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Explosion on Gulf platform; 1 dead, 3 injured
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- An explosion has occurred on an offshore oil and gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico, killing one person and injuring three....
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Emotions rise as people hear immigration plan
Thousands of immigrant-rights activists, families and elected officials cheered across the country as President Barack Obama announced on television his plan for relief from deportations for about five million people....
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Union: Charges seem unlikely for Ferguson officer
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The suburban St. Louis police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown seems confident that he will not face criminal charges from a grand jury that has been investigating the case for several months, a police union official said Thursday....
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5 family members killed on 'dream trip' to Disney
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A 16-year-old boy driving his parents and siblings on a "dream trip" to Disney World apparently fell asleep at the wheel, causing the sport utility vehicle to veer off the highway and roll over, killing three children and two adults, authorities said Thursday....
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More on the snow: snowbound band, football effects
Lake-effect storms have dumped more than 7 feet of snow on parts of the Buffalo area in the past few days, and more is possible, along with potential rain and flooding this weekend. The storm at a glance:...
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Employers decry 'break' in West Coast port talks
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Negotiations over a new contract for dockworkers at 29 West Coast ports took an unexpected turn Thursday, as the union insisted on "small table" talks while employers decried the "extended break."...
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Roofs collapse as Buffalo clobbered by more snow
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Roofs began to creak and collapse and homeowners struggled to clear waist-high drifts atop their houses Thursday as another storm brought the Buffalo area's three-day snowfall total to an epic 7 feet or more....
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Prosecutors dismiss 1975 murder charges against 3
CLEVELAND (AP) -- A man convicted with his brother and his childhood friend of killing a businessman in 1975 said Thursday he's sorry his mother isn't alive to see that the three former death row inmates will soon walk free together because the only witness against them has recanted the damning testimony he gave as a 13-year-old....
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10 Things to Know for Friday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:...
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Key UN peacekeeping review will be done from afar
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The Nobel Peace Prize winner who will lead the first major review of United Nations peacekeeping operations in 15 years said Thursday his panel likely will do it from afar....
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House of woman who took on Donald Trump demolished
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- A former Atlantic City boardinghouse at the center of a David and Goliath battle between its owner and Donald Trump has been demolished....
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Arrest made after woman raped, burned in Kansas
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A 26-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the rape and severe burning of a woman who was found in park near the Wichita State University campus, police said Thursday....
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Man in prison 19 years freed after claim recanted
SEATTLE (AP) -- A man who had been in prison for nearly two decades was released from custody Thursday, two years after his supposed victim recanted allegations that he molested her....
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Man who killed co-worker, cut out heart released
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- A Fresno man who stabbed his co-worker dozens of times in 1984 and then cut out the man's heart and put it in his jacket pocket has been released from prison despite objections from Gov. Jerry Brown....
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Police: Woman, 3 children shot in New Jersey
TABERNACLE, N.J. (AP) -- A shooting at a home in a secluded wooded area of southern New Jersey left two children dead and their brother and their mother critically wounded, state police said Thursday....
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