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Apartheid abuse cases against Ford, IBM go ahead
NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal judge in New York has given new life to lawsuits that seek to hold IBM and Ford liable for apartheid abuses carried out by South Africa's government....
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Old timey car to replace NYC horse carriages shown
NEW YORK (AP) -- An electric car that proponents hope will replace horse-drawn carriages in New York City was presented Thursday at the New York International Auto Show, as critics expressed their distaste for the idea....
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Oregon ruling spurs halt on immigration detainers
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A federal judge in Oregon has found that an immigrant woman's constitutional rights were violated when she was held in jail without probable cause at the request of U.S. immigration authorities, one of several recent federal court decisions to scrutinize the practice of keeping people in jail after they're eligible for release so that they can be considered for deportation....
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Flight lands safely in Indiana after threat
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- An Indianapolis airport spokesman says a Southwest Airlines flight has safely made an emergency landing after the airline received some kind of threat....
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Man said to be homesick for prison gets 3 1/2 years
CHICAGO (AP) -- An ex-con who spent most of his adult life behind bars on Thursday got what he said he wanted for robbing a suburban Chicago bank. The 74-year-old gets to go back to the place he called home - prison....
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Police: Suspect in custody in KC highway shootings
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Kansas City's police chief says a suspect in a string of random highway shootings that have wounded three people is in custody....
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911 calls capture chaos after truck-on-bus crash
ORLAND, Calif. (AP) -- With shrieks in the background, a shocked passenger struggled to recount to an emergency dispatcher how a FedEx tractor-trailer smashed into a tour bus carrying high school students. In other 911 calls released Thursday, motorists described explosions after the fiery wreck that left 10 people dead....
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California rail line fined for worker deaths
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Workplace safety officials fined a San Francisco Bay Area commuter rail line $210,000 on Thursday over the deaths of two track workers who were killed by a train the officials said was operated by an inexperienced driver with inadequate supervision....
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Police: Man ate pot candy before shooting wife
DENVER (AP) -- A Denver man accused of killing his wife while she was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher ate marijuana-infused candy before the attack, according to search warrants released Thursday....
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4th US Navy official charged in bribery scheme
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Prosecutors say a fourth member of the U.S. Navy has been charged with conspiracy to commit bribery in a multimillion-dollar scheme involving a Singapore-based defense contractor accused of giving cash, vacations and the services of prostitutes in exchange for information....
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Condition upgraded for victim of firetruck crash
MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities have upgraded the condition of a man who was critically injured in a Los Angeles-area crash involving two firetrucks....
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UN Security Council meets on rights in North Korea
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The head of the commission of inquiry that accused North Korea of crimes against humanity told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that it must take action against "a totalitarian state without parallel in the contemporary world," and he told reporters that most council members "expressly said" the matter should be referred to the International Criminal Court....
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Judge asks pointed questions in gay marriage case
DENVER (AP) -- A judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding whether gays should be allowed to wed in the United States asked pointed questions Thursday about whether Oklahoma can legally ban the unions....
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Fraternity shuts Ole Miss branch after noose tying
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- A national fraternity group has closed its University of Mississippi chapter after three members were accused of tying a noose around the neck of a statue of the first black student to enroll in the Southern college that was all-white at the time....
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Jury convicts husband in Iraqi woman's death
EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) -- An Iraqi immigrant was convicted Thursday of bludgeoning his wife to death in a case that initially was considered a hate crime because a note found next to her body said: "This is my country, go back to yours, you terrorist."...
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