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Trooper ambush suspect in court after long manhunt

    MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — Onlookers shouted “Are you sorry?” and “Why did you do it?” at the suspect in a fatal ambush on a Pennsylvania state police barracks as troopers led him from his first court appearance Friday following a grueling seven-week manhunt. Eric Frein, 31, appeared gaunt and battered as he answered [...]

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Relatives suspected poisoning in family’s deaths

  SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Relatives of five Utah family members found dead in a locked bedroom last month suspected the deaths weren’t accidental, and revelations that poison likely killed them confirmed their suspicions, according to a statement released Thursday. Jacob Strack said his family is struggling after learning from search warrants Wednesday that [...]

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AP Interview: Dissident forced to leave Vietnam

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — One of Vietnam’s most prominent dissidents said he was asked to sign a form seeking a pardon for spreading “propaganda against the state” before his release from prison last week, then forced onto a U.S.-bound flight with just the clothes on his body. Nguyen Van Hai, who blogged under the [...]

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N. Korea says it has invited EU rights official

  UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea on Thursday said it has invited European Union’s top human rights official to visit the country, but it threatened to drop recent offers of visits by United Nations rights officials unless a U.N. resolution on the country removes any reference to the International Criminal Court before Saturday. North [...]

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Suge Knight to stay in Vegas jail through weekend

  LAS VEGAS (AP) — Rap music figure Marion “Suge” Knight had a Las Vegas traffic warrant reduced to a parking ticket on Thursday, but was returned in custody to the Clark County jail to await a Monday extradition hearing in a California robbery case. Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Joseph Sciscento quickly arraigned [...]

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Inmate freed in landmark Illinois case

  CHICAGO (AP) — A prisoner whose confession helped free a death row inmate in a case that was instrumental to ending capital punishment in Illinois was released Thursday after he recanted, and a prosecutor said there was powerful evidence that the other man was responsible. Alstory Simon’s confession gained international attention in 1999, largely [...]

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First lady launches 2 graduation video contests

  WASHINGTON (AP) — High school and college students are competing for Michelle Obama to come to their schools to share her wisdom about moving on to higher education and adulthood. The first lady announced on Thursday two video contests as part of her Reach Higherinitiative, which encourages students to take their studies and training past secondary school. To [...]

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Man wanted in Pennsylvania trooper ambush captured

  BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) — A survivalist accused of ambushing two state troopers, killing one and seriously wounding the other, was captured on Thursday by U.S. marshals in an abandoned airplane hangar, ending a seven-week manhunt that had rattled the nerves of area residents, authorities said. The apparently quiet takedown of Eric Frein ended [...]

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Anti-violence activists charged in vicious attack

  WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — Two “Stop the Violence” organizers allegedly beat one of their colleagues so severely that he vomited blood and was left unconscious in critical condition. Nikole Ardeno and Emanuel Velez, both 30, accused their former roommate of stealing their property, and allegedly punched and kicked him in the street until he [...]

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Nevada court says Strip club dancers are employees

  LAS VEGAS (AP) — In a ruling that could prove costly for Nevada strip clubs, the state Supreme Court says dancers at one Las Vegas club are employees, not independent contractors, and are entitled to be paid minimum wage. The unanimous ruling Thursday was issued in a class-action lawsuit filed in 2009 on behalf [...]

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Report: Dangerous lab fires show lack of training

    DENVER (AP) — Science teachers need more safety training before running dazzling chemical experiments that can result in dangerous flash fires, according to a recommendation Thursday from a federal board charged with investigating such accidents. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board reviewed three fires stemming from science demonstrations during the last two months. The [...]

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