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Exiles divided on plans to thaw US-Cuba relations
MIAMI (AP) -- When Cuban and American leaders announced they would restore diplomatic relations after a standoff lasting more than a half-century, all eyes in the U.S. immediately turned to Miami, where many expected the country's largest population of Cuban exiles to pour angrily into the streets....
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Circus disputes citation for hair-hanging accident
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has contested a citation it received from federal regulators for an accident that sent eight hair-hanging acrobats plummeting to the ground during a live performance, severely injuring most of them....
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Marathon bombing suspect due in court Thursday
BOSTON (AP) -- Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has not been seen in public since he was arraigned on 30 federal charges in July 2013, when he still bore signs of the bloody standoff with police that led to his capture and the death of his older brother, Tamerlan....
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AP IMPACT: Abused kids die as officials fail to protect
BUTTE, Montana (AP) -- At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities - many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found....
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Charlie Brown and a city's ugly Christmas tree
READING, Pa. (AP) -- Reading's official Christmas tree has brought the city plenty of grief. Good grief....
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State-by-state breakdown of child abuse deaths
The Associated Press asked all 50 states, the District of Columbia and military services to provide information on children who died of abuse or neglect over a six-year span, even as authorities were investigating them or their families or providing some form of protective services....
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Catskills hang hopes of revival on new casino
THOMPSON, N.Y. (AP) -- Residents of this faded corner of the New York's Catskills Mountains fist-pumped, cheered and hugged as they closed in on landing a casino. Finally....
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AP IMPACT: Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect
BUTTE, Montana (AP) -- At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities - many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found....
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Things to know about Montana exchange student killing
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- Markus Kaarma, a 30-year-old Montana man, was convicted of deliberate homicide for shooting Diren Dede, a 17-year-old German exchange student caught trespassing in his garage. Kaarma's attorneys unsuccessfully argued his actions were justified by a state law allowing the use of deadly force if a person reasonably fears for his or her safety or their property. Some key legal issues raised by the case:...
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Missouri school takes cane from blind student, 8
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri school district has apologized to the family of a blind student whose cane was replaced with a swimming pool noodle after he allegedly misbehaved on the bus....
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Testimony: No warrant for FBI ruse in Vegas case
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A Nevada casino regulator told a federal judge Wednesday that he and FBI agents briefed an assistant U.S. attorney but not a judge before posing as Internet repairmen to enter high-roller suites at Caesars Palace and collect evidence for a warrant in what they believed was an illegal online sports gambling operation....
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California gets more rain, 1 big mudslide
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The latest in a string of storms noisily marched across Southern California on Wednesday, hurling lightning bolts, coating mountains with snow and unleashing downpours that triggered a freeway-blocking mudslide before mostly moving on....
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10 Things to Know for Thursday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:...
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Massachusetts ride-share driver accused of rape
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- A Massachusetts Uber driver is accused of sexually assaulting a woman who had summoned the ride-sharing service....
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Central Texas TV meteorologist shot; gunman sought
BRUCEVILLE-EDDY, Texas (AP) -- Authorities from multiple law enforcement agencies are combing the area around a remote Central Texas television studio where a morning meteorologist was shot in a parking lot after an argument....
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