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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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Alaska man gets 4 life terms in Coast Guard deaths

Jul 8, 2014

By RACHEL D'ORO, Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man was sentenced Tuesday to four consecutive life terms in the 2012 shooting deaths of two co-workers at a Coast Guard communications station that mystified an island community for nearly a year before an arrest was made.

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Mississippi River's rise continues; rainfall lower

Jul 8, 2014

By JIM SALTER and JIM SUHR, Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Mississippi River continued its slow rise Tuesday at several Missouri and Illinois towns, but there was reason for optimism after overnight rainfall wasn't as bad as predicted.

Spurred by heavy recent rains to the north, the ...

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Forgotten vials of smallpox found in storage room

Jul 8, 2014

By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer

ATLANTA (AP) — A government scientist cleaning out an old storage room at a research center near Washington made a startling discovery last week — decades-old vials of smallpox packed away and forgotten in a cardboard box.

The six glass vials were intact and sealed,

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Grand Canyon plane crash site designated historic

Jul 8, 2014

By FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — About 200 people have gathered for a ceremony marking the site of a 1956 airliner crash over the Grand Canyon as a national landmark.

Two commercial airplanes collided over the canyon in June 1956, killing all 128 people aboard in the ...

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Crumbs shows dangers of focusing on single product

Jul 8, 2014

By CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Turns out, being a one-hit wonder is risky.

When Crumbs, the New York City-based chain that built its business around cupcakes, shuttered several dozen of its remaining locations on Monday, it seemed like an abrupt ending for a company that ...

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Jury seated to hear Ventura's defamation case

Jul 8, 2014

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A jury was set to hear opening statements Tuesday in Jesse Ventura's defamation case against the estate of a slain sniper who had claimed he punched the former Minnesota governor and professional wrestler inside a bar.

After only about two ...

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Crews hoist second fuselage from derailment site

Jul 8, 2014

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Crews have removed the second of three commercial airplane bodies from a river embankment in western Montana after they tumbled off a train in a derailment.

Montana Rail Link spokeswoman Lynda Frost says the second newly manufactured Boeing 737 fuselage was winched up Monday ...

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Man dies at South Dakota hot dog eating contest

Jul 8, 2014

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) — A Fourth of July hot dog eating contest in western South Dakota turned tragic when a contestant choked to death.

Walter Eagle Tail, 47, of Custer, died at a hospital Thursday after attempts to save him at the scene failed, Custer County Sheriff Rick Wheeler told the Rapid City ...

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Hospital pharmacist charged in theft of 200K pills

Jul 8, 2014

By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A major hospital's former pharmacy chief stole nearly 200,000 oxycodone pills from the medical center over more than five years and has been charged under a state drug-kingpin law more often aimed at accused street dealers, narcotics prosecutors ...

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Soda tax's last stand? Bay Area preps for showdown

Jul 8, 2014

By CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — If two of the most progressive U.S. cities don't pass a tax on sugary drinks, will the idea finally fizzle out?

Sugary drinks have been under fire for years, with many blaming them for rising rates of obesity and chronic diseases. Yet efforts ...

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