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PG&E fined $1.4B for deadly 2010 gas line blast
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- California regulatory judges have issued a $1.4 billion penalty against the state's largest utility for a 2010 gas pipeline explosion that engulfed a suburban San Francisco neighborhood in fire, killing eight people and prompting national alerts about aging pipelines....
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School starts in Chicago with more safety guards
CHICAGO (AP) -- School opened in Chicago on Tuesday, with children and parents making their way past security guards whose bright neon vests served as a reminder of the city's efforts to protect students from the violence that plagues its streets....
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32 teens escape from Nashville detention center
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Thirty-two teens "overwhelmed" their minders and escaped from a juvenile detention center by crawling under a weak spot in a fence, a state government spokesman said. Hours later Tuesday, eight were still on the run....
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Coroner: Indiana teen killed by asphyxiation
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Relatives of an Indianapolis teenager whose badly burned body was found in a yard say they believe she was abducted and killed by a stranger....
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Maryland doc facing sex charge surrenders license
CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) -- A suspended physician at the center of a state licensing scandal agreed Tuesday to permanently surrender his Maryland medical license to resolve charges he sexually assaulted a female patient at a walk-in clinic in April....
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Justice Department: Texas voter ID discriminatory
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) -- A federal judge on Tuesday began reviewing tough new Texas voter ID rules challenged by the Obama administration in a trial that could threaten the polarizing law, although a decision isn't expected before the November election....
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Problems abound with health law immigration papers
MIAMI (AP) -- More than 200,000 immigrants who bought insurance through President Barack Obama's health care initiative could lose their coverage this month if they don't submit proof this week they are legally in the country, but language barriers and computer glitches are hindering efforts to alert them....
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Where things stand with Detroit's bankruptcy plan
DETROIT (AP) -- More than a year after Detroit filed for the largest public bankruptcy in U.S. history, a federal judge is hearing evidence on whether he should approve the city's plan to emerge from billions of dollars in debt. Here's a look at the past, present and future of the city's finances:...
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Quake jolts, doesn't stop 2014 Napa harvest
NAPA, Calif. (AP) -- The first pinot noir grapes of the season came in to Trefethen Family Vineyards as usual, glistening purple mounds stacked in white bins....
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New York: Bank didn't lend to blacks in Buffalo
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- A bank purposely avoided giving mortgages to African-Americans by locating all of its branches outside black neighborhoods and directing advertising and loan products toward largely white communities, New York's attorney general said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday as part of a wider investigation into an illegal practice known as redlining....
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A guide to the trial over Texas' Voter ID law
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A major election year in Texas largely has overshadowed the trial to determine the fate of the state's tough new voter identification law, but U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos in Corpus Christi is presiding over a case to determine whether the measure safeguards ballot integrity or discriminates against minorities by imposing a mandate that suppresses turnout....
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Former Va. governor's corruption case goes to jury
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The jury began deliberations Tuesday in the corruption case that could send former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife to federal prison if jurors conclude that the couple sold the influence of his office to a wealthy vitamin executive seeking legitimacy for his company's signature product....
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APNewsBreak: Girl said Uzi was too much for her
PHOENIX (AP) -- A 9-year-old girl who accidentally killed an instructor with an Uzi at an Arizona shooting range said immediately after the shooting that she felt the gun was too much for her and had hurt her shoulder, according to police reports released Tuesday....
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Court: US can withhold Guantanamo detainee images
NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal appeals court has upheld a decision allowing the U.S. government to keep secret photographs and videotapes of a Guantanamo detainee....
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US manufacturing grows at fastest pace in 3 1/2 years
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. manufacturing grew in August at the strongest pace in more than three years as factories cranked out more goods and new orders rose....
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