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Prison escape plan cited in fatal Vegas crash case
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- An investigator told a judge Wednesday that a self-described pimp already serving prison time for rape and robbery bribed a guard to get cellphones behind bars as part of a plot to escape before his death penalty trial in a fatal Las Vegas Strip shooting and fiery crash....
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Wife of slain Los Angeles-area mayor released
BELL GARDENS, Calif. (AP) -- In the small, modest Los Angeles suburb of Bell Gardens, neighbors of Mayor Daniel Crespo struggled Wednesday to come to terms with how the friendly, outgoing political leader could have been shot to death by his wife of 28 years....
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Wyoming landslide stabilization to begin in 2015
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) -- Town officials say they don't have enough time left before cold weather arrives to get going on a project to permanently stabilize a slow-moving landslide in Wyoming that tore one house in two and cut off access to dozens of other homes last spring....
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Prosecutor to seek death penalty in beheading
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn says he plans to seek the death penalty against a man accused of beheading a woman at an Oklahoma food processing plant....
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Texan bids for Nuremberg stenographer's mementos
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A Dallas woman has bid $9,000 for documents from the Nuremberg trials that were found in an old trunk in Alaska that belonged to a postwar stenographer....
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Oregon man gets 30 years in Christmas bomb plot
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A young Somali American was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison for plotting to detonate a bomb in Portland's downtown square while 10,000 revelers gathered to watch the mayor light a towering Christmas tree....
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Former President Carter celebrates 90th birthday
ATLANTA (AP) -- Former President Jimmy Carter celebrated his 90th birthday Wednesday in Atlanta, blowing out three candles representing the past, present and future and thanking family and friends for their support and love....
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Records: Kissinger made plans to attack Cuba
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger ordered contingency plans drawn up nearly 40 years ago to attack Cuba, incensed over the small island's deployment of troops to Angola, according to declassified government documents posted online Wednesday....
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3 Afghan soldiers who fled say they can't go home
BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP) -- Three Afghan military officers who sought refuge in Canada after taking off from a military training exercise in Massachusetts said Wednesday they were trying to escape Taliban violence at home but now face the wrath of their own government as well....
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Judge: Stockton, California, must follow bankruptcy laws, pay creditors and pension fund....
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Girl missing for 12 years found with mom in Mexico
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A Texas girl reported kidnapped 12 years ago was found near Mexico City with her mother after authorities received a tip, and the mother was quickly flown to Texas and jailed on kidnapping charges, investigators said Wednesday....
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Ebola worries could keep some Dallas students home
DALLAS (AP) -- The announcement that five Dallas schoolchildren were possibly exposed to the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. has some nervous parents planning to keep their kids home....
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Man cleared in Taliban terror case suing US
MIAMI (AP) -- Irfan Khan, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan with a wife and two children, worked hard to realize the American dream after arriving in this country in 1994. He held jobs in South Florida as a taxi driver and service technician, and operated a limousine company. He was an avid cricket player. Then he stepped up to a California computer industry job in 2011 that promised a good living....
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ACLU challenges new Alabama abortion law
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The American Civil Liberties Union is suing to stop a new Alabama law that places additional requirements on girls seeking abortions without their parents' approval....
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Jail time for polygamous sect member in abuse case
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) -- A member of Warren Jeffs' polygamous sect who oversaw an Idaho home where nine boys were sent on "repentance missions" by their parents has been given jail time on child abuse charges that included locking one teen in a furnace room for two days....
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