy sidewalk and became engulfed in flames at around 9 a.m. There were six people in the van, which was being used to transport gas tanks. Police say they do not believe this was an act of terrorism, and that the driver was smoking when the incident took place. Catherine Garcia

January 24, 2018
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Gunmen stormed the office of Save the Children in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on Wednesday morning, and are still holed up in the building, sporadically exchanging gunfire with police.

At least 11 people have been injured so far, The Guardian reports. A provincial government spokesman said a suicide attacker detonated a car bomb in front of the entrance to Save the Children's compound, and a group of armed men then made their way inside. There are other international aid agencies and government offices in the area, and police are unsure if the attackers specifically targeted Save the Children, which gives local kids access to education and health care.

Speaking from his hospital bed, Mohammad Amin told AFP he was inside the compound when he heard "a big blast." After he ran for cover, he saw "a gunman hitting the main gate with an RPG (rocket propelled grenade) to enter the compound. I jumped out of the window." Over the weekend, Taliban militants attacked a luxury hotel in Kabul, killing 22 people. No one has taken responsibility for the Save the Children attack, but both the Taliban and Islamic State are active in the area. Catherine Garcia

December 13, 2017
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A Republican Kentucky state lawmaker accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in 2012 died by probable suicide on Wednesday, authorities said.

Bullitt County Sheriff Donnie Tinnell said state Rep. Dan Johnson, 57, shot himself on a bridge in Mount Washington, Kentucky, his body discovered on the bank of the Salt River. Johnson, pastor of the Heart of Fire church in Louisville, was elected to the state legislature in 2016, despite his fellow Republicans calling on him to drop out of the race after racist posts he made on Facebook about the Obamas were unearthed. On Monday, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting published the account of a woman who said on New Year's Eve 2012, when she was 17 years old, Johnson assaulted her in an apartment underneath his church's fellowship hall, kissing and groping her despite her pleas to stop.

The woman said she went to the police and an investigation was opened, but no charges were filed; in a press conference Tuesday, Johnson called the allegations "totally false." Johnson posted a message on Facebook Wednesday evening in which he stated that PTSD "is a sickness that will take my life, I cannot handle it any longer," The Associated Press reports, and asked his friends to look after his wife. Catherine Garcia

November 19, 2017
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A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent died Sunday after he was injured while on duty in Texas, the agency said in a statement.

Rogelio Martinez, a 36-year-old from El Paso, and his partner responded to activity in the Big Bend area when they were injured; a Border Patrol spokesman said he could not disclose what happened to the agents. Martinez died in the hospital, and his partner, whose name has not been released, remains in serious condition. Authorities are searching for suspects and witnesses to the incident, with the FBI taking over the investigation. Martinez became a border agent in August 2013. Catherine Garcia

October 4, 2017
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Three U.S. Army special operations commandos were killed Wednesday after they were ambushed in southwest Niger, U.S. officials said.

Two others were wounded and are in stable condition. The officials told The Associated Press the commandos were Green Berets, and likely came under fire by militants from al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. U.S. Africa Command said in a statement the commandos were near the Mali border, on a joint U.S.-Niger patrol, when they were attacked. The Green Berets are training the Nigerien Armed Forces and offering security assistance as they fight extremists. Catherine Garcia

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