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About two dozen heavily armed law enforcement officers stormed a home in Chicago's southern suburbs Wednesday to free four remaining hostages and capture two suspects, ending a 20-hour standoff that police say began as a robbery attempt.
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Woman uses texts to convince thief to return van

Faith Heaton Jolley  |  posted 45 minutes ago
A Missouri woman began texting an alleged thief and had her van returned to her.
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Holder says he understands mistrust of police

Alan Scher Zagier, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 6:40pm
Attorney General Eric Holder sought Wednesday to reassure the people of Ferguson about the investigation into Michael Brown's death and said he understands why many black Americans do not trust police, recalling how he was repeatedly stopped by officers who seemed to target him because of his race.
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Parents demand federal probe in NY police shooting

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 6:21pm
The parents of a black 18-year-old man shot to death by a white New York City police officer in 2012 led several dozen supporters on a short march to a Manhattan prosecutor's office Wednesday to demand a federal civil rights probe.
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Father's claims he didn't kill driver get boost

Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 6:21pm
A Texas father's claims he did not fatally shoot a drunken driver who caused an accident that killed his two sons seemed to be bolstered Wednesday by testimony from prosecution witnesses.
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Teens deny threatening boy in school shooting plot

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 6:21pm
Prosecutors say two teenagers suspected of plotting a mass shooting at a suburban Los Angeles high school have denied charges that they made criminal threats against a third boy.
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Beheading spurs new attacks on Islamic militants

Lara Jakes, Ryan Lucas, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 6:19pm
The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes Wednesday against the Islamic State extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley and that has seized a swath of territory across Iraq and Syria.
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Slain American journalist remembered as driven

Rik Stevens, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 6:11pm
In 2011, just after James Foley was released from the Libyan prison where he'd been held for six weeks, he acknowledged the peril journalists face covering the world's most dangerous places, soberly conceding that a mistake could mean death.
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Cleanup follows heavy storms in Phoenix area

Terry Tang, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 6:00pm
Residents began cleaning up Wednesday from devastating flooding that slammed Arizona a day earlier, trapping people in vehicles and homes and destroying up to $2 million worth of inventory at a cactus nursery north of Phoenix.
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Marijuana supplier named Pot Playboy gets 27 years

The Associated Press  |  posted 25 minutes ago
Prosecutors say a Canadian drug kingpin who was one of New York's biggest marijuana suppliers and was dubbed the Pot Playboy has been sentenced to 27 years in prison for leading a $1 billion international drug trafficking enterprise.
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FBI chief calls Islamic terror group 'savages'

Sadie Gurman, Associated Press  |  posted 25 minutes ago
Islamic State extremists who executed journalist James Foley are "savages" who must be brought to justice, said FBI Director James Comey, whose agents are directly involved in the investigation into the killing.
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US mission to rescue hostages in Syria failed

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  posted 45 minutes ago
President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, the administration disclosed Wednesday.
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CEO: Kidnappers threatened Foley's life last week

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 6:21pm
The chief executive officer of a Boston-based news organization says James Foley's kidnappers last week threatened to kill him in response to U.S. bombings in Iraq.
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Judge: Justice Dept must provide list of documents

Pete Yost, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 6:21pm
A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to provide Congress with a list of documents that are at the center of a long-running battle over a failed law enforcement program called Operation Fast and Furious.
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Panel OKs state librarian despite initial concerns

Don Thompson, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 6:11pm
The son of a former California Supreme Court justice won approval Wednesday from a state Senate panel as the new state librarian after initial concerns that he had never worked in the field and had no formal training as a librarian when he was nominated.
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Blind mother sues Seattle schools over website

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 6:11pm
A blind mother whose three children attend Seattle Public Schools is suing the district, saying its website and math software aren't compatible with technology that blind people use to access the Internet.
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City says it's not at fault for Utah landslide

Annie Knox, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 5:50pm
A Utah city says it's not to blame for a landslide that crushed a home earlier this month and forced evacuations in a mountainside community.
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Judge questions source of accused guard's bail

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 5:50pm
A judge asked for more information Wednesday about the source of bail money that a former Nevada state corrections officer wants to post to serve house arrest while facing charges that he smuggled contraband to Las Vegas Strip shooting and crash suspect Ammar Harris.
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Ex-governor at corruption trial: Wife grew anxious

Larry O'Dell, Matthew Barakat, Alan Suderman, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 5:50pm
Former Gov. Bob McDonnell testified Wednesday that his gubernatorial victory was just hours old when he got the first glimpse of growing anxiety in his wife. It eventually led to talk of her moving out of the governor's mansion and seeking counseling.
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CHP says officer may face serious beating charges

Matt Hamilton, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 5:40pm
A California Highway Patrol officer who was videotaped repeatedly striking a woman on the side of a Los Angeles freeway could face serious charges, the agency said Wednesday after forwarding its investigation to the district attorney.
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Utah woman accused in husband's death deported

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 5:31pm
Authorities have deported a northern Utah woman to El Salvador where she is wanted in connection with her American husband's death in 2013.
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Grand jury hears evidence in Ferguson case

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 5:21pm
A grand jury has begun hearing evidence as it weighs possible charges against the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.
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Man who lived years as hermit adjusts to society

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 5:21pm
A man who lived nearly three decades in the woods now has a job and is adjusting to life back in society.
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Colorado buys fire-spotting planes to battle fires

Ivan Moreno, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 20th - 5:10pm
Colorado will begin a new strategy for fighting wildfires in the coming weeks, deploying aircraft designed to pinpoint the location of blazes quicker after the first sighting of smoke with the aim of beginning suppression efforts faster.
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