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National Guard to withdraw from a quieter Ferguson

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The streets of Ferguson were peaceful for another night, as protests and tensions were subsiding in the St. Louis suburb where unrest had erupted after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old. More>>

Alaska serial killer dies, decades after murders

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Convicted Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen, who gained the nickname of "the Butcher Baker" for abducting and hunting down women in the wilderness during the state's oil pipeline construction boom in the 1970s, has... More>>

Woman who drank lye-tainted tea suffers nightmares

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A woman who was in critical condition after unknowingly sipping sweetened iced tea laced with a chemical found in drain cleaner has been steadily improving, but her husband says she's having nightmares about the moment... More>>

Police: Couple wanted 2 Amish girls for slaves

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A northern New York couple kidnapped two Amish sisters from their family farm stand and planned to turn them into slaves, but released them after becoming frightened by news reports, an investigator said. More>>

His '90 murder rap tossed, man to be released

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By MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press A former New York City businessman who has spent 24 years in prison after being convicted of setting a fire that killed his mentally ill daughter is scheduled to walk... More>>

Vermont dignitaries expected for Jeffords funeral

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The Vermont congressional delegation and other dignitaries from across the state are due in Rutland for the funeral of former U.S. Sen. Jim Jeffords who died earlier this week at age 80. More>>

Gov. Nixon taking National Guard out of Ferguson Video included

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Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly... More>>

GPS devices find huge water loss in western US

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About 63 trillion gallons of water have been lost to drought in the western United States, enough to blanket the region with 4 inches of water, according to a study published Thursday. More>>

Police: Couple used dog to lure 2 Amish girls

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A northern New York couple used a dog to lure two Amish sisters from their family farm stand with a plan to turn them into slaves, an investigator said Thursday. More>>

Emerging solar plants scorch birds in mid-air

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

Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen dies at 75

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Convicted Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen, who abducted women and hunted them down in the Alaska wilderness in the 1970s as Anchorage boomed with construction of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, died Thursday. He was 75. More>>

California to appeal ruling tossing death penalty

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California's attorney general said Thursday she will appeal a federal court ruling that called the state's death penalty unconstitutional. More>>

Russian student worker missing at Grand Teton

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Authorities searched Thursday for a Russian college student reported missing after failing to turn up at his summer job in Grand Teton National Park. More>>

Lawyer: Utah restaurant had other chemical burn

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The attorney for a woman who nearly died after unknowingly drinking tea laced with a chemical cleaning compound at a Utah restaurant said Thursday an employee at the eatery burned herself a month earlier on the same... More>>

Officer in Wal-Mart shooting involved in 2010 case

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A police officer placed on leave after the fatal shooting of a man at a Wal-Mart store also was involved in a 2010 fatal shooting in which he was not indicted after evidence showed he acted in self-defense, authorities... More>>

Dominican Republic bans Miley Cyrus concert

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The Dominican Republic government commission that oversees public performances is banning a Sept. 13 concert by Miley Cyrus on morality grounds. More>>

Prison time for woman charged in baby sitter death

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When she died, Alexis Rasmussen was a 16-year-old Utah girl trying to find her own identity, her mother said. More>>

Ice bucket challenge goes awry, firefighters hurt

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Four firefighters were injured - two seriously - when a fire truck's ladder got too close to a power line after they helped college students take part in an ice bucket challenge, police said Thursday. More>>

American Ebola doc: 'I am thrilled to be alive'

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Calling it a "miraculous day," an American doctor infected with Ebola left his isolation unit and warmly hugged his doctors and nurses on Thursday, showing the world that he poses no public health threat one month after... More>>

Questions, answers about use of force by police

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The fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer has opened a debate over what level of force is appropriate when law enforcement confronts a citizen perceived to be a threat. More>>

Judge drops rape charge against ex-Tigers pitcher

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A judge on Thursday dismissed rape charges against former Detroit Tigers pitcher Evan Reed, saying the testimony of the woman who accused him wasn't credible and prosecutors failed to show that force or coercion took... More>>

