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Powerball's eye-popping jackpots explained
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Powerball players will have a shot at the nation's eighth-largest lottery jackpot this weekend, but they'll face long odds that have led to nearly three months without a winner....
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Former Vermont governor touts instant-runoff voting in Maine
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean - who's also the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee - says he favors a voting system that would bring big changes to the American electoral process....
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City officials: 3 dead, 1 hurt in shooting north of Seattle
MUKILTEO, Washington (AP) -- Gunfire disrupted a small gathering at a suburban Seattle home, leaving three people dead and a fourth person injured early Saturday, police said....
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John Hinckley's return to normalcy has been years in making
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Life for the man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan 35 years ago has progressively become more normal, with greater freedom outside a psychiatric hospital, and perhaps nowhere is this more evident than the record store where he whiles away so many hours....
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Former KKK member convicted in deadly bombing up for parole
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr. was a young Ku Klux Klansman with a reputation for hating blacks in 1963, when a bomb ripped a hole in the side of 16th Street Baptist Church, killing four black girls during the civil rights movement....
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FBI: Woman robbed Wyoming bank to return to prison
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- A woman who was recently released from prison in Oregon robbed a bank in Wyoming only to throw the cash up in the air outside the building and sit down to wait for police, authorities said Friday....
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AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week
Highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see....
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Doubts about informant cause Chandra Levy case to crumble
McLEAN, Va. (AP) -- Armando Morales was a gang leader, drug dealer and a jailhouse snitch. But he was also a commanding, dynamic presence on the witness stand when he told jurors that his cellmate, Ingmar Guandique, confessed to the murder of Washington intern Chandra Levy....
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Police: Off-duty cop wounds detective probing domestic claim
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Officials say an off-duty Indianapolis police officer shot a detective investigating a reported domestic violence incident involving the officer and his estranged wife. The off-duty officer fled to Ohio before being taken into custody....
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Appeals court: North Carolina voter ID law unconstitutional
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A federal appeals court ruled that a North Carolina law illegally targeted minorities with tougher ballot access rules, such as requiring photo identification to vote, adding a new partisan flashpoint in a swing state with a raft of hotly contested elections....
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Wildfire sparks decline in tourism business in Big Sur
BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) -- Lodge managers and cafe owners along California's dramatic Big Sur coast were looking at a summer of jittery guests and cancelled bookings after fire officials warned that crews will likely be battling a wildfire raging in steep, forested ridges just to the north for another month....
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4 killed after small medical plane crashes in California
CRANNELL, Calif. (AP) -- Four bodies were recovered from a medical transport plane that crashed in a densely forested mountain range in Northern California after the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit, authorities said....
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Riverboat loses power, drifts from Nebraska to Iowa
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Authorities say at least three people have been injured when a riverboat carrying 135 passengers struck a riverbank in Omaha, Nebraska, lost power and drifted across the Missouri River before coming to rest near a park in Council Bluffs, Iowa....
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Army report: Grenade found in room of Dallas gunman in 2014
DALLAS (AP) -- The Army reservist who killed five Dallas police officers had kept an unauthorized grenade in his room on an Afghanistan base in 2014, according to a report by Army officials investigating a sexual harassment complaint against him....
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2 Chicago officers relieved of powers after suspect killed
CHICAGO (AP) -- Two Chicago officers involved in a shooting that left a suspect dead were relieved of their police powers even as the case is still being investigated, police say....
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