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Mayor claims progress reforming troubled NYC jails
NEW YORK (AP) -- Acknowledging that not even he appreciated the depth of problems at New York City's Rikers Island jail complex, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday told reporters "deep-seated" cultural change in city lockups was one of his administration's top priorities....
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Blast at Wyoming propane dealer forces evacuations
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) -- An explosion at a propane dealer in the Wyoming tourist town of Jackson has forced the evacuation of several nearby businesses and a small school....
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100-year-old woman sees the ocean for the 1st time
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) -- Ruby Holt spent most of her 100 years on a farm in rural Tennessee, picking cotton and raising four children. She never had the time or money to go to a beach....
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Dismissal sought of Jindal's anti-Common Core suit
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- A federal judge peppered attorneys with questions Thursday about Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's lawsuit accusing U.S. education officials of manipulating $4.3 billion in federal grant money and policy waivers to illegally pressure states to adopt Common Core standards and testing....
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Journal indicates FSU shooter suspected government
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida State University alumnus and attorney who shot three people at the school's library early Thursday believed the government was targeting him for persecution, detailing his thoughts in a journal and in videos detectives obtained, authorities said....
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Ex-coal exec pleads not guilty in W.Va. mine blast
BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) -- Ex-coal company chief executive Don Blankenship pleaded not guilty Thursday to conspiracy and other charges in the deadliest U.S. mine accident in four decades....
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Matthew Shepard's parents head to Russia
NEW YORK (AP) -- The parents of Matthew Shepard, the gay Wyoming college student tortured and murdered in 1998, are traveling to Russia on Friday to spread their message of tolerance and acceptance in a country where anti-gay policies and attitudes are widespread....
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New report on Newtown shooting out Friday
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A report on the 20-year-old Connecticut man who killed 26 people at the Sandy Hook Elementary School is being released Friday by a state agency that investigated whether anything about his mental health and educational history should lead to child-protection policy changes....
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No ruling yet on prosecution in porn email scandal
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has not decided whether to prosecute anyone in a scandal over the email exchange of pornography by state government employees, a spokeswoman said Thursday, pulling back an earlier statement about whether anyone could be charged over child pornography....
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Deal divides billions in closed nuke plant's costs
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Consumers will get refunds and credits of about $1.4 billion, but also pay about $3.3 billion, under a settlement approved Thursday on costs stemming from the premature closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant....
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Fire kills Maine mother, 3 kids in deadly month
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Firefighters rushed into a burning mobile home in far northern Maine early Thursday but they were too late to save a 28-year-old woman and her three children killed in the inferno - the latest fire deaths in a devastating month for the state....
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New lawyer named for friend of marathon suspect
BOSTON (AP) -- A federal judge has approved a new lawyer for a friend of the brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings....
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2 children killed in California apartment fire
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) -- A 6-year-old girl and her 2-year-old brother were killed early Thursday in a California apartment fire that broke out hours after their mother went to a hospital to give birth, authorities said....
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Police: Woman, 3 children shot in New Jersey
TABERNACLE, N.J. (AP) -- A shooting at a home in a secluded wooded area of southern New Jersey left two children dead and a woman believed to be their mother and the children's brother critically wounded, state police said Thursday....
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Grand jury: No charges in Florida jail explosion
MIAMI (AP) -- A grand jury concluded that there wasn't enough evidence to bring criminal charges in an explosion at a Florida jail that killed two inmates and paralyzed a guard, according to a report released Thursday....
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