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A "perfect" 100-carat diamond in a classic emerald cut sold for just over $22 million at auction on Tuesday.
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Charge reduced against trucker in fatal pileup in Wyoming

Bob Moen, Associated Press  |  posted 7 minutes ago
Crews reopened Interstate 80 on Tuesday, about 32 hours after a fiery chain-reaction crash involving more than 60 vehicles killed two people and became the second weather-related pileup to shut down the major trucking corridor in less than a week.
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Justice Dept. opens Baltimore police probe; hundreds protest

Juliet Linderman, David Dishneau and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  posted 16 minutes ago
The Justice Department said Tuesday it has opened a civil rights investigation into the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who suffered a fatal spinal-cord injury under mysterious circumstances after he was handcuffed and put in the back of a police van.
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DEA chief to retire amid pressure over agents' sex scandal

Eric Tucker and Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press  |  posted 26 minutes ago
The embattled head of the Drug Enforcement Administration said Tuesday that she plans to retire after three decades with the agency, an announcement that came amid mounting pressure for her resignation from members of Congress who questioned her handling of misconduct allegations against agents.
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Seized money to be returned in alleged jealousy murder case

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  posted 57 minutes ago
A South Salt Lake man accused of fatally shooting a supposed romantic rival in what police said was a case of misplaced jealousy will get back money seized by police after his arrest last year.
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California county to pay man beaten by deputies on video

Tami Abdollah and Amy Taxin, Associated Press  |  posted 6 minutes ago
A California county on Tuesday approved paying a $650,000 settlement to avoid a lawsuit by a man whose beating by deputies after a horse chase was captured on video and led to a federal civil rights investigation.
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Little Rock schools chief quits after plagiarism accusation

The Associated Press  |  posted 7 minutes ago
The head of Arkansas' largest school district resigned Tuesday amid plagiarism questions involving his 2009 doctoral dissertation.
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San Francisco bans performances by exotic animals

Janie Har, Associated Press  |  posted 7 minutes ago
San Francisco supervisors on Tuesday approved a prohibition on performances using wild animals, joining dozens of other places that frown upon the display of bears and big cats, elephants and monkeys for human entertainment.
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Highlights from around the Capitol

The Associated Press  |  posted 17 minutes ago
Socialist and keeping kids in a 'Godless environment' is how advisers to Republican Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick described a major bipartisan pre-K initiative in a letter sent to lawmakers Tuesday.
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Council approves move of Presley's planes from Graceland

The Associated Press  |  posted 17 minutes ago
Memphis' City Council has approved a plan to move two airplanes once owned by Elvis Presley, the Lisa Marie and the Hound Dog II, from Graceland to a location down the street.
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Teacher confronted by gunman in drill sues Oregon district

The Associated Press  |  posted 26 minutes ago
A former grade school teacher in eastern Oregon says she was so scared when a man burst into her classroom and pulled the trigger on the pistol he pointed at her face that she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and has sued the district's safety officer and others responsible for a surprise "active shooter" drill.
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HIV outbreak in Indiana affecting residents' quality of life

Rick Callahan, Associated Press  |  posted 26 minutes ago
Main Street in this southern Indiana city is lined with blooming dogwood and redbud trees and punctuated by a short stretch of well-kept storefronts. It's a tidy appearance that masks a darker side of the community — the worst HIV outbreak in state history, which health officials warn hasn't yet peaked.
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Tennessee school voucher proposal fails again

Lucas L. Johnson Ii, Associated Press  |  posted 26 minutes ago
A proposal that would let parents move a child from a failing public school in Tennessee to a private school with funding from the state has failed this year — for the third consecutive Tennessee General Assembly session.
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California lawmaker optimistic about vaccine bill advancing

Judy Lin, Associated Press  |  posted 37 minutes ago
A California lawmaker who is proposing to limit the number of schoolchildren who are exempt from being vaccinated said Tuesday that he's optimistic the bill will advance after a vote was delayed one week.
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Specialized shelter aids cats with immune system virus

Ryan Pfiel, Associated Press  |  posted 37 minutes ago
Cats with the feline version of the AIDS virus now have a Jackson County home they can safely live out their lives without potentially spreading the disease to other felines.
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Sheriff Joe Arpaio in court over profiling case in Arizona

Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press  |  posted 37 minutes ago
A hearing began Tuesday to decide whether an Arizona sheriff should be held in contempt of court for violating a judge's orders in a racial profiling lawsuit that stemmed from his aggressive immigration patrols in Hispanic neighborhoods in metro Phoenix.
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DEA chief retiring from amid mounting pressure on Capitol Hill in wake of scandal

The Associated Press  |  posted 47 minutes ago
The head of the embattled Drug Enforcement Administration has announced her retirement.
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Designer of Barbary Coast neon sign in Las Vegas dies

Kimberly Pierceall, Associated Press  |  posted 47 minutes ago
Another prolific creator of some of the Las Vegas Strip's most recognizable neon signs has died.
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Minnesota suspends online proficiency testing for students

The Associated Press  |  posted 47 minutes ago
The Minnesota Department of Education is temporarily suspending online proficiency testing for students until technical problems are resolved.
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Senate passes bill requiring citizenship test to graduate

The Associated Press  |  posted 47 minutes ago
Tennessee students would have to pass a partial version of the U.S. citizenship and immigration services' civic test before getting a high school diploma under legislation headed for Gov. Bill Haslam's consideration.
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Georgia Tech building evacuated after campus lab explosion

The Associated Press  |  posted 57 minutes ago
A laboratory explosion at Georgia Tech caused authorities to evacuate a building at the Atlanta campus.
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Gov. Steve Bullock signs Montana anti-bullying bill into law

Lisa Baumann, Associated Press  |  posted 57 minutes ago
It took more than 10 years, several proposals and countless stories from young people who have suffered, but on Tuesday, Montana joined every other state in the nation with an anti-bullying law.
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No criminal charges in blaze that killed Boston firefighters

Mark Pratt, Associated Press  |  posted 57 minutes ago
Employees and the owner of a welding company found responsible for a fire in a brownstone last year that killed two firefighters won't face criminal charges, investigators said Tuesday.
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