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Wine collector set for sentencing on fraud charges

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A California wine collector the government has characterized as a prolific counterfeiter who sold at least $20 million in fake wine faces at least 11 years in prison when he is sentenced Thursday on fraud charges. More>>

Slaying of Fla. law professor is a seeming mystery

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Detectives say Florida State University law school professor Daniel Markel was shot in the head - but won't say whether he was shot from the front or back. They say he was gunned down at his home in broad daylight -... More>>

Alaska tourist train halts runs after derailment

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A vintage rail company that hauls hundreds of thousands of tourists every year along the route of the historic Klondike Gold Rush has suspended operations while it investigates a derailment that injured nine people. More>>

Arizona execution takes nearly 2 hours

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A condemned murderer took nearly two hours to die and gasped for about 90 minutes during an execution in Arizona that quickly rekindled the national debate on capital punishment in the U.S. More>>

Colorado gay marriage ban struck, appeal awaits

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For years, gay rights activists in Colorado repeatedly said it would only be a matter of time before they would be allowed to marry. More>>

Democrats stand by senator amid plagiarism claim

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Sen. John Walsh said his unattributed use of others' work in his master's thesis was not plagiarism but "a few citations that were unintentionally left out of a term paper" that he blamed in part on post-Iraq war... More>>

Fire season in West so far is below expectations

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Widespread drought across the West had forecasters expecting an above-average wildfire season this summer, which so far has not lived up to expectations. More>>

Women charged with helping al-Qaida-linked group

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Five people, including two women in the U.S., were charged Wednesday with funneling money to the al-Qaida-linked extremist group al-Shabab in Somalia, prosecutors said. More>>

How Arizona, Ohio, Oklahoma, executions went awry

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By The Associated Press Since the start of the year, executions in Ohio, Oklahoma and Arizona have gone awry, with inmates gasping for breath as lethal drugs coursed through their bodies. The Associated... More>>

Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution began

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A condemned Arizona inmate gasped for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S. More>>

Wyoming cave with fossil secrets to be excavated

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For the first time in more than 30 years, paleontologists are about to revisit one of North America's most remarkable troves of late Pleistocene fossils: The bones of tens of thousands of animals piled at least 30 feet... More>>

Nunn and Perdue shift to fall battle of outsiders

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New Republican nominee David Perdue and Democratic opponent Michelle Nunn used the first day of the general election campaign to retool the "outsider" arguments they've used to reach this point in a race that will help... More>>

Gang violence, fears for children fuel rush to US

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Many immigrants flooding across the southern border of the U.S. say they're fleeing violent gangs in Central America. More>>

Prayers for man who died in NY police custody

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Gospel music mixed with cries of grief at a Brooklyn church filled to overflowing with mourners for the funeral of a man who died in police custody after an officer placed him in an apparent chokehold, and his family was... More>>

Ohio woman to be sentenced in slave labor case

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A northeast Ohio woman convicted along with her boyfriend of enslaving a mentally disabled woman in their home for nearly two years was scheduled to be sentenced in federal court in Youngstown. More>>

JFK returns to old look in new collectors' coins

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President John F. Kennedy is getting his old look back on new collectors' coins. More>>

Suspected Nazi guard's death a blow to prosecutors

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German efforts to prosecute aging war criminals suffered a setback this week with the death of a retired Philadelphia toolmaker who had long been in the crosshairs of Nazi hunters. More>>

Family: Teen pilot who crashed in ocean knew risks

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The family of an Indiana teenager who crashed in the Pacific Ocean during an around-the-world flight says he knew the risks and had prepared for them. More>>

Deliberations in Ventura trial to enter Day 3

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A jury in St. Paul is set to resume deliberating for a third day whether a man regarded as the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history libeled former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura in his memoir. More>>

Survey finds sharp increase in teen use of HGH

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Experimentation with human growth hormones by America's teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic performance and improve their looks, according to a new,... More>>

Funeral held for man who died in NY police custody

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An overflow crowd packed a church and sang songs on Wednesday at the funeral of a man who died in police custody after an officer placed him in an apparent chokehold. More>>

Ohio woman has long road ahead after rock attack

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Doctors had a simple goal when they first saw how a football-size rock thrown from an interstate overpass in Pennsylvania had shattered Sharon Budd's skull - to keep her alive. More>>

California firm issues nationwide fruit recall

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A Central California company is recalling specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots sold nationwide over concerns of possible listeria contamination. More>>

