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Officials to begin lifting evacuation after train derailment
MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Preparations began Friday to allow thousands of eastern Tennessee residents to return to their homes after a CSX train car carrying hazardous material derailed and caught fire....
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Body identified as man who fell into manhole during flooding
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- A body found in Syracuse's underground sewer system has been identified as that of a man who disappeared after falling into an open manhole while trying to help a motorist stranded on a flooded street....
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Owner of Maine inn made $900,000 through essay contest
CENTER LOVELL, Maine (AP) -- State police say the owner of a Maine inn who held an essay contest to give away her business made more than $900,000 through the endeavor....
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Ex-drug lab chemist may have tainted thousands of cases
BOSTON (AP) -- Newly released court documents indicate that a former chemist at a Massachusetts drug lab convicted of stealing drugs to feed her addictions may have tainted as many as 10,000 criminal prosecutions, not just a few dozen as first thought....
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BP to pay record $18.7 billion to states affected by spill
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- More than five years after the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history fouled beaches, coated seabirds in thick goo and threatened delicate marshes, BP has agreed to pay a record settlement to affected states in hopes of bringing an end to a legal drama that has cost the company billions....
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Wisconsin man accused of threatening to kill President Obama
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin man is being detained in a mental health facility after authorities say he told a security guard he planned to kill President Barack Obama....
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Authorities: Suspect high on meth during Arizona killings
FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) -- The mystery surrounding a missing Phoenix-area couple has been solved with the discovery of their bodies buried 6 feet under a yard and the arrest of a suspect, who told authorities he was high on methamphetamine the night of the killings....
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Woman shot to death at busy San Francisco tourist attraction
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Kathryn "Kate" Steinle was out for an evening stroll with her father along the San Francisco waterfront when she was killed by a man who police said she didn't know....
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Quotations in the News
"If the court approves this proposal, BP will be getting off easy and `we the people' will not be fully compensated for the natural resource damages that we suffered, and the law requires that the public is made whole for those damages." - Jacqueline Savitz, U.S. vice president for Oceana, after the oil giant agreed to provide billions of dollars in new money to five Gulf Coast states in a deal the company said would bring its full obligations to nearly $54 billion....
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2 killed, 1 wounded in Northern California shooting
COTTONWOOD, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities say a man with a rifle killed two people outside a Northern California store and a stray bullet wounded a customer....
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VA hospital that once treated Civil War veterans could close
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) -- Perched atop a bluff in the remote Black Hills, a veterans hospital built of thick blocks of pink sandstone and topped with red-tiled roofs in a Spanish mission style overlooks the tiny town of Hot Springs, South Dakota, and has provided recovering soldiers a bucolic haven for more than a century....
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Sheriff: Oregon man, suspected in parents' death, kills self
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon man accused of murdering his parents and storing their bodies in a freezer has died in a hospital after a suicide attempt in his jail cell, authorities said....
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Military recruits still not using American-made sneakers
BOSTON (AP) -- New Balance thinks the U.S. military is dragging its feet....
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Meth in toaster among many drug parcels sent to Hawaii
HONOLULU (AP) -- Federal agents last month intercepted a package mailed to Hawaii from Southern California containing a toaster oven. Hidden inside the four-slice toaster, there appeared to be 6 pounds of crystal meth....
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Fireworks-filled van explodes on California freeway
IVANPAH, Calif. (AP) -- Jay Rutherford and his bandmates were mesmerized by the billowing smoke and small "psychedelic explosions" emanating from the van on the side of the freeway....
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