Prisoner freed 90 years early appeals sentence

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A Colorado convict sent back to prison after being mistakenly released 90 years early says it was cruel and unusual punishment to put him back behind bars after he reformed his life. More>>

US judge strikes down Florida gay marriage ban

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A federal judge on Thursday declared Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining judges across the country who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot. More>>

Some US colleges calling students back from Israel

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Some U.S. colleges are pulling students from overseas study programs in Israel as the Gaza war rages, though the relative calm beyond the immediate battle areas is raising questions in some quarters about why they had to... More>>

Ex-Virginia governor talks about troubled marriage

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Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell wrote a long, forlorn email to his wife three years ago trying to save his marriage, calling her his "soulmate," yet he also said he grew so weary of her yelling that he began taking... More>>

Ebola: Care and recovery of 2 American aid workers

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Two American aid workers have recovered from Ebola and left an Atlanta hospital, after weeks of intensive treatment in a special isolation unit. More>>

Ohio diocese discourages ALS ice bucket challenge

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A Roman Catholic diocese in Ohio is discouraging its 113 schools from participating in the ice bucket challenge to benefit the ALS Association, saying the group's funding of embryonic stem cell research is "in direct... More>>

Marathon bombing suspect's friend pleads guilty

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A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty Thursday to impeding the investigation by removing incriminating evidence from Tsarnaev's dorm room several days after the deadly... More>>

George W. Bush takes ice bucket challenge Video included

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

Ice bucket challenge goes awry, firefighters hurt

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Two firefighters were injured while using their fire truck ladder to help a college marching band take part in an ice bucket challenge, the school's president said Thursday. More>>

Study: Combining vaccines boosts polio immunity

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New research suggests a one-two punch could help battle polio in some of the world's most remote and strife-torn regions: Giving a single vaccine shot to children who've already swallowed drops of an oral polio... More>>

Torture anime banned at woman's kidnap-rape trial

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A young woman charged with abducting a 5-year-old Philadelphia girl from school and raping her had frequently viewed Japanese anime depicting sexual torture, prosecutors disclosed Thursday. More>>

Teen gets 11 years for carving swastika on boy

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An Oregon teenager who carved a swastika into another teen's forehead as he and others tortured the boy has been sentenced to 11 years in prison. More>>

Drug for Ebola-like virus promising in ill monkeys

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

Supreme Court case to shape Ferguson investigation

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It started with a bottle of orange juice 30 years ago. More>>

Prosecutor urges Gov. Nixon to decide on removal

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St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch says he has no intentions of removing himself from the Michael Brown case, and he is urging Gov. Jay Nixon to once and for all decide if he will act on calls for McCulloch's... More>>

St. Louis police release video of shooting

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The St. Louis police chief has released 911 audio, surveillance video and cellphone video of the fatal shooting of a knife-wielding man, acknowledging that tensions in nearby Ferguson have created a need for greater... More>>

Less shake from artificial quakes, fed study says

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

Ex-Virginia governor talks about troubled marriage

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Former Gov. Bob McDonnell wrote a long, forlorn email to his wife three years ago trying to save his marriage, calling her his "soulmate," yet he also said he grew so weary of her yelling that he began taking refuge in his... More>>

Nixon orders withdrawal of Guard from Ferguson

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Gov. Jay Nixon is ordering the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old. More>>

Bodies of 3 climbers retrieved from Mount Rainier

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The location of the three bodies was revealed by the melting snow, but getting to them was another matter. They were high on a glacier at one of the most treacherous spots on Mount Rainier, an area pummeled by falling ice... More>>

Of 163 arrests since shooting, 7 from Ferguson

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Police records show that 163 arrests have been made in the Ferguson protest zone since the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, but just seven are residents of the St. Louis suburb. More>>

Feds order reinstatement of nuclear whistleblower

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

Many police killings, but only Ferguson explodes Video included

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By JESSE WASHINGTON AP National Writer There was little violence after the acquittal of Trayvon Martin's killer last July. Peace prevailed when at least four other unarmed black males were killed by... More>>

California drought stings bees, honey supplies

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California's record drought hasn't been sweet to honeybees, and it's creating a sticky situation for beekeepers and honey buyers. More>>

