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Friends hail woman, 86, killed trying to stop attack as hero

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A young man has been arrested in the death of an 86-year-old California woman who was sexually assaulted and beaten during a morning walk. More>>

Arkansas governor dismisses calls for full execution probe Video included

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The last of four Arkansas executions over an eight-day period has prompted calls for an investigation after the inmate lurched and convulsed while strapped to the gurney. More>>

The Latest: S. Korea says missile reached height of 44 miles

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A U.S. official says North Korea has tested what was likely a medium-range ballistic missile. More>>

Focus turns to senator with doctor guilty of Medicare fraud

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A prominent Florida eye doctor has been convicted on all counts in his Medicare fraud trial, raising the possibility he could be pressured to testify in the bribery trial of New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez. More>>

Witnessing death: AP reporters describe problem executions

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The sedative midazolam is supposed to prevent condemned prisoners from suffering while they die. More>>

Famed Houston lawyer Richard 'Racehorse' Haynes dies at 90

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Richard "Racehorse" Haynes, a Houston lawyer known for flamboyant but successful trial defenses of wealthy clients in Texas murder cases, has died. More>>

Grand Canyon: Found body likely teenage boy from Tennessee

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The Grand Canyon National Park says that a body that was found on Friday likely is 14-year-old Jackson Standefer, the hiker who went missing nearly two weeks ago while in the bottom of the park during a family trip. More>>

Methodist court ruling a blow for openly lesbian bishop

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The top court for the United Methodist Church says an openly lesbian bishop can stay on the job for now. More>>

Arkansas girl found dead after mom, great-uncle killed

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Authorities say one of two Arkansas children reported missing after their mother's body was found in a creek has been found dead, and teams are still searching for the other child. More>>

Berkeley praises police for keeping peace at Coulter rallies

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Ann Coulter did not turn up Thursday in Berkeley where hundreds gathered raucously but peacefully in her absence and lamented what they called the latest blow to free speech in the home of America's free speech movement. More>>

Judge to sentence former head of Chicago Public Schools

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Federal judge in Chicago to sentence former head of the nation's third-largest school district for steering $23 million in city contracts to education firms for $2.3 million in bribes and kickbacks. More>>

2nd company shuts oil, gas wells after fatal Colorado blast

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A second petroleum company says it's shutting down and inspecting wells after a deadly house explosion near a gas well in Colorado. More>>

Touch new stamp and presto, total solar eclipse becomes moon

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The U.S. Postal Service is going all out for this summer's total solar eclipse, with a first-of-its kind stamp. More>>

Court agrees to hold off ruling on carbon restrictions

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At the Trump administration's request, a federal appeals court has agreed to hold off ruling on Obama-era carbon restrictions. More>>

US facing shortage of yellow fever vaccine for travelers

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US travelers could face shortage of yellow fever vaccine. More>>

Diners may have to wait longer for restaurant calorie counts

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Consumers hoping to consistently find out how many calories are in that burger and fries may have to wait _ again. More>>

Review: Coal terminal would boost global climate-warming gas

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A new environmental study says a coal-export terminal proposed in Washington state would increase cancer risk for some residents, make rail accidents more likely and add millions of metric tons of climate-changing greenhouse gas globally every year. More>>

The Latest: Arkansas toddler found dead, 2nd child missing

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Authorities say one of two Arkansas children reported missing after their mother's body was found in a creek has been found dead, and teams are still searching for the other child. More>>

First Lady dedicates 'healing' garden at children's hospital

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First lady Melania Trump has dedicated a new garden for patients at one of America's leading children's hospitals. More>>

The Latest: Trump assures NRA he'll support gun rights

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NRA convention attendees who want to hear Trump speak can't bring in firearms. More>>

Facing a pro-gun government, anti-gun movement feels defiant

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Advocates for gun control say they aren't being cowed by a pro-gun White House and Congress. More>>

George HW Bush released after latest Houston hospital stay

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Former President George H.W. Bush has been released from a Houston hospital where he received treatment for a mild case of pneumonia and chronic bronchitis. More>>

Passenger who was dragged off jetliner settles with United Video included

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A Kentucky doctor who was dragged off a United flight after he refused to give up his seat to crew members has reached a settlement with the airline for an undisclosed amount. More>>

