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After 6 weeks, finally a deal on VA health care

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After more than six weeks of sometimes testy talks, House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a compromise plan to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up... More>>

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Trial opening over video of Oklahoma City bombing

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A Salt Lake City attorney is arguing in a lawsuit that the FBI has video of the Oklahoma City bombing that shows a second person was involved. More>>

Man dies after lightning hits California beach

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A 20-year-old man died after lightning from a rare summer thunderstorm jolted a Southern California beach, injuring or rattling more than a dozen people, authorities said. More>>

It's all over but the arguing in Sterling trial

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Only final arguments and a ruling remain in the trial to determine whether Donald Sterling's estranged wife can sell the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. More>>

Official: Storms destroy E. Tenn. homes, no deaths

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Powerful storms that raked across several states in the eastern U.S. on Sunday destroyed at least 10 homes in Tennessee, but there were no immediate reports of any deaths or injuries, authorities said. More>>

Police investigate deaths of family of 5 in Maine

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Neighbors struggled to make sense of the shooting deaths of a family of five in which the father was known to many throughout their apartment complex as a friendly maintenance worker. More>>

Man dies after lightning strike affects 14

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A 20-year-old man died Sunday after lightning struck or rattled 13 people at a popular Los Angeles beach and a golfer on Catalina Island during summer thunderstorms that swept through Southern California, authorities said. More>>

Shave ice vendor defies town's new ban on peddlers

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A $3 cup of shave ice is at the center of a dispute in this beach town between street vendors trying to stay in business and town officials who say the vendors cause traffic congestion and increase the potential for... More>>

Sarah Palin launches online subscription channel

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Sarah Palin has started her own subscription-based online network. More>>

Northern California wildfire destroys 13 homes

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Firefighters in Northern California made progress Sunday against a wildfire that has destroyed 13 homes and forced hundreds of evacuations in the Sierra Nevada foothills, while a fire near Yosemite National Park that... More>>

Fukushima study: Think about unthinkable disasters

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A U.S. science advisory report says Japan's Fukushima nuclear accident offers a key lesson to the nation's nuclear industry: Focus more on the highly unlikely but worst case scenarios. More>>

Fist bumps less germy than handshakes, study says

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When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, maybe the president is on to something with his fondness for fist bumps. More>>

Lake Huron fishery recovers, but anglers skeptical

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More than a decade after its prized chinook salmon crashed, Lake Huron is fertile fishing territory once more, with fast-growing populations of native species such as walleye and lake trout, biologists say. Now the... More>>

Wyoming cave with fossil secrets to be excavated

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For the first time in three decades, scientists are about to revisit one of North America's most remarkable troves of ancient fossils: the bones of tens of thousands of animals piled at least 30 feet deep at the bottom... More>>

Fast food workers vow civil disobedience

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Comparing their campaign to the civil rights movement, fast food workers from across the country voted Saturday to escalate their efforts for $15-an-hour pay and union membership by using nonviolent civil disobedience. More>>

Small plane crash on Fla. beach: 1 dead, 1 injured

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A father was killed and his 9-year-old daughter critically injured Sunday while walking along a Florida beach when a small plane crash landed on the Gulf Coast only feet from the surf, authorities said. More>>

3 days on, no arrests in hunt for carjack killers

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The hunt for two Philadelphia carjackers who rammed a stolen SUV into a family, killing three children, entered its third day Sunday as officials offered a $110,000 reward for information leading to their capture. More>>

Family of 5 shot dead in Maine, gun recovered

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A family of five, including three children ranging in age from 4 to 12 years old, were found shot to death Sunday inside a southern Maine apartment, authorities said. More>>

Aid Group: 2nd American has Ebola in Liberia

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A second American aid worker has tested positive for the Ebola virus at the same hospital in Liberia where an American doctor became infected while helping to combat an outbreak of the deadly disease, a relief group... More>>

US meat supplier in China withdraws products

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OSI Group, an Aurora, Illinois-based company at the center of a food scandal in China, said that it was pulling all of the products produced by its Shanghai Husi unit from the marketplace. More>>

Charles Russell art fetches millions at auction

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A total of 30 Charles M. Russell works fetched millions of dollars at auction in Reno, with one painting symbolizing the railroad's effect on American Indians drawing $1.9 million and another depicting a Native... More>>

Police: Bathroom cameras may have filmed hundreds

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State officials say hundreds of women may have been secretly videotaped from cameras found hidden in bathrooms at the University of Delaware. More>>

