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WASHINGTON (AP) — More than half the states to hold primary elections so far have seen record-low turnouts, according to a nonpartisan survey of voter rolls released Monday. That perhaps is a sign of widespread apathy within both political parties ahead of November's midterm elections.

Of the almost 123 million voters who were eligible to cast ballots in primaries, only 18 million have done so, and states with same-day voter registration actually saw their turnout rates drop, according to the Center for the Study of the American Electorate. Despite heavy campaign spending that is poised to make history, 15 of the 25 states that have held statewide primary elections each reported a record low percentage of voters who cast ballots.

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WYOMING, Mich. (AP) — A pregnant Michigan teenager was strangled and her boyfriend was decapitated after apparently connecting with a stranger through the online service Craigslist for a sexual encounter, police said Monday.

The police chief in Wyoming, a Grand Rapids suburb, said that 18-year-old Brooke Slocum was held captive before her death. Her body was found Thursday in the trunk of the suspect's car. She was eight months pregnant.

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Conservative pundit Laura Ingraham on Monday lamented that the media has not been focused enough on her pet issue, the crisis at the southern border.

“So there’s an attempt to switch the narrative. The NBC (sic) didn’t do one story on the border crisis in the first hour of the ‘Today Is Trending’ show — that’s what I’m going to call it,” she said on the "Laura Ingraham Show."

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New York City has approved a real estate developer's plan to construct an apartment complex with a separate entrance for its less fortunate residents, the New York Post reported Monday.

The Department of Housing Preservation and Development signed off on the application from Extell to build a 33-story building on the Upper West Side. The building will have 219 luxury condos that overlook the waterfront, according to the Post, and 55 "affordable" units that face the street. They will have separate entrances, which, as Gawker noted, sparked outrage last year when the plans were first revealed.

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States is blasting Moscow for its support of separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine where the Malaysia Airlines plane went down, while welcoming Russia's support of a U.N. resolution calling for an investigation of the crash site.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott really doesn't want to talk about gay marriage.

The first-term Republican governor, who has opposed legal same-sex marriage since his 2010 race, is revealing his discomfort with his longstanding position as he runs a tough reelection race against Democrat Charlie Crist — who embraced marriage equality more than a year ago. Over the weekend Scott refused to say if he supports a judge's recent ruling in favor of gay marriage in the Florida Keys.

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A report published last week in the esteemed New England Journal of Medicine provided an overview of Obamacare's first year, its successes and the challenges ahead. It also offered a yet another estimate of the number of people covered by the law: 20 million.

The NEJM report pulled a wealth of information, much of it already known by those closely following the law's implementation but presented together by the journal, from think tanks and government agencies. It covered a range of topics, including the number of people covered, 2015 premiums, and the adequacy of provider networks for plans offered through the law.

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