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Agency can look at rig owner's role in oil spill
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A federal appeals court in New Orleans has upheld a federal safety board's right to investigate the role of Transocean Deepwater Drilling Corp. in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster....
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Multiple shooting deaths reported in north Fla.
BELL, Fla. (AP) -- Media outlets are reporting that a shooting in north Florida could involve multiple fatalities....
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Driver freed in Stratosphere crash commits suicide
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A hotel room suicide of a man who was freed from jail after being accused of intentionally crashing his vehicle into the Stratosphere and declaring he wanted to jump from its tower raised questions Thursday about why he hadn't been charged with a crime and whether he was properly screened for mental illness....
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UN warns of food shortages for Syrians
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations on Thursday said that it is running out of money to pay for its food programs for almost 6 million Syrians who have been displaced by the country's civil war and that aid will be cut....
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Expert to review autopsy of NYC chokehold victim
NEW YORK (AP) -- The expert forensic pathologist who conducted an autopsy of the 18-year-old shot by a police officer in Missouri will be reviewing the final autopsy report of a New York City man who died after being put in a police chokehold, the attorney for the man's family said Thursday....
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Vets try to save leg of dog hit by stolen van
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Veterinarians on Thursday were trying to save the leg of a fluffy white dog named Gordo who was run down by a stolen van during a wild police chase that was captured live by television helicopters....
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Police: Officers fatally shoot man near St. Louis
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- Officers shot and killed a man after he allegedly pointed a rifle at them in suburban St. Louis, the second fatal police shooting of a black suspect in the region since the August shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson....
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Man arrested in fast-growing California wildfire
PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) -- A man has been charged with deliberately starting a Northern California wildfire that has shown explosive growth and driven nearly 2,800 people from their homes, authorities said Thursday....
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Dog found in Oregon heading back to Pennsylvania
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Gidget is going back to Pennsylvania....
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Trial opens for Detroit officer who killed girl
DETROIT (AP) -- A member of an elite Detroit police team failed to follow his training when he stormed a house looking for a murder suspect with his finger on the trigger and shot a 7-year-old girl who was asleep on the couch, a prosecutor said Thursday at the start of an involuntary manslaughter trial....
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Mississippi officers searching for 4 missing girls
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi authorities were searching Thursday for four young girls last seen with their mother and stepfather who are charged with mistreating the children....
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In wake of beheadings, Busch Gardens removes props
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Busch Gardens removed some props from their Halloween attractions after people in Virginia complained about decapitated heads, the theme park said Thursday....
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Detectives comforted suspect in missing boy case
NEW YORK (AP) -- The man suspected of killing a 6-year-old boy in one of New York City's most notorious missing children's cases bursts into tears during a videotaped confession as detectives hug and comfort him, assuring him that he did the right thing by coming forward....
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UC system plan calls for anti-sex abuse effort
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Responding to federal pressure, the University of California is planning a system-wide effort to address college sexual assaults that would require educating all students, staff and faculty about the problem, supporting victims and properly training investigators....
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Death row inmates contest Tenn. electric chair law
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Ten death row inmates already challenging Tennessee's lethal injection protocol were permitted by a judge Thursday to amend their lawsuit to include objections to the use of the electric chair....
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