Holder says he understands mistrust of police Video included

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

Last 4 hostages freed in suburban Chicago standoff

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

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

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

Cleanup follows heavy storms in Phoenix area

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

Photographer sues Bieber over Hawaii altercation

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

Ex-governor at corruption trial: Wife grew anxious

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

CHP says officer may face serious beating charges

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

Mormon school removes gay-marriage cards at store

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

Judge delays start of Arias penalty-phase retrial

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

Officer who pointed gun at protesters suspended Video included

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

AG Holder meeting with Michael Brown's parents Video included

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

High court blocks same-sex unions in Virginia

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

Picture emerges of officer in Ferguson shooting

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

Holder discusses police mistrust outside Ferguson Video included

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

Texas Gov. Perry formally enters not guilty plea

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

Drug czar promotes treatment, tells personal story

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

States' leading lethal injection expert ends role

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

Drought has state debating its unregulated pumping

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

Surface water, groundwater, and drought

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

Obama weighs broader move on legal immigration

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

Feds order reinstatement of nuclear whistleblower

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

Guilty plea expected by friend of marathon suspect

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

Brine firm sues over biblical fracking billboard

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

Judge delays start of Arias penalty-phase retrial

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

Bighorn sheep escapes canal in California desert

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

Report: Firefighting costs eroding conservation

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

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

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

Metropolitan Opera reaches deal with stagehands

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

Dan Sullivan wins Alaska's GOP US Senate primary

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

Hope, resentment in new charter school landscape

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

Governor won't seek removal of county prosecutor Video included

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

Bloomberg offers grants to help cities innovate

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

Holder brings his civil rights push to Ferguson Video included

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

US officials: Video shows American's beheading

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

American killed in Syria a journalist at heart

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

Some evacuees of Yosemite-area fire can go home

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

Lawyer: Man shot trespasser he thought pointed gun

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

NYC took quick precautions after in-custody death

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

Some evacuees of Yosemite-area fire can go home

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

Los Angeles schools decriminalize discipline

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

Texas Gov. Perry booked on abuse of power charges

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

Arizona flooding creates several dramatic scenes

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

Floods force dramatic rescues in Phoenix area

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

Grand jury could hear case against police officer

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

Teenager struck by lightning at football practice

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

Eatery that served toxic tea had labeling citation

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

AP Exclusive: US changing no-fly list rules

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

Sheriff: Ex-Marine inquired about body disposal

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

How can authorities restore order in Ferguson? Video included

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

Ferguson arrests include at least 10 journalists

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

Teens arrested in plot after Web activities eyed

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

Police: St. Louis officers kill knife-wielding man

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

AP Exclusive: US changing no-fly list rules

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

How can authorities restore order in Ferguson? Video included

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

Longtime 'SNL' announcer Don Pardo dies at 96

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

Woman shoots grandson; thought he was an intruder

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

NY police chokehold death to go to grand jury

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

Teen testifies against pal in rock-throwing case

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

Ferguson pledges efforts at reconciliation Video included

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

Camps take cystic fibrosis patients surfing Video included

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

Kluwe, Vikings reach settlement to avert lawsuit

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

Veteran rock climber dies in Yosemite Park fall

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

American slain in Bali, daughter had troubled past

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

Smithsonian adds LGBT history to museum collection

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

Michigan girl mauled by raccoon finishes surgeries

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

Report: CDC scientist kept quiet about flu blunder

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

In New Orleans, a change in police command

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

Jeffords remembered for fierce independence

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

Police, protesters collide again in Ferguson Video included

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

Police: 2 California boys planned school shooting

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

Strong DOJ response to Ferguson seeks truth, calm Video included

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

4 at slaughterhouse behind beef recall indicted

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

Body of Marine's missing wife found in mine shaft

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

Sunken vessel is World War II-era USS Houston

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

Prosecutor to decide on charges in toxic tea case

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

Lawsuit seeks records related to Missouri shooting Video included

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

Cianci sauce made no money for charity in 4 years

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

Father of abducted Amish girls sorry for suspects

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

Police set up protest zone in Ferguson Video included

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

Witness: McDonnell struggled to rein in his wife

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

Strong DOJ response to Ferguson seeks truth, calm Video included

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

Stranded ship drifts; crewman buried at sea

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

PG&E pleads not guilty to charges in deadly blast

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

Former Vermont US Sen. Jeffords dies at 80

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

NYC's Met opera reaches deals with 2 unions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Missouri governor calls off Ferguson curfew Video included

