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Marijuana supplier named Pot Playboy gets 27 years
NEW YORK (AP) -- A Canadian drug kingpin who was one of New York's biggest marijuana suppliers and was dubbed the Pot Playboy was sentenced Wednesday to 27 years in prison for leading a $1 billion international drug trafficking enterprise, prosecutors said....
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Reactions to killing of journalist James Foley
James Foley was remembered on Wednesday as a journalist who was passionate, persistent, big-hearted, always pushing closer to the story. The 40-year-old went missing in northern Syria in November 2012, and his death was shown in a video that militants with the Islamic State group released Tuesday to international outrage. The news brought an outpouring of respect and sorrow from friends, colleagues and others who were struck by Foley's pursuit of humanity in what he once called "these barre...
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Boat blast at Long Island marina kills 1, hurts 1
MANORHAVEN, N.Y. (AP) -- Police say a boat exploded while being refueled at a Long Island marina, killing a man aboard and burning a dock worker who pushed the fiery vessel away from the shore....
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LA to settle police-death lawsuit for $5 million
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to pay $5 million to the family of an unarmed, disabled man who was killed by police in a shooting captured on live television....
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Last 4 hostages freed in suburban Chicago standoff
HARVEY, Ill. (AP) -- About two dozen heavily armed law enforcement officers stormed a home in Chicago's southern suburbs Wednesday to free four remaining hostages and capture two suspects, ending a 20-hour standoff that police say began as a robbery attempt....
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FBI chief calls Islamic terror group 'savages'
DENVER (AP) -- Islamic State extremists who executed journalist James Foley are "savages" who must be brought to justice, said FBI Director James Comey, whose agents are directly involved in the investigation into the killing....
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10 Things to Know for Thursday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:...
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Casino workers turn to prayer to save their jobs
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- They've turned to politicians, bureaucrats, businessmen and union reps to try to save their jobs at three Atlantic City casinos scheduled to close soon. Now, hundreds of soon-to-be unemployed dealers, cocktail servers and hotel workers are turning to what many say could be their last, best chance....
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NC legislators approve regulating toxic coal ash
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina lawmakers have approved legislation they say makes the state the nation's first to address decades of toxic water pollution from residue left behind by coal-burning electricity plants....
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Holder says he understands mistrust of police
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Attorney General Eric Holder sought Wednesday to reassure the people of Ferguson about the investigation into Michael Brown's death and said he understands why many black Americans do not trust police, recalling how he was repeatedly stopped by officers who seemed to target him because of his race....
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Picture emerges of officer in Ferguson shooting
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- A white police officer whose shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old ignited racial upheaval in a St. Louis suburb has been characterized as either an aggressor whose deadly gunfire constituted a daylight execution or a law enforcer wrongly maligned for just doing his job....
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Teens deny threatening boy in school shooting plot
SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- Prosecutors say two teenagers suspected of plotting a mass shooting at a suburban Los Angeles high school have denied charges that they made criminal threats against a third boy....
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Father's claims he didn't kill driver get boost
ANGLETON, Texas (AP) -- A Texas father's claims he did not fatally shoot a drunken driver who caused an accident that killed his two sons seemed to be bolstered Wednesday by testimony from prosecution witnesses....
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CEO: Kidnappers threatened Foley's life last week
BOSTON (AP) -- The chief executive officer of a Boston-based news organization says James Foley's kidnappers last week threatened to kill him in response to U.S. bombings in Iraq....
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Parents demand federal probe in NY police shooting
NEW YORK (AP) -- The parents of a black 18-year-old man shot to death by a white New York City police officer in 2012 led several dozen supporters on a short march to a Manhattan prosecutor's office Wednesday to demand a federal civil rights probe....
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