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China's wealth finds home in Washington state
MEDINA, Wash. (AP) -- Savvy Seattle-area real estate agents have gained an advantage by paying attention to the growing connections between China and Washington state....
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Woman arrested in crash that killed 3 from crowd
REDONDO BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities are investigating what led up to a motorist driving through a red light and into nearly a dozen people as they left a church Christmas event in Southern California - leaving three women dead and several other people injured, including children....
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Sheriff to cede immigration-enforcement foothold
PHOENIX (AP) -- An Arizona sheriff known for crackdowns on people living in the country illegally is giving up his last major foothold in immigration enforcement efforts that won him popularity among voters but gradually were reined in by Washington and the courts....
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Weird weather lingers in Alaska's largest city
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A week before Christmas, Alaska's largest city should look like a postcard wonderland, and the last place you'd expect to see equipment making snow....
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Hearing set for restrictive NYC jail dorm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Inmate advocates and others plan to voice their opposition to a proposed 250-bed restrictive housing unit on Rikers Island for violent inmates....
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US agriculture has big appetite for Cuba trade
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- U.S. agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba. From wheat to rice to beans, the industry stands to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of President Barack Obama's plan to ease economic and travel restrictions imposed against the communist-ruled island....
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Federal judge considering Oklahoma's death penalty
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma prison system chief who halted an execution in the spring after problems with the lethal injection drugs is expected to testify in a federal challenge to the state's death penalty....
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Dog saves man from Sacramento home fire
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities are crediting a chocolate Labrador with saving the life of a Sacramento man after it alerted him to a fire inside a home that appeared not to have a smoke detector....
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Sides 'far apart' in West Coast port negotiations
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- While West Coast seaports struggle to keep up with billions of dollars of cargo, dockworkers and their employers apparently aren't close to a new contract nearly six months after their old deal expired....
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California's top utility regulator defends record
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- California's chief utility regulator ended the last scheduled public hearing of his increasingly embattled 12-year term Thursday with no explicit reference to the alleged back-channel dealings with the state's largest utility company that have marred his tenure....
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California lawmaker enters plea after DUI arrest
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A Democratic state senator charged with drunken driving after a party at the state Capitol pleaded no contest Thursday to a reduced charge of alcohol-related reckless driving....
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Phoenix police chief fired after union strife
PHOENIX (AP) -- Embattled Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia was fired Thursday, hours after he held an unauthorized news conference where he said it was "time to silence the critics" and requested a two-year contract from the city....
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Louisville 1st-in-South to raise minimum wage
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Louisville became the first city in the South to raise the minimum wage, joining 20 other local governments nationwide that have increased the hourly wage....
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Infant or fetus remains found in storage unit
COLFAX, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities in Northern California are investigating how the bodies of two infants or fetuses ended up in a storage unit....
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Hellmann's maker Unilever drops suit over 'Just Mayo'
Hellmann's mayonnaise maker Unilever has withdrawn its lawsuit against the maker of "Just Mayo."...
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