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

Fan suffers heart attack during 49ers game, dies

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

Militias complicate situation on Texas border

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

McDonald's confronts its junk food image

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

Russian hacking suspect ordered held until trial

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

Scientists racing to test Ebola vaccines in humans

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

Missouri governor sends National Guard to Ferguson Video included

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

Cuban photographer: Do you recognize this girl?

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

3.6-magnitude quake hits Southern California

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

Woman who sneaked on plane gets early jail release

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

Perry indictment exposes Texas' political divide

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

Report: Teen shot 6 times, including twice in head

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

Woman hurt drinking iced tea with lye improves

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

Police shooting draws protesters from near, far

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

More charges planned against Amish-kidnap suspects

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

Ohio State trustees won't reinstate band director

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

Trial of Texas father raises legal, moral issues

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

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

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

Study questions need for most people to cut salt

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

High-res photo satellite launched from California

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

Schatz wins over voters in tough US Senate primary

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

1 dead, 1 hurt in northern California plane crash

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

Police deploy tear gas to impose Ferguson curfew Video included

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

More Clinton-Obama differences likely to emerge

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

Too many aboard Washington ferry; 480 had to leave

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

California cemeteries work to cope with drought

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

Official: Amish girls sexually abused in abduction

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

US marshals capture fugitive fighter War Machine

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

APNewsBreak: Teen gunman deemed not a high threat

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

Montana Democrats choose new Senate candidate

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

Gov declares emergency, imposes curfew in Ferguson Video included

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

Wilder memoir to give gritty view of prairie life

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

Woman steals San Diego police car, chase ensues

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

Schatz wins Democratic Hawaii US Senate primary

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

Police, protesters clash again in Ferguson Video included

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

Vacation chief has traveled a long road with Obama

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

Vet saves tiny kitten tossed from speeding car

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

Police: Chemicals in tea due to earlier mix-up

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

Fire disables tanker off Oregon coast; 1 dead

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

NY couple arrested in Amish girls' kidnapping

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

Texas' Perry indicted for coercion for veto threat

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

Ferguson police chief cedes much of his authority

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

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  • National Guard to withdraw from a quieter Ferguson

    National Guard to withdraw from a quieter Ferguson

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:37 AM EDT2014-08-22 07:37:16 GMT
    The streets of Ferguson have been peaceful for another night, as protests and tensions have been subsiding in the St. Louis suburb where unrest had erupted for several nights after a white police officer fatally...More >>
    The streets of Ferguson were peaceful for another night, as protests and tensions were subsiding in the St. Louis suburb where unrest had erupted after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old.More >>
  • Alaska serial killer dies, decades after murders

    Alaska serial killer dies, decades after murders

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:27 AM EDT2014-08-22 07:27:17 GMT
    Convicted Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen, who gained the nickname of "the Butcher Baker" for abducting and hunting down women in the wilderness during the state's oil pipeline construction boom in the...More >>
    Convicted Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen, who gained the nickname of "the Butcher Baker" for abducting and hunting down women in the wilderness during the state's oil pipeline construction boom in the 1970s, has...More >>
  • Woman who drank lye-tainted tea suffers nightmares

    Woman who drank lye-tainted tea suffers nightmares

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:27 AM EDT2014-08-22 07:27:12 GMT
    A woman who was in critical condition after unknowingly sipping sweetened iced tea laced with a chemical found in drain cleaner has been steadily improving, but her husband says she's having nightmares about...More >>
    A woman who was in critical condition after unknowingly sipping sweetened iced tea laced with a chemical found in drain cleaner has been steadily improving, but her husband says she's having nightmares about the moment...More >>
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