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Oklahoma court rejects death-row inmates' claims
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that two death row inmates are not entitled to know the source of the drugs that will be used to kill them, putting them back on track to be executed as early as next week....
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Witness: Iraqi teens posed no threat before death
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. (AP) -- The Army already looked into allegations that Sgt. 1st Class Michael Barbera killed two unarmed Iraqi boys in 2007. Commanders gave him a letter of reprimand....
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Cleared of murder, man starts fresh 24 years later
NEW YORK (AP) -- The day Jonathan Fleming was cleared of the murder that put him behind bars for almost 25 years, he strode out of a courthouse to congratulations from passers-by, a steak dinner with his family and the start of a new life....
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Vermont moves toward labeling of GMO foods
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont lawmakers have passed the country's first state bill to require the labeling of genetically modified foods as such, setting up a war between powerful lobbyists for the behemoth U.S. food industry and an American public that overwhelmingly says it approves of the idea....
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Stowaway on jet said to be homesick for Africa
HONOLULU (AP) -- A security video shows the California boy who survived stowing away on a jetliner dangling his feet from the aircraft's wheel well after arriving in Hawaii, before jumping 8 to 10 feet to the ground and collapsing, an airport official says....
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Wyoming gas explosion prompts evacuation of town
OPAL, Wyo. (AP) -- Residents and emergency crews were waiting for a fire to burn itself out after an explosion at a natural gas processing plant in a small town in southwestern Wyoming....
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Fetal tissue used to power Oregon homes
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon commission has ordered a waste-to-power facility to stop accepting boxed medical waste after learning it might be using the remains of aborted fetuses from British Columbia to generate electricity....
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Biologists watching fish runs after deadly slide
DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) -- Fisheries biologist Pete Verhey waded through the cold, clear creek that feeds into the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River, scanning riffles and side channels looking for evidence of fish eggs....
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Camilla's brother dies in NY of head injury
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Prince of Wales and his wife, Camilla, are "utterly devastated" by the death of her brother, who fell outside a hotel bar and suffered a head injury....
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Judge releases tape of would-be assassin's exam
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Nearly 40 years after a former Manson family member pointed a gun at President Gerald Ford, the audiotape from her pretrial psychiatric examination has been made public....
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Homeowner: 2 teens shot were 'vermin,' not human
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) -- A Minnesota man who killed two teenagers who broke into his home can be heard on an audio recording talking to himself for hours after the shooting and at one point, apparently describing the slain teens as "vermin."...
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Management, safety cited for radiation release
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Poor management, an eroding safety culture, ineffective maintenance and a lack of proper oversight are being blamed for a radiation release that contaminated 21 workers and shuttered the federal government's nuclear waste dump two months ago in southeastern New Mexico....
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Convicted murderer arraigned in prison escape
IONIA, Mich. (AP) -- A convicted murderer who broke out of a Michigan prison in February was arraigned on escape, carjacking and kidnapping charges Wednesday....
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A look at Oklahoma's execution drug secrecy case
The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled late Wednesday that death row inmates Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner are not entitled to know the source of the drugs that will be used to kill them. The court, which is the highest in the state for civil cases, had previously halted their executions, even though critics said only the Oklahoma Court of Appeals can issue stays. The Court of Appeals is the highest in the state for criminal cases. Here is a look at the inmates' legal challenge:...
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6 fired for closing Arizona child abuse reports
PHOENIX (AP) -- Five senior Arizona child welfare employees were fired Wednesday for orchestrating a plan that led to more than 6,500 Arizona child abuse and neglect cases being closed without investigations, officials said....
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