Man faces death penalty for killing estranged wife, friend

A Florida man faces a possible death sentence for killing his estranged wife and her friend
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Jury finds Virginia councilman guilty of felony forgery

A jury has found a city councilman in Virginia guilty of three counts of felony forgery for falsifying a contractor's signature on financial documents.
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Military veterans divided over Trump's Russia comments

Current and U.S. veterans are split over President Donald Trump's statements in Helsinki on Russian meddling in the 2016 election
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California Supreme Court blocks measure that would divide state in three from appearing on November ballot

California Supreme Court blocks measure that would divide state in three from appearing on November ballot
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Mom of Indiana girl killed in '88 hopes defendant gets death

The mother of an 8-year-old Indiana girl who was raped and killed in 1988 wants prosecutors to seek the death penalty against the man accused of the crimes
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Trump makes endorsement in runoff for Georgia governor

President Donald Trump endorsed Secretary of State Brian Kemp over Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle for Georgia Governor
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Abundant precipitation, reduced water use help boost aquifer

The water level in an Idaho aquifer increased 1.7 million acre-feet (2.1 billion cubic-meters) over last year
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West Virginia jobless rate dips in June

West Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has dropped slightly to 5.3 percent in June
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Parasitic illness blamed in 22 St. Louis County cases

Health officials in St. Louis County are raising concerns about an outbreak of an intestinal illness
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Records show Arizona lawmaker has history of traffic stops

Records show an Arizona lawmaker already under fire for claiming legislative immunity during a traffic stop for speeding has had similar run-ins with state police, and only got a warning each time
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Attorney general: Oklahoma board went too far with pot rules

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter says the state's Board of Health overstepped its authority with several of the emergency rules it adopted last week for medical marijuana
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Omaha-based voting machine company denies Russian hacking

An Omaha company says Russian hackers didn't breach its election machines or software in 2016
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Utah third party nominates Mormon missionary leader for race

Utah's centrist United Utah Party has nominated a senior Mormon missionary leader in a race for U.S. Congress
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Arkansas governor: Lawmaker should resign over unpaid taxes

Arkansas' governor has called on a state lawmaker and fellow Republican accused of not filing an income tax return for 15 years to resign
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Court backs insurer: No $300K payout in head-on crash

A federal court has ruled in favor of an insurance company, which refused to pay on a $300,000 policy after a Michigan man and his mother died in a head-on crash
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President Trump insults tiny country visited by LePage

The country that Maine Gov. Paul LePage has been visiting in hopes of strengthening ties is the subject of a jab from President Donald Trump over NATO
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Trump Jr. rewards DeSantis' support with campaign stump

The president's eldest son rewarded Ron DeSantis' early support for Donald Trump with a campaign stump meant to boost the congressman's campaign for Florida governor
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Ore. court reinstates $10M award to man hit by garbage truck

The Oregon Court of Appeals says a man hit by a garbage truck in downtown Portland should get the $10.5 million a jury awarded him for pain and suffering
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Fayette County approves pact for hospital to run needle swap

An eastern Indiana county has approved a contract for a hospital to take over its needle exchange program
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Iowa couple accused of locking boy in enclosure for months

A north-central Iowa man and his girlfriend have been charged with kidnapping after police say the couple tortured the man's 8-year-old son for months by locking him in a basement enclosure for hours every day, withholding food and having a dog bite him
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Nicholson launches new ad, Thompson weighs in on Senate race

Republican Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson launched his first television ad of the primary Wednesday, as a new poll showed his race a dead heat and a former governor condemned ads being run by an outside group against Nicholson's opponent
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Arkansas says search for lethal injection drugs on hold

Arkansas prison officials say their search for new lethal injection drugs is on hold until the Legislature adds manufacturers to a law that keeps the state's suppliers of execution drugs secret
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City attorney criticizes law used to arrest Stormy Daniels