Florida boy among 5 students hit by car has died

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Sheriff's officials say they've arrested a former Mississippi law enforcement officer driver accused of fleeing after hitting five children when they got off a school bus in central Florida. More>>

Administration: No immediate plans to halt immigration order

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The Trump administration has told two California counties it has no plans right now to seek a court ruling reinstating the president's executive order to withhold funding from communities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities. More>>

No dump here: Posh public bathroom pops up, with music, art

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In a park amid Manhattan skyscrapers, a gem has emerged: a posh public bathroom complete with fresh flowers, imported tiles, classical music and artwork. More>>

Denver moves to reduce jail sentences to avoid deportations

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Denver is moving to reduce the sentences of most municipal offenses to help some immigrants avoid deportation. More>>

Neanderthals in California? Maybe so, provocative study says

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A startling new report asserts that the first known Americans arrived much, much earlier than scientists thought _ more than 100,000 years ago. More>>

Hope for preemies as artificial womb helps tiny lambs grow Video included

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Scientists created an artificial womb enough like mom's to help tiny lambs grow for a month _ boosting hopes that it might one day help extremely premature babies. More>>

Justices hear dispute over lower-cost biotech drugs sales

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The Supreme Court is considering a dispute between rival drug companies that could affect how quickly life-saving generic medicines are available to the public. More>>

Aide: Blacks not trying hard enough to work with Trump

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President Donald Trump's liaison to the black community, the former "Apprentice" star Omarosa Manigault, says African-American activists aren't trying hard enough to work with the new administration. More>>

GOP bill would discipline hecklers at college speeches

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Republican lawmakers are pushing a plan to require the University of Wisconsin System to discipline students who disrupt speeches and presentations, and force campuses to remain neutral on public issues. More>>

Plan to give health care to every Californian moves forward

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California lawmakers are considering a proposal that would overhaul the health care system of the nation's most populous state by eliminating insurers and guaranteeing coverage for everyone. More>>

Overcoming Opioids: Special schools help teens stay clean Video included

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For teenagers in treatment for addiction, returning to school means resisting offers to get high with old friends. More>>

Dispute over health payments defused, spending bill on track Video included

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Leading House conservatives are saying good things about a plan to revive the GOP health care bill. More>>

Immigrants plan May Day rallies buoyed by Trump opposition

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Immigrant groups and their allies have joined forces to carry out marches, rallies and protests in cities nationwide next week to mark May Day, saying there's renewed momentum to fight back against Trump administration policies. More>>

'Bobbi Jene,' 'Keep the Change' top Tribeca Film Fest awards

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"Keep the Change," a romance about a couple who meet at a community for people on the autistic spectrum, and "Bobbi Jene," a documentary about an American dancer in the Israeli dance company Batsheva, were the top winners at the 16th Tribeca Film Festival. More>>

Actor Diane Guerrero meets immigrant taking refuge in church

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Actor Diane Guerrero has met with a woman who is seeking refuge from deportation in a Denver church basement. More>>

The Latest: Attorney: Reports of execution 'horrifying'

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A prison spokesman says an Arkansas inmate scheduled to be the fourth executed in a week opted to receive communion instead of a traditional last meal. More>>

No motive in Delaware trooper's fatal shooting, standoff

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Police have not released the motive behind the fatal shooting of a Delaware state trooper that led to an all-night standoff which ended in the suspect's death. More>>

4th Arkansas inmate executed in 8 days lurches on gurney Video included

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Arkansas is reaching the end of an aggressive execution schedule as it prepares for a fourth lethal injection in a week after initially planning twice as many over an 11-day period. More>>

Berkeley protests peaceful as hundreds rally over Coulter

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Ann Coulter says she was forced to cancel her speaking event Thursday at the University of California, Berkeley amid concerns of violence, calling it "a dark day for free speech in America.". More>>

Take that, Washington! Texas looks to nullify federal laws

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Even as Republicans control the federal government and President Donald promises to roll back regulations, Texas wants more autonomy to decide its own laws. More>>

