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Warehouse fire survivor: People 'dying right in front of me'
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- To set foot in the Ghost Ship on a party night was to pass through the doors of an old warehouse and enter an exotic world glowing with rainbow lanterns, guarded by figures of Asian deities and pulsing with a welcoming vibe....
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Snow, freezing rain hits Northwest
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A wintry mix of snow, ice and rain continued Friday in much of the Northwest as ice was slow to thaw and new winter weather warnings were issued around the region....
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9 suburban Dallas officers fired over false reports
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Nine police officers in a Dallas suburb have been fired for reporting traffic stops they never conducted....
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Pearl Harbor veteran honored with inflight hula, song
HONOLULU (AP) -- A group of Hawaii musicians and a Hawaiian Airlines flight attendant provided special inflight entertainment to a Pearl Harbor survivor flying home from a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the attack....
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Judge rejects pimping charges against escort services site
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A California judge rejected pimping charges Friday against the operators of a major international website advertising escort services that the state attorney general has called the "world's top online brothel," citing federal free speech laws....
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Fatal NYC crane collapse blamed on operator error
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City officials are blaming a crane collapse that killed a man in lower Manhattan in February on operator error....
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Tongass National Forest plan moves to young-growth timber
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- Plans for managing the nation's largest national forest call for changes in timber harvests that one critic says will be "the demise of the timber industry as we know it right now."...
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Dylann Roof laughed during church slaying confession to FBI
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Dylann Roof wanted the world to know he hated black people and thought they were criminals. He thought about attacking drug dealers, but they might shoot back. So, he told the FBI, he picked a historic black church in Charleston he had learned about online....
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Critics: Alabama execution helps case against sedative
ATMORE, Ala. (AP) -- An Alabama execution in which a prisoner heaved his chest, coughed and appeared to move offers more evidence that a drug used to sedate inmates before they are put to death should not be used in lethal injections, critics of the drug said Friday....
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John Glenn, astronaut and senator, to lie in state in Ohio
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- John Glenn will lie in state in Ohio's capitol building before a celebration of his life of military and government service and two history-making voyages into space....
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Lawyer: Reno boy shot by school cop had been bullied, beaten
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- An emotionally distressed 14-year-old armed with a knife had been bullied and beaten and was trying to escape from a crowd of classmates this week who had gathered to capture video of an anticipated fight when a campus police officer shot the boy, his lawyer told The Associated Press on Friday....
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Oakland fire exposes rift over naming transgender victims
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Feral Pines proved to be as complex in death as she was in life as friends and family struggled this week to settle on the correct name to remember the victim of the Oakland warehouse party fire killed along with 35 others....
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Obama endorses Minnesota bid for World's Fair in 2023
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- President Barack Obama has endorsed a Minnesota bid to host a World's Fair in 2023 on the theme of wellness....
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4 bodies found in burning car in suburban Houston
HOUSTON (AP) -- Authorities are investigating the deaths of four people whose bodies were found in suburban Houston in a car that had been set on fire....
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Chicago poised to pay $5.3 million in 2 police shootings
CHICAGO (AP) -- The city of Chicago is poised to pay more than $5.3 million in two police shootings that made national headlines at a time when the city had just begun its desperate struggle to restore public confidence shattered by the release of a video of a white officer killing black teenager Laquan McDonald....
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