Ocean crash kills teen pilot seeking world record

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His pilot's license fresh in his hands, an Indiana teenager set out in June for the adventure of a lifetime: an around-the-world flight with his father designed to break a record and raise money to build schools in his... More>>

Judge strikes down gay marriage ban, stays ruling

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A federal judge in Denver declared Colorado's gay marriage ban unconstitutional Wednesday, but he temporarily put the ruling on hold to give the state until next month to seek an appeal. More>>

Senator says he had PTSD when he wrote thesis

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Sen. John Walsh of Montana said Wednesday his failure to attribute conclusions and verbatim passages lifted from other scholars' work in his thesis to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College was an... More>>

Seattle police: Homeless ticketed most for pot

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An analysis of the first six months of Seattle police enforcement under new marijuana laws finds homeless people and African-American males are more likely to be ticketed for public pot use than anyone else. More>>

Document: Man tied to gun said 'bomber' his friend

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Details emerged Wednesday on another friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who may have been linked to events surrounding the deadly attack, this one a high school classmate tied to a gun used to kill... More>>

Meat supplier in China scandal has global reach

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It isn't a household name, but the company at the center of a food scandal in China helps make some of the world's most popular foods, including the Big Macs and Quarter Pounders served at McDonald's locations. More>>

NYC official: Thieves got into 1K StubHub accounts

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Some of the hottest tickets in town - to Broadway hits, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake concerts, a New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox game - were snapped up by an international ring of cyber thieves who commandeered more than... More>>

Fire season in West expected to get more intense

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Despite widespread drought in the West and expectations of an above-average wildfire season, wildfires have burned less than half the 10-year average area so far this summer. More>>

Calls for troops at border echo previous pushes

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When Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced the deployment of up to 1,000 armed National Guard troops to the Mexican border he was speaking to voters in Iowa as much as Texas. More>>

Sketch of suspect in peacock killing released

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Officials have released a sketch of a man suspected of shooting and killing a peacock from his Mercedes-Benz earlier this month in Southern California. More>>

Porch shooter's lawyer says he feared for his life

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A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch was rocked out of sleep by a series of "boom, boom, boom" pounding sounds outside his home, causing him to grab a shotgun, open the front door and fire, a... More>>

World breaks monthly heat record 2 times in a row

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The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June. That's after the world broke a record in May. More>>

At 101, weather observer gets a place in the sun

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It takes only a couple of minutes, twice a day, but 101-year-old Richard Hendrickson is fiercely proud that he has done the same thing for his country and community nearly every day since Herbert Hoover was in the White... More>>

Clinton launches baby-talking campaign in Oakland

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Hillary Rodham Clinton launched a new campaign Wednesday - to encourage parents to talk, read and sing to their babies. More>>

APNewsBreak: Medicaid enrollees strain Oregon

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Low-income Oregon residents were supposed to be big winners after the state expanded Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul and created a new system to improve the care they received. More>>

Nazi war suspect, 89, dies as extradition OK'd

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An 89-year-old Nazi war crimes suspect died in custody hours before a U.S. ruling Wednesday that he should be extradited to Germany to face trial. More>>

NASA names building for moonwalker Neil Armstrong

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By MALCOLM RITTER AP Science Writer NASA honored one of its most famous astronauts Monday by renaming a historic building at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. More>>

Head of troubled CDC anthrax lab has resigned

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The head of the government lab that potentially exposed workers to live anthrax has resigned, an agency spokesman said Wednesday. More>>

Federal judge to rule on Colorado gay marriage ban Video included

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A federal judge in Denver is expected to rule Wednesday whether Colorado's same-sex marriage ban should be overturned immediately, or if the issue should be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. More>>

Biden among Urban League meeting speakers in Ohio

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The National Urban League wants to make sure job issues and economic insecurity are in the forefront of this fall's election campaigns, its leader said Wednesday as members of the civil rights organization gathered for... More>>

Obama declares Washington wildfire emergency

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Wetter, cooler weather has helped firefighters make progress in their efforts to get the largest wildfire in Washington state's history under control. More>>

Hopkins pays $190M in pelvis exam pix settlement

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For Myra James, the process of going to the gynecologist is now too much to bear. More>>

Teacher slaying suspect in court on assault charge

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A Massachusetts teenager charged with killing his teacher last year after following her into a bathroom similarly followed a worker at a youth detention facility into a locker room last month before choking and beating... More>>

