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Del. man must repay $20 million, serve 15 years

Wed Oct 22, 2014

A federal Baltimore judge has sentenced a Delaware man convicted of defrauding more than two dozen investors and evading taxes to 15 years in prison and ordered him to pay nearly $20 million in restitution. Full Story

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Indiana man was violent long before 7 killings

Wed Oct 22, 2014

With hindsight, there were signs years ago of increasing violence against women by Darren Vann, who police said Tuesday has confessed to killing seven women in northwestern Indiana. Full Story

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FBI: Denver girls may have tried to join jihadis

Wed Oct 22, 2014

Authorities are investigating whether three teenage girls from suburban Denver who may have been trying to join Islamic State militants in Syria have friends or associates with similar intentions. Full Story

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Wanted sex offender was hiding in homemade fort

Wed Oct 22, 2014

A convicted sex offender wanted on charges he molested a 3-year-old girl in West Virginia has been found hiding in a homemade fort in the Pennsylvania woods. Full Story

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Expert: Autopsy doesn't show if Brown went for gun

Wed Oct 22, 2014

Michael Brown's official autopsy indicates he was shot in the hand at close range during a struggle, but a medical examiner not involved in the investigation says there's no way to conclude whether the injury meant the unarmed 18-year-old was trying to grab the gun of the officer who killed him. Full Story

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Warming Earth heading for hottest year on record

Tue Oct 21, 2014

Earth is on pace to tie or even break the mark for the hottest year on record, federal meteorologists say. Full Story

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Teens' travel renews concerns about terror appeal

Wed Oct 22, 2014

Three teenage girls being investigated for trying to join Islamic State forces in Syria were victims of an "online predator" who encouraged them, a school official said Wednesday, as U.S. officials tried to determine how they made it to Europe without anyone knowing and whether terrorists' appeal is deepening among vulnerable youth. Full Story

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The meaning of 'organic' hazy for nonfood items

Tue Oct 21, 2014

There's a strict set of standards for organic foods. But the rules are looser for household cleaners, textiles, cosmetics and the organic dry cleaners down the street. Full Story

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US Rep. Don Young apologizes after suicide comment

Wed Oct 22, 2014

U.S. Rep. Don Young has apologized after telling students at a high school where a child recently committed suicide that people kill themselves when there's a lack of support from family and friends. Full Story

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Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies at 82

Tue Oct 21, 2014

Oscar de la Renta, the worldly gentleman designer who shaped the wardrobe of socialites, first ladies and Hollywood stars for more than four decades, has died. He was 82. Full Story

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Probe: UNC academic fraud was 'shadow curriculum'

Wed Oct 22, 2014

A scandal involving bogus classes and inflated grades at the University of North Carolina was bigger than previously reported, encompassing about 1,500 athletes who got easy A's and B's over a span of nearly two decades, according to an investigation released Wednesday. Full Story

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Not so fast cordcutters_cable's not going anywhere

Tue Oct 21, 2014

Cord cutters rejoiced last week after HBO and CBS announced plans to sell stand-alone streaming services, a move that cable and satellite television providers have resisted for years. Customers tired of paying big fees for hundreds of channels they never watch just to have access to a few favorite shows might be expected to start cancelling cable service in droves. Get Netflix, throw in HBO, add a network here and there -- why would anyone sign up now for cable? Full Story

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Mom wants 'Breaking Bad' figures pulled from Toys R Us

Tue Oct 21, 2014

AMC's "Breaking Bad" is a television hit, but it's not a hit with one mom who opposes the sale of the show's dolls. Full Story

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Maui surfer fends off shark with fist, board

Mon Oct 20, 2014

A man surfing with his three young sons used his fist and surfboard to fend off a weekend shark attack in waters off Maui. Full Story

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CDC to revise Ebola protocol, Pentagon preps team

Tue Oct 21, 2014

Revised guidance for health care workers treating Ebola patients will include using protective gear "with no skin showing," a top federal health official said Sunday, and the Pentagon announced it was forming a team to assist medical staff in the U.S., if needed. Full Story

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Jury to decide if Tsarnaev friend was liar or high

Wed Oct 22, 2014

A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told a string of lies to investigators, a prosecutor told a jury Tuesday, but a defense lawyer said the defendant was a frightened 19-year-old who couldn't remember certain details because he had smoked marijuana for at least 12 hours straight. Full Story

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Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies

Wed Oct 22, 2014

In a charmed life of newspapering, Ben Bradlee seemed always to be in just the right place. Full Story

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Newborn Puget Sound killer whale presumed dead

Wed Oct 22, 2014

A killer whale born to much hope in early September apparently died while its pod was in the open ocean off Washington or British Columbia, the Center for Whale Research said. Full Story