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Ex-leader of county hit by tornado sentenced to prison
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- A former county official in Kentucky has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for raking in more than $100,000 in a kickback scheme that continued after his Appalachian county was hit by a tornado....
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Mormon leaders call for measures protecting gay rights
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Mormon church leaders are making a national appeal for a "balanced approach" in the clash between gay rights and religious freedom....
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Twins who ran major US drug ring sentenced to 14 years each
CHICAGO (AP) -- A federal judge sentenced twin brothers to 14 years in prison each for running a nearly $2 billion North American drug ring, agreeing with prosecutors to drastically reduce their sentences as reward for their cooperation against Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman and other Mexican cartel leaders....
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Prosecutors promise thorough probe of police killing of teen
DENVER (AP) -- Denver prosecutors are promising to do a thorough investigation after police shot and killed a 16-year-old girl who authorities say struck an officer with a stolen car....
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Mom accused of newborn's death had other kids, police say
ROSEVILLE, Mich. (AP) -- Police say the mother of a baby found dead at a Detroit-area recycling center had three other children but lost custody of them....
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Texas inmate tied to 5 slayings set for execution Wednesday
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- A Texas death row inmate linked to five killings is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to halt his sentence a day before his scheduled execution....
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Bodies found after Ga. couple lured by Craigslist contact
McRAE, Ga. (AP) -- Three days after Bud Runion posted an ad on the website Craigslist that he was seeking to buy a 1966 Mustang convertible, he and his wife set out for a small farming community in southern Georgia to meet with a potential seller. Then they vanished....
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Boston area hit by howling blizzard; New York gets off easy
BOSTON (AP) -- A howling blizzard with wind gusts over 70 mph heaped snow on Boston along with other stretches of lower New England and Long Island on Tuesday but failed to live up to the hype in Philadelphia and New York City, where buses and subways started rolling again in the morning....
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The latest on the Northeast snowstorm
12:30 P.M. EST...
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5 things to know about the trans-Pacific balloon challenge
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- An international team is piloting a helium-filled balloon across the Pacific Ocean in an effort to break two major ballooning records. Here are five things to know about the challenge....
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Confessed killer testifying against man with bodies in yard
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) -- A key prosecution witness says he agreed to help a Pennsylvania man kill a pharmacist and the pharmacist's girlfriend as part of a robbery plot....
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Massachusetts nuclear reactor shuts down during snowstorm
PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) -- A Massachusetts nuclear power plant shut down automatically Tuesday after the blizzard moving through the region interrupted power flow, but there was never any danger to the public, authorities said....
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Minnesota terror suspect ordered to halfway house
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A Minnesota man accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group has been ordered to a halfway house while his case is pending....
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People across the Northeast US deal with snowstorm
The snowstorm that pounded some areas of the Northeast and barely skimmed others left some residents battling drifts , while others found themselves surprised and a little disappointed by the less-than-predicted amount of white stuff. Some took advantage of the storm-abandoned New York City streets to have a little fun....
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Famed civil rights protesters to have arrest records erased
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Nine black men arrested for integrating a whites-only South Carolina lunch counter 54 years ago may be heroes in the historic record, but in the record of the law they are still convicted trespassers....
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Poll
How would you rate the planning for and reaction to the northeast storm?
  Overkill! Closings, and bans should happen on a need-be basis.
  Appropriate. Better safe than sorry!
 
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