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Heads up! Supermoon is here

Jul 13, 2014

By The Associated Press

Look! Up in the sky! It's supermoon!

Because our celestial neighbor is relatively close to Earth, these full moons will appear to be unusually large. That distance varies because the moon follows an elliptical orbit. When it's close and full, it appears bigger and brighter ...

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California triple homicide seen as tenant dispute

Jul 13, 2014

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A man is accused of shooting and killing three people Saturday in what authorities are investigating as a possible tenant-landlord dispute, police said.

John Izeal Smith, 35, opened fire on police officers with a rifle before barricading himself inside a home in the Los ...

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Israel-NYC flight makes safe emergency landing

Jul 13, 2014

By MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York-bound Delta Air Lines flight from Israel declared an emergency and returned to Tel Aviv early Sunday after developing a mechanical problem, vexing passengers already on edge as Palestinian militants launched rocket attacks on the city.

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Man convicted of deadly attack on sleeping kids

Jul 12, 2014

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man has been convicted of killing a 6-year-old boy who was trying to protect his sister from a sexual assault.

Osvaldo Rivera, of Camden, was found guilty Friday of felony murder. He faces life in prison when he's sentenced Oct. 23.

Camden County authorities say ...

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Candidate scraps shotgun-blast ad against Congress

Jul 12, 2014

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A Democrat running for Congress in conservative central Washington on Saturday removed an online campaign video that showed him blasting an elephant-shaped piñata with a shotgun.

The Tri-City Herald reported (http://is.gd/17w5n6 ) that the advertisement for Estakio ...

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Tracy Morgan released from rehab month after crash

Jul 12, 2014

By BRUCE SHIPKOWSKI, Associated Press

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Former "Saturday Night Live" star Tracy Morgan has been released from a rehabilitation facility as he heals from serious injuries he suffered in a car crash that left a fellow comedian dead, his spokesman said Saturday.

Morgan will continue ...

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Girl whose 6 family members were killed recovering

Jul 12, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) — A 15-year-old girl suburban Houston girl who survived an attack in which her parents and four younger siblings were killed says she's on the road to recovery.

The Houston Chronicle (http://bit.ly/W7DO9W ) reports that Cassidy Stay also thanked first responders Saturday during a ...

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Districts debate merits of master's for teachers

Jul 12, 2014

By JAMIE STENGLE, Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) — Efforts to eliminate extra pay for teachers who earn advanced degrees are gaining momentum in a small but growing number of U.S. schools. The issue is stirring a national debate about how best to compensate quality educators and angering teachers who ...

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Teddy Roosevelt library to rely on digital efforts

Jul 12, 2014

By KEVIN BURBACH, Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Theodore Roosevelt's love of the country's untouched, natural beauty spurred him to create and conserve hundreds of national forests, parks and monuments during his presidency.

His legacy, though, is being preserved digitally.

A devoted group of ...

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Associate: Tommy Ramone, last of the Ramones, dies

Jul 12, 2014

By KRISTEN de GROOT, Associated Press Writer

Tommy Ramone, a co-founder of the seminal punk band the Ramones and the last surviving member of the original group, has died, a business associate said Saturday.

Dave Frey, who works for Ramones Productions and Silent Partner Management, confirmed that ...

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Associate: Tommy Ramone, last of the Ramones, dies

Jul 12, 2014

By KRISTEN de GROOT, Associated Press

Tommy Ramone, a co-founder of the seminal punk band the Ramones and the last surviving member of the original group, has died, a business associate said Saturday.

Dave Frey, who works for Ramones Productions and Silent Partner Management, said Ramone died on ...

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Crews battle wildfires in Washington, California

Jul 12, 2014

ENTIAT, Wash. (AP) — Several hundred firefighters worked Friday to contain a fire that has burned grass and brush across nearly 32 square miles in central Washington.

The blaze threatened more than 200 homes and damaged a few outbuildings in Chelan County near Entiat, roughly midway between ...

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Chinese man accused of hacking into US computers

Jul 11, 2014

By JULIE WATSON, Associated Press

SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. authorities have charged a Chinese businessman with hacking into the computer systems of U.S. companies with large defense contracts, including Boeing, to steal data on military projects, including some of the latest fighter jets, officials ...

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FBI: Utah man wanted to bomb police station

Jul 11, 2014

TREMONTON, Utah (AP) — Authorities have arrested a 47-year-old Utah man they say wanted to kill police officers and blow up a police department with the hope it would cause an uprising against the government.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Utah said in a statement late Friday that FBI agents and ...

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Dozens of gay-marriage licenses issued in Colorado

Jul 11, 2014

By SADIE GURMAN and COLLEEN SLEVIN, Associated Press

DENVER (AP) — Dozens more gay couples received marriage licenses in Colorado on Friday as a third county began granting them in the midst of a legal fight to resolve the issue for good.

Pueblo County, the latest in the state to give marriage ...

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Polar vortex? Nope, just cooler Midwestern weather

Jul 11, 2014

By DON BABWIN, Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Unseasonably cool weather will arrive next week in the Midwest and as far south as Arkansas and Oklahoma.

It is not, however, the second coming of a polar vortex, a phrase the National Weather Service's Chicago office tweeted earlier this week to ...

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House chairman: $3.7B border request 'too much'

Jul 11, 2014

By ERICA WERNER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key Republican said Friday that President Barack Obama's multibillion-dollar emergency request for the border is too big to get through the House, as a growing number of Democrats rejected policy changes Republicans are demanding as their price ...

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Serial rapist's freedom comes with strict limits

Jul 11, 2014

By TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — He can't be alone outside after dark, needs permission to walk through his neighborhood or go to a bowling alley, and must allow random searches and polygraph tests. For the first time in roughly two decades, serial rapist Christopher Hubbart is ...

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2 more charged in death of girl riding scooter

Jul 11, 2014

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Hundreds of mourners gathered Friday for a funeral for a 12-year-old girl killed when she was hit by a stray bullet while riding a scooter, and three young men faced charges in her death.

A 19-year-old who turned himself in earlier in the week pleaded not guilty Friday in the ...

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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 nation's largest pension fund admitted Friday that he took bribes, including hundreds of thousands of dollars stuffed in paper bags and a shoe box, and helped an associate collect millions in a fraudulent investment scheme.

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