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Columbia River dilemma: Kill birds to save fish?
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) -- Dredging decades ago to aid Columbia River shippers also helped seabirds known as double-crested cormorants by creating a flat, sandy island ideal for nesting and feeding on young salmon and steelhead headed for the Pacific Ocean....
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Ex-banker sentenced in NY insider trading case
NEW YORK (AP) -- A former investment banker who admitted making trades based on inside information to cover child support was sentenced on Friday on securities fraud charges to 2 1/2 years in prison....
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NKorea seeks UN meeting on US-SKorea drills
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- North Korea said Friday it has asked for an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting to protest upcoming U.S.-South Korean military exercises, warning the drills increase the danger of war on the Korean peninsula....
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San Francisco transit vehicles involved in crashes
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Twenty people were taken to hospitals Friday, one with serious injuries, after two separate crashes involving San Francisco transit vehicles just minutes apart, fire officials said....
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Lab who walked 30 miles back home adopted
SEDAN, Kan. (AP) -- An aging black Labrador retriever who walked 30 miles back to a Kansas family who didn't want her took a private jet to her new home with a Florida heiress....
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Nevada no lock for Tesla plant despite groundwork
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) -- A sprawling industrial park near Reno where wild mustangs roam among the sagebrush has become the focus of the secretive site selection process for Tesla's $5 billion battery factory, but the groundwork taking place is no guarantee the plant and its 6,500 jobs are coming....
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California killer given additional death sentences
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Chester D. Turner is no stranger to murder or the punishment that comes with it. He squeezed the life out of more than a dozen women during a decade of terror, and two juries decided he should die for his crimes....
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Utility to pay Tennessee coal ash victims $27.8M
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The nation's largest public utility has agreed to pay $27.8 million to settle claims from Tennessee property owners who suffered damages from a huge, 2008 spill of toxin-laden coal ash sludge that drew national attention to coal ash and its toxic contaminants....
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Police chokehold said to cause NYC man's death
NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York City medical examiner ruled Friday that a police officer's chokehold caused the death of a man whose videotaped arrest and final pleas of "I can't breathe!" sparked outrage and led to the announcement of a complete overhaul of use-of-force training for the nation's largest police force....
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Stay sought in ruling on Va. gay-marriage ban
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A county court clerk in northern Virginia on Friday sought to delay a federal appeals court ruling striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban....
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Dogs that killed Michigan man will be euthanized
LAPEER, Mich. (AP) -- A couple charged with second-degree murder after their two dogs fatally mauled a Michigan jogger agreed Friday to give up ownership of the animals and have them euthanized....
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Steps North Texas city has taken to save water
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Wichita Falls in North Texas near the border with Oklahoma is dealing with a persistent drought that's in its fourth year. The main lake for residential water use was just 22 percent full Friday. The city's two reservoirs are on a trajectory to run dry by August 2016, according to the Texas Water Development Board. Here is a look at the steps the city has taken to conserve its dwindling water supply while providing water to 150,000 people in the Wichita Falls area...
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Parched Texas city hopes to cut lake evaporation
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- A North Texas city already has deployed two unusual techniques to try to cope with a persistent and lengthy drought, and Wichita Falls just added a third, more extreme tool to try to deal with its dwindling water supply....
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Denver fair's bong, edible contests celebrate pot
DENVER (AP) -- Marijuana joined roses and dahlias Friday in blue ribbon events at the nation's first county fair to allow pot competitions....
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Trial exposes CEO's calls, texts to Va. first lady
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's wife exchanged 1,200 text messages and phone calls with the CEO of a dietary supplement company in less than two years, including 52 in one day, according to evidence presented Friday intended to contradict the businessman's claim their relationship was strictly business....
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