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Springsteen signs Philadelphia fifth-grader's absence note
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A Philadelphia fifth-grader ditched school for the chance to meet rock legend Bruce Springsteen and "The Boss" gladly played along by signing the boy's absence excuse note....
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Inmate death a challenge for states: How to tell victims?
Marshall Metz had served five years of a life sentence for murdering his wife when his stepson Jimmy Trout got a startling message from Maryland's automated victim-notification service: "This e-mail is to inform you that Marshall Metz has been released from custody."...
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Mother of black man shot by police speaks of her anguish
EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) -- The anguished mother of a man killed by police in a San Diego suburb said she could not believe her family left violence-wracked Uganda only to have her son shot to death in the United States....
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Hearing set for teen held in South Carolina school shooting
TOWNVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- A judge will decide whether authorities can continue holding a teenager arrested after a school shooting that left two students and a teacher wounded and a tiny South Carolina community coping with the aftermath....
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Sept. 11 families can now sue the Saudis but will it matter?
NEW YORK (AP) -- Just because Congress has allowed Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia over claims it had a role in the terror attacks doesn't mean such a case will ever go before a jury....
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Hurricane Matthew strengthens to a Category 2 storm as it moves through the Caribbean
MIAMI (AP) -- Hurricane Matthew strengthens to a Category 2 storm as it moves through the Caribbean....
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Suspect in University of Illinois shooting turns himself in
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- The suspect in a deadly weekend shooting at a party near the University of Illinois campus has turned himself in at the county jail....
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The latest: Some violence, vandalism in police protests
EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) -- The Latest on the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in El Cajon, California (all times are local):...
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Lawyer: Jury should hear about cop's 'auditory exclusion'
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A lawyer for a white Oklahoma police officer charged in an unarmed black man's death said she was so hyper-focused on the situation that she didn't hear other officers arrive on the scene or even the deadly gunshot she fired....
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Tulsa officer expected to plead not guilty to manslaughter
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- A Tulsa police officer is expected to plead not guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the death of an unarmed black man when she makes her first appearance before a Tulsa County judge....
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After fatal train crash, investigators seek answers
HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) -- Federal investigators are sifting through the wreckage of a train crash in New Jersey to determine what happened before it barreled through a station and crashed into a barrier, causing a young mother to be killed by falling debris and injuring more than 100 others....
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Officials: Remains of NC teen who disappeared in 2011 found
SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) -- The body of a North Carolina teenager whose adoptive parents were convicted of tax fraud related to her 2011 disappearance was found this week, officials said Thursday....
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California wildfire destroys 8 homes, injures firefighter
MORGAN HILL, Calif. (AP) -- A wildfire in a mostly remote area of California's Santa Cruz Mountains has now destroyed eight homes and sent a firefighter to the hospital, officials said Thursday....
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The Latest: Northern California wildfire has burned 8 homes
MORGAN HILL, Calif. (AP) -- The Latest on California wildfires (all times local):...
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Neighbor: Veteran engineer in deadly crash 'loves his work'
MORRIS PLAINS, N.J. (AP) -- The engineer at the controls of a speeding commuter train that crashed into a station on Thursday, killing one person, has been in the railroad business for nearly three decades, and neighbors said he loves the work and they're heartbroken for him and his family....
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