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No ruling yet on prosecution in porn email scandal
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has not decided whether to prosecute anyone in a scandal over the email exchange of pornography by state government employees, a spokeswoman said Thursday, pulling back an earlier statement about whether anyone could be charged over child pornography....
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Matthew Shepard's parents head to Russia
The parents of Matthew Shepard, the gay Wyoming college student tortured and murdered in 1998, are traveling to Russia on Friday to spread their message of tolerance and acceptance in a country where anti-gay policies and attitudes are widespread....
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Deal divides billions in closed nuke plant's costs
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Consumers will get refunds and credits of about $1.4 billion, but also pay about $3.3 billion, under a settlement approved Thursday on costs stemming from the premature closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant....
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Fire kills Maine mother, 3 kids in deadly month
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Firefighters rushed into a burning mobile home in far northern Maine early Thursday but they were too late to save a 28-year-old woman and her three children killed in the inferno - the latest fire deaths in a devastating month for the state....
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New lawyer named for friend of marathon suspect
BOSTON (AP) -- A federal judge has approved a new lawyer for a friend of the brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings....
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2 children killed in California apartment fire
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) -- A 6-year-old girl and her 2-year-old brother were killed early Thursday in a California apartment fire that broke out hours after their mother went to a hospital to give birth, authorities said....
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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 a woman believed to be their mother and the children's brother critically wounded, state police said Thursday....
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Grand jury: No charges in Florida jail explosion
MIAMI (AP) -- A grand jury concluded that there wasn't enough evidence to bring criminal charges in an explosion at a Florida jail that killed two inmates and paralyzed a guard, according to a report released Thursday....
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Journal indicates FSU shooter suspected government
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida State University alumnus and attorney who shot three people at the school's library early Thursday believed the government was targeting him for persecution, detailing his thoughts in a journal and in videos detectives obtained, authorities said....
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100-year-old woman sees the ocean for the 1st time
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) -- Ruby Holt spent most of her 100 years on a farm in rural Tennessee, picking cotton and raising four children. She never had the time or money to go to a beach....
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Ohio House votes to shield execution drugmaker
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The names of companies providing lethal injection drugs to the state would be shielded for at least two decades under a bill that cleared the Ohio House on Thursday....
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PG&E fined over alleged secret dealings
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- State regulators Thursday fined Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and required its shareholders to cover as much as $400 million of a planned gas rate increase because of backroom negotiations between the utility and regulators....
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Passenger hurt in New York ferry crash to get $5M
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Three passengers injured when a commuter ferry crashed into a lower Manhattan pier in 2013 have recently settled lawsuits for a total of nearly $6 million, including $5 million for a passenger who suffered brain injuries....
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Correction: Obit-Jane Byrne story
CHICAGO (AP) -- In a story Nov. 14 about the death of former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Harold Washington was a state senator when he was elected Chicago mayor. Washington had been a state senator, but he was a U.S. House member when he defeated Byrne and was elected mayor....
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Roofs collapse under Buffalo snow
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Roofs began to creak and collapse under the weight as another storm brought the Buffalo area's three-day snowfall total Thursday to an epic 6 feet or more....
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