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Federal judge blocks Mississippi religious objections law
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- A federal judge has blocked a Mississippi law that would let merchants and government employees cite religious beliefs in denying or delaying services to same-sex couples....
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Officials: Boy, 8, critical after found in cruise ship pool
BAYONNE, N.J. (AP) -- The U.S. Coast Guard says an 8-year-old boy who fell into a pool on a cruise ship off the coast of New Jersey and nearly drowned is in critical condition....
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Are we overusing the tribute of flying flag at half-staff?
NEW YORK (AP) -- Nearly every day, somewhere in the country, the Stars and Stripes was lowered to half-staff last year in one of the most significant official gestures of mourning and respect, an Associated Press analysis found....
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2 lost WWI Purple Heart medals to be returned in New York
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A National Guard soldier's ongoing campaign to return lost Purple Heart medals to veterans or their families is taking him back to northern New York where his effort began five years ago....
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Federal judge blocks new Florida abortion law
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A federal judge is blocking a new law that places restrictions on abortion clinics in Florida....
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Texas abortions fell sharply under law Supreme Court voided
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Abortions in Texas plummeted about 15 percent during the first year after approval of tough restrictions that the U.S. Supreme Court has since struck down - a decline that activists say shows how hard it had become to get an abortion in America's second-largest state....
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Oklahoma skydiver safe after parachute malfunction
An Oklahoma skydiver delivering the game ball for a professional soccer match said Thursday muscle memory kicked in when his parachute malfunctioned in an incident he captured on camera....
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A look at wildfires burning across the US West
A look at wildfires burning in the West and the aftermath of earlier blazes:...
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10 Things to Know for Friday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:...
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Family of Austin teen killed by police sues city, ex-officer
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The family of a nude, unarmed teen shot dead by an Austin police officer in February is suing the city and the since-fired officer....
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CDC: System inadequate to stop amoeba at whitewater center
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Chlorination and filtration systems were inadequate at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, where a rafter became infected with a deadly amoeba, a federal health official said Thursday....
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California attorney general subpoenas refiners on gas prices
The California attorney general has issued subpoenas to several oil refiners to learn how they set gasoline prices, which are consistently higher in California than in most other states....
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California governor denies parole for ex-Mexican Mafia chief
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown again blocked parole Thursday for a former leader of the Mexican Mafia prison gang who now helps law enforcement, discounting claims that the double murderer intended to enter the federal witness protection program....
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Man seen on video kidnapping woman gets 35 years in prison
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A man seen on surveillance video grabbing a screaming, struggling woman off a Philadelphia street has been sentenced to 35 years in prison....
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Bystander tries to save woman from husband who killed 3 kids
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A good Samaritan could not save a Las Vegas woman screaming for help as her gun-wielding estranged husband chased her from their home to two drug store parking lots in a chaotic murder-suicide that left a family of five dead, authorities said Thursday....
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