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Army IDs soldier who shot self at Virginia base
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A soldier who barricaded herself in a building at a Virginia base and then fatally shot herself in the head earlier this week was a 33-year-old human resources specialist from New York, the Army said Wednesday....
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More Colorado pot seized in the mail, report says
DENVER (AP) -- A new report says the amount of Colorado marijuana being seized en route to other states through the U.S. mail is on the rise since 2010....
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Police: Man kills wife at hospital; 2nd body found
STRATFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Authorities say a New Jersey man fatally shot his hospitalized wife, tried to kill himself, and a body was found later at the couple's home....
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Court overturns convictions in Amish hair attacks
CINCINNATI (AP) -- An appeals court panel on Wednesday overturned the hate-crime convictions of 16 Amish men and women in beard- and hair-cutting attacks on fellow members of their faith in Ohio, ruling that religion wasn't their driving motive....
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Boy hurt in California quake: 'I should be dead'
DAVIS, Calif. (AP) -- Thirteen-year-old Nicholas Dillon's screams could be heard throughout his pitch black house when the earth shook and the falling bricks hit him. His mother, who later called it the worst night of her life, couldn't get to him....
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Donors give nearly $700K after police shooting
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Donors have given nearly $700,000 to online fundraising sites set up to collect money for the family of a black 18-year-old and the white police officer who fatally shot him in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson....
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Libya's UN envoy warns of 'full-blown civil war'
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Libya's ambassador to the United Nations warned Wednesday of "full-blown civil war" if the chaos and division in the North African country continue....
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Detroit man arraigned in estranged wife's slaying
DETROIT (AP) -- A Detroit man was arraigned Wednesday in the slaying of his estranged wife whose decomposed body was discovered in June in the basement of a vacant house on the city's west side....
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Boston Marathon bombing victim marries his nurse
BOSTON (AP) -- If something good could come out of the Boston Marathon bombing, James Costello and Krista D'Agostino seem to have found it....
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Missouri governor names new public safety director
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday appointed a new state public safety director, giving his administration its only black Cabinet member nearly three weeks after the shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer led to violent protests in a St. Louis suburb....
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Shooting by 9-year-old girl stirs debate over guns
PHOENIX (AP) -- "All right, full auto," the firing-range instructor tells a 9-year-old girl. She braces the Uzi submachine gun and opens fire at a black-silhouette target. But the recoil wrenches the fully automatic weapon upward, and the instructor is shot in the head and killed....
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Mom pleads for release of captive US journalist
MIAMI (AP) -- The mother of an American freelance journalist held hostage and threatened with death by Islamic militants pleaded for his release Wednesday in a video message aimed directly at his captors....
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Mass.-based fighter jet crashes in Virginia
WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- A Massachusetts Air National Guard officer says authorities are still searching for the pilot of a fighter jet that crashed in Virginia and do not know whether the pilot may have ejected....
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McDonnell daughter testifies on parents' marriage
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The eldest daughter of former Gov. Bob McDonnell testified Wednesday that her parents' marriage had been troubled for many years and her mom developed "a mild obsession" with the Virginia businessman whose gifts to the family are at the heart of the McDonnells' corruption trial....
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California beach town sees flooding from hurricane
SEAL BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Thundering surf spawned by a Pacific hurricane pounded the Southern California coast Wednesday, causing minor flooding in a low-lying beach town, knocking pilings from under the Malibu Pier and drawing daredevil surfers and body-boarders into churning waves as crowds of spectators lined the shore....
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