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Oregon gunman planned to kill 'bunch' of people
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A gunman who fatally shot his father and then a man camping at an Oregon beach earlier this week left behind notes that said he was mentally ill and planned to "kill a bunch of other people" and then himself....
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Passenger charged in pre-flight cellphone dispute
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cleveland authorities say a traveler who refused to turn off his cellphone and fought with flight attendants as a plane taxied for takeoff has been jailed and charged with aggravated disorderly conduct....
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Woman set reservation fire to give friends work
BEND, Ore. (AP) -- The U.S. Justice Department said Friday an Oregon woman pleaded guilty in May to starting a wildfire on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation last year because her firefighter friends were bored and needed work....
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Embattled NY jail's investigations chief quits
NEW YORK (AP) -- The head of internal investigations at the embattled Rikers Island jail complex resigned Friday amid intense scrutiny over civil rights violations and inmate deaths....
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Friends: Jeffords took Vermont roots to Washington
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) -- Sen. Jim Jeffords left his mark on the state and the nation during more than 30 years in Washington, but family and friends said he never lost his affinity for the Vermont countryside or let his position eclipse his love for his family and the simple things in life....
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Questions, answers about Missouri grand juries
A grand jury is considering evidence to determine whether Officer Darren Wilson should be charged in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 9....
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Ex-Va. Gov says he knows in heart he's innocent
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says he knows in his heart he's innocent of the federal corruption charges he's facing....
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Firefighters still in hospital after ice stunt
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Two central Kentucky firefighters are still hospitalized a day after they were shocked by a power line while helping out with an "ice bucket challenge."...
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Washington wildfire burn scars turn into mudslides
TWISP, Wash. (AP) -- Rain in Washington state unleashed mudslides on land left bare by wildfires, washing down hillsides, damaging homes and closing highways as the threat of more storms loomed Friday....
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Sheriff: Fugitive may be using apps to hide out
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Authorities looking for a Minnesota man suspected of fatally shooting his former lover say he may be relying on social media to find shelter while on the run....
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New Jersey teacher in recording flap reinstated
CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) -- A lawyer says a New Jersey special-education teacher has been reinstated two years after she was placed on leave when a student made a secret recording of possible abuse in her classroom....
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Owner gets stolen life-size statue of Obama back
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) -- Police have returned a life-size statue of President Barack Obama that went missing from its owner's northeastern Pennsylvania porch and was found a few days later reclining on a nearby park bench with a six-pack of Twisted Tea....
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College mourns 3 students killed in crash
OCEANSIDE, Calif. (AP) -- The president of Palomar College says the San Diego-area campus is reeling from the deaths of three Japanese students in a car crash....
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New fear: What happens in Ferguson if no charges?
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Conditions calmed this week in Ferguson after nights of sometimes violent unrest stemming from the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer. But a delicate and crucial question lingers: What happens if the grand jury now considering the case doesn't return a charge against the officer?...
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2 parolees charged in suburban Chicago standoff
CHICAGO (AP) -- Both suspects in this week's nearly 21-hour hostage situation in a Chicago suburb are parolees, and one is a convicted murderer who was under electronic monitoring....
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