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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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Texas shooting suspect had faced other charges

Jul 11, 2014

By MICHAEL GRACZYK and RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, Associated Press

SPRING, Texas (AP) — A man charged with killing six members of his ex-wife's family, including four children, was the subject of a restraining order obtained by his own mother less than a week before the attack and faced previous ...

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Fall elections loom over governors' meeting

Jul 11, 2014

By STEVE PEOPLES and ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Partisan divisions over immigration, education and health care are intensifying as dozens of the nation's governors meet just months before elections thick with presidential implications.

The three-day gathering of the ...

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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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Clippers trial put on hold past Tuesday deadline

Jul 10, 2014

By LINDA DEUTSCH, AP Special Correspondent

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A trial that could determine the fate of the Los Angeles Clippers was delayed Thursday until after a deadline to conclude a $2 billion sale — and a scheduled NBA vote on the deal — but there is hope for more time.

Donald Sterling has ...

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Fireworks reports checked in deadly apartment fire

Jul 10, 2014

By DENISE LAVOIE, Associated Press

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — A 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.

Authorities are looking ...

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Prostitute in Google exec case linked to 2nd death

Jul 10, 2014

By KATHLEEN FOODY and TERRY COLLINS, Associated Press

MILTON, Ga. (AP) — Two months before police say a high-priced prostitute calmly left a Google executive dying from a heroin overdose on his yacht, the woman panicked on the phone with a 911 dispatcher as her boyfriend lay on the floor of their ...

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Guns found at teen slaying suspect's home in Tenn.

Jul 10, 2014

By LUCAS L. JOHNSON II, Associated Press

LOBELVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police found a store of firearms Thursday at the home of a 15-year-old boy charged with shooting a longtime member of the National Guard at a Tennessee armory as investigators explored possible motives, an official said.

"Several"

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Mayor signs law to create NYC municipal ID cards

Jul 10, 2014

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday signed into law a plan to offer identification cards to residents regardless of their immigration statuses, providing a valuable document to access certain services for those who struggled to get them.

De Blasio,

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Questions and answers about saltwater spills

Jul 10, 2014

By JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer

An estimated 1 million gallons of saltwater generated by oil drilling has leaked from a North Dakota pipeline, company and tribal officials say, and federal authorities are investigating whether any of the liquid reached Lake Sakakawea, one of the nation's ...

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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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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 $28.3 million for a rare economic-espionage conviction for selling China a secret recipe to a widely used white pigment.

U.S. District ...

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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, Christie Brinkley and countless others, has died.

She was 92 and died Wednesday of ...

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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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