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Mom pleads for release of captive US journalist
MIAMI (AP) -- The mother of an American freelance journalist held hostage and threatened with death by Islamic militants pleaded for his release Wednesday in a video message aimed directly at his captors....
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Mass.-based fighter jet crashes in Virginia
WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- A Massachusetts Air National Guard officer says authorities are still searching for the pilot of a fighter jet that crashed in Virginia and do not know whether the pilot may have ejected....
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McDonnell daughter testifies on parents' marriage
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The eldest daughter of former Gov. Bob McDonnell testified Wednesday that her parents' marriage had been troubled for many years and her mom developed "a mild obsession" with the Virginia businessman whose gifts to the family are at the heart of the McDonnells' corruption trial....
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California beach town sees flooding from hurricane
SEAL BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Thundering surf spawned by a Pacific hurricane pounded the Southern California coast Wednesday, causing minor flooding in a low-lying beach town, knocking pilings from under the Malibu Pier and drawing daredevil surfers and body-boarders into churning waves as crowds of spectators lined the shore....
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Shooting by 9-year-old girl stirs debate over guns
PHOENIX (AP) -- "All right, full auto," the firing-range instructor tells a 9-year-old girl. She braces the Uzi submachine gun and opens fire at a black-silhouette target. But the recoil wrenches the fully automatic weapon upward, and the instructor is shot in the head and killed....
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Court hears mom, 5-year-old talk about abduction
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The mother of a 5-year-old girl abducted from kindergarten and sexually assaulted gently asked her daughter about the ordeal on a tape recording played Wednesday in a Philadelphia courtroom....
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Missouri governor names new public safety director
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday appointed a new state public safety director, giving his administration its first black Cabinet member nearly three weeks after the shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer led to violent protests in a St. Louis suburb....
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Florida man charged in wheelchair slaying
MIAMI (AP) -- A South Florida man is facing murder and other charges in the fatal shooting of a man in a wheelchair who was begging for change along a busy roadway....
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US journalist thankful for work to secure freedom
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- 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 efforts to secure his release....
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AP PHOTOS: Storm-roiled waves hit beach towns
SEAL BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Big waves turned into floodwaters Wednesday along the Southern California shore as Hurricane Marie stirred up the surf from far asea....
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Libya's UN envoy warns of 'full-blown civil war'
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Libya's ambassador to the United Nations is warning of "full-blown civil war" if the chaos and division in the North African country continue....
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Border Patrol revamps practices to settle lawsuit
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- 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 settlement made public Wednesday....
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Forest Service decides future of burned trees
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service is expected to unveil its plan Wednesday for what to do with millions of trees killed one year ago in a massive California wildfire....
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Fla. Supreme Court asked to rule on gay marriage
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida's highest court is being asked to decide whether or not the state's ban on gay marriage is constitutional....
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Army IDs soldier who shot self at Virginia base
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- 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 from New York, the Army said Wednesday....
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