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US eating habits improve a bit _ except among poor

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Americans' eating habits have improved - except among the poor, evidence of a widening wealth gap when it comes to diet. Yet even among wealthier adults, food choices remain far from ideal, a 12-year study found. More>>

Study: Action-packed TV might make you snack more

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Could action-packed TV fare make you fat? That's the implication of a new study that found people snacked more watching fast-paced television than viewing a more leisurely paced talk show. More>>

Chefs, breeders pair up to produce tastier veggies

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There's a good chance that many of the suddenly trendy vegetables that foodies latch on to in the next decade will benefit from research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. More>>

No gray area: Beliefs shape views of Brown killing

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Lamont Jones and Keith Stephens stood 60 feet from each other, separated by four lanes of pavement and a thousand miles of perception. More>>

NY West Indian Day Parade marred by nearby slaying

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Colorful floats, elaborate costumes, politicians and merrymakers filled Brooklyn's streets Monday for the annual West Indian Day Parade, a massive Caribbean celebration that was marred by a fatal shooting nearby before... More>>

Ebola in mind, US colleges screen some students

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College students from West Africa may be subject to extra health checks when they arrive to study in the United States as administrators try to insulate campuses from the worst Ebola outbreak in history. More>>

Atlantic City's Revel starts closing after 2 years

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The most spectacular and costly failure in Atlantic City's 36-year history of casino gambling began to play out Monday when the $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel emptied its hotel. More>>

2016ers jockey even before congressional elections

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One set of elections ends in early November as another begins when presidential hopefuls cross the unofficial starting line in the 2016 race for the White House. More>>

Surly 2014 electorate poised to 'keep the bums in'

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A surly electorate that holds Congress in even lower regard than unpopular President Barack Obama is willing to "keep the bums in," with at least 365 incumbents in the 435-member House and 18 of 28 senators on a glide path... More>>

US to begin safety testing Ebola vaccine next week

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Federal researchers next week will start testing humans with an experimental vaccine to prevent the deadly Ebola virus. More>>

Scientists dig into Ebola's deadly genes for clues

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A single funeral caused many. More>>

Experimental Ebola drug heals all monkeys in study

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By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak... More>>

USDA seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails

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The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders. More>>

Official: 5 killed in plane crash north of Denver

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All five people aboard a small plane that crashed near an airport north of Denver have died, a spokesman for the National Transportation Board said. More>>

5 US airstrikes target Islamic State fighters

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The U.S. military says fighter aircraft and unmanned drones have struck Islamic State militants near Iraq's Mosul Dam. More>>

Bad weather shuts down concerts, delays flights

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Severe thunderstorms across the Northeast on Sunday slowed operations at airports, wreaked havoc at outdoor sporting and musical events in New York and Philadelphia and sent people scurrying from a beach after three men... More>>

US judge blocks enforcement of new La abortion law

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A federal judge has temporarily blocked Louisiana from enforcing its restrictive new abortion law. But lawyers and advocates appeared to disagree about whether the judge's order affects doctors at all five abortion... More>>

Northern California wildfires show slower growth

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The U.S. Forest Service says cloudy skies and lower temperatures have slowed the spread of two forest wildfires that are threatening as many as 250 homes in far Northern California. More>>

California school retires divisive Arab mascot

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A Southern California high school has retired a controversial Arab mascot. More>>

49er Ray McDonald accused of domestic violence

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San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday on felony domestic violence charges after officers responded to a home in an upscale neighborhood, San Jose police said. More>>

Aftershocks follow 5.1 Alaska earthquake

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Aftershocks continue to rattle interior Alaska after a 5.1-magnitude earthquake Saturday night. More>>

Official: 5 killed in plane crash north of Denver

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A spokesman for the National Transportation Board says all five people aboard a small plane that crashed near an airport north of Denver have died. More>>

Frank Lloyd Wright school's future divides leaders

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The future of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture has divided the institution named for the iconic designer. The quest to keep its accreditation status has some school board members concerned the degree program... More>>

Tesla Motors dealing as states play factory poker

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From the start, little has been typical about Tesla Motors' plan for a $5 billion factory to make batteries for a new generation of electric cars. More>>

Federal agent arrested after brandishing gun

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Police say an apparently drunk man arrested after allegedly brandishing a gun on a Burbank street is a federal agent. More>>