An Ohio city attorney has recommended that the state law police cited to arrest porn actress Stormy Daniels should not be enforced
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Prosecutor: No charges in Maryland police shooting

A Maryland police officer won't face charges in the shooting of a shoplifting suspect
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California bill requires free postage for mail ballots

California is requiring counties to provide free postage for vote-by-mail ballots statewide
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Driver in police chase, fatal crash has DUI history

A man accused of driving while intoxicated during a police chase that ended in a fatal crash has been charged in the deaths of two Nampa residents
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Grand Central benches find home at Massachusetts station

Grand Central benches find home at Massachusetts station
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Officials identify 3 killed in plane crash

Officials have identified three people killed in a single-engine plane crash north of Spokane last week
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US coal ash pollution rules eased after industry balks

The Trump administration is easing rules for handling toxic coal ash from more than 400 coal-fired power plants across the U.S. after utilities objected to the regulations adopted under former President Barack Obama
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Boyd takes his 1st swipe at Lee in Tennessee GOP gov race ad

Ex-state economic development commissioner Randy Boyd is waging his first attacks on businessman Bill Lee in Tennessee's four-way Republican gubernatorial primary
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New River Gorge National River gets grant for activities

The New River Gorge National River in West Virginia will receive a grant to bolster a partnership aimed at getting local residents involved in recreational activities
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15 indicted in drug conspiracy based at housing complex

Fifteen people have been indicted by a federal grand jury for a wide-ranging and sometimes fatal drug conspiracy based out of a public housing complex in St. Louis
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Arkansas approves doctor rules aimed at slowing opioid abuse

An Arkansas panel has given final approval to regulations that will require doctors who prescribe high doses of opioid pain medication to follow guidelines meant to limit potential abuse, including exploring alternative treatments
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Printer company Lexmark plans about 1,000 layoffs

Lexmark says it's planning to lay off about 1,000 employees _ about one-ninth of its global workforce _ over the next year in the latest restructuring of the printer company
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Police: 2 children suffer bites in possible shark attacks

Authorities say two children have been bitten in waters off Fire Island in possible shark attacks, prompting beach closings
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Montana Supreme Court orders new trial in Billings homicide

The Montana Supreme Court has ordered a new trial in a 2015 Billings homicide, ruling the defendant was wrongly denied the right to question whether the state's key witness was on meth at the time of the shooting
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Test track proposed for Illinois transportation lab

A proposed project would add a test track to the Illinois Center for Transportation for researchers to study ideas such as self-repairing roads.
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Accountant sentenced for stealing $866K from businesses

An accountant has been sentenced 10 years in prison after authorities say he stole $866,000 from four Hawaii businesses
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Report: Weather was deteriorating before Alaska plane crash

Investigators say a pilot who crashed a charter plane on an Alaska mountain initially confused the snow-covered slopes with a body of water in deteriorating weather conditions
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Police were called to Chanhassen home 9 times in 3 years

Police were called to the Chanhassen home where a teenager was fatally shot by police a total of nine times in the last three years
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Lawsuit accuses priest of denying aid for sex abuse victim

A man who says he was sexually assaulted as a child by a Roman Catholic monk in Massachusetts has filed a lawsuit accusing a priest of trying to conceal the abuse and refusing to help pay for his mental health treatment
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Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin launches spacecraft higher than ever

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin rocket company has shot a capsule 74 miles into space, higher than it's ever done before
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Scenic California highway near Big Sur reopens after slide

A scenic stretch of Highway 1 in a popular tourist area along the California coast reopened to traffic, more than a year after it was blocked by a massive landslide
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Florida mayor apologizes for fight over 'Starry Night' home

A Florida mayor has apologized to a couple fined thousands of dollars for painting the exterior of their home with murals emulating a Vincent van Gogh masterpiece
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Lawyer attacks allegations against Indiana attorney general

A lawyer for Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill says calls for his resignation over allegations that he drunkenly groped four women are "pure hysteria" based on a flawed initial investigation
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Massachusetts House votes to repeal old anti-abortion laws

