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US judge denies Spanier bid to halt criminal case
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A federal judge in Pennsylvania announced Friday she will not halt the criminal case against former Penn State president Graham Spanier, who is accused of a criminal cover-up of child sex abuse complaints against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky....
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Federal court upholds Fla.'s docs vs. glocks law
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida law that restricts doctors from discussing gun ownership with their patients is a "legitimate regulation of professional conduct," a federal appeals court ruled on Friday....
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Official: Hospital gunman intended to kill others
MEDIA, Pa. (AP) -- A psychiatrist's patient ranted about a gun ban at a suburban medical complex before opening fire there, killing his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back, authorities said Friday....
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Report blames pilot for 2011 Hawaii copter crash
KAUNAKAKAI, Hawaii (AP) -- The likely cause of a Molokai helicopter crash that killed all five people aboard was the pilot flying too close to the mountains during inclement weather, the National Transportation Safety Board determined in a final report published Friday....
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Prosecutors consider charges after burglar killed
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Prosecutors deciding whether to charge a California man who says he fatally shot a violent burglar in the back in an alley as she fled his home face a difficult decision because the case falls in a gray area involving self-defense, a legal expert said Friday....
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Sheriff: 300 homes burned in Washington wildfire
TWISP, Wash. (AP) -- About 300 homes - twice as many as previously estimated - have burned in the largest recorded wildfire in Washington state history, a county sheriff said Friday....
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Carjacked vehicle hits crowd, killing 3 children
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Two men forced a woman into the backseat of her sport utility vehicle at gunpoint, drove off but later lost control and plowed into a group of people on a corner near a fruit stand on Friday, police said. Three children, all siblings, were killed, and at least two other people were critically injured....
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Caught on radar: Beer-loving bugs swarm in Midwest
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Mayflies have begun emerging from the Mississippi River in swarms that show up on radar like thunderstorms, coat roads and leave behind slimy messes. They've already been blamed for at least one car crash this week in Wisconsin....
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Attorney: 'Fatal Vision' court case will continue
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The case of the Green Beret doctor who has maintained for decades that not him but a band of hippies chanting "acid is groovy, kill the pigs" slaughtered his wife and two young daughters will continue in court....
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Judge dismisses lawsuit over Amelia Earhart search
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) -- A federal judge has dismissed a Wyoming man's lawsuit claiming a group secretly found the missing airplane of aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart in the South Pacific but kept it quiet so it could continue to raise funds for the search....
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Large Sandy-struck family splits $20M lottery win
BEACHWOOD, N.J. (AP) -- A lottery-playing tradition started by the matriarch of a large New Jersey shore family paid off for her 17 children this week when the group won a $20 million jackpot that will partly be used to help family members recover from 2012's Superstorm Sandy....
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After teen pilot's crash, how young is too young?
The deadly crash of a teenager on an around-the-world flight brought new attention to the dangers of record-setting youth adventures, and questions about how young is too young to fly a plane....
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Baby dies after being left in hot car in Kansas
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A 10-month-old Kansas girl died after being strapped for more than two hours inside a sweltering car, and police arrested a foster parent who said he'd forgotten about her until something on TV jogged his memory, an official said Friday....
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Dallas County official charged with taking bribes
DALLAS (AP) -- A longtime Dallas County commissioner has been charged with accepting nearly $1 million in bribes in exchange for providing insider information and voting in favor of projects proposed by various companies, federal authorities announced Friday....
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7th Circuit sets hearing on gay marriage ban
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Lawyers will argue the constitutionality of gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin in about a month....
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