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6 fired for closing Arizona child abuse reports
PHOENIX (AP) -- Five senior Arizona child welfare employees were fired Wednesday for orchestrating a plan that led to more than 6,500 Arizona child abuse and neglect cases being closed without investigations, officials said....
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Former AP reporter Robert Heard dies at age 84
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Robert Heard, who reported on Texas state government, politics and sports for The Associated Press, including the 1966 University of Texas tower shootings and a groundbreaking series on race and integration of Longhorns football, has died. He was 84....
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Gacy probe helps solve unrelated Chicago-area case
MAYWOOD, Ill. (AP) -- Ruth Rodriguez didn't want to believe her brother was one of more than 30 young men and boys John Wayne Gacy lured into his Chicago-area house and strangled, but she was willing to provide her DNA to find out....
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Photos explore dynamics of youths' sexual identity
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- For many, it's difficult to understand Foster Noone's sexual identity. The 17-year-old uses the labels of bisexual, trans and gender neutral all at once....
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Soldier accused of killing teens in Iraq
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. (AP) -- The two unarmed Iraqi brothers posed no threat as they herded cattle in a palm grove where a U.S. Army reconnaissance team was hidden one day seven years ago. But then-Staff Sgt. Michael Barbera took a knee, leveled his rifle and killed them - from nearly 200 yards away, a former fellow soldier said Wednesday at a preliminary hearing in the case....
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Florida executes man convicted of murdering 2
STARKE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida has executed a man convicted of murdering two relatives to prevent one of them from testifying against him in a burglary trial....
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Small Wyoming town evacuated after gas explosion
OPAL, Wyo. (AP) -- A small town in southwest Wyoming has been evacuated after an explosion and fire at a natural gas pipeline hub....
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Gun carry rights expanded in Ga. under new law
ELLIJAY, Ga. (AP) -- Criticized by one group as the "guns everywhere" bill, Georgia took a big step Wednesday toward expanding where licensed carriers can take their weapons, with the governor signing a law that allows them in bars without restriction and in some churches, schools and government buildings under certain circumstances....
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Records: Man shot in court had vowed to behave
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A defendant who was fatally shot by a U.S. marshal while attacking a witness during a federal court trial had promised a judge earlier that he would behave, a court transcript shows....
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Airport official: Teen had no clue he was in Maui
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Long flights can leave anyone a little unsteady, but a teenager who defied the odds, surviving a flight from California to Hawaii tucked in a jetliner's wheel well, was disoriented, thirsty and could barely walk after the freezing, low-pressure ordeal, airport officials who reviewed video of his arrival said Wednesday....
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David Pedersen pleads guilty in NW killing rampage
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A white supremacist whose Pacific Northwest crime rampage claimed four lives in 2011 pleaded guilty to federal charges Wednesday as part of a plea agreement that netted lighter punishments for two accomplices....
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Homeowner: 2 teens shot were 'vermin,' not human
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) -- Jurors listened Wednesday as a man called two teenagers who broke into his central Minnesota home "vermin" on an audio recording shortly after fatally shooting them....
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Oceanographer Ballard elected to American Academy
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) -- The University of Rhode Island oceanography professor best known for discovering the wreck of the Titanic has been elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences....
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Convicted murderer arraigned in prison escape
IONIA, Mich. (AP) -- A convicted murderer who broke out of a Michigan prison in February was arraigned on escape, carjacking and kidnapping charges Wednesday....
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Soldier convicted in WikiLeaks case gets new name
LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) -- An Army private convicted of providing classified documents to WikiLeaks won an initial victory Wednesday toward living as a woman when a Kansas judge granted a petition to change her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning....
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