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Atlantic City losing 2 casinos, 5K jobs in 3 days

Sun Aug 31, 2014

A time few could imagine during the not-too-distant glory days of casino gambling has arrived in Atlantic City, where two casinos will close this weekend and a third will shut down in two weeks. Full Story

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Feds: Plane with unconscious pilot goes into ocean

Sun Aug 31, 2014

A pilot lost consciousness and the plane drifted into restricted airspace over the nation's capital, scrambling fighter jets that stayed with the small aircraft until it ran out of fuel and crashed Saturday into the Atlantic Ocean, the Coast Guard said. Full Story

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Federal agent arrested after brandishing gun

Sun Aug 31, 2014

Police say an apparently drunk man arrested after allegedly brandishing a gun on a Burbank street is a federal agent. Full Story

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Joan Rivers' daughter: I'm keeping fingers crossed

Mon Sep 01, 2014

Joan Rivers' loved ones said Sunday that they remain hopeful about her recovery three days after she went into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office. Full Story

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USDA seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails

Sun Aug 31, 2014

The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders. Full Story

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Detroit raced toward this week's bankruptcy trial

Mon Sep 01, 2014

It took decades of mismanagement, malfeasance and meltdowns in its bread-and-butter manufacturing sector for Detroit to hit fiscal rock bottom. The path to exit bankruptcy could take less than a year and a half. Full Story

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Official: 5 killed in plane crash north of Denver

Mon Sep 01, 2014

All five people aboard a small plane that crashed near an airport north of Denver have died, a spokesman for the National Transportation Board said. Full Story

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US to begin safety testing Ebola vaccine next week

Sun Aug 31, 2014

Federal researchers next week will start testing humans with an experimental vaccine to prevent the deadly Ebola virus. Full Story

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US judge blocks enforcement of new La abortion law

Mon Sep 01, 2014

A federal judge has temporarily blocked Louisiana from enforcing its restrictive new abortion law. But lawyers and advocates appeared to disagree about whether the judge's order affects doctors at all five abortion clinics in the state or only those at three clinics whose lawsuit challenges the measure. Full Story

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49er Ray McDonald accused of domestic violence

Mon Sep 01, 2014

San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday on felony domestic violence charges after officers responded to a home in an upscale neighborhood, San Jose police said. Full Story

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Obama's visit comes amid tight governor's race

Sun Aug 31, 2014

The last time President Barack Obama celebrated workers' rights at a Wisconsin Labor Day event, there was barely a hint of the turmoil that would embroil the state later when public employees staged massive protests in an unsuccessful bid to keep their collective bargaining rights. Full Story

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USDA seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails

Sun Aug 31, 2014

The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders. Full Story

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Judge finds Texas abortion rules unconstitutional

Sun Aug 31, 2014

Tough new Texas abortion restrictions are on hold after a federal judge found Republican-led efforts to hold abortion clinics to hospital-level operating standards unconstitutional in a ruling that spares more than a dozen clinics from imminent closure. Full Story

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Incentives states can offer to get Tesla factory

Mon Sep 01, 2014

Five states are on the short list for a $5 billion factory that Tesla Motors plans to build so it can crank out batteries for a new generation of electric cars. Full Story

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Barista-stand owner faces prostitution charge

Sun Aug 31, 2014

The owner of bikini coffee stands in Washington state banked more than $2 million in just three years because her baristas were also selling sex acts, according to local prosecutors. Full Story

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Northern California wildfires show slower growth

Mon Sep 01, 2014

The U.S. Forest Service says cloudy skies and lower temperatures have slowed the spread of two forest wildfires that are threatening as many as 250 homes in far Northern California. Full Story

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NY police probed for 2nd restraint-related death

Sat Aug 30, 2014

The New York Police Department said Friday it's under investigation for a second restraint-related death, this one involving a drugged, emotionally disturbed man four days before a fatal videotaped chokehold that fueled community outcry and led the department to overhaul its use-of-force training. Full Story