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California Gov. Jerry Brown has until the end of September to sign or veto the hundreds of bills sent to him by the Legislature. Here are five notable actions, some of them firsts in the country, that state lawmakers took in the final days of this year's legislative session, which ended early Saturday:
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No. 1 US Open women's doubles duo out in 2nd round

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 30th - 2:11pm
A day after beating Venus Williams in singles at the U.S. Open, Sara Errani and her partner, Roberta Vinci, were knocked out in the second round as the top-seeded team in women's doubles.
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Saudi king warns of terrorist threat to Europe, US

Abdullah Al-Shihri, Sameer Yaacoub, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 30th - 1:50pm
The king of Saudi Arabia has warned that extremists could attack Europe and the U.S. if there is not a strong international response to terrorism after the Islamic State group seized a wide territory across Iraq and Syria.
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Ferguson slowly starting to make comeback

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 30th - 1:30pm
The unmistakable signs of healing are beginning to dot Ferguson, even the small area of this St. Louis-area suburb that was the center of attention for three weeks. But those in the community know they've got a long way to go.
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Boy who won ESPY for TD run now in cancer trial

The Associated Press  |  posted 15 minutes ago
The 8-year-old boy who became an Internet sensation for his touchdown run in Nebraska's 2013 spring football scrimmage is now one of a handful of children enrolled in a cancer treatment trial.
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Mother of boy who brought gun to school sentenced

The Associated Press  |  posted 15 minutes ago
The mother of a Washington state boy who brought a gun to school that went off in his backpack and critically wounded a classmate will spend more than a year behind bars.
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Girl, 9, dies; trapped in sand at Oregon beach

The Associated Press  |  posted 15 minutes ago
Police in the Oregon coastal town of Lincoln City say a 9-year-old girl died when a sand hole collapsed on her at a beach.
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Witnesses testify in fatal dog attack case

The Associated Press  |  posted 26 minutes ago
A witness told a judge during a preliminary examination for the owners of two dogs that fatally mauled a jogger that he had to shoot at the animals to make them flee.
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Mountain lion cubs rescued in Montana fire

The Associated Press  |  posted 36 minutes ago
Firefighters in western Montana rescued two mountain lion cubs from the burning log under which they were hiding.
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People rally at Ohio Wal-Mart where cops shot man

The Associated Press  |  posted 46 minutes ago
Some 200 people held signs and chanted Saturday outside a Wal-Mart where a young man with an air rifle was fatally shot by police.
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Library building's storm damage worse than thought

The Associated Press  |  posted 56 minutes ago
A southwestern Indiana library director says a library building in Vincennes recently damaged by a severe thunderstorm suffered more extensive damage than initially thought.
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Elk rut begins in Yellowstone National Park

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 30th - 3:11pm
Visitors are being asked to be cautious as the elk rut begins in Yellowstone National Park.
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5 US airstrikes target Islamic State fighters

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 30th - 3:11pm
The U.S. military says fighter aircraft and unmanned drones have struck Islamic State militants near Iraq's Mosul Dam.
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Lawsuit says Iowa nursing home mistreated woman

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 30th - 3:01pm
The family of an elderly Iowa woman who died this week has sued the nursing home where she was receiving care, accusing the facility of leaving the woman naked and soiled on the floor of an unfurnished room.
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Ferguson rally marks 3 weeks since Brown's death

Jim Suhr, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 30th - 3:01pm
Hundreds converged on Ferguson on Saturday to march for Michael Brown, the unarmed black 18-year-old who was shot and killed by a white police officer three weeks ago to the day. His death stoked national discourse about police tactics and race, which the rally's organizers pledged to continue.
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6 die in fire at eastern North Carolina home

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 30th - 3:01pm
A fire swept through a mobile home in eastern North Carolina early Saturday, killing six people, authorities said.
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Cancer patient gets dying wish, weds gal he loves

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 30th - 2:51pm
When Harley Thomas learned in August that he would have just three months to live, he told his doctors he wanted nothing more than to marry the woman he loves.
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1st case of West Nile virus reported in Maryland

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 30th - 2:41pm
Maryland health officials say the first case of the West Nile virus in the state has been reported.
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Nebraska lawsuit over jail's MRSA treatment tossed

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 30th - 2:31pm
A judge has sided with Lancaster County and its jail in a lawsuit filed by a woman who said her serious skin infection wasn't properly treated while she was jailed on shoplifting charges.
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Washington schools move toward national standards

Donna Gordon Blankinship, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 30th - 2:21pm
Despite opposition from Washington teachers and their union about new national education standards and the tests that will judge how they are being taught, the state is plowing ahead with its plans to embrace Common Core.
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Police: Mom left autistic child alone in car

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 30th - 1:51pm
A Delaware mother is facing charges of child endangerment after police say she left her autistic child in a car alone.
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School official elected without campaign resigns

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 30th - 1:41pm
A woman who won a Yakima school board post without campaigning has resigned eight months after her controversial election.
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3 hurt in vehicle collision with moose

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 30th - 1:21pm
Idaho State Police say three people were injured when their car struck a moose that had wandered onto Interstate 86 in Cassia County.
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