The Massachusetts House has voted to repeal a series of antiquated state laws, including a 19th-century ban on abortion
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Honolulu mayor directs city to prepare for climate change

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell has directed city departments and agencies to prepare for the effects of climate change and sea level rise
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Court upholds conviction in angry call over snow plowing

New Hampshire's Supreme Court has ruled against a man who left an angry phone message for his town administrator about plow drivers leaving too much snow in front of his home
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Rival blames Louisiana governor for halt in executions

Louisiana's Democratic governor and Republican attorney general are trading barbs over the recent extension of a court order blocking the state from carrying out any death sentences
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Minnesota's highest court won't block 'necessity defense'

Climate change protesters are claiming victory in their effort to present an unusual "necessity defense" against felony charges stemming from efforts to shut down oil pipelines
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Burgum vows to curb spending despite additional oil revenue

Record North Dakota oil production has given fresh optimism in the state that has had to balance its budgets the past few years through cuts, layoffs and raids on state savings
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Study links air pollution to drop in national park visitors

A new study says visitors may be steering clear of some U.S. national parks or cutting their visits short because of air pollution
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Symbolic vacant hotel in North Carolina city torn down

A vacant North Carolina hotel which came to symbolize a city's shortage of affordable housing will be demolished
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Court questions whether Maine has money to expand Medicaid

Maine's high court is set to hear legal arguments as Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration fights a court order requiring him to roll-out voter-approved Medicaid expansion
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Police in Louisiana: Man accused of raping 8-year-old boy

Police in Louisiana have arrested a man accused of raping an 8-year-old boy who was known by the child's family
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The Latest: Lightning triggers California beach evacuation

Monsoonal flow brings thunderstorms, lightning to Southern California, triggers beach evacuation
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Authorities ID woman killed in Hanson County creek crash

Authorities have identified a Mitchell woman who died in a weekend crash in Hanson County
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Wichita attorney indicted in alleged cyberattacks

A Wichita lawyer and a computer software engineer have been charged in a federal indictment alleging they plotted cyberattacks on websites with information criticizing the attorney's work
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Rhode Island bills trucks $625,000 in first month of tolling

Rhode Island has billed about $625,000 to trucks in its first month of tolling
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The Latest: Kevin Nicholson launches first TV ad

Republican Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson has launched his first television ad of the primary, calling it a "disgrace" that Congress won't stop illegal immigration or build a border wall
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Charity to help family of slain officer pay mortgage

A charity created in memory of a New York City firefighter killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks says it plans to help the family of a slain Massachusetts police officer pay the mortgage
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Chicago museum stops selling doll depicting Hindu god

The Field Museum in Chicago has stopped gift shop sales of a doll depicting the Hindu god Lord Shiva after a Hindu group called those sales inappropriate
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Governor backs agencies' actions in trooper harassment case

Gov. Kim Reynolds is defending a harassment investigation that ended with a state trooper being fired after a 10-month paid leave and examined whether a powerful captain responded appropriately to concerns
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Alaska lawmaker seeks review of document leak

An Alaska lawmaker wants the state Department of Law to review whether the leaking of a confidential audit merits prosecution
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12 horses removed from northeast Kansas farm

Jackson County Sheriff Tim Morse says 12 horses were removed from a farm this week after a veterinarian determined they were not receiving proper care
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Court throws out 2012 welfare law over how bill was enacted

A Pennsylvania law ending cash welfare benefits and making other changes is being invalidated over methods used to push it through the Legislature
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Sheriff: 5 teens jailed; 2 deputies hurt in chase, shootout

Authorities: 5 teens jailed after chase, shootout in Louisiana; 2 deputies hurt
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Woman faces retrial on charges of suffocating husband

Bail has been set at $1 million for a New Jersey woman facing a retrial on charges she killed her ailing husband by smothering him with a plastic bag and tried to kill her daughter the same way
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Sioux City detox center details being finalized

