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Duke University investigates noose found hanging on campus
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Duke University officials are trying to determine who hung a rope noose from a tree, what the president of the elite Southern school described Wednesday as a vicious symbol in a region where lynchings were once used to terrorize black residents....
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Durst lawyers: FBI illegally searched New Orleans hotel room
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Millionaire real-estate heir Robert Durst returns to court Thursday, where his attorneys planned to argue that the FBI searched his room illegally and police covered this up in statements used to get an arrest warrant on Louisiana weapons charges....
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Police haven't said why SUV left road, killing 2 in shed
PALMETTO, Fla. (AP) -- As authorities on Florida's Gulf coast investigate the horrific fatal crash of careening SUV into a shed where two people were sleeping, they have yet to say what caused the driver to veer off the road....
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Getty oil heir's death latest in string of family tragedies
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It's a family name that has long been associated with unimaginable wealth and sometimes unspeakable tragedy....
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Colorado theater shooting case costs $2.2M before trial
DENVER (AP) -- Public spending to investigate and prosecute Colorado theater shooting defendant James Holmes has surpassed $2.2 million, weeks before opening statements in his trial, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press....
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'Miracle dog' survives being hit by car, clubbed, abandoned
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The stray dog was hit by a car, clubbed in the head and left for dead in a ditch in Washington state. Days later, the 1-year-old bully breed mix showed up sickly and covered in dirt at a nearby farm....
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Key provisions of California's new water cuts
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday ordered California's first mandatory, statewide water cutbacks by cities and towns as the state's nearly 40 million people head into a fourth summer of severe drought....
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School threats by text, phone apps frustrate schools, police
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Threats against schools don't just come written on bathroom walls these days. Spread using smartphone apps, social media and Internet phone services, anonymous reports of bombs or other threats of violence are forcing school evacuations and responses by police or other authorities....
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Things to know about California's drought and water cuts
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown's executive order on Wednesday for mandatory water conservation in cities and towns statewide means people inside and outside California will start feeling more of the pain of the state's four-year severe drought....
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Drought: California taking sweeping steps to conserve water
TUSTIN, Calif. (AP) -- Gary Whitlock watched water run down to the sidewalk as gardeners hosed down a bed of marigolds outside an Orange County office building and questioned if California's latest attempt to curb water use would be any more successful than previous ones in the drought-stricken state....
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Quotations in the News
"I am not going anywhere. I'm angry and ready to fight because today contradicts my public service and my entire life." - Sen. Bob Menendez after he was charged with accepting nearly $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions from a friend in exchange for political favors....
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Businesses, performers boycott Indiana because of new law
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Businesses and organizations are canceling events and barring travel to Indiana over a religious objections law that critics say would allow discrimination against gays and lesbians. Lawmakers are working to clarify the bill's intent, but many aren't waiting to see the results....
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Future of pumpkin festival in New Hampshire council's hands
KEENE, N.H. (AP) -- The fate of the Keene Pumpkin Festival rests with the City Council, which could vote against holding the annual fall tradition that was overshadowed by violent disturbances nearby last year....
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Fervor over Portland airport carpet generates a second life
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Visitors and Oregon locals lined up inside Portland International Airport to have their photos taken with an odd celebrity - a piece of nearly 30-year-old carpet....
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Mom of kids found in freezer faces hearing on murder charges
DETROIT (AP) -- A 35-year-old Detroit mother faces arraignment in the slayings of two of her children whose bodies were found in a deep freezer....
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