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His '90 murder rap tossed, man to be released
A former New York City businessman who has spent 24 years in prison after being convicted of setting a fire that killed his mentally ill daughter is scheduled to walk out of a maximum-security prison in Pennsylvania a free man, following a judge's ruling that the case against him was based on now-debunked arson science....
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Mud, slides close roads, trap motorists in Wash.
TWISP, Wash. (AP) -- Officials in areas of north-central Washington hard-hit by wildfire this summer say heavy rain has triggered flash floods and mud slides, damaging some homes, blocking portions of three highways and stranding some motorists....
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New go-to career for New England's young: Farming
CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) -- Farming is hip in New England....
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Vermont dignitaries expected for Jeffords funeral
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) -- The Vermont congressional delegation and other dignitaries from across the state are due in Rutland for the funeral of former U.S. Sen. Jim Jeffords who died earlier this week at age 80....
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Oklahoma policeman accused of sex assaults on duty
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An Oklahoma City police officer was arrested Thursday and is being held in lieu of $5 million bond after being accused of committing a series of sexual assaults against at least six women while on duty....
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2 men face charges in suburban Chicago standoff
CHICAGO (AP) -- Two men have been charged in connection with a 20-hour standoff this week in a Chicago suburb that police say began as a robbery attempt....
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Gov. Nixon taking National Guard out of Ferguson
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly two weeks ago....
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Former AP photo editor Toby Massey dies
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Toby Massey, a photographer and photo editor who directed coverage of presidents and political conventions as well as natural disasters, the space program and sporting events during a 38-year career with The Associated Press, died Thursday. He was 80....
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Police: Couple used dog to lure 2 Amish girls
FOWLER, N.Y. (AP) -- A northern New York couple used a dog to lure two Amish sisters from their family farm stand with a plan to turn them into slaves, an investigator said Thursday....
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Former Vatican City governor Szoka dies at age 86
DETROIT (AP) -- Edmund Szoka, an American cardinal who served as governor and financial administrator of the Vatican and was a confidant of St. John Paul II, has died at age 86....
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10 Things to Know for Friday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:...
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California to appeal ruling tossing death penalty
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- California's attorney general said Thursday she will appeal a federal court ruling that called the state's death penalty unconstitutional....
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Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen dies at 75
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Convicted Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen, who abducted women and hunted them down in the Alaska wilderness in the 1970s as Anchorage boomed with construction of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, died Thursday. He was 75....
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Connecticut toddler's death in hot car a homicide
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- The death of a 15-month-old boy who was left in a hot car in July has been ruled a homicide, the office of the state medical examiner said Thursday....
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Europe, US mull UN resolution on Gaza truce
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- With Egyptian efforts to end the Gaza war collapsing, the United States, Britain, France and Germany are discussing a possible Security Council resolution calling for a sustainable cease-fire and an international monitoring mission to ensure its implementation, U.N. diplomats said Thursday....
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