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University of Texas removes Jefferson Davis statue
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A statue of Jefferson Davis has been removed from its place on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin after a failed appeal by a Confederate heritage group....
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Trash to treatise: NYC professor sees meaning in garbage
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York's sanitation department has its very own anthropologist-in-residence, a garbage guru who studies the refuse along the curbs of the nation's biggest city as a mirror into the lives of its 8.5 million residents....
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Hurricane Ignacio at peak strength, moves closer to Hawaii
HONOLULU (AP) -- The Big Island and Maui are under a tropical storm watch as a Category 4 hurricane approaches Hawaii....
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3 dead, 2 injured in shooting spree in Tennessee
Authorities say three people were killed and a child was injured during a shooting spree at a home in eastern Tennessee....
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Police investigate motive in ambush of Houston area deputy
HOUSTON (AP) -- The man charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of a uniformed suburban Houston sheriff's deputy will be arraigned this week, jail records show....
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Woman delivers hand grenade to police, prompts evacuation
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- A hand grenade a woman found in her grandfather's belongings prompted police in Vermont to evacuate their department and surrounding homes after she brought it into the station....
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Cops: Maine driver cited after selfie leads to injuries
ORIENT, Maine (AP) -- Maine state police issued a distracted driving summons to a man they say crashed into a tree while taking a "selfie" with his passengers - injuring several of them....
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California beach reopens after Hammerhead shark sighting
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A San Diego County beach is open again after being shut when a shark was seen circling kayakers....
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Dartmouth, Vermont town have century-long tuition deal
WHEELOCK, Vt. (AP) -- For more than a century Dartmouth College has been making good on a promise to students from a hardscrabble Vermont town that helped the keep the school afloat in its early years: get in, and your tuition is free....
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New York town's large collection of WWII vet photos endures
MECHANICVILLE, N.Y. (AP) -- During World War II, hundreds of servicemen in uniform had their photographs taken at a popular tavern near the Hudson River in upstate New York....
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When the wells run dry: California neighbors cope in drought
TULARE, Calif. (AP) -- Looking for water to flush his toilet, Tino Lozano pointed a garden hose at some buckets on the bare dirt of his yard. It's his daily ritual now, in a community built by refugees from Oklahoma's epic Dust Bowl drought. But only a trickle came out; then a drip, then nothing more....
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New boss of Frisch's Big Boy restaurants plans expansion
CINCINNATI (AP) -- The new leader of the Frisch's Restaurants chain wants to flex Big Boy's brand muscle with franchise expansion, new restaurant shapes and sizes, menu and beverage additions, and doing more to court younger customers....
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When the wells run dry: California families cope in drought
TULARE, Calif. (AP) -- Looking for water to flush his toilet, Tino Lozano pointed a garden hose at some buckets in the bare dirt of his yard. It's his daily ritual now in a community built by refugees from Oklahoma's Dust Bowl. But only a trickle came out; then a drip, then nothing more....
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Man to be sentenced in suicide bomb plot at Kansas airport
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A Kansas man's odyssey into terrorism culminated when he tried to bring a van filled with inert explosives onto the tarmac at the Wichita airport where he worked, an attack prosecutors say was aimed at causing "maximum carnage" during which Terry L. Loewen would die as a martyr....
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A timeline of Texas' 30 years of school finance legal fights
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A lawsuit challenging how Texas pays for its public schools will soon reach the state Supreme Court - the sixth time since 1984. Here's a look at major milestones in 30-plus years of legal battles:...
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