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County official in Texas accused of taking bribes
DALLAS (AP) -- A longtime Dallas County commissioner has been charged with accepting nearly $1 million in bribes in exchange for providing insider information and voting in favor of projects proposed by various companies, federal authorities announced Friday....
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Deterrence a goal and challenge at Texas border
MISSION, Texas (AP) -- Three heavily armed Texas patrol boats rounded a bend in the Rio Grande on a recent afternoon and came upon two young men paddling an inflatable raft full-speed ahead toward the Mexican shore. The state troopers and game wardens bobbed helplessly in their boats as the men passed their raft and paddles up the bank to others, and a crew of troopers peeked through the tall reeds on the U.S. side for whatever load had just been deposited....
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Baby dies after being left in hot car in Kansas
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A 10-month-old Kansas girl died after being strapped for more than two hours inside a sweltering car, and police arrested a foster parent who said he'd forgotten about her until something on TV jogged his memory, an official said Friday....
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Judge dismisses lawsuit over Amelia Earhart search
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) -- A federal judge on Friday dismissed a Wyoming man's claims that an aircraft recovery group secretly found wreckage of aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart's missing airplane in the South Pacific but kept it quiet so it could continue raising funds for the search....
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Carjacked SUV hits crowd, killing 3 young siblings
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Two men carjacked a woman at gunpoint but soon sped out of control, killing three children Friday as they plowed into a group selling fruit to raise money for their church, Philadelphia police said....
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Report blames pilot for 2011 Hawaii copter crash
KAUNAKAKAI, Hawaii (AP) -- The likely cause of a Molokai helicopter crash that killed all five people aboard was the pilot flying too close to the mountains during inclement weather, the National Transportation Safety Board determined in a final report published Friday....
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86 family members disenrolled from Oregon tribe
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon woman says 86 members of her family have been disenrolled from an American Indian tribe that operates the state's largest tribal casino, as leaders review the tribe's rolls and enforce new membership requirements....
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Police still investigating after burglar killed
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Prosecutors Friday were waiting for the results of a police investigation into the killing of a burglar by an 80-year-old California homeowner who says he shot the woman in the back as she fled his home and ran down an alley, the district attorney's office said....
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Federal court upholds Fla.'s docs vs. glocks law
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida law restricting what doctors can tell patients about gun ownership was deemed to be constitutional Friday by a federal appeals court, which said it legitimately regulates professional conduct and doesn't violate the doctors' First Amendment free speech rights....
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Family feud sparks revolt at grocery store chain
WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (AP) -- It's been called a David vs. Goliath story, a "Tale of Two Arthurs" and even the "ultimate Greek tragedy," but the characters in this drama are not Biblical or literary figures. They're grocery store owners....
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War crimes commission takes aim at Islamic State
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The head of the independent U.N. commission on Syrian war crimes said Friday that commanders of the Islamic State extremist group are "good candidates" to be put on a confidential list of alleged perpetrators....
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Defense Department employee gets 2 years in prison
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A federal judge has sentenced a Defense Department supervisor who oversaw construction and service contracts at a Southern California Marine Corps base to two years in prison after he pleaded guilty to bribery and other charges....
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Judge rules feds wrongly protected bearded seals
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A federal judge on Friday ruled that a federal fisheries agency improperly listed bearded seals as threatened under the Endangered Species Act....
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North Dakota industrial fire cleanup to take weeks
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) -- Cleanup efforts at the still-smoking site of an oil field supply company in North Dakota that caught fire earlier this week could take weeks, an Environmental Protection Agency Official said Friday....
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States' use of execution drugs varies widely
The prolonged execution of an Arizona death row inmate with a new, two-drug combo has highlighted the patchwork quilt approach that states now take with lethal drugs, with types, combinations and dosages varying widely. A question and answer look at how the disparity came about and why, following more than three decades in which all death penalty states used the exact same three-drug mixture....
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