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Pillay: Israel, Hamas committing war crimes

Pillay: Israel, Hamas committing war crimes

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s top human rights official is accusing Israel and Hamas militants of committing war crimes in the latest Gaza war.

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As US economy accelerates, Fed remains cautious

As US economy accelerates, Fed remains cautious

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a grim start to 2014, the U.S. economy has rebounded with vigor and should show renewed strength into next year.

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Homeowner who fought off Trump is moving on

Homeowner who fought off Trump is moving on

She once called Donald Trump "a maggot, a cockroach and a crumb." This week, he remembered her as "an impossible person."

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Key prosecution witness heard in ex-Va. gov trial

Key prosecution witness heard in ex-Va. gov trial

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — They were once friends, or at least friendly. Both were self-made men who'd soared far past their working-class background. One was a rising star of the Republican Party and potential vice-presidential pick. The other, a …

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Philanthropist calls for saving Corcoran in court

Philanthropist calls for saving Corcoran in court

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wayne Reynolds, a leading Washington philanthropist, laid out an alternative plan in court hearings this week to save one of the nation's oldest museums and its college as a judge considers whether to break up the nearly 150…

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AP Exclusive: Study blames lost calves on panthers

AP Exclusive: Study blames lost calves on panthers

IMMOKALEE, Fla. (AP) — Since Florida's frontier days when cattlemen drove their herds through the state's vast fields and forests, ranchers and native panthers have been natural enemies.

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Immigration courts speed up children's cases

Immigration courts speed up children's cases

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Immigration courts are speeding up hearings for the tens of thousands of Central American children caught on the U.S. border after criticism that the backlogged system is letting immigrants stay in the country for years whi…

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Saint's remains return to Hawaii permanently

Saint's remains return to Hawaii permanently

HONOLULU (AP) — The remains of a saint known for caring for exiled leprosy patients have been returned to Hawaii.

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Sorting out the claims after pipe break: Who pays?

Sorting out the claims after pipe break: Who pays?

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hundreds of cars submerged below murky water. A landmark basketball court, newly refurbished, showing signs of buckling. Soaked and stained carpets. An athletic track coated in mud.

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State Dept: 'No American is proud' of CIA tactics

State Dept: 'No American is proud' of CIA tactics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has endorsed the broad conclusions of a harshly critical Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks, a report that accuses the agency of brutally treating ter…

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GOP: Lerner emails show bias against conservatives

GOP: Lerner emails show bias against conservatives

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional investigators say this is why they want all of Lois Lerner's emails.

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Congress races to finish veterans, highway bills

Congress races to finish veterans, highway bills

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is racing to wrap up legislation addressing chronic problems at the Veterans Affairs Department and a shortfall in highway money ahead of its five-week summer break. Deep divisions cast doubt on any resolution to th…

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Mississippi's Senate candidates to appear together

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) — For a half-hour or so, Republican Sen. Thad Cochran will be in the same place and talk to the same crowd as Democratic rival Travis Childers. And it might just be the only time during this year's campaign that'll happen.

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Obama cracks down on labor breaches by contractors

Obama cracks down on labor breaches by contractors

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is pushing government contractors to stop violating labor laws if they want to keep taking federal money.

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Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout

Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout

WASHINGTON (AP) — Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for computer woes that paralyzed the president's new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in a report released Wednesday.

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Kansas congressman hit by farmers' backlash

Kansas congressman hit by farmers' backlash

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Eleven biofuel plants dot the vast expanse of western and central Kansas, where farm fields stretch to the horizon and corn and sorghum are the backbone of the rural economy.

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Century-old pipe break points to national problem

Century-old pipe break points to national problem

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles, into a mucky mess points to the risks and expense many citi…

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Portland settles suit by officer who honored Nazis

Portland settles suit by officer who honored Nazis

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Once-forgotten plaques placed by a Portland police officer in a city park to honor five Nazi-era German soldiers have come back to haunt the city.

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Plane crashes in San Diego parking lot; 1 dead

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A small plane crashed in a San Diego shopping center parking lot Wednesday, killing an 80-year-old woman who was the lone passenger and injuring the pilot, authorities said.

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Colorado man dies when trailer collapses in wind

Colorado man dies when trailer collapses in wind

DENVER (AP) — Heavy rain has brought much-needed moisture to Colorado's drought-stricken plains and has tested the recovery efforts in the foothill communities hit hard by flooding in September.

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First lady asks leaders to change gender attitudes

First lady asks leaders to change gender attitudes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama called on young African leaders to change traditional attitudes and beliefs that harm girls and women, adding that educating and making women financially literate is not enough.

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Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead

Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats…

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Man on FBI's Most Wanted list in custody

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A man on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list in connection with a 2008 rape and homicide has been captured and brought to Louisiana, where the crime took place.

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Man on FBI's Most Wanted list in custody

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A man on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list in connection with a 2008 rape and homicide has been captured and brought to Louisiana, where the crime took place.

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Congress cooperates _ and fights _ as recess nears

Congress cooperates _ and fights _ as recess nears

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eager to begin a monthlong break, Congress leavened its customary heavy partisanship on Wednesday with a pinch of compromise, advancing legislation to repair the deeply troubled Department of Veterans Affairs and working to …

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House GOP scrambles for votes on border bill

House GOP scrambles for votes on border bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans, scrambling to win conservative support for a bill addressing the immigration crisis on the border, have scheduled a companion vote on legislation to block President Barack Obama from extending deportation …

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Seattle police: 1 officer issued most pot tickets

SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle police officer has been reassigned after a review found he wrote about 80 percent of marijuana tickets issued in the city during the first half of 2014.