Memorial honoring injured veterans under way in DC

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Army Lt. Dawn Halfaker was on patrol 10 years ago in Baqubah, Iraq, when a rocket-propelled grenade tore through her military vehicle and exploded inside. More>>

Flight bans show skittishness over trouble spots

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By The Associated Press When U.S. and European airlines quickly canceled flights to Israel on Tuesday, they showed both a skittishness and a new sense of urgency in dealing with global trouble spots... More>>

Police custody death tests 'Broken Windows' tactic

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Eric Garner, who died in police custody last week after he was put in an apparent chokehold, was suspected of committing the relatively minor crime of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes on the street. More>>

CEO: Clippers coach to quit if Sterling stays

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The interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers testified Tuesday that coach Doc Rivers told him he will quit if Donald Sterling remains the owner of the team. More>>

Perdue defeats Kingston in Georgia Senate runoff

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Businessman David Perdue has defeated longtime Rep. Jack Kingston in the Republican runoff for Georgia's U.S. Senate nomination, setting up a matchup against Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn that will help determine... More>>

New arrest linked to gun used after Boston attacks

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A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is believed to have provided the handgun used to kill a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer during the manhunt, people with knowledge of the... More>>

Crews make gains on massive Washington wildfire

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Firefighters made progress Tuesday in their efforts to get the largest wildfire in Washington state's history under control, with wetter weather bringing some relief but also raising concerns about flash flooding. More>>

Supreme Court allows Arizona execution to proceed

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed an Arizona execution to go forward amid a closely watched First Amendment fight over the secrecy surrounding lethal injection drugs in the country. More>>

Black leaders worry about low turnout in November

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Civil rights leaders at the NAACP annual convention in Las Vegas on Tuesday worried that dwindling African-American turnout in November could lead to the expansion of voter-identification laws that make it harder for that... More>>

In international flight, volatile conflicts abound

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In Libya, militias armed with shoulder-launched missiles are battling for control of the country's main airport. In Africa, the entire Sahel region is awash with weapons that include portable air defense systems... More>>

Cause of fire at Williston company unknown

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More than half a day after an industrial fire broke out in the North Dakota oil patch town of Williston, authorities still were unable to say what caused the massive blaze. More>>

Judge ponders overturning state gay marriage ban Video included

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Gay couples seeking to strike Colorado's same-sex marriage ban urged a federal judge Tuesday to overturn the law immediately and reject the state's request to stay a ruling until the U.S. Supreme Court decides the... More>>

Denver proposes $3.3M jail-abuse settlement

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Denver officials have reached a deal to pay $3.3 million to settle a federal jail-abuse lawsuit filed by a former inmate who said a deputy ignored his blood-curdling screams while a group of fellow inmates brutally beat... More>>

Beretta: Gun law forcing move out of Maryland

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Beretta U.S.A. announced Tuesday that company concerns over a strict gun-control law enacted in Maryland last year have made it necessary to move its weapons making out of the state to Tennessee. More>>

FAA tells US airlines not to fly to Tel Aviv Video included

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The Federal Aviation Administration told U.S. airlines Tuesday they are prohibited from flying to the Tel Aviv airport in Israel for 24 hours following a Hamas rocket explosion nearby. The ban began 12:15 p.m. EDT on... More>>

General: Guard to take observation role at border

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Most of the 1,000 National Guard troops headed to the Texas-Mexico border will take up observational positions and detain people only if they interfere with their mission, a top general over the deployment said Tuesday. More>>

Georgia man pleads guilty to faking allergy tests

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The owner of a laboratory near Atlanta has pleaded guilty to faking the results of patients' blood tests for food and environmental allergies. More>>

After 3-year probe, feds to monitor Newark police

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Newark police engaged in the excessive use of force, routinely stopped people on the street for no legitimate reason and regularly stole property from civilians, the U.S. Department of Justice concluded in a report... More>>

Homeless slayings underscore dangers on the street

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The brutal slayings of two homeless men in Albuquerque underscores the vulnerability of transients, who prosecutors and police said Tuesday are often victimized but rarely report the crimes. More>>

Peace talks eyed after Israel, Hamas cease-fire

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The U.S. and Egypt sought Tuesday to find an end to two weeks of bloodshed in the Gaza Strip, and officials raised the possibility of restarting stalled peace talks between Israel and Palestinian authorities as a necessary... More>>

