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Bribery case kicks off vs. Utah attorneys general
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Two former Utah attorneys general will appear in court on bribery charges Wednesday, kicking off what legal experts say is a complex case that could take years to resolve as lawyers navigate a scandal involving nearly two dozen charges, hundreds of thousands of pages of evidence and some dubious witnesses....
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Ex-governor's corruption trial focuses on marriage
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- When former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were indicted on corruption charges in January, the couple stood together at a hastily called news conference to denounce the charges....
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Russia's central bank supports sanctions targets
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's central bank promised to support financial institutions hit by U.S. sanctions as stocks took a tumble in Moscow on Wednesday....
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US appeals court blocks Mississippi abortion law
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi's governor and attorney general will have to decide whether to challenge a federal appeals court ruling that is keeping the state's only abortion clinic in business....
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Last crew member of Enola Gay dies in Georgia
ATLANTA (AP) -- The last surviving member of the crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima once said he thought the bombing was necessary because it shortened the war and eliminated the need for an Allied land invasion that could have cost more lives on both sides....
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Small cars fare poorly in crash tests
DETROIT (AP) -- The four-door Mini Cooper Countryman was the only one of 12 cars to earn a top rating of "good" in new frontal crash tests....
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Processing issue delays bar exam submissions
DALLAS (AP) -- Florida-based testing software provider ExamSoft Worldwide Inc. said a processing issue has caused delays for bar exam takers in multiple states who were submitting their answers....
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Quotations in the News
"It's not a new cold war." - President Barack Obama, denying the U.S. and Europe are entering into Soviet-style standoff with Russia, despite the West's escalation of its actions against the Kremlin....
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Japan practices amphibious landing in Hawaii
KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) -- Japan has been practicing storming beaches with the U.S. and other countries in Hawaii this month. The amphibious landing exercises, which are relatively new to Japan's military, come as Tokyo tries to boost its ability to defend small islands it controls but China claims as its own....
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US sues Pennsylvania over police fitness tests
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The Pennsylvania State Police, one of the nation's largest forces, is faced with ending the physical fitness tests it gives to applicants for state trooper positions or defending in court a practice that the federal government says illegally discriminates against women....
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Ticket me Elmo? NYC mulls law for impersonators
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City officials are turning up the heat on Elmo, Cookie Monster and Statues of Liberty impersonators - Times Square costumed characters who often demand money for posing in photos with tourists....
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Crews make gains on 2 California wildfires
SHINGLE SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) -- Fire crews gained ground Tuesday on two of the largest wildfires in California, lifting evacuation orders for about half the homes in the path of a blaze in Yosemite National Park and redeploying firefighters battling another fire in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Sacramento....
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PG&E charged with obstruction over San Bruno blast
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal grand jury charged Pacific Gas & Electric on Tuesday with lying to federal investigators in connection with a fatal pipeline explosion that killed eight people and leveled a suburban Northern California neighborhood in 2010....
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4 teens charged with murder in USC student's death
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Four teens were charged Tuesday with murder in the beating of a University of Southern California graduate student with a baseball bat and wrench as he walked to his off-campus apartment after meeting with a study group....
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Bellagio robbery suspect is convict from Kansas
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The suspect arrested in an armed robbery at the Bellagio casino was identified late Tuesday as a Kansas man with a criminal record who allegedly celebrated after the heist with prostitutes and a spending spree on the Las Vegas Strip....
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