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Suspended novels return to school shelves in Virginia county
ACCOMAC, Va. (AP) -- Two classic American novels, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "To Kill a Mockingbird," will immediately return to public school library shelves in a Virginia county....
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Southern drought relents but not over, despite recent rains
ATLANTA (AP) -- Recent showers and storms across much of the South have eased the severe drought in the region, but experts say it wasn't enough to make up for months of dry conditions before the rain finally fell....
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Alabama scheduled to execute man for clerk's 1994 killing
ATMORE, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama is preparing to execute an inmate convicted in the 1994 killing of a convenience store clerk....
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Driver of deadly crash had history of accidents, seizures
BALTIMORE (AP) -- The man who crashed a Baltimore school bus into a transit bus, killing himself and five other people, had been in at least a dozen car accidents in the past five years, had a history of seizures and other medical issues, and recently had his commercial driver's license privileges suspended because of an outdated medical certificate, according to federal transportation investigators....
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Police urge no rush to judgment in shooting of Reno student
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Social media postings about a school district police officer shooting a Nevada high school student waving a knife toward classmates drew an immediate plea from authorities not to rush to conclusions about the on-campus incident....
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College roommates among Oakland warehouse fire victims
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- A fun-loving computer science graduate and 21-year-old college roommates were among the 36 people killed when fire engulfed a dance party inside an Oakland warehouse....
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Pizza shop gunman's life showed recent signs of turbulence
SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) -- The man accused of firing an assault rifle inside a restaurant appears to have lived an aimless life that became turbulent in the weeks before he was drawn to Washington by an online hoax....
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Defense focuses on penalty, not guilt in church shooting
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- The attorneys defending Dylann Roof in the Charleston church shooting trial are largely conceding his guilt in the shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at Emanuel AME Church. Their attention is on keeping their client out of the death chamber....
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Jurors deliberating in fatal 2-by-4 beating trial
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Jurors are deliberating in the trial of a man accused of beating a Rhode Island junk car dealer to death with a two-by-four over a deal gone wrong....
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Christmas tree farmer returns wedding band lost 15 years ago
WHITE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) -- A Christmas tree farmer has found and returned a wedding ring a New Jersey man lost roughly 15 years ago....
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Chicago officer convicted of perjury, 2 officers acquitted
CHICAGO (AP) -- A Cook County judge has found a Chicago Police officer guilty of perjury for lying under oath during a drug trial but acquitted his supervisor and a suburban officer....
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An officer and a refugee: New policeman straddles worlds
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Soon after arriving in New Hampshire as a teenager, Abdesselam Baddaoui met two fellow refugees who accidentally ended up involved in a criminal case because, after being instructed about domestic violence laws, the wife mistakenly believed she had to call police any time she and her husband argued....
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Shoplifting suspect stabs officer at South Carolina Walmart
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A deputy police chief says a female officer has been stabbed inside a Walmart store in Columbia, South Carolina, while responding to a shoplifting call....
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New York restaurant threatened by Pizzagate hoax callers
NEW YORK (AP) -- A popular New York restaurant has become the latest victim of a fake-news conspiracy about Hillary Clinton running a child sex ring out of a Washington, D.C., pizza joint....
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Commander backs standing for national anthem at Pearl Harbor
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) -- U.S. Pacific Command Commander Adm. Harry Harris says those who served during the attack on Pearl Harbor never failed to stand for the national anthem....
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