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Agriculture industry seeks to create right to farm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- In the nation's agricultural heartland, farming is more than a multibillion-dollar industry that feeds the world. It could be on track to become a right, written into law alongside the freedom of speech and religion....
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15-year-old charged in fatal shooting at armory
LOBELVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A 15-year-old was charged Thursday with one count of criminal homicide in the fatal shooting of a longtime member of the National Guard at a Tennessee armory, according to the state's Bureau of Investigation....
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Work begins on wall for 2 Sandy-devastated towns
MANTOLOKING, N.J. (AP) -- Two wealthy New Jersey shore towns that were among the hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy nearly two years ago began building a 4-mile-long steel wall Thursday, an expensive effort that the state says is needed to protect the communities but that some residents and environmentalists oppose....
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Man who killed Michigan family gets life in prison
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) -- Lakshminivasa Nerusu stabbed his wife 59 times and later slit the throats of his two children when they returned to their Michigan home from school in 2008. After that, he spent nearly five years on the run in India, hiding from professional failure - and authorities....
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Thousands appear for NYC firefighter's funeral
NEW YORK (AP) -- Thousands of uniformed firefighters from across the country have gathered for the funeral of a fallen fire lieutenant....
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Toxicology tests on toddler left in car negative
ATLANTA (AP) -- Police in suburban Atlanta say results of a toxicology report on a Georgia toddler who died in a hot car have come back with negative results, but officials won't specify which substances they tested for....
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Police arrest man accused of kicking police horse
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Police in Portland, Oregon, say they have arrested a 29-year-old man accused of running up to a police horse, uttering a "karate-like battle cry" and delivering what a spokesman calls "a jumping, double kick" to the horse's right thigh....
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Gunman in delivery man garb kills 4 kids, parents
SPRING, Texas (AP) -- A gunman dressed as a delivery man forced his way into his sister-in-law's suburban Houston home where he held her children at gunpoint until their parents arrived. Then he opened fire, killing four of the children and the two adults, law enforcement officials said Thursday....
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4 adults, 3 kids die in apartment building fire
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) -- An intense fire ravaged a three-story apartment building before dawn Thursday, killing four adults and three children, forcing tenants to jump or hand their children to safety, and leading to dramatic rescues from upper floors....
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Hot spot: Yellowstone road melts, sites closed
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- The ever-changing thermal geology of Yellowstone National Park has created a hot spot that melted an asphalt road and closed access to popular geysers and other attractions at the height of tourist season, officials said Thursday....
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10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos
Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see....
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3 skulls donated to Seattle-area thrift store
SEATTLE (AP) -- Officials in Washington state are searching for the person who donated three human skulls to a thrift store in a Seattle suburb....
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Gay wedding complaint filed vs. Methodist pastors
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A complaint has been filed against 36 United Methodist ministers who blessed a same-sex wedding in defiance of church law....
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Man gets year in jail in Detroit mob beating
DETROIT (AP) -- A judge greatly influenced by a young man's apology sentenced him to a year in jail Thursday for his part in a mob attack that left a Detroit-area motorist in a coma for days....
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Quest for Medal of Honor for NY WWI hero continues
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Nearly 100 years after he single-handedly fought off a German attack and saved a comrade from capture despite suffering serious wounds, Sgt. Henry Johnson is a step closer to getting a posthumous Medal of Honor....
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