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Fast food workers prepare to escalate wage demands
CHICAGO (AP) -- Fast food workers say they're prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in suburban Chicago where more than 1,000 workers will discuss the future of the effort that has spread to dozens of cities in less than two years....
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Official: Hospital gunman intended to kill others
MEDIA, Pa. (AP) -- Authorities say a psychiatric patient had dozens of bullets on hand when he killed his caseworker and intended to kill more people at a suburban Philadelphia hospital complex....
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Hearing set in Bourbon Street fatal shooting
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A magistrate judge has refused to move up a preliminary hearing for the only suspect in a deadly shooting on Bourbon Street in New Orleans....
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New photos show wandering wolf OR-7 has 3 pups
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- New photos show that Oregon's famous wandering wolf, OR-7, has at least three pups that he and a mate are raising in the Cascade Range of southern Oregon....
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AP names new enterprise editor for western US
PHOENIX (AP) -- Raghu Vadarevu, an editor on The Associated Press' West Desk, has been promoted to West assistant editor for enterprise....
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Radar captures mayfly swarm on Mississippi River
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Mayflies have begun hatching in the Mississippi River, emerging from the water in swarms that show up on radar like thunderstorms, coat roads and other surfaces and leave behind a slimy mess....
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Va. Gov.: Blessing more didn't die in tornado
CAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) -- Speaking a few dozen yards away from where two people were killed in a tornado that swept through a campground on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Friday it's a blessing more people didn't die in the storm given the short notice that campers had to seek shelter....
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Family seeks federal probe of police custody death
NEW YORK (AP) -- Family members of a man who died in police custody, the Rev. Al Sharpton and others met with federal prosecutors Friday to press for an investigation into the death....
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Earthquakes occur in 3 parts of Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- Seismologists in Alaska say earthquakes have jolted three different parts of the state....
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US rig count down 4 to 1,871
HOUSTON (AP) -- Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by four this week to 1,871....
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States' use of execution drugs varies widely
The prolonged execution of an Arizona death row inmate with a new, two-drug combo has highlighted the patchwork quilt approach that states now take with lethal drugs, with types, combinations and dosages varying widely. A question and answer look at how the disparity came about and why, following more than three decades in which all death penalty states used the exact same three-drug mixture....
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Carjacked vehicle hits crowd, killing 2 kids
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Two men forced a woman into the backseat of her car at gunpoint and drove it into a group of people on a corner in Philadelphia on Friday, killing two children and critically injuring three other people, police said....
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Fox's Jarrett pleads guilty to disorderly conduct
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A Fox News weekend anchor pleaded guilty Friday to disorderly conduct following after a May arrest at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in which a police video showed he struggled with officers....
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Archdiocese: No confirmation of Philly papal visit
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- There is still no confirmation that Pope Francis will attend a major gathering of the world's Roman Catholics next year in Philadelphia, the archdiocese said Friday in response to a report that the archbishop had said Francis would come....
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Families urge resumption of adoptions from Congo
With the president of Congo coming to Washington for a U.S.-Africa summit, hundreds of frustrated American families are hoping he can be persuaded to lift a suspension that has stalled efforts to adopt children from his troubled country for the past 10 months....
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