Hospitalized Nazi guard suspect, 89, gets bail

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An 89-year-old Nazi war crimes suspect who was jailed while awaiting extradition to Germany has been granted bail after being hospitalized. More>>

Man convicted of enslaving woman gets 30 years

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An Ohio man convicted along with his girlfriend of enslaving a mentally disabled woman for two years through intimidation, threats and abuse was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in federal prison. More>>

Appeals court in Va. upholds health care subsidies

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A federal appeals court in Virginia has upheld tax subsidies for low- and middle-income people who buy insurance under the Obama administration's health care reform law. More>>

Despite crush of children, illegal immigration low

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Border Patrol agents stationed in South Texas are the busiest in the country, arresting tens of thousands of children illegally crossing the border without their parents and thousands more families with children. More>>

American Jews, other 'lone soldiers' serve Israel

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By JULIE WATSON Associated Press The two Americans killed in fighting in the Gaza Strip followed in the footsteps of scores of Jews from around the world who have volunteered to fight for Israel. More>>

Dad: Boys charged in homeless deaths once homeless

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A man who says he is the father of two of three teens charged with fatally beating two homeless men says that they too were once homeless, and he has no idea what prompted the brutal Friday night attack that police say... More>>

Teen's death puts focus on caffeine powder dangers

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A few weeks before their prom king's death, students at an Ohio high school had attended an assembly on narcotics that warned about the dangers of heroin and prescription painkillers. More>>

HIV diagnosis rate fell by third in US over decade

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The rate of HIV infections diagnosed in the United States each year fell by one-third over the past decade, a government study finds. Experts celebrated it as hopeful news that the AIDS epidemic may be slowing in the U.S. More>>

Working-class whites lose voting dominance in Ohio

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For the first time, working-class whites make up less than half of Ohio's eligible voters, part of a demographic shift in a key Midwestern swing state that is pushing political parties to widen their appeal beyond the... More>>

Witness: Sterling needs Clippers sale to pay debts

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The chief financial officer of Donald Sterling's properties said Monday that the billionaire may be forced to sell a large portion of his real estate empire to cover $500 million in loans if he persists in refusing to... More>>

Better weather aiding Washington wildfire fight Video included

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Calmer winds and cooler temperatures helped firefighters go on the offensive Monday against a destructive wildfire that has charred hundreds of square miles in Washington state and is the largest in state history. More>>

Friend is first convicted in Boston Marathon probe

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The conviction of a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for impeding the investigation into the bombings has his lawyers wondering if anyone else who faces charges connected to the 2013 attack... More>>

Thomas Berger, 'Little Big Man' author, dead at 89

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Thomas Berger, the witty and eclectic novelist who reimagined the American West in the historical yarn "Little Big Man" and mastered genres ranging from detective stories to domestic farce, has died at age 89. More>>

Friends: Man in NYC chokehold case 'gentle giant'

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Eric Garner was a familiar figure on the streets near Staten Island's ferry docks: to his friends, a congenial giant with a generous gesture or a calming word; to police, a persistent face of the small-time crime of... More>>

Ex-soldier undecided on murder-conviction appeal

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Lawyers for a former Hawaii-based soldier who avoided a death sentence for his 5-year-old daughter's killing want him to consult with an appellate attorney before deciding whether to appeal his murder conviction. More>>

Police probe other attacks after transients killed

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Three teenagers accused of fatally beating two homeless men beyond recognition with cinder blocks, bricks and a metal fence pole may have been terrorizing transients around Albuquerque for months, police said Monday. More>>

Citing 'racist views,' tribe cancels Nugent show

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A Native American tribe has canceled an Aug. 4 concert by Ted Nugent at its casino. More>>

JetBlue pilot among 6 arrested in Boston drug bust

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A JetBlue pilot from Florida is among six people arrested by Boston police over the weekend in an investigation of drug dealing incidents near the Boston Common. More>>

Arizona execution drug case heads to Supreme Court

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A federal appeals court ruled Monday that Arizona cannot execute a death row inmate without providing detailed information about the drugs intended for his lethal injection, a decision that prompted state officials to say... More>>

Perry sending National Guard troops to border

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Gov. Rick Perry is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border over the next month to combat what he said Monday were criminals exploiting a surge of children pouring into the U.S. illegally. More>>

Murder charges filed in California bank robbery

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A 19-year-old California man was charged Monday with three counts of murder in the deaths of a hostage and two alleged accomplices, and 22 counts of attempted murder of police officers in a bank robbery and running gun... More>>

