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Robber who was homesick for prison to be sentenced

Robber who was homesick for prison to be sentenced

CHICAGO - Walter Unbehaun has spent nearly all of his adult life behind bars, so it's not surprising that he faces sentencing Thursday for yet another crime, a bank robbery last year. His reason for robbing the bank is surprising, though: He was homesick for prison.

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Dress codes: Where should schools set limits?

Dress codes: Where should schools set limits?

EVANSTON, Ill. - They're called leggings - popular fashion items that are tight-fitting pants to some, and glorified tights to others.

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Ferry sinks off South Korea; 6 dead, 290 missing

Ferry sinks off South Korea; 6 dead, 290 missing

MOKPO, South Korea — Koo Bon-hee could see the exit. For half an hour, as the doomed ferry filled with water and listed severely on its side, the crew told passengers to wait for rescuers.

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Police say 5 dead in Calgary stabbings

Police say 5 dead in Calgary stabbings

CALGARY, Alberta - The son of a Calgary police officer was charged in the fatal stabbing of five people at a house party that the law enforcement officials called the worst mass slaying in the western Canadian city's history.

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Police ID supremacist as Kansas shootings suspect

Police ID supremacist as Kansas shootings suspect

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - The man accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City is a well-known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt.

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Cost of fighting warming 'modest,' says UN panel

Cost of fighting warming 'modest,' says UN panel

BERLIN - The cost of keeping global warming in check is "relatively modest," but only if the world acts quickly to reverse the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, the head of the U.N.'s expert panel on climate change said Sunday.

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Utah woman arrested after 7 dead babies found

Utah woman arrested after 7 dead babies found

PLEASANT GROVE, Utah - A Utah woman accused of killing seven babies she gave birth to over 10 years was arrested Sunday after police discovered the tiny bodies stuffed in separate cardboard boxes in the garage of her former home.

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Feds release cows gathered in Nevada roundup

Feds release cows gathered in Nevada roundup

Federal land managers confirmed Saturday that they released all 400 or so head of cattle rounded up on public land in southern Nevada from a rancher who has refused to recognize their authority.

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NC inmate charged in kidnapping of DA's father

NC inmate charged in kidnapping of DA's father

RALEIGH, N.C. - A North Carolina inmate described as a high-ranking member of the Bloods street gang faces a federal kidnapping charge after authorities say he used a mobile phone to help orchestrate the abduction of a prosecutor's father.

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Couple: Truck was on fire before deadly bus crash

Couple: Truck was on fire before deadly bus crash

ORLAND, Calif.  — A couple said a FedEx tractor-trailer was already on fire when it careened across a median, sideswiped their car and slammed into a bus carrying high school students, adding a new twist to the investigation of a crash that killed 10 people.

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Prosecutor: Pistorius' story doesn't add up

Prosecutor: Pistorius' story doesn't add up

PRETORIA, South Africa — The prosecutor cross-examining Oscar Pistorius in his murder trial Friday tried to shred his version of events the night he shot and killed his girlfriend, saying they do not add up and go against how people would react in the situation the double-amputee Olympian has described.

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Pope asks forgiveness for sex abuse by priests

Pope asks forgiveness for sex abuse by priests

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis asked for forgiveness Friday from people who were sexually abused by priests, and vowed that there will be no going back in the church's fight to protect children.

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10 killed as bus, truck carrying students collide

10 killed as bus, truck carrying students collide

ORLAND, Calif. - A FedEx tractor-trailer crossed over a grassy median on a Northern California freeway and slammed into a bus carrying more than 40 high school students in an explosive crash that left 10 people dead, authorities said.

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Jindal joins those calling for lawmaker to resign

Jindal joins those calling for lawmaker to resign

MONROE, La. - Embattled Louisiana Rep. Vance McAllister issued a less-than-ironclad vow to stay in office Thursday as the state's Republican governor and party chairman demanded his resignation after a videotape showed him in a lingering kiss with the wife of a friend.

