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Decorated Boston cop in coma after being shot in face
BOSTON (AP) -- A decorated Boston police officer remained in a medically induced coma Saturday, a night after he was shot in the face during a traffic stop that ended when other officers fatally shot his attacker, the city's police commissioner said....
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7 shot and injured at Florida spring break house party
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Seven people were injured, some critically, during an early-morning spray of gunfire Saturday at a spring break party on the Florida Panhandle, police said. An Alabama man was quickly apprehended and charged with attempted murder....
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LA commuter train hits car, partially derails; 21 hurt
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A commuter train slammed into a car at a crossing in front of the University of Southern California on Saturday, seriously injuring the driver and the train's operator. Nineteen passengers on the train suffered lesser injuries....
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Trooper wounded in barracks ambush hopes to return to force
DUNMORE, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania trooper wounded in a deadly ambush outside his barracks last fall says he hopes to eventually return to the state police force....
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Attorneys: Sterilizations were part of plea deal talks
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Nashville prosecutors have made sterilization of women part of plea negotiations at least four times in the past five years, and the district attorney has banned his staff from using the invasive surgery as a bargaining chip after the latest case....
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Feds indict 1 after noose put on Ole Miss integration statue
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- James Meredith, who integrated the University of Mississippi under federal protection a half-century ago, says it's a shame that state authorities deferred to the federal government to bring charges after a noose was left on a campus statue of him....
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Popular Yosemite National Park lookout opens early in season
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) -- A road leading to spectacular views of California's Yosemite National Park opened to drivers on Saturday, marking the earliest date for the occasion in at least 20 years....
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Hope dims as rescue workers search for 2 in NYC blast
NEW YORK (AP) -- Hope dimmed as emergency workers continued their search Saturday for two people still missing after an apparent gas explosion leveled three Manhattan apartment buildings and investigators worked to piece together what exactly caused the blast that injured 22....
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Man in cyanide-by-mail case to use insanity defense
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- A man with a history of mental illness who is accused of mailing an Englishman the cyanide he used to kill himself plans to use an insanity defense, according to court documents....
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3rd Minnesota turkey farm hit by bird flu outbreak
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- An outbreak of a bird flu strain that's deadly to poultry deepened Saturday when state and federal officials confirmed a third Minnesota turkey farm has been infected, this time in one of the state's top poultry producing counties....
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With gay marriage case pending, religion bills gain ground
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- With the nation's highest court set to hear arguments next month over the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans, legislation is advancing in several states that critics say gives businesses license to deny services to gays and lesbians on religious grounds....
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Chicago's retired Cardinal George readmitted to hospital
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago's retired Cardinal Francis George has been readmitted to the hospital several months after he stopped treatment for kidney cancer....
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Unusual amount of cheating suspected at Stanford University
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- An unusually high number of students at Stanford University are suspected of cheating during the most recent term, putting faculty members and administrators of the prestigious institution on alert....
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'Llama drama' owners say USDA draws line against appearances
PHOENIX (AP) -- The llamas that became a social media sensation running around a Phoenix-area retirement enclave last month are saying goodbye to the spotlight with one last event Saturday....
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Bison to graze at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
CHICAGO (AP) -- A small herd of around two dozen bison could be grazing on restored grassland south of Chicago as soon as this fall now that the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie has final approval for an experimental project that's been years in the making....
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