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Vegas victim: Crime spree was 'total terror'

Vegas victim: Crime spree was 'total terror'

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A woman who was stabbed with a screwdriver while she unsuccessfully fought to save her husband from a pair of home invaders described Tuesday's deadly crime spree in Las Vegas as "total terror."

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Powell maybe not told early about CIA techniques

Powell maybe not told early about CIA techniques

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks concludes that the agency initially kept the secretary of state and some U.S. ambassadors in the dark about harsh techniques and secre…

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Detroit police: Sleeping boy, 8, shot and killed

DETROIT (AP) — Sporadic gunfire isn't an unusual sound in the Brewster Homes public housing complex in Detroit, but booming noises that shook Tenesha Higgins early Wednesday morning were way too close.

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War College to make final decision on Sen. Walsh

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Army War College will have the final say over whether any punishment is warranted in a plagiarism investigation against Sen. John Walsh of Montana.

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Obama takes tougher line against Gaza casualties

Obama takes tougher line against Gaza casualties

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration condemned the deadly shelling of a United Nations school in Gaza Wednesday, using tough, yet carefully worded language that reflects growing White House irritation with Israel and the mounting civili…

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Cinema verite documentarian Robert Drew dies at 90

Cinema verite documentarian Robert Drew dies at 90

Filmmaker Robert Drew, a pioneer of the modern documentary who in "Primary" and other movies mastered the intimate, spontaneous style known as cinema verite and schooled a generation of influential directors that included D.A. Pennebaker and …

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Foster parent charged with murder in hot car death

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man accused of leaving his 10-month-old foster child in a hot car where she died was charged Wednesday with murder.

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Peace Corps workers isolated after Ebola exposure

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Peace Corps volunteers are under isolation outside the U.S. after having contact with a person who later died of the Ebola virus.

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Obama order to expand labor rights for contractors

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is preparing to sign an executive order cracking down on labor violations by companies that contract with the federal government, the White House said Wednesday.

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Tea-party challenger confronts Roberts in Kansas

Tea-party challenger confronts Roberts in Kansas

EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — Tea-party challenger Milton Wolf confronted U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts during a walking tour in eastern Kansas on Wednesday, interrupting the senator's campaign stop to call attention to his refusal to have debates ahead of th…

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Sheriff: Baby left in van outside doctor's office

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A doctor and nurses went to the aid of a 2-month-old baby girl after a Florida mom left the infant in a hot minivan outside a pediatrician's office for about an hour, authorities say.

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Key witness testifies in ex-governor's trial

Key witness testifies in ex-governor's trial

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Curing his wife's thyroid disease. Connections in the high-end fashion world. Learjet flights for politicians.

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Japanese search US archives for WWII MIA info

Japanese search US archives for WWII MIA info

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Racing against time, members of a Japanese organization are combing a New York military museum's World War II records for information they hope will lead to the graves of American servicemen still listed as missi…

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Justice Dept. files in Ohio, Wisconsin voter cases

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Wednesday sided with challengers of voting laws in Wisconsin and Ohio, saying in court filings that measures in those states unfairly affect minority voters.

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Ex-Blackwater guard testifies against colleagues

Ex-Blackwater guard testifies against colleagues

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Blackwater security guard testified Wednesday that he and two colleagues shot their weapons into a car in Nisoor Square in Baghdad, part of a barrage of gunfire that claimed the lives of a mother and her son and led…

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More senators seek military aid to Ukraine

More senators seek military aid to Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic senators joined their Republican colleagues Wednesday in calling for some U.S. military aid to Ukraine after receiving a closed-door briefing from senior Obama administration officials.

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House approves VA health care overhaul

House approves VA health care overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House overwhelmingly approved a landmark bill Wednesday to help veterans avoid long waits for health care that have plagued the Veterans Affairs Department for years.

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Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout

Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout

WASHINGTON (AP) — Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for computer woes that paralyzed the president's new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in a report released Wednesday.

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Ticket me Elmo: NYC weighs street character law

NEW YORK (AP) — A summer spike in costumed characters behaving badly in Times Square — most recently a Spider-Man accused of punching a police officer — has turned up the heat on plans to regulate the legions of Elmos, Cookie Monsters and Sta…

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White House document: Secy of state at first not told of post-9/11 CIA interrogation methods

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House document: Secy of state at first not told of post-9/11 CIA interrogation methods.

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Trafficking bust reveals worries over missing kids

Trafficking bust reveals worries over missing kids

WASHINGTON (AP) — The 168 juveniles recovered last month during an FBI child sex trafficking bust included some kids who had never been reported missing, a population that law enforcement encounters often and that child welfare advocates say …

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VA wants to fire 2 accused of manipulating data

DENVER (AP) — The Veterans Affairs Department said it wants to fire two supervisors accused of manipulating health care data in Colorado and Wyoming.

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6 Philadelphia officers charged in corruption case

6 Philadelphia officers charged in corruption case

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Six city narcotics officers used gangland tactics to shake down drug dealers, relying on guns, badges, beatings and threats to extort huge piles of cash and cocaine, federal authorities charged in an indictment Wednesday.

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