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Hearing set in Amish girls' kidnapping in NY

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A woman accused along with her boyfriend of abducting and sexually abusing two young Amish sisters is due in court for a preliminary hearing. More>>

Guilty plea expected by marathon suspect's friend

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A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev plans to plead guilty to impeding the investigation into the deadly attack. More>>

Holder says he understands mistrust of police

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Attorney General Eric Holder sought Wednesday to reassure the people of Ferguson about the investigation into Michael Brown's death and said he understands why many black Americans do not trust police, recalling how he... More>>

Last 4 hostages freed in suburban Chicago standoff

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About two dozen heavily armed law enforcement officers stormed a home in Chicago's southern suburbs Wednesday to free four remaining hostages and capture two suspects, ending a 20-hour standoff that police say began as... More>>

Father's claims he didn't kill driver get boost

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A Texas father's claims he did not fatally shoot a drunken driver who caused an accident that killed his two sons seemed to be bolstered Wednesday by testimony from prosecution witnesses. More>>

Cleanup follows heavy storms in Phoenix area

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Residents began cleaning up Wednesday from devastating flooding that slammed Arizona a day earlier, trapping people in vehicles and homes and destroying up to $2 million worth of inventory at a cactus nursery north of... More>>

Photographer sues Bieber over Hawaii altercation

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A photographer sued Justin Bieber and one of his bodyguards Wednesday for assault and infliction of emotional distress over an altercation on Hawaiian beach late last year. More>>

Ex-governor at corruption trial: Wife grew anxious

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Former Gov. Bob McDonnell testified Wednesday that his gubernatorial victory was just hours old when he got the first glimpse of growing anxiety in his wife. It eventually led to talk of her moving out of the... More>>

CHP says officer may face serious beating charges

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A California Highway Patrol officer who was videotaped repeatedly striking a woman on the side of a Los Angeles freeway could face serious charges, the agency said Wednesday after forwarding its investigation to the... More>>

Mormon school removes gay-marriage cards at store

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Greeting cards celebrating same-sex marriages turned up at the Brigham Young University bookstore Tuesday. More>>

Judge delays start of Arias penalty-phase retrial

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The judge presiding over the Jodi Arias murder case on Wednesday delayed the penalty phase of her trial until Sept. 29. More>>

Officer who pointed gun at protesters suspended

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A police officer who was part of the effort to keep peace during protests in Ferguson has been suspended for pointing a semi-automatic assault rifle at demonstrators, then cursing and threatening to kill one of them,... More>>

AG Holder meeting with Michael Brown's parents

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is meeting with the parents of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old fatally shot by a police officer. More>>

High court blocks same-sex unions in Virginia

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Same-sex couples will have to forget their plans to marry in Virginia - at least for now - after the U.S. Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to delay an appeals court ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban. More>>

Picture emerges of officer in Ferguson shooting

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A white police officer whose shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old ignited racial upheaval in a St. Louis suburb has been characterized as either an aggressor whose deadly gunfire constituted a daylight execution... More>>

Holder discusses police mistrust outside Ferguson

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has told members of the Ferguson community that as a black man he understands why many African-Americans mistrust the police. More>>

Texas Gov. Perry formally enters not guilty plea

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Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry has formally pleaded not guilty to criminal charges of leveraging his power to try to oust a Democratic district attorney convicted of drunken driving, according to court documents obtained... More>>

Drug czar promotes treatment, tells personal story

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As the nation's drug czar continues to warn people about the potential death and destruction from substance abuse, he's also encouraging them to tell their stories about treatment and recovery. Usually he starts... More>>

States' leading lethal injection expert ends role

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An anesthesiologist said he would no longer act as an expert witness for states defending their lethal injection methods, creating another hurdle for corrections departments scrambling to find workable execution systems. More>>

Drought has state debating its unregulated pumping

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Three years of drought have Californians debating an end to the state's status as one of the last in the West with a pump-as-you-please policy for the vital underground sources that provide up to 65 percent of the... More>>

Surface water, groundwater, and drought

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California law and state government treat surface water and groundwater differently, with both resources coming under scrutiny as a three-year drought lingers. More>>

Obama weighs broader move on legal immigration

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President Barack Obama is considering key changes in the nation's immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups, in a move that could blunt Republicans' election-year criticism of the... More>>

