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Texas woman set to die for starvation of child, 9
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a last-day appeal from a Texas woman convicted of the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend's 9-year-old son a decade ago, clearing the way for her execution....
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School district police stock up free military gear
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- School police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles....
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Dog missing from Pennsylvania found in Oregon
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A Jack Russell terrier that went missing from its Pennsylvania home has turned up at an animal shelter nearly 3,000 miles away....
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Missing Virginia woman's parents fear 'foul play'
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- The parents of a missing University of Virginia student said Wednesday they fear she is the victim of "foul play," and police released two new surveillance videos showing the 18-year-old walking past a pub and, minutes later, running past a service station....
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Jury picked for Detroit officer who shot girl
DETROIT (AP) -- A jury has been seated in the trial of a Detroit police officer who unintentionally killed a 7-year-old girl during a hunt for a murder suspect in 2010....
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Police: Video shows man used banana to rob store
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Police in Philadelphia say a man used a banana he swiped from a convenience store counter to simulate a gun while he robbed the place....
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Contractor gets 7 years in military secrets case
HONOLULU (AP) -- A former civilian defense contractor working at the U.S. military's Pacific headquarters was sentenced to seven years and three months in prison on Wednesday for divulging military secrets to his Chinese girlfriend and keeping classified documents at his Honolulu home....
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Warrant: SC dad feared 5 slain kids would kill him
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A South Carolina father who authorities said killed his five children believed the kids "were going to kill him, chop him up and feed him to the dogs," according to an unredacted arrest warrant released Wednesday....
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Air Force: 'So help me God' in oath is optional
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Airmen taking their enlistment or officer appointment oaths can omit the words "so help me God" if they choose, Air Force officials announced Wednesday....
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It's personality versus policy in Iowa Senate race
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The race for Iowa's open Senate seat could be dubbed the Resume vs. the Personality....
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Police reportedly close to solving 1975 case
BEDFORD, Va. (AP) -- Law enforcement officials say they are getting close to finding out who is responsible for the disappearance of two young sisters from Maryland nearly 40 years ago....
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Correction: Police Shooting-Missouri-Timeline
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- In stories before and on Aug. 25 about the shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson, The Associated Press, relying on information from authorities, erroneously reported that Wilson had served two years as an officer in Jennings, Missouri, before serving for four years in Ferguson. Records show Wilson served almost two years in Jennings and just less than three years in Ferguson before the shooting....
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Eisenhower Memorial panel considers Gehry's design
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal commission working to build a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower near the National Mall was considering Wednesday whether to move forward with architect Frank Gehry's design after years of controversy over the project....
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Prosecutors unite nationwide to fight gun violence
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Top prosecutors in the nation's two largest cities are rallying their colleagues across the country in a unique coalition to curb gun violence....
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Police: Ambush suspect was military re-enactor
Schools closed, kids stayed inside and authorities chased down several false sightings Wednesday in their hunt for the suspect in a fatal ambush outside a rural Pennsylvania State Police barracks....
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