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Dogs get blues when youngsters go back to school
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Young people aren't the only ones who get back-to-school blues. Pooches used to months of constant playtime can get upset when their best buddies disappear with the dog days of summer....
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Mom: captured son 'honorable' US journalist
MIAMI (AP) -- An American freelance journalist held hostage and threatened with death by Islamic militants wanted to tell the world through his writing about oppressed people in the Middle East, his mother said in a video released Wednesday....
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Shooting by 9-year-old girl stirs debate over guns
PHOENIX (AP) -- The accidental shooting death of a firing-range instructor by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi has set off a powerful debate over youngsters and guns, with many people wondering what sort of parents would let a child handle a submachine gun....
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Utah approves winery in town with polygamous sect
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A town on the Utah-Arizona border largely controlled by Warren Jeffs' polygamous sect could soon have its first commercial winery, a new venture and yet another lifestyle choice that separates the sect from mainstream Mormon teachings....
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Police: Diplomat accused of beating, no charges
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The ambassador of Equatorial Guinea is suspected of beating his daughter with a wooden chair leg but won't be arrested because he has diplomatic immunity, police said Wednesday....
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Girl abducted from school testifies about ordeal
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A young girl abducted from her kindergarten classroom and sexually brutalized in a 19-hour ordeal recalled bits of the crime for a jury Wednesday, but said she couldn't remember many of the details....
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Police: Man kills wife at hospital, son also dead
STRATFORD, N.J. (AP) -- A man shot and killed his hospitalized wife on Wednesday and then tried to kill himself, prompting investigators to search their home, where their son was found dead, authorities said....
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Cold cash just keeps washing in from ALS challenge
In the couple of hours it took an official from the ALS Association to return a reporter's call for comment, the group's ubiquitous "ice bucket challenge" had brought in a few million more dollars....
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Missouri governor names new public safety director
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday appointed a new state public safety director, giving his administration its only black Cabinet member nearly three weeks after the shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer led to violent protests in a St. Louis suburb....
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Parents: Mom didn't understand abandoning baby
KEARNS, Utah (AP) -- The Utah parents of a woman accused of abandoning her baby in a trash can say their daughter didn't understand what she was doing was wrong....
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Man held in LA serial shootings appears in court
SAN FERNANDO, Calif. (AP) -- A man accused of going on a five-day rampage of serial shootings in the Los Angeles area made his first court appearance Wednesday on charges that could lead to the death penalty....
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Q-and-A on Westerners who join the fight in Syria
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Douglas McAuthur McCain, an American killed in Syria while fighting with the Islamic State group, was part of a growing number of Americans and other foreigners recruited by terror groups to help them wage war in the Mideast....
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Police: Deaths of 2 dumped in river drug-related
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Two men were found dead in a river Wednesday, bound and weighted down with makeshift anchors and their throats slit, in drug-related abductions and killings that authorities said may also have been gang-related. A third victim who was badly wounded also was tossed in the river but managed to swim ashore, police said....
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Deal on health care aids port contract talks
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Negotiators hoping to forge a new contract for dockworkers and keep hundreds of billions of dollars in cargo moving smoothly through West Coast seaports made significant progress with a tentative deal on health care benefits, a knotty issue that tied up talks for months....
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California beach town sees flooding from hurricane
SEAL BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Thundering surf spawned by a Pacific hurricane pounded the Southern California coast Wednesday, causing minor flooding in a low-lying beach town, knocking pilings from under the Malibu Pier, and drawing daredevil surfers and body-boarders into churning waves as crowds of spectators lined the shore....
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