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Adnan Syed defense: 'We proved our case' for murder retrial
BALTIMORE (AP) -- An alibi witness who was never called, cell phone data that was misrepresented and other legal failures more than justify a new trial for Adnan Syed, his defense lawyer argued Tuesday, closing an unusual hearing prompted by the popular "Serial" podcast's extensive re-examination of the murder case....
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Voters' attorneys want new congressional maps drawn now
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Attorneys for voters who sued to strike down two of North Carolina's congressional districts want a federal court to keep demanding new boundaries by the end of next week....
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2 college faculty fired in scandal over freshmen retention
EMMITSBURG, Md. (AP) -- A plan to identify freshmen most likely to fail has erupted into a scandal for Mount St. Mary's University after the school president reportedly likened incoming students to bunnies who needed to be drowned or have guns put to their heads....
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ACLU files lawsuit seeking video from fatal police shooting
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and the Minneapolis NAACP are taking legal action in hopes of forcing authorities to release video recorded on the night an officer shot a black man....
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Yearly one-night homeless count draws criticism, defenders
NEW YORK (AP) -- Once a year, thousands of clipboard-toting volunteers fan out across some of the nation's largest cities on a cold winter's night....
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Flint Mayor: Lead water pipe replacement being worked on
FLINT, Mich. (AP) -- A plan to remove and replace all lead water pipes in Flint homes will cost $55 million, the city's mayor said Tuesday....
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Woman finds artwork by father killed in Vietnam
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Erika Colligan spent three decades searching for her father's artwork - paintings the South Vietnam pilot made for the U.S. Air Force aviators who trained him during the Vietnam war....
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UN chief: Leaders must stop conflicts that drive aid crises
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Over 80 percent of humanitarian funding requested by the United Nations is going toward life-saving needs in a growing number of global conflicts, and urgent action is needed to shift away from perpetual crisis management, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday....
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Pennsylvania stuck in historic budget gridlock
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Gov. Tom Wolf warned lawmakers on Tuesday that Pennsylvania's finances are a ticking time bomb amid a record-long budget gridlock, sending them a spending proposal for the coming fiscal year with no full plan in place for the fiscal year that began back in July....
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Friend says slain teen talked of running away with defendant
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- The 13-year-old Virginia girl who was killed after climbing out of her bedroom window talked of running away and starting a family with the man now charged in her slaying, a friend and classmate of the seventh-grader said....
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Closing arguments held in cop's trial in stairwell shooting
NEW YORK (AP) -- The rookie police officer who shot an unarmed man in a dark public housing stairwell says what happened was a deadly accident. Prosecutors call it manslaughter and say he acted recklessly and then did little to help the dying man....
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Note boasts rare signatures of lovebirds Napoleon, Josephine
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Full signatures from a pair of notorious lovebirds - Napoleon and Josephine - lend an otherwise routine 19th-century French marriage contract a rare prestige among other love notes on display at a high-end jewelry and antique showcase in Florida....
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The architecture of white supremacy still evokes pain
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Growing up in the 1950s, William Bell had to enter Birmingham's segregated Lyric Theatre though a side entrance, marked "COLORED," that was walled-off from the elegant lobby. He climbed a dimly lit stairwell to watch movies from the steep balcony where black patrons had to sit for generations....
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Noranda Aluminum files for bankruptcy
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- One of North America's biggest makers of aluminum foil is seeking bankruptcy protection to restructure, citing falling aluminum prices and other market challenges that also will force it to idle production at a Missouri smelter....
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The Latest: Slain teen's father speaks of online grounding
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- The Latest on slain Virginia 13-year-old Nicole Lovell (all times local):...
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