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Railroads seek one-person crews for freight trains
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- When American freight trains delivered cargo after World War II, the steam-belching beasts commonly had seven people aboard - an engineer, a conductor, up to four brakemen and a fireman....
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Ex-chief says video rants meant to snare threats
A former small-town Pennsylvania police chief who posted online videos of himself ranting obscenely about liberals and the Second Amendment while shooting automatic weapons secretly fed information on people he considered militia members, anti-government extremists and so-called "sovereign citizens" to the FBI and state police, according to documents he showed to The Associated Press....
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Mayor meets with families of slain NYPD officers
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has met with the families of the two officers shot to death in a squad car this weekend....
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AP poll: Police killings of blacks voted top story of 2014
NEW YORK (AP) -- The police killings of unarmed blacks in Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere - and the investigations and tumultuous protests they inspired - was the top news story of 2014, according to The Associated Press' annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors....
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NY requires Ocwen reforms, $150M homeowner help
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York financial regulators have reached a settlement with Ocwen Financial Corp. requiring the nation's largest subprime mortgage servicer to reform its practices and provide $150 million to help struggling New York homeowners....
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Police departments on alert after NYC cops killed
NEW YORK (AP) -- Big-city police departments and union leaders around the country are warning the rank and file to wear bulletproof vests and avoid making inflammatory posts on social media in the days after a man ambushed two officers and shot them to death inside their patrol car....
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Convict in 1964 civil-rights deaths won't confess
PARCHMAN, Miss. (AP) -- Craggy-faced and ornery, Edgar Ray Killen bears the signs of his 89 years. His hands are still scarred and rough from decades in the east Mississippi sawmills. He has a muscular build even as he maneuvers in his wheelchair. Time has not softened his views and he remains an ardent segregationist....
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Appeals court nixes NC abortion ultrasound law
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A federal appeals court has struck down a North Carolina law requiring abortion providers to show and describe an ultrasound to the pregnant woman, even if she refuses to look or listen....
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Marathon bombing suspect's lawyers invoke McVeigh
BOSTON (AP) -- Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev seeking to have his trial moved out of Massachusetts again drew parallels Monday between the media coverage of their client's case to the coverage received by Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh....
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Officials: 22 indicted in multistate dog-fighting ring
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Authorities say they've broken up a violent, multistate dog-fighting ring involving hundreds of dogs forced into brutal combat....
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Top news of 2014 left public grasping for answers
Twenty-thousand feet down the answers may be waiting, hidden in some underwater canyon far off Australia's coast. But more than nine months after searchers began scouring the seas for a Malaysia Airlines jetliner that vanished with 239 people aboard, the catastrophe defies resolution....
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UN chief urges better early warning of next disease outbreak
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the international community urgently needs better early warning and rapid response to the next outbreak of disease - "a test that is sure to come."...
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Court sides with mom who gave birth while on methadone
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey can't conclude a mother abused and neglected her baby because the child was born exhibiting symptoms of methadone withdrawal due to the mother's use of the drug, the state Supreme Court ruled in an opinion Monday....
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Ex-officer not charged in fatal Milwaukee shooting
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A white Milwaukee police officer who was fired after he fatally shot a mentally ill black man in April won't face criminal charges, the county's top prosecutor said Monday....
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Coming soon to US: Cuba Libre, with real Cuban rum
MIAMI (AP) -- U.S. rum aficionados are abuzz over the possibility of mixing a Cuba Libre with authentic Cuban rum, now that they will be able to bring home liquor distilled in the communist nation....
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