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Arizona sheriff faces contempt hearing in profiling case
PHOENIX (AP) -- The sheriff for metro Phoenix begins a four-day hearing Tuesday that could bring him fines, damage his credibility and make him politically vulnerable for his acknowledged violations of a judge's orders in a racial profiling case....
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Judge returns ultra-rich club founder Tim Blixseth to jail
HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Attorneys for the founder of Montana's Yellowstone Club for the ultra-rich planned Tuesday to file an emergency request with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals seeking to free their client after he was jailed by a federal judge for contempt....
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Utah woman gets maximum sentence in deaths of 6 newborns
PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Family members of a Utah woman sentenced to the maximum penalty Monday for killing six of her newborn babies said they were shocked at the grisly crimes from the woman they knew as a loving mother....
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Why McDonald's is still a powerhouse, despite troubles
NEW YORK (AP) -- McDonald's sales have been sputtering for more than two years and the company seems trapped in a cycle of bad headlines that likely won't end soon....
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Blue Bell Creameries issues recall of all products
BRENHAM, Texas (AP) -- Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries issued a voluntary recall Monday night for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeria, a potentially deadly bacteria....
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Bird flu takes biggest toll yet as virus hits chicken farms
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Poultry producers and scientists have been hoping warmer weather would knock down a virulent strain of bird flu that has hammered the Midwest, but the virus recently took its biggest toll yet, hitting a farm in Iowa that held nearly 10 percent of the state's egg-laying chickens. Here are some questions and answers about the outbreak:...
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Agency proposes lifting protections for most humpback whales
HONOLULU (AP) -- The humpback whale became the unofficial symbol for the conservation movement in the last century....
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Biden, energy secretary visiting Philadelphia utility
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will travel to Philadelphia to speak at a utility company....
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Minnesota men charged with trying to join Islamic militants
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- When Guled Ali Omar made up his mind to join the Islamic State group, authorities said, he wasn't easily deterred....
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Questions, answers about police officers who confuse weapons
Robert Bates, the volunteer sheriff's deputy who killed an unarmed suspect in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on April 2, says he accidentally fired his handgun when he meant to deploy his stun gun. Bates apologized for killing Eric Harris last week but described his deadly mistake as a common problem in law enforcement, saying: "This has happened a number of times around the country. ...You must believe me, it can happen to anyone."...
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Jury to resume deliberations in Iowa spousal sex abuse case
GARNER, Iowa (AP) -- Jurors are set to resume deliberating in the trial of a former Iowa lawmaker accused of sexually abusing his wife, who was suffering from dementia....
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Penalty phase of Boston Marathon bombing trial set to begin
BOSTON (AP) -- Jurors in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are getting ready to hear evidence on what his punishment should be - life in prison or the death penalty - as survivors and victims' families weigh in with their views....
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Mother of Ukraine pilot jailed in Russia seeks global help
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The mother of a Ukrainian helicopter pilot imprisoned in Russia is on a global campaign seeking support from world leaders to pressure President Vladimir Putin to free her daughter....
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Sheriff disputes utility account of what caused explosion
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- A California sheriff on Monday disputed an account by the state's largest utility that suggests a county worker using heavy equipment ruptured a gas pipeline and triggered an explosion last week that injured 11 people....
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Wife of ex-Virginia governor: Corruption trial was unfair
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell's legal team said in court filings Monday that her convictions on several public corruption charges are based on an overly broad definition of bribery and that she did not receive a fair trial owing to mistakes by the presiding federal judge....
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