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911 calls capture chaos after truck-on-bus crash
ORLAND, Calif. (AP) -- With shrieks in the background, a shocked passenger struggled to recount to an emergency dispatcher how a FedEx tractor-trailer smashed into a tour bus carrying high school students. In other 911 calls released Thursday, motorists described explosions after the fiery wreck that left 10 people dead....
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UN Security Council meets on rights in North Korea
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The head of the commission of inquiry that accused North Korea of crimes against humanity told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that it must take action against "a totalitarian state without parallel in the contemporary world," and he told reporters that most council members "expressly said" the matter should be referred to the International Criminal Court....
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Oregon ruling spurs halt on immigration detainers
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A federal judge in Oregon has found that an immigrant woman's constitutional rights were violated when she was held in jail without probable cause at the request of U.S. immigration authorities, one of several recent federal court decisions to scrutinize the practice of keeping people in jail after they're eligible for release so that they can be considered for deportation....
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Judge asks pointed questions in gay marriage case
DENVER (AP) -- A judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding whether gays should be allowed to wed in the United States asked pointed questions Thursday about whether Oklahoma can legally ban the unions....
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Man said to be homesick for prison gets 3 1/2 years
CHICAGO (AP) -- An ex-con who spent most of his adult life in behind bars on Thursday got what he said he wanted for robbing a suburban Chicago bank. The 74-year-old gets to go back to the place he called home - prison....
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Jury convicts husband in Iraqi woman's death
EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) -- An Iraqi immigrant was convicted Thursday of bludgeoning his wife to death in a case that initially was considered a hate crime because a note found next to her body said: "This is my country, go back to yours, you terrorist."...
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Texas seizes polygamist group's secluded ranch
ELDORADO, Texas (AP) -- State agents have seized a polygamous group's Texas ranch where hundreds of children were removed during a 2008 FBI raid prompted by child sex abuse allegations....
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Woman convicted in hammer beating speaks to jury
PHOENIX (AP) -- An Arizona woman convicted of bludgeoning her husband to death with a hammer made a tearful plea for mercy Thursday, telling the jury deciding her fate that she is sorry for her actions and wishes she could go back and undo the pain she caused....
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Fraternity shuts Ole Miss branch after noose tying
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- A national fraternity group has closed its University of Mississippi chapter after three members were accused of tying a noose around the neck of a statue of the first black student to enroll in the then-all white Southern college....
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Oregon ruling spurs halt on immigration detainers
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A federal judge in Oregon has found that an immigrant woman's constitutional rights were violated when she was held in jail without probable cause at the request of U.S. immigration authorities....
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US tells jury Egyptian imam pursued global terror
NEW YORK (AP) -- The imam of a London mosque used his influential position in the late 1990s to train and aid terrorists and used the cover of his religion to hide in plain sight, a prosecutor told jurors in his opening statement Thursday before a defense attorney promised that the defendant will explain himself during the trial....
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Military shell prompted evacuation of hundreds
SOLVANG, Calif. (AP) -- An old but still potentially explosive military shell that was found in an alley was safely destroyed early Thursday, ending an evacuation that emptied hundreds of homes and businesses in this Central California tourist town....
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Judge wants Detroit mayor to back bankruptcy plan
DETROIT (AP) -- Looking years ahead, the judge overseeing Detroit's bankruptcy said Thursday he wants assurances from the mayor and other elected leaders that they'll follow a final plan that likely cuts pensions, sheds debt and plows millions into better services....
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Woman, teenager found dead in Lake Erie; 2 missing
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- The bodies of two of four missing boaters were recovered in western Lake Erie on Thursday, a day after the group left for an afternoon of fishing and sent pictures to relatives....
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Police: Man ate pot candy before shooting wife
DENVER (AP) -- A Denver man accused of killing his wife while she was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher ate marijuana-infused candy before the attack, according to search warrants released Thursday....
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