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2 more charged in death of girl riding scooter

Jul 11, 2014

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — A teenager pleaded not guilty Friday in the deadly shooting of a 12-year-old girl who was hit by a stray bullet while riding a scooter, while two other young men were also charged and the girl's family prepared for her funeral.

Jhymiere Moore, 19, pleaded not guilty to ...

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Driver of stalled pickup finds slithering surprise

Jul 11, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — When a woman's pickup stalled on a street in Santa Fe, New Mexico, local chef Jackson Ault stopped to lend a hand.

Ault and the driver both ended up with a surprise Thursday when Ault popped the hood and found a brown and yellow python slithering across the engine block.

A ...

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Anthrax scare reveals more CDC lab safety problems

Jul 11, 2014

By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Citing an anthrax scare and other safety problems, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday said it shut down two research labs and stopped shipping highly dangerous germs to other labs.

An incident at one of the closed Atlanta labs ...

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Biden calls on governors to lead nation

Jul 11, 2014

By STEVE PEOPLES and ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden on Friday condemned the political gridlock crippling Washington, calling on Republican and Democratic governors alike to lead the nation "out of this mess" while insisting that Congress approve ...

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Ex-chief of huge pension fund guilty of bribery

Jul 11, 2014

By PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The former head of the California Public Employees' Retirement System, the nation's largest public pension fund, pleaded guilty Friday to bribery and fraud.

Federico Buenrostro Jr., the former chief executive of CalPERS, entered his plea in San ...

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Bus carrying Chinese tourists crashes in Wyoming

Jul 11, 2014

GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities say a bus carrying mostly Chinese tourists flipped on its side on a busy highway in Grand Teton National Park, and eight people were hospitalized.

Officials say 19 other people aboard were examined at a hospital and released after the crash ...

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Immigrant community rallies after fire kills 7

Jul 11, 2014

By DENISE LAVOIE, Associated Press

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Soben Pin wept as she tried to express her sorrow Friday over a fire that claimed the lives of five members of a Cambodian family and displaced dozens more in Massachusetts.

"They escaped from Cambodia, they came here to live the American ...

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John Seigenthaler, Tennessee journalist, dies

Jul 11, 2014

By KRISTIN M. HALL and LUCAS L. JOHNSON II, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — John Seigenthaler, the journalist who edited The Tennessean newspaper, helped shape USA Today and worked for civil rights during the Kennedy administration, died Friday at his Nashville home at age 86, his son said.

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Arizona mom of missing baby released from prison

Jul 11, 2014

PAUL DAVENPORT, Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona woman convicted in the 2009 disappearance of her young son was released from prison Friday without having ever provided authorities any details on the whereabouts of the missing boy.

Elizabeth Johnson hauled away a cardboard box of belongings ...

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3rd Colorado county giving licenses to gay couples

Jul 11, 2014

By SADIE GURMAN and COLLEEN SLEVIN, Associated Press

DENVER (AP) — A third Colorado county began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples Friday even though the legal fight is far from resolved in the state.

Pueblo County joined Denver and Boulder County in allowing gay couples to marry a day after ...

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Authorities: Man set fire at California airport

Jul 11, 2014

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A man is in custody on suspicion of arson after authorities say he set fire to cardboard inside a baggage claim area at a San Francisco Bay Area airport.

The fire around 3:30 a.m. Friday at Oakland International Airport charred a wall but otherwise caused no damage. Airport ...

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Spanish citizenship offer appeals to US Jews

Jul 11, 2014

By FERNANDO PEINADO, Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — A recent Spanish law granting dual citizenship to descendants of Sephardic Jews expelled more than 500 years ago has drawn the interest of communities in the U.S.

There are an estimated 3 million Sephardic Jews worldwide, and it is expected that ...

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House chairman: $3.7 billion request 'too much'

Jul 11, 2014

By ERICA WERNER and ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency request for the border crisis is too big and the House won't approve it, the chairman of the House committee that controls spending said Friday.

"It's too much money. We don't ...

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Texas shooting suspect collapses in court

Jul 11, 2014

By MICHAEL GRACZYK and RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, Associated Press

SPRING, Texas (AP) — A man accused of killing six members of his ex-wife's family, including four children, has collapsed in court as a prosecutor recited the charges against him.

A shackled Ronald Lee Haskell was standing before a ...

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Inventor pushes solar panels for roads, highways

Jul 11, 2014

By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren't meant for rooftops. They are meant for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways.

Brusaw, an electrical engineer, says the hexagon-shaped ...

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Wife in Ga. hot car death case has attorney

Jul 11, 2014

By JEFF MARTIN, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — The wife of a Georgia man facing charges after their son was left in a hot car and died has retained a criminal defense attorney for herself.

Atlanta attorney Lawrence Zimmerman said he now represents Leanna Harris.

Her husband, Justin Ross Harris,

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Police: Woman in 2 heroin deaths panicky then calm

Jul 11, 2014

By KATHLEEN FOODY and TERRY COLLINS, Associated Press

MILTON, Ga. (AP) — Twice last year, Alix Tichelman found herself alone with a man suffering from a drug overdose. The first time she called 911. The second time, police say, she just walked away.

Tichelman, 26, faces manslaughter charges in ...

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Officers say no 'stand-down order' for Benghazi

Jul 11, 2014

By BRADLEY KLAPPER and DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Military officers testified that there was no "stand-down order" that held back military assets that could have saved the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans killed at a diplomatic outpost and CIA annex in Benghazi,

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Gunman demanded to know ex-wife's whereabouts

Jul 10, 2014

By MICHAEL GRACZYK and RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, Associated Press

SPRING, Texas (AP) — A man charged with killing four children and their parents forced his way into the family's suburban Houston home, tied them up and shot them in the back of the head when they refused to tell him where his ex-wife ...

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Cleanup area extends nearly 2 miles after ND spill

Jul 10, 2014

By JOSH WOOD and JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press

MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) — The path of brine spilled from an underground North Dakota pipeline extends nearly 2 miles down a steep ravine, but dead vegetation is limited to about 200 yards from the source of the spill, a company official said Thursday.

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