FCC chief lays out attack on 'net neutrality' rules

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Internet companies are readying for a showdown with a Republican-controlled government over threats to net neutrality, a key issue for them and their users. More>>

Up against NRA, gun control advocates still voice optimism

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Republicans control the White House and Congress, but the groups that stand in opposition to the National Rifle Association say even in the face of daunting presidential election results _ they are ready to rumble. More>>

Off-duty Border Patrol agent may have started Arizona fire

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An off-duty Tucson Sector Border Patrol is being investigated for possibly starting a wildfire in southern Arizona while target shooting last weekend. More>>

Court: Employers can pay women less based on past salaries

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A federal appeals court says an employer can justify salary discrepancies between men and women for the same work on the grounds that their wages were based on their previous salaries. More>>

Pentagon joins intensifying probe of former Trump aide Flynn Video included

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Documents released by lawmakers show President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was warned when he retired in 2014 not to take foreign money without "advance approval" by Pentagon authorities. More>>

FDA: Avoid fake 'miracle' cancer treatments sold on internet

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U.S. regulators are warning consumers to avoid 65 bogus products hawked on the internet with false claims that they can cure, treat or prevent cancer. More>>

Slain trooper's young sons in court as killer gets death

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The bell atop the Pike County Courthouse last tolled the fate of a condemned killer in the 1980s. It tolled again Wednesday when Eric Frein was sentenced to death. More>>

Gunman pursued injured officer seeking cover, fired again

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Authorities say a man suspected of shooting and killing a Delaware state trooper outside a convenience store remains barricaded early Thursday inside his house, where he fired shots at officers as they tried to negotiate a peaceful surrender. More>>

2 US troops killed, 1 injured in eastern Afghanistan

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The Pentagon says two U.S. service members were killed in Afghanistan overnight Wednesday. More>>

Train delays likely this summer over work at Penn Station

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Accelerated repair work at New York's Penn Station beginning next month will cause further delays for already beleaguered commuters. More>>

NFL draft set to begin in Philadelphia

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The NFL draft set to begin in Philadelphia. More>>

United moves to ease criticism with settlement, new policies Video included

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United Airlines says it will raise the limit _ to $10,000 _ on payments to customers who give up seats on oversold flights. More>>

A glance at some of the recent executions around the globe

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A glance at some of the recent executions around the globe. More>>

Police detain teen in fatal beating of 86-year-old woman

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California police say they have detained a teenager in the apparently random beating death of an 86-year-old woman on a morning walk around a high school track. More>>

New Mexico city seeks sugary drink tax

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A voter initiative in New Mexico's capital city is being pitched as an educational lifeline for impoverished preschool-aged children and chided as the latest example of local government overreach sweeping progressive US cities. More>>

Trump tweets don't help: 1st Twitter revenue drop since IPO

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Twitter's frequent presence in the news _ as the preferred megaphone for President Donald Trump _ has not translated into profit or meaningful user growth for the company. More>>

Texas backs tough 'sanctuary city' ban as federal push slows

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The Republican-controlled Texas House has approved a ban on "sanctuary cities," mandating possible jail time for police chiefs and sheriffs who don't cooperate fully with federal immigration authorities. More>>

Florida Senate apologizes for 68-year-old racial injustice

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The Florida Senate formally apologized to the families of four black men who were accused of raping a white teenager nearly seven decades ago in a case now seen as racial injustice. More>>

Body of missing Joliet toddler found in mother's home

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Authorities: The body of a 1½-year-old girl has been found at a "deplorable" Illinois home she and her mother shared with squatters. More>>

The Latest: Governor believes ambush killer is 'monster'

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A gunman who shot two Pennsylvania troopers at their barracks, killing one, has been sentenced to death. More>>

Trump tax plan leaves Congress, Ryan with heavy lift Video included

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President Donald Trump's plan to overhaul the U.S. tax code leaves much of the heavy lifting to Congress. More>>

D'oh! 'Simpsons' needle Trump ahead of 100-day milestone

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"The Simpsons" is taking on President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office in a short animation released online. More>>

Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Moore running for US Senate

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Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's entry into the U.S. Senate race adds another layer of drama to what's already expected to be a rollicking special election to fill the seat previously held by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. More>>

