Panel finds Alaska lawmaker violated ethics law

A legislative ethics panel says it found by "clear and convincing evidence" that an Alaska lawmaker violated ethics law by disclosing the existence of a complaint that was considered confidential
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Clarification: Los Alamos-Lab-Contract story

Clarification: Los Alamos-Lab-Contract story
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Al-Qaida suspect linked to cartoonist plot to plead guilty

Prosecutors say an al-Qaida suspect linked to a plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist intends to plead guilty to terrorism charges in Philadelphia
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Democratic ad war underway in primary race for governor

The much anticipated ad war among Democratic candidates for governor is finally underway, with candidates this week unveiling the first spots less than four weeks before the Aug. 14 primary
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N Carolina Gov. Cooper asks Trump to pull back on tariffs

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper wants President Donald Trump to draw back recent tariff increases, saying an escalating trade war is already hurting state farmers and companies that rely on aluminum and steel
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Tire off van strikes windshield of car; kills car's driver

Authorities say tire came off van, crashed through windshield of a car and killed car's driver on interstate in southwestern Ohio
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Airman who inspired "Good Morning, Vietnam" film has died

The man whose military radio antics inspired a character played by Robin Williams in the film "Good Morning, Vietnam" has died
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Burned items led to Indiana woman's buried body in Minnesota

A criminal complaint outlines the discovery of a missing Indiana woman's body in a shallow grave in northern Minnesota
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Bill aims to block foreign ownership of election systems

After Maryland officials announced that an election service vendor was acquired by a company linked to a Russian oligarch, two congressmen are introducing legislation requiring that election systems vendors are owned and controlled by domestic companies
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Virginia AG won't appeal redistricting ruling

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is opposing a Republican bid to delay drawing new legislative districts
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No injuries as plane makes belly landing at Glendale airport

The Glendale Fire Department says the two people who were aboard a small plane weren't injured when it made a belly landing at the municipal airport Thursday morning
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The Latest: Lawyer wants 92-year-old woman moved out of jail

An attorney for a 92-year-old Arizona woman charged with killing her son says he's examining places where his ailing client can be brought to get the care she needs
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Missoula man pleads not guilty in fatal hit and run

A 26-year-old Missoula man has pleaded not guilty to negligent homicide in a fatal hit-and-run
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Oklahoma legislative leaders form 13-member marijuana panel

Leaders in the Oklahoma House and Senate have named a 13-member medical marijuana working group of legislators who will begin holding public meetings next week
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Watchdog urges EPA to bolster oversight after Flint crisis

A federal watchdog is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to strengthen its oversight of state drinking water systems in the wake of the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan
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VP Pence set to attend Georgia rally in governor's race

Vice President Mike Pence set to attend rally in Georgia in support of gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp
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Arkansas panel fires Department of Community Correction head

The Arkansas Board of Corrections has fired the official in charge of the state's parole and probation system
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Waukegan to use loan in $8.6M payment in wrongful conviction

A Chicago suburb is taking out a loan to cover a nearly $9 million debt in a wrongful conviction case
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Police: 3 Fort Worth bank employees shot, 2 suspects sought

Police are searching for two armed suspects after three North Texas bank employees were shot but are expected to survive
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Man accused of killing wife denies mail fraud charges

A Vermont man charged with killing his wife has pleaded not guilty to mail fraud charges related to embezzlement from his former employer, the Agri-Mark Cabot cheese-making plant in Cabot
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Marcia Chambers, former AP and Times reporter, dies at 78

Marcia Chambers, a reporter who covered high-profile crimes for The Associated Press and The New York Times and later founded an online news site covering her Connecticut hometown, has died
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Detroit business owner spits on black man in parking dispute

A parking dispute at a social justice gathering in Detroit ended with a white business owner spitting on a black security guard
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2 escaped prison inmates apprehended in southwest Oklahoma

Oklahoma prison officials say two inmates who walked away from a prison in southwestern Oklahoma have been recaptured
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Police: Train hits, kills 2 women walking in Maryland

Police in Maryland say a freight train has struck and killed two women who had been walking near railroad tracks
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State Board of Education seeks Mississippi district takeover

Disregarding claims that local officials can resolve a financial crisis without state intervention, Mississippi's state Board of Education wants Gov. Phil Bryant to approve a state takeover of a rural school district
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Florida OKs $19M for election security after hack attempts

Florida lawmakers approved the use of a $19 million federal grant to improve security ahead of the 2018 elections
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Man charged in radio show host's slaying headed to trial

A man charged in the death of a radio host who authorities say was killed to keep her from exposing a drug distribution ring her doctor husband was running with an outlaw biker gang has rejected a plea deal
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Class-action lawsuit targets alleged utility overbilling

A class-action lawsuit is targeting alleged overbilling of Central Maine Power customers last winter
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Candidates sign up for Louisiana's secretary of state race

Louisiana's election sign-up period is continuing with no surprises for the position at the top of the ballot, secretary of state
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Trump aims to end automatic protections for some species