Advocates for the homeless in Sioux City will likely seek government funding as they push for the establishment of a detoxification center to help those who suffer from drug and alcohol addiction
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4 arrests after woman's skeletal remains found in trash can

Authorities say four people have been arrested after a woman's skeletal remains were found inside a trash can at a Southern California home
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Louisiana reports first 6 West Nile infections of 2018

Louisiana's health department is reporting that six people in the state have been infected with the mosquito-borne West Nile Virus
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Badly burned baby dies after reported Louisiana kidnapping

A Louisiana policed department is investigating the death of a 6-month-old boy who was found with severe burns more than an hour after his mother reported him kidnapped
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Man accused of supplying drugs bound over for trial

A man accused of supplying heroin and cocaine to 20 drug dealers in the Milwaukee area has been bound over for trial
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Tip leads to Texas 10 Most Wanted sex offender in Houston

A tip has led to the Houston arrest of a man on the Texas 10 Most Wanted sex offenders list who had been on the run for two years
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Activist sues for video of Chicago police shooting

A community activist is suing the Chicago Police Department for all the videos and audio recordings of the weekend fatal shooting of a man by a Chicago police officer
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Former police chief arrested on drug charge in S Carolina

A former police chief of one of South Carolina's largest cities faces a drug charge after authorities found a fugitive in his home
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Missouri lawmaker unblocks Twitter critic who sued her

A Missouri state representative has unblocked a critic from her Twitter account after he sued in a case reminiscent of a recent ruling against President Donald Trump
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Senators opposing Oregon prosecutor's judicial nomination

Democratic senators are voicing opposition against an Oregon federal prosecutor nominated to fill a judicial vacancy in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
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Authorities ID driver killed in rollover near Flagstaff

New York resident dies on Interstate 40 near Flagstaff after rolling the tractor-trailer he was driving
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Body found in mudflat in coastal Maine

Authorities in Maine say a body has been found in a mudflat in the coastal town of Trenton
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EU fines Google a record $5 billion over mobile practices

The European Union has fined Google a record $5 billion for forcing cellphone makers that use the company's Android mobile operating system to install Google apps
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County DA recuses from Oklahoma investigation into sheriff

A county district attorney near Tulsa is recusing himself from investigating assault allegations against the local sheriff
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Strip mall fire that destroyed 5 shops ruled an accident

A fast-moving fire that destroyed five businesses at a New Jersey strip mall earlier this month has been deemed an accident
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New law in Baltimore bars sodas from kids' menus

A new ordinance in Baltimore bars city restaurants from including sodas and other sugary drinks on kids' menus
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Flynn first Democrat to release television ad

Matt Flynn is the first Democrat on television with a campaign ad ahead of the Aug. 14 primary, touting his opposition to the Foxconn Technology Group project
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US judge throws out suit over health subsidy cuts

A U.S. judge in San Francisco has thrown out a lawsuit over the Trump administration's decision to cut Affordable Care Act subsidies
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Utah lawmakers to consider online sales tax, shipping hub

Utah lawmakers plan to meet for a special session to consider forcing some online companies to collect sales tax and to eye proposed changes to a planned shipping hub in Salt Lake City
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Trump administration handing over voter commission docs

The Trump administration is complying with a court order to turn over documents from the disbanded voting integrity commission
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Charges dismissed in shootout at Border Patrol checkpoint

Charges have been dismissed against a Tombstone man accused of shooting at Border Patrol agents at a southern Arizona checkpoint before they fired back and wounded him
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New Mexico's child abuse tracking system has become obsolete

Officials say New Mexico's child-abuse tracking system has become obsolete since it was launched more than 20 years ago
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Jay-Z unhappy 'Made in America' leaving Philadelphia parkway

Jay-Z says he's disappointed his Philadelphia "Made in America" festival will not be held in "the heart of the city" after this year
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