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California environmentalists decry feds' fire plan
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan that will allow loggers to remove trees killed in a massive central California wildfire last year, but environmentalists have called it a travesty and are threatening to sue....
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Texas abuzz about possible Perry-Cruz 2016 battle
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Two Texans, one White House. Is the 2016 Republican campaign trail big enough?...
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Santa Fe City Council votes to decriminalize pot
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) -- The Santa Fe City Council has voted to decriminalize marijuana, making the city the first in New Mexico to make possession of small amounts of pot a civil infraction....
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10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos
Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see....
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Workers cheer restored Market Basket CEO
TEWKSBURY, Mass. (AP) -- Hours after reaching an agreement to buy the company, the restored chief of New England's Market Basket supermarket chain celebrated with workers in a rally at headquarters Thursday, saying he loved them and appreciated their efforts in helping him regain control....
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CDC worker flown home to US over Ebola concerns
ATLANTA (AP) -- A CDC staff member who worked in close proximity to someone infected by the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa has been flown by charter jet back home to Atlanta to monitor potential symptoms, officials said Thursday....
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Fall, head trauma killed Russian hiker
MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) -- Authorities say a 20-year-old Russian man found dead in Grand Teton National Park died of blunt force trauma from a fall....
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Testimony wraps up in former Va. governor trial
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Testimony has wrapped up in the public corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. Closing arguments are set for Friday morning....
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Man arrested after friend's Russian roulette death
VERNON, Conn. (AP) -- A man fatally shot himself in the head earlier this month during a game of Russian roulette that was seen by a friend during a video chat, according to an arrest warrant affidavit released this week....
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Bait dumping offers invaders path to Great lakes
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- Inadequate regulation of the bait fish trade and carelessness on the part of anglers may be allowing invasive species - including widely feared Asian carp - to reach the Great Lakes and inland waterways, according to a scientific paper released Thursday....
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UN: Armed group detains 43 peacekeepers in Syria
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- An armed group detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers during fighting in Syria early Thursday and another 81 peacekeepers are trapped, the United Nations said....
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Day 3 of big waves expected in Southern California
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- A third day of huge waves, dangerous rip currents and potential flooding was expected Thursday in Southern California as the coast felt the ripple effects of Tropical Storm Marie churning off the Mexican coast....
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US economy grew at brisk 4.2 pct. rate in Q2
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After a bleak start to the year, the U.S. economy grew at a brisk annual rate of 4.2 percent in the April-June quarter, the government said Thursday, slightly faster than it had first estimated....
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Ohio driver accused of hot-bus punishment resigns
LEBANON, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio school bus driver has resigned after being accused of making elementary-age students sit with the windows up in hot weather as a punishment....
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USDA launches new dairy insurance program
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says dairy farmers can begin signing up Sept. 2 for a new program that replaces old subsidies....
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