Joan Rivers' daughter: I'm keeping fingers crossed

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Joan Rivers' loved ones said Sunday that they remain hopeful about her recovery three days after she went into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office. More>>

Incentives states can offer to get Tesla factory

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Five states are on the short list for a $5 billion factory that Tesla Motors plans to build so it can crank out batteries for a new generation of electric cars. More>>

Obama's visit comes amid tight governor's race

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The last time President Barack Obama celebrated workers' rights at a Wisconsin Labor Day event, there was barely a hint of the turmoil that would embroil the state later when public employees staged massive protests in... More>>

Time Warner Cable says outages largely resolved

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Time Warner Cable said Wednesday that service was largely restored after a problem during routine maintenance caused a nationwide outage of its Internet service for hours. More>>

Detroit raced toward this week's bankruptcy trial

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It took decades of mismanagement, malfeasance and meltdowns in its bread-and-butter manufacturing sector for Detroit to hit fiscal rock bottom. The path to exit bankruptcy could take less than a year and a half. More>>

5 things to know about earthquake faults

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The 6.0-earthquake that damaged buildings and left scores of people injured in California's wine country was the largest temblor to hit the San Francisco Bay Area since the 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989. More>>

Ferguson's flashpoint sparks national outrage

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They were killed in Wisconsin, New York and California. Some were shot on the street. One was killed in a Wal-Mart. Another died after being placed in a chokehold. All died at the hands of police and all have been united... More>>

Judge finds Texas abortion rules unconstitutional

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Tough new Texas abortion restrictions are on hold after a federal judge found Republican-led efforts to hold abortion clinics to hospital-level operating standards unconstitutional in a ruling that spares more than a dozen... More>>

Airstrikes and aid provide relief for Iraqi town

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Aircraft from the United States, Australia, France and Britain dropped food and water to the beleaguered Iraqi town of Amirli, which has been under siege by Islamic State militants for nearly two months, the Pentagon said... More>>

Barista-stand owner faces prostitution charge

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The owner of bikini coffee stands in Washington state banked more than $2 million in just three years because her baristas were also selling sex acts, according to local prosecutors. More>>

Feds: Plane with unconscious pilot goes into ocean

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A pilot lost consciousness and the plane drifted into restricted airspace over the nation's capital, scrambling fighter jets that stayed with the small aircraft until it ran out of fuel and crashed Saturday into the... More>>

Fighter War Machine extradited on assault charges

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The mixed martial arts fighter known as War Machine has been extradited to Las Vegas to face charges he beat his ex-girlfriend and then fled to California. More>>

People rally at Ohio Wal-Mart where cops shot man

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Some 200 people held signs and chanted Saturday outside a Wal-Mart where a young man with an air rifle was fatally shot by police. More>>

Pilot in F-15 crash was decorated combat veteran

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The pilot killed in the crash of an F-15 jet this week in the remote Virginia mountains was a decorated combat veteran with 17 years of experience flying the planes, military officials in Massachusetts said Friday. More>>

6 die in fire at eastern North Carolina home

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A fire swept through a mobile home in eastern North Carolina early Saturday, killing six people, authorities said. More>>

Ferguson slowly starting to make comeback

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The unmistakable signs of healing are beginning to dot Ferguson, even the small area of this St. Louis-area suburb that was the center of attention for three weeks. But those in the community know they've got a long... More>>

Sterling says Clippers deal started with 2 numbers

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When asked how much money she wanted to sell the Los Angeles Clippers, the wife of disgraced team owner Donald Sterling handed a piece of paper to her lawyer with two numbers: $1.5 to $2. More>>

Hershey takes wraps off new corporate logo

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The Hershey Company is rolling out a new corporate logo that features a freshly stylized version of one of its most famous chocolate products. More>>

Sesame catching on in southeast US

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Sesame is gaining a foothold in parts of the southeast United States, where cotton has long been king, as farmers take advantage of its drought tolerance and a recently developed trait that lets them bring it in with... More>>

In quake, barrels became quarter-ton projectiles

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Napa Valley's seismically reinforced winery buildings generally held up to the largest earthquake to hit Northern California in a quarter-century, but the precious wine piled inside often did not. More>>

Atlantic City losing 2 casinos, 5K jobs in 3 days

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A time few could imagine during the glory days of casino gambling has arrived in Atlantic City, where two casinos and more than 5,000 jobs will be lost this weekend. More>>

