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UN chief urges Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that it is more urgent than ever to avoid another Israeli-Palestinian war that could spill into the Mideast and called on both sides to agree to a cease-fire....
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Man who killed family in Mich. gets life in prison
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) -- An unemployed software programmer who fled to his native India after killing his wife and two children in 2008 has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole....
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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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Evacuations ordered in Washington state wildfire
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- Firefighters have told residents of about 100 homes in Washington state they should evacuate because of a threatening wildfire. Residents of more than 100 other homes near Entiat (EHN'-tee-aht) have been told to be ready to leave....
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Beanie Babies creator defends probation sentence
CHICAGO (AP) -- Lawyers for the billionaire creator of Beanie Babies say a federal judge didn't let him off too easily by giving him probation and no prison time for hiding at least $25 million from U.S. tax authorities in Swiss banks....
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4 children, parents killed in Texas shooting
SPRING, Texas (AP) -- A gunman charged Thursday in the killing of four children and their parents was dressed as a delivery man when he arrived at the suburban Houston home where the family was shot to death, officials said....
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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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Massachusetts man injured when dragged by wires
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) -- A Massachusetts man was injured when overhead wires pulled down by a passing truck wrapped around him and dragged him down the sidewalk....
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7 dead in Massachusetts apartment fire
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) -- Seven people died in a fast-moving Massachusetts apartment fire in the pre-dawn hours Thursday, officials said....
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Union official: Local coming for Volkswagen plant
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- An official with the United Auto Workers, which suffered a stinging defeat in its attempt to unionize Volkswagen's assembly plant in Tennessee earlier this year, said Thursday that it is forming a new local at the plant....
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North Dakota pipeline spill cleanup may take weeks
MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) -- A pipeline has leaked 1 million gallons of oil drilling saltwater into the ground at a North Dakota Indian reservation, and some of the byproduct ended up in a bay that feeds the lake that provides the reservation's drinking water, company and tribal officials said....
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Thousands appear for NYC firefighter's funeral
NEW YORK (AP) -- Thousands of firefighters from across the country have descended upon a narrow New York City avenue for the funeral of a fallen fire lieutenant....
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Medical examiner: 3 skulls donated to 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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Crews work to restore power after Eastern storms
SMITHFIELD, N.Y. (AP) -- Utility crews worked Thursday to restore power in some Eastern states hit hard by severe storms nearly two days earlier, and one rural New York town picked through the debris from homes battered by a deadly tornado....
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In New Orleans, a 10-year sentence for Ray Nagin
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- He entered New Orleans City Hall as a cool and confident self-styled reformer, won fame there as a passionate, if profane, critic of the federal response to Hurricane Katrina and exited under suspicion....
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