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Dirty creek, old purse solve four-decade mystery

Fri Apr 18, 2014

- Cheryl Miller and Pamella Jackson had planned to celebrate the end of the 1971 school year by gathering with classmates at a quarry along a gravel road. Full Story

graduates (AP/Terry Gilliam)

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Best and worst college majors for job demand, pay

Fri Apr 18, 2014

This time of year, a whole new class of college graduates prepares to hit the job market and one major may fare better than others in the job hunt, according to a new survey. Full Story

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Ohio teacher fired over comment on black president

Fri Apr 18, 2014

- An Ohio teacher has been fired after a black student who said he wanted to become president claimed the teacher told him the nation didn't need another black commander in chief. Full Story

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Man avoids $525 fine for refill at SC hospital

Fri Apr 18, 2014

- A man who faced a $525 fine for refilling an 89-cent drink at a Veterans Affairs hospital apparently will get off with a warning. Full Story

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Police: Student ate more pot than recommended

Thu Apr 17, 2014

- A Wyoming college student who jumped to his death at a Denver hotel had eaten more of a marijuana cookie than was recommended by a seller, police records show -- a finding that comes amid increased concern about the strength of popular pot edibles after Colorado became the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. Full Story

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Reservoir to be flushed because of urinating teen

Sat Apr 19, 2014

- The mix of 38 million gallons of treated water and one teen's urine has proven unacceptable to Portland officials who plan to flush away the whole lot -- the second time in less than three years the city has gone to such lengths to keep its water pure. Full Story

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After Target: Major data breach at retailer Michaels

Fri Apr 18, 2014

Michaels Stores Inc., the largest arts-and-crafts chain in the nation, says the personal information of some 3 million customers may have been stolen between June 26, 2013 and Feb. 27, 2014. Full Story

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Man dies in McLean crash

Fri Apr 18, 2014

A man died when a vehicle struck a tree in McLean, Va. early Friday. Full Story

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Boy, 6, gets hand caught in escalator

Fri Apr 18, 2014

He was released from the hospital after getting his hand stuck at the bottom of an escalator handrail inside a Prince George's County mall on Thursday. Full Story

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Wal-Mart jumps into the money transfer biz, loudly

Fri Apr 18, 2014

- Wal-Mart is delving deeper into financial services at its stores and shaking up the money transfer business. Full Story

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AP PHOTOS: Marking Jesus' journey on Good Friday

Fri Apr 18, 2014

enacting the crucifixion. Devotees have themselves nailed to wooden crosses, rituals that church leaders do not condone but that draw huge crowds. Undeterred, some penitents participate in the practice year after year. Full Story

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Magnitude-7.2 earthquake shakes Mexican capital

Fri Apr 18, 2014

- A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday, sending panicked people into the streets. Some walls cracked and fell, but there were no reports of major damage or casualties. Full Story

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Professor: 'Game of Thrones' pic got me suspended

Fri Apr 18, 2014

- A New Jersey professor claims he was suspended over an online photo containing a quote from "Game of Thrones" that he says a school official perceived as a threat. Full Story

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Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing at least 12

Sat Apr 19, 2014

- Rescuers were searching through piles of snow and ice on the slopes of Mount Everest on Saturday for four Sherpa guides who were buried by an avalanche that killed 12 other Nepalese guides in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak. Full Story

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Judge refuses to toss sentence for ID theft

Fri Apr 18, 2014

- A federal judge has refused to throw out a Richmond woman's 14-year prison sentence for helping illegal aliens obtain driver's licenses and other identification. Full Story

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Md. urges awareness of invasive species

Fri Apr 18, 2014

- The Maryland Department of Agriculture is urging residents to help reduce the spread of invasive species that pose a threat to agricultural and natural resources. Full Story

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Man who avoided prison is overwhelmed by support

Fri Apr 18, 2014

- A Missouri man who avoided prison because of a clerical error and led a law-abiding life for 13 years said he is overwhelmed by the support he's received since the story of his incarceration became public. Full Story