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Aging white lion euthanized at Ohio zoo
CINCINNATI (AP) -- An aging white lion given to the Cincinnati Zoo by performers Seigfried & Roy had to be euthanized because of age-related health issues....
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Tick-tock: Tips for last-minute shoppers
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The clock is ticking, and your holiday shopping list isn't complete....
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Lawyer: Woman did not intend to hit pedestrians
TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) -- The attorney for a 56-year-old woman accused in the deaths of four people, including a 6-year-old boy, said it was an accident when she ran her car into nearly a dozen pedestrians outside a California church, describing her as someone who "does not live her life recklessly."...
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Cuba protests planned in Miami, but turnout unclear
MIAMI (AP) -- Cuban-American groups opposed to President Barack Obama's plan to normalize relations with the Castro government plan to protest Saturday in Miami....
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A look at large coal ash spills in the US
The Obama administration on Friday set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, called coal ash, treating it more like household garbage rather than a hazardous material. The Obama announcement ended a six-year effort that began after a massive spill of the ash that contains toxins at a Tennessee power plant in 2008. Since then, the EPA has documented coal ash waste sites tainting hundreds of waterways and underground aquifers in numerous states wit...
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San Francisco deputy charged with assault, perjury
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A San Francisco sheriff's deputy was arrested Friday for allegedly assaulting a hospital patient in an emergency room and then lying in a police report to say the man attacked him, authorities said....
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Iron Mountain reaches $44.5M settlement with US
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Information storage and management company Iron Mountain agreed to pay $44.5 million to settle allegations that the company overcharged federal agencies for record storage services, authorities announced Friday....
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Judge dismisses suit on Oklahoma execution access
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by media organizations seeking greater access to the execution of Oklahoma death row inmates, ruling that the state's death penalty protocols do not violate the First Amendment....
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New York mayor caught between protests, police
NEW YORK (AP) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio was elected last year after making promises to keep crime low while improving relations between police and the community. As the tensions between those promises continue to mount, Friday showed just how tricky threading that needle has been....
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Oklahoma official says state has execution drugs
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma's prison system chief says the state has the drugs it needs to execute four inmates early next year and plans to administer the same three drugs used in a botched execution this spring, but with an increased dose....
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AP WAS THERE: US breaks relations with Cuba
EDITOR'S NOTE - When the United States severed its diplomatic relationship with Cuba on Jan. 3, 1961, it kicked off a year in which CIA-funded counterrevolutionaries would try to invade Cuba at the Bay of Pigs, and after that, the withdrawal or ouster of almost all American and European media from the island, including The Associated Press' American staff....
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UN asks Israel to pay Lebanon $850 M for oil spill
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution Friday asking Israel to pay Lebanon over $850 million in damages for an oil spill caused by an Israeli air force attack on oil storage tanks during its war with Hezbollah in July 2006....
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Some gray wolves to be returned to endangered list
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- A federal judge on Friday threw out an Obama administration decision to remove gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region from the endangered species list - a decision that will ban further wolf hunting and trapping in three states....
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Jailed ex-billionaire's lawyers seek his release
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Attorneys for jailed real estate mogul Tim Blixseth filed an emergency motion with a federal judge Friday seeking his release, saying the one-time billionaire was willing to provide whatever information the court wants....
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Supreme Court won't stop gay marriages in Florida
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday refused to block gay marriages in Florida, the latest of about three dozen states allowing same-sex weddings....
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