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James Holmes' lawyers question firearms analysis
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- Defense attorneys in the Colorado theater shooting case attacked the reliability of firearms analysis Wednesday, saying it is subjective and lacks statistics to measure its accuracy....
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Spokeswoman: Indiana teen pilot dies in crash
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- A family spokeswoman says an Indiana teenager was killed when his plane crashed while trying to set a record for an around-the-world flight....
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Women charged with helping al-Qaida-linked group
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- Five people, including two women in the U.S., were charged Wednesday with funneling money to the al-Qaida-linked extremist group al-Shabab in Somalia, prosecutors said....
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Man linked to gun said 'bomber' was best friend
BOSTON (AP) -- A man linked to a gun used to kill a university police officer days after the Boston Marathon bombings told police he smoked marijuana every day because, in his words, "my best friend was the bomber," according to court documents....
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Arkansas military base on lockdown, few details
JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Little Rock Air Force Base went on lockdown Wednesday amid reports of a suspicious person, though military officials have offered few details about the incident....
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Seattle police: Homeless arrested most for pot
SEATTLE (AP) -- An analysis of the first six months of Seattle police enforcement under new marijuana laws finds homeless people and African American males are more likely to be ticketed for public pot use than anyone else....
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Ohio veteran cited for ducks hopes for law change
COSHOCTON, Ohio (AP) -- An Army veteran who says his pet ducks help relieve his post-traumatic stress disorder is now hoping for a change in the Ohio village law that prohibits him from keeping the animals in his backyard....
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Sarah Palin cited for speeding in Alaska hometown
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- Sarah Palin is facing a $154 ticket for speeding in her hometown of Wasilla....
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Nazi war suspect, 89, dies as extradition OK'd
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- An 89-year-old Nazi war crimes suspect died in custody hours before a U.S. ruling Wednesday that he should be extradited to Germany to face trial....
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Porch shooter's lawyer says he feared for his life
DETROIT (AP) -- A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch was rocked out of sleep by a series of "boom, boom, boom" pounding sounds outside his home, causing him to grab a shotgun, open the front door and fire, a defense lawyer told jurors during opening statements Wednesday....
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Former trader gets 2 years in prison for fraud
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- A federal judge has sentenced a former Wall Street trader to two years in prison for securities fraud, saying he took advantage of a government bailout program....
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Jury: Man stabbed ex 84 times, put pig mask on her
MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) -- A man was convicted Wednesday of fatally stabbing his ex-wife 84 times and covering her face with a pig mask....
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Envoy urges UN to demand halt to Iraq extremists
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The top U.N. envoy in Iraq urged the Security Council on Wednesday to demand that the Islamic State extremist group stop all hostilities and atrocities....
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Arizona high court allows execution to proceed
FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) -- The highest courts in Arizona and the nation have cleared the way for the state to carry out its third execution in the last year Wednesday, following a closely watched First Amendment fight over the secrecy surrounding lethal injection drugs....
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Man gets 10 years to life in death of Vegas dancer
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A former Las Vegas performer has been sentenced to 10 years to life in prison in the killing and dismembering of his ex-girlfriend, a dancer in the racy "Fantasy" revue at Luxor....
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