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Chevron meets new, voluntary shale drilling rules
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Chevron has become the first energy company to meet a new set of voluntary shale gas drilling standards that aim to go beyond existing state laws in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, the Pittsburgh-based Center for Sustainable Shale announced Thursday....
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NY man denies plotting to aid Islamic State group
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) -- A man accused of plotting to kill members of the U.S. military and others pleaded not guilty Thursday to new federal charges that he tried to aid the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq....
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Police: Officers fatally shoot man near St. Louis
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- Officers shot and killed a man after he allegedly pointed a rifle at them in suburban St. Louis, the second fatal police shooting of a black suspect in the region since the August shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson....
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Funeral for Utah man shot by police
SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah (AP) -- Friends and family of a young black man fatally shot by Utah police remembered him Thursday as a shy, gentle and wise man who loved art and music and was trying to find his way through a transition into adulthood....
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Man wants marathon bombing suspect to face victims
BOSTON (AP) -- Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hasn't appeared in court for more than a year. But prosecutors and a man who was severely injured in the bombings say they want to see him in a courtroom soon....
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California wildfire shows explosive growth
PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) -- An out-of-control wildfire that has forced nearly 2,800 people from their homes in Northern California showed explosive growth, consuming tens of thousands of additional acres, fire officials said Thursday....
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Police: Teen killed woman over $5 pot dispute
NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) -- A North Las Vegas high school junior will be prosecuted as an adult in the shooting death of a woman in what police say was a dispute over $5 in a marijuana buy....
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Border Patrol to test wearing cameras
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The head of the Border Patrol's parent agency says a test of body-worn cameras for agents will begin next month as part of an effort to improve accountability and transparency....
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Jury won't consider deaths in Ga. salmonella trial
ALBANY, Ga. (AP) -- A jury weighing criminal charges Thursday against the owner of a Georgia peanut plant blamed for a nationwide salmonella outbreak five years ago will decide the case without hearing one fact - that nine people died after eating the company's tainted peanut butter....
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Judge doubts Oklahoma ready for Nov. 13 execution
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A federal judge said Thursday he is concerned Oklahoma will not be able to implement new guidelines and training for executing death-row inmates before three men are scheduled to be executed this fall....
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Trial begins in case of plane crash into home
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Opening statements are underway in a wrongful death claim filed after the 2009 crash of a commuter flight into a home near Buffalo....
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Coach tied to beating of gay couple leaves job
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- An assistant coach at a Roman Catholic high school has resigned over his role in a beating that left two gay men injured, church officials in Philadelphia said Thursday....
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Stabbing injures student, Texas school evacuated
BASTROP, Texas (AP) -- Authorities say a student has been hospitalized after being stabbed during a fight at his Texas high school that prompted officials to evacuate the building....
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Bill seeks fairer treatment for black lung victims
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Bob Casey unveiled legislation Thursday aimed at ensuring fairer treatment for coal miners with black lung disease as they pursue benefits claims....
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Bear killed near eastern Oregon school
PILOT ROCK, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon State Police trooper shot and killed a black bear that wandered near an elementary school in Pilot Rock....
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