Missing New Hampshire teen home after 9 months

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A 15-year-old New Hampshire girl who disappeared while on her way home from school nine months ago is safely home with her family, the state attorney general said Monday. More>>

Americans from Texas, California killed in Gaza Video included

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By TAMI ABDOLLAH and SARAH RANKIN Associated Press Max Steinberg and Nissim Sean Carmeli grew up in America and had a passion for Israel. More>>

Gay, transgender workers gain US bias protection

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President Barack Obama on Monday ordered employment protection for gay and transgender employees who work for the federal government or for companies holding federal contracts, telling advocates he embraced the... More>>

Afghan vet who fought wounded gets Medal of Honor Video included

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Bleeding from both legs and his arm, Ryan Pitts kept firing at about 200 Taliban fighters, even holding onto his grenades an extra moment to ensure the enemy couldn't heave them back. On Monday, President Barack Obama... More>>

Hopkins pays $190M in pelvis exam pix settlement

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A "rogue" gynecologist who used tiny cameras to secretly record videos and photos of his patients has forced one of the world's top medical centers to pay $190 million to 8,000 women and girls. More>>

Friend convicted of impeding Boston Marathon probe

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A college friend was convicted Monday of trying to protect Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by agreeing with another friend to get rid of a backpack and disabled fireworks they took from his dorm room... More>>

Beef pollutes more than pork, poultry, study says

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Raising beef for the American dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says. More>>

Not-guilty plea in Syria war-related passport case

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A Southern California man pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of lying on a passport application so he could allegedly travel to Syria to hook up with a terrorist group. More>>

Idaho woman appeals NSA surveillance lawsuit

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The American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation are joining in a northern Idaho's woman appeal over the National Security Agency's collection of cellphone information. More>>

Trial to start in death of unarmed woman on porch

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Roused from sleep by the sound of pounding in the wee hours, a suburban Detroit man grabbed his shotgun, opened the front door and blasted a young woman in the face. More>>

'Modified duty' for medics after fatal NYC arrest

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Four emergency workers involved in the medical response for a New York City man who died in police custody after being put in an apparent chokehold have been barred from responding to 911 calls, the Fire Department of New... More>>

Florida town stunned by news of police KKK ties

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Ann Hunnewell and her central Florida police officer husband knelt in the living room of a fellow officer's home, with pillow cases as makeshift hoods over their heads. A few words were spoken and they, along with a... More>>

Dog attacks, kills 7-month-old baby in Ohio

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Police in Dayton say a dog has attacked and killed a 7-month-old boy. More>>

Palestinian-American talks about Mideast beating Video included

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A 15-year-old Palestinian-American from Florida who was taken into custody by Israeli security forces during a family visit to the Middle East says he was beaten and kicked so much he lost consciousness after the slaying... More>>

RJ Reynolds vows to fight $23.6B in damages

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The nation's No. 2 cigarette maker is vowing to fight a jury verdict of $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer. More>>

Film, TV legend James Garner, reluctant hero, dies

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Few actors could register disbelief, exasperation or annoyance with more comic subtlety. More>>

Family spokesman: Ex-Oregon Gov. Vic Atiyeh dies

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Vic Atiyeh, Oregon's last Republican governor who shepherded the state through a deep recession during two terms in the 1980s, died Sunday night, a family spokesman said. More>>

6 die in 2 plane crashes in northern Arizona

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Two small planes went down in separate crashes in northern Arizona Sunday, leaving six people dead, authorities said. More>>

Celebrate 45 years since man's first steps on moon

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Now's the time to get moonstruck. More>>

3 teens held in Albuquerque homeless killings

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Three teenagers ganged up on two homeless men and fatally beat them before leaving their bodies nearly unrecognizable, Albuquerque police said Sunday. More>>

2 Americans killed in fighting in Gaza Strip Video included

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By TAMI ABDOLLAH and SARAH RANKIN Associated Press Two Americans who were soldiers for the Israel Defense Forces were killed in fighting in the Gaza Strip. More>>

Plane crashes near New York's Lake Placid; 3 dead

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A small plane crashed Saturday while attempting to land at an airport near Lake Placid, killing all three people on board. More>>

Police: California bank robber linked to 2 heists

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Police in Stockton, California, confirmed Sunday that a bank robber killed in a recent police shootout and hostage situation was among those suspected in an earlier heist at the same bank branch. More>>

