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Weiner dog wars

 September 2, 2014; Updated: 11:45 pm

Mr. Peabody runs toward the finish line in the sixth heat of a race Monday at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn. Canterbury Park hosted its annual Labor Day Wiener Dog Wars in which dogs competed in seven races on the horse track for the title of...

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Sandy-battered towns wrestle with eminent-domain choice

 September 2, 2014; Updated: 11:29 pm

Asharoken, N.Y. - On a tiny spit of land off Long Island, the wealthy village of Asharoken faces a dilemma borne of Superstorm Sandy.Either it accepts millions of dollars in federal aid to build a protective sand dune and for the...

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Will traffic deaths rise as states legalize pot?

 September 2, 2014; Updated: 11:29 pm

Washington - As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths. Researchers, though, are divided on the...

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Leaks of nude celebrity photos raise concerns about security of various online storage sites

 September 2, 2014; Updated: 11:29 pm

The leaking of hundreds of private and intimate photographs of Hollywood celebrities cast new doubt on the security of popular online storage sites Monday as investigators probed for explanations of the high-profile breach.Privacy experts...

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NYC's West Indian Day Parade marred by nearby fatal shooting

 September 2, 2014; Updated: 11:29 pm

New York - Colorful floats, elaborate costumes, politicians and merrymakers filled Brooklyn's streets Monday for the annual West Indian Day Parade, a massive Caribbean celebration that was marred by a fatal shooting nearby before the...

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Vintage baseball cards expected to be a hit with auction bidders

 September 2, 2014; Updated: 11:29 pm

Biddeford, Maine - A baseball fan took up smoking a century ago and with it acquired another habit: holding onto little cards that bore the faces of baseball's earliest greats.Now, the trove of more than 1,400 tobacco cards...

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Federal government wants nuclear waste train

 September 1, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

Atlanta - The U.S. government is looking for trains to haul radioactive waste from nuclear power plants to disposal sites. Too bad those trains have nowhere to go.Putting the cart before the horse, the U.S. Department of Energy...

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Showboat closes in Atlantic City; 2 more to follow

 September 1, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Atlantic City, N.J. - The show is over for the Showboat Casino Hotel.The Mardi Gras-themed casino shut down Sunday after 27 years on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. It was one of three casinos closing within the next two weeks as...

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Bad weather shuts down concerts and delays flights

 September 1, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Philadelphia (AP) - Severe thunderstorms across the Northeast on Sunday slowed operations at airports, wreaked havoc at outdoor sporting and musical events in New York and Philadelphia and sent people scurrying from a beach after three men...

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Service in Peace Corps runs in the family

 September 1, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

Wilton (AP) - It's not unusual for a little brother to follow an older brother around the house, the neighborhood, and on into school activities, clubs, sports, and maybe even the same college.The mirroring usually ends there, as...

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Unpopular lawmakers still likely to keep seats

 August 31, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Washington - A surly electorate that holds Congress in even lower regard than unpopular President Barack Obama is willing to "keep the bums in," with at least 365 incumbents in the 435-member House and 18 of 28 senators on a glide path to...

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Balloon bash brings color to Texas skies

 August 31, 2014; Updated: 11:58 pm

People gather Saturday at Casparis Airport to watch the annual Big Bend Balloon Bash in Alpine, Texas.

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Money rolls into Connecticut 5th District race

 August 31, 2014; Updated: 12:21 am

Esty, Greenberg campaigns expected to be among the highest spending in the countryHartford - Connecticut's 5th Congressional District race is expected once again to be an expensive battle, attracting...

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Many states reconsider switch to Common Core

 August 31, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Columbus, Ohio - Millions of students will take new tests rooted in the Common Core standards for math and reading, but policymakers in many states are having buyer's remorse.The fight to repeal the standards has heated up in Ohio,...

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Remembering Katrina

 August 30, 2014; Updated: 2:34 am

Young Sino and daughter Demarri Warren participate in a remembrance event Friday along the Industrial Canal flood wall, seen in background, in the Lower 9th Ward section of New Orleans, on the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

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U.S. colleges could screen West African students for Ebola

 August 30, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

Buffalo, N.Y. - College students from West Africa may be subject to extra health checks when they arrive to study in the United States as administrators try to insulate campuses from the worst Ebola outbreak in history.With the...

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In the line of duty

 August 29, 2014; Updated: 11:59 pm

Oklahoma City police officer Sgt. Ryan Stark, center, leans over the casket of his canine partner, K-9 Kye, following funeral services for the dog Thursday in Oklahoma City. K-9 Kye, a 3-year-old Belgian German shepherd, died Monday after being...

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Obama says U.S. lacks strategy for Islamic State

 August 29, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Washington - Amid conflicting congressional demands, impatient Arab allies, and public concern that he will do too much or too little, President Barack Obama made bluntly clear Thursday why he has not yet implemented a comprehensive U.S.

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Family feels sorry for girl, 9, who shot their dad in Arizona

 August 29, 2014; Updated: 9:42 am

The family of an Arizona shooting range instructor accidentally killed by a 9-year-old girl while he was teaching her to use an Uzi say they feel sorry for the child.

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Military: Massachusetts Air National Guard pilot was killed in Virginia F-15 crash

 August 29, 2014; Updated: 6:21 am

The pilot of an F-15 jet that crashed earlier this week in remote Virginia mountains was killed, military officials now say, bringing a sad end to an exhaustive two-day search involving more than 100 local, state and federal officials as well as...

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Civil rights icon's items sold

 August 29, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

Detroit - Hundreds of items that belonged to civil rights icon Rosa Parks and have been sitting unseen for years in a New York warehouse were sold to a foundation run by the son of billionaire investment guru Warren Buffett, the younger...

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Shooting by 9-year-old girl stirs debate over guns

 August 28, 2014; Updated: 11:16 pm

Phoenix - The accidental shooting death of a firing-range instructor by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi has set off a powerful debate over youngsters and guns, with many people wondering what sort of parents would let a child handle a...

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Parties fret over immigration plans

 August 28, 2014; Updated: 11:16 pm

Washington - Both political parties are in a state of high anxiety about the possibility that President Barack Obama will allow millions of illegal immigrants to remain in the country, fearing that White House action on the issue could...

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Search efforts to resume for missing Massachusetts Air National Guard pilot

 August 28, 2014; Updated: 6:55 am

A Virginia State Police spokeswoman says rescuers will resume searching for a pilot who went missing after an F-15 fighter jet crashed in a remote, heavily wooded area of western Virginia.

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Defense rests in corruption trial of ex-governor of Virginia

 August 28, 2014; Updated: 11:29 pm

Richmond, Va. - Attorneys for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife wrapped up their case Wednesday in the couple's corruption trial, their defense featuring McDonnell's testimony and the idea that the marriage was so chilly they...

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