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Ex-official leaves huge debt for California city

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 19:18
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A former city official who became a symbol of municipal greed was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison - less than half the time it will take the nearly bankrupt Los Angeles suburb of Bell to dig itself out of the estimated $150 million in debt he left behind....
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NYC police rolling back some counterterror efforts

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 16:24
NEW YORK (AP) -- The move by New York City's new police commissioner to disband a unit that spied on the everyday activities of Muslims could be just the first step in a dismantling of some of the huge post-9/11 intelligence-gathering machinery built by his predecessor....
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Armed robber was never told to report to prison

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 15:51
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- After he was convicted of armed robbery in 2000, Cornealious Anderson was sentenced to 13 years behind bars and told to await instructions on when and where to report to prison. But those instructions never came....
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New SAT: What will those questions look like?

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 15:40
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Calculate the foreign exchange rate a vacationing American would pay in India. Estimate from a random sample the number of 18- to 34-year olds who voted for a candidate. These are sample questions from the newly redesigned SAT, which aims for more real-world applications and analysis from students....
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Man charged with marathon hoax is held on bail

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 15:38
BOSTON (AP) -- The man arrested near the Boston Marathon finish line carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker was sent to a state psychiatric facility for an evaluation Wednesday after an initial court appearance....
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Geneva talks on Ukraine face steep hurdles

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 14:57
MOSCOW (AP) -- Thursday's high-level talks in Geneva on Ukraine come as the country's eastern regions are awash in turmoil and pro-Russian insurgents have seized police stations and government buildings in at least nine cities....
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Pistorius defense tries to rebuild case

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 14:29
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- Oscar Pistorius' lawyers tried to roll back the prosecution's momentum at his murder trial Wednesday following the star athlete's shaky testimony, presenting a forensic expert who quickly found his own credentials and findings sharply questioned....
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Argentine zoo shows off white tiger triplets

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 13:03
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- The Buenos Aires Zoo is showing off its latest brood of white tigers - Bengal triplets with piercing blue eyes and a playful attitude....
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NKorea complains over barber's Kim Jong Un poster

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:57
LONDON (AP) -- North Korea has made a diplomatic appeal to the British government to get a London salon out of its hair....
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Why high oil prices are actually good for airlines

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:42
NEW YORK (AP) -- Airline executives frequently complain about fuel costs. But the truth is higher prices actually have been good for business....
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A year after background check defeat, modest goals

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:21
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic worries about this November's elections, a lack of Senate votes and House opposition are forcing congressional gun-control supporters to significantly winnow their 2014 agenda, a year after lawmakers scuttled President Barack Obama's effort to pass new curbs on firearms....
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NATO ups military presence amid Russian threat

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 09:36
BRUSSELS (AP) -- NATO is strengthening its military footprint along its eastern border immediately in response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine, the alliance's chief said Wednesday....
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Police say 5 dead in Calgary stabbings

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 08:29
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- The son of a Calgary police officer was charged in the fatal stabbing of five people at a house party that the law enforcement officials called the worst mass slaying in the western Canadian city's history....
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Boston police safely blow up suspicious backpacks

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 07:39
BOSTON (AP) -- Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city's resilience in the face of a terror attack....
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Dress codes: Where should schools set limits?

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 07:20
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -- They're called leggings - popular fashion items that are tight-fitting pants to some, and glorified tights to others....
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Pope gives a lift to 2 kids in St. Peter's Square

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 06:41
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has given a lift to two lucky kids during his general audience in St. Peter's Square....
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At Boston Marathon, a chance to finally finish

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 06:08
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Just one tiny misstep at mile 15 of the Boston Marathon last spring ruined any chance of amputee runner Jeff Glasbrenner breaking four hours....
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If filed, plane lawsuits might not get heard in US

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 05:27
BEIJING (AP) -- Since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, some lawyers have claimed they can get several millions of dollars in damages for each lost passenger by taking the cases to the United States. But past lawsuits show U.S. federal courts are more likely to throw such cases out if the crashes happened overseas....
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China's growth slows to 7.4 percent in 1Q

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 05:25
BEIJING (AP) -- China's economic growth slowed further in the latest quarter but appeared strong enough to satisfy Chinese leaders who are trying to put the country on a more sustainable path without politically dangerous job losses....
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Egypt clamps hold over mosques to control message

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 02:29
CAIRO (AP) -- In his weekly sermon, Muslim cleric Ali Abdel-Moati preached to his congregation in a southern Egyptian city about the evils of making hasty judgments. That prompted a complaint to authorities from a judge, who accused him of criticizing a recent mass death sentence issued against supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi....
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