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Torture anime banned at woman's kidnap-rape trial
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A young woman charged with abducting a 5-year-old Philadelphia girl from school and raping her had frequently viewed Japanese anime depicting sexual torture, prosecutors disclosed Thursday....
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US judge strikes down Florida gay marriage ban
MIAMI (AP) -- A federal judge on Thursday declared Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining state judges in four counties who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot....
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Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen dies at 75
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Convicted Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen, who hunted down women in the Alaska wilderness in the 1970s as Anchorage boomed with construction of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, died Thursday. He was 75....
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Court ends part of Arkansas desegregation lawsuit
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- A federal judge is ending a large part of an Arkansas desegregation case rooted in the Little Rock Central High School crisis of 1957....
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San Francisco to tally bird-into-window death toll
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco officials have launched a program to document the number of birds that die by crashing into windows in an effort to reduce such collisions....
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Ex-Virginia governor talks about troubled marriage
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Former Gov. Bob McDonnell wrote a long, forlorn email to his wife three years ago trying to save his marriage, calling her his "soulmate," yet he also said he grew so weary of her yelling that he began taking refuge in his office late at night rather than go home....
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Guilty plea from marathon bombing suspect's friend
BOSTON (AP) -- A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) has pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and conspiracy charges....
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Teen gets 11 years for carving swastika on boy
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon teenager who carved a swastika into another teen's forehead as he and others tortured the boy has been sentenced to 11 years in prison....
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MIAMI (AP) -- Federal judge rules Florida gay marriage ban unconstitutional, but delays issuing of licenses....
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Colorado college lets students keep pets in dorms
GREELEY, Colo. (AP) -- It's move-in day at the University of Northern Colorado, and this year some students are being allowed to bring their cats or dogs to live with them in dorms....
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Prisoner freed 90 years early appeals sentence
DENVER (AP) -- A Colorado convict sent back to prison after being mistakenly released 90 years early says it was cruel and unusual punishment to put him back behind bars after he reformed his life....
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Many police killings, but only Ferguson explodes
There was little violence after the acquittal of Trayvon Martin's killer last July. Peace prevailed when at least four other unarmed black males were killed by police in recent months, from New York to Los Angeles....
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Gov. Nixon taking National Guard out of Ferguson
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly two weeks ago....
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Prosecutor urges Gov. Nixon to decide on removal
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch says he has no intentions of removing himself from the Michael Brown case, and he is urging Gov. Jay Nixon to once and for all decide if he will act on calls for McCulloch's ouster....
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Trial on Miss. election challenge set for Sept. 15
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- A trial is set to begin Sept. 15 for a lawsuit that seeks to undo a Republican runoff victory by Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran....
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