Texas poised to pass 'sanctuary city' ban with jail penalty

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Texas Republicans are poised to take a big step toward banning "sanctuary cities" in their state, debating a bill through which police chiefs and sheriffs could even be jailed for not cooperating fully with federal immigration authorities. More>>

Trump tax plan could be good news for many, bad for deficit Video included

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President Donald Trump's plan to provide massive tax breaks to corporations faces big challenges as Washington struggles with mounting debt. More>>

Anti-Trump bar earmarks its profits for progressive causes Video included

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A new anti-Trump bar in New York City is giving patrons the chance to put their money where their politics are by earmarking profits for a range of progressive causes. More>>

Ex-Congresswoman accused of living large on charity funds

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Testimony is to continue in the fraud trial of Corrine Brown after prosecutors told jurors the former congresswoman from Florida financed a lavish lifestyle of Beverly Hills shopping trips and fancy parties using donations made to a charity. More>>

The Latest: Fire company to serve as temporary shelter

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Authorities say a local fire company has opened its doors to serve as a temporary shelter for residents prevented from returning to their homes while police continue to try to negotiate with the suspect in the fatal shooting of a Delaware state trooper. More>>

Delaware trooper fatally shot outside convenience store

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Delaware state police say a man shot and killed a state trooper outside a convenience store and later barricaded himself inside his house. More>>

Jefferson Muzzle 'awards' take aim at free-speech offenders

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A Tennessee sheriff and the state government of Illinois are among the 2017 recipients of a Virginia free-speech group's satiric awards for what it considers the past year's most egregious offenses. More>>

Here's what could be next for Trump's sanctuary cities order

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For the third time in two months, a federal judge has knocked down an immigration order by President Donald Trump and used Trump's own language against him. More>>

Coulter's Berkeley speech canceled, police prep for violence

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The University of California, Berkeley says it's preparing for possible violence on campus whether Ann Coulter comes to speak or not. More>>

Arkansas' set to conclude executions with 4th on Thursday Video included

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Arkansas' aggressive effort to execute condemned inmates is set to conclude Thursday after the state Supreme Court refused to stay the execution of a man who killed a former deputy prison warden following an escape. More>>

Activists: Mexican who sought refuge in US church detained

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Activists say a man who once sought sanctuary from deportation in a Colorado church has been detained by federal immigration agents. More>>

The Latest: Jury gives death penalty to ambush killer

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A jury has given the death penalty to a gunman who targeted Pennsylvania state troopers at their barracks, killing one and leaving a second with devastating injuries. More>>

Jury sentences ambush killer to death in Pennsylvania

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A jury has given the death penalty to a gunman who targeted Pennsylvania state troopers at their barracks, killing one and leaving a second with devastating injuries. More>>

Utah Rep. Chaffetz needs surgery, will be away for weeks

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Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz needs surgery and will be away from the Capitol for several weeks. More>>

Suspect charged with 3 counts of murder in Fresno rampage

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The black suspect in a racially motivated shooting in Fresno has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of white men targeted randomly on the street. More>>

White man gets 15 years for shooting 5 black men at protest

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A white Minnesota man has been sentenced to over 15 years in prison for shooting and wounding five black men who were demonstrating against the police killing of an African-American. More>>

Family buy plane tickets for condemned inmate's daughter

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Relatives of a man whose death was caused by Arkansas death row inmate Kenneth Williams say they forgive him and to show it they bought plane tickets for some of his family members to visit him. More>>

APNewsBreak: Boston police make little progress on race gap

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The rate at which minorities are subjected to stops, searches and frisks by police doesn't appear to be improving in Boston. More>>

Wyoming wolf hunts to start again after US court decision

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Wyoming is gearing up to hold its first wolf hunting season in four years. More>>

Judge strikes down Louisiana abortion law: unconstitutional

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A federal judge has struck down a Louisiana law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have permission to admit patients to a nearby hospital, citing a U.S. Supreme Court decision against a similar Texas law. More>>

A look at prominent figures in 1992 riot, where they are now

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Some of the key players have died while others have gone on quietly with their lives in the 25 years since a jury acquitted four white police officers in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King. More>>

