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Tornado slams Virginia campground; 2 dead
CAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) -- The sky turned black and cellphones pinged with emergency messages. Moments later, a tornado ripped through a sprawling, carnival-like campground Thursday, snapping dozens of trees and flipping over RVs....
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Judge: James Holmes sanity exam can be recorded
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- The judge in the Colorado theater shooting case says defendant James Holmes' second sanity evaluation of can be video-recorded despite his lawyers' objections....
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Ruling on antibiotics in livestock reversed
NEW YORK (AP) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration isn't required to hold public hearings to evaluate the health risks of widespread use of antibiotics in animal feed, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday....
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Satellites show major Southwest groundwater loss
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Groundwater losses from the Colorado River basin appear massive enough to threaten long-term supplies for the seven states and parts of Mexico that draw water from the basin, a study released Thursday says....
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Canadian, German among Arizona plane crash victims
SEDONA, Ariz. (AP) -- Two teenage girls from outside the United States were among four people who died in a northern Arizona plane crash....
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Judge argues for return of firing squad executions
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- An influential federal appeals court judge said Thursday that the nation's third lethal injection execution to go awry in six months underscores his call to bring back firing squads....
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US weighs refugee status for youth from Honduras
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is weighing giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials said Thursday....
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False bomb threat phoned in to Los Angeles airport
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Police and their bomb-sniffing dogs responded to a phoned-in threat Thursday at Los Angeles International Airport....
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Execution offers evidence against lethal injection
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The nation's third botched execution in six months offers more evidence for the courts that lethal injection carries too many risks and amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, death-row lawyers and other opponents said Thursday....
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1 dead, 2 hurt in Pennsylvania hospital shooting
DARBY, Pa. (AP) -- A gunman opened fire inside a hospital psychiatric unit on Thursday, leaving one hospital employee dead and a second injured before being critically wounded himself, a prosecutor said....
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Skydiver dies during WWII-style jump in Oklahoma
FREDERICK, Okla. (AP) -- A skydiver from central Illinois was killed earlier this week while taking part in a demonstration jump in Oklahoma to honor World War II paratroopers, authorities said....
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Challenges, drug shortages, mark US executions
The prolonged execution in Arizona looked troubling, but was it unconstitutional? The U.S. Supreme Court, which upheld the use of lethal injection six years ago, has held that "an isolated mishap" during an execution does not violate the Eighth Amendment. A question and answer look at the current state of executions....
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Coast Guard: Wreckage of teen pilot's plane found
PLAINFIELD, Ind. (AP) -- The U.S. Coast Guard has found wreckage from an airplane piloted by a teenager who was killed when he crashed during an around-the-world flight, a Coast Guard spokesman said Thursday....
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Alaska vintage tourist train derails, injuring 23
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A vintage rail company that transports hundreds of thousands of tourists a year along the route of the historic Klondike Gold Rush suspended operations while it investigates a derailment that left 23 people with minor injuries, officials said....
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Honey bees sting Texas man about 1,000 times
WICHITA FALLS, Texas (AP) -- A North Texas street department worker has been stung about 1,000 times by aggressive bees that also attacked two co-workers who tried to help him....
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