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Man questioned in case of missing Phoenix-area couple
MARICOPA, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities in Arizona questioned a "person of interest" Wednesday night in the case of a Phoenix-area couple missing for more than a week.
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Ex-state senator facing up to 20 years on racketeering
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A former California state senator — once considered a leading candidate for a statewide office — is facing up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to a racketeering charge in an organized crime case centered in San
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Solid hiring expected for June as US job market nears normal
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers likely hired at another strong pace in June, a sign that the job market is nearing full health and giving the Federal Reserve reason to raise interest rates as early as September.
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California: Record water savings shows big cuts possible
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Water use in drought-stricken California plunged by record levels in May, and Gov. Jerry Brown's administration cited that as proof cities can hit steep summer conservation targets they have blasted as unfair.
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Suspect in DC mansion slayings due in court
WASHINGTON (AP) — A man charged in the slayings of a wealthy family and their housekeeper inside a Washington mansion is due in court for a preliminary hearing.
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What crisis? Stronger banks, economies ease fear over Greece
The prospect of a Greek crackup isn't so terrifying anymore.
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New warden, increased security after New York prison escape
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new superintendent has been named at the maximum-security prison in upstate New York where two inmates escaped last month, and a range of new security measures has been put in place.
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Arizona copper mine stirs debate pitting profits vs religion
SUPERIOR, Ariz. (AP) — Outside of an aging mining town in the mountains east of Phoenix, a copper company has burrowed a shaft 1.3 miles into the high desert landscape in what is believed to be the deepest such mine in the U.S.
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Retired military dogs find new purpose in US meth wars
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Five retired military dogs that spent years working in war zones are putting their noses to new uses by helping police in the U.S. combat methamphetamine and other drugs.
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Western wildfires: Progress against Washington fires
Fire crews have reported progress fighting wildfires in tinder-dry, drought-stricken Washington state, as well as in Nevada.
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36 dead, 19 missing as ferry capsizes in Philippines
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine coast guard says 36 people have died and 19 are missing after an inter-island ferry capsized in the central Philippines.
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Greece in limbo: Shuttered banks keep lifeline
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece braced for more chaos on the streets outside its mostly shuttered banks Thursday, as Athens and its creditors halted talks on resolving the country's deepening financial crisis until a referendum this weekend.
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The Latest: France's Sapin says committed to Greece in euro
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest news on Greece's financial woes (all times local):
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What crisis? Stronger banks, economies ease fear over Greece
The prospect of a Greek crackup isn't so terrifying anymore.
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Top American diplomat in Cuba in line to head new embassy
HAVANA (AP) — From his office high above Havana, Jeffrey DeLaurentis has a sweeping view of the cerulean Florida Straits and the blood-red letters declaring Cuba's defiance of the United States.
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Blacklist warnings spread on websites in North Korea
TOKYO (AP) — North Korea, already one of the least-wired places in the world, appears to be cracking down on the use of the Internet by even the small number of foreigners who can access it with relative freedom by blacklisting and blocking social
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Benghazi, where Libya's uprising began, now a shattered city
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — The old courthouse in central Benghazi, Libya's second-largest city and the birthplace of the uprising against Moammar Gadhafi, is a shelled-out ruin — a testimony to the destruction and chaos that permeate this North African
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Crashed Indonesian plane may have suffered engine problem
MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — The aging Indonesian military transport plane that crashed into a residential neighborhood of Medan killing 141 people had a propeller "abnormality" that indicates an engine stalled, the air force chief said Thursday.
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WikiLeaks claims NSA targeted German ministers beyond Merkel
BERLIN (AP) — WikiLeaks published a list of German phone numbers Wednesday that it claimed showed the U.S. National Security Agency eavesdropped on senior German officials beyond Chancellor Angela Merkel.
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Many but not all in GOP object as US, Cuba plan embassies
WASHINGTON (AP) — Loud but hardly universal catcalls from Republicans underscored the obstacles and opportunities ahead as U.S. and Cuban leaders announced an opening of embassies in Havana and Washington and a resumption of diplomatic relations
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