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Police: Diplomat accused of beating, no charges
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The ambassador of Equatorial Guinea is suspected of beating his daughter with a wooden chair leg but won't be arrested because he has diplomatic immunity, police said Wednesday....
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Girl abducted from school testifies about ordeal
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A young girl abducted from her kindergarten classroom and sexually brutalized in a 19-hour ordeal recalled bits of the crime for a jury Wednesday, but said she couldn't remember many of the details....
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Police: Man kills wife at hospital, son also dead
STRATFORD, N.J. (AP) -- A man shot and killed his hospitalized wife on Wednesday and then tried to kill himself, prompting investigators to search their home, where their son was found dead, authorities said....
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Cold cash just keeps washing in from ALS challenge
In the couple of hours it took an official from the ALS Association to return a reporter's call for comment, the group's ubiquitous "ice bucket challenge" had brought in a few million more dollars....
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Missouri governor names new public safety director
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday appointed a new state public safety director, giving his administration its only black Cabinet member nearly three weeks after the shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer led to violent protests in a St. Louis suburb....
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Parents: Mom didn't understand abandoning baby
KEARNS, Utah (AP) -- The Utah parents of a woman accused of abandoning her baby in a trash can say their daughter didn't understand what she was doing was wrong....
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Man held in LA serial shootings appears in court
SAN FERNANDO, Calif. (AP) -- A man accused of going on a five-day rampage of serial shootings in the Los Angeles area made his first court appearance Wednesday on charges that could lead to the death penalty....
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Q-and-A on Westerners who join the fight in Syria
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Douglas McAuthur McCain, an American killed in Syria while fighting with the Islamic State group, was part of a growing number of Americans and other foreigners recruited by terror groups to help them wage war in the Mideast....
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Police: Deaths of 2 dumped in river drug-related
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Two men were found dead in a river Wednesday, bound and weighted down with makeshift anchors and their throats slit, in drug-related abductions and killings that authorities said may also have been gang-related. A third victim who was badly wounded also was tossed in the river but managed to swim ashore, police said....
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Deal on health care aids port contract talks
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Negotiators hoping to forge a new contract for dockworkers and keep hundreds of billions of dollars in cargo moving smoothly through West Coast seaports made significant progress with a tentative deal on health care benefits, a knotty issue that tied up talks for months....
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California beach town sees flooding from hurricane
SEAL BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Thundering surf spawned by a Pacific hurricane pounded the Southern California coast Wednesday, causing minor flooding in a low-lying beach town, knocking pilings from under the Malibu Pier, and drawing daredevil surfers and body-boarders into churning waves as crowds of spectators lined the shore....
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Defense rests in corruption trial of ex-governor
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Attorneys for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife wrapped up their case Wednesday in the couple's corruption trial, their defense featuring McDonnell's testimony and the idea that the marriage was so chilly they could not have conspired together....
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Man arraigned in wife's death; kids still missing
DETROIT (AP) -- A Detroit man was arraigned Wednesday in the slaying of his estranged wife even as the whereabouts of her two young children remained unclear....
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In wake of Ferguson, police try to build trust
DALLAS (AP) -- In the aftermath of the police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, some police departments are renewing efforts to reach out to black communities to build trust - holding public meetings, fielding questions and letting people voice the anger they feel toward officers who patrol their neighborhoods....
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Pilot's fate unknown in fighter jet crash
DEERFIELD, Va. (AP) -- An experienced pilot was missing Wednesday after the flier's F-15 fighter jet crashed in the mountains of western Virginia, shaking residents but causing no injuries on the ground, military and law enforcement officials said....
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