Feds order reinstatement of nuclear whistleblower

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A Hanford Nuclear Reservation contractor has been ordered to reinstate a worker who the U.S. Department of Labor says was fired for voicing concerns about nuclear and environmental safety, officials said Wednesday. More>>

Guilty plea expected by friend of marathon suspect

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A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev plans to plead guilty to impeding the investigation into the deadly attack, his lawyer said Wednesday. More>>

Brine firm sues over biblical fracking billboard

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An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned waters" on billboards opposing wells for disposal of gas-drilling wastewater is fighting a legal threat from the Texas well owner on free-speech... More>>

Judge delays start of Arias penalty-phase retrial

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An Arizona judge on Wednesday granted Jodi Arias' motion to delay the start of her planned Sept. 8 penalty phase retrial. More>>

Emerging solar plants scorch birds in mid-air

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Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays - "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair. More>>

Drug for Ebola-like virus promising in ill monkeys

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An experimental drug saved monkeys from a virus closely related to Ebola even after symptoms began, Texas researchers reported Wednesday. A drug that targets Ebola in the same way is under development, and the study raises... More>>

Bighorn sheep escapes canal in California desert

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A bighorn sheep is back in the hills of Riverside County after being rescued from a golf-course canal in the desert near Palm Springs. More>>

Report: Firefighting costs eroding conservation

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The Obama administration detailed on Wednesday the toll that the escalating cost of fighting forest fires has had on other projects as it pushes Congress to overhaul how it pays for the most severe blazes. More>>

George W. Bush takes ice bucket challenge

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Former President George W. Bush took the ice bucket challenge then nominated former President Bill Clinton to do it next. More>>

Less shake from artificial quakes, fed study says

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Man-made earthquakes, a side effect of some high-tech energy drilling, cause less shaking and in general are about 16 times weaker than natural earthquakes with the same magnitude, a new federal study found. More>>

Macy's to pay $650,000 in shopper-profiling probe

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Macy's has agreed to pay $650,000 to settle allegations of racial profiling at its flagship store in Manhattan's Herald Square. More>>

Metropolitan Opera reaches deal with stagehands

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New York City's Metropolitan Opera reached a deal early Wednesday with its stagehands and said it expects to avert a lockout by reaching agreements with the remaining unions. More>>

Dan Sullivan wins Alaska's GOP US Senate primary

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A tea party attempt to overcome a mainstream Republican came up short in Alaska as former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan won the GOP primary to become his party's candidate to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in the... More>>

Hope, resentment in new charter school landscape

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Nine years after Hurricane Katrina, charter schools are the new reality of public education in New Orleans. More>>

Governor won't seek removal of county prosecutor Video included

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday that he would not seek the removal of the prosecutor overseeing the investigation into the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, which has sparked more than a week of nightly clashes... More>>

Bloomberg offers grants to help cities innovate

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American cities looking to be more innovative in how they address local issues can now get a helping hand from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's charitable foundation. More>>

Holder brings his civil rights push to Ferguson

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Eric Holder talks about the nation's civil rights struggles in a way no previous U.S. attorney general could - by telling his own family story. More>>

US officials: Video shows American's beheading

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A grisly video released Tuesday shows Islamic State militants beheading American journalist James Foley, U.S. officials said, in what the extremists called retribution for recent U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The militants... More>>

American killed in Syria a journalist at heart

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Journalist James Foley, captured and held six weeks while covering the uprising in Libya, knew the risks when he went to Syria in 2012 to cover the escalating violence there. It didn't matter. He was a journalist at... More>>

Some evacuees of Yosemite-area fire can go home

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Firefighters gained ground Tuesday on a blaze in the foothills near Yosemite National Park, allowing some of the 1,000 people who fled the flames to return to their homes. More>>

Lawyer: Man shot trespasser he thought pointed gun

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A 73-year-old former schoolteacher facing a murder charge in the death of an unarmed trespasser should have his $2 million bail reduced dramatically because he poses no flight risk and opened fire in self-defense when he... More>>

NYC took quick precautions after in-custody death

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The police killings of two unarmed black men came barely three weeks apart, generating immediate - and potentially volatile - outrage. More>>

Some evacuees of Yosemite-area fire can go home

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Officials say they have gained the upper hand on a central California blaze in the foothills near Yosemite National Park that forced more than 1,000 residents to flee their homes. More>>

