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Strange circumstances surround gold heist on Interstate 95
WILSON, N.C. (AP) -- Details emerging from the theft of nearly $5 million in gold bars on an interstate highway indicate the heist was carefully planned and raise questions about who was involved other than the three armed robbers....
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Alabama justices: Until high court rules, we're in charge
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- The Alabama Supreme Court has made itself an outlier in the judicial march legalizing same-sex marriages in the United States, drawing rebukes from gay rights advocates and evoking comparisons to Alabama's defiance of federal authorities during the civil rights movement....
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Temps drop at over 30 degrees ahead of next winter storm
Much of the South was forecast to see temperatures drop 30 to 45 degrees in a 24-hour period thanks to yet another arctic cold front, according to the latest forecasts....
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Federal offices in DC area close ahead of winter weather
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The federal government says its offices in the Washington area will be closed Thursday because of a new round of winter weather expected in the region....
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Utah LGBT anti-discrimination bill gets Mormon approval
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- More than 20 years ago, Troy Williams was a young Mormon missionary who didn't know how he would reconcile his sexual preference with his faith when he came home to live in conservative Utah....
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Failures by 3 governments preceded homeless man's death
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Mistakes and miscommunication by three governments on three continents over nearly 20 years led to a homeless man known as "Africa" being on Los Angeles' Skid Row, where he was shot by police after authorities say he became combative and appeared to reach for an officer's weapon....
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Quotations in the News
"It is not difficult to imagine how a single tragic incident set off the city of Ferguson like a powder keg." - Attorney General Eric Holder after the Justice Department issued a report calling for changes in the suburban St. Louis city's law enforcement practices it called discriminatory and unconstitutional....
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Veterinarian detained in East Timor returns to Oregon
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A globe-trotting veterinarian held for six months in a Southeast Asian country has returned to Oregon, landing Wednesday night at Portland International Airport....
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US finds racist, profit-driven practices in Ferguson
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A federal investigation into the police killing of an unarmed, black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, lays bare what officials contend are racist, profit-driven law enforcement practices in the small St. Louis suburb....
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AbbVie to buy leukemia drugmaker Pharmacyclics for $21B
AbbVie Inc. said Thursday it is buying leukemia drugmaker Pharmacyclics for $21 billion, its first major deal since pulling out of the Shire takeover for tax reasons....
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NYC mayor to tout housing plan to business leaders
NEW YORK (AP) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio will bring his message of combating income inequality - and, in particular, his ambitious affordable housing plan - to a group of influential New York City business leaders whose support could prove vital....
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More mutilated animals found in California's capital city
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- More mutilated animals were found Wednesday in California's capital city, the third discovery in as many days....
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Passengers use emergency slides after landing in Denver
DENVER (AP) -- Passengers on an American Airlines flight from Charlotte, North Carolina, were forced to slide off the plane on emergency chutes soon after landing in Denver on Wednesday....
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Obama, Carter, Rice pay tribute to Notre Dame's Hesburgh
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, who transformed the University of Notre Dame into an academic power during his 35 years as president, was remembered Wednesday as a world leader in social issues but someone whose main goal was helping people connect with God....
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NYC public schools to close on 2 Muslim holidays
NEW YORK (AP) -- The nation's largest public school system will observe the two most important Muslim holidays starting next fall, a policy change hailed Wednesday by Islamic leaders in New York City....
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