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Stage is set for toughest National Spelling Bee ever
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) -- The final day of the Scripps National Spelling Bee could feature the most difficult words ever used in the competition....
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"By Secretary Clinton's tenure, the department's guidance was considerably more detailed and more sophisticated. Secretary Clinton's cybersecurity practices accordingly must be evaluated in light of these more comprehensive directives." - An audit by the State Department concluded that Hillary Clinton and her aides ignored clear guidance that her email setup broke federal standards and could leave sensitive material vulnerable to hackers....
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Homes damaged but small town spared after Kansas tornado
CHAPMAN, Kan. (AP) -- A large tornado damaged or destroyed as many as 25 homes in a rural area of northern Kansas and came within a mile of hitting a small town, officials said....
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New Jersey lawmakers to vote on Atlantic City rescue bills
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey lawmakers are set to vote on an Atlantic City rescue package to keep the struggling resort town from running out of money....
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Report: 46 states made prison-related reforms in 2014-15
NEW YORK (AP) -- A new analysis has found that nearly every state made prison-related reforms in 2014 and 2015....
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Funeral services set for officer shot during traffic stop
CHARLTON, Mass. (AP) -- A Massachusetts community is paying its final respects to a police officer who was fatally shot during a traffic stop....
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Michelle Obama set to speak at Native American commencement
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) -- Michelle Obama plans to address 105 Native American high school graduates Thursday during a commencement speech that comes as she tries to spotlight the plight of tribal youth in the final months of her husband's presidency....
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Protesters rally ahead of McDonald's shareholders' meeting
OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) -- Protesters rallied outside a McDonald's for higher wage, and the company says employees at its headquarters were working from home Wednesday ahead of more planned demonstrations tied to its annual shareholders' meeting....
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11 states sue over Obama's school transgender directive
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas and 10 other states are suing the Obama administration over its directive to U.S. public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity....
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Latest: Weather service says twister just missed Kansas town
DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) -- The Latest on severe weather affecting parts of the central U.S. (all times local):...
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Highlights of some perimeter breaches at major US airports
An Associated Press investigation has documented 345 instances in which people hopped over, crawled under, drove cars through or otherwise breached the fences and gates protecting the perimeters of 31 of the nation's busiest airports between January 2004 and mid-February....
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Q&A on AP investigation of perimeter security at US airports
The squeeze began after The Associated Press revealed that intruders hop fences, slip past guardhouses and crash cars through gates at the nation's busiest airports far more often than the public realizes. Since publication of that investigation last spring, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration has clamped down on the release of information about airport perimeter breaches. But using litigation and public records requests, the AP is now able to document 345 breaches dati...
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AP: Intruders breach US airport fences about every 10 days
Under pressure to prevent people from sneaking onto runways and planes at major U.S. airports, authorities are cracking down - not on the intruders who slip through perimeter gates or jump over fences, but on the release of information about the breaches....
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AP investigation finds an intruder breaches a major US airport perimeter fence, gate every...
AP (AP) -- - AP investigation finds an intruder breaches a major US airport perimeter fence, gate every 10 days....
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Long missing frog, turtle species making return to Yosemite
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- A type of frog made famous by Mark Twain will soon be hopping through Yosemite National Park after a long absence....
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