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California Legislature withholds nepotism report
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Citing broad exemptions under California's legislative records law, the state Senate is keeping secret a taxpayer-funded report about Capitol staff nepotism despite calls by lawmakers, statewide candidates and public interest groups that it be released....
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Prosecutors want death penalty drug info shielded
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio prosecutors want the identities of pharmacists who create specialty doses of execution drugs shielded and say doctors who consult with Ohio about its execution process should be given immunity from regulatory discipline....
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Fashion district gets new cash reporting rules
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Federal authorities on Thursday slapped new financial reporting rules on 2,000 businesses in the fashion district of Los Angeles in an effort to curtail suspected Mexican drug money laundering after massive amounts of cash were seized in a raid....
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Death penalty notice filed in beheading case
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- An Oklahoma prosecutor has filed formal notification that he'll seek the death penalty against a man accused of beheading a woman at a food processing plant....
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Missing-student suspect faced previous allegations
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- The man charged with abducting a missing University of Virginia student was accused of sexual assault at two colleges more than a decade ago, but did not face charges in either case....
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10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos
Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see....
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Episcopalians battle behind walls of NYC seminary
NEW YORK (AP) -- The lid has been lifted on a fierce internal battle at the nation's oldest Episcopal seminary, which has lost most of its faculty over what they say is their dean's intimidating, disrespectful leadership....
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Ebola worries keep some Dallas students home
DALLAS (AP) -- Worries over Ebola kept some Dallas schoolchildren home Thursday after school officials identified five students who may have come into contact with the first person in the U.S. to be diagnosed with the virus....
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Orr: Detroit bankruptcy challenges seen as costly
DETROIT (AP) -- Emergency manager Kevyn Orr says it would have cost the city big to fight bond insurer Syncora Inc.'s challenges to Detroit's bankruptcy....
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Protesters to pack meeting on education changes
DENVER (AP) -- Students and teachers fighting a plan to promote patriotism and downplay civil disobedience in some suburban Denver U.S. history courses are expected to pack a school board meeting Thursday where the controversial changes could face a vote....
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White Ohio woman sues over sperm from black donor
CLEVELAND (AP) -- An Ohio woman has sued a Chicago-area sperm bank after she became pregnant with sperm donated by a black man instead of a white man as she and her partner had intended....
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Nearly 3 years prison for Ponzi schemer ex-partner
MIAMI (AP) -- A former law partner of convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison after pleading guilty to a conspiracy charge....
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Makeshift system offers Detroit water hookup
DETROIT (AP) -- A makeshift system of plastic pipe, garden hoses, duct tape and towels is providing water service to a downtown Detroit coffeehouse and an adjoining jewelry store as city repairs to the water system are on hold....
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Reputed drug cartel member to change plea in US
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A cousin of one of the world's most notorious drug lords who prosecutors say was working to distribute cocaine in the United States is due in a New Hampshire court Thursday for a change of plea hearing....
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Suit: Toll-taker told not to say 'God bless you'
PERTH AMBOY, N.J. (AP) -- A former Garden State Parkway toll collector has filed a civil rights lawsuit, saying a supervisor told her to stop saying "God bless you" to motorists....
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