The Trump administration has proposed ending automatic protections for threatened animal and plant species and limiting habitat safeguards that are meant to shield recovering species from harm
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California 'Obamacare' premiums to rise 8.7 percent in 2019

Monthly premiums will rise by an average of 8.7 percent next year for more than 1 million people in California who buy health insurance under former President Barack Obama's health care law
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Trump aide gives ambiguous comments on election interference

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says she has not seen evidence that the Russians meddled in the 2016 election to help elect Trump, countering the U.S. intelligence agencies assessment on the issue
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Murphy reaches $34M deal with New Jersey public worker union

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says he's reached a four-year $34 million labor agreement with a public worker union
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The Latest: Asbestos found around NYC pipe that exploded

Mayor Bill de Blasio says asbestos has been found around the aging steam pipe that exploded in Manhattan, but he says the air is safe.
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The Latest: Ex-prison head wins lawsuit over lockup violence

A federal jury has rejected claims that the former warden of one of North Carolina's most dangerous prisons bears responsibility for life-threatening threats posed by inmates and even guards in the gang-infested lockup.
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Canadian marijuana company Tilray has first US pot IPO

A Canadian company has become the first marijuana business to complete an initial public stock offering on a major U.S. stock exchange, raising $153 million just as Canada prepares to legalize the drug nationwide
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A look at candidates signed up for Louisiana's Nov. 6 ballot

The sign-up period for Louisiana's Nov. 6 primary election is continuing and runs through Friday
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Governor signs into law women's health care bills

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo has signed into law three bills dealing with women's health care issues
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Scout leader drowns rescuing boy in Utah pond

A Boy Scout leader has drowned after rescuing a boy struggling in a Utah pond
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Wife testifies against Jordanian man on trial for 2 slayings

The wife of a Jordanian-born man on trial for capital murder has testified that her husband sneaked into their son-in-law's Texas apartment before fatally shooting him in 2012
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Melania Trump listens as students discuss being civil online

Melania Trump is listening to teens talk about their best practices for being civil online
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High-altitude balloons to deliver internet access in Kenya

A Google-affiliated company has chosen Kenya as the home of its first announced commercial deal for delivering internet access to hard-to-reach areas using high-altitude balloons.
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New Mexico lawmakers sue over state park transfer

New Mexico legislators have filed a lawsuit against officials in Gov. Susana Martinez's administration, arguing they overstepped their authority by moving to convert a state park outside Las Cruces into a regional Game and Fish Department headquarters
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The Latest: Authorities ID man killed in Oregon wildfire

Authorities have identified a man killed in an Oregon wildfire as 64-year-old John Ruby
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Kansas man admits going to Philippines for sex with girls

A Kansas man who admitted that he traveled to the Philippines to have sex with minor girls has pleaded guilty to three counts of producing child pornography
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New York state launches tax probe of Trump Foundation

New York state tax officials have opened an investigation into the Trump Foundation to determine whether President Donald Trump or his charitable organization violated state law or misstated their tax liability to state officials
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3 wolves killed in central Idaho after sheep attacks

Federal officials say they killed three wolves in central Idaho after attacks on livestock, an action blasted by an environmental group
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Arizona unemployment rate unchanged at 4.7 percent in June

Arizona's unemployment rate remained at 4.7 percent in June, unchanged from May as the state's economy lost nearly 45,000 jobs in June from the prior month
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House candidate under fire skips Bend council meeting

House candidate under fire skips Bend council meeting
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Penn St. board ponders freeze on in-state tuition next year

Penn State's board is considering a proposal to keep in-state resident undergraduate tuition at current levels next year, the second such freeze in recent years
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Arrest made in shooting of teen at South Carolina complex

A suspect has been arrested in the death of one of two teens found shot to death at an apartment complex near the South Carolina coast
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Man sentenced for assault, carjacking, shooting eatery owner

A western New York man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for a string of crimes that included an assault, a carjacking and shooting the owner of the suburban Buffalo restaurant where he worked
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Suspect shoots officers in Poplar Bluff; both are OK

A police detective and an official with the U.S. Marshals Service are recovering after being shot by a suspect in southeast Missouri
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Wichita State to have marching band starting this fall

Wichita State University plans to start a marching band this fall
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Police: 7-year-old Baltimore girl shot in car has died

Police say a 7-year-old Baltimore girl shot in the back earlier this month has died
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Wildlife officers capture bear wandering in Santa Fe

Wildlife officials say they have captured a bear that wandered in front of a Santa Fe auto shop and ran through traffic
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State seeking probationer, woman who may be in danger

A state judge has issued a $500,000 warrant for the arrest of a probationer who is believed to have left the state with a woman who may be in danger
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Many options, few solutions after Nevada execution delays

Courts twice have blocked Nevada from carrying out its first execution in 12 years using a never-tried combination of drugs that it created after struggling to get lethal injection supplies
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Parts of New England still dry despite rains

A national drought monitor says that dry conditions are expanding across the Northeast due to warmer than average temperatures
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Schimel hires lab consultant as criticism over delays mounts

Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel has hired a consultant to identify ways to speed up testing at the state crime labs as criticism over delays mounts
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Democrat ad war underway in primary race for governor

The much anticipated ad war among Democratic candidates for governor is finally underway, with candidates this week unveiling the first spots less than four weeks before the Aug. 14 primary
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Wisconsin hospitals plagued by persistent drug shortages

Hospitals in states including Wisconsin are dealing with medication shortages, forcing them to work with limited resources
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Trump administration seeks endangered species rule changes

The Trump administration wants to change how endangered species are protected by the U.S. government
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Fatal SUV crash driver among 5 charged in smuggling scheme

A federal grand jury in Texas has indicted several people connected to an alleged immigrant smuggling scheme, including the driver in an SUV crash that killed five of 14 people inside
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West Virginia hearings resume on Supreme Court impeachment

West Virginia lawmakers have resumed hearings to consider whether to recommend impeachment proceedings for indicted state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry
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Bike-sharing program gears up in Providence

Two health care companies are joining Rhode Island's bus authority to help sponsor a new electric bicycle rental service in Providence.
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The Latest: Chinese emissary says no easy win in trade war

A Chinese emissary is warning that a trade war with his country won't be easily won
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Police: Whites, some in skinhead gear, beat black man

Police say a group of six white men and women _ some donning skinhead tattoos and T-shirts _ assaulted a black man at a bar near Pittsburgh
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Police investigating claim of fake Uber driver robbery

Las Vegas police are investigating a woman's claim that she was robbed by a fake Uber driver
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The Latest: The Iceman doesn't freeze at Carnoustie

Haraldur Magnus, the first man from Iceland to play at a major golf championship, said "every muscle and bone in my body was shaking" when he took his opening tee shot at Carnoustie
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Man sentenced for killing girlfriend he left tied up, gagged

A 51-year-old man has been sentenced to more than 25 years in prison for killing his girlfriend by leaving her bound and gagged in their Rochester apartment for about two weeks
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Colorado college shuts down kid camps after illness outbreak

The University of Northern Colorado has shut down two kids' summer camps after multiple campers became ill
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Vermont general fund revenue come in above forecast

Vermont general fund revenues have come in at about 4.8 percent above forecasts for the previous fiscal year 2018
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Missouri sheriff, subordinate indicted on multiple felonies

A southern Missouri sheriff and a subordinate have been indicted on multiple felonies following a year in which more than 40 employees were fired or quit
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Wisconsin unemployment ticks upward in June

Wisconsin's unemployment rate ticked upward last month
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Police: Man suspected of burglaries in 9 states arrested

Police in Maine play a key role in the arrest of a man suspected in a series of burglaries and thefts with outstanding warrants in nine states
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Indiana environmentalists push back on EPA's coal ash rules

Indiana environmentalists are criticizing the easing of toxic coal ash regulations by President Donald Trump's administration
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Suspect arrested in fire at 88-year-old Oklahoma shoe store

Authorities in northeastern Oklahoma have arrested a 28-year-old man in connection with a fire that gutted an 88-year-old business that's run by a 103-year-old woman
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Health officials urge hepatitis A vaccinations

In the midst of the largest hepatitis A outbreak in Kentucky's history, health officials are urging anyone who lives in a county where cases have been confirmed to get vaccinated
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No charges in fight that left one man dead in Milwaukee

Charges will not be issued as a result of a fight in downtown Milwaukee that left one man dead
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Northern districts arguing against school merger plan

The Vermont Board of Education has heard arguments against the state's district merger plan from northern school districts this week
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Florida soldier says agency is blocking path to citizenship

A former interpreter for U.S. forces in Iraq is suing the U.S. government for blocking his path to citizenship over what he says are unfounded reasons that have primarily been applied to people from majority-Muslim countries
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The Latest: Oregon Governor says wildfire may be an arson

Gov. Kate Brown says a deadly wildfire in north-central Oregon may have been intentionally set
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Gene tests can provide health clues -- and needless worry

DNA test results can pose worrisome question: Is your abnormality harmful?
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Rosa Parks family house set for auction next week

The house where Rosa Parks sought refuge after fleeing the South amid death threats is scheduled for auction next week with a minimum bid of $1 million
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The Latest: Police name leader who drowned rescuing Scout

A Boy Scout leader has drowned after rescuing a boy struggling in a Utah pond
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Records: Deputy in Minnesota shooting disciplined 4 times

Personnel records show a sheriff's deputy involved in the fatal shooting of a suicidal Minnesota teenager has been disciplined four times, but has also received seven performance awards
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Oklahoma appeals court won't reconsider man's life sentence

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals won't reconsider the life-without-parole sentence of a man who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder to avoid the death penalty
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Trump visit expenses near $80K for local, state agencies

President Donald Trump's visit earlier this month to Great Falls cost local, county and state agencies nearly $80,000
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Cops: Group of whites, some in skinhead gear, beat black man

Police say a group of six white men and women _ some donning skinhead tattoos and T-shirts _ assaulted a black man at a bar near Pittsburgh
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