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Troubled forecasters seek way to improve tornado warnings
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Forecasters troubled by the high death count from twisters in Alabama and Joplin, Missouri, four years ago say they must put away their "nerd-speak" and find better ways to communicate if the public is going to react appropriately when bad weather approaches....
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Pace of death sentences, executions slows in Virginia
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A prosecutor's decision not to seek a death penalty for the man accused of abducting and killing a University of Virginia student is emblematic of capital punishment's decline across the country and in the state that once operated one of the busiest execution chambers in the nation....
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SC Police stations act as havens for online buyers, sellers
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Some South Carolina law enforcement agencies are offering their parking lots as a safe place to finalize deals made on Craigslist and other online marketplaces....
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Touching, funny, messages in obits getting wide audience
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) -- Take a friend fishing. Don't vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton. Buy a lottery ticket. And keep Mom away from my ashes....
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Joyful noise or unholy din? New church 'bells' mean discord
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- The sound system next door is making it hard for Olga Lopatina to love thy neighbor: Christ the King church....
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Defense faces challenges as theater shooting victims testify
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- Half-empty tissue boxes littered the floor of Courtroom 201 after a day in which survivors told stories of heartbreak, revulsion and horror about the night James Holmes shot scores of people inside a packed a suburban Denver movie theater....
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Baltimore mayor lifts curfew 6 days after riots
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Six days after the death of Freddie Gray sparked riots in Baltimore, the city's mayor lifted a citywide curfew on Sunday morning, signaling an end to the extraordinary measures taken to ensure public safety amid an outcry over police practices....
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Ohio clinics close, abortions decline amid restrictions
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The number of abortion providers in Ohio has shrunk by half amid a flurry of restrictive new laws over the past four years, and the number of the procedures also is declining, according to a review of records by The Associated Press....
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A look at operating status of Ohio abortion clinics
A look at what's happened with Ohio abortion providers since 2011:...
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State police won't release dashcam video of officer shooting
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- When a white police officer in South Carolina chased a black man nine miles by car, then shot him to death in his driveway last year, the shooting apparently was captured on the officer's dashboard camera - a video that state police have steadfastly refused to release....
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Death sentences, executions in Virginia since 1998
The death penalty has been on the decline in Virginia and nationally. The numbers of death sentences, followed by the number of executions annually in Virginia since 1998:...
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Reform still an issue at troubled Port Authority
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- The indictments against two former allies of Gov. Chris Christie and the guilty plea of a third, all stemming from the George Washington Bridge lane closing scandal, and the still-looming investigation involving the former chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have underlined the need for reform at the agency....
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Slain trooper's parents say they forgive suspected ambusher
TOBYHANNA, Pa. (AP) -- The parents of a slain Pennsylvania State Police trooper say they have forgiven his alleged killer....
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Madison bans discrimination against atheists, non-religious
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- While conservatives in Indiana and Arkansas were explaining last month why their new religious objections laws weren't invitations to discriminate against gays, the leaders of Wisconsin's capital city were busy protecting the rights of another group: atheists....
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The Latest: Baltimore lifts curfew after days of tension
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