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Western governors tout sage grouse conservation efforts
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A group of Western-state governors has released a report on voluntary efforts in 11 states to conserve the habitat of sage grouse as part of an effort to avoid a federal listing of the bird under the Endangered Species Act....
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Quotations in the News
"I am not going anywhere. I'm angry and ready to fight because today contradicts my public service and my entire life." - Sen. Bob Menendez after he was charged with accepting nearly $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions from a friend in exchange for political favors....
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Businesses, performers boycott Indiana because of new law
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Businesses and organizations are canceling events and barring travel to Indiana over a religious objections law that critics say would allow discrimination against gays and lesbians. Lawmakers are working to clarify the bill's intent, but many aren't waiting to see the results....
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Future of pumpkin festival in New Hampshire council's hands
KEENE, N.H. (AP) -- The fate of the Keene Pumpkin Festival rests with the City Council, which could vote against holding the annual fall tradition that was overshadowed by violent disturbances nearby last year....
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Fervor over Portland airport carpet generates a second life
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Visitors and Oregon locals lined up inside Portland International Airport to have their photos taken with an odd celebrity - a piece of nearly 30-year-old carpet....
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California governor orders mandatory water restrictions
ECHO LAKE, Calif. (AP) -- California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered officials Wednesday to impose statewide mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history as surveyors found the lowest snow level in the Sierra Nevada snowpack in 65 years of record-keeping....
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Mom of kids found in freezer faces hearing on murder charges
DETROIT (AP) -- A 35-year-old Detroit mother faces arraignment in the slayings of two of her children whose bodies were found in a deep freezer....
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Bats in president's attic generate flap in Ohio college town
ATHENS, Ohio (AP) -- The grand old president's house at the center of Ohio University's campus had plenty of maintenance issues, but the bats flapping in the attic have become a symbol of what some say are misguided priorities and wasteful spending....
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Labor issues to pressure McDonald's despite pay bump
NEW YORK (AP) -- A pay bump for workers at some McDonald's restaurants isn't likely to ease the pressures the chain is facing over labor issues....
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Woman walking inside fence at San Jose airport is 5th breach
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- A woman walking on the airfield at a Silicon Valley airport probably jumped a fence, said authorities, who are now investigating their fifth security breach there in less than a year....
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Chowchilla school bus kidnapper wins release from prison
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) -- One of three men who kidnapped 26 children and their school bus driver in Chowchilla, California, nearly 40 years ago was granted parole Wednesday in San Luis Obispo....
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Indiana family says their pizzeria won't cater gay weddings
WALKERTON, Ind. (AP) -- An Indiana woman whose family owns a small-town pizzeria says the state's new religious objections law supports the restaurant's right to deny service to any same-sex couples who might ask them to cater their wedding....
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Arizona recycling truck driver saves kitten from the trash
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- A recycling truck driver in suburban Phoenix is being credited with saving a kitten from the trash....
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Assistant fire chief in Indiana demoted after tying noose
MARION, Ind. (AP) -- An assistant fire chief in Indiana has accepted a demotion after tying a rope into a noose in the presence of a black firefighter whose wife belongs to the family of a lynching victim....
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Woman charged with killing lawyer in DC hotel
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Police have charged a 21-year-old woman in the stabbing death of a lawyer at an upscale hotel in Washington, D.C....
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