Los Angeles schools decriminalize discipline

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Students caught misbehaving in the nation's second largest school district will be sent to the principal's office rather than the courthouse as part of sweeping disciplinary reforms announced Tuesday by Los Angeles... More>>

Texas Gov. Perry booked on abuse of power charges

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Gov. Rick Perry was defiant Tuesday as he was booked on abuse of power charges, telling dozens of cheering supporters outside a Texas courthouse that he would "fight this injustice with every fiber of my being." More>>

Arizona flooding creates several dramatic scenes

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A series of storms dumped more than 4.5 inches of rain on areas north of Phoenix on Tuesday, requiring several dramatic rescues and resulting in many visible examples of damage. Here are some examples of the destruction... More>>

Floods force dramatic rescues in Phoenix area

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Heavy monsoon season rains that swept across Arizona on Tuesday led to dramatic rescues, road closures and flight delays as a series of fast-moving storms pummeled the state. More>>

Grand jury could hear case against police officer

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A Missouri grand jury could begin hearing evidence as soon as Wednesday to determine whether any charges should be filed against the white suburban police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown. More>>

Teenager struck by lightning at football practice

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Authorities say a teenage boy is hospitalized in critical condition after being struck by lightning during football practice at a New Mexico middle school. More>>

Eatery that served toxic tea had labeling citation

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A Utah restaurant where a woman unknowingly drank iced tea mixed with chemicals, and nearly died, was cited seven months earlier for improper food labeling. More>>

AP Exclusive: US changing no-fly list rules

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The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel. More>>

Sheriff: Ex-Marine inquired about body disposal

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A former Marine charged Tuesday with murder after the body of his alleged lover was found in an abandoned California mine shaft had been looking into how to dispose of a human body, a sheriff's investigator said. More>>

How can authorities restore order in Ferguson?

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By SHARON COHEN AP National Writer They've lined the streets with police in riot gear, brought in a new black commander with an empathetic manner, imposed a curfew, lifted it and deployed the National... More>>

Ferguson arrests include at least 10 journalists

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A photographer for the Getty agency and two German reporters were among the latest journalists arrested while covering protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. More>>

Teens arrested in plot after Web activities eyed

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Investigators acting on a tip unraveled a plot to carry out a mass shooting at a suburban Los Angeles high school, arresting a pair of students who planned to target three school staffers and kill as many people as... More>>

Police: St. Louis officers kill knife-wielding man

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A large crowd, some chanting "Hands up, don't shoot," gathered Tuesday at the site where St. Louis police officers shot and killed a knife-wielding man after a reported convenience store robbery. More>>

AP Exclusive: US changing no-fly list rules

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The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel. More>>

How can authorities restore order in Ferguson?

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By SHARON COHEN AP National Writer They've lined the streets with police in riot gear, brought in a new black commander with an empathetic manner, imposed a curfew, lifted it and deployed the National... More>>

Longtime 'SNL' announcer Don Pardo dies at 96

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Few would recognize his face, but most knew his voice: the booming baritone that for nearly four decades heralded "Saturday Night Live." More>>

Woman shoots grandson; thought he was an intruder

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A grandmother shot and critically wounded her 7-year-old grandson early Tuesday after mistaking him for an intruder who had broken into her home, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said. More>>

NY police chokehold death to go to grand jury

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Saying "no person is above the law, nor beneath its protection," a New York prosecutor announced Tuesday that he would ask a grand jury to consider charges in the death of a black man placed in an apparent chokehold by a... More>>

Teen testifies against pal in rock-throwing case

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One of four young men charged with throwing a rock onto a darkened central Pennsylvania interstate testified Tuesday that they intended to do some damage during a night of mayhem last month but did not anticipate their... More>>

Ferguson pledges efforts at reconciliation

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The city of Ferguson, Missouri, says it working hard to better connect with the community and learn from the "discord and heartbreak" that followed the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer. More>>

Camps take cystic fibrosis patients surfing Video included

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For three of Rob and Paulette Montelone's five kids, spending the summer surfing is more than just a fun activity. It could also extend their lives. More>>

Kluwe, Vikings reach settlement to avert lawsuit

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The Minnesota Vikings and former punter Chris Kluwe said Tuesday they reached a settlement averting a lawsuit over Kluwe's claim that the team wrongfully released him last year because of his outspoken support for... More>>

