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UPDATED: Demoted worker shoots CEO, kills self in Chicago

 July 31, 2014; Updated: 1:48 pm

Editor's note: This version corrects an earlier report in which the headline stated the CEO was killed.

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Missouri tea party

 July 31, 2014; Updated: 12:20 am

President Barack Obama speaks with employees while getting tea Wednesday at the Parkville Coffeehouse, in the Kansas City suburb of Parkville, Mo. Earlier in the day, Obama gave a speech on the economy at Kansas City's Uptown Theater.

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2 teens killed in Maine crash

 July 31, 2014; Updated: 6:35 am

Police are continuing to investigate a crash in Boothbay Harbor that left two teenagers dead.

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2 women survive ordeal along rail bridge

 July 31, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

Bloomington, Ind. (AP) - A video camera captured the terrifying plight of two women as a freight train bore down on them as they walked along an 80-foot-high railroad bridge in Indiana.The women lay down on the tracks as the train...

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3 people killed, deputies wounded in N.C. shootout

 July 31, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

Fayetteville, N.C. - An angry husband sprayed his father-in-law's house with bullets from two 30-round magazines, killing two people, after his wife ran to the home during an argument Wednesday.The man later exchanged gunfire with...

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Ax crashes through car windshield north of Boston

 July 31, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

Topsfield, Mass. - It was a scary moment on a highway north of Boston when an ax smashed through the windshield of a car.Massachusetts State Police said the ax bounced out of a landscaper's dump truck at about 11 a.m. Wednesday on...

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Study: Rain of asteroids melted early Earth, boiled its oceans

 July 31, 2014; Updated: 11:56 pm

Los Angeles - When you look up at the moon's pockmarked face, you're actually staring at Earth's early history. The rain of asteroids that pummeled the lunar surface hit our planet too - it's just that erosion and plate tectonics blotted...

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GOP-led House votes to sue Obama in first-of-its-kind lawsuit

 July 31, 2014; Updated: 11:56 pm

Washington - The House voted 225-201 Wednesday to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his executive authority, launching an unprecedented legal challenge by a congressional body against a president.GOP leaders say the lawsuit...

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House passes VA health care overhaul

 July 31, 2014; Updated: 11:56 pm

Washington - The House overwhelmingly approved a landmark bill Wednesday to help veterans avoid long waits for health care that have plagued the Veterans Affairs Department for years.The $16.3 billion measure also would allow the VA...

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WHAT'S IN THE VA BILL

 July 31, 2014; Updated: 11:56 pm

It would:• Authorize $10 billion to pay private doctors to treat qualifying veterans who can't get prompt appointments at the VA's nearly 1,000 hospitals and outpatient clinics, or those who live at least 40 miles from one of them.

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Ex-IRS official called conservatives 'crazies'

 July 31, 2014; Updated: 11:56 pm

Washington - A former IRS official at the heart of the agency's tea party controversy called some right-wing Republicans "crazies" and more in emails released Wednesday.Lois Lerner headed the IRS division that handles applications...

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Questions raised about R.I. beach contract amid probe

 July 31, 2014; Updated: 11:56 pm

Providence - Questions are being raised about contracts awarded by the state to provide concessions at state beaches amid a probe by Rhode Island State Police.State Rep. Peter Palumbo, a Democrat from Cranston, was the high bidder...

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Ocean safari for white sharks off Cape Cod

 July 31, 2014; Updated: 11:56 pm

Barnstable, Mass. (AP) - Two marine conservation groups are offering a daylong ocean trip on Cape Cod to search for great white sharks, humpback whales, gray seals and seabirds in their wild habitat, billing the trip as the first of its...

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Massachusetts lawmakers weigh PAC disclosure bill

 July 31, 2014; Updated: 11:56 pm

Boston (AP) - Massachusetts lawmakers are weighing a bill designed to tighten reporting requirements for independent political expenditures, including those made by political action committees known as super PACs.Under the bill,...

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James Shigeta, actor, dies at 85

 July 31, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Actor James Shigeta played the leading male role in the lavish movie musical "Flower Drum Song" in 1961. The year before, he won a Golden Globe as most promising newcomer.But after "Flower Drum Song" he never again played the leading man...

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US economy grew at strong 4 percent rate in spring

 July 30, 2014; Updated: 1:52 pm

The U.S. economy has rebounded with vigor from a grim start to 2014 and should show renewed strength into next year.

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Senate reprieve for highly-contested border bill

 July 30, 2014; Updated: 1:43 pm

A bill to deal with the immigration surge on the U.S.-Mexico border won a temporary reprieve in the Senate Wednesday as lawmakers maneuvered to offer some response to the crisis before adjourning for the summer.

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'No shred of evidence'

 July 30, 2014; Updated: 12:36 am

Secretary of State John Kerry, right, and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin arrive to speak to reporters Tuesday at the State Department in Washington. The United States says there's been "no shred of evidence" that Russia is willing to help...

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Federal appeals court blocks Mississippi's anti-abortion law by 2-1 vote

 July 30, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

Jackson, Miss. - Mississippi's effort to close its last abortion clinic was overturned in federal appellate court on Tuesday. Advocates for the law said women with unwanted pregnancies could always travel to other states, but the judges...

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Lawmakers use gimmicks to pay for highway funds

 July 30, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

Washington (AP) - The House and Senate have passed competing versions of legislation to prevent the federal trust funds providing highway and transit funds from running dry next month and to buy more time for Congress to draft a new...

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Region's tribes voice support for changing federal recognition rules

 July 29, 2014; Updated: 12:12 am

American Indians at a Tuesday hearing at the Mashpee Wampanoag community center on Cape Cod said they support a plan to make gaining federal recognition easier, but others urged the U.S. Department of the Interior to go further.

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Feds discuss changing tribal recognition process

 July 29, 2014; Updated: 7:25 am

The federal Department of the Interior is holding a hearing in Massachusetts on its plan to make it easier for American Indian tribes to gain federal recognition.

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Tornado rips off roofs, downs trees near Boston

 July 29, 2014; Updated: 12:12 am

The tornado, a rarity in Massachusetts, touched down in Revere, a coastal city of nearly 52,000 residents just north of Boston, on Monday morning.

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Premium Content U.S. extends comment deadline on proposed federal-recognition rules changes

 July 28, 2014; Updated: 11:51 pm

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy wrote last week to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to urge that the department's Bureau of Indian Affairs extend the comment period and schedule a public meeting in Connecticut on the proposed rule changes.

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U.S. moving pollution overseas

 July 28, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

Newport News, Va. - As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America's unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create...

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