California appeals teacher tenure ruling

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Gov. Jerry Brown appealed a court ruling that struck down tenure and other job protections for California's teachers, setting himself apart from leaders in some other states who have fought to end such protections or... More>>

Lawmakers pass first California groundwater rules

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The worst drought in a generation has pushed California lawmakers to overhaul the state's longstanding "pump-as-you-please" groundwater policy under a package of bills lawmakers sent Friday to Gov. Jerry Brown. More>>

NY police probed for 2nd restraint-related death

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The New York Police Department said Friday it's under investigation for a second restraint-related death, this one involving a drugged, emotionally disturbed man four days before a fatal videotaped chokehold that... More>>

Jury finds woman guilty in silicone-injection case

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A Mississippi woman was convicted Friday of murder in connection to illicit silicone buttocks injections that led to a Georgia woman's death. More>>

Marathon bombing suspect: Delay trial until 2015

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Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked Friday to delay his trial until at least September 2015. More>>

Final arguments unfold at ex-governor's trial

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The corruption trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife has boiled down to this: Did they knowingly trade special favors for the $165,000 in loans and gifts they admit they took from a dietary supplements promoter? More>>

California mentally ill inmates get special units

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State corrections officials on Friday agreed to shift mentally ill inmates into separate specialized housing that will offer them more treatment instead of placing them in the same isolation units as other inmates, a... More>>

Federal judge halts key part of Texas abortion law

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A federal judge Friday threw out new Texas abortion restrictions that would have effectively closed more than a dozen clinics statewide in a victory for opponents of tough new anti-abortion laws sweeping across the U.S. More>>

No new trial for doctor convicted of killing wife

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A Utah doctor convicted in November of killing his wife won't get a new trial, a judge ruled Friday. More>>

Woman who drank toxic tea hopes restaurants reform

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A Utah woman who nearly died after unknowingly drinking iced tea mixed with chemicals spoke publicly for the first time on Friday, describing the incident that she hopes is a wake-up call for restaurants. More>>

Ex-FBI director: Grateful for support after crash

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Former FBI Director Louis Freeh said Friday he was grateful for the care and support he has received since he was injured this week in a Vermont car crash. More>>

Utah university removes Reid's name from center

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Southern Utah University President Scott Wyatt acknowledged he was under pressure from a group of conservatives to remove Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's name from a center on campus, but he insisted politics had... More>>

Sandy recovery, sun boost Jersey shore business

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Good weather and greater awareness that the Jersey shore has made huge strides in recovering from Superstorm Sandy helped make the second summer after the storm better than the first, many merchants and elected officials say. More>>

3 ways insurers can discourage sick from enrolling

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By TOM MURPHY AP Business Writer Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul. But consumer advocates warn that companies are still using... More>>

At heart of Syria fears, extremists returning home

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The case of Mehdi Nemmouche haunts U.S. intelligence officials. More>>

NYC developer makes changes in 'poor door' design

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A plan for a luxury skyscraper with a so-called "poor door" is changing to extend more of a welcome to residents of its cluster of affordable apartments, officials and the developers said Friday. More>>

New challenge for HealthCare.gov: Tax forms

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The federal agency that had trouble launching a health insurance website last fall has a massive new project. Any glitches on this one could delay tax refunds for many Americans. More>>

Ohio State hears from ex-band director's backers

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Angry backers of Ohio State's fired marching band director made a splashy showing at a trustee meeting Friday, playing their horns, wearing T-shirts supporting him and urging the board to keep discussions on the matter... More>>

Victim's family feels sorry for girl who shot Uzi

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The accidental killing of a firing range instructor by a 9-year-old girl learning to shoot an Uzi unleashed a storm of criticism and anger, with much of it aimed at her parents. More>>

Marines deactivate decorated 'Walking Dead' unit

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Decades before the television show, a Marine Corps battalion decorated for extensive combat in World War II and Vietnam earned the nickname the "Walking Dead." More>>

In first, memorial will be open on night of 9/11

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The Sept. 11 memorial plaza will be open on the night of the attacks' anniversary this year, the first time the general public will be able to visit ground zero on the commemoration date. More>>

Comedian Joan Rivers hospitalized in New York City

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Joan Rivers remained in a New York City hospital Friday, one day after going into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office. More>>

Military: Pilot was killed in Virginia F-15 crash

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The pilot of an F-15 jet that crashed earlier this week in remote Virginia mountains was killed, military officials now say, bringing a sad end to an exhaustive two-day search involving more than 100 local, state and... More>>