Helpful weather coming to Washington wildfires Video included

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Cooler temperatures and lighter winds are forecast to descend on wildfire-stricken Washington state, helping firefighters battle flames that have been growing unfettered for a week and have covered hundreds of square miles. More>>

American teen beaten in Mideast talks about ordeal Video included

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A Palestinian-American teen detained by Israeli security forces while on a family visit to the Middle East said Sunday he had been beaten, kicked and blindfolded after a cousin there was abducted and killed. More>>

Nuke dump operator received $1.9M bonus after fire

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The contractor that operates the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico received a $1.9 million bonus just five days after an underground truck fire closed the facility. More>>

California man who co-authored Manson book dies

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Curt Gentry, a San Francisco writer who co-authored "Helter Skelter," the true crime classic chronicling the Charles Manson case, has died at the age of 83. More>>

Decision coming on bomber training area expansion

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Air Force officials are expected to decide as soon as next month whether to go forward with an expansion of a bomber training area over the Northern Plains that would encompass an area larger than West Virginia. More>>

Drought hinders California's clean energy goals

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Already locked in its third dry year, an ongoing drought could complicate California's battle against global warming and make it more expensive, officials said. More>>

Reactions to the death of James Garner

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By The Associated Press "Jim was a mentor to me and a friend, and I will miss him." - Tom Selleck, who early in his career guest-starred on Garner's series "The Rockford Files." More>>

US communities diverge on child migrant response

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As thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children have poured into South Texas, community leaders from Dallas to Los Angeles to Syracuse, N.Y., have offered to set up temporary shelters to relieve the Army bases, holding... More>>

Film, TV legend James Garner, reluctant hero, dies

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Few actors could register disbelief, exasperation or annoyance with more comic subtlety. More>>

Detroit seeing upgrades ahead of bankruptcy trial

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Detroit neighborhoods are being relit, its vacant homes are being sold off or torn down, its public transportation is cleaner and more often on schedule and the city has renegotiated some burdensome union contracts. More>>

No arrests in slaying of 11-year-old Chicago girl

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The mother of an 11-year-old girl who was killed by a stray bullet fired into her friend's home during a slumber party didn't allow the girl or her twin brother to play outside because she was so afraid of... More>>

Studies see new risks for cholesterol drug niacin

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By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer New details from two studies reveal more side effects from niacin, a drug that hundreds of thousands of Americans take for cholesterol problems and general... More>>

Colleges woo Native Americans with new programs

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Elijah Watson knows he wants to go to college. He also knows that it will be difficult to leave home on the Navajo reservation if he does. More>>

Police: Movie, TV legend James Garner dies

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Actor James Garner, whose whimsical style in the 1950s TV Western "Maverick" led to a stellar career in TV and films such as "The Rockford Files" and his Oscar-nominated "Murphy's Romance," has died, police said. He... More>>

High winds push growing Washington wildfire Video included

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Pushed by howling, erratic winds, a massive wildfire in north-central Washington was growing rapidly and burning in new directions Saturday. More>>

Officer in fatal NY arrest stripped of gun, badge

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A New York City police officer involved in the arrest of a man who died in custody after being placed in an apparent chokehold has been stripped of his gun and badge and placed on desk duty, police said Saturday. More>>

Police seek driver in deadly California bank heist

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While police in the Northern California city of Stockton searched Saturday for an accomplice in a bank robbery that led to a police chase and deadly shootout, investigators said they suspect the same men carried out other... More>>

Trains running again in NY after rock slide

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Full service has resumed on the nation's second-largest commuter rail system after tumbling rocks damaged a stretch of tracks, halted trains and left hundreds of passengers without rides north of New York City. More>>

Appeals court postpones Arizona man's execution

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A federal appeals court on Saturday granted an Arizona death row inmate's request to postpone his pending execution, putting it on hold until prison officials reveal details on the two-drug combination that will be... More>>

Federal immigration agent indicted in Utah attack

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An Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent accused of slamming a man's face into a concrete floor has been indicted in Utah. More>>

Shooting deaths of 4 horses in Utah prompt outrage

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The shooting deaths of four thoroughbred horses in Utah are prompting outrage and a $5,000 reward for the prosecution of those responsible. More>>

Hundreds rally, seek end to strikes on Gaza Video included

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Hundreds gathered for a rally at the State Capitol and a march through downtown Denver to call for an end to what they called a humanitarian crisis brought on by conflict in Gaza. More>>

