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Texas OKs most new history textbooks amid outcry
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A Texas panel has approved 89 history and social studies textbooks for use in classrooms across America's second-largest state, after one top publisher withdrew a book....
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Official: Ferguson grand jury still meeting
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- A spokesman for the St. Louis County prosecutor says a grand jury is still meeting to consider charges against a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown....
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Man pleads guilty in fatal abuse of 2-year-old
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- A Maryland man has pleaded guilty to fatally abusing a 2-year-old boy by kicking and shaking the toddler, beating him with a belt and cleaning his teeth with a wire brush meant for barbecue grills....
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Desaulniers named AP's New England media director
BOSTON (AP) -- Dwayne Desaulniers, a former business and technology director for The Associated Press, has been named the news cooperative's director of local media for New England....
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Tribe rounds up and kills dogs after girl's death
PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) -- Oglala Sioux officials have rounded up and killed dogs on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation after a pack of dogs attacked and killed an 8-year-old girl....
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Marine with robotic leg braces to get Bronze Star
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Capt. Derek Herrera wanted to remain on active duty after a sniper's bullet in Afghanistan left him paralyzed two years ago....
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Judge declares wrongly convicted woman innocent
TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) -- A woman who spent 17 years in a California prison for a murder she didn't commit was declared factually innocent Friday, clearing the way for her to collect about $600,000 in compensation from the state....
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Men want new trial on university sex-abuse claims
Three men who unsuccessfully sued a former state university administrator in northeastern Pennsylvania over allegations that he sexually abused them have demanded a new trial, saying the judge made numerous errors that prevented them from getting a fair hearing of their claims....
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Executives brave frigid Detroit night for charity
DETROIT (AP) -- Some enveloped themselves in sleeping bags. Others relied largely on layering. All were cold and at least a little uncomfortable....
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California storms bring scattered rain, mudslides
GLENDORA, Calif. (AP) -- Scattered California storms triggered mudslides in Los Angeles-area foothills scorched bare by a wildfire and dumped about an inch of much-needed rain in the San Francisco Bay Area....
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Virginia death row inmates seek more privileges
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Five Virginia death row inmates have filed a lawsuit challenging their solitary confinement....
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Unarmed man killed by police in NY housing complex
NEW YORK (AP) -- A man leaving his girlfriend's apartment was shot and killed in a darkened stairwell of a public housing complex after a rookie cop on patrol fired his weapon, likely accidentally, officials said Friday....
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Colorado pot credit union could open next year
DENVER (AP) -- Colorado has granted a charter for the first financial institution to serve the state's cash-only marijuana industry. But action by the National Credit Union Administration and the Federal Reserve is needed, and pot's still illegal under federal law....
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Correction: Deadly Crash story
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- In a story Nov. 20 about a family killed in a car crash on their way to Disney World, The Associated Press reported erroneously the charge against the driver. The 16-year-old was cited with careless operation, a misdemeanor, not reckless operation of a vehicle, which is a felony....
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Redistribution of homes begins in polygamous sect
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Deeds to two dozen of the 750 homes in Warren Jeffs' polygamous sect that have been tied up for nine years in state-run trust have been handed over to families....
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