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Maine police get Facebook boost with stuffed duck

Jul 9, 2014

By PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Police here believe they have quacked the code for finding followers on social media.

The 80-officer Bangor Police Department, which serves a city of about 33,000, has attracted more than 20,000 likes on its Facebook page after humorous ...

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Convicted ex-New Orleans mayor to be sentenced

Jul 9, 2014

By KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin — who swept into office on promises of reform but saw the city crumble under the weight of Hurricane Katrina and his own corruption investigation — will learn Wednesday how much time he will serve for convictions ...

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AP PHOTOS: How marijuana goes from garden to store

Jul 9, 2014

By The Associated Press

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Top Shelf Cannabis was able to open its doors to sell marijuana when Washington state's recreational pot industry finally opened for business because of growers like Sea of Green Farms.

For months leading up to the grand opening Tuesday, when ...

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Q&A on push to treat young immigrants as refugees

Jul 9, 2014

By ASTRID GALVAN, Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Pressure continues to mount on the federal government to treat as refugees the thousands of children traveling alone from Central America and crossing the border into the U.S.

Officials from the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees ...

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Sterling testily takes stage in Clippers trial

Jul 9, 2014

By LINDA DEUTSCH, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Donald Sterling, battling to stop the sale of his beloved Los Angeles Clippers, turned a courtroom into his personal stage, railing at a lawyer questioning him, denouncing doctors who deemed him incompetent and insisting he can get far more than ...

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5 things about Cleveland, likely GOP host in 2016

Jul 9, 2014

By MARK GILLISPIE, Associated Press

CLEVELAND (AP) — Good or bad, Cleveland — all but certain to host the Republican Party's presidential nominating convention in 2016 — is hard to ignore. It's a city with a rich history and bragging rights to things both quirky and considerable. Here are five ...

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Patrol head says he's shocked by beating video

Jul 8, 2014

By TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The head of the California Highway Patrol said he was shocked and the agency's reputation is hurt by a video showing an officer repeatedly punching a woman he pinned on the side of a Los Angeles freeway.

CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow vowed to ...

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Judge fulfills 20-year sentencing deal for stepmom

Jul 8, 2014

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) — An "evil" stepmother derived pleasure from severely beating her husband's 5-year-old daughter while they lived in Army housing in Hawaii, a federal judge said Tuesday as he upheld a plea deal the woman made with prosecutors to receive a ...

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US workers encountered man left in cell for days

Jul 8, 2014

By ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Four U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration employees saw or heard a handcuffed college student who was kept in a San Diego cell for five days without food or water, but they did nothing because they assumed someone else was responsible,

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Ex-roommate: Tsarnaev seemed normal after bombings

Jul 8, 2014

By DENISE LAVOIE, AP Legal Affairs Writer

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev did not seem nervous or agitated in the days after the deadly attack, his former college roommate testified Tuesday during the trial of a Tsarnaev friend accused of obstructing the ...

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Sterling testifies in Los Angeles Clippers trial

Jul 8, 2014

By LINDA DEUTSCH, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Donald Sterling has taken the witness stand as he challenges his wife's $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Sterling was testy during his 90-minute appearance Tuesday afternoon, denouncing doctors who declared him to have Alzheimer's ...

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Remembering game-changing Grand Canyon plane crash

Jul 8, 2014

By FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Visitors peered through binoculars and spotting scopes into the depths of the Grand Canyon, straining to see the spot where two commercial airliners crashed after colliding in mid-air nearly 60 years ago. Family members of ...

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APNewsBreak: Police give motive in dead baby case

Jul 8, 2014

By BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah mother told authorities that she killed six of her newborns and stored their bodies in a garage because she was addicted to drugs and didn't want to deal with the responsibility of raising them, police said Tuesday, revealing a ...

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Hundreds line up for legal pot in Washington state

Jul 8, 2014

By GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) — Surrounded by thousands of packages of marijuana, Seattle's top prosecutor sought some advice: Which one should he buy?

A new day, indeed.

Twenty months after voters legalized recreational cannabis for adults over 21, Washington state's first few ...

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Labor dispute briefly shuts LA, Long Beach ports

Jul 8, 2014

By JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hundreds of dockworkers briefly walked off their jobs Tuesday at the massive ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, disrupting the movement of international cargo before a mediator ordered them back.

The action came as the union representing ...

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Illinois woman seeks clemency in buried-alive case

Jul 8, 2014

By JASON KEYSER, Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Tearful relatives appealed for clemency Tuesday for an Illinois woman they say was wrongly convicted nearly three decades ago of taking part in in a macabre kidnap-for-ransom plot in which a businessman was lured from his home and buried alive.

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NYPD arrests mother of baby left in subway station

Jul 8, 2014

By TOM HAYS, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Security video showed nothing amiss when Frankea Dabbs — wearing dark glasses, pushing a baby stroller and pulling a rolling suitcase — entered a busy Manhattan subway station Monday night.

But after riding uptown to another stop, police say Dabbs ...

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Convention another step for Cleveland's comeback

Jul 8, 2014

By MARK GILLISPIE, Associated Press

CLEVELAND (AP) — The vote by a Republican panel to make Cleveland its host for the party's 2016 national convention could be a big step in the city's efforts to remake a hard-bitten image forged by decades of misfortune.

The Rust Belt renaissance might not end ...

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Virginia campus removes Confederate flags

Jul 8, 2014

LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) — Washington and Lee University says it is removing Confederate battle flags from its campus.

The move was announced in a lengthy email from university president Kenneth Rusio to faculty and students on Tuesday.

This spring, a group of law students demanded the school banish ...

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Report: Prison health-care costs stabilize

Jul 8, 2014

By REBECCA BOONE, Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — States are spending slightly less on prisoner health care after nearly a decade of steady increases, according to a report released Tuesday.

The report from the Pew Charitable Trusts found that in most states, prison health care spending peaked ...

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