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NYC mayor: 'Rigorous' probe into 2 toddlers' radiator deaths
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City is conducting a "rigorous" investigation into a "freak" radiator accident that led to the deaths of two toddler sisters, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday....
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Colleges pushed to note sexual misconduct on transcripts
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Colleges that expel students whom they suspect of having committed sexual assault are being asked to go further by specifying the reason for expulsion on their transcripts....
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North Carolina police kill stabbing suspect; children flee
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- A boy climbed through a window with his younger brother and called 911 after their mother was stabbed to death by her boyfriend, said police, who stormed the house and fatally shot the man when he lunged at them with a knife....
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Jury foreman: 5 jurors were undecided on Slager verdict
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The foreman of the jury that couldn't reach a verdict in the murder trial of a former South Carolina police officer initially wanted to convict Michael Slager of murder....
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Suspect in Georgia police shootings dead, likely by own hand
A man wanted for killing a Georgia police officer and wounding another was found dead Thursday, apparently fatally shooting himself before a SWAT team stormed a home where a tipster reported the suspect was hiding....
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Judge in polygamous child labor case orders $200k payment
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A federal judge has ordered a company with ties to a polygamous sect to pay at least $200,000 in back wages to children who were sent to work picking pecans for long hours in the cold....
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Kentucky man pleads guilty in family murder plot
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A Kentucky man charged with orchestrating the slayings of his parents, sister and an acquaintance who was enlisted to kill the family has avoided the death penalty by pleading guilty Thursday to four counts of murder....
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Correction: Roommate Stabbing-Student Charged story
AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- In a story Dec. 5 about a stabbing in Akron, The Associated Press, relying on information from police and court records, misspelled the first name of the man charged in the stabbing. His first name is Kendal, not Kendall....
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Coke targets "foodies" as more people move away from sodas
NEW YORK (AP) -- What beverage goes best with lobster rolls, a bagel sandwich stuffed with whitefish, or a bowl of ramen? Coke wants you to think of soda....
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Judge keeps Superfund cleanup talks in Montana secret
HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- A federal judge in Montana has decided not to make public the long-running secret negotiations on the cleanup of the nation's largest Superfund site involving the U.S. government and the company responsible for the mining waste....
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The Latest: Jury foreman had felony charge dropped
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The Latest on the jury foreman in the murder mistrial of a South Carolina police officer speaking publicly (all times local):...
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Alleged Chicago gang boss denies ordering hit on informant
CHICAGO (AP) -- The purported leader of Chicago's notorious Hobos street gang has testified he didn't order a hit on a gang associate-turned-police informant killed in 2013 in front of his step-kids....
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Man convicted in killing of 5-year-old girl gets 30 years
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A second man convicted in the fatal shooting of a 5-year-old girl as she sat on her grandfather's lap in Milwaukee has been sentenced to prison....
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Stay or go? Tribe gives conflicting messages to protest camp
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- For protesters fighting the Dakota Access pipeline, the messages from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation are confusing: The tribal chairman tells demonstrators that it's time to leave their camp and go home. Another leader implores them to stay through the bitter North Dakota winter....
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Escaped inmate accused in police stabbing recaptured
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- An inmate serving a life sentence who escaped from a maximum-security South Carolina prison and stabbed a police officer while on the run has been recaptured after a locked door stopped him from getting into a school, authorities said Thursday....
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