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Family of man killed by police in stairway plans to sue NYC
NEW YORK (AP) -- The family of an unarmed man fatally shot by a police officer in a Brooklyn housing project stairway said Thursday that it intends to file a lawsuit seeking $50 million....
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US prosecutors clear immigrant from Barbados in '86 burglary
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City prosecutors have cleared an immigrant from Barbados who spent more than a year in prison for a 1986 burglary they say never took place....
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Casino union protests Taj Mahal cuts outside Icahn office
Atlantic City casino workers demonstrated outside the New York City offices of billionaire investor Carl Icahn on Thursday to protest the elimination of benefits at a casino he is poised to acquire....
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Former soldier charged with stealing $250,000 in benefits
SEATTLE (AP) -- A former Idaho National Guard soldier who is also an official in the Washington city of Snoqualmie has been indicted on charges that he lied his way to a Purple Heart and more than $250,000 in government benefits....
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Last-ditch foreclosure hearings draw many Detroit homeowners
DETROIT (AP) -- Hundreds of Detroit homeowners in danger of losing their properties flocked Thursday to hearings that offered a last-ditch chance to avoid foreclosure and to keep the houses from adding to the city's already huge glut of vacant dwellings....
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Oklahoma official: Executions could resume with other drugs
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- While the U.S. Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of a sedative Oklahoma uses in lethal injections, Attorney General Scott Pruitt said Thursday he will push to resume executions if alternative drugs can be found....
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Fort Hood gunman Hasan says he wants to keep top lawyer
FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kansas (AP) -- The gunman who killed 13 people at a Texas military base in 2009 appeared in court Thursday without the beard he had fought to keep and said he wanted to keep his lead appeals lawyer. A change of counsel could complicate an already delayed review process....
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Idaho legislative panel halts gay protections bill
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Idaho lawmakers voted to halt a bill that would create protections for gay and lesbian people Thursday, siding with the concerns of religious freedom supporters....
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Shell says it will drill off Alaska if it can get permits
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Royal Dutch Shell PLC will move forward with drilling off Alaska's northwest coast if it can obtain permits it needs and drill safely, its chief executive officer said Thursday....
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Decision looms over captive orca, but fate of Lolita unclear
SEATTLE (AP) -- For years, animal activists have campaigned to free a killer whale that was captured from Puget Sound waters in 1970 and has been performing at Miami Seaquarium in Florida for over four decades....
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US colleges seek economic diversity in students from China
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- Widely regarded overseas as places only for children of the rich and powerful, top American universities like Yale and Harvard are increasing efforts to attract the best international students, regardless of their financial backgrounds....
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Police: Use of force in arrest of woman 'unreasonable'
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- An official investigating the arrest of a Virginia woman who said she was bitten by a police dog several times after leaving a party has determined that the use of force in the incident was unreasonable....
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NASA astronaut memorial stirs memories for shuttle veteran
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- Each year around this time, NASA honors fallen astronauts, including the 17 men and women killed in three separate wintertime accidents in the sky and on the earth....
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A sneaky snake: Teams hunt for rock pythons in Everglades
MIAMI (AP) -- For all the danger posed to Florida's Everglades by invasive Burmese pythons, there's one thing researchers don't want to know: how they would interact with another python species that threatens to move into the same territory....
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Lawyers snipe as jury selection resumes in Tsarnaev trial
BOSTON (AP) -- A federal prosecutor has accused a lawyer for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) of trying to "encourage" a hung jury....
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