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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Maine celebrates its Whoopie pies. North Carolinians proudly dance their Shag. In Kansas, even dirt is official: Harney silt loam is the state soil.

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One dead in breach try at NSA headquarters

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — Two men dressed as women smashed a stolen car into a police vehicle after they disobeyed commands at the closely guarded gates of the National Security Agency on Monday, prompting police to open fire.

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Selena’s dad: Mixed feelings about fans marking death

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Twenty years after Selena’s murder, the Latin world will remember “The Queen of Tejano” with concerts, lookalike contests, dances and a massive festival. But her father has mixed feelings about the celebrations.

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Church van crashes into canal, killing 8 injuring 10 in Florida

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) — The congregants of a close-knit Haitian church gathered Monday around Nicolas Alexis, hoping to learn what happened to 18 friends and loved ones who had been expected to return that morning from a late Palm Sunday service.

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Posted: mar. 30, 2015 9:25 p.m. | | Church van crashes into canal,  killing 8 injuring 10 in Florida Comments 0 Comments

Hawaii supervisor manipulated veterans’ benefit processing data

HONOLULU (AP) — A supervisor at the Veterans Administration office in Honolulu was manipulating data to make it look like the agency was processing veterans’ benefits claims faster than they actually were, according to a new report by the VA Office of Inspector General.

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Twin fools NASA at brother’s launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronaut Scott Kelly’s identical twin pulled a fast one on NASA right before his brother blasted off on a one-year space station mission.

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$100,000 stolen from brothel since October

PAHRUMP, Nev. (AP) — A brothel employee and an armored vehicle driver from Las Vegas face felony theft charges following their arrests in a months-long investigation of cash disappearing from a Nevada brothel, a sheriff said Monday.

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NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

WOMAN’S APPEAL FOR KIDNEY DONOR ON CAR WINDOW PAYS OFF: SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine woman’s decision to seek a kidney donor by putting a personal plea in bright yellow letters on her car has paid off.

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Arab League unveils joint force

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — A two-day Arab summit ended Sunday with a vow to defeat Iranian-backed Shiite rebels in Yemen and the formal unveiling of plans to form a joint Arab intervention force, setting the stage for a potentially dangerous clash between U.S.-allied Arab states and Tehran over influence in the region.

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Heroes to give medals to museum

CINCINNATI (AP) — More than seven decades after an audacious bombing run by the “Doolittle Tokyo Raiders” rallied their own nation while stunning another, the World War II heroes are still adding to their legacy.

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Drownings along Rio Grande spike

MISSION, Texas (AP) — A U.S. surveillance helicopter hovering over the Rio Grande spots a body floating near a muddy bank on the Mexican side of the river.

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Restaurant statue loses prominent feature

HURRICANE, Utah (AP) — The small southern Utah town of Hurricane might become a little quieter after a statue of a copper bull lost its most prominent private feature this weekend.

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Home demolished after diesel dumping

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon couple took it all in stride as they watched the demolition of a house they owned for nearly 30 years.

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Rest home residents bare all for calendar

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The stars of a charity calendar are in their 80s and 90s, but that didn’t stop the men and women from an assisted living facility in Ohio from showing a little skin.

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Farmers say slugs are a problem, but what to do?

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Farmers in Oregon’s Willamette Valley hate slugs, slimy mollusks that munch their way through crops.

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NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

SCHOOL AIDE BARRICADED SELF IN CLASSROOM; TOOK OFF CLOTHES: LEMON GROVE . (AP) — Authorities say an afterschool program assistant kept 14 children inside a California classroom while appearing to be hallucinating on drugs.

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Senator Reid retiring

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a pugnacious and glamour-averse tactician who united Democrats to help deliver tough victories for President Barack Obama, said Friday he’s retiring next year. He immediately endorsed brash New York Sen. Chuck Schumer to succeed him as leader of a party desperate to regain the Senate majority.

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Police: Teen girl locked in basement

BROOKFIELD, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin couple is accused of locking their 13-year-old daughter in a cold basement with no toilet or sink, forcing her to wear diapers and refusing to allow her to sit on furniture in the family home, according to criminal charges filed this week.

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Racist chant learned during cruise

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Members of a University of Oklahoma fraternity apparently learned a racist chant that recently got their chapter disbanded during a national leadership cruise four years ago that was sponsored by the fraternity’s national administration, the university’s president said Friday.

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22-day-old baby girl starved to death

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — A baby who was found dead in her car seat in a Florida restaurant parking lot had lost more than one-third of her body weight in the 22 days since she was born, a medical examiner testified Friday.

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Lawyer says kidnapping wasn’t a hoax

VALLEJO  (AP) — The strange case of a California woman who disappeared for two days grew stranger still Thursday, with her uncle and a lawyer for her boyfriend insisting she was kidnapped while police said it was a hoax.

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He’s back: Schwarzenegger’s on high-octane ‘Terminator: Genisys’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — As promised, the Terminator and the man who originated the steely machine — Arnold Schwarzenegger — are back this summer for another go in “Terminator: Genisys,” and Paramount Pictures, eager for a blockbuster, has already fired up a machine of its own — the publicity kind.

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Teacher union objects to disabled student using faculty restroom

MUNHALL, Pa. (AP) — A teachers union says a special needs student at a Pittsburgh-area elementary school shouldn’t be allowed to use a faculty restroom even though school officials say it’s difficult for the girl to climb steps to reach a student restroom on another floor.

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Talent agency wants Matt McConaughey speaking fee secret

HOUSTON (AP) — A celebrity booking agency has told the Texas attorney general’s office it is not all right to make public how much the University of Houston is paying actor Matthew McConaughey to speak at the school’s May 15 commencement ceremony.

