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AP IMPACT: Abused kids die as officials fail to protect
BUTTE, Montana (AP) -- At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities - many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found....
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'Stand your ground' defense fails in Montana murder trial
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- Just days before he shot to death a 17-year-old German exchange student, Markus Kaarma told hair stylists he had been waiting up to shoot some kids who were burglarizing homes....
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1 dead, several injured as car hits pedestrians
REDONDO BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- A woman drove into a group of pedestrians Wednesday night on the Pacific Coast highway, killing one person and leaving several others injured, police said. The crash occurred outside a church where a Christmas service had just ended....
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14 charged in meningitis outbreak that killed 64
BOSTON (AP) -- Federal prosecutors charged 14 people in a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people nationwide in what authorities called the largest criminal case ever brought in the U.S. over contaminated medicine....
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Prosecutor to mom: Bring daughter out of hiding
LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) -- Mary Nunes was a child when her mother fled with her to Central America in a custody dispute 10 years ago....
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Lab tests: pesticide killed Portland crows
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A wildlife official says tests have confirmed that a pesticide killed more than two dozen crows found in downtown Portland, but investigators still can't say whether the birds were poisoned intentionally....
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Competency hearings set in Slender Man stabbing
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Two Wisconsin girls accused of trying to kill a classmate to please the fictional character Slender Man will go before a judge considering their competency to stand trial....
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Inmates: State's lethal injection unconstitutional
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Lawyers for 21 death row inmates say Oklahoma's bungled execution in April is evidence they likely will experience pain and suffering from the state's lethal injection protocol....
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Hearing set for suspect in Jewish site shootings
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) -- A white supremacist who admits killing three people outside two suburban Kansas City Jewish sites is set to appear in court for a hearing on whether he's mentally competent to stand trial....
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Reformers target traffic courts in Ferguson
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- In the aftermath of Michael Brown's death, legal activists suggested that some of the raw anger that erupted in suburban St. Louis had its roots in an unlikely place - traffic court....
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Court documents: Suspect destroyed kidnap evidence
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Fearing arrest, the New Hampshire man charged with kidnapping, imprisoning and sexually assaulting a teenage girl over nine months ordered his captive to lie to police and help him destroy evidence by wiping off fingerprints and pouring cleaning fluid into drains, according to court documents....
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Exiles divided on plans to thaw US-Cuba relations
MIAMI (AP) -- When Cuban and American leaders announced they would restore diplomatic relations after a standoff lasting more than a half-century, all eyes in the U.S. immediately turned to Miami, where many expected the country's largest population of Cuban exiles to pour angrily into the streets....
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Year after W.Va. river spill, execs face charges
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- When state inspectors arrived at Freedom Industries asking about a licorice smell enveloping West Virginia's capital city, the point person at the tank farm, Dennis P. Farrell, told them he knew nothing about a chemical leak....
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Circus disputes citation for hair-hanging accident
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has contested a citation it received from federal regulators for an accident that sent eight hair-hanging acrobats plummeting to the ground during a live performance, severely injuring most of them....
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Marathon bombing suspect due in court Thursday
BOSTON (AP) -- Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has not been seen in public since he was arraigned on 30 federal charges in July 2013, when he still bore signs of the bloody standoff with police that led to his capture and the death of his older brother, Tamerlan....
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