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Autopsy suggests beheading victim fought back
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An autopsy shows the woman who was beheaded at an Oklahoma food-processing plant apparently tried to fight off her attacker, who had a serrated cooking knife....
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Sharpton gathers families of 3 men killed by cops
NEW YORK (AP) -- The parents of Michael Brown and relatives of two other unarmed black men killed by police officers joined hands with the Rev. Al Sharpton on Wednesday and prayed for justice amid days of protests over a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict the officer who killed Brown....
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Ferguson residents clean up, hope for calm night
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Business owners and residents boarded up windows and cleared away debris Wednesday as Ferguson sought a tentative return to normal after two nights of unrest over the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case....
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4 people shot at Pennsylvania mall barbershop
READING, Pa. (AP) -- Four people have been shot at an eastern Pennsylvania strip mall barbershop where another shooting happened a day earlier....
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Ferguson grand jury papers full of inconsistencies
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Some witnesses said Michael Brown had been shot in the back. Another said he was face-down on the ground when officer Darren Wilson finished him off. Still others acknowledged changing their stories to fit published details about the autopsy or admitted that they did not see the shooting at all....
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Humane Society offers reward in Alaska dog hanging
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward for information about the death of a dog in Alaska that was found hanging from a tree with its throat slashed, the organization said Wednesday....
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Homeless man beaten to death in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Police say they are looking for a group of "cowards" who beat a homeless man to death as he slept in an alley in downtown San Francisco....
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Missing woman found dead, stepfather charged
EASTON, Pa. (AP) -- An eastern Pennsylvania man was charged Wednesday with fatally shooting his stepdaughter and burying the 33-year-old woman in his yard....
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Police identify man found after Ferguson car fire
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- St. Louis County police say that a 20-year-old man whose dead body was found inside a car in Ferguson, Missouri, after riots erupted had been intentionally set on fire....
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Affidavit: Minn. man kept Syria travel plot secret
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- An 18-year-old Minnesota man accused of trying to travel to Syria to join fighters with the Islamic State group left a few inadvertent clues on Facebook, but was able to hide weeks of planning from his parents, according to recently unsealed court documents....
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Video: Cop shot boy seconds after encountering him
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The police officer who fatally shot a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun fired within 1 1/2 to 2 seconds of pulling up in his cruiser, police said Wednesday. During those few moments, he ordered the youngster three times to put up his hands, they said....
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Holiday travelers greeted by cheap gas, storms
Some holiday travelers are giving thanks for the cheapest gas prices in years. But that's cold comfort to those beating a path through stormy weather, including a nor'easter affecting a wide swath of the East Coast....
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Authorities: Mom tried to put hit on daughter's ex
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Authorities in New Jersey say a Pennsylvania woman has been arrested for paying an undercover officer she thought was a hit man to kill her daughter's ex-boyfriend and two other people....
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Snow makes Thanksgiving travel `a little hairy'
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) -- A sloppy mix of rain and snow rolled into the Northeast on Wednesday just as millions of Americans began the big Thanksgiving getaway, grounding hundreds of flights and turning highways hazardous along the congested Washington-to-Boston corridor....
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2 FBI agents, police officer shot; suspect dead
UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A man who fatally shot his mother and wounded a suburban St. Louis police officer and two FBI agents is dead, authorities said Wednesday....
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