Police: Captive woman found crying in pit in neighbor's shed

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Police say an Ohio man with mental health problems kidnapped a neighbor and kept her trapped in a small grave-like pit in his backyard shed, where her cries for help alerted other people living nearby and led to her rescue. More>>

Attorney: Hernandez hinted at suicide weeks before his death

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A jailhouse friend of Aaron Hernandez says prison officials denied the former NFL star's request for a cellmate months before he hanged himself. More>>

AP Explains: Trump order sets up legal clash over vast lands

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President Donald Trump's order for the government to review national monuments created by three of his predecessors sets up a potential legal showdown over whether one chief executive has the power to undo another's decisions. More>>

Tenants sue over California building fire that killed 4

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Former residents of a rundown, low-income California apartment building that caught fire and killed four people last month have filed a lawsuit against the building's owners and managers. More>>

Yale grad students pledge hunger strike to press union bid

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As a union push stalls at Yale University, organizers are stepping up pressure to bring the administration to the negotiating table. More>>

Audit: Ferguson courts 'in disarray' after police killing

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State auditors in Missouri found the Ferguson court system "in disarray" during an audit launched amid the unrest following the fatal 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown. More>>

Trailblazing Colorado abortion law marks 50th anniversary

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It's the 50th anniversary of a groundbreaking Colorado law that significantly loosened restrictions on legal abortions. More>>

Questions persist in death of prominent New York judge

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The death of the first black woman on New York's highest court has left both police and admirers mystified. More>>

Daughter: Bill Cosby 'is not abusive, violent or a rapist'

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Bill Cosby's youngest daughter has come to the comedian's defense ahead of a looming sexual assault trial. More>>

San Diego schools defend effort to fight Islamophobia

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One of the nation's largest school districts is launching an effort to better educate parents and teachers of its 132,000 students about Islam and Islamophobia, drawing praise and criticism. More>>

Court documents: Mother had abused teen in kidnapping case

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Court documents show that the mother of a Tennessee teen allegedly kidnapped by her teacher has abused the girl for months. More>>

At least global warming may get Americans off the couch more

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A new study finds that as the world warms and winters get milder, Americans will be more physically active. More>>

Hope for preemies as artificial womb helps tiny lambs grow Video included

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Researchers are creating an artificial womb to improve care for extremely premature babies _ and remarkable animal testing suggests the first-of-its-kind watery incubation so closely mimics mom that it just might work. More>>

Some high plains farmers struggling after fires, drought

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Deep snow is melting into Western mountain streams, but some farmers and ranchers on the high plains are struggling amid a lengthy dry spell and the aftermath of destructive wildfires. More>>

Hardball health care option may cost Trump and taxpayers

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A hardball tactic to force congressional Democrats to negotiate on President Donald Trump's health care priorities might end up backfiring. More>>

Different president, same old government shutdown threats Video included

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Many of the players have changed in Congress and the White House, but the same gridlock and partisan brinksmanship of the past eight years have lawmakers scrambling to avoid a government shutdown this week. More>>

'Bachelor' star Chris Soules charged in deadly Iowa crash

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Iowa authorities have arrested former "The Bachelor" star Chris Soules, alleging that he fled the scene of a deadly traffic accident. More>>

Astronaut breaks US space record, gets call from Trump

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Astronaut Peggy Whitson has another record under her space belt. More>>

Study: Man-made extreme weather has hit all over the world

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A new study says nearly everybody on Earth has felt some kind of record extreme weather that can be blamed on global warming. More>>

Right-wing radio host Alex Jones responds to Chobani lawsuit

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Right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones says he's not backing down in response to a defamation lawsuit filed by Greek yogurt giant Chobani. More>>

Documents: Teen abused by mom before kidnapping by teacher

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Court documents show that a 15-year-old Tennessee girl who was allegedly kidnapped by her teacher had endured months of abuse by her mother. More>>

Witness: Durst victim said he may kill her years earlier

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A friend of Susan Berman testified that Berman tapped New York real estate heir Robert Durst as her potential killer years before she was executed in her home. More>>

New issue in executions: Should the death chamber be silent?

