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Meet Ida May Fuller, recipient of 1st Social Security check
LUDLOW, Vt. (AP) -- Seventy-five years ago, the government cut 65-year-old Ida May Fuller a check. It was numbered 00-000-001 - the first Social Security payout....
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Ukraine to ask UN states to call Russia a terrorism sponsor
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Ukraine's ambassador to the United Nations says his country soon will ask the world body's member states to formally recognize Russia as a sponsor of terrorism....
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35 years after Etan Patz vanished, boy's murder trial opens
NEW YORK (AP) -- Thirty-five years after a 6-year-old boy disappeared in Manhattan in a case that shaped the nation's approach to missing children, trial began Friday for a mentally ill man with a low IQ who confessed to his murder and kidnapping....
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Prospective juror has sympathy for Tsarnaev, cites young age
BOSTON (AP) -- One prospective juror in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) has sympathy for him, saying he's young and she wonders if "he just made a really big mistake."...
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Death penalty sought in Pennsylvania math teacher's killing
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania prosecutor says he'll seek the death penalty against a man accused of sexually assaulting and killing a sixth-grade math teacher during a burglary at her home....
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George Zimmerman assault case dropped; ex-girlfriend recants
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- An aggravated assault case against George Zimmerman that was opened when his ex-girlfriend said he threw a wine bottle at her has been dropped because she recanted her story and stopped cooperating with investigators, according to a prosecutor....
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26 victims or 27? Newtown panel considers role of Lanza mom
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A Connecticut panel developing a report on the Newtown massacre debated Friday whether the victims counted in the dedication should include the shooter's mother, a woman who has been faulted for contributing to the tragedy by fostering his fascination with guns as he grew increasingly socially isolated....
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Correction: Obit--Edward Saylor story
SEATTLE (AP) -- In a story Jan. 29 about the death of Edward Saylor, a Doolittle Raider who flew a risky raid during World War II, The Associated Press erroneously reported the date of the mission. It was April 18, 1942, not April 28, 1942....
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Not guilty plea entered for 4th Indiana house blast suspect
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- A judge has entered a not guilty plea for the latest man charged with murder and arson in an Indianapolis house explosion that killed two people and damaged nearly 80 homes....
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Final charge dropped against Detroit cop in fatal raid
DETROIT (AP) -- At the prosecutor's request, a judge on Friday dismissed the last charge against a Detroit police officer who fatally shot a 7-year-old girl during a raid and said she's willing to be the "scapegoat" if critics don't like the result....
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AP EXPLAINS: The case of Etan Patz, who disappeared in 1979
NEW YORK (AP) -- The 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz helped catalyze a national missing-children's movement. Six-year-old Etan was one of the first vanished children whose case was publicized in what became a high-profile way: on milk cartons. His disappearance also helped usher in an age of parental anxiety. On Friday, opening statements are set to be heard in the murder and kidnapping trial of Pedro Hernandez, who confessed in 2012. Here's a brief explanation of Etan's disappearance a...
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Balloon crew nearing North America surpasses duration record
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- The pilots of a helium-filled balloon flying across the Pacific Ocean surpassed a duration record Friday by spending more than 138 hours in the air, marking a historic day for the team that already has eclipsed a distance milestone as they approach North America....
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FAA investigating after planes nearly collide by NY airport
NEW YORK (AP) -- The FAA is investigating a near-midair collision between two planes by an airport north of New York City....
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After 150 years, Confederate submarine's hull again revealed
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- A century and a half after it sank and a decade and a half after it was raised, scientists are finally getting a look at the hull of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley, the first sub in history to sink an enemy warship....
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Jury deliberations continue in Toyota Camry case
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A jury of six men and six women is continuing deliberations in a case alleging a 1996 Toyota Camry had a design defect that caused a fatal crash....
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