Veteran rock climber dies in Yosemite Park fall

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A veteran Northern California rock climber died in a fall while climbing alone in Yosemite National Park, apparently just hours after he proposed to his girlfriend during another a climb in the park, authorities said. More>>

American slain in Bali, daughter had troubled past

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A Chicago woman whose beaten body was found stuffed in a suitcase on the Indonesian resort island of Bali was repeatedly and violently abused by the daughter who has been arrested in her killing, according to police reports. More>>

Smithsonian adds LGBT history to museum collection

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Hundreds of photographs, papers and historical objects documenting the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are being added to the Smithsonian Institution's collection Tuesday, including items from... More>>

Michigan girl mauled by raccoon finishes surgeries

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Now that Charlotte Ponce has her ear, she's looking to accessorize. More>>

Report: CDC scientist kept quiet about flu blunder

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A government scientist kept silent about a potentially dangerous lab blunder and revealed it only after workers in another lab noticed something fishy, according to an internal investigation. More>>

In New Orleans, a change in police command

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Post-Katrina scandals have abated and the homicide rate dropped markedly last year, but violent crime still plagues New Orleans and challenges abound for the person who ultimately replaces police chief Ronal Serpas. More>>

Jeffords remembered for fierce independence

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For most of his career, Jim Jeffords was one of a now all-but-vanished breed - a moderate-to-liberal Northeast Republican who championed the environment, education and the rights of disabled Americans. More>>

Police, protesters collide again in Ferguson Video included

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Police and protesters collided in the streets of Ferguson again late Monday, a day after the Missouri governor summoned the National Guard to help restore calm to the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown was fatally shot... More>>

Police: 2 California boys planned school shooting

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Two teenage boys were arrested Monday after making specific plans to kill three staffers then gun down as many students as possible at their Southern California high school, police said. More>>

Strong DOJ response to Ferguson seeks truth, calm Video included

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By JESSE WASHINGTON AP National Writer The U.S. Department of Justice has mounted an unusually swift and aggressive response to the death of Michael Brown, from an independent autopsy to dozens of FBI... More>>

4 at slaughterhouse behind beef recall indicted

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A Northern California slaughterhouse involved in a massive beef recall processed cows with cancer while U.S. livestock inspectors took lunch breaks and later distributed the diseased cattle, according to federal charges... More>>

Body of Marine's missing wife found in mine shaft

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For nearly two months, Southern California sheriff's deputies and a legion of volunteers scoured the vast, rough terrain peppered with abandoned mine pits and deep bodies of water where the 19-year-old pregnant wife of... More>>

Sunken vessel is World War II-era USS Houston

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Navy divers from the U.S. and Indonesia confirmed that a sunken vessel in the Java Sea is the World War II wreck of the USS Houston, a cruiser sunk by the Japanese that serves as the final resting place for about 700... More>>

Prosecutor to decide on charges in toxic tea case

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The police agency investigating how an industrial cleaning solution ended up in a woman's iced tea at a Utah restaurant, badly burning her throat, is forwarding its findings to prosecutors to determine if anyone should... More>>

Lawsuit seeks records related to Missouri shooting Video included

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An attorneys' group is suing to try to get police records about the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. More>>

Cianci sauce made no money for charity in 4 years

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Former Mayor Buddy Cianci's face beams from the label of his Mayor's Own Marinara Sauce, which also promises that sales are "Benefiting Providence School Children" and have helped hundreds of students attend college. More>>

Father of abducted Amish girls sorry for suspects

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The father of two Amish girls abducted last week said he feels sorry for the man and the woman authorities say kidnapped and sexually abused them before letting them go. More>>

Police set up protest zone in Ferguson Video included

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Authorities are setting up a designated protest zone for nightly demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri. More>>

Witness: McDonnell struggled to rein in his wife

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Former Gov. Bob McDonnell struggled to rein in his wife's erratic behavior, causing turmoil throughout the executive staff and nearly prompting a mass resignation among workers in the governor's mansion, a defense... More>>

Strong DOJ response to Ferguson seeks truth, calm Video included

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By JESSE WASHINGTON AP National Writer The U.S. Department of Justice has mounted an unusually swift and aggressive response to the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Observers say the goal is... More>>

