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California court won't review Jackson doctor case
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to review the involuntary manslaughter conviction of Michael Jackson's doctor, rejecting his lawyer's petition without comment....
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Oregon gay marriage ban gets day in court
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Lawyers for four gay and lesbian couples and the state of Oregon are urging a federal judge to strike down the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage....
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Man charged with murder in nursing home deaths
HOUSTON (AP) -- A Houston nursing home resident accused of using the armrest of his wheelchair to beat two of his roommates to death is facing a capital murder charge, police said Wednesday....
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Death row case puts Oklahoma in legal bind
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Two death row inmates who want to know the source of drugs that will be used to execute them have placed Oklahoma's two highest courts at odds and prompted calls for impeaching justices on the Oklahoma Supreme Court....
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Small Wyoming town evacuated after gas explosion
OPAL, Wyo. (AP) -- A small town in southwest Wyoming has been evacuated after an explosion and fire at a natural gas pipeline hub....
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6 fired for closing Arizona child abuse reports
PHOENIX (AP) -- Five senior Arizona child welfare employees were fired Wednesday for orchestrating a plan that led to more than 6,500 Arizona child abuse and neglect cases being closed without investigations, officials said....
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Former AP reporter Robert Heard dies at age 84
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Robert Heard, who reported on Texas state government, politics and sports for The Associated Press, including the 1966 University of Texas tower shootings and a groundbreaking series on race and integration of Longhorns football, has died. He was 84....
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Gacy probe helps solve unrelated Chicago-area case
MAYWOOD, Ill. (AP) -- Ruth Rodriguez didn't want to believe her brother was one of more than 30 young men and boys John Wayne Gacy lured into his Chicago-area house and strangled, but she was willing to provide her DNA to find out....
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Photos explore dynamics of youths' sexual identity
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- For many, it's difficult to understand Foster Noone's sexual identity. The 17-year-old uses the labels of bisexual, trans and gender neutral all at once....
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Soldier accused of killing teens in Iraq
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. (AP) -- The two unarmed Iraqi brothers posed no threat as they herded cattle in a palm grove where a U.S. Army reconnaissance team was hidden one day seven years ago. But then-Staff Sgt. Michael Barbera took a knee, leveled his rifle and killed them - from nearly 200 yards away, a former fellow soldier said Wednesday at a preliminary hearing in the case....
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Florida executes man convicted of murdering 2
STARKE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida has executed a man convicted of murdering two relatives to prevent one of them from testifying against him in a burglary trial....
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Gun carry rights expanded in Ga. under new law
ELLIJAY, Ga. (AP) -- Criticized by one group as the "guns everywhere" bill, Georgia took a big step Wednesday toward expanding where licensed carriers can take their weapons, with the governor signing a law that allows them in bars without restriction and in some churches, schools and government buildings under certain circumstances....
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Records: Man shot in court had vowed to behave
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A defendant who was fatally shot by a U.S. marshal while attacking a witness during a federal court trial had promised a judge earlier that he would behave, a court transcript shows....
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Airport official: Teen had no clue he was in Maui
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Long flights can leave anyone a little unsteady, but a teenager who defied the odds, surviving a flight from California to Hawaii tucked in a jetliner's wheel well, was disoriented, thirsty and could barely walk after the freezing, low-pressure ordeal, airport officials who reviewed video of his arrival said Wednesday....
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David Pedersen pleads guilty in NW killing rampage
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A white supremacist whose Pacific Northwest crime rampage claimed four lives in 2011 pleaded guilty to federal charges Wednesday as part of a plea agreement that netted lighter punishments for two accomplices....
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