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Cleared of murder, man starts fresh 24 years later

Apr 24, 2014

By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The day Jonathan Fleming was cleared of the murder that put him behind bars for almost 25 years, he strode out of a courthouse to congratulations from passers-by, a steak dinner with his family and the start of a new life.

The weeks since have been ...

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Vermont moves toward labeling of GMO foods

Apr 24, 2014

By LISA RATHKE and DAVE GRAM, Associated Press

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont lawmakers have passed the country's first state bill to require the labeling of genetically modified foods as such, setting up a war between powerful lobbyists for the behemoth U.S. food industry and an American public ...

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Obama: New sanctions against Russia are 'teed up'

Apr 24, 2014

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent

TOKYO (AP) — Warning Russia that new economic sanctions are "teed up," President Barack Obama accused Moscow of failing to live up to an agreement last week to ease tensions in eastern Ukraine.

Still, he cautioned that the United States needs to secure ...

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Wyoming gas explosion prompts evacuation of town

Apr 24, 2014

OPAL, Wyo. (AP) — Residents and emergency crews were waiting for a fire to burn itself out after an explosion at a natural gas processing plant in a small town in southwestern Wyoming.

No injuries were reported in the explosion Wednesday in Opal, a town of about 95 people about 100 miles northeast ...

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Ohio women held captive seek Joan Rivers' apology

Apr 23, 2014

CLEVELAND (AP) — Attorneys for two women held in a Cleveland home and abused for a decade say Joan Rivers should apologize for comparing living in her daughter's guest room with the captivity they experienced.

Rivers and her daughter were discussing their reality show Tuesday on NBC's "Today" show ...

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Small Wyoming town evacuated after gas explosion

Apr 23, 2014

OPAL, Wyo. (AP) — A small town in southwest Wyoming was evacuated Wednesday after an explosion and fire at a natural gas processing facility and major national pipeline hub. There were no reports of injuries.

The gas has been shut off, but people who were in Opal, about 100 miles northeast of Salt ...

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Witness: Iraqi teens posed no threat before death

Apr 23, 2014

By GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. (AP) — Two unarmed Iraqi brothers posed no threat as they herded cattle in a palm grove where a U.S. Army reconnaissance team was hidden one day seven years ago, a former soldier said Wednesday at a preliminary hearing.

But then-Staff ...

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Airport official: Teen had no clue he was in Maui

Apr 23, 2014

By OSKAR GARCIA and JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) — Long flights can leave anyone a little unsteady, but a teenager who defied the odds, surviving a flight from California to Hawaii tucked in a jetliner's wheel well, was disoriented, thirsty and could barely walk after the ...

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Images released of shipwreck in San Francisco Bay

Apr 23, 2014

By JASON DEAREN, Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The first images of the newly discovered wreckage of a steamship that sank in San Francisco Bay in 1888, killing 16 people, were released Wednesday by federal ocean scientists.

The wood and iron steamship City of Chester went down on Aug. 22,

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Rail safety effort marred by squabbling

Apr 23, 2014

By JOAN LOWY, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurred by a series of fiery train crashes, a push by government and industry to make safer tank cars used for shipping crude oil and ethanol has bogged down in squabbling and finger-pointing over whether they're needed and if so, who should pay.

The ...

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Oregon gay marriage ban gets day in court

Apr 23, 2014

By JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Lawyers for four gay and lesbian couples and the state of Oregon are urging a federal judge to strike down the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.

Judge Michael McShane heard arguments on the case Wednesday but did not say ...

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Former AP reporter Robert Heard dies at age 84

Apr 23, 2014

By JIM VERTUNO, Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Robert Heard, who reported on Texas state government, politics and sports for The Associated Press, including the 1966 University of Texas tower shootings and a groundbreaking series on race and integration of Longhorns football, has died. He was ...

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Tentative deal reached in TSA breast-milk lawsuit

Apr 23, 2014

By TERRY TANG, Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) — A Southern California woman who was held at a Phoenix airport four years ago after refusing to have her breast milk X-rayed said Wednesday she has reached a tentative settlement with the Transportation Security Administration.

Stacey Armato, who filed ...

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Gun carry rights expanded in Ga. under new law

Apr 23, 2014

By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY, Associated Press

ELLIJAY, Ga. (AP) — Criticized by one group as the "guns everywhere" bill, Georgia took a big step Wednesday toward expanding where licensed carriers can take their weapons, with the governor signing a law that allows them in bars without restriction and in ...

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US weighs clemency for inmates jailed for 10 years

Apr 23, 2014

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is encouraging many nonviolent federal prisoners to apply for early release — and expecting thousands to take up the offer. It's an effort to deal with high costs and overcrowding in prisons, and also a matter of fairness,

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High court nixes $3.4M award to child porn victim

Apr 23, 2014

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a plea to make it easier for victims of child pornography to collect money from people who view their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor of a woman whose childhood rape has ...

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For Wrigley, it's party of a century

Apr 23, 2014

By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer

CHICAGO (AP) — For Wrigley Field, it really was the party of a century.

Exactly 100 years after the Chicago Federals pounded the Kansas City Packers in the first game at Wrigley, the famed ballpark got quite the birthday bash on Wednesday afternoon. Hall of ...

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Bashtag: NYPD Twitter campaign backfires

Apr 23, 2014

By TOM HAYS and JAKE PEARSON, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — To put it in social media terms, the New York Police Department got trolled.

The nation's largest police department learned the hard way that there are legions online devoted to short-circuiting even the best-intentioned public ...

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Gacy case helps solve unrelated Chicago area death

Apr 23, 2014

By DON BABWIN, Associated Press

MAYWOOD, Ill. (AP) — Four decades after John Wayne Gacy lured more than 30 young men and boys to his Chicago-area home and strangled them, his case has helped authorities solve another killing — one he didn't commit.

Investigators have identified the remains of a man ...

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