Stranded ship drifts; crewman buried at sea

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The crewman who died in a fire aboard a chemical tanker that's adrift off the Oregon coast has been buried at sea. More>>

PG&E pleads not guilty to charges in deadly blast

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Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pleaded not guilty Monday to charges in a new indictment that accuses the utility of lying to federal investigators looking into a fatal pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area... More>>

Former Vermont US Sen. Jeffords dies at 80

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Former Vermont U.S. Sen. James Jeffords, who in 2001 tipped control of the Senate when he quit the Republican Party to become an independent, died Monday. He was 80. More>>

NYC's Met opera reaches deals with 2 unions

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New York's Metropolitan Opera reached tentative labor deals with two of its largest unions early Monday while negotiations continued with 10 more unions in hopes of averting a lockout. More>>

Alleged lover of California Marine's missing wife arrested in Alaska on homicide charge

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Alleged lover of California Marine's missing wife arrested in Alaska on homicide charge. More>>

USDA: Cost to raise child up slightly to $245,340

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A message for new parents: get ready for sticker shock. More>>

County autopsy: unarmed teen shot 6 to 8 times Video included

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A St. Louis County autopsy has found that the unarmed black teenager killed during a confrontation with a white police officer was shot six to eight times. More>>

Missouri governor calls off Ferguson curfew Video included

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says no curfew will be in place early Tuesday morning in Ferguson, and the National Guard keeping watch there will have immediate and limited" responsibilities. More>>

Fan suffers heart attack during 49ers game, dies

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A man who collapsed during the San Francisco 49ers' debut game at Levi's Stadium has died. More>>

Militias complicate situation on Texas border

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On a recent moonlit night, Border Patrol agents began rounding up eight immigrants hiding in and around a canal near the Rio Grande. A state trooper soon arrived to help. Then out of the darkness emerged seven more armed... More>>

McDonald's confronts its junk food image

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At a dinner McDonald's hosted for reporters and bloggers, waiters served cuisine prepared by celebrity chefs using ingredients from the chain's menu. More>>

Russian hacking suspect ordered held until trial

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A federal judge on Friday ordered the son of a prominent Russian lawmaker to remain in custody until his trial on computer hacking charges, after a prosecutor said evidence recovered from his laptop after his arrest in the... More>>

Scientists racing to test Ebola vaccines in humans

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Scientists are racing to begin the first human safety tests of two experimental Ebola vaccines, but it won't be easy to prove that the shots and other potential treatments in the pipeline really work. More>>

Missouri governor sends National Guard to Ferguson Video included

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard to Ferguson early Monday, hours after police used tear gas to clear protesters off the streets following a week of demonstrations against the fatal police shooting of a... More>>

Cuban photographer: Do you recognize this girl?

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In the photo, a girl crouches on a wooden raft, surrounded by solemn men. Her large brown eyes stare intently at the camera. A few wisps of her dark hair float in the breeze. More>>

3.6-magnitude quake hits Southern California

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A small earthquake has struck the San Bernardino Mountains but no damages or injuries are reported. More>>

Woman who sneaked on plane gets early jail release

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A stowaway who was recently ordered to spend 117 days in jail for violating probation by returning to Los Angeles International Airport served a fraction of her sentence when she was released Saturday because of overcrowding. More>>

Perry indictment exposes Texas' political divide

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A grand jury has indicted Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts of abuse of power for making good on a veto threat - a case the possible 2016 presidential hopeful is dismissing as nakedly political, but... More>>

Report: Teen shot 6 times, including twice in head

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An unarmed black teenager killed by a white officer in Missouri was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, a preliminary private autopsy has found. More>>

Woman hurt drinking iced tea with lye improves

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A woman who unknowingly drank iced tea laced with an industrial cleaning solution at a Utah restaurant has whispered and gotten out of bed, her lawyer said Saturday. More>>

Police shooting draws protesters from near, far

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Protesters who have for days lined a busy suburban St. Louis street not far from the place where a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager have walked from nearby apartments, driven from neighboring... More>>

More charges planned against Amish-kidnap suspects

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More charges are expected soon against a northern New York couple accused of kidnapping two young Amish sisters and sexually abusing them, a prosecutor said Sunday. More>>

Ohio State trustees won't reinstate band director

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Ohio State trustees have decided against reinstating the university's marching band director, who was fired after an investigation showed he knew about, but failed to stop, a sexualized band culture. More>>