Manatees may soon lose endangered species status

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As they do whenever they visit Florida, Greg Groff and his young daughter stopped by the manatee pool at Miami Seaquarium, where the speed bump-shaped marine mammals placidly swim in circles. More>>

Quake is major test for hard-luck California city

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The historic blue-collar town of Vallejo is a short distance but a far cry from the touristy Napa Valley vineyards and quaint towns. So when Sunday's earthquake struck, the damage to the wine industry took center stage... More>>

Feds jail ginseng poacher as wild plants face risk

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Broke and down on his luck, Billy Joe Hurley turned to the only way he knew how to make a living: poaching ginseng. More>>

Hackerspaces help techies turn ideas into reality

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Inside a nondescript garage-like workshop nestled between restaurants, a flower shop and jewelry stores along Main Street, ideas are taking shape. More>>

In Texas, big school finance questions remain

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Pumping an extra $3.4 billion into Texas public schools didn't convince a judge that the state is adequately funding classrooms. But how much more money it will take - and how those funds should be divvied up -... More>>

Suds, faith found at California laundromat

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Over the long months that Victoria Mitchell lived in her car with her infant daughter, there was one bright spot in her life: doing laundry. More>>

University bets $10 million on poor city's kids

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On the second day of class at Reading Senior High School, teacher Eric Knorr directs his students' attention to the banners hanging on the wall. Syracuse. Temple. Brown. Penn State. All of them brought back by former... More>>

Gun tourism grows in popularity in recent years

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The death of an Arizona firearms instructor by a 9-year-old girl who was firing a fully automatic Uzi displayed a tragic side of what has become a hot industry in the U.S.: gun tourism. More>>

Miley Cyrus' date turns self in, posts bail

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The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards and who had been sought on an Oregon arrest warrant has turned himself in and posted bail, an Oregon official said Thursday night. More>>

Autopsy doesn't say why Oklahoma inmate writhed

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An autopsy on an Oklahoma inmate who died after his troubled execution was halted concluded that he was killed by the lethal drugs, but it doesn't explain why he writhed, moaned and clenched his teeth before he was... More>>

Southern California gets more waves as storm eases

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High surf generated by a former hurricane in the eastern Pacific rolled onto Southern California beaches again Thursday, showing signs of diminishing but still bringing warnings of possible property damage and dangerous... More>>

APNewsBreak: Buffett heir buys Rosa Parks archive

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Hundreds of items that belonged to civil rights icon Rosa Parks and have been sitting unseen for years in a New York warehouse were sold to a foundation run by the son of billionaire investment guru Warren Buffett, the... More>>

Woman unearths past of forgotten Indian cemetery Video included

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A dusty, barren field in the shadow of a busy Arizona interstate was for decades a place where children played freely, teenagers spooked themselves on Halloween and locals dumped trash, seemingly unaware of the history... More>>

Plane stowaway arrested in Phoenix says she's ill

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A woman accused of trying to sneak aboard multiple flights without a ticket in California and arrested at a Phoenix airport earlier this week said Thursday that she suffers from an unrecognized mental illness. More>>

California Legislature passes 'yes means yes' bill

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State lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill that would make California the first state to define when "yes means yes" while investigating sexual assaults on college campuses. More>>

Flight diverts to Boston over reclined-seat upset

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An outburst over a reclined seat led an American Airlines flight to divert to Boston, at least the second such incident in the U.S. this week, authorities said. More>>

Suit claims police brutality at Ferguson protests

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A federal lawsuit filed Thursday alleges that police in Ferguson and St. Louis County used excessive force and falsely arrested innocent bystanders amid attempts to quell widespread unrest after the fatal shooting of... More>>

Syrian charged in plot against troops is now in US

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A Syrian man has been extradited to Arizona to face charges that he supplied components of improvised explosive devices to a jihadist group in Iraq that mounted attacks against the U.S. military. More>>

Drugs killed Oklahoma inmate in troubled execution

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An Oklahoma death row inmate who writhed, moaned and clenched his teeth before he was pronounced dead about 43 minutes after his execution began succumbed to the lethal drugs he was administered, not a heart attack, after... More>>

High school buddies followed similar path to jihad

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The two high school buddies loved to shoot hoops and crack jokes with their friends. They both converted to Islam in early adulthood. And both were recruited by terror groups to leave the United States and die for jihadist... More>>

