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Severe storms loom across central US this weekend
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Forecasters are predicting a significant chance of strong tornadoes this weekend across a large part of the nation's mid-section, an outbreak that could stretch from the Great Plains to the Midwest and South....
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Doctor: Slain Minnesota teen was intoxicated
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) -- An 18-year-old woman who was fatally shot by a Minnesota homeowner was intoxicated on cough syrup when she and her cousin broke into the man's home, a medical examiner testified Thursday at the homeowner's murder trial....
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Major oil & gas firm to list drilling chemicals
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A major supplier to the oil and gas industry says it will begin disclosing 100 percent of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing fluid, with no exemptions for trade secrets. The move by Baker Hughes of Houston is a shift for a major firm; it's unclear if others will follow suit....
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Court filing says ship in Texas spill was speeding
HOUSTON (AP) -- The owner of a tugboat that collided with a ship last month, dumping nearly 170,000 gallons of oil into the Houston Ship Channel, claims in court filings the ship was speeding and being operated in a reckless manner....
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Vermont ups the ante on genetically modified foods
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont has raised the stakes in the debate over genetically modified foods by becoming the first state to pass a bill requiring that they be labeled as such in the grocery aisle, making the move despite the opposition of the powerful U.S. food industry....
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US wants money linked to South Korea dictator
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- U.S. officials on Thursday sought court permission to seize more than $700,000 from the sale of a Southern California home they allege was bought with corrupt money provided by South Korean's former dictator....
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Christie says he would have stopped lane closings
BRICK, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday he would have stopped aides from blocking lanes to the George Washington Bridge last fall if he had known about the plan in advance, saying outright what he has implied in previous denials about the traffic jam scandal that's engulfed his administration....
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Company stopped from accepting abortion waste
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- County commissioners gave final approval Thursday to an order to stop an incinerator in Oregon from receiving medical waste until procedures are in place to ensure no fetal tissue is burned to generate power....
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Postal workers unions protest Staples program
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Postal workers in cities big and small protested in front of Staples stores on Thursday, objecting to the U.S. Postal Service's pilot program to open counters in stores, staffed with retail employees....
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Ex-Marine sentenced to die in sailor's slaying
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- An ex-Marine was sentenced to death Thursday for murdering a fellow service member in 2009, after a federal jury concluded he had been responsible for a series of violent, sexually motivated attacks on women and young girls over the last nine years....
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Woman gets prison time in Ohio forced-labor case
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio woman accused of using ice cream to lure a mentally disabled woman and her child to captivity in a forced-labor case has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison....
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Verdict reached in Hawaii death penalty trial
HONOLULU (AP) -- A jury has reached a verdict in the case of a former Hawaii-based soldier accused of killing his 5-year-old daughter....
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Man gets life in prison in retirement home deaths
DETROIT (AP) -- A 67-year-old grandfather was sentenced Thursday to life in prison with no chance of parole in the killing of two women at a Detroit retirement home....
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Navy probes report of gunman at San Diego base
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- U.S. Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego is being searched after an unconfirmed report of an armed individual there....
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Sands 1Q profit beats predictions thanks to Macau
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Casino giant Las Vegas Sands Corp. says its first-quarter net income rose 36 percent due to a strong performance in Macau....
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