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FBI chief calls Islamic terror group 'savages'
DENVER (AP) -- Islamic State extremists who executed journalist James Foley are "savages" who must be brought to justice, said FBI Director James Comey, whose agents are directly involved in the investigation into the killing....
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NC legislators approve regulating toxic coal ash
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina lawmakers have approved legislation they say makes the state the nation's first to address decades of toxic water pollution from residue left behind by coal-burning electricity plants....
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Holder says he understands mistrust of police
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Attorney General Eric Holder sought Wednesday to reassure the people of Ferguson about the investigation into Michael Brown's death and said he understands why many black Americans do not trust police, recalling how he was repeatedly stopped by officers who seemed to target him because of his race....
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Picture emerges of officer in Ferguson shooting
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- A white police officer whose shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old ignited racial upheaval in a St. Louis suburb has been characterized as either an aggressor whose deadly gunfire constituted a daylight execution or a law enforcer wrongly maligned for just doing his job....
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Teens deny threatening boy in school shooting plot
SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- Prosecutors say two teenagers suspected of plotting a mass shooting at a suburban Los Angeles high school have denied charges that they made criminal threats against a third boy....
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Father's claims he didn't kill driver get boost
ANGLETON, Texas (AP) -- A Texas father's claims he did not fatally shoot a drunken driver who caused an accident that killed his two sons seemed to be bolstered Wednesday by testimony from prosecution witnesses....
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CEO: Kidnappers threatened Foley's life last week
BOSTON (AP) -- The chief executive officer of a Boston-based news organization says James Foley's kidnappers last week threatened to kill him in response to U.S. bombings in Iraq....
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Parents demand federal probe in NY police shooting
NEW YORK (AP) -- The parents of a black 18-year-old man shot to death by a white New York City police officer in 2012 led several dozen supporters on a short march to a Manhattan prosecutor's office Wednesday to demand a federal civil rights probe....
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Panel OKs state librarian despite initial concerns
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The son of a former California Supreme Court justice won approval Wednesday from a state Senate panel as the new state librarian after initial concerns that he had never worked in the field and had no formal training as a librarian when he was nominated....
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Casino workers turn to prayer to save their jobs
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- They've turned to politicians, bureaucrats, businessmen and union reps to try to save their jobs at three Atlantic City casinos scheduled to close soon. Now, hundreds of soon-to-be unemployed dealers, cocktail servers and hotel workers are turning to what many say could be their last, best chance....
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Slain American journalist remembered as driven
ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- In 2011, just after James Foley was released from the Libyan prison where he'd been held for six weeks, he acknowledged the peril journalists face covering the world's most dangerous places, soberly conceding that a mistake could mean death....
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Cleanup follows heavy storms in Phoenix area
PHOENIX (AP) -- Residents began cleaning up Wednesday from devastating flooding that slammed Arizona a day earlier, trapping people in vehicles and homes and destroying up to $2 million worth of inventory at a cactus nursery north of Phoenix....
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UN Council members reject NKorea meeting request
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- United Nations Security Council members are rejecting North Korea's request for a meeting to protest joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises....
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Ex-governor at corruption trial: Wife grew anxious
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Former Gov. Bob McDonnell testified Wednesday that his gubernatorial victory was just hours old when he got the first glimpse of growing anxiety in his wife. It eventually led to talk of her moving out of the governor's mansion and seeking counseling....
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CHP says officer may face serious beating charges
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A California Highway Patrol officer who was videotaped repeatedly striking a woman on the side of a Los Angeles freeway could face serious charges, the agency said Wednesday after forwarding its investigation to the district attorney....
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