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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 has declared Colorado's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, but he issued a temporary stay of the ruling until an appeals court hearing next month.

Judge Raymond P. Moore's ruling Wednesday was in response to a lawsuit filed July 1 by six ...

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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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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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Ocean crash kills teen pilot seeking world record

Jul 23, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana teenager who was attempting to set a record for an around-the-world flight was killed when his plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean, and crews were searching Wednesday for his father, who was also on board.

Family spokeswoman Annie Hayat said the plane flown by ...

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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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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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Fire season in West expected to get more intense

Jul 23, 2014

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Despite widespread drought in the West, wildfires have burned less than half the 10-year average area so far this summer.

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said Wednesday that largely has been a matter of luck, with the hot, windy weather known as "red flag" days not ...

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Porch shooter's lawyer says he feared for his life

Jul 23, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch was rocked out of sleep by a series of "boom, boom, boom" pounding sounds outside his home, causing him to grab a shotgun, open the front door and fire, a defense lawyer told jurors during opening statements Wednesday.

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NYC official: Thieves got into 1K StubHub accounts

Jul 23, 2014

By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The Manhattan district attorney says six people have been indicted in an international ring that managed to take over more than 1,000 StubHub users' accounts and fraudulently buy tickets to such prime events as Jay-Z and Elton John concerts, a New ...

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Arizona high court allows execution to proceed

Jul 23, 2014

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona's highest court is allowing the execution of a condemned inmate to proceed after considering a last-minute appeal that put his lethal injection on hold.

The appeal focused on arguments that Joseph Rudolph Wood received inadequate legal representation at his ...

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Nazi war suspect, 89, dies as extradition OK'd

Jul 23, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An 89-year-old Nazi war crimes suspect died in custody hours before a U.S. ruling Wednesday that he should be extradited to Germany to face trial.

Johann Breyer died Tuesday night at a Philadelphia hospital, where he had been transferred Saturday after a month in jail, his lawyer ...

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APNewsBreak: Medicaid enrollees strain Oregon

Jul 23, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Low-income Oregon residents were supposed to be big winners after the state expanded Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul and created a new system to improve the care they received.

But an Associated Press review shows that an unexpected rush of enrollees has ...

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Head of troubled CDC anthrax lab has resigned

Jul 23, 2014

By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say that the head of the government lab which potentially exposed workers to live anthrax has resigned.

Michael Farrell was head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lab since 2009. A CDC spokesman says he resigned Tuesday.

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Obama declares Washington wildfire emergency

Jul 23, 2014

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Wetter, cooler weather has helped firefighters make progress in their efforts to get the largest wildfire in Washington state's history under control.

With more rain in the forecast, crews worry that moisture could lead to flash floods after so much ground vegetation has been ...

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Teacher slaying suspect in court on assault charge

Jul 23, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts teenager charged with killing his teacher last year after following her into a bathroom similarly followed a worker at a youth detention facility into a locker room last month before choking and beating her, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Philip Chism, 15, made sure he ...

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Flight bans show skittishness over trouble spots

Jul 23, 2014

By The Associated Press

When U.S. and European airlines quickly canceled flights to Israel on Tuesday, they showed both a skittishness and a new sense of urgency in dealing with global trouble spots following last week's downing of a passenger plane over Ukraine.

Delta Air Lines turned around one of ...

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Federal judge to rule on Colorado gay marriage ban

Jul 23, 2014

DENVER (AP) — A federal judge in Denver is expected to rule Wednesday whether Colorado's same-sex marriage ban should be overturned immediately, or if the issue should be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore's decision will be in response to a lawsuit by six gay ...

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Police custody death tests 'Broken Windows' tactic

Jul 23, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Eric Garner, who died in police custody last week after he was put in an apparent chokehold, was suspected of committing the relatively minor crime of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes on the street.

The encounter was an unintended consequence of the New York Police Department's ...

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