Jazz trumpeter Lionel Ferbos dies at 103

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Centenarian jazz musician Lionel Ferbos died Saturday at his home in New Orleans, just days after celebrating his 103rd birthday on July 17 with friends and family in the French Quarter. More>>

Fugitive found in Nepal back in New Mexico custody

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A New Mexico man who fled sex abuse and kidnapping charges 14 years ago returned to the state Saturday following his capture in Nepal, the FBI said. More>>

Study says national parks boost economy in West

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National parks and monuments boosted the economies of surrounding communities in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho by a combined $1.15 billion last year, according to a new study. More>>

Sunday marks 2 years since theater massacre

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On July 20, 2012, a man wearing police-style armor killed 12 people and injured 70 during a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" in the Denver suburb of Aurora. James Holmes, a former neuroscience graduate student,... More>>

Buzz Aldrin: Where were you when I walked on moon?

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On July 20, 1969, Buzz Aldrin was "out of town" when the world united and rejoiced in a way never seen before or since. More>>

Commercial shipment arrives at space station

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The International Space Station accepted a fresh delivery of goods Wednesday. More>>

Fewer gas leaks found in cities with new pipes

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Cities such as Indianapolis that regularly replace old natural gas lines have significantly fewer leaks than older urban areas where they don't, like Boston and New York City's Staten Island, according to a new... More>>

Police: Mom, grandparents nearly starved boy, 7

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A 7-year-old boy was nearly starved to death, suffered regular beatings and resorted to catching insects to eat during brief times he was allowed outside, police said in charging his mother and grandparents with assault... More>>

Beyonce exhibit to debut at Rock Hall-Museum

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A fashion exhibit centered on Beyonce will debut at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in a section previously featuring only Hall of Famers. More>>

Wildfires bring destruction to central Washington Video included

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By The Associated Press A wind-driven, lightning-caused wildfire racing through rural north-central Washington destroyed about 100 homes Thursday and Friday, leaving behind solitary brick chimneys and... More>>

Robbers' families say police acted appropriately

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The families of two slain bank robbery suspects said that police in the Northern California city of Stockton acted appropriately when they engaged in a gunbattle with their sons. More>>

Robbers' families say police acted appropriately

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The families of two slain bank robbery suspects said Friday that police in the Northern California city of Stockton acted appropriately when they engaged in a gunbattle with their sons. More>>

Destructive Washington fire empties another town Video included

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A massive wildfire that has destroyed at least 100 homes has forced the residents of a second north-central Washington town to leave their homes, and prompted a partial evacuation of a third community, a sheriff said... More>>

Feds approve oil exploration off US Eastern Coast

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The Obama administration has sided with energy developers over environmentalists, approving the use of underwater blasts of sound to pinpoint oil and gas deposits in federal Atlantic Ocean waters. More>>

American in Ukraine crash had lived in New Jersey

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The only American identified so far as a victim of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine lived in New Jersey as a child and returned to the Netherlands when he was 5. More>>

Alaska's largest paper undergoes name change

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More than two months after it was purchased by an online competitor, Alaska's largest newspaper will undergo a name change with Sunday's edition. More>>

Top Colorado Court halts Denver gay marriages Video included

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Colorado's Supreme Court on Friday ordered the Denver County clerk to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples while the state's ban against the unions remains in place. More>>

Mayor says NYC man's arrest, death 'troubling'

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A New York City man died during an arrest - partially captured on amateur video - during which a plain-clothes police officer placed him in what appeared be a choke hold while several others brought him to the ground and... More>>

Obama opens Eastern Seaboard to oil exploration

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The Obama administration is reopening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, approving seismic surveys using sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor. More>>

Genentech Alzheimer's drug misses goals in studies

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By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer An experimental drug from the biotech company Genentech failed to slow mental decline in mid-stage studies on more than 500 people with mild to moderate... More>>

Trying gene therapy to create biological pacemaker

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No batteries required: Scientists are creating a biological pacemaker by injecting a gene into the hearts of sick pigs that changed ordinary cardiac cells into a special kind that induces a steady heartbeat. More>>

Mom who left kids in hot car may avoid prosecution

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Prosecutors and a Phoenix woman reached a deal Friday that would allow her to avoid prosecution for leaving her two young sons alone in a hot car while she was at a job interview. More>>

