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Questions, answers about use of force by police
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- The fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer has opened a debate over what level of force is appropriate when law enforcement confronts a citizen perceived to be a threat....
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California plans aid to immigrant minors
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California lawmakers will approve legislation supported by Gov. Jerry Brown to spend $3 million in state money to provide legal help for unaccompanied children from Central America, Democratic leaders announced Thursday....
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Ice bucket challenge goes awry, firefighters hurt
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Two firefighters in a fire truck bucket were seriously injured when they got too close to a power line after helping college students take part in an ice bucket challenge, police said Thursday....
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Officer in Wal-Mart shooting involved in 2010 case
CINCINNATI (AP) -- A police officer on leave after the fatal shooting of a man at a Wal-Mart store also was involved in a 2010 fatal shooting in which he was not indicted after evidence showed he acted in self-defense, authorities confirmed Thursday....
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Family of NY man killed by chokehold talks to feds
NEW YORK (AP) -- The family of an unarmed black man who died after being placed in a chokehold by a white police officer met with a U.S. prosecutor on Thursday to again demand a federal probe....
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Court ends part of Arkansas desegregation lawsuit
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- A federal judge Thursday ended a large part of an Arkansas desegregation case rooted in the Little Rock Central High School crisis of 1957 but a lawyer for black schoolchildren said inequalities remain in the state's largest district....
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California to appeal ruling tossing death penalty
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- California's attorney general said Thursday she will appeal a federal court ruling that called the state's death penalty unconstitutional....
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Prison time for woman charged in baby sitter death
OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- When she died, Alexis Rasmussen was a 16-year-old Utah girl trying to find her own identity, her mother said....
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Attorney: Utah eatery had other chemical burn
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The attorney for a woman who nearly died after unknowingly drinking tea laced with a chemical cleaning compound at a Utah restaurant said Thursday an employee at the eatery burned herself a month earlier on the same substance....
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Court decision delayed on Marine's Iraq vanishing
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) -- A defense attorney said Thursday that a Marine accused of deserting his unit a decade ago in Iraq was kept in Lebanon for eight years while he faced a military trial there....
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Gov. Nixon taking National Guard out of Ferguson
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly two weeks ago....
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Former Vatican City governor Szoka dies at age 86
DETROIT (AP) -- Edmund Szoka, an American cardinal who served as governor and financial administrator of the Vatican and was a confidant of St. John Paul II, has died at age 86....
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Nixon orders withdrawal of Guard from Ferguson
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Jay Nixon says his decision to draw down the Missouri National Guard in Ferguson follows progress in stemming upheaval in the St. Louis suburb since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old....
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Prisoner freed 90 years early appeals sentence
DENVER (AP) -- A Colorado convict sent back to prison after being mistakenly released 90 years early says it was cruel and unusual punishment to put him back behind bars after he reformed his life....
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USNA chief says no double standard for athletes
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- The new superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy said he does not now believe there is "a cultural issue" in Navy sports with the kind of lax oversight of athletes that is being investigated at the U.S. Air Force Academy, but if there is "we're going to take care of it."...
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