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Parts of US Capitol closed after asbestos accident

Jul 10, 2014

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — An accident involving asbestos work forced a temporary closure of the House side of the Capitol on Thursday and prompted House leaders to delay the day's session for two hours.

A hazardous materials response team was in the building following an ...

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Louisiana ruling on confession rankles Catholics

Jul 10, 2014

By MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Catholics are decrying a recent Louisiana Supreme Court decision that reaches into the most sanctified of church places, the confessional booth.

The ruling revives a lawsuit that contends a priest should have reported allegations of sexual ...

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Judge: Gay couples can keep marrying in Colorado

Jul 10, 2014

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI, Associated Press

DENVER (AP) — Gay couples can keep getting married in Colorado, even though the state's gay marriage ban is still in effect, a judge ruled Thursday.

The decision added to the national confusion over same-sex marriage, as the judge said a county clerk can ...

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Eileen Ford, founder of Ford Model Agency, dies

Jul 10, 2014

By BETH J. HARPAZ, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Modeling agency founder Eileen Ford, who shaped a generation's standards of beauty as she built an empire and launched the careers of Candice Bergen, Lauren Hutton, Jane Fonda and countless others, has died.

She was 92 and died Wednesday of ...

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Police back off on plan to take explicit photo

Jul 10, 2014

By MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia on Thursday backed off efforts to take sexually explicit photos of a 17-year-old to prove a sexting case against him.

Police and prosecutors faced a wave of criticism following news media reports that they had obtained a ...

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California man sentenced to 15 years for espionage

Jul 10, 2014

By PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday sentenced a California chemical engineer to 15 years in prison and fined him $28 million after his rare economic-espionage conviction for selling China the technology that creates a white pigment.

U.S. District Court ...

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Iowa flooding 911 call: 'A boy went in the sewer'

Jul 10, 2014

By RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A passing motorist tells authorities a "boy went in the sewer" and "his mother is yelling for him" during a 911 call that prompted a frantic search for two Iowa teenagers swept into an open storm drain during a flash flood. One died and ...

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15-year-old charged in fatal shooting at US armory

Jul 10, 2014

By LUCAS L. JOHNSON II, Associated Press

LOBELVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A 15-year-old was charged Thursday with one count of criminal homicide in the fatal shooting of a longtime member of the National Guard at a Tennessee armory, according to the state's Bureau of Investigation.

The suspect didn't work ...

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4 adults, 3 kids die in apartment building fire

Jul 10, 2014

By DENISE LAVOIE, Associated Press

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — An intense fire ravaged a three-story apartment building before dawn Thursday, killing four adults and three children, forcing tenants to jump or hand their children to safety, and leading to dramatic rescues from upper floors.

The victims in ...

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Suspect in family slaying dressed as delivery man

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 was dressed as a delivery man when he forced his way into the family's suburban Houston home and held the kids at gunpoint until their parents arrived,

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Police: Prostitute sought defense online in death

Jul 10, 2014

By KATHLEEN FOODY and TERRY COLLINS, Associated Press

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A high-priced prostitute charged in the overdose death of a Google executive aboard a yacht in California had searched online for how to legally defend herself after giving a lethal dose of heroin, police in California ...

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EPA trying to confirm ND spill didn't reach lake

Jul 10, 2014

By JOSH WOOD and JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press

MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) — Officials are assessing a spill of oil-drilling saltwater from a North Dakota pipeline to ensure none of the brine affected the lake an American Indian reservation uses for drinking water, the Environmental Protection Agency ...

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Los Alamos to get new supercomputer

Jul 10, 2014

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Los Alamos National Laboratory is getting a next-generation supercomputer to help maintain the safety and effectiveness of the nation's nuclear weapons.

The National Nuclear Security Administration announced Thursday that it is contracting with Cray Inc. to help develop the ...

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Disabled people denied voting rights, group says

Jul 10, 2014

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD, AP Political Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — At a time when election officials are struggling to convince more Americans to vote, advocates for the disabled say thousands of people with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and other intellectual or developmental disabilities have ...

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Man who killed Michigan family gets life in prison

Jul 10, 2014

By COREY WILLIAMS, Associated Press

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Lakshminivasa Nerusu stabbed his wife 59 times and later slit the throats of his two children when they returned to their Michigan home from school in 2008. After that, he spent nearly five years on the run in India, hiding from professional ...

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$14M to beaten Giants fan returns security focus

Jul 10, 2014

By ROBERT JABLON and ANDREW DALTON, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three years after his savage beating at the hands of Los Angeles fans at Dodger Stadium drew attention to sporting event violence, Bryan Stow was awarded about $14 million when a jury found the team was negligent.

For one juror,

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In New Orleans, a 10-year sentence for Ray Nagin

Jul 10, 2014

By KEVIN McGILL and ALLEN G. BREED, Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — He entered New Orleans City Hall as a cool and confident self-styled reformer, won fame there as a passionate, if profane, critic of the federal response to Hurricane Katrina and exited under suspicion.

Next stop for former New ...

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Heart pounds, eyes close on the tallest waterslide

Jul 10, 2014

By BILL DRAPER, Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Halfway up the 264 stairs leading to the top of the world's tallest waterslide, it was clear this was the most breathtaking ride I'd ever encountered.

And that was before I ever stepped foot in the raft.

Two-thirds of the way up the ...

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Cleanup from fatal storms begins in Eastern states

Jul 10, 2014

By JOHN KEKIS and MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press

SMITHFIELD, N.Y. (AP) — Residents of this rural central New York town on Wednesday picked through debris from homes battered by a deadly tornado, and utility crews worked to restore power in several Eastern states hit by severe storms.

In all, five ...

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