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Brine firm sues over biblical fracking billboard
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- An eastern Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned waters" on billboards opposing gas-drilling wastewater wells faces a legal threat from the wells' operator....
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US government sells 400,000 acres offshore Texas
The federal government has sold more than 400,000 acres in the Gulf of Mexico off the Texas coast for oil and gas exploration and development, an official with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said Wednesday....
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Picture emerges of officer in Ferguson shooting
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- A police officer whose shooting death of an unarmed 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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Parents demand federal probe in NY police shooting
NEW YORK (AP) -- The parents of a black teenager shot to death by a white New York City police officer in 2012 are demanding a federal civil rights probe....
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Man who lived as hermit adjusting to society
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- A man who lived nearly three decades in the Maine woods now has a job and is adjusting to life back in society....
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Ex-deputy: Gunfire after driver shot not in report
ANGLETON, Texas (AP) -- An ex-deputy told jurors Wednesday he failed to note in a report that more gunfire had taken place well after a drunken driver was fatally shot in Texas following an accident that killed two boys, a detail a defense attorney says helps point to the innocence of the boys' father who is on trial for murder....
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NYC mayor, faith leaders meet over chokehold death
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City's mayor and archbishop convened a round-table meeting of police and minority community leaders on Wednesday to diffuse tensions between the groups, days before a march to protest the death of a black man placed in a chokehold by a white police officer....
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Almanac predicts colder winter, hotter summer
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Winter's going to be colder than usual and next summer hotter. So says the Old Farmer's Almanac, the familiar, 223-year-old chronicler of climate, folksy advice and fun facts....
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Prosecutor: Gunman camped out before killings
Zachary Levi Brimhall had picnicked with his parents at a remote spot in Oregon's Coast Range last weekend then stayed to camp....
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Holder: 'Change is coming' after police shooting
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder reassured college students Wednesday in suburban St. Louis, a few miles from where 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer, and a small group of protesters gathered outside a building where a grand jury was expected to begin hearing evidence to determine whether the officer should be charged....
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Slain American journalist remembered as driven
ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- In 2011, just after he was released from the Libyan prison where he'd been held for six weeks, James Foley acknowledged the peril journalists face covering the world's most dangerous places, soberly conceding that a mistake could mean death....
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Bighorn sheep escapes canal in California desert
LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) -- A bighorn sheep is back in the hills of Riverside County after being rescued from a golf-course canal in the desert near Palm Springs....
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Bail slashed in Nevada trespasser's shooting death
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- A judge in a Nevada murder case has slashed bail from $2 million to $150,000 for a 73-year-old man who shot and killed one unarmed trespasser and seriously wounded another at a home he owns in Sparks....
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8 homes destroyed, 1,500 threatened by wildfire
KERNVILLE, Calif. (AP) -- A wildfire northeast of Bakersfield burning in steep terrain destroyed eight homes and was threatening more than a thousand others, authorities said Wednesday....
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Sept. trial likely for Miss. election challenge
LAUREL, Miss. (AP) -- A judge presiding over a lawsuit that challenges Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran's victory in a Republican primary runoff says he intends to finish the case before the November general election....
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