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Crews work to keep Yosemite fire from sequoias
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) -- Fire crews strengthened old containment lines on Wednesday, as they tried to keep a blaze in Yosemite National Park away from a grove of treasured giant sequoia trees....
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Teen charged in teacher killing challenges law
SALEM, Mass. (AP) -- A Massachusetts teenager charged with killing his high school math teacher has challenged the constitutionality of a state law that requires him to be tried as an adult....
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Mom arrested for letting son, 7, go to park alone
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida woman is charged with child neglect after police say she let her 7-year-old son walk to a park alone....
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'Shrimp Boy' pleads not guilty to racketeering
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The man prosecutors say headed a crime syndicate based in San Francisco's Chinatown has pleaded not guilty to a new charge of racketeering....
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Cops: Man tried to smother ill dad who later died
CLEVELAND (AP) -- A Florida man is accused of trying to suffocate his terminally ill father by holding his hand over the man's nose and mouth at a suburban Cleveland nursing home, police said. The 86-year-old man died a few hours later....
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New lawsuit in destructive Chinese drywall cases
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Lawyers for people who say defective Chinese drywall wrecked their homes are again suing the manufacturers. And the lawsuit adds a new defendant - the Chinese commission that oversees 117 companies including in aerospace, nuclear power and electronics....
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UN chief calls attack on Gaza school 'shameful'
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attack on a U.N. school in Gaza that killed at least 16 people early Wednesday as "outrageous" and "unjustifiable," and demanded an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in the war between Israel and Hamas....
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Smugglers cut through US-Mexico border fence
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Suspected smugglers have cut a garage-sized hole through a steel fence that divides the United States and Mexico....
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Drone carrying contraband crashes at SC prison
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Officials are looking for a person they say helped try to use a drone to sneak cellphones, marijuana and other contraband into a maximum-security prison in South Carolina....
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NY judge rejects stop-frisk police union claims
NEW YORK (AP) -- A judge has rejected efforts by police unions to overturn a ruling concluding that New York City's stop-and-frisk tactics are sometimes discriminatory....
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Vacations, trips detailed at ex-governor's trial
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The assistant to the wealthy businessman at the center of the corruption case against ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has testified about arranging trips for the former first family....
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Oversight official: Prison food problems are real
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Concerns about the job a private vendor is doing feeding inmates in Ohio prisons are real, the head of a state prisons oversight committee said Wednesday....
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46 charges for man accused in wild car-theft chase
GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) -- A man accused of hijacking one car, stealing two others and trying to take more during a wild chase west of Denver has been charged with a list of felonies, including aggravated robbery and assault....
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Crystal CEO contests subpoena in sweetener lawsuit
FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- Lawyers for the corn syrup industry say American Crystal Sugar CEO David Berg would be a good witness in a lawsuit filed by sugar groups because he's not involved in litigation....
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Judge tosses lawsuit over federal refuge closures
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- A federal judge has dismissed the state's lawsuit over the closure of national wildlife refuges during the partial federal government shutdown last year....
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