Trial of Texas father raises legal, moral issues

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David Barajas denies killing a drunk driver in a fit of rage after his two sons were fatally struck in 2012 on a rural road in Southeast Texas. More>>

Three-wheeled Elio gets closer to going on sale Video included

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Your next commuter car could have two seats, three wheels and get 84 miles to the gallon. More>>

Study questions need for most people to cut salt

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By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer A large international study questions the conventional wisdom that most people should cut back on salt, suggesting that the amount most folks consume is OK... More>>

High-res photo satellite launched from California

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A satellite designed to produce high-resolution images of Earth from space was launched Wednesday from a military base on California's Central Coast. More>>

Schatz wins over voters in tough US Senate primary

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Incumbent U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz won a tense Democratic primary election in Hawaii, proving that he is no longer just a senator who was appointed to his seat - he has captured the confidence of Hawaii voters. More>>

1 dead, 1 hurt in northern California plane crash

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Authorities say a small airplane crashed near a Northern California airport, killing one person and injuring another. More>>

Police deploy tear gas to impose Ferguson curfew Video included

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One person was shot and seven people were arrested early Sunday morning as police used smoke and tear gas to impose a curfew in a St. Louis suburb where a black teen walking down the street had been shot by a white police... More>>

More Clinton-Obama differences likely to emerge

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Hillary Rodham Clinton's split with President Barack Obama over a foreign policy "organizing principle" isn't likely to be the last time differences emerge between the two. How she handles those breaks could be... More>>

Too many aboard Washington ferry; 480 had to leave

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A Seattle-bound Washington state ferry mistakenly loaded with 484 more passengers than it was rated to carry had to return to the dock and leave the overflow at the Bremerton ferry terminal late Friday afternoon as Seattle... More>>

California cemeteries work to cope with drought

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Cemeteries with thirsty lawns are figuring out new ways to conserve water amid California's drought. More>>

Official: Amish girls sexually abused in abduction

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Two young Amish sisters were sexually abused after their abduction from a roadside farm stand in northern New York, a prosecutor said Saturday. More>>

US marshals capture fugitive fighter War Machine

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Fugitive mixed martial arts fighter War Machine was arrested Friday in California on suspicion of beating his ex-girlfriend so severely in Las Vegas that she feared for her life. More>>

APNewsBreak: Teen gunman deemed not a high threat

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A teen who fatally shot another student at his suburban Denver high school last year had been deemed "not a high-level of threat" after shouting a death threat against his debate coach three months earlier, according to... More>>

Montana Democrats choose new Senate candidate

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Montana Democrats on Saturday selected a little-known state lawmaker named Amanda Curtis as their candidate for U.S. Senate after Sen. John Walsh dropped out amid plagiarism allegations from his time at the U.S. Army War... More>>

Gov declares emergency, imposes curfew in Ferguson Video included

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew Saturday in the St. Louis suburb where a black teenager was shot to death by a white police officer a week ago. More>>

Wilder memoir to give gritty view of prairie life

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Laura Ingalls Wilder penned one of the most beloved children's series of the 20th century, but her forthcoming autobiography will show devoted "Little House on the Prairie" fans a more realistic, grittier view of... More>>

Woman steals San Diego police car, chase ensues

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A woman stole a San Diego Police patrol car then led authorities on a freeway chase for about 40 miles before she was arrested. More>>

Schatz wins Democratic Hawaii US Senate primary

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Sen. Brian Schatz beat U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate in Hawaii, closing out a tight, emotional race that went into overtime after a tropical storm kept some voters from the polls. More>>

Police, protesters clash again in Ferguson Video included

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Police and about 200 protesters clashed again in Ferguson, Missouri late Friday after another tense day in the St. Louis suburb that included authorities identifying the officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager... More>>

Vacation chief has traveled a long road with Obama

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President Barack Obama's top-ranking adviser on his vacation to Martha's Vineyard is a former Illinois political operative who drove him around the state during his Senate campaign a decade ago and then was his... More>>

Vet saves tiny kitten tossed from speeding car

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A tiny, 5-week-old kitten tossed from a speeding vehicle in Spokane, Washington, has been rescued and treated for a broken leg. More>>

