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"To those members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better, or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer: Pass a bill." - President Barack Obama, who unveiled executive actions on immigration to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation....
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Cops: Woman killed ex, son on day engagement ended
TOWNSHEND, Vt. (AP) -- A woman accused of fatally shooting her fiance and his son on the day he ended their engagement pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder....
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Newtown shooter's history reviewed in new report
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A Connecticut agency that investigated the background of the socially isolated, violence-obsessed man who carried out the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School is issuing a report on his mental health and educational history....
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Prosecutors drop charges for 3 men 40 years later
CLEVELAND (AP) -- There is a possibility that three men, two brothers and their best friend, could be reunited nearly 40 years after they were sentenced to death for a 1975 slaying they say they did not commit....
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Explosion on Gulf platform; 1 dead, 3 injured
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- An explosion occurred on an offshore oil and gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, killing one person and injuring three....
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Woman watches as Obama tells her story in speech
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Astrid Silva didn't hear her name when the president of the United States first said it Thursday night....
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Emotions rise as people hear immigration plan
Thousands of immigrant-rights activists, families and elected officials cheered across the country as President Barack Obama announced on television his plan for relief from deportations for about 5 million people....
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Snow ending, but rain possible for Buffalo
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- A snowfall that brought huge snowdrifts and closed roads around Buffalo was finally expected to stop, but residents still couldn't breathe easy, as the looming threat of rain and higher temperatures through the weekend and into the coming week raised the possibility of floods and the specter of roofs collapsing under the heavy loads....
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Marine with robotic leg braces to get Bronze Star
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Capt. Derek Herrera wanted to remain on active duty after a sniper's bullet in Afghanistan left him paralyzed two years ago....
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Key UN peacekeeping review will be done from afar
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The Nobel Peace Prize winner who will lead the first major review of United Nations peacekeeping operations in 15 years said Thursday his panel likely will do its work from afar....
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Florida State shooter was well-liked but troubled
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida State University alumnus and attorney who shot three people at the school's library early Thursday believed the government was targeting him for persecution, detailing his thoughts in a journal and in videos detectives obtained, authorities said....
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Union: Charges seem unlikely for Ferguson officer
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The suburban St. Louis police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown seems confident that he will not face criminal charges from a grand jury that has been investigating the case for several months, a police union official said Thursday....
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5 family members killed on 'dream trip' to Disney
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A 16-year-old boy driving his parents and siblings on a "dream trip" to Disney World apparently fell asleep at the wheel, causing the sport utility vehicle to veer off the highway and roll over, killing three children and two adults, authorities said Thursday....
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More on the snow: snowbound band, football effects
Lake-effect storms have dumped more than 7 feet of snow on parts of the Buffalo area in the past few days, and more is possible, along with potential rain and flooding this weekend. The storm at a glance:...
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Employers decry 'break' in West Coast port talks
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Negotiations over a new contract for dockworkers at 29 West Coast ports took an unexpected turn Thursday, as the union insisted on "small table" talks while employers decried the "extended break."...
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