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Marathon bombing suspect's friend pleads guilty
BOSTON (AP) -- A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty Thursday to impeding the investigation by removing incriminating evidence from Tsarnaev's dorm room several days after the deadly attack....
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Mud, slides close roads, trap motorists in Wash.
TWISP, Wash. (AP) -- Mud slides and flash floods triggered by heavy rain falling on wildfire-scarred areas of north-central Washington damaged some homes, blocked portions of at least three highways and stranded motorists, officials say....
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National Guard to withdraw from a quieter Ferguson
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- The streets of Ferguson were peaceful for another night, as protests and tensions were subsiding in the St. Louis suburb where unrest had erupted after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old....
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Jell-O can't stop slippery sales slide
NEW YORK (AP) -- Jell-O has lost its jiggle and nobody knows how to fix it....
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California to appeal ruling tossing death penalty
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- California's attorney general says she will appeal a federal court ruling that called the state's death penalty unconstitutional....
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Alaska serial killer dies, decades after murders
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Convicted Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen, who gained the nickname of "the Butcher Baker" for abducting and hunting down women in the wilderness during the state's oil pipeline construction boom in the 1970s, has died at age 75....
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Woman who drank lye-tainted tea suffers nightmares
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A woman who was in critical condition after unknowingly sipping sweetened iced tea laced with a chemical found in drain cleaner has been steadily improving, but her husband says she's having nightmares about the moment that nearly killed her....
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Police: Couple wanted 2 Amish girls for slaves
FOWLER, N.Y. (AP) -- A northern New York couple kidnapped two Amish sisters from their family farm stand and planned to turn them into slaves, but released them after becoming frightened by news reports, an investigator said....
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His '90 murder rap tossed, man to be released
A former New York City businessman who has spent 24 years in prison after being convicted of setting a fire that killed his mentally ill daughter is scheduled to walk out of a maximum-security prison in Pennsylvania a free man, following a judge's ruling that the case against him was based on now-debunked arson science....
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New go-to career for New England's young: Farming
CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) -- Farming is hip in New England....
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Vermont dignitaries expected for Jeffords funeral
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) -- The Vermont congressional delegation and other dignitaries from across the state are due in Rutland for the funeral of former U.S. Sen. Jim Jeffords who died earlier this week at age 80....
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Oklahoma policeman accused of sex assaults on duty
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An Oklahoma City police officer was arrested Thursday and is being held in lieu of $5 million bond after being accused of committing a series of sexual assaults against at least six women while on duty....
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2 men face charges in suburban Chicago standoff
CHICAGO (AP) -- Two men have been charged in connection with a 20-hour standoff this week in a Chicago suburb that police say began as a robbery attempt....
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Former AP photo editor Toby Massey dies
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Toby Massey, a photographer and photo editor who directed coverage of presidents and political conventions as well as natural disasters, the space program and sporting events during a 38-year career with The Associated Press, died Thursday. He was 80....
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Former Vatican City governor Szoka dies at age 86
DETROIT (AP) -- Edmund Szoka, an American cardinal who served as governor and financial administrator of the Vatican and was a confidant of St. John Paul II, has died at age 86....
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