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35 years after Etan Patz vanished, boy's murder trial opens
NEW YORK (AP) -- A defense attorney for the mentally ill man accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz (AY'-tahn PAYTS') says Pedro Hernandez doesn't have the mental wherewithal to be the cunning criminal described by prosecutors....
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National labor board backs union in Taj Mahal benefits fight
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- The National Labor Relations Board is siding with the casino workers' union in a federal court battle over health care and pension benefits for employees of Atlantic City's Trump Taj Mahal casino....
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Judge won't unseal documents in California family's deaths
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) -- A judge has denied news media requests to unseal search warrant affidavits and other documents in the prosecution of a man accused of killing a California family of four whose bodies were found in desert graves....
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Colorado considers ban on welfare cards at pot shops
DENVER (AP) -- Welfare money or food stamps for marijuana? It's an urban legend that won't go away in Colorado, and state lawmakers this year are poised to pass a law clarifying that public benefit cards can't be used at dispensary ATMs....
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Sons of woman who died on smoke-filled subway file lawsuit
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The sons of a woman who died after smoke filled a Washington subway train are suing the Metro transit agency for $50 million....
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Meet Ida May Fuller, recipient of 1st Social Security check
LUDLOW, Vt. (AP) -- Seventy-five years ago, the government cut 65-year-old Ida May Fuller a check. It was numbered 00-000-001 - the first Social Security payout....
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Ukraine to ask UN states to call Russia a terrorism sponsor
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Ukraine's ambassador to the United Nations says his country soon will ask the world body's member states to formally recognize Russia as a sponsor of terrorism....
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Prospective juror has sympathy for Tsarnaev, cites young age
BOSTON (AP) -- One prospective juror in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) has sympathy for him, saying he's young and she wonders if "he just made a really big mistake."...
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Death penalty sought in Pennsylvania math teacher's killing
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania prosecutor says he'll seek the death penalty against a man accused of sexually assaulting and killing a sixth-grade math teacher during a burglary at her home....
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George Zimmerman assault case dropped; ex-girlfriend recants
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- An aggravated assault case against George Zimmerman that was opened when his ex-girlfriend said he threw a wine bottle at her has been dropped because she recanted her story and stopped cooperating with investigators, according to a prosecutor....
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26 victims or 27? Newtown panel considers role of Lanza mom
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A Connecticut panel developing a report on the Newtown massacre debated Friday whether the victims counted in the dedication should include the shooter's mother, a woman who has been faulted for contributing to the tragedy by fostering his fascination with guns as he grew increasingly socially isolated....
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Correction: Obit--Edward Saylor story
SEATTLE (AP) -- In a story Jan. 29 about the death of Edward Saylor, a Doolittle Raider who flew a risky raid during World War II, The Associated Press erroneously reported the date of the mission. It was April 18, 1942, not April 28, 1942....
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Not guilty plea entered for 4th Indiana house blast suspect
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- A judge has entered a not guilty plea for the latest man charged with murder and arson in an Indianapolis house explosion that killed two people and damaged nearly 80 homes....
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Final charge dropped against Detroit cop in fatal raid
DETROIT (AP) -- At the prosecutor's request, a judge on Friday dismissed the last charge against a Detroit police officer who fatally shot a 7-year-old girl during a raid and said she's willing to be the "scapegoat" if critics don't like the result....
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AP EXPLAINS: The case of Etan Patz, who disappeared in 1979
NEW YORK (AP) -- The 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz helped catalyze a national missing-children's movement. Six-year-old Etan was one of the first vanished children whose case was publicized in what became a high-profile way: on milk cartons. His disappearance also helped usher in an age of parental anxiety. On Friday, opening statements are set to be heard in the murder and kidnapping trial of Pedro Hernandez, who confessed in 2012. Here's a brief explanation of Etan's disappearance a...
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