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Farmer ships Vidalia onions ahead of start date
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- A major grower of Georgia's famous Vidalia onions said Wednesday he had begun shipping his crop early to supermarkets in defiance of the state agriculture commissioner, who has warned that a new regulation prohibits farmers from sending onions to market before Monday....
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John Edwards returns to court practicing law
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Former U.S. senator and Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards has returned to the courtroom to help represent a 4-year-old Virginia boy in a medical malpractice case....
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Portland plans reservoir flush after teen cited
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Once again, Portland officials are preparing to flush millions of gallons of treated water because a young person urinated into a city reservoir....
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Portland officer wounded, dog killed in shootout
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A Portland, Ore., police dog sicced on a burglary suspect was fatally shot early Wednesday, and his handler was wounded....
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Appeals court upholds Snowden email firm contempt
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld a contempt of court citation against an email service provider used by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden....
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Round 2: Court takes up Oklahoma gay-marriage case
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Lawyers for a couple challenging Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage and the clerk who refused to grant them a license head to a federal appeals court Thursday with the rare opportunity to build on arguments the judges heard in a similar case just a week earlier....
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Death toll in Washington mudslide hits 39
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- The death toll from the massive mudslide that hit the Washington town of Oso last month has risen to 39, officials said Wednesday....
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Apology for UN refusal to stop Rwanda genocide
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The diplomat who was president of the U.N. Security Council in April 1994 apologized Wednesday for the council's refusal to recognize that genocide was taking place in Rwanda and for doing nothing to halt the slaughter of more than one million people....
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US judge overturns 6-week abortion ban
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- A federal judge on Wednesday overturned a North Dakota law that bans abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks into pregnancy and before many women know they're pregnant....
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Colorado socialite killed by blunt force to head
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) -- A coroner says blunt force injury to the head killed a socialite who was found in her home in a Colorado resort town....
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Nevada probe detects cheating on standardized test
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- At least one adult altered the answer sheets on standardized tests at a Las Vegas elementary school, leading to skyrocketing scores from one year to the next, an investigation by the Nevada Department of Education concluded....
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NYC police rolling back some counterterror efforts
NEW YORK (AP) -- The move by New York City's new police commissioner to disband a unit that spied on the everyday activities of Muslims could be just the first step in a dismantling of some of the huge post-9/11 intelligence-gathering machinery built by his predecessor....
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Denver police eye 911 response time after killing
DENVER (AP) -- Authorities were investigating Wednesday whether Denver police responded quickly enough to a woman who was fatally shot at least 12 minutes into a 911 call in which she said her husband was hallucinating and asking her to shoot him....
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Defense says bombing suspect's family key to case
BOSTON (AP) -- Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said Wednesday that understanding Tsarnaev's family is key to their case, offering a glimpse of the defense strategy as they prepare to defend him against charges that carry the possibility of the death penalty....
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Knife found in enchilada at California airport
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) -- A woman is facing a possible fine after federal officials say they found a knife inside an enchilada in her bag during security screening at a Northern California airport....
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