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The nation's first double execution in 16 years is raising a new issue involving transparency and the death penalty: Should witnesses be allowed to hear what goes on in the death chamber. More>>

Contrasting accounts of Arkansas execution from witnesses Video included

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After going nearly 12 years without executing an inmate, Arkansas now has executed three in a few days _ including two in one night. More>>

Wells Fargo faces shareholders, protesters at annual meeting

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Wells Fargo's top management and board of directors will face an irritated group of investors Tuesday. More>>

Chinese court sentences US businesswoman accused of spying

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A Chinese court has sentenced an American woman to 3 ½ years in prison for spying charges, in a case that has drawn criticism from the United Nations and human rights advocates. More>>

Lawyers want Aaron Hernandez's murder conviction dismissed

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Lawyers for former NFL star Aaron Hernandez are formally asking that his first-degree murder conviction be dismissed in Massachusetts now that he has died. More>>

Judge blocks Trump threat to withhold 'sanctuary city' funds

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A federal judge in San Francisco has blocked a Trump administration order to withhold funding from communities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities. More>>

The Latest: Spicer calls judge's decision 'egregious'

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San Francisco's city attorney says that President Donald Trump should stop using the death of a woman shot along a waterfront pier by a man who was in the country illegally to politicize the issue of "sanctuary cities.". More>>

Tamir Rice lawyer releases videos ahead of officer hearings

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The partner of a Cleveland officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir (tuh-MEER') Rice recalls pleading for a faster response from medics as the wounded boy's condition worsened. More>>

Wisconsin AG: Undercover campaign videos reveal no crime

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The Wisconsin Department of Justice has concluded that secretly recorded videos of a Democratic activist bragging about deploying troublemakers at Donald Trump campaign rallies show no evidence that any laws were broken. More>>

Idaho: Remains of 2 people found in Oregon Trail badger hole

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A fluke discovery of children's bones protruding from a badger hole in Idaho has investigators trying to determine if they're dealing with a double homicide or the disturbed grave of young 19th century pioneers who died on the Oregon Trail. More>>

Seattle crushes rain record, while rival Portland wet too

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Soggy Seattle has broken another rainfall record. More>>

Wisconsin dairy farmers face spoiling market, tight deadline

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A handful of Wisconsin dairy farmers whose Canada market evaporated in a trade dispute were weighing offers from new buyers on Tuesday, but others were running out of time before an expiring contract risked putting them out of business. More>>

Police: Wife's Fitbit logs steps after husband says she died

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Police in Connecticut have cited Fitbit records in an arrest warrant for a 40-year-old man charged with killing his wife in 2015. More>>

Sheryl Sandberg's new book a tale of grief, resilience Video included

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The new book by Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg, "Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy," recounts the death of her husband, her grief, and how she recovered from it. More>>

Panel recommends keeping moratorium on Oklahoma executions

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A moratorium on executions in Oklahoma should be extended until major changes are made to the state's capital punishment system so that an innocent person isn't put to death, a state commission recommended on Tuesday. More>>

Detective: Durst's wife told neighbor of beating, threats

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A retired New York police detective says the missing wife of New York real estate heir Robert Durst once went to her neighbor's in pajamas and said her husband beat her and she feared he would kill her. More>>

Study: Whale and boat collisions may be more common

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A group of marine scientists say collisions of whales and boats off of New England may be more common than previously thought. More>>

Former federal officer pleads guilty to killing 2 strangers

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Former federal security officer has pleaded guilty to killing two strangers and wounding two others during shooting rampage in Washington, D.C.'s suburbs. More>>

Police ambush killer won't take stand in bid to spare life

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The sister of a man who shot and killed a Pennsylvania State Police trooper in a 2014 ambush says he was her "protector" against their abusive parents. More>>

States combat rising number of laser strikes on aircraft

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Michigan is poised to join a growing list of states that are making it a crime to attack aircraft with lasers, which endanger pilots and passengers. More>>

Timeline of Arkansas execution from AP reporter Video included

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A federal judge temporarily halted a second execution Monday night in Arkansas after attorneys said in a court filing that the first execution for Jack Jones "appeared to be tortuous and inhumane.". More>>

