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5 die in crash on way to Disney World, police say
CALHOUN, La. (AP) -- A 16-year-old boy driving relatives from Texas to a vacation in Disney World apparently fell asleep at the wheel, causing the sport utility vehicle to veer off the highway and roll over, killing three children and two adults, authorities said Thursday....
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Blast at Wyoming propane dealer forces evacuations
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) -- An explosion at a propane dealer in the Wyoming tourist town of Jackson has forced the evacuation of several nearby businesses and a small school....
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Roofs collapse under Buffalo snow
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Roofs began to creak and collapse and homeowners toiled to clear waist-high drifts atop their houses Thursday as another storm brought the Buffalo area's three-day snowfall total to an epic 7 feet or more....
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Sentencing delayed for terror supporter in Florida
MIAMI (AP) -- A man seeking a more lenient prison sentence than federal prosecutors want for supporting overseas terrorism must first demonstrate he has renounced extremist views and show remorse, a federal judge said Thursday....
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Mayor claims progress reforming troubled NYC jails
NEW YORK (AP) -- Acknowledging that not even he appreciated the depth of problems at New York City's Rikers Island jail complex, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday told reporters "deep-seated" cultural change in city lockups was one of his administration's top priorities....
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100-year-old woman sees the ocean for the 1st time
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) -- Ruby Holt spent most of her 100 years on a farm in rural Tennessee, picking cotton and raising four children. She never had the time or money to go to a beach....
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Dismissal sought of Jindal's anti-Common Core suit
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- A federal judge peppered attorneys with questions Thursday about Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's lawsuit accusing U.S. education officials of manipulating $4.3 billion in federal grant money and policy waivers to illegally pressure states to adopt Common Core standards and testing....
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Journal indicates FSU shooter suspected government
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida State University alumnus and attorney who shot three people at the school's library early Thursday believed the government was targeting him for persecution, detailing his thoughts in a journal and in videos detectives obtained, authorities said....
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Ex-coal exec pleads not guilty in W.Va. mine blast
BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) -- Ex-coal company chief executive Don Blankenship pleaded not guilty Thursday to conspiracy and other charges in the deadliest U.S. mine accident in four decades....
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Matthew Shepard's parents head to Russia
NEW YORK (AP) -- The parents of Matthew Shepard, the gay Wyoming college student tortured and murdered in 1998, are traveling to Russia on Friday to spread their message of tolerance and acceptance in a country where anti-gay policies and attitudes are widespread....
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New report on Newtown shooting out Friday
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A report on the 20-year-old Connecticut man who killed 26 people at the Sandy Hook Elementary School is being released Friday by a state agency that investigated whether anything about his mental health and educational history should lead to child-protection policy changes....
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No ruling yet on prosecution in porn email scandal
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has not decided whether to prosecute anyone in a scandal over the email exchange of pornography by state government employees, a spokeswoman said Thursday, pulling back an earlier statement about whether anyone could be charged over child pornography....
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Deal divides billions in closed nuke plant's costs
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Consumers will get refunds and credits of about $1.4 billion, but also pay about $3.3 billion, under a settlement approved Thursday on costs stemming from the premature closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant....
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Fire kills Maine mother, 3 kids in deadly month
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Firefighters rushed into a burning mobile home in far northern Maine early Thursday but they were too late to save a 28-year-old woman and her three children killed in the inferno - the latest fire deaths in a devastating month for the state....
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New lawyer named for friend of marathon suspect
BOSTON (AP) -- A federal judge has approved a new lawyer for a friend of the brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings....
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