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George Zimmerman assault case dropped; ex-girlfriend recants
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- An aggravated assault case against George Zimmerman that was opened when his ex-girlfriend said he threw a wine bottle at her has been dropped because she recanted her story and stopped cooperating with investigators, a prosecutor said Friday....
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AP EXPLAINS: The case of Etan Patz, who disappeared in 1979
NEW YORK (AP) -- The 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz helped catalyze a national missing-children's movement. Six-year-old Etan was one of the first vanished children whose case was publicized in what became a high-profile way: on milk cartons. His disappearance also helped usher in an age of parental anxiety. On Friday, opening statements are set to be heard in the murder and kidnapping trial of Pedro Hernandez, who confessed in 2012. Here's a brief explanation of Etan's disappearance a...
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Balloon crew nearing North America matches duration record
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- The pilots of a helium balloon flying across the Pacific Ocean have matched a duration record as they approach North America, marking another historic day for the team that's already surpassed a distance record....
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Prosecutor: Assault case dropped against George Zimmerman; ex-girlfriend recanted her story....
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Brother of man in no fly list suit put on terrorist list
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- Just a day before a judge was scheduled to hear arguments on the constitutionality of the government's no fly list, the brother of the man who filed the lawsuit was placed on the FBI's list of most wanted terrorists....
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Texas students forced to drop pants after feces found in gym
GUSTINE, Texas (AP) -- Officials say two North Texas school administrators are on leave after elementary students were forced to pull down their pants in class in efforts to find out who left feces in the gym....
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10 Things to Know for Today
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:...
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This Week in the Civil War
This Week in the Civil War for Sunday, Feb. 1: Robert E. Lee made commander-in-chief of all Confederate forces, 13th Amendment proposal to abolish slavery passes U.S. House....
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Prosecutors to speak about dropping case against Detroit cop
DETROIT (AP) -- Prosecutors are expected to explain why they won't seek a third trial in the case of a Detroit police officer who fatally shot a 7-year-old girl during a chaotic raid in 2010....
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APNewsBreak: Killer says his ideas influenced family suicide
DRAPER, Utah (AP) -- Kristi Strack and Dan Lafferty struck up an unusual relationship behind prison walls a decade ago....
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Media ask judge to unseal warrants in family's deaths
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) -- More than a dozen media outlets are asking a California judge to unseal search warrants and other documents related to the murders of a family of four whose bodies were found in shallow desert graves....
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Quotations in the News
"We received no assurances from anyone that he is alive. We are waiting, just waiting." - Jawdat al-Kaseasbeh, brother of Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, who is held captive by Islamic State militants....
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Federal prosecutors drop dozens of stash house sting charges
CHICAGO (AP) -- The U.S. attorney's office in Chicago has quietly dropped dozens of serious narcotics conspiracy charges stemming from undercover stings involving fictional drug stash houses, a federal law enforcement technique critics contend amounts to entrapment and displays racial bias against minorities....
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Minnesota man pleads guilty in Gambia coup attempt
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A Minnesota man pleaded guilty Thursday to charges stemming from last month's failed attempt to overthrow the government in the West African nation of Gambia....
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Expert notes officers' threat perception in fatal shootings
DENVER (AP) -- It's unclear how a Denver police officer involved in the deadly shooting of a 17-year-old girl was hurt, but an academic expert on police use of force says the threat perceived by the officer is critical in determining whether the shooting was justified....
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