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Slaying of Fla. law professor is a seeming mystery

Jul 24, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Detectives say Florida State University law school professor Daniel Markel was shot in the head - but won't say whether he was shot from the front or back. They say he was gunned down at his home in broad daylight - but won't say if he was found inside the house or outside.

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Colorado gay marriage ban struck, appeal awaits

Jul 24, 2014

By The Associated Press

DENVER (AP) — For years, gay rights activists in Colorado repeatedly said it would only be a matter of time before they would be allowed to marry.

They repeated that even as they struggled for years to get civil unions passed through the Colorado Legislature. Then, less than ...

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Wine collector set for sentencing in New York

Jul 24, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — A California wine collector the government has characterized as a prolific wine counterfeiter who sold at least $20 million in fake wine is set for sentencing on fraud charges.

Rudy Kurniawan, 37, was convicted in December of mail and wire fraud charges after evidence was presented ...

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Wyoming cave with fossil secrets to be excavated

Jul 24, 2014

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — For the first time in more than 30 years, paleontologists are about to revisit one of North America's most remarkable troves of late Pleistocene fossils: The bones of tens of thousands of animals piled at least 30 feet deep at the bottom of a sinkhole-type cave.

Natural Trap ...

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Gang violence, fears for children fuel rush to US

Jul 24, 2014

By TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Many immigrants flooding across the southern border of the U.S. say they're fleeing violent gangs in Central America.

Experts, however, say those gangs are actually a byproduct of U.S. policies in the 1990s that sent many immigrants back to ...

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Prayers for man who died in NY police custody

Jul 24, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Gospel music mixed with cries of grief at a Brooklyn church filled to overflowing with mourners for the funeral of a man who died in police custody after an officer placed him in an apparent chokehold, and his family was scheduled to meet with federal prosecutors in efforts to get a ...

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Ohio woman to be sentenced in slave labor case

Jul 24, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio woman convicted along with her boyfriend of enslaving a mentally disabled woman in their home for nearly two years was scheduled to be sentenced in federal court in Youngstown.

Thirty-three-year-old Jessica Hunt faces a possible sentence of 30 years to life ...

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JFK returns to old look in new collectors' coins

Jul 24, 2014

By MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — President John F. Kennedy is getting his old look back on new collectors' coins.

The slain president's profile debuted on the half dollar 50 years ago, and the image was subtly tweaked in the 1990s. Now the U.S. Mint is producing collectors'

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Family: Teen pilot who crashed in ocean knew risks

Jul 24, 2014

PLAINFIELD, Ind. (AP) — The family of an Indiana teenager who crashed in the Pacific Ocean during an around-the-world flight says he knew the risks and had prepared for them.

The body of 17-year-old Haris Suleman of Plainfield, Indiana, was recovered after his single-engine plane crashed Tuesday ...

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Deliberations in Ventura trial to enter Day 3

Jul 24, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A jury in St. Paul is set to resume deliberating for a third day whether a man regarded as the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history libeled former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura in his memoir.

Ventura says Chris Kyle made up a story in his best-seller "American Sniper"

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Funeral held for man who died in NY police custody

Jul 23, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — An overflow crowd packed a church and sang songs on Wednesday at the funeral of a man who died in police custody after an officer placed him in an apparent chokehold.

Eric Garner's relatives stopped in front of his open casket, some weeping and wailing. A preacher opened the ...

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Ocean crash kills teen pilot seeking world record

Jul 23, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — His pilot's license fresh in his hands, an Indiana teenager set out in June for the adventure of a lifetime: an around-the-world flight with his father designed to break a record and raise money to build schools in his father's native Pakistan.

Just days before the father and son ...

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Nunn and Perdue shift to fall battle of outsiders

Jul 23, 2014

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — New Republican nominee David Perdue and Democratic opponent Michelle Nunn used the first day of the general election campaign to retool the "outsider" arguments they've used to reach this point in a race that will help determine who controls the Senate for the final years of the ...

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Arizona governor wants review of execution process

Jul 23, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is ordering a review of the state's execution process after a condemned inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half before he died.

Brewer said in a statement Wednesday that she's concerned by how long it took for the sedative and pain killer ...

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Judge strikes down gay marriage ban, stays ruling

Jul 23, 2014

The Associated Press

DENVER (AP) — A federal judge in Denver declared Colorado's gay marriage ban unconstitutional on Wednesday, but he issued a temporary stay of the ruling to give the state until next month to seek an appeal.

Judge Raymond P. Moore's ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed July ...

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Document: Man tied to gun said 'bomber' his friend

Jul 23, 2014

By DENISE LAVOIE, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Details emerged Wednesday on another friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who may have been linked to events surrounding the deadly attack, this one a high school classmate tied to a gun used to kill a university policeman ...

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Senator says he had PTSD when he wrote thesis

Jul 23, 2014

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Sen. John Walsh's thesis written to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages taken word-for-word from previously published papers.

The Democrat said Wednesday he was on medication and being treated for post-traumatic stress ...

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Officials release sketch in peacock shooting death

Jul 23, 2014

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. (AP) — Officials have released a sketch of a man suspected of shooting and killing a peacock from his Mercedes-Benz earlier this month in Southern California.

The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday (http://lat.ms/1rqJcQO ) that witnesses told authorities they saw the ...

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Meat supplier in China scandal has global reach

Jul 23, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — It isn't a household name, but the company that's at the center of a food scandal in China helps make some of the world's most popular foods, including the Big Macs and Quarter Pounders served at McDonald's locations.

OSI Group, a privately-held company based in Aurora, Illinois,

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