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US government sells 400,000 acres offshore Texas
The federal government has sold more than 400,000 acres in the Gulf of Mexico off the Texas coast for oil and gas exploration and development, an official with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said Wednesday....
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Mormon school removes gay-marriage cards at store
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Greeting cards celebrating same-sex marriages turned up at the Brigham Young University bookstore Tuesday....
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Last 4 hostages freed in suburban Chicago standoff
HARVEY, Ill. (AP) -- About two dozen heavily armed law enforcement officers stormed a home in Chicago's southern suburbs Wednesday to free four remaining hostages and capture two suspects, ending a 20-hour standoff that police say began as a robbery attempt....
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Brine hauler sues over biblical fracking billboard
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned waters" on billboards opposing a local deep-injection gas well is fighting a legal threat from the Texas well owner on free-speech grounds....
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8 homes destroyed, 1,000 threatened by wildfire
KERNVILLE, Calif. (AP) -- A wildfire northeast of Bakersfield burning in steep terrain destroyed eight homes and was threatening more than a thousand others, authorities said Wednesday....
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States' leading lethal injection expert ends role
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- An anesthesiologist said he would no longer act as an expert witness for states defending their lethal injection methods, creating another hurdle for corrections departments scrambling to find workable execution systems....
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SeaWorld drops appeal of OSHA violation
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- SeaWorld Entertainment has dropped an appeal of citations it received after the drowning of a trainer who was pulled under by a killer whale, ending any chance of trainers ever again swimming with orcas during shows....
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Holder heads to Ferguson after subdued protests
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- As U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in Missouri on Wednesday, a small group of protesters gathered outside the building where a grand jury could begin hearing evidence to determine whether a Ferguson police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown should be charged in his death....
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Marine killed in crash planned to surprise brother
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -- A Colorado Marine killed in a crash in Utah last week was on his way home to surprise his little brother on the first day of school....
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Mandatory Pa. casino theft fine ruled tossed out
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled unconstitutional a mandatory $75,000 fine imposed on a Pittsburgh casino poker dealer convicted of having stolen $200 worth of chips....
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Police have beef with shoplifting suspect
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Police have a beef with a man they say stole meat worth $2,700 from three Safeway stores in Portland, Oregon....
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In deadly NYC jail beatings, no criminal charges
NEW YORK (AP) -- Agitated and hallucinating from alcohol and heroin withdrawal, inmate Angel Ramirez took a swing at a jail guard and missed....
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Ex-Virginia governor's finances examined at trial
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The personal finances of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were closely scrutinized in testimony at the couple's corruption trial in federal court in Richmond....
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Macy's to pay $650,000 in shopper-profiling probe
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Macy's has agreed to pay $650,000 to settle allegations of racial profiling at its flagship store in Manhattan's Herald Square....
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Protesters demand new prosecutor for Ferguson case
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- A small group of protesters has gathered outside a suburban St. Louis building where a grand jury is expected to convene to consider possible charges against the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown....
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