UN panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous

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Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous - and it's increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new international science report says. More>>

Last Call: Pluto-bound craft crosses Neptune orbit

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NASA calls it a cosmic coincidence. More>>

Feds protect 20 species of coral as threatened

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The federal government is protecting 20 types of colorful coral by putting them on the list of threatened species, partly because of climate change. More>>

Minimum 17-year sentence sought in porch shooting

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Prosecutors are recommending at least 17 years in prison for a Detroit-area man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch, while his lawyer is urging a judge to go as low as six years. More>>

Louisiana Gov. Jindal sues feds over Common Core

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In a move certain to bolster his national standing with conservatives, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal sued the Obama administration Wednesday, hoping to strike a blow against the controversial Common Core education standards... More>>

Potentially deadly amoeba found in Louisiana water

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A potentially deadly brain-eating amoeba was discovered in a water system that serves more than 12,500 people, and state officials started flushing the system Thursday. More>>

Workers cheer restored Market Basket CEO

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As Arthur T. Demoulas made a triumphant return Thursday to lead the Market Basket supermarket chain, it was the words of his employees that summed up their fierce loyalty to him that led to a remarkable workers' revolt... More>>

Shades of Pigpen: We travel with our own germs

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Sorry, clean freaks. No matter how well you scrub your home, it's covered in bacteria from your own body. And if you pack up and move, new research shows, you'll rapidly transfer your unique microbial fingerprint... More>>

Gun company cuts ties with reality TV star

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A Louisiana firearms company at the center of the reality TV show "Sons of Guns" distanced itself from the program's star this week after he was arrested on charges of repeatedly raping a child. More>>

Testimony wraps up in former Va. governor trial

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An FBI agent testified Thursday that former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife spent many nights together in the governor's mansion, a final effort to undercut the defense argument that the couple's failing marriage... More>>

Crist makes Florida comeback bid as 4 states vote

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If there were any doubts that former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist would be accepted by Florida Democrats, they were cast aside as he overwhelmingly earned the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Gov. Rick Scott... More>>

Omaha police bullet kills 'Cops' film crew member

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When the call came from an officer who needed help facing an armed robber at a fast-food restaurant, two members of a reality television show riding along with Omaha police hustled to record the confrontation. More>>

Hearings planned after call for nuke-plant closure

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A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California's last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility's twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from any one... More>>

Deal reached to sell supermarket chain to ex-CEO

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A New England supermarket chain that has been in turmoil for weeks over a workers' revolt and customer boycott has announced that the former CEO is buying the company from rival relatives. More>>

Shooting by 9-year-old girl stirs debate over guns

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The accidental shooting death of a firing-range instructor by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi has set off a powerful debate over youngsters and guns, with many people wondering what sort of parents would let a child handle a... More>>

Boston suspect's sister charged in NY bomb threat

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Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's sister was arrested Wednesday on suspicion she threatened to bomb a woman who previously had a romantic relationship with her boyfriend. More>>

Cowabunga! Storm sends big waves to California

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Thundering surf spawned by a Pacific hurricane pounded the Southern California coast Wednesday, causing minor flooding in a low-lying beach town while drawing daredevil surfers and body-boarders into churning, 20-foot... More>>

Pilot's fate unknown in fighter jet crash

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An experienced pilot was missing Wednesday after the flier's F-15 fighter jet crashed in the mountains of western Virginia, shaking residents but causing no injuries on the ground, military and law enforcement... More>>

Utah approves winery in town with polygamous sect

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A town on the Utah-Arizona border largely controlled by Warren Jeffs' polygamous sect moved closer to opening its first commercial winery, a new venture and a signal of yet another lifestyle choice that separates the... More>>

Parents: Mom didn't understand abandoning baby

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A newborn girl was fighting for her life a day after Utah police say her mother dumped her in a neighbor's trash can, an act the woman's parents said Wednesday that she didn't fully comprehend. More>>

'Cops' crew member killed in Omaha police shooting

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Police officers who opened fire while disrupting a robbery at a fast-food restaurant in Omaha killed a crew member with the TV show "Cops" as well as the suspect, who was armed with a pellet gun that they thought was a... More>>

AP PHOTOS: Storm-roiled waves hit beach towns

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Massive waves turned into floodwaters Wednesday along the Southern California shore as Hurricane Marie stirred up the surf from afar. More>>

