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UN resolution urges Myanmar to drop identity plan
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- A new U.N. draft resolution takes aim at Myanmar's aggressive campaign to have its Rohingya Muslims identify as a term they reject, urging "access to full citizenship on an equal basis."...
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Police release recordings from school shooting
SEATTLE (AP) -- Newly released police dispatch recordings from a deadly Washington state high school shooting reveal the difficulties law enforcement faced as they tried to secure a sprawling campus....
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Jury rules for ex-university official in lawsuit
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) -- A jury says a former university administrator in northeastern Pennsylvania isn't guilty of allegations that he sexually harassed or assaulted students....
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AIG to pay NY $35M to settle licensing allegations
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Insurance company American International Group Inc. has agreed to pay New York state $35 million to settle claims that two former subsidiaries did business without licenses and misled regulators about their operations in the state....
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3 California counties voting on fracking bans
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Voters in three coastal California counties vote Tuesday on whether to ban fracking and other intensive oil production, even as slumping prices globally are leading companies to start to scale back on production....
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Excommunicated Mormon loses her appeal
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The founder of a Mormon women's group who was excommunicated this summer says she has lost her appeal....
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Students isolated as expulsion alternative
DENVER (AP) -- A Colorado school superintendent said Friday he will keep disciplining students by placing them in isolated, 4-by-6-foot rooms to study during school hours as an alternative to expulsion and as a way to reduce a high dropout rate....
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Jury: Death penalty for couple's hammer killings
AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- A man who was convicted of beating his girlfriend's parents to death with a sledgehammer should be executed, a jury said Friday....
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4 die when train strikes SUV in southern Illinois
VANDALIA, Ill. (AP) -- Authorities say a mother and three children headed for a southern Illinois Halloween parade were killed when their SUV went around safety gates into the path of a freight train....
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NYPD's highest ranking black official quits
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NYPD's highest-ranking black official abruptly quit Friday instead of taking a new post, a surprising move that caught city officials off guard at a time when the department is trying to mend relationships with minority communities....
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Painted faces at parks need painstaking removal
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A series of graffiti-like paintings on rocks in national parks across the West set off a furor on social media this month, angering people who say they desecrated some of the nation's most famously picturesque landscapes. They've also created a headache for park managers who have the delicate task of cleaning up the sites without causing further damage....
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Feds, Albuquerque reach deal on police reform
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- The U.S. Justice Department and New Mexico's largest city have reached an agreement to overhaul Albuquerque's police department amid several accusations of excessive force, agreeing to reforms that include new training and protocols for investigating officer shootings....
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Attorney wants UVa abduction suspect evaluated
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) -- An attorney for the man accused of abducting University of Virginia student Hannah Graham said Friday that he wants his client to be evaluated to determine his sanity....
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Sharpton calls for federal prosecution in Ferguson
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- With a grand jury decision and a local election looming, the Rev. Al Sharpton returned to St. Louis on Friday to renew calls for the federal prosecution of a white police officer who shot and killed a black 18-year-old in the nearby suburb of Ferguson....
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Ashes from Ebola victim's apartment in limbo
It took a crew 38 hours to clear out the Dallas apartment where Thomas Eric Duncan was staying before he was diagnosed Sept. 30 with Ebola. Hazmat suit-clad workers piled shoes, carpets, mattresses, bed sheets, clothes and kids' backpacks into 140 55-gallon drums. Only a few items were salvaged: a computer hard drive, legal documents, family photos, an old Bible belonging to Duncan's grandmother....
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