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Vets try to save leg of dog hit by stolen van
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Veterinarians on Thursday were trying to save the leg of a fluffy white dog named Gordo who was run down by a stolen van during a wild police chase that was captured live by television helicopters....
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Dog found in Oregon heading back to Pennsylvania
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Gidget is going back to Pennsylvania....
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Driver freed in Stratosphere crash commits suicide
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The suicide of a 40-year-old man who was freed from jail after being accused of crashing his vehicle into the Stratosphere casino raised questions about why he wasn't charged with a crime and whether he was properly screened for mental illness....
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Trial opens for Detroit officer who killed girl
DETROIT (AP) -- A member of an elite Detroit police team failed to follow his training when he stormed a house looking for a murder suspect with his finger on the trigger and shot a 7-year-old girl who was asleep on the couch, a prosecutor said Thursday at the start of an involuntary manslaughter trial....
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Mississippi officers searching for 4 missing girls
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi authorities were searching Thursday for four young girls last seen with their mother and stepfather who are charged with mistreating the children....
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In wake of beheadings, Busch Gardens removes props
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Busch Gardens removed some props from their Halloween attractions after people in Virginia complained about decapitated heads, the theme park said Thursday....
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Agency can look at rig owner's role in oil spill
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A federal appeals court in New Orleans has upheld a federal safety board's right to investigate the role of Transocean Deepwater Drilling Corp. in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster....
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Detectives comforted suspect in missing boy case
NEW YORK (AP) -- The man suspected of killing a 6-year-old boy in one of New York City's most notorious missing children's cases bursts into tears during a videotaped confession as detectives hug and comfort him, assuring him that he did the right thing by coming forward....
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UC system plan calls for anti-sex abuse effort
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Responding to federal pressure, the University of California is planning a system-wide effort to address college sexual assaults that would require educating all students, staff and faculty about the problem, supporting victims and properly training investigators....
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California woman doubts brother's role in wildfire
CAMINO, Calif. (AP) -- The sister of a man arrested in a fast-growing Northern California wildfire says she strongly doubts he's responsible for starting the blaze, which has driven 2,800 people from their homes....
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Death row inmates contest Tenn. electric chair law
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Ten death row inmates already challenging Tennessee's lethal injection protocol were permitted by a judge Thursday to amend their lawsuit to include objections to the use of the electric chair....
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Missouri officer smelled pot before Taser incident
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri police officer said he smelled marijuana inside a car during a weekend traffic stop and used his Taser on the teenage driver only after the boy became combative when ordered out of the vehicle, according to court documents....
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Jury won't consider deaths in Ga. salmonella trial
ALBANY, Ga. (AP) -- Shirley Mae Almer died a few days before Christmas in 2008 at a Minnesota hospital where the 72-year-old woman was already weak with illness when she was fed peanut butter contaminated with salmonella....
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Lawyer asks for reasonable award in plane crash
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Questions about whether a man died instantly or suffered when a Continental flight crashed into his home and how traumatized the crash left his widow and daughter are among questions that will determine how much the family receives from the airlines....
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Salmon numbers jump at central Idaho mountain lake
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- More endangered sockeye salmon have made the 900-mile journey from the Pacific Ocean to central Idaho's high-elevation Redfish Lake this fall than in any previous year going back nearly six decades....
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