Dad acquitted in slaying of driver who killed sons

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A southeast Texas man says that despite his acquittal Wednesday for the shooting death of the drunken driver who caused a crash that killed his two sons, there are no winners. More>>

Boy hurt in California quake: 'I should be dead'

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Thirteen-year-old Nicholas Dillon's screams could be heard throughout his pitch black house when the earth shook and the falling bricks hit him. His mother, who later called it the worst night of her life, couldn't... More>>

Defense rests in corruption trial of ex-governor

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Attorneys for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife wrapped up their case Wednesday in the couple's corruption trial, their defense featuring McDonnell's testimony and the idea that the marriage was so... More>>

Police: Man kills wife at hospital, son also dead

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A man shot and killed his hospitalized wife on Wednesday and then tried to kill himself, prompting investigators to search their home, where their son was found fatally shot, authorities said. More>>

Chicago's Little League champs return as heroes

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The ballpark gleams, exactly as the home of the Little League World Series national championship team should. More>>

Philadelphia honors Little League team with parade

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The youth baseball team whose star 13-year-old female pitcher and performance in the Little League World Series drew a wide following received a champion's treatment in a parade Wednesday in downtown Philadelphia. More>>

Mom: captured son 'honorable' US journalist Video included

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An American freelance journalist held hostage and threatened with death by Islamic militants wanted to tell the world through his writing about oppressed people in the Middle East, his mother said in a video released... More>>

Girl abducted from school testifies about ordeal

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A young girl abducted from her kindergarten classroom and sexually brutalized in a 19-hour ordeal recalled bits of the crime for a jury Wednesday, but said she couldn't remember many of the details. More>>

Cold cash just keeps washing in from ALS challenge

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By ALLEN G. BREED AP National Writer In the couple of hours it took an official from the ALS Association to return a reporter's call for comment, the group's ubiquitous "ice bucket challenge" had... More>>

Missouri governor names new public safety director

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday appointed a new state public safety director, giving his administration its only black Cabinet member nearly three weeks after the shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police... More>>

Police: Deaths of 2 dumped in river drug-related

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Two men were found dead in a river Wednesday, bound and weighted down with makeshift anchors and their throats slit, in drug-related abductions and killings that authorities said may also have been gang-related. A third... More>>

Q-and-A on Westerners who join the fight in Syria

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Douglas McAuthur McCain, an American killed in Syria while fighting with the Islamic State group, was part of a growing number of Americans and other foreigners recruited by terror groups to help them wage war in the Mideast. More>>

Cold cash just keeps washing in from ALS challenge

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By ALLEN G. BREED AP National Writer Big splash, cold cash. More>>

Man held in LA serial shootings appears in court

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A man accused of going on a five-day rampage of serial shootings in the Los Angeles area made his first court appearance Wednesday on charges that could lead to the death penalty. More>>

Man arraigned in wife's death; kids still missing

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A Detroit man was arraigned Wednesday in the slaying of his estranged wife even as the whereabouts of her two young children remained unclear. More>>

Boston Marathon bombing victim marries his nurse

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If something good could come out of the Boston Marathon bombing, James Costello and Krista D'Agostino seem to have found it. More>>

Donors give nearly $700K after police shooting

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Donors have given nearly $700,000 to online fundraising sites set up to collect money for the family of a black 18-year-old and the white police officer who fatally shot him in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. More>>

Q&A: Few laws govern children at shooting range

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By GENE JOHNSON Associated Press A 39-year-old firing-range instructor was killed Monday while showing a 9-year-old girl how to use an Uzi submachine gun. Charles Vacca's death at the Last Stop... More>>

John Lennon's killer sorry for being 'an idiot'

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John Lennon's imprisoned killer says he still gets letters about the pain he caused in his pursuit of notoriety nearly 34 years ago. More>>

NASA's new giant rocket system passes milestone

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NASA says its new giant rocket system passed an internal milestone Wednesday, but the first test launch got pushed back a year to 2018. More>>

Soldier who shot self at base had earned medals

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A soldier who barricaded herself in a building at a Virginia base and then fatally shot herself in the head earlier this week was a 33-year-old human resources specialist who had earned Army commendation and good conduct... More>>

US marshals in NYC shootout; suspect wounded

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An armed fugitive wanted for nearly two decades on drug charges in the South was wounded during a shootout with deputy U.S. marshals who tracked him down in New York City, federal authorities said Wednesday. More>>

