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Oops: County wrongly figured blood-alcohol levels
SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) -- People who told police they were not that drunk while driving may have been right in one Pennsylvania county....
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Mishaps prompt questions about Washington ferries
SEATTLE (AP) -- The green-and-white ferry pulled away from the docks and churned across Puget Sound, leaving behind Seattle's waterfront. Passengers stood in the breeze on the deck or gazed out of the windows at the distant, snow-covered bulk of Mount Rainier....
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Lawyer wants seized $125K wine collection back
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A lawyer convicted of selling high-end wine from his home cellar despite strict Pennsylvania liquor laws hopes to win back the seized collection before it's destroyed....
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Washington wildfire burn scars turn into mudslides
TWISP, Wash. (AP) -- Highway crews are trying to clear mud and debris that washed onto roadways when heavy rain fell on land scarred by wildfires in north central Washington....
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2 boys badly hurt in fall from Ferris wheel
CHELSEA, Mich. (AP) -- Police say two boys are critically injured after falling at least 15 feet from a Ferris wheel at a community fair in southeastern Michigan....
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Alabama teacher suspended after shooting lesson
SELMA, Ala. (AP) -- An Alabama teacher was suspended without pay after being accused of having sixth-grade students re-enact the deadly police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, and the Trayvon Martin killing in Florida....
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Suspect in killing cites 'stand your ground' law
ATHENS, Ala. (AP) -- A prosecutor says an Alabama man accused of stabbing his cousin to death over borrowed movies is citing the state's "stand your ground" law in asking that the case be dismissed....
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Ex-Va. governor: CEO's loans not inappropriate
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says he took a second loan from a wealthy businessman because it was offered....
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1990 arson-murder rap tossed, man is set free
A former New York businessman whose arson-murder conviction was overturned in the death of his daughter was freed from prison Friday after 24 years behind bars, following a judge's ruling that the case against him had been based on now-debunked arson science....
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Vegas' storied Sahara casino reborn, transformed
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The Moroccan-themed Sahara casino that once hosted Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and the Beatles seemed a lost cause in 2011, when its owners declared the 59-year-old property unprofitable and shut it down with little more than a vague promise to return....
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Islamic State backers under scrutiny in US
NEW YORK (AP) -- Officially, the FBI agents who swarmed Donald Ray Morgan at Kennedy Airport this month were there to arrest him on a mundane gun charge. But they whisked him away to their Manhattan office and grilled him for two hours on an entirely different topic: Islamic State extremists....
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Oklahoma officer accused in 6 sexual assaults
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An Oklahoma City police officer is accused of sexually assaulting at least six women during traffic stops, and investigators are trying to track down yet more potential victims....
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Parents had hoped to negotiate with Foley captors
ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- The parents of slain journalist James Foley said they regarded an email they received from his captors last week as a hopeful sign they could negotiate with the Islamic militants....
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Ice bucket challenge goes awry, firefighters hurt
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A charity stunt that has grown into a social media phenomenon went terribly wrong for four Kentucky firefighters when a fire truck's ladder got too close to a power line after they dumped water on college students who were taking part in an "ice bucket challenge."...
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2 parolees charged in suburban Chicago standoff
CHICAGO (AP) -- Both suspects in a 20-hour hostage standoff this week in a Chicago suburb are parolees, and one is a convicted murderer who was under electronic monitoring....
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