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Prosecutor: No criminal charges in Irene aid fraud
ROCKY HILL, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut prosecutors say they won't pursue criminal charges against state employees and others who fraudulently obtained emergency food stamp benefits designated for people affected by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011....
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10 Things to Know for Today
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:...
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Guidelines spell end of Ohio schools' pink cookie
ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) -- New federal nutritional guidelines for school cafeterias has meant the end of a favorite - and locally famous - treat in one northeast Ohio school district....
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Ice bucket challenge goes awry, firefighters hurt
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A charity stunt that has grown into a social media phenomenon went terribly wrong for four Kentucky firefighters when a fire truck's ladder got too close to a power line after they dumped water on college students who were taking part in an "ice bucket challenge."...
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After emotional day, former governor back on stand
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who says that at one time he got in the habit of working late to escape his wife's wrath, has once again taken refuge - this time at the rectory in St. Patrick's Catholic Church....
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Marathon bombing suspect's friend pleads guilty
BOSTON (AP) -- A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty Thursday to impeding the investigation by removing incriminating evidence from Tsarnaev's dorm room several days after the deadly attack....
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Mud, slides close roads, trap motorists in Wash.
TWISP, Wash. (AP) -- Mud slides and flash floods triggered by heavy rain falling on wildfire-scarred areas of north-central Washington damaged some homes, blocked portions of at least three highways and stranded motorists, officials say....
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National Guard to withdraw from a quieter Ferguson
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- The streets of Ferguson were peaceful for another night, as protests and tensions were subsiding in the St. Louis suburb where unrest had erupted after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old....
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Jell-O can't stop slippery sales slide
NEW YORK (AP) -- Jell-O has lost its jiggle and nobody knows how to fix it....
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California to appeal ruling tossing death penalty
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- California's attorney general says she will appeal a federal court ruling that called the state's death penalty unconstitutional....
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Alaska serial killer dies, decades after murders
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Convicted Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen, who gained the nickname of "the Butcher Baker" for abducting and hunting down women in the wilderness during the state's oil pipeline construction boom in the 1970s, has died at age 75....
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Woman who drank lye-tainted tea suffers nightmares
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A woman who was in critical condition after unknowingly sipping sweetened iced tea laced with a chemical found in drain cleaner has been steadily improving, but her husband says she's having nightmares about the moment that nearly killed her....
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Police: Couple wanted 2 Amish girls for slaves
FOWLER, N.Y. (AP) -- A northern New York couple kidnapped two Amish sisters from their family farm stand and planned to turn them into slaves, but released them after becoming frightened by news reports, an investigator said....
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His '90 murder rap tossed, man to be released
A former New York City businessman who has spent 24 years in prison after being convicted of setting a fire that killed his mentally ill daughter is scheduled to walk out of a maximum-security prison in Pennsylvania a free man, following a judge's ruling that the case against him was based on now-debunked arson science....
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New go-to career for New England's young: Farming
CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) -- Farming is hip in New England....
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