Border Patrol revamps practices to settle lawsuit

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U.S. immigration authorities must revamp their practices to ensure Mexicans accused of living in the country illegally are properly informed of their right to a hearing before an immigration judge, according to a lawsuit... More>>

US journalist thankful for work to secure freedom Video included

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A U.S. journalist speaking publicly for the first time since his release from a Syrian extremist group said Wednesday that he was overwhelmed to learn that so many "brave, determined and big-hearted" people were behind... More>>

Police: 911 botches call about child locked in car

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A 911 dispatcher is in trouble over his response to a mother who called for help after her 10-month-old son accidentally locked himself in her car, police said. More>>

Journalist killing highlights role of freelancers

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Journalists James Foley, Steven Sotloff and Peter Theo Curtis all had one thing in common when they were captured by Islamic militants in Syria, the title "freelance journalist." More>>

AP source: American militant said killed in Syria

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An American man believed to have been killed in Syria was there to fight alongside an extremist militant group, most likely the Islamic State, a U.S. official said Tuesday. More>>

3 bodies of family members found in Oregon lake

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It was supposed to be a pleasant lakeside picnic for a 42-year-old mother, her 25-year-old daughter, teenage son and 3-year-old grandson. More>>

AP source: American militant said killed in Syria

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An American man believed to have been killed in Syria was there to fight alongside an extremist militant group, most likely the Islamic State, a U.S. official has said. More>>

Mother of newborn baby found in trash arrested

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A Utah woman accused of dumping her day-old baby in a neighbor's trash can told police she was afraid to tell her parents about the pregnancy and hoped the newborn's death would solve her problems, a probable cause... More>>

Can Ferguson change the 'ritual' of black deaths?

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The choir sang, the preachers shouted and the casket stayed closed. The body was taken to the cemetery, and Michael Brown was laid to rest. More>>

Longtime Tennessee civil rights lawyer dies at 86

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George Barrett, a longtime Tennessee civil rights lawyer known for handling a case that ultimately desegregated the state's public colleges and universities, has died. He was 86. More>>

Boy hurt in California quake: 'I should be dead'

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Thirteen-year-old Nicholas Dillon's screams could be heard throughout his pitch black house when the earth shook and the falling bricks hit him. His mother, who later called it the worst night of her life, couldn't... More>>

Judges chide state lawyers over gay marriage bans

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Federal appeals judges bristled on Tuesday at arguments defending gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin, with one Republican appointee comparing them to now-defunct laws that once outlawed weddings between blacks and... More>>

Authorities: 'Serial killer' is behind 4 killings

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A man in custody is a serial killer who is suspected of randomly shooting seven people, leaving four dead, over five days in the Los Angeles area, authorities said Tuesday. More>>

Quake is major test for hard-luck California city

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The historic blue-collar town of Vallejo is a short distance but a far cry from the touristy Napa Valley vineyards and quaint towns. So when Sunday's earthquake struck, the damage to the wine industry took center stage... More>>

Mexican president praises California policies

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Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto praised Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers Tuesday for approving a series of immigrant-friendly laws, saying California is taking a lead role in the absence of national immigration... More>>

Miley Cyrus' date wanted by Oregon police

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The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards has a warrant out for his arrest in Oregon. More>>

Police: Plane stowaway arrested at Phoenix airport

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A woman accused of trying to sneak aboard multiple flights without a ticket and sentenced to jail for returning to a Los Angeles airport in violation of her probation was arrested Tuesday after being recognized loitering... More>>

3 bodies of family members found in Oregon lake

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Divers on Tuesday recovered the bodies of a mother and two of her children who authorities say drowned in a popular lake west of Portland. More>>

Police: Slain woman ID'd ex-deputy as her attacker

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A woman told police before she died that she had been shot by her brother-in-law, a newly retired Wisconsin sheriff's deputy suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease, according to new court documents. More>>

Maine Governor LePage embraces candor in campaign

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Maine Gov. Paul LePage sometimes can't help mouthing off, once telling the Portland chapter of the NAACP to "kiss my butt," calling the IRS "the new Gestapo" and saying he wouldn't be afraid to tell President... More>>

Former Virginia governor denies corruption charges

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Former Gov. Bob McDonnell wrapped up a grueling four-plus days on the witness stand Tuesday by emphatically denying that he did special favors for a wealthy businessman in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts, trips... More>>

