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Sentencing nears for former New Orleans mayor

Jul 7, 2014

By KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two days before former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin learns his punishment for convictions stemming from years of corruption before and after Hurricane Katrina, his lawyer is hoping to avoid what he calls a "virtual life sentence" for the man once ...

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Glenn Greenwald Suggests There's a Second NSA Leaker

By | Jul 7, 2014

Glenn Greenwald, one of the journalists who has worked closely with exiled whistleblower Edward Snowden to reveal the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance programs, says there may be a second leaker providing the NSA’s secrets to the press.

Two German media reports co-authored by former ...

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NYC man gets 18 years in college essay rape case

Jul 7, 2014

By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — She never told her family that her then-stepfather had raped her when she was 8, then revealed the allegation in a college application essay. Telling her painful story to a jury finally put it to rest, she wrote in a statement read Monday as her ...

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Family of teen slain in '68 appeals for info

Jul 7, 2014

MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press

READING, Pa. (AP) — Forty-six years after a Philadelphia teen's disappearance and slaying, the girl's family accepted her cremated remains Monday and asked for the public's help in finding her killer.

A month after the body was positively identified through DNA ...

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2 men sentenced in Detroit attack on motorist

Jul 7, 2014

By COREY WILLIAMS, Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — A judge on Monday sentenced one man to prison and a second to probation for their involvement in a brutal mob attack on a motorist who accidently struck a boy with his pickup truck in Detroit.

Wonzey Saffold, 30, was sentenced Monday in Wayne ...

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California man blows off hands with fireworks

Jul 6, 2014

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man igniting illegal fireworks blew off both of his hands when a device exploded prematurely, police said.

Officer Albert Morales of the San Jose Police Department said the man in his 40s is expected to live. The explosive went off in the man's hands ...

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Weekend shootings add to violent year for Indy

Jul 6, 2014

By KEN KUSMER, Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The fatal shooting of a decorated police officer this holiday weekend and a gun battle that wounded seven people the same day in a popular nightlife district have underscored what so far has been a violent year in Indianapolis.

Mourners left ...

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2 police officers shot near Denver are recovering

Jul 6, 2014

By SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press

DENVER (AP) — The man who shot and wounded two suburban Denver police officers checking on him at his home was stopped by a third officer who arrived later and returned fire, authorities said Sunday.

The injured female and male officers as well as the suspect were ...

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'Transformers' tops 'Tammy' on weak July 4 weekend

Jul 6, 2014

By JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — The Fourth of July went off like a dud at the box office, as the Michael Bay sequel "Transformers: Age of Extinction" and the Melisa McCarthy comedy "Tammy" led the weakest summer holiday weekend in at least a decade.

The North American box office was ...

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Cause of blaze that killed NYC firefighter probed

Jul 6, 2014

By MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Fire marshals were working Sunday to determine what sparked a blaze that killed a lieutenant who became trapped while looking for possible victims in a burning public-housing high-rise.

Lt. Gordon Ambelas died late Saturday after suffering ...

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Smoke alarms installed in home where 4 kids died

Jul 6, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Smoke detectors were installed last year inside a row home where four young children died in a fast-moving blaze that engulfed at least 10 residences, fire officials said.

Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer said the department had installed two smoke alarms in the house where the ...

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Victim recounts Southern California shark attack

Jul 6, 2014

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Steven Robles was an hour into his regular weekend swim off some of Southern California's most popular beaches when he came face-to-face with a great white shark.

The 7-foot-long juvenile had been trying to free itself from a fisherman's hook for about half an hour ...

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Northern California wildfire challenges crews

Jul 6, 2014

WINTERS, Calif. (AP) — A rural fire in Northern California raged throughout the night, challenging firefighters Sunday with rising temperatures and the threat of shifting winds, officials said.

State fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said that the so-called Monticello Fire grew in size to 11 square ...

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Oregon mental hospital to honor 'forgotten souls'

Jul 6, 2014

By JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — They were dubbed the "forgotten souls" — the cremated remains of thousands of people who came through the doors of Oregon's state mental hospital, died there and whose ashes were abandoned inside 3,500 copper urns.

Discovered a decade ago at ...

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Man convicted on terror charges files appeal

Jul 6, 2014

By PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Nine years ago the FBI made a startling announcement: A "sleeper cell" of al-Qaida operatives was uncovered in California's Central Valley.

Following the arrests of five terror suspects, journalists swarmed to this sleepy farming city of 60,000 ...

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NYC firefighter killed battling Brooklyn blaze

Jul 6, 2014

By MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A blaze broke out on an upper floor of a Brooklyn public-housing high-rise Saturday, trapping a New York City fire lieutenant who was overcome by smoke and later died.

Lt. Gordon Ambelas, 40, died at a hospital late Saturday night after the he ...

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Sheriff, feds: Rancher must be held accountable

Jul 5, 2014

By MARTIN GRIFFITH, Associated Press

RENO, Nev. (AP) — U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials say they agree with a Nevada sheriff's position that rancher Cliven Bundy must be held accountable for his role in an April standoff between his armed supporters and the federal agency.

Clark County ...

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Shark bites man near Southern California beach

Jul 5, 2014

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A swimmer was bitten Saturday by a juvenile great white shark that grew agitated trying to free itself from a hook a fisherman had thrown into the water off Southern California's Manhattan Beach Pier, officials said.

The man, who was with a group of long-distance ...

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4 confirmed dead in Fla. boat collision

Jul 5, 2014

By CHRISTINE ARMARIO, Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — Three boats collided near a Miami marina around the end of a fireworks display, killing four and injuring a dozen others in a chaotic scene that left bodies and survivors tossed overboard.

Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the crash ...

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4 shot at Houston festival, 2 hurt when leaving

Jul 5, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) — A man opened fire on an arena floor at a Caribbean music festival, wounding at least four people, police said, and two women were injured as the crowd rushed to flee the shooting.

Several thousand people had gathered at the arena for a Fourth of July party at the Houston Caribbean ...

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