Methodist court takes up challenge to election of gay bishop

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The top court of the United Methodist Church is considering invalidating the election of the first openly gay bishop. More>>

Tough court on immigration serves as model for Trump plans

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A courthouse on the border in Texas is serving as a model for the kind of tough immigration enforcement advocated by President Donald Trump. More>>

Beloved 600-year-old white oak tree takes final bow

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A 600-year-old white oak tree in New Jersey that's believed to be among the oldest in the nation is about to come down. More>>

Fewer immigrants without status since 2009-report

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A new study shows the number of immigrants in the U.S. illegally has fallen to 11 million since 2009, largely because of a drop-off in the number of Mexicans without legal status. More>>

Aviation officer gives his version of United flight removal Video included

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The Chicago aviation police officer who pulled a man off a United Airlines flight describes the man as physically and verbally combative during the incident. More>>

US students score poorly on national arts and music exam

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When it comes to music and visual arts, American teenagers could use some help. More>>

Volunteers accompany US immigrants to court to allay fears

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Volunteers step up to accompany people living in the US illegally to court hearings and meetings with immigration officials in New York, New Mexico, elsewhere. More>>

'This was real': Artifacts save Holocaust stories for future

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A Holocaust survivor says thousands of artifacts housed in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's new conservation and research center will show future generations "that this was real.". More>>

Senate confirms Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary

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After months of delay, the Senate is expected to confirm former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary. More>>

Drones used for first time in major search at Grand Canyon

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The desperate search for two people who disappeared at the bottom of the Grand Canyon last weekend marked the National Park Service's most extensive use yet of drones for a search-and-rescue operation. More>>

Aaron Hernandez friends, family turn out for private funeral

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Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez's Connecticut hometown is preparing for his funeral. More>>

Black man punched by California officer files rights lawsuit

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A black man hurled to the ground and punched repeatedly in the face by a police officer this month has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city and county of Sacramento. More>>

Police ambush killer's mother begs for his life

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A judge has rejected a request for an emergency competency hearing for a survivalist who ambushed two Pennsylvania State Police troopers and now refuses to communicate with his lawyers. More>>

Artifacts preserve Holocaust stories for future generations

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The small wicker doll chair was an inauspicious toy, but it meant the world to Louise Lawrence-Israels. More>>

Arkansas executes 2 inmates on the same gurney, hours apart Video included

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Two Arkansas inmates who say they're in poor health after decades on death row argue that their medical conditions could lead to extreme pain during lethal injections. More>>

Couple charged in shooting outside Seattle right-wing event

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Prosecutors have charged a couple in connection with a shooting during a demonstration over the appearance of a right-wing speaker at the University of Washington. More>>

The Latest: Spokesman says inmate apologized to director

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A federal appeals court has rejected an Arkansas inmate's request for a stay of execution for the rape and killing of a woman more than two decades ago. More>>

Russian man sentenced to 27 years in hacking case

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Federal prosecutors want the Russian man convicted of hacking into U.S. businesses to steal credit card data to be sentenced Friday to 30 years in prison and ordered to pay about $170 million in restitution. More>>

GM appeal of ignition switch ruling rejected by high court

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The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal from General Motors Co. seeking to block dozens of lawsuits over faulty ignition switches that could expose the company to billions of dollars in additional claims. More>>

Woman found shot execution-style in Oregon was from Russia

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Authorities say a woman who was found shot in the remote woods of Oregon arrived in the United States from Russia last month and was having an "interesting love triangle relationship" with the man arrested in her death and another woman. More>>

Farmers fear deportation of workers could hurt livelihood

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Farmers across the U.S. are worried about what will happen if the Trump administration presses ahead with its crackdown on immigrants who are in the country illegally. More>>

New Orleans takes down white supremacist monument

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New Orleans will begin taking down Confederate statutes, becoming the latest Southern body to divorce itself from what some say are symbols of racism and intolerance. More>>

Condemned men seek appeals even after decades behind bars

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Last-ditch court appeals could block the executions of two Arkansas inmates who are scheduled to be put to death Monday. More>>

Man who shot at car in downtown Los Angeles surrenders

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Police say a man suspected of shooting at a passing motorist in downtown Los Angeles has been taken into custody after refusing to surrender for hours. More>>

