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FairPoint more attractive to buyers with new labor pact
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- FairPoint Communications said it needed to bring costs and benefits into sync with competitors in the telecommunications industry. By doing just that in a new labor pact, the company has made itself more attractive to potential buyers, an analyst and workers say....
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Wesleyan overdoses happened as school stepped up efforts
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) -- As drug overdoses left two Wesleyan students fighting for their lives, witnesses helped investigators quickly identify the suspects: The drug-dealing was an open secret, according to court documents, even as the university has gotten tougher on drug violations....
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Buffett reflects on his firm's success and strength
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Investor Warren Buffett says his company delivered another strong year, with $19.9 billion in profits, and he believes Berkshire Hathaway will continue thriving thanks to its collection of "remarkable businesses" and investments....
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Marathon bombing trial stays in Boston, federal panel says
BOSTON (AP) -- Publicity hasn't jeopardized Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's right to an impartial jury, a federal appeals panel says, and opening statements can proceed next week as scheduled in the city where the deadly explosions occurred almost two years ago....
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Man sentenced in death of boy made to hold paint buckets
ATLANTA (AP) -- Prosecutors say a suburban Atlanta man who forced a boy to hold paint buckets outdoors for hours as punishment on a hot June day has been sentenced to life imprisonment plus 50 years....
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Tiny Missouri town mourns after gunman kills 7, then himself
TYRONE, Mo. (AP) -- Residents in a remote area of southern Missouri are trying to come to grips with what could cause a man to kill seven people, including four of his own relatives, in a nighttime shooting spree that spanned four homes....
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Ga. man who killed man over stolen checks set to die
ATLANTA (AP) -- A Georgia death-row inmate convicted of killing a man who demanded he pay him back for stealing and cashing some of his personal checks is scheduled to be executed in early March....
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La. teen accused of knocking school bus driver unconscious
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- One Louisiana teen has been charged with assault and another with saving the day: The first knocked a school bus driver unconscious and the second prevented the bus from crashing....
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Visit to dump by Oregon's former first couple draws police
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Workers at a central Oregon landfill became suspicious when former Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, showed up to dump some trash last week....
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Coroner: Carbon monoxide likely caused 2 teenagers' deaths
TROY, Ohio (AP) -- Two teenage sisters died and two other children were hospitalized after a relative found all four unresponsive Friday from a suspected carbon monoxide leak in their western Ohio home, officials said....
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Autopsy: Teen killed by Denver police had 4 gunshot wounds
DENVER (AP) -- An autopsy shows a 17-year-old girl who was killed by Denver police officers while driving a stolen car suffered four gunshot wounds....
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Some California farmers to go without federal water
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The federal government said Friday it won't send any of its reservoir water to the Central Valley for the second straight year, forcing farmers in California's agricultural heartland to again scramble for other sources or leave fields unplanted....
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Reaction to death of the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Reaction to the death of the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, who helped transform the University of Notre Dame while serving as its president from 1952 to 1987:...
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Lawyers: Detained immigrant families in Texas offered bonds
DALLAS (AP) -- Attorneys say the federal government is loosening its crackdown on offering bonds for Central American immigrant mothers and children seeking asylum in the U.S., a shift that comes after a federal judge ordered a halt to a detention strategy aimed at deterring other illegal crossings. Immigrant advocates say the effect so far has been minimal: Most families can't afford to post bond anyway....
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Rabbi accused of videotaping women resigns from university
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An Orthodox rabbi who pleaded guilty to videotaping nude women in a ritual bath in Washington has resigned from his post at Towson University in Maryland....
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