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Over 1,600 homes threatened in California fire
WEED, Calif. (AP) -- Officials say more than 1,600 homes are threatened and huge swaths of timberland have been destroyed by an out-of-control wildfire in Northern California....
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Trial lawyer gives $50M to Drexel law school
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia trial lawyer Thomas R. Kline has amassed a fortune during a long career representing people harmed in unusual, and unusually tragic, ways....
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Journalists criticize White House for 'secrecy'
CHICAGO (AP) -- Editors and reporters meeting in Chicago raised concerns Wednesday about what they described as a lack of access and transparency undermining journalists' work, several blaming the current White House for setting standards for secrecy that are spreading nationwide....
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10 Things to Know for Thursday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:...
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School district police stock up free military gear
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- School police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles....
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Tulsa deputy resigns after sexual assault arrest
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- An Oklahoma sheriff's deputy resigned Wednesday after two women said he sexually assaulted them at a Tulsa County home while he was on duty, a case that comes on the heels of a state trooper and an Oklahoma City police officer being arrested on sexual assault complaints....
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Sheriff: Burned armpit hair led to Idaho car crash
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A SUV full of teenagers crashed in Idaho after one of the passengers lit the driver's armpit hair on fire with a lighter, authorities said Wednesday....
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Texas executes woman for starvation of boy, 9
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- A Texas woman convicted of the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend's 9-year-old son a decade ago was executed Wednesday evening....
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Wallenda: Spectacle, legacy inspire Chicago walk
CHICAGO (AP) -- Nik Wallenda is all about spectacle, a showman who crossed Niagara Falls and an Arizona gorge on a high wire and now has his sights on Chicago's iconic skyscrapers - partly because of the city's reputation for being windy....
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Man charged in vandalism at congressman's office
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Kansas City man was charged Wednesday with throwing two Molotov cocktails at U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver's office on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks....
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Prosecutor may release audio of Brown grand jury
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A prosecutor says he'll immediately release transcripts and audio recordings of a grand jury investigation into the death of Michael Brown if the panel doesn't indict the suburban St. Louis police officer who shot him....
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46 years later, owner to get stolen Jaguar back
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Forty-six years after the first really nice car Ivan Schneider ever owned disappeared from in front of his New York City building, the Jaguar convertible is coming home....
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Production of Lincoln Logs toy returning to US
BURNHAM, Maine (AP) -- Lincoln Logs, the popular toy created nearly a century ago by a son of Frank Lloyd Wright, is coming home to the U.S.A....
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Police: Ambush suspect was military re-enactor
Schools closed, kids stayed inside and authorities chased down several false sightings Wednesday in their hunt for the suspect in a fatal ambush outside a rural Pennsylvania State Police barracks....
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Emanuel wants no more signs as large as Trump's
CHICAGO (AP) -- Months after the installation by Donald Trump of 20-foot-tall letters spelling out his last name on the side of one of the city's tallest skyscrapers, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is proposing an ordinance that would make sure nobody else can do the same....
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