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Gun carry rights expanded in Ga. under new law
ELLIJAY, Ga. (AP) -- Criticized by one group as the "guns everywhere" bill, Georgia took a big step Wednesday toward expanding where licensed carriers can take their weapons, with the governor signing a law that allows them in bars without restriction and in some churches, schools and government buildings under certain circumstances.al...
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Homeowner: 2 teens shot were 'vermin,' not human
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) -- Jurors listened Wednesday as a man called two teenagers who broke into his central Minnesota home "vermin" on an audio recording shortly after fatally shooting them....
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Oceanographer Ballard elected to American Academy
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) -- The University of Rhode Island oceanography professor best known for discovering the wreck of the Titanic has been elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences....
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Convicted murderer arraigned in prison escape
IONIA, Mich. (AP) -- A convicted murderer who broke out of a Michigan prison in February was arraigned on escape, carjacking and kidnapping charges Wednesday....
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Soldier convicted in WikiLeaks case gets new name
LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) -- An Army private convicted of providing classified documents to WikiLeaks won an initial victory Wednesday toward living as a woman when a Kansas judge granted a petition to change her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning....
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6 fired for closing Arizona child abuse reports
PHOENIX (AP) -- Five senior Arizona child welfare employees who officials said orchestrated a plan that led to more than 6,500 Arizona child abuse and neglect cases being closed without investigations were fired Wednesday in the first major personnel action since the cases were discovered in November....
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Chief has few answers on latest police shooting
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- A news conference called to address the latest shooting by the troubled Albuquerque Police Department raised more questions than answers Wednesday about the killing of a suspected car thief during a foot chase....
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Airport official: Teen had no clue he was in Maui
HONOLULU (AP) -- The head of Maui's main airport says a 15-year-old stowaway aboard a flight from San Jose had no clue he was in Maui after jumping from a jetliner's wheel well to the tarmac....
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Transcript: Man shot by US marshal vowed to behave
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A man who was fatally shot by a U.S. marshal while attacking a witness during a federal trial in Utah this week promised the judge at the start of the hearing that he behave....
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NC fines state fair ride operators over injuries
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina regulators have fined thrill ride operators more than $114,000 after a mishap at the 2013 state fair that left five people injured, three of them critically....
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Miss. governor signs mid-pregnancy abortion ban
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Wednesday signed a bill to ban abortion starting at the midpoint of a full-term pregnancy....
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James Holmes' attorneys appeal sanity exam order
DENVER (AP) -- Attorneys for Colorado theater shooting defendant James Holmes are appealing a judge's order requiring a second sanity evaluation to the state's Supreme Court....
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Man charged with murder in nursing home deaths
HOUSTON (AP) -- A Houston nursing home resident accused of using the armrest of his wheelchair to beat two of his roommates to death is facing a capital murder charge, police said Wednesday....
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Soldier accused of killing teens in Iraq
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. (AP) -- The two unarmed Iraqi brothers posed no threat as they herded cattle in a grove where a U.S. Army reconnaissance team was hidden one day seven years ago. But then-Staff Sgt. Michael Barbera took a knee, leveled his rifle and killed them anyway, a prosecutor said Wednesday as a preliminary hearing opened in the soldier's case....
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Connecticut man charged in Yale hoax threat
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- A Connecticut man has been charged with making a call during the Thanksgiving holidays in which he falsely claimed an armed man was on the way to shoot up Yale University, police said Wednesday....
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