Police: Chemicals in tea due to earlier mix-up

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An industrial cleaning solution that ended up in tea that a woman drank at a Utah restaurant was unintentionally mixed into a bag of sugar a month earlier, authorities said Friday. More>>

Fire disables tanker off Oregon coast; 1 dead

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An engine-room fire has disabled a private commercial chemical tanker 700 miles off the Oregon coast, and one crew member has died, the U.S. Coast Guard said Friday. More>>

NY couple arrested in Amish girls' kidnapping

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A northern New York couple was arrested Friday in the kidnapping of two Amish sisters from their family's roadside farm stand. More>>

Texas' Perry indicted for coercion for veto threat

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A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for allegedly abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption - making the possible 2016... More>>

Ferguson police chief cedes much of his authority

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In less than a week, the nation's most embattled police chief has ceded much of his authority - first to county police and then to state troopers. More>>

Officer's name begins to lift weeklong mystery

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For nearly a week, the police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, has been a shadowy figure - nameless, faceless and seemingly shielded from the fury that has filled the streets of... More>>

USDA: Puppy imports must be healthy, 6 months old

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Foreign dog breeders have gone unregulated for years, shipping puppies so young and so sick that one in four died before reaching a U.S. airport, animal welfare workers say. More>>

National Guard on border, but not Perry's 1,000

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In coming weeks, Texas National Guardsmen on two separate missions will be working along the Texas-Mexico border in South Texas. More>>

Critics: Police equipped like armies going too far

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The Missouri police department at the center of an uproar over the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager acquired two armored Humvees and other military gear for free through a Pentagon program that critics blame for... More>>

Dead 100-year-old woman found in flooded basement

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The body of a 100-year-old suburban Detroit woman was found in her flooded condominium basement Tuesday, a day after heavy rain swamped much of the area and stranded motorists on water-clogged streets and freeways. More>>

No bidders for possibly booby-trapped land

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No one bid for the compound of a tax-evading couple convicted of amassing an arsenal of weapons and holding federal law enforcement officials at bay for months. More>>

Chief: Officer didn't know Brown was a suspect Video included

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The chief in the St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black teenager was fatally shot by police says the officer didn't know the teen was a robbery suspect at the time of the shooting. More>>

Marine who urinated on corpses in Afghanistan dies

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A decorated retired Marine whose career as a sniper was derailed by a video that showed him urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters has died, his attorney said Friday. More>>

Agent gives Hollywood edgy look with 'real' people

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You couldn't miss Hollywood talent agent Sid Levin's office in the old days: It wasn't much bigger than a closet and it was sometimes filled with burglars, bank robbers and gang members, all trying to break... More>>

US sees surge in Cuban rafters aiming for Florida

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One early morning this April, Dairon Morera climbed onto a raft of aluminum tanks with 22 other people, revved up a Volvo car motor and pushed off the Cuban shore, joining a never-ending stream of islanders desperate to... More>>

Ferguson police to reveal officer's name Friday Video included

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Police in Ferguson say they are planning to release the name of the officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in the St. Louis suburb. More>>

San Francisco saying goodbye to Candlestick Park

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San Francisco said goodbye Thursday to Candlestick Park - the stadium where the city's beloved Giants and 49ers celebrated some of their greatest triumphs. More>>

Obama steps into another racially charged incident

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For President Barack Obama, the intersection of race and the law has revealed both the pitfalls and the power of wading into these delicate matters as the nation's first black president. More>>

Police images fuel outrage in St. Louis and beyond Video included

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The images were reminiscent of a war zone: Helmeted officers pointing weapons from armored trucks, flash grenades lighting the night sky and tear gas exploding in crowded streets. More>>

Obama's involvement in 3 racially charged cases

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By The Associated Press President Barack Obama has called for peace and calm in Ferguson, Missouri, the St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black teenager was fatally shot over the weekend by a white... More>>

Missouri Highway Patrol seizes control of Ferguson Video included

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The Missouri Highway Patrol seized control of a St. Louis suburb Thursday, stripping local police of their law-enforcement authority after four days of clashes between officers in riot gear and furious crowds protesting... More>>

Rallies honor people who died at hands of police

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Thousands of people across the country attended protest vigils Thursday for an unarmed black Missouri teenager fatally shot by a white police officer and other victims who organizers say died as a result of police brutality. More>>

