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Women charged with helping al-Qaida-linked group
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- Five people, including two women in the U.S., were charged Wednesday with funneling money to the al-Qaida-linked extremist group al-Shabab in Somalia, prosecutors said....
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Slow public alert after ND fire raises concerns
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) -- Officials need to improve communication with residents of North Dakota's booming oil patch during potentially dangerous situations, an emergency manager and residents said, after an oil field service supply facility storing toxic chemicals exploded this week and authorities failed to alert the public for more than six hours....
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Wine collector set for sentencing in New York
NEW YORK (AP) -- A California wine collector the government has characterized as a prolific wine counterfeiter who sold at least $20 million in fake wine is set for sentencing on fraud charges....
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How Arizona, Ohio, Oklahoma, executions went awry
Since the start of the year, executions in Ohio, Oklahoma and Arizona have gone awry, with inmates gasping for breath as lethal drugs coursed through their bodies. The Associated Press had witnesses at the executions of the three inmates. A look at how each unfolded:...
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Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution began
PHOENIX (AP) -- A condemned Arizona inmate gasped for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S....
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Gang violence, fears for children fuel rush to US
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Many immigrants flooding across the southern border of the U.S. say they're fleeing violent gangs in Central America....
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Prayers for man who died in NY police custody
NEW YORK (AP) -- Gospel music mixed with cries of grief at a Brooklyn church filled to overflowing with mourners for the funeral of a man who died in police custody after an officer placed him in an apparent chokehold, and his family was scheduled to meet with federal prosecutors in efforts to get a civil rights probe of his death....
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Ohio woman to be sentenced in slave labor case
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) -- A northeast Ohio woman convicted along with her boyfriend of enslaving a mentally disabled woman in their home for nearly two years was scheduled to be sentenced in federal court in Youngstown....
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Family: Teen pilot who crashed in ocean knew risks
PLAINFIELD, Ind. (AP) -- Haris Suleman knew that flying around the world carried risks. But like adventurers before him, the 17-year-old Indiana pilot also believed dreams weren't achieved without taking chances....
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Suspected Nazi guard's death a blow to prosecutors
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- German efforts to prosecute aging war criminals suffered a setback this week with the death of a retired Philadelphia toolmaker who had long been in the crosshairs of Nazi hunters....
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JFK returns to old look in new collectors' coins
WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) -- President John F. Kennedy is getting his old look back on new collectors' coins....
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AP reporter's account of Arizona execution
FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) -- Joseph Rudolph Wood looked around the death chamber and glanced at the doctors as they made preparations for his execution, locating the proper veins and inserting two lines into his arms....
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Deliberations in Ventura trial to enter Day 3
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- A jury in St. Paul is set to resume deliberating for a third day whether a man regarded as the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history libeled former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura in his memoir....
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Alaska tourist train derails, injuring 9 slightly
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A popular tourist train derailed Wednesday in southeast Alaska, and nine people suffered non-life-threatening injuries, officials said....
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Some lethal injection problems in US executions
Since Texas became the first state to use lethal injection as its execution method on Dec. 7, 1982, some problems have been reported during the process nationwide. Those include delays in finding suitable veins, needles becoming clogged or disengaged, and reactions from inmates who appeared to be under stress. Some examples:...
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