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Torture anime banned at woman's kidnap-rape trial
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A young woman charged with abducting a 5-year-old Philadelphia girl from school and raping her had frequently viewed Japanese anime depicting sexual torture, prosecutors disclosed Thursday....
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Ohio diocese discourages ALS ice bucket challenge
CINCINNATI (AP) -- A Roman Catholic diocese in Ohio is discouraging its 113 schools from participating in the ice bucket challenge to benefit the ALS Association, saying the group's funding of embryonic stem cell research is "in direct conflict with Catholic teaching."...
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Some US colleges calling students back from Israel
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Some U.S. colleges are pulling students from overseas study programs in Israel as the Gaza war rages, though the relative calm beyond the immediate battle areas is raising questions in some quarters about why they had to leave....
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Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen dies at 75
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Convicted Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen, who abducted women and hunted them down in the Alaska wilderness in the 1970s as Anchorage boomed with construction of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, died Thursday. He was 75....
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Prisoner freed 90 years early appeals sentence
DENVER (AP) -- A Colorado convict sent back to prison after being mistakenly released 90 years early says it was cruel and unusual punishment to put him back behind bars after he reformed his life....
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Marathon bombing suspect's friend pleads guilty
BOSTON (AP) -- A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty Thursday to impeding the investigation by removing incriminating evidence from Tsarnaev's dorm room several days after the deadly attack....
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Gov. Nixon taking National Guard out of Ferguson
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly two weeks ago....
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Ice bucket challenge goes awry, firefighters hurt
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Two firefighters were injured while using their fire truck ladder to help a college marching band take part in an ice bucket challenge, the school's president said Thursday....
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Ex-Nevada lawmaker taking plea deal in Vegas cases
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The only lawmaker ever expelled from the Nevada Legislature agreed Thursday to plead guilty in two Las Vegas criminal cases dating to the days before the 2013 legislative session, in a bid to get out of jail and into a mental health program....
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Family of NY man killed by chokehold talks to feds
NEW YORK (AP) -- The family of an unarmed black man who died after being placed in a chokehold by a white New York police officer has asked federal prosecutors to investigate....
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Ex-Virginia governor talks about troubled marriage
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Former Gov. Bob McDonnell wrote a long, forlorn email to his wife three years ago trying to save his marriage, calling her his "soulmate," yet he also said he grew so weary of her yelling that he began taking refuge in his office late at night rather than go home....
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Man pleads guilty in fatal Purdue campus attack
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- An Indiana man pleaded guilty Thursday to murder in the fatal shooting and stabbing of a fellow Purdue University student in January....
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New medal to be displayed at Sept. 11 ceremony
SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) -- This year's Sept. 11 observance at the Flight 93 National Memorial in western Pennsylvania will include the first public view of the Congressional Gold Medal given to the site....
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US judge strikes down Florida gay marriage ban
MIAMI (AP) -- A federal judge on Thursday declared Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining state judges in four counties who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot....
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Court ends part of Arkansas desegregation lawsuit
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- A federal judge is ending a large part of an Arkansas desegregation case rooted in the Little Rock Central High School crisis of 1957....
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