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School gunman was Homecoming prince, students say

  MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — A student recently crowned freshman class Homecoming prince walked into his Seattle-area high school cafeteria Friday Oct. 24, and opened fire, killing one person and shooting four others — including two of his cousins — before turning the gun on himself, officials and witnesses said. Students said the gunman was [...]

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US stocks rise broadly on earnings; Amazon sinks

  NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose again Friday, putting the market on track for its best week in almost two years, helped by strong quarterly results from companies such as Microsoft and UPS. Amazon plunged after the company reported dismal third-quarter results, but it wasn’t enough to drag the rest of the market [...]

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Senator Warner discusses college affordability, easing student debt burden

  An editorial by Sen. Mark Warner My story may be much like yours: I was the first in my family to graduate from college. I was able to pay for my degree by working part time and taking on student debt. And after finishing my education, I tried to start a business but failed [...]

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Methodist panel hears appeal over gay wedding

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Methodist pastor who was disciplined for officiating at his son’s same-sex wedding will soon find out whether he can remain an ordained minister in the nation’s second-largest Protestant denomination. The Rev. Frank Schaefer was suspended and then defrocked last year after refusing to promise to refrain from conducting same-sex marriages [...]

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Bear cub strolls through Oregon drug store

ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) Some shoppers at an Oregon drug store got a surprise when they saw a bear cub scurrying down the aisles. Witnesses say the cub first showed up Sunday, Oct. 19,  at a nearby hotel, hopped out a window and crossed the street to the Rite Aid in Ashland, a city just north [...]

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Beaten Giants fan shows significant progress

CAPITOLA, Calif. (AP) — Bryan Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a 2011 beating by two Los Angeles Dodgers fans, is cracking jokes, fist-bumping and hoping to one day discard his walker and run on his own. His remarkable progress was displayed Tuesday, Oct. 21, during an interview [...]

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Colorado girls make possible bid to join militants

DENVER (AP) — Three teenage girls from suburban Denver being investigated for possibly trying to join Islamic State militants in Syria aren’t radicalized jihadis but rather victims of an online predator, a school official said Wednesday, Oct. 22. At least one of the girls was communicating with someone online who encouraged the three to travel [...]

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Huge gold nugget going up for sale in California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — One of the biggest gold nuggets found in modern times in Northern California’s historic Gold Country is going up for sale. Weighing in at 6.07 pounds, the Butte Nugget is expected to carry a price tag of $350,000. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday (http://bit.ly/1sNy00B ) that the nugget’s finder asked [...]

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Senate candidates in Kan. seek to bolster support

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A high-profile endorsement in hand in the unlikeliest of battleground states, veteran Republican Sen. Pat Roberts sought to bolster support in Kansas’ rural west, where he needs to win big to fend off independent challenger Greg Orman. Roberts, who’s defending his seat against charges that he’s lost touch with Kansans, added [...]

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Aircraft carrier Bush to begin heading home to Va

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush is set to begin heading to its homeport in Norfolk. According to the Navy, the ship was relieved in the Arabian Gulf by the carrier Carl Vinson on Saturday and should soon depart for home. The USS George H.W. Bush was deployed in mid-February. The [...]

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Obama announces plan to tighten card security

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Saying more must be done to stop data breaches affecting consumers, President Barack Obama announced on Friday a government plan to tighten security for the debit cards that transmit federal benefits like Social Security to millions of Americans. Cards issued by the federal government will now have an internal chip replacing magnetic strips [...]

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