Comic-Con's dark side: Harassment amid the fantasy

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Amid the costumes and fantasy of this weekend's Comic-Con convention, a group of young women drew widespread attention to a very real issue - allegations of sexual harassment at the annual pop-culture festival. More>>

Judge strikes down DC ban on handguns outside home

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A federal judge struck down the District of Columbia's ban on carrying guns outside of a person's home, concluding it violates Second Amendment rights. More>>

Arizona execution renews debate over methods

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A third execution by lethal injection has gone awry in six months, renewing debate over whether there is a foolproof way for the government to humanely kill condemned criminals, and whether it's even worth looking for... More>>

Varying health premium subsidies worry consumers

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Linda Close was grateful to learn she qualified for a sizable subsidy to help pay for her health insurance under the new federal law. But in the process of signing up for a plan, Close said her HealthCare.gov account... More>>

More US girls now getting cervical cancer vaccine

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More teen girls are getting a controversial cervical cancer vaccine but the increase isn't much of a bump, the government reported Thursday. More>>

Survey: US gas prices fall 9 cents to $3.58

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A national survey finds the average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has plummeted 9 cents a gallon over the past two weeks to $3.58. More>>

Hospital shooting suspect charged with murder

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A man accused of fatally shooting his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist at a suburban Philadelphia hospital complex before the doctor returned fire has been charged with murder. More>>

Man seeks video of 1995 Oklahoma City bombing

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One man's quest to explain his brother's mysterious jail cell death 19 years ago has rekindled long-dormant questions about whether others were involved in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. More>>

Promises of easier nuclear construction fall short

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The U.S. nuclear industry has started building its first new plants in decades using prefabricated Lego-like blocks meant to save time and money and revive the once promising energy source. More>>

Cops: 'Spider-Man' slugged officer in Times Square

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A man dressed as Spider-Man was arrested on charges he slugged a police officer who told him to stop harassing tourists in Times Square. More>>

American doctor in Africa tests positive for Ebola

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An American doctor working with Ebola patients in Liberia has tested positive for the deadly virus, an aid organization said Saturday. 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>>

Veterans' response to senator's PTSD remarks mixed

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The talk in American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War halls and barrooms across Montana has been about Sen. John Walsh since the Democrat linked a cribbed research project he wrote in 2007 to post-traumatic stress disorder. More>>

Widow: Man who died in NYPD custody wasn't violent

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The widow of a New York City man who died this month in a videotaped confrontation with New York City police demanded justice on Saturday, saying the victim wasn't asking for trouble. More>>

Threat against US Open of Surfing leads to arrest

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Police in Southern California have arrested a 16-year-old boy who made a threat on social media against this weekend's U.S. Open of Surfing. More>>

Police ID 3 kids killed in Philly carjacking crash

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Two carjackers who fled after ramming a stolen SUV into a family selling fruit for their church, killing three young siblings, were still on the run Saturday as the reward for their capture topped $100,000. More>>

2 guns found at hospital shooting suspect's home

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Authorities found two more guns at the home of a man suspected of fatally shooting his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist in suburban Philadelphia before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back. More>>

FedEx charges raise online pharmacy issues

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FedEx Corp., the latest company accused in a federal probe involving illegal online pharmacies, says it will fight the charges that it knowingly shipped drugs to people who lack valid prescriptions. More>>

Pot seen as reason for rise in Denver homeless

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Officials at some Denver homeless shelters say the legalization of marijuana has contributed to an increase in the number of younger people living on the city's streets. More>>

Ohio State to form task force after band scandal

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Ohio State University says a task force will be formed to help bring changes after the firing of its celebrated marching band's director amid allegations he ignored rampant sexual harassment. More>>

Gifts-for-favors trial set for ex-governor, wife

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Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, his reputation already tarnished and his political future destroyed by a gifts-for-favors scandal, faces the possibility of an even greater loss when his trial on federal corruption... More>>

California can't say if it's meeting drought goal

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The sprinklers outside the California's state Capitol are off and the lawn is withering, the lemon- and cucumber-infused "water stations" at the state pension building are gone, and prison inmates are taking shorter... More>>

Ohio State under shadow again, this time with band

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Having forced out a beloved football coach and watched its president retire after a series of verbal gaffes, Ohio State University again finds itself grabbing headlines with the firing of a celebrated marching band... More>>

Judge dismisses lawsuit over Amelia Earhart search

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A federal judge on Friday dismissed a Wyoming man's claims that an aircraft recovery group secretly found wreckage of aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart's missing airplane in the South Pacific but kept it quiet so it... More>>

