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Judge: rule Friday if no abortion law agreement
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- A federal judge on Thursday asked lawyers battling over Louisiana's new, restrictive abortion law for an agreement that apparently could let clinics stay open - at least for a while - after the law takes effect Sept. 1....
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Drugs killed Oklahoma inmate in troubled execution
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An Oklahoma death row inmate who writhed, moaned and clenched his teeth before he was pronounced dead about 43 minutes after his execution began succumbed to the lethal drugs he was administered, not a heart attack, after the state's prisons chief halted efforts to kill him, an autopsy report released Thursday says....
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Shell files revised Arctic offshore drilling plan
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Royal Dutch Shell PLC has filed a revised Arctic offshore drilling plan with federal regulators but says the company hasn't decided whether to return to waters off the coast of northwest Alaska in 2015....
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FEMA denies Hawaii's post-storm disaster request
HONOLULU (AP) -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Thursday denied Hawaii's request for a major disaster declaration after Tropical Storm Iselle....
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Police: Man rams car into SC assisted living home
CLINTON, S.C. (AP) -- Authorities say an 84-year-old man intentionally rammed a car into an assisted living home in South Carolina and he has been charged with attempted murder....
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2 California counties ask to form separate state
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Representatives of two counties in far Northern California are petitioning state lawmakers for the right to form a 51st state called Jefferson....
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4 killed in New Mexico crash of medical flight
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) -- An air ambulance carrying a cancer patient to Phoenix crashed shortly after taking off from a southern New Mexico airport, killing all four people aboard, authorities said Thursday....
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US rebukes Oklahoma for ditching school standards
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The federal government on Thursday stripped Oklahoma of authority to decide how to spend $29 million in U.S. education funding because the state abandoned national academic standards known as Common Core, in a rebuke that a union official said could lead to teacher layoffs....
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High school buddies followed similar path to jihad
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The two high school buddies loved to shoot hoops and crack jokes with their friends. They both converted to Islam in early adulthood. And both were recruited by terror groups to leave the United States and die for jihadist causes....
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Mom won't be charged in school confrontation
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) -- Prosecutors said Thursday they will not file charges against a Northern California mother accused of grabbing the throat of a 12-year-old boy she suspected of bullying her daughter....
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Murder charge for child care worker in boy's death
NEW YORK (AP) -- A New York City child care worker was indicted Thursday on a murder charge in the death of a 20-month-old boy in her care. Prosecutors said she admitted throwing him down and stepping on him....
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Feds to resume leasing for fracking in California
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will resume issuing oil and gas leases next year for federal lands in California after a new study found limited environmental impacts from fracking and other enhanced drilling techniques, the agency said Thursday....
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Southern California gets more waves as storm eases
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- High surf generated by a former hurricane in the eastern Pacific rolled onto Southern California beaches again Thursday, showing signs of diminishing but still bringing warnings of possible property damage and dangerous rip currents....
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Pennsylvania becomes 27th state to expand Medicaid
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A half-million more low-income Pennsylvanians are in line to get federally funded health insurance after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday approved the state's plan to accept Medicaid expansion money under the landmark 2010 federal health care law....
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UN Security Council members lament Ukraine crisis
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday accused Moscow of having "outright lied" about its role in Ukraine, as alarmed members of the Security Council demanded that Russia remove its fighters from a new front in the unfolding crisis and threatened sanctions....
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