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Memphis sees record-setting 214th homicide of the year
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- With its latest apparent shooting death, Memphis hit 214 homicides this year, a record for this city beset by gang activity and gun crime, police said Friday....
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Critics: Alabama execution helps case against sedative
ATMORE, Ala. (AP) -- An Alabama execution in which a prisoner heaved his chest, coughed and appeared to move offers more evidence that a drug used to sedate inmates before they are put to death should not be used in lethal injections, critics of the drug said Friday....
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John Glenn, astronaut and senator, to lie in state in Ohio
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- John Glenn will lie in state in Ohio's capitol building before a celebration of his life of military and government service and two history-making voyages into space....
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Supreme Court: Kansas violated rights of man jailed 4 years
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- The state violated the rights of a convicted sex offender by holding him in jail for years without a trial under the claim that he was a sexually violent predator subject to involuntary civil commitment, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday....
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Contractors to pay $147,500 in fatal fall at Vikings stadium
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Two construction companies have agreed to pay a combined $147,500 in fines over safety violations in the death of one worker and injuries to another during construction of the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium last year....
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Tongass National Forest plan moves to young-growth timber
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- Plans for managing the nation's largest national forest call for changes in timber harvests that one critic says will be "the demise of the timber industry as we know it right now."...
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Experts: Balloon pilot was on 10 different medications
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The pilot of a hot air balloon that crashed in Texas in July, killing 16 people, was taking medications that should have precluded him from flying, medical experts testified at a federal hearing on Friday....
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The Latest: School boss bans Confederate flag clothing
PLUM, Pa. (AP) -- The Latest on a Pennsylvania school district where a black student was upset that a classmate wore a shirt depicting a Confederate flag (all times local):...
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The Latest: Private eye for defense concedes witness error
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The Latest on the second-degree murder trial of Cardell Hayes, who shot former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith (all times local):...
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Students checked at hospital after eating marijuana candy
RONKONKOMA, N.Y. (AP) -- Authorities say six New York high school students who were checked out at a hospital had eaten a candy bar containing marijuana....
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Columbia teaching and research assistants vote to join union
NEW YORK (AP) -- Graduate teaching and research assistants at Columbia University have voted to join a union affiliated with the United Auto Workers....
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The Latest: Prison commissioner: No evidence inmate suffered
ATMORE, Ala. (AP) -- The Latest on the execution in Alabama of a man convicted of killing a store clerk (all times local):...
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Dylann Roof laughed during church slaying confession to FBI
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Dylann Roof wanted the world to know he hated black people and thought they were criminals. He thought about attacking drug dealers, but they might shoot back. So, he told the FBI, he picked a historic black church in Charleston he had learned about online....
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The Latest: Dylann Roof had hate-filled journal in car
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- The Latest on the death penalty trial of Dylann Roof, who is charged with killing nine people during a Bible study in a Charleston church (all times local):...
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Diplomat: Geneva meeting could avoid 'destruction' in Aleppo
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- A meeting on Saturday between Moscow and Washington is extremely important because it could avoid "massive destruction" if a plan for evacuating rebel fighters and civilians from war-ravaged Aleppo can be worked out, the U.N.'s special envoy to Syria said....
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