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Girl, 12, not competent for trial in stabbing
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- One of two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls charged as an adult with stabbing a classmate to please a fictional online horror character is mentally incompetent and can't stand trial, a judge said Friday....
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US judge scolds Argentina over debt crisis remarks
NEW YORK (AP) -- A U.S. federal judge Friday urged Argentina to resume negotiations "as promptly as possible" to resolve its debt crisis and said the South American nation's officials must stop publicly uttering what he described as "half-truths" that mislead people about its legal obligations....
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Utility to pay Tennessee coal ash victims $27.8M
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The nation's largest public utility has agreed to pay $27.8 million to settle claims from Tennessee property owners who suffered damages from a huge spill of toxin-laden coal ash sludge....
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Lightning sparks dozens of new California fires
ALTURAS, Calif. (AP) -- Firefighters in Northern California are getting little rest after lightning sparked dozens of new wildfires, including a blaze in rural Modoc County that has forced the evacuation of about 120 people....
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Utah lobbyists required to wear badges at Capitol
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Lobbyists at Utah's Capitol became marked people on Friday, as a new law went into effect requiring them to wear a badge bearing their name and the word "lobbyist" as they try to influence public officials....
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Home after 9 months, teen says she's improving
CONWAY, N.H. (AP) -- The New Hampshire teenager who returned home nine months after she vanished says she's "feeling a lot better every day."...
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Couple whose dogs killed runner appear in court
LAPEER, Mich. (AP) -- A couple charged with second-degree murder after their dogs fatally mauled a Michigan jogger each face $500,000 bond....
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UN chief blames Hamas for breaking cease-fire
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon blamed Hamas on Friday for violating the cease-fire in Gaza and demanded the immediate and unconditional release of an Israeli soldier reportedly captured after it started....
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Authorities investigating whale, ferry collision
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) -- A team of scientists is investigating the death of a humpback whale that was struck by the state ferry Kennicott near Kodiak....
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Probe of ex-Florida congressman hinges on friend
MIAMI (AP) -- After four years of unrelenting investigations, former U.S. Rep. David Rivera's fate in a criminal campaign finance probe could rest squarely on the shoulders of a woman who was his close friend and longtime Republican political consultant with deep roots in South Florida's Cuban exile community....
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California killer given additional death sentence
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- One of the most prolific killers in Los Angeles history was given an additional death sentence Friday....
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Defense grills witness in ex-Virginia gov's trial
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A defense lawyer attacked the credibility of the key witness in the corruption trial against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife on Friday, zeroing in on inconsistencies in what the former CEO told investigators....
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Prosecutor: Peanut plant faked salmonella results
ALBANY, Ga. (AP) -- A federal prosecutor says a Georgia peanut plant linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak fabricated food-safety lab results sent to customers including food giant Kellogg's....
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Attorney in deadly bank robbery requests records
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) -- The attorney for the family of a woman who was killed after being taken hostage during a Northern California bank robbery says he wants to know whether police followed protocols....
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WWI aviation still alive at aerodrome in New York
RHINEBECK, N.Y. (AP) -- There's still a place where buzzing biplanes swoop in pursuit of German triplanes, where pilots in open cockpits let their scarves flutter in the wind....
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