Baby dies after being left in hot car in Kansas

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A 10-month-old Kansas girl died after being strapped for more than two hours inside a sweltering car, and police arrested a foster parent who said he'd forgotten about her until something on TV jogged his memory, an... More>>

Arizona's McCain: Execution was torture Video included

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U.S. Sen. John McCain says the execution of an Arizona inmate that lasted two hours was torture. More>>

Large Sandy-struck family splits $20M lottery win

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A lottery-playing tradition started by the matriarch of a large New Jersey shore family paid off for her 17 children this week when the group won a $20 million jackpot that will partly be used to help family members... More>>

Police still investigating after burglar killed

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Prosecutors Friday were waiting for the results of a police investigation into the killing of a burglar by an 80-year-old California homeowner who says he shot the woman in the back as she fled his home and ran down an... More>>

Federal court upholds Fla.'s docs vs. glocks law

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A Florida law restricting what doctors can tell patients about gun ownership was deemed to be constitutional Friday by a federal appeals court, which said it legitimately regulates professional conduct and doesn't... More>>

Family feud sparks revolt at grocery store chain

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It's been called a David vs. Goliath story, a "Tale of Two Arthurs" and even the "ultimate Greek tragedy," but the characters in this drama are not Biblical or literary figures. They're grocery store owners. More>>

Carjacked SUV hits crowd, killing 3 young siblings

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Two men carjacked a woman at gunpoint but soon sped out of control, killing three children Friday as they plowed into a group selling fruit to raise money for their church, Philadelphia police said. More>>

Veterans' response to senator's PTSD remarks mixed

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The talk in American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War halls and barrooms across Montana has been about Sen. John Walsh since the Democrat linked a cribbed research project he wrote in 2007 to post-traumatic stress disorder. More>>

AP source: Former AG subpoenaed in McDonnell trial

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Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is a possible witness in the upcoming corruption trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on... More>>

Colorado gun law relies on flawed estimate

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A law expanding background check requirements on Colorado gun sales has been in effect for about a year, and an Associated Press analysis of state data compiled during that span shows the projected impact was vastly... More>>

Same-sex marriage ban struck down for Miami area

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A Florida judge on Friday overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage in a ruling that applies to Miami-Dade County, agreeing with a judge in another county who made a similar ruling last week. Still, no marriage... More>>

Feds 'closely monitoring' NY police custody death

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday the Justice Department is "closely monitoring" New York City's investigation into the death of a man who was placed in an apparent chokehold by a police officer arresting... More>>

Judge says Texas man innocent in rape

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A Dallas man who prosecutors say did not commit a 1990 rape for which he served 12 years in prison should be exonerated based on recent DNA testing he did not request, a judge recommended Friday. More>>

California state senator facing additional charge

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A California state senator charged in a sweeping organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco's Chinatown was also charged Friday with racketeering. More>>

Fast food workers prepare to escalate wage demands

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Fast food workers say they're prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in suburban Chicago where more than 1,000 workers will discuss the future... More>>

Official: Hospital gunman intended to kill others

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A psychiatrist's patient ranted about a gun ban at a suburban medical complex before opening fire there, killing his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back,... More>>

After teen pilot's crash, how young is too young?

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By The Associated Press The deadly crash of a teenager on an around-the-world flight brought new attention to the dangers of record-setting youth adventures, and questions about how young is too young to... 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>>

Va. Gov.: Blessing more didn't die in tornado

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Speaking a few dozen yards away from where two people were killed in a tornado that swept through a campground on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Friday it's a blessing more people didn't... 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>>

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>>

States' use of execution drugs varies widely

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By The Associated Press The prolonged execution of an Arizona death row inmate with a new, two-drug combo has highlighted the patchwork quilt approach that states now take with lethal drugs, with types,... More>>

Pot may be legal, but homeowner agreements can ban

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Pot may be legal in some states - but the neighbors don't have to like it. More>>

Cause sought for gunfight between patient, doctor

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Authorities are attempting to determine why a man identified as a patient fatally shot a caseworker at a hospital complex in a Philadelphia suburb and whether a psychiatrist who pulled out his own gun and wounded the... More>>

Deadly fungus spreads in Everglades, killing trees

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A fungus carried by an invasive beetle from southeast Asia is felling trees across the Everglades, and experts have not found a way to stop the blight from spreading. More>>

Tornado slams Virginia campground; 2 dead

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Albert Thorn awoke in his rental cottage Thursday to the sound of heavy rain and wind. Then, there was screaming. Within minutes, the sky turned dark, cellphones pinged with emergency messages and a tornado tore through a... More>>

