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Governor signs bill overhauling Wisconsin civil service laws
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker signed a sweeping bill Friday that reworks Wisconsin's hiring and firing practices, brushing aside Democrats' complaints that the measure will lead to cronyism in state agencies....
02/12/2016 05:12:09pm
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Judge weighs bid to block Indiana's Syrian refugee order
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- A judge considering a challenge to Republican Gov. Mike Pence's order barring state agencies from helping Syrian refugees resettle in Indiana appeared skeptical Friday, peppering the state's lawyer with questions about whether the directive was achieving its stated goal of protecting the state's security....
02/12/2016 05:11:21pm
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Ferguson mayor: City told DOJ agreement no sure thing
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Ferguson leaders warned U.S. Department of Justice negotiators last month that they couldn't guarantee approval of a plan to address the agency's scathing review of the city's police and courts, including allegations that the civil rights of black residents were routinely violated, Ferguson's mayor said Friday....
02/12/2016 05:06:30pm
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MILLER PLACE, N.Y. (AP) -- A sex worker who disappeared near a remote stretch of Long Island beach highway that was later revealed to be a suspected serial killer's dumping ground for bodies might have been strangled, according to a new autopsy....
02/12/2016 05:05:04pm
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Veto override drawing vitriol from constituents in Maryland
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Maryland's Senate president called for civility Friday after Democrats received what he called "the most vicious hate mail you can possibly imagine" in the aftermath of overriding the Republican governor's veto. One caller expressed the hope a senator's wife would be raped and killed....
02/12/2016 05:02:34pm
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Obstacles abound in prosecution of Texas priest in cold case
HOUSTON (AP) -- Prosecutors face a tough road in their case against a former priest accused this week in the killing of a young Texas teacher and beauty queen nearly 56 years ago, according to legal experts....
02/12/2016 04:58:36pm
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Manhole cover crashes into SUV's windshield, killing driver
BOSTON (AP) -- A dislodged manhole cover weighing more than 200 pounds went airborne and crashed through an SUV's windshield on a major highway, killing a woman as she drove during the Friday morning commute, authorities said....
02/12/2016 04:56:18pm
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Former transgender inmate settles with prison officials
ATLANTA (AP) -- The state of Georgia has agreed to pay to settle a lawsuit filed by a former transgender inmate whose case drew the attention of the Justice Department after she complained prison officials didn't provide adequate treatment for her gender identity condition....
02/12/2016 04:40:05pm
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Fraternity says 5 chapters acknowledged hearing racist chant
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The fraternity connected to a racist chant that surfaced at the University of Oklahoma last spring says members at five other chapters acknowledged hearing the chant over the last five years....
02/12/2016 04:39:54pm
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Lawmakers vote to make W. Virginia right-to-work state
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia, a suffering coal mining state shaped by the sometimes-bloody history of its organized labor, is set to become the 26th state with a so-called right-to-work law....
02/12/2016 04:35:41pm
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FBI: No rigged explosives found at site of Oregon standoff
BURNS, Ore. (AP) -- FBI officials said Friday they haven't found any rigged explosives or booby traps at the national wildlife refuge in Oregon that had been seized by an armed group....
02/12/2016 04:31:33pm
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Commissioner: Boston police kill armed man who fired at them
BOSTON (AP) -- Authorities say a man who was helping a gunshot victim exchanged gunfire with Boston police, who shot him dead....
02/12/2016 04:29:44pm
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'No rhyme or reason' for machete attack at Ohio restaurant
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- From the front door, the man with the machete didn't have a straight path to people in the booths at the small suburban restaurant. He stepped by the welcoming greeting on the front glass, past the half-wall entryway divider and the display case of kataifi and other Mediterranean pastries....
02/12/2016 04:11:10pm
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Man who threatened mosque pleads guilty to hate crime
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida man accused of threatening to firebomb a mosque last fall has pleaded guilty to a hate crime in federal court....
02/12/2016 04:06:19pm
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The Latest: Information about attacker's car alerted FBI
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Latest on an Ohio restaurant attack by a machete-wielding man later killed by police (all times local):...
02/12/2016 04:00:28pm
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