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SeaWorld drops appeal of OSHA violation
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- SeaWorld Entertainment has dropped an appeal of citations it received after the drowning of a trainer who was pulled under by a killer whale, ending any chance of trainers ever again swimming with orcas during shows....
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Holder heads to Ferguson after subdued protests
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- As U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in Missouri on Wednesday, a small group of protesters gathered outside the building where a grand jury could begin hearing evidence to determine whether a Ferguson police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown should be charged in his death....
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Marine killed in crash planned to surprise brother
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -- A Colorado Marine killed in a crash in Utah last week was on his way home to surprise his little brother on the first day of school....
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Mandatory Pa. casino theft fine ruled tossed out
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled unconstitutional a mandatory $75,000 fine imposed on a Pittsburgh casino poker dealer convicted of having stolen $200 worth of chips....
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8 homes destroyed by Kern County wildfire
OAKHURST, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities say a wildfire north of Bakersfield burning in steep terrain has destroyed eight homes and is threatening more than a thousand others....
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Police have beef with shoplifting suspect
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Police have a beef with a man they say stole meat worth $2,700 from three Safeway stores in Portland, Oregon....
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In deadly NYC jail beatings, no criminal charges
NEW YORK (AP) -- Agitated and hallucinating from alcohol and heroin withdrawal, inmate Angel Ramirez took a swing at a jail guard and missed....
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Ex-Virginia governor's finances examined at trial
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The personal finances of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were closely scrutinized in testimony at the couple's corruption trial in federal court in Richmond....
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Macy's to pay $650,000 in shopper-profiling probe
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Macy's has agreed to pay $650,000 to settle allegations of racial profiling at its flagship store in Manhattan's Herald Square....
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States' longtime lethal injection expert ends role
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A leading expert witness for states defending their lethal injection methods has ended his role, creating another potential hurdle for states scrambling to find workable execution systems....
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Protesters demand new prosecutor for Ferguson case
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- A small group of protesters has gathered outside a suburban St. Louis building where a grand jury is expected to convene to consider possible charges against the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown....
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Last 4 hostages freed in suburban Chicago standoff
HARVEY, Ill. (AP) -- About two dozen heavily armed law enforcement officers stormed a home in Chicago's southern suburbs Wednesday to free four remaining hostages and capture two suspects, ending a standoff that lasted more than 20 hours....
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Water intake resumes after Ohio River oil spill
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Ohio and Kentucky water districts have resumed taking water from the Ohio River after a fuel oil spill led them to stop doing so....
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Sharpton to address Mike Brown's St. Louis funeral
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The funeral for 18-year-old Michael Brown is scheduled for Monday at a church in St. Louis....
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Florida couple accused of child neglect
EUSTIS, Fla. (AP) -- A man and woman from central Florida are accused of child neglect after a child was found sleeping in their vehicle while they shopped at a Kohl's department store....
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