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Study: Texas cut juvenile jail rates, saw youth crime fall
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A sweeping nonpartisan study released Thursday suggests Texas can be a model for improving juvenile justice systems nationwide, concluding that the state's dramatic shift away from sending youths to detention facilities has coincided with a sharp drop in crime committed by young people....
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Hard Rock gets preliminary OK to enter New Jersey market
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- The company that has populated the globe with Hard Rock casinos and restaurants received preliminary approval to enter the Atlantic City casino market....
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Iowa man gets year on probation for arrest near White House
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An Iowa man who had a hunting rifle, ammunition and a knife in his car when he approached a Secret Service post near the White House and said he had an appointment with the president will spend a year on probation....
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Deadly San Francisco blaze spurs look at fire alarms
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Residents fleeing a massive blaze that killed a man and injured five people as it ripped through a San Francisco building told officials they did not hear fire alarms and could not get to fire escapes....
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Venezuelan hedge fund manager gets 13 years for fraud scheme
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) -- A Venezuelan-American hedge fund manager was sentenced Thursday to 13 years in prison for running a Connecticut fraud scheme involving hundreds of millions of dollars from Venezuela's state oil company....
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Police: Family killed man over child custody dispute
SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- A woman and her family lured her estranged husband to their home by offering to let him see his children, then beat him in the head with a hammer and fatally shot him as he tried to run away - a scheme concocted because they were upset about a child custody dispute, according to police in South Carolina....
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Family of man killed by police in stairway plans to sue NYC
NEW YORK (AP) -- The family of an unarmed man fatally shot by a police officer in a Brooklyn housing project stairway said Thursday that it intends to file a lawsuit seeking $50 million....
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US prosecutors clear immigrant from Barbados in '86 burglary
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City prosecutors have cleared an immigrant from Barbados who spent more than a year in prison for a 1986 burglary they say never took place....
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Casino union protests Taj Mahal cuts outside Icahn office
Atlantic City casino workers demonstrated outside the New York City offices of billionaire investor Carl Icahn on Thursday to protest the elimination of benefits at a casino he is poised to acquire....
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Former soldier charged with stealing $250,000 in benefits
SEATTLE (AP) -- A former Idaho National Guard soldier who is also an official in the Washington city of Snoqualmie has been indicted on charges that he lied his way to a Purple Heart and more than $250,000 in government benefits....
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Last-ditch foreclosure hearings draw many Detroit homeowners
DETROIT (AP) -- Hundreds of Detroit homeowners in danger of losing their properties flocked Thursday to hearings that offered a last-ditch chance to avoid foreclosure and to keep the houses from adding to the city's already huge glut of vacant dwellings....
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Oklahoma official: Executions could resume with other drugs
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- While the U.S. Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of a sedative Oklahoma uses in lethal injections, Attorney General Scott Pruitt said Thursday he will push to resume executions if alternative drugs can be found....
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Fort Hood gunman Hasan says he wants to keep top lawyer
FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kansas (AP) -- The gunman who killed 13 people at a Texas military base in 2009 appeared in court Thursday without the beard he had fought to keep and said he wanted to keep his lead appeals lawyer. A change of counsel could complicate an already delayed review process....
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Idaho legislative panel halts gay protections bill
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Idaho lawmakers voted to halt a bill that would create protections for gay and lesbian people Thursday, siding with the concerns of religious freedom supporters....
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Shell says it will drill off Alaska if it can get permits
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Royal Dutch Shell PLC will move forward with drilling off Alaska's northwest coast if it can obtain permits it needs and drill safely, its chief executive officer said Thursday....
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