2 Amish sisters safe after apparent abduction

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Two missing Amish sisters turned up safe Thursday evening, about 24 hours after they were apparently abducted from their family's roadside farm stand in northern New York, authorities said. More>>

Whitey Bulger's attorneys appeal his conviction

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Former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger is appealing the federal conviction that sent him to prison for life last year, arguing that he was unable to fully present his defense. More>>

Hawaii judge upholds timing of makeup primary

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A Hawaii judge upheld the timing of a makeup primary election Thursday for more than 8,000 voters on the Big Island despite a last-minute challenge from a Senate candidate who said residents should have more time to... More>>

Synthetic drug seller gets 17½ years in prison

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The owner of a now-closed Minnesota head shop was sentenced to 17½ years in prison Thursday for selling synthetic drugs in a case that prosecutors said should remove any doubts that substances sold under such names as... More>>

New Orleans clears out homeless camp of 160 people

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City workers wearing gloves - and a few in face masks - threw sofas, armchairs and quilts into garbage trucks Thursday, clearing out a homeless encampment of about 160 people. Officials said it attracted rats and called it... More>>

Chemical-filled tea burns woman at Utah restaurant

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Jan Harding and her husband had just arrived at a Utah restaurant for a relaxing lunch with friends when she filled her cup with sweet tea from a self-serve beverage station. More>>

Police images fuel outrage in St. Louis and beyond Video included

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The images were reminiscent of a war zone: Helmeted officers pointing weapons from armored trucks, flash grenades lighting the night sky and tear gas exploding in crowded streets. More>>

Prosecutors rest in ex-Virginia governor case

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Prosecutors wrapped up their case in the public corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, on Thursday by giving jurors their first in-person look at the designer clothes and other gifts... More>>

Gay marriages could begin in Va., barring delay

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A federal appeals court appears to have cleared the way for same-sex marriages to begin in Virginia as early as next week, but that could be put on hold indefinitely if the nation's highest court intervenes. More>>

Praise for 'small-town boy' hit by Stewart's car

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They came to grieve and share stories about Kevin Ward Jr., who was born into a racing family and buried with racing flags in his casket. More>>

Subway Inn, old-time NYC dive bar, facing eviction

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The owners of the Subway Inn, a dive bar that for almost eight decades has served the likes of neighborhood workers - and, legend has it, even Marilyn Monroe - pleaded Thursday for city officials and the public to support... More>>

For Obama, pitfalls and power in addressing race

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For President Barack Obama, the intersection of race and the law has revealed both the pitfalls and the power of wading into these delicate matters as the nation's first black president. More>>

Stores have a solid start to back-to-school season

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The back-to-school shopping season is off to a promising start, but retailers may be sacrificing profit for sales. More>>

Police to citizens: Be careful what you tweet

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Police in Washington state are asking the public to stop tweeting during shootings and manhunts to avoid accidentally telling the bad guys what officers are doing. More>>

AP PHOTOS: Lunar show illuminates world's skies

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By The Associated Press People around the world this weekend looked up at the sky to view a lunar phenomenon: the supermoon. More>>

US victims' lawyer: Arab Bank financed terrorists

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A large Jordan-based bank funneled tens of millions of dollars to the families of suicide bombers and terrorist operatives with ties to Hamas during a deadly Palestinian uprising from 2001 to 2004, lawyers for American... More>>

New Orleans clears out homeless camp of 160 people

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Officials have cleared and cleaned a homeless encampment in New Orleans where about 160 people had been living in tents, on cardboard boxes and other makeshift beds. More>>

Hernandez excused from hearing in Boston murders

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Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez was excused from a pre-trial hearing Thursday in his Boston double homicide case. More>>

Man gets life for killing, raping college student

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The photograph of a beaming Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott was taken on Mother's Day 2011, a frog she rescued from the family's pool cupped in her hand. A year and a half later, Seth Mazzaglia raped her, killed her and... More>>

Tsarnaev lawyers say November trial date too soon

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Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said Thursday they likely won't be ready for a planned Nov. 3 trial date. More>>

8 arrested in daring New Jersey casino heist

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A recently fired casino security guard used his knowledge of when and where large sums of money would change hands to help plan and pull off a daring robbery that netted more than $180,000, authorities said Thursday. More>>

Group releases name it says is officer in shooting

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The hacker group Anonymous has released the name of the person that it says is the officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. More>>

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