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Deal on health care aids port contract talks
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Negotiators hoping to forge a new contract for dockworkers and keep hundreds of billions of dollars in cargo moving smoothly through West Coast seaports made significant progress with a tentative deal on health care benefits, a knotty issue that tied up talks for months....
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Defense rests in corruption trial of ex-governor
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Defense lawyers have finished presenting their case to a jury in the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen....
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Police: Son of slain woman found at home
STRATFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Authorities say the person found dead at the home of a couple after the husband allegedly killed his wife at a New Jersey hospital was the couple's son....
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In wake of Ferguson, police try to build trust
DALLAS (AP) -- In the aftermath of the police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, some police departments are renewing efforts to reach out to black communities to build trust - holding public meetings, fielding questions and letting people voice the anger they feel toward officers who patrol their neighborhoods....
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Pilot's fate unknown in fighter jet crash
DEERFIELD, Va. (AP) -- An experienced pilot was missing Wednesday after the flier's F-15 fighter jet crashed in the mountains of western Virginia, shaking residents but causing no injuries on the ground, military and law enforcement officials said....
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Q-and-A on Westerners who join the fight in Syria
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Douglas McAuthur McCain, an American killed in Syria while fighting with the Islamic State, was part of a growing number of Americans and other foreigners recruited by terror groups to help them wage war in the Mideast....
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Court overturns convictions in Amish hair attacks
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Personal conflict, not religion, was the driving motive behind beard- and hair-cutting attacks targeting Amish, an appeals court panel ruled Wednesday in overturning the hate-crime convictions of 16 men and women....
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Baltimore's 1st casino highlights national trend
BALTIMORE (AP) -- At the Horseshoe Casino's grand opening, showgirls adorned in gold glitter, beaded loincloths, feather headdresses and fuchsia false eyelashes stood atop pedestals in the courtyard, while VIP patrons in high heels and higher hemlines downed glass after glass of champagne....
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Man accused in serial shootings appears in court
SAN FERNANDO, Calif. (AP) -- A man accused of going on a five-day rampage of serial shootings in the Los Angeles area has made his first court appearance on charges that could lead to the death penalty....
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Mom: captured son 'honorable' US journalist
MIAMI (AP) -- An American freelance journalist held hostage and threatened with death by Islamic militants wanted to tell the world through his writing about oppressed people in the Middle East, his mother said in a video released Wednesday....
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Defense rests in corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife....
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Police: Deaths of 2 dumped in river drug-related
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Two men were found dead in a river Wednesday, bound and weighted down with makeshift anchors and their throats slit, in drug-related abductions and killings that authorities said may have also been gang-related. A third victim who was badly wounded also was tossed in the river but managed to swim ashore, police said....
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Boston Marathon bombing victim marries his nurse
BOSTON (AP) -- If something good could come out of the Boston Marathon bombing, James Costello and Krista D'Agostino seem to have found it....
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Shooting by 9-year-old girl stirs debate over guns
PHOENIX (AP) -- The accidental shooting death of a firing-range instructor by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi has set off a powerful debate over youngsters and guns, with many people wondering what sort of parents would let a child handle a submachine gun....
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Girl abducted from school testifies about ordeal
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A girl abducted from a Philadelphia kindergarten and sexually assaulted has testified in a hushed courtroom about her 19-hour-ordeal....
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