Bodies ID'd as missing hikers from Minnesota

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The discovery of remains on Colorado's Mount Evans has brought an end to weeks of searching for a father and son from Minnesota who disappeared in April after apparently setting out on a hike up one of the state's... More>>

US appeals court tosses Oklahoma gay marriage ban

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A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Oklahoma must allow gay couples to wed, prompting a fast, angry response from leaders of a state that has vehemently fought policy changes brought on from outside its borders. More>>

Canadian tour bus rolls over in NY; 1 dead

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A Canadian tour bus carrying 56 people rolled over Friday in upstate New York, killing a teenage girl and seriously injuring several other people, police said. More>>

EPA proposal could block huge Alaska mine

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed restrictions Friday that would essentially block development of a planned massive gold-and-copper mine near the headwaters of a world premier salmon fishery in Alaska. More>>

UConn to pay $1.3M in sex assault handling lawsuit

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The University of Connecticut will pay $1.3 million to settle a lawsuit by five women who alleged the school did not take seriously their claims of sexual assaults on campus. More>>

Officials: Unlicensed mortician had remains of 50

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An unlicensed funeral director accused of stealing more than $12,000 from an elderly couple could face more charges after authorities found 12 bodies and the cremated remains of more than 40 others in two self-storage... More>>

W.Va. reporter heard backfiring truck, not gunfire

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Police say a West Virginia reporter who ducked for cover after she heard gunfire at the scene of a killing actually heard an aging pickup truck backfire. More>>

In US, fearful campers eye Middle East conflict

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Fighting in the Middle East has made for a summer of high tension, tearful phone calls and unlikely friendships between Israelis and Palestinians attending camps in the U.S. that host participants from the region. More>>

Slain rookie officer recalled as eager learner

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A rookie police officer slain in an ambush over the weekend had dreamed of being a cop as a kid and was an eager learner who had recently gotten a tip from his uncle, a retired officer, and put it into action, the uncle... More>>

Peregrine falcons delay USS Saratoga departure

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The Navy is ready to say goodbye to the USS Saratoga, but a family of peregrine falcons is not. More>>

Staffer for Pa. congressman arrested on gun charge

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A staff member for a Pennsylvania congressman was arrested Friday after carrying a handgun and magazine into the Cannon House Office building, U.S. Capitol Police said. More>>

Sandusky son says victim's story sounded familiar

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Hearing the first victim to take the witness stand against Jerry Sandusky helped push the former Penn State coach's adopted son Matthew to come forward with his own allegations of abuse, he said in a television interview. More>>

Strike threat plays to Cuomo's image as pragmatist

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's work to avert a strike on the nation's largest commuter rail system won praise from commuters and political observers alike - while playing nicely into his aggressively cultivated image... More>>

Wildfire prompts evacuation order for Wash. town Video included

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A north-central Washington sheriff issued an urgent evacuation notice late Thursday for the wildfire-threatened small town of Pateros and officials were also evacuating a hospital in a nearby town, authorities said. More>>

Jerry Sandusky son alleges even worse abuse

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Jerry Sandusky's adopted son Matthew said in a television interview Thursday that his sexual abuse at the former Penn State coach's hands consisted of oral sex, a more serious allegation than he made to detectives... More>>

California drought doesn't end brown lawn warnings

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Laura Whitney and her husband, Michael Korte, don't know whether they're being good citizens during a drought or scofflaws. More>>

Judge OKs gay marriage in Florida Keys

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A judge ruled that gays can marry in Florida's most gay-friendly county, siding Thursday with same-sex couples in the Florida Keys who challenged a voter-approved ban as discriminatory. But an immediate state appeal... More>>

Discoveries convince family pregnant woman is dead

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Four days into searching for her pregnant half-sister, Phaedra Wais trudged through a rugged, wet jungle on Maui to chase a new lead in the disappearance. More>>

Arizona teacher files $4M claim in prison rape

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An Arizona teacher who was left alone in a classroom and then raped by a convicted sex offender filed a $4 million claim on Thursday against the state Department of Corrections. More>>

Uproar: Self-published poet laureate in NC resigns

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North Carolina's poet laureate resigned Thursday, less than a week after her appointment as criticism of the governor for choosing a writer with just two self-published books of poems continued. More>>

Prosecutor: Bank robbers intended to take hostages

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Misty Holt-Singh had just popped into the bank, leaving her 12-year-old daughter in the car, when the horror began. An hour later, the mother of two lay dead after a bank robbery and planned hostage-taking spun into a... More>>

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