'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' author dead

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Robert M. Pirsig, whose novel 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' became a million-selling classic after more than 100 publishers turned it down, died Monday at age 88. More>>

Governor tightens regulations after boy's waterslide death

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The death of a colleague's son spurred the governor in the often anti-regulation Kansas to toughen the state's inspection requirements for amusement parks. More>>

Man pleads no contest to arson in 2014 Los Angeles inferno

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A man who a witness said was angry about the killing of a black man by police in Missouri pleaded no contest Monday to igniting a huge inferno in downtown Los Angeles that destroyed a block of apartments under construction. More>>

Utah zoo welcomes baby zebra; first born there since 1980s

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The Salt Lake City zoo has added a fourth striped member to its zebra exhibit after a foal was born at the facility earlier this month. More>>

Tennessee teacher planned to take 15-year-old girl to Mexico

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Court documents say a Tennessee teacher charged with kidnapping a 15-year-old student and driving her to California had planned to take the girl to Mexico and took a boat from San Diego on a test run. More>>

Ann Coulter's backers at UC Berkeley file lawsuit

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UC Berkeley students who invited Ann Coulter to speak on campus have filed a lawsuit against the university, saying it is discriminating against conservative speakers and violating student rights to free speech. More>>

US: Turkish man charged with serious national security crime

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A federal prosecutor in New York says politically connected lawyers are using inaccuracies to whitewash charges against a prominent Turkish businessman and are trying to get Turkey's president and U.S. officials to resolve the case diplomatically. More>>

AP Exclusive: Amid cuts, new Iowa building gets pricey redo

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A plan to spend nearly a half-million dollars remodeling the interior of the newest state office building in Des Moines is moving forward despite budget cuts that are hitting an array of state programs and services. More>>

Wolf pup born in Missouri offers hope for endangered breed

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A Mexican wolf born this month at a wildlife center in suburban St. Louis is offering new hope for repopulating the endangered species through artificial insemination using sperm that had been frozen. More>>

Obama dishes on leadership at 1st event since leaving office

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Former President Barack Obama is set to hold the first public event of his post-presidential life in the city where he started his political career. More>>

Pot 'smoke-in' on Capitol grounds leads to 4 arrests

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Supporters of legal pot say four people have been arrested after smoking marijuana on the U.S. Capitol grounds. More>>

Investigators sift through wreckage after fire that killed 5

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Investigators are scouring for clues about what sparked a deadly, fast-moving house fire that killed five people, including three children, on a sunny spring afternoon. More>>

Last adventure ahead for NASA's Cassini spacecraft at Saturn

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft faces one last perilous adventure around Saturn. More>>

Bloomberg to world leaders: Ignore Trump on climate

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New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg is warning world leaders not to follow President Donald Trump's lead on climate change. More>>

Erin Moran, Joanie Cunningham in "Happy Days," dies at 56

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Erin Moran, the former child star who starred as Joanie Cunningham in the sitcoms "Happy Days" and "Joanie Loves Chachi," has died. More>>

Fearing a worker shortage, farmers push back on immigration Video included

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Farmers around the U.S. are worried that the Trump administration crackdown on immigrants will deprive them of the workers they need. More>>

Lawmakers revisiting requiring those on Medicaid to work

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The Trump administration and the Republican-led House are revisiting the question of whether adults who are able to work should be required to work to get taxpayer-provided health insurance. More>>

Trump heads into tough week with budget, health care battles Video included

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President Donald Trump is heading into one of the most challenging weeks of his presidency, juggling a renewed push on health care and a looming budget deadline. More>>

3 children among victims in New York City house fire

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New York City officials say five people are dead and multiple people have been injured in a house fire. More>>

California moves - slowly - toward resuming executions

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California has long been what one expert calls a "symbolic death penalty state," but it might be easing back toward allowing executions, prodded by voters and lawsuits. More>>

Federal judges deny efforts to delay Arkansas executions

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Two Arkansas inmates scheduled to be put to death Monday in what could be the nation's first double execution in more than 16 years have asked an appeals court to halt their lethal injections because of poor health. More>>

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