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Chicago-area cousins planned terrorist attack, hoped to kill 150

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois Army National Guard soldier vowed to bring “the flames of war to the heart” of America if he was unable to get to the Middle East to join the Islamic State group, and his cousin bragged he could kill up to 150 people in a terrorist attack in the U.S., federal prosecutors said Thursday in announcing the men’s arrests. Both are also accused of hatching a plot to attack a U.S. military facility.

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Teen: Mom killed siblings found in freezer

DETROIT (AP) — A teenager told authorities that her mother killed two siblings and forced her to put one of the bodies in the freezer of their Detroit home where both were found by an eviction crew.

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Life sentence for grandmother in girl’s running death in Alabama

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — A jury recommended life without parole Thursday for an Alabama woman convicted of running her granddaughter to death.

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Federal appeals court to look at concealed gun permit ruling

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court agreed Thursday to reconsider its decision to strike down a California law that requires applicants for a concealed-weapons permit to show “good cause” beyond self-defense.

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Father of wanted LAPD officer charged with lying to FBI agents

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The father of a former Los Angeles police officer was charged Thursday with lying to FBI agents to help his son escape after the officer was charged with killing a man during an off-duty fight.

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Co-pilot deliberately slams plane in Alps

PARIS (AP) — Passengers with moments to live screamed in terror and the pilot frantically pounded on the locked cockpit door as a 27-year-old German co-pilot deliberately and wordlessly smashed an Airbus carrying 150 people into an Alpine mountainside.

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Cover design unveiled for new Harper Lee novel ‘Watchman’

NEW YORK (AP) — The cover for Harper Lee’s new novel will surely remind you of the cover for her old one.

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Councilman’s petitions named famous non-residents, ends bid

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A 12-year Allegheny County councilman has withdrawn his nominating petitions — and thus ended his last re-election bid — in grand style.

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Vietnam War veteran gets dying wish to visit Pearl Harbor

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — When a Vietnam veteran briefly stopped in Hawaii on his way home from war, he vowed to return one day to honor the people who perished during the attack on Pearl Harbor. With just less than two months to live, Joseph Hooker realized his longtime dream on Wednesday.

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Trooper killed in shootout

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin State Patrol trooper just three months out of the academy and working the first solo patrol of his “dream job” died in a shootout with a bank robbery suspect also believed to have killed a motorist.

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US conducts airstrikes in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) — At Iraq’s request, the U.S. began airstrikes in Tikrit on Wednesday in support of a stalled Iraqi ground offensive to retake the city from Islamic State fighters. The bombing marked a significant expansion of the U.S. military role in Iraq.

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Teacher obsessed with pupil, 11

PITTSBURGH (AP) — An elementary school teacher who resigned this month was obsessed with one of her 11-year-old students, encrypting her phone number on the girl’s math homework, exchanging thousands of text messages with her and even talking of running away with her, authorities said Wednesday.

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Waffle taco is dead; biscuit taco to replace

NEW YORK (AP) — The newest weapon in the breakfast wars is a biscuit shaped like a taco.

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Mom arrested after 2 kids found dead in freezer

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit mother was arrested Tuesday after the frozen bodies of a boy and girl were found in a deep freezer in the family’s home, police said.

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Officer charged with killing unarmed driver lying facedown

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania police officer was charged Tuesday with criminal homicide after investigators concluded she shot an unarmed motorist in the back as he lay facedown after a traffic stop over an expired inspection sticker.

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Nude neighbor exposes law’s limit

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A Charlotte man who has continually irritated his neighbors by standing naked in the front door of his home has exposed a state law that local prosecutors want to change.

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NYC introduces new juice rules for day cares

NEW YORK (AP) — Children under 2 will not be allowed juice at New York City-licensed day cares and all other children will be limited to 4 ounces of juice a day, under new rules adopted by the city’s Board of Health.

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Appeals court sets hearing on Obama action

HOUSTON (AP) — A court hearing has been set for April 17 on whether a temporary hold on President Barack Obama’s immigration executive action should be lifted, a federal appeals court announced Tuesday.

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Christie: Liberty comes from God not government

WHIPPANY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spent much of a town hall-style meeting Tuesday in his state talking up what he believes makes a winning candidate and espousing the principle that rights and liberties come from God, not government.

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Tax time means overhaul subsidy repayments

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — Half of the U.S. households eligible for help buying insurance last year under the health care overhaul will likely have to repay some of that aid this tax season, thanks to the tricky task of predicting future income.

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Federal workers owe more than $3.5B in unpaid taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal workers and retirees owed more than $3.5 billion in unpaid taxes last year, a $200 million increase over the previous year, the IRS said Tuesday.

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Are you willing to pay to watch video clips online?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Would you pay to see some of the Internet’s best video clips first? Vessel, a new service trying to change the way that short video pieces make money on the Internet and mobile devices, is betting on it.

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VA says it will relax 40-mile rule for private medical care

WASHINGTON (AP) — Responding to pressure from Congress and veterans groups, the Department of Veterans Affairs said Tuesday it is relaxing a rule that makes it hard for some veterans in rural areas to prove they live at least 40 miles from a VA health site.

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89-year-old Utah man feels lucky to survive 400-sting bee attack

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — An 89-year-old Utah man says he feels lucky to be alive after being stung nearly 400 times during a bee attack at a baseball game.

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89-year-old Utah man feels lucky to survive 400-sting bee attack

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — An 89-year-old Utah man says he feels lucky to be alive after being stung nearly 400 times during a bee attack at a baseball game.

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Comic Marty Allen marks 93rd birthday with stand-up

LOS ANGELES (AP) — On his 93rd birthday, comedian Marty Allen could easily rest on his laughs.

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