Doctor: Patient killed caseworker before gunfight

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A doctor told police that a patient fatally shot a caseworker at their hospital complex before the doctor pulled out his own gun and exchanged fire with him and wounded him, a prosecutor said Thursday night. More>>

As inmate died, lawyers debated if he was in pain

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The nearly two-hour execution of a convicted murderer prompted a series of phone calls involving the governor's office, the prison director, lawyers and judges as the inmate gasped for more than 90 minutes. More>>

NYC official: Thieves got into 1K StubHub accounts Video included

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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>>

Man says he shot burglar who said she was pregnant

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Police said Thursday they're deciding whether to arrest an 80-year-old man who shot a fleeing, unarmed burglar despite her telling him she was pregnant, but they have arrested the woman's accomplice on suspicion of... More>>

War College to investigate plagiarism allegations

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Sen. John Walsh remained steadfast Thursday amid an investigation into whether he plagiarized a research project required for a master's degree, winning fresh backing from fellow Democrats in Montana and the governor... More>>

Eau Canada: Caravan totes water to Detroit

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A caravan of Canadians bringing jugs with 1,000 liters of water arrived in Detroit on Thursday afternoon in a symbolic protest against the bankrupt city shutting off water to residents who haven't paid their bills. More>>

Execution offers evidence against lethal injection Video included

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The nation's third botched execution in six months offers more evidence for the courts that lethal injection carries too many risks and amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, death-row lawyers and other opponents... More>>

Witness: Teen's plane didn't show obvious distress

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A man who saw a plane flown by an Indiana teen who was killed during an around-the-world flight attempt says the aircraft was flying low but didn't show any obvious signs of distress before diving into the ocean off... More>>

Ohio woman gets 32 years in forced labor case

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An Ohio woman convicted along with her boyfriend of enslaving a mentally disabled woman in their home for nearly two years through intimidation, threats and abuse was sentenced Thursday to 32 years in federal prison, the... More>>

Ohio State marching band chief fired after probe

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Ohio State University fired the director of its celebrated marching band on Thursday after determining he ignored a "sexualized" culture of rituals including students being pressured to march in their underwear and... More>>

Day 3 of deliberations ends in Ventura lawsuit

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A third day of jury deliberations in a defamation lawsuit brought by former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura has ended without a verdict. More>>

Feds cap fines for not buying health insurance

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Federal officials have capped the amount of money scofflaws will be forced to pay if they don't buy insurance this year under the new health care law. More>>

Court throws out Chiquita terror payment claims

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A divided federal appeals court on Thursday threw out claims potentially worth billions of dollars against produce giant Chiquita Brands International made by relatives of thousands of Colombians killed during years of... More>>

Tornado slams Virginia campground; 2 dead

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The sky turned black and cellphones pinged with emergency messages. Moments later, a tornado ripped through a sprawling, carnival-like campground Thursday, snapping dozens of trees and flipping over RVs. More>>

Challenges, drug shortages, mark US executions Video included

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By The Associated Press The prolonged execution in Arizona looked troubling, but was it unconstitutional? The U.S. Supreme Court, which upheld the use of lethal injection six years ago, has held that "an... More>>

Porch shooter: I didn't know gun was loaded

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A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch immediately suggested to police it was an accident and that he didn't know his shotgun was loaded, according to recorded remarks played in court Thursday. More>>

Dad charged after fallen dresser kills 2 toddlers

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The father of two toddlers who died after a dresser fell on them is facing involuntary manslaughter charges because he heard a crash and didn't immediately check on his daughters, a prosecutor said Thursday. 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>>

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>>

Wine collector set for sentencing on fraud charges

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The sentencing for a California wine collector convicted of selling fake wine was postponed on Thursday after his lawyers claimed that the government inflated the size of the fraud. More>>

Alaska tourist train halts runs after derailment

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Officials now say 19 people were seen for minor injuries when a tourist train derailed in southeast Alaska - an increase from the initial report of nine injuries. More>>

Mother, daughter die after Philly food truck blast

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A mother and teenage daughter have died of injuries they suffered in a fiery explosion inside their food truck earlier this month, authorities said Thursday. 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>>

How Arizona, Ohio, Oklahoma, executions went awry Video included

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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>>

Slow North Dakota city fire alert raises concern

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A more efficient system must be established to alert residents of danger in North Dakota's booming oil patch, an emergency manager and residents said, after authorities failed to alert the public for more than six... 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>>

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>>

Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution began Video included

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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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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 Video included

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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 Video included

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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>>

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