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APNewsBreak: Killer says his ideas influenced family suicide
DRAPER, Utah (AP) -- Kristi Strack and Dan Lafferty struck up an unusual relationship behind prison walls a decade ago....
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Media ask judge to unseal warrants in family's deaths
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) -- More than a dozen media outlets are asking a California judge to unseal search warrants and other documents related to the murders of a family of four whose bodies were found in shallow desert graves....
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Quotations in the News
"We received no assurances from anyone that he is alive. We are waiting, just waiting." - Jawdat al-Kaseasbeh, brother of Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, who is held captive by Islamic State militants....
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Balloon crew surpasses distance record; Mexico landing next
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Two pilots in a helium-filled balloon on a record-setting journey across the Pacific Ocean entered the final leg of their trip Friday as they traveled along the California coast for an expected landing somewhere in Mexico....
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Federal prosecutors drop dozens of stash house sting charges
CHICAGO (AP) -- The U.S. attorney's office in Chicago has quietly dropped dozens of serious narcotics conspiracy charges stemming from undercover stings involving fictional drug stash houses, a federal law enforcement technique critics contend amounts to entrapment and displays racial bias against minorities....
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Minnesota man pleads guilty in Gambia coup attempt
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A Minnesota man pleaded guilty Thursday to charges stemming from last month's failed attempt to overthrow the government in the West African nation of Gambia....
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Expert notes officers' threat perception in fatal shootings
DENVER (AP) -- It's unclear how a Denver police officer involved in the deadly shooting of a 17-year-old girl was hurt, but an academic expert on police use of force says the threat perceived by the officer is critical in determining whether the shooting was justified....
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Feds: Treasure hunter eluded police with cash, tradecraft
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A deep-sea treasure hunter who vanished during a court fight over his $50 million haul of gold bars and coins eluded capture by hiding in a two-room hotel suite under a fake name, paying for everything in cash and keeping a low-profile, authorities said Thursday....
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35 years after boy Etan Patz vanished, murder trial to open
NEW YORK (AP) -- Searching fervently for a missing 6-year-old boy named Etan Patz, police jotted a teenage shop worker's name among those of many people they met, never expecting the clerk would become their suspect more than three decades later....
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AP EXPLAINS: The case of Etan Patz, who disappeared in 1979
NEW YORK (AP) -- The 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz helped catalyze a national missing-children's movement. Six-year-old Etan was one of the first vanished children whose case was publicized in what became a high-profile way: on milk cartons. His disappearance also helped usher in an age of parental anxiety. On Friday, opening statements are set to be heard in the murder and kidnapping trial of Pedro Hernandez, who confessed in 2012. Here's a brief explanation of how Patz's disappearan...
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LAPD criticized for event featuring ex-Mexican Mafia leader
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An ex-Mexican Mafia leader serving life in prison for murder was escorted by Los Angeles officers to speak at a gathering of police chiefs and business leaders, prompting criticism from the mayor's office and an acknowledgement of mistakes from the chief of police Thursday....
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Meet Ida May Fuller, recipient of 1st Social Security check
LUDLOW, Vt. (AP) -- Seventy-five years ago, the government cut 65-year-old Ida May Fuller a check. It was numbered 00-000-001 - the first Social Security payout....
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Oregon snowpack at record lows
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon's mountain snowpack, vital for farms, fish and ski resorts, is in the midst of another miserable year, posting record low depths despite normal precipitation....
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Sales call leads to rescue of beaten Oregon woman
LEBANON, Ore. (AP) -- A lucky sales call from a Las Vegas, Nevada, company led deputies to rescue a 33-year-old Oregon woman who was being beaten and strangled, a sheriff says....
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APNewsBreak: Suspected terrorist brother of no-fly-list man
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- The FBI on Thursday added a former taxi driver from northern Virginia to its list of most-wanted terrorists, saying he was a recruiter for the al-Shabab terror group in Somalia....
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