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NC fines state fair ride operators over injuries
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina regulators have fined thrill ride operators more than $114,000 following a mishap at the 2013 State Fair that left five people injured, three of them critically....
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James Holmes' attorneys appeal sanity exam order
DENVER (AP) -- Attorneys for Colorado theater shooting defendant James Holmes are appealing a judge's order requiring a second sanity evaluation to the state's Supreme Court....
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USAF: Colombia crash caused by plane hitting hill
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Air Force investigators say a plane crash that killed four people in Colombia this past fall occurred when the plane's pilots failed to stay over water and slammed into a hill....
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Police: 2 beaten to death in Houston nursing home
HOUSTON (AP) -- A resident of a Houston nursing home is accused of beating two of his roommates to death with the armrest of his wheelchair....
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3 charged with sending chemical equipment to Syria
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- U.S. prosecutors have charged a Pennsylvania man and two foreign citizens, including one believed to be at large, with conspiring to illegally export chemical warfare detection devices and laboratory equipment to Syria, authorities said in a case that was under seal for 17 months until Wednesday....
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9th suspect in NC kidnapping turns self in to FBI
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- As the kidnappers pulled into a quiet, upscale golf course community, they thought they were about to abduct an assistant district attorney who sent a high-ranking gang member to prison for life, authorities said....
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Soldier convicted in WikiLeaks case gets new name
LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) -- A Kansas judge granted a request Wednesday to formally change the name of the soldier convicted of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks from Bradley Edward Manning to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning....
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Wellness programs grow more popular with employers
That little voice nagging you to put down the cake and lace up the running shoes is increasingly coming from your employer and is likely to grow louder with a looming change under the federal health care overhaul....
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United flight diverts to LA with engine problem
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman says a United Airlines flight from San Francisco to San Diego diverted to Los Angeles International Airport because of an engine issue....
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Judge denies mistrial in killing of 2 Minn. teens
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) -- A Minnesota judge on Wednesday denied another request for a mistrial in the case of a homeowner who shot and killed two teens who entered his home....
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Airport security vulnerabilities not uncommon
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- For all the tens of billions of dollars that the nation has spent on screening passengers and their bags, few airports made a comparable investment to secure the airplanes themselves....
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Connecticut man charged in Yale hoax threat
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- A Connecticut man was charged with making a call in November in which he falsely claimed an armed man was on his way to shoot up Yale University, police said Wednesday....
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Labor Dept. cuts levels of allowable coal dust
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration said Wednesday it is cutting the amount of coal dust allowed in coal mines in an effort to help reduce black lung disease....
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California bill reignites affirmative action fight
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Nearly 20 years after California became the first state to ban the use of race and ethnicity in college admissions, a proposal to reinstate affirmative action has sparked a backlash that is forging a new divide in the state's powerful Democratic Party and creating opportunity for conservatives....
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Deliveryman shot by police may have feared robbery
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Police say a pizza deliveryman shot and wounded by plainclothes officers may have mistaken them for robbers....
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