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Washington wildfire burn scars turn into mudslides
TWISP, Wash. (AP) -- Highway crews are trying to clear mud and debris that that washed onto roadways when heavy rain fell on land scarred by wildfires in north central Washington....
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1990 arson-murder rap tossed, man is set free
A former New York businessman whose arson-murder conviction was overturned in the death of his daughter was freed from prison Friday after 24 years behind bars, following a judge's ruling that the case against him had been based on now-debunked arson science....
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Ex-Va. governor: CEO's loan was not inappropriate
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Friday that he did not think it was inappropriate to take a $50,000 loan from a Virginia businessman to help cover the ownership costs of vacation rental properties....
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Vegas' storied Sahara casino reborn, transformed
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The Moroccan-themed Sahara casino that once hosted Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and the Beatles seemed a lost cause in 2011, when its owners declared the 59-year-old property unprofitable and shut it down with little more than a vague promise to return....
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Islamic State backers under scrutiny in US
NEW YORK (AP) -- Officially, the FBI agents who swarmed Donald Ray Morgan at Kennedy Airport this month were there to arrest him on a mundane gun charge. But they whisked him away to their Manhattan office and grilled him for two hours on an entirely different topic: Islamic State extremists....
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Oklahoma officer accused in 6 sexual assaults
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An Oklahoma City police officer is accused of sexually assaulting at least six women during traffic stops, and investigators are trying to track down yet more potential victims....
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Parents had hoped to negotiate with Foley captors
ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- The parents of slain journalist James Foley said they regarded an email they received from his captors last week as a hopeful sign they could negotiate with the Islamic militants....
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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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2 parolees charged in suburban Chicago standoff
CHICAGO (AP) -- Both suspects in a 20-hour hostage standoff this week in a Chicago suburb are parolees, and one is a convicted murderer who was under electronic monitoring....
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6 soldiers hurt by lightning strike at Fort Drum
FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) -- Army officials say six soldiers are recovering after lightning struck during a field exercise at Fort Drum in northern New York....
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This Week in the Civil War
This Week in The Civil War for Sunday, Aug. 24: Battle of the Petersburg, Virginia, railroad....
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Bond hearing set for accused Tulsa officer
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- A veteran Tulsa police officer charged in the off-duty fatal shooting of his daughter's boyfriend earlier this month is set to ask a judge that he be released on bond....
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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 subsided in the St. Louis suburb where unrest erupted after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old....
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Co-defendant in cannibal-plot case wants freedom
NEW YORK (AP) -- A co-defendant of the New York City police officer dubbed the "cannibal cop" wants to be freed from jail too....
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Woman who shot grandson likely won't face charges
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say the Tampa woman who shot her 7-year-old grandson after mistaking him for an intruder probably won't face charges....
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