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'Significant' new evidence found in Illinois cop slaying
FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) -- Authorities investigating the slaying of a northern Illinois police officer say they've recovered a new piece of "significant" evidence from the crime scene....
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Vast, stubborn California fire grows overnight
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- A vast and stubborn wildfire that has proven California's biggest this year was expected to spew smoke through the long Labor Day weekend, leaving some campgrounds empty and prompting health warnings....
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Ohio State to probe graffiti on ancient Utah rock art
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Ohio State University is promising to take appropriate action if any students are found to be involved in the vandalism of ancient rock art in Utah....
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National lab reports violations of hazardous waste permit
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- An extensive review at one of the nation's premier federal laboratories has turned up violations in how the lab handled hundreds of containers of radioactive waste over the past decade....
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Tennessee school removes gender-neutral pronouns from site
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The University of Tennessee says references to the use of gender-neutral pronouns such as "ze" are being removed from a school website....
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Ohio death row quandary: 2 dozen executions, no lethal drugs
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The state now has two dozen condemned killers with firm execution dates, but with four months before the first one, it still doesn't have the lethal drugs it needs to carry them out....
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Stretch of Mississippi River in Ky. reopens after oil spill
COLUMBUS, Ky. (AP) -- A 17-mile stretch of Mississippi River in Kentucky has reopened with restrictions after it was closed following a collision between two tow boats that spilled more than 120,000 gallons of oil into the waterway, the U.S. Coast Guard said Saturday....
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No union mines left in Kentucky, where labor wars once raged
HARLAN, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky coal miners bled and died to unionize....
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Schools face incomplete data after Common Core test troubles
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Last school year, Common Core-aligned standardized tests marched forward, going from paper-and-pencil to the computer to allow for questions to adapt in difficulty based on a student's answer. A new baseline of testing data was expected as a result. However, many states had technical issues with the electronic form that left them unable to complete the testing. Others saw an unprecedented spread of refusals. That means a new school year without complete testing data in...
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Plainclothes cops keep eye out for Times Square hustlers
NEW YORK (AP) -- In the summer of topless, painted women in Times Square, a team of New York Police Department officers fanned out on a recent night in their own getups - shorts, T-shirts and backpacks that allowed them to blend in with the crowd....
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Families of shooting victims lead Days of Grace rally
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- The pastor of a church where nine African-Americans were killed says he knows good works can come from the tragedy....
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New England's ports, long past prime, seek to stage comeback
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- The noise and bustle of nearby neighborhoods fade away at New Haven's sprawling port. An oil and chemical tanker floats placidly at a dock. A tug pushes a barge out in Long Island Sound. Only occasionally do trucks rumble up to a scrap metal business or deliver materials for road work....
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Fishing in New Bedford: 3 centuries and still going strong
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) -- For three centuries, fishing has been a way of life in New Bedford - and it's still going strong....
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Tourism, businesses find uneasy balance at New England ports
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- From the cab of his seafood truck, Louis Giannola watches pedestrians wandering with their noses in their phones as shoppers, diners and frustrated motorists crowd Commercial Street on busy summer days....
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New England port lore: Whaling, pizza and a perfect storm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- New England's ports are reinventing themselves to compete with one another and from larger ones, but they were once legendary. From one of the world's great whaling ports to the Navy's first submarine base and the city featured in "The Perfect Storm," here is a look at their lore:...
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