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US general: 3 Africa terror groups may collaborate

Feb 29, 2012

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Terrorist groups in Somalia, North Africa and Nigeria are eyeing ways to coordinate their training, funding and terror activities, triggering increased U.S. national security worries, the top American commander for Africa told Congress on ...

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Troops from Iraq, Afghanistan to be honored in DC

Feb 29, 2012

By BRETT ZONGKER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — It took almost 60 years for World War II veterans to get a monument in Washington. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial opened less than a decade after their war ended. Now with the Iraq war just over, and Afghanistan continuing, there are already ...

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DEA extends control of chemicals in fake pot

Feb 29, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Drug Enforcement Administration is extending emergency controls for six more months on five chemicals used to make fake pot products.

The agency is working on permanently designating smokable herbal products containing the five chemicals as controlled substances. The DEA took ...

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AP ENTERPRISE: Cop-cadet sex case has precedents

Feb 29, 2012

By TRACIE CONE, Associated Press

SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) — When an on-duty police officer was shot and killed by a colleague a month ago, residents of this agricultural community north of Santa Barbara were horrified. Outrage grew when they learned the shooting occurred as fellow officers tried ...

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26 states seek relief from education law

Feb 29, 2012

By KIMBERLY HEFLING, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Education Department says more than half of all states have applied by this week's new deadline to be freed from the strenuous requirements of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law.

The Obama administration is allowing states that agree ...

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Mass. man in Wesleyan death committed to hospital

Feb 29, 2012

By PAT EATON-ROBB, Associated Press

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 2009 slaying of a Wesleyan University student was committed to a psychiatric hospital Wednesday for 60 years.

Stephen Morgan had been charged with murder and ...

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2002 Pentagon memo guided 9/11 remains disposal

Feb 29, 2012

By ROBERT BURNS, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force's top general says the decision by a military mortuary to incinerate portions of some 9/11 victims' remains and dump the residue in a landfill was in line with instructions from a top Pentagon official.

Gen. Norton Schwartz told a ...

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Ala. Coast Guard chopper crash: 1 dead, 3 missing

Feb 29, 2012

By MELISSA NELSON, Associated Press

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — As divers searched the muddy bottom of Alabama's Mobile Bay, a salvage ship was dispatched Wednesday to the sunken wreckage of a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter that crashed on a training mission, leaving one crewmember dead and three others ...

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Police: Maine man owed slain firefighter $3,000

Feb 29, 2012

By GLENN ADAMS, Associated Press

NEWBURGH, Maine (AP) — A Maine man owed $3,000 to the Florida firefighter he is suspected of killing and told police the firefighter threatened him and his family during a game of pool, according to an arrest warrant.

Jerry Perdomo, a Seminole County firefighter ...

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Official: Man seized Cairo apparently not al-Qaida

Feb 29, 2012

By KIMBERLY DOZIER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S official says the U.S. doesn't believe that a man arrested in Cairo is a long-sought senior al-Qaida military leader.

Speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters, a U.S. national security official said Wednesday ...

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Colorado embalmer charged with stealing gold teeth

Feb 29, 2012

By STEVEN K. PAULSON, Associated Press

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado embalmer was indicted after authorities said he plundered the bodies of clients' loved ones by taking their gold teeth and fillings.

Adrian Kline, 43, of Brighton is accused of pawning more than eight ounces of gold along with ...

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1 killed, 13 injured by possible tornado in Mo.

Feb 29, 2012

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — At least one person has been killed in southwest Missouri as possible tornadoes whipped the Midwest, causing numerous injuries and significant damage.

Lt. Dana Eagan of the Dallas County Sheriff's Office says one person was killed and 13 others injured when a possible tornado ...

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Syria threatens to 'cleanse' rebel area in Homs

Feb 29, 2012

By BEN HUBBARD, Associated Press

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian regime showed a new determination Wednesday to crush its opponents, vowing to "cleanse" a rebel-held district in the besieged central city of Homs after nearly four weeks of shelling.

Government troops massed outside the embattled ...

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Deputies patrol around site of Calif. tribal fight

Feb 29, 2012

COARSEGOLD, Calif. (AP) — Sheriff's deputies and security guards from rivaling factions of a California tribe were on patrol Wednesday, one day after a violent skirmish described as "absolute pandemonium" left three people injured.

The fight Tuesday was between supporters of the sitting council of ...

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Calif walloped as snow falls across northern US

Feb 29, 2012

By TRACIE CONE, Associated Press

Late winter storms forced school and road closures from Seattle to upstate New York on Wednesday, but the snow was welcomed in California as it suffers through one of the driest winters in history.

The blast from the Gulf of Alaska was expected to bring up to 5 ...

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Leader of 'Texas 7' prison-break gang put to death

Feb 29, 2012

By MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The leader of the fugitive gang known as the "Texas 7" was executed Wednesday for killing a suburban Dallas police officer during a robbery 11 years ago after organizing and pulling off Texas' biggest prison break.

George Rivas, 41,

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Ex-mine security chief gets 3 years in W.Va. blast

Feb 29, 2012

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A former security chief convicted of lying to investigators about the April 2010 explosion that killed 29 men at a West Virginia coal mine was sentenced to three years in prison Wednesday. Prosecutors said it was one of the stiffest punishments ...

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Jury in Rutgers spy case hears more about webcam

Feb 29, 2012

By GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J (AP) — A Rutgers student gave some of the most damaging testimony yet Wednesday in a former classmate's trial for allegedly using a webcam to spy on his roommate's intimate encounter with another man.

Lokesh Ojha described helping the ...

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Fresh Iran deadline passes with no new sanctions

Feb 29, 2012

By ANNE GEARAN and JULIE PACE, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional deadline for the Obama administration to begin enforcing new financial penalties on foreign firms that do business with Iran passed Wednesday with no fresh action from Washington.

While some congressional authors of ...

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Obama salutes Iraq war vets at White House dinner

Feb 29, 2012

By NANCY BENAC, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a formal dinner for the few, President Barack Obama on Wednesday paid solemn tribute to the many.

The president who opposed the Iraq war from its outset thanked those who fought its battles by sitting down to a candlelit meal with a small ...

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