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National Zoo celebrating panda's first birthday
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The National Zoo in Washington is throwing a panda party....
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Former Virginia governor's letter to wife
The text of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's email to his wife, Maureen, introduced into evidence in their public corruption trial:...
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Trial gets juicier with ex-Va governor's testimony
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- After former Gov. Bob McDonnell took the witness stand in his public corruption trial, a narrative worthy of a nighttime soap opera got even juicier....
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Streets of Ferguson stay calm after violent nights
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Ferguson's streets were peaceful for a third night as tensions between police and protesters continued to subside after nights of violence and unrest erupted when a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old....
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Sharpton urges peaceful rally over chokehold death
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Rev. Al Sharpton is stressing the importance of keeping violence out of a New York City rally over the chokehold death of an unarmed black man by a white police officer....
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Texas marijuana farm a rare find near border
RAYMONDVILLE, Texas (AP) -- On land once used to grow watermelons and grain, 8-foot tall marijuana plants swayed under a canopy of mesquite. White pipes and a pump diverted water from a canal, delivered to the 60-foot long rows by carefully excavated trenches....
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Noise from the sky is buzzkill in ritzy Hamptons
EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) -- It's summertime in the Hamptons and the biggest buzz is coming from the sky....
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Gay bathhouses nationwide face uncertain future
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Gay bathhouses that once remained in the shadows to stay in business are now seeking attention to keep their doors open....
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Ferguson residents struggling with daily life
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Life in this working-class St. Louis suburb of modest brick homes and low-rise apartments hasn't been the same since Angelia Dickens' son tearfully told her, "The police shot a boy."...
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Chicago's Pullman site could become national park
CHICAGO (AP) -- It was a different kind of company town. Chicago's Pullman neighborhood, built by industrialist George M. Pullman in the 19th century, was a sort of blue-collar utopia for people who worked at his state-of-the-art factory, where they built luxurious railroad sleeping cars....
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Vegas' storied Sahara casino reborn, transformed
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The Moroccan-themed Sahara casino that once hosted Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and the Beatles seemed a lost cause in 2011, when its owners declared the 59-year-old property unprofitable and shut it down with little more than a vague promise to return....
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Wash. flash floods, mudslides damage several homes
TWISP, Wash. (AP) -- An estimated 10 homes were damaged or destroyed and highways were blocked as heavy rains unleashed mudslides in an area of north-central Washington where hillsides have been left barren by wildfires....
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Officer critical in coma after California gunfight
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) -- A veteran, second-generation police officer was in critical condition in a medically induced coma after being wounded in a shootout where the rookie officer he was training shot and killed a gunman, authorities said....
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3 Japanese freshmen killed in California crash
SAN MARCOS, Calif. (AP) -- Eight incoming freshman college students from Japan were riding in a small car that ran off a California freeway and hit a power pole, leaving three of them dead and five of them injured, officials said....
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Mishaps prompt questions about Washington ferries
SEATTLE (AP) -- The green-and-white ferry pulled away from the docks and churned across Puget Sound, leaving behind Seattle's waterfront. Passengers stood in the breeze on the deck or gazed out of the windows at the distant, snow-covered bulk of Mount Rainier....
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