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9 indicted in kidnapping of NC prosecutor's father
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- As the kidnappers pulled into a quiet, upscale golf course community, they thought they were about to abduct an assistant district attorney who sent a high-ranking gang member to prison for life, authorities said....
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Missouri executes inmate for 1993 farm slaying
BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri executed an inmate early Wednesday only a few miles from the farm where prosecutors say he orchestrated the 1993 killing of a couple whose cows he wanted to steal....
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Fugitive killed in Oregon had 'moveable dungeon'
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Authorities say a man fatally shot by a Portland officer last month had been stalking young women in a van that he converted into a "moveable dungeon" with chains and handcuffs after one of his victims managed to escape from it in January....
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FedEx sued over deadly California bus crash
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The mother of a 17-year-old honors student who was among 10 people killed in a fiery Northern California bus crash sued FedEx on Tuesday, alleging that its trucks have a history of catching fire....
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Airport security vulnerabilities not uncommon
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- For all the tens of billions of dollars that the nation has spent on screening passengers and their bags, few airports made a comparable investment to secure the airplanes themselves....
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Soldier faces hearing in killings of Iraqi boys
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. (AP) -- A U.S. soldier accused of deliberately killing two unarmed teenage boys as they herded cattle in Iraq seven years ago is due in military court....
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Judge to mull Chelsea Manning name change request
LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) -- A Kansas judge on Wednesday will consider Army Pfc. Chelsea Manning's petition to legally change her name from Bradley, as she continues serving a 35-year sentence for passing loads of classified U.S. government information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks....
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Federal judge to hear Oregon gay marriage case
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- A federal judge in Oregon is ready to hear arguments about the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, but no one will be in court to defend the measure....
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California bill reignites affirmative action fight
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Nearly 20 years after California became the first state to ban the use of race and ethnicity in college admissions, a proposal to reinstate affirmative action has sparked a backlash that is forging a new divide in the state's powerful Democratic Party and creating opportunity for conservatives....
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Finalists in Bloomberg European city contest
NEW YORK (AP) -- These are the finalists in a 9 million euro city-innovation contest sponsored by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg:...
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Finalists named in Bloomberg European city contest
NEW YORK (AP) -- Amsterdam wants to create an online game to get unemployed young people engaged in finding jobs across Europe. Schaerbeek, Belgium, envisions using geothermal mapping to give households personalized rundowns of steps to save energy. Gdansk, Poland, is proposing to require officials to debate ideas from citizens....
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Cause of death at issue in death of Hawaii child
HONOLULU (AP) -- A defense lawyer for a former soldier accused of punching his 5-year-old daughter to death said Tuesday an autopsy showed evidence of lasting injuries that weakened the girl before she died....
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NYPD's Twitter request for photos backfires
NEW YORK (AP) -- A request by the New York City Police Department has backfired - in a very public way....
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Feds: New laws, oversight needed after Texas blast
WEST, Texas (AP) -- The Texas fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people a year ago could have been prevented - and agencies at all levels haven't done enough to change the circumstances that led to the catastrophe, federal officials said Tuesday....
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Jurors hear defendant's audio of fatal shootings
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) -- Jurors listened to an audio recording Tuesday of the moments when two teenagers were fatally shot by a Minnesota homeowner who says he feared for his life after several previous break-ins....
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