Kentucky leader pleads guilty in kickbacks scheme

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Circular saws squealed and construction workers hammered away on buildings, part of this Appalachian area's painstaking recovery from a deadly 2012 tornado. More>>

Kentucky leader pleads guilty in kickbacks scheme

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The top elected official in an eastern Kentucky county devastated by a deadly 2012 tornado has pleaded guilty to a fraud charge stemming from a kickback scheme. More>>

Father of student: fatal flight was to see sights

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A small rented airplane crashed and burned shortly after takeoff Monday, killing four college students who were taking a sightseeing flight around Cleveland after their first day of classes. More>>

Couple plead guilty in man's Craigslist killing

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A newlywed couple charged in the stabbing death of a stranger they lured through a Craigslist ad offering companionship pleaded guilty to murder on Tuesday and face mandatory sentences of life without parole. More>>

Health-care fears loom large in gay marriage cases

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When Niki Quasney felt a piercing pain in her ribcage in March, the oncologist treating her advanced ovarian cancer told her to get to an emergency room immediately. More>>

Doctor describes girl's injuries after abduction

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A 5-year-old girl abducted from her Philadelphia classroom suffered severe physical injuries from a sexual assault that required surgery, a doctor testified Tuesday. More>>

Officials: Girl accidentally kills gun instructor

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A 9-year-old girl accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use an automatic Uzi, authorities said Tuesday. More>>

Arab strikes in Libya show impatience with US

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Egypt and the United Arab Emirates secretly carried out airstrikes against Islamist militias inside Libya, the United States publicly acknowledged Tuesday, another sharp jolt to American-led attempts over the past three... More>>

Police: Drugs, alcohol not factors in Freeh crash

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Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be factors in the single-car crash in Vermont that seriously injured former FBI director Louis Freeh, state police said Tuesday. More>>

Soggy start: Burning Man crews stuck at Wal-Mart

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Ah, Burning Man, the annual weeklong rave that draws thousands of free-thinkers to a remote spot in the Nevada desert. It's a festival so remote and bizarre that the only limit to free expression is imagination ... and... More>>

2 ex-mining towns try to change their fortunes

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In the Appalachian foothills of eastern Tennessee, Rocky Top and Briceville share a common heritage and a common problem: How to revive communities that once boasted bustling main streets and jobs for nearly anyone willing... More>>

NY teen gets 5 to 15 years for wreck that killed 4

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A New York City man who was high on marijuana and speeding at over 100 mph when he crashed his brand-new sports car into a tree on a Long Island highway, killing four of his friends, has been sentenced to 5-to-15 years in... More>>

Jerusalem police search for missing US student

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Israeli police said Tuesday they are searching for a U.S. religious student who disappeared while on a hike in a forest outside Jerusalem last week. More>>

Defense secretary OKs Medal of Honor for WWI hero

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The secretary of defense has recommended a posthumous Medal of Honor for a black World War I soldier from upstate New York who saved a comrade while fighting off a German attack in France, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said... More>>

CDC director to visit Ebola outbreak countries

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A top U.S. health official plans to travel to West Africa to see firsthand how the Ebola outbreak is unfolding. More>>

SHOW BITS: A last hurrah for 'Breaking Bad'

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Show Bits brings you the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles through the eyes of Associated Press journalists. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item. More>>

Renewed calls for early-warning system after quake Video included

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In the coming years, Californians could have valuable seconds of warning before earthquakes such as this week's wine country temblor reach them, allowing trains to slow down or stop, power plants and factories to shut... More>>

Rare rains, mud temporarily close Burning Man

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Thousands of Burning Man enthusiasts were on the outside looking in Monday after a rare batch of heavy rain forced organizers to temporarily close entry to the counterculture event in the desert 90 miles north of Reno. More>>

California wait period doesn't apply to gun owners

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A federal judge has overturned part of a California law requiring a 10-day waiting period for gun buyers, ruling that it does not apply to those who already own firearms. More>>

Foley killing could complicate embassy bomb trial

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An Egyptian lawyer charged in the 1998 embassy bombings in Africa is trying to distance himself from other acts of terrorism even as British investigators reportedly look at his son in the killing of an American journalist. More>>

John Sperling, University of Phoenix founder, dies

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John G. Sperling was in his teens - illiterate and the survivor of a childhood filled with illness - when a shipmate in the Merchant Marine taught him to read. More>>

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