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 Former pro wrestler Ultimate Warrior dies at 54

Former pro wrestler Ultimate Warrior dies at 54

The Ultimate Warrior put on his signature airbrushed trench coat, shook the white ring ropes, and, for a few fleeting minutes, the wrestler billed as hailing from Parts Unknown was back home in the wrestling ring.

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Stabbing spree at high school leaves 20 injured

Stabbing spree at high school leaves 20 injured

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. - A 16-year-old armed with two knives went on a stabbing and slashing spree at a high school near Pittsburgh on Wednesday, leaving 20 people injured, including a school police officer who eventually subdued him with the help of an assistant principal, authorities said.

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Online security flaw exposes millions of passwords

Online security flaw exposes millions of passwords

SAN FRANCISCO - A confounding computer bug called "Heartbleed" is causing major security headaches across the Internet as websites scramble to fix the problem and Web surfers wonder whether they should change their passwords to prevent theft of their email accounts, credit card numbers and other sensitive information.

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Medicare database reveals top-paid doctors

Medicare database reveals top-paid doctors

WASHINGTON - Medicare paid a tiny group of doctors $3 million or more apiece in 2012. One got nearly $21 million.

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Pistorius urged to look at photo of dead lover

Pistorius urged to look at photo of dead lover

PRETORIA, South Africa - The chief prosecutor in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial on Wednesday urged the athlete to "take responsibility" for fatally shooting his girlfriend, telling him to look at a police photograph of Reeva Steenkamp's bloodied head with gruesome wounds.

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Iconic Hollywood actor Mickey Rooney dies at 93

Iconic Hollywood actor Mickey Rooney dies at 93

LOS ANGELES - Mickey Rooney's approach to life was simple: "Let's put on a show!" He spent nine decades doing it, on the big screen, on television, on stage and in his extravagant personal life.

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Pistorius apologizes for killing girlfriend

Pistorius apologizes for killing girlfriend

PRETORIA, South Africa - Fighting back tears, Oscar Pistorius began testifying at his murder trial on Monday by apologizing to the family of the girlfriend he shot dead.

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Defying Taliban threats, Afghans vote in droves

Defying Taliban threats, Afghans vote in droves

KABUL, Afghanistan - Millions of Afghans defied Taliban threats and rain Saturday, underscoring their enormous expectations from an election that comes as the country's wobbly government prepares to face down a ferocious insurgency largely on its own.

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 Married couples separated by German language test

Married couples separated by German language test

BERLIN - Michael Guhle met the love of his life on the beach of a little fishing village in Vietnam. Thi An Nguyen was selling freshly cooked mussels and fruit to the German tourist and they immediately clicked. Soon the Berlin nursing home worker was saving up all of his money and vacation days to visit Nguyen.

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Navy warship reaches sailboat carrying ill toddler

Navy warship reaches sailboat carrying ill toddler

SAN DIEGO - A U.S. Navy warship reached a crippled sailboat hundreds of miles off the Mexican coast and was preparing Sunday to complete the rescue of a sick 1-year-old girl.

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Chinese ship reports 'pulse' signal, possibly from plane

Chinese ship reports 'pulse' signal, possibly from plane

PERTH, Australia - Malaysia vowed Saturday that it would not give up trying to find the missing jetliner and said a multinational investigation team would to try to solve the aviation mystery, as a Chinese ship involved in the search reported hearing a "pulse signal" in Indian Ocean waters.

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Samsung adding anti-theft solutions to smartphones

Samsung adding anti-theft solutions to smartphones

SAN FRANCISCO - Samsung Electronics will add two safeguards to its latest smartphone in an effort to deter rampant theft of the mobile devices nationwide, the company said Friday.

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NYC police: Car flips into Queens creek, killing 4

NYC police: Car flips into Queens creek, killing 4

NEW YORK - A car heading down a darkened dead-end street in a desolate industrial area hit a curb and flipped into a creek, killing four passengers, police said Saturday.

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Syrup-makers go high-tech with wireless monitoring

Syrup-makers go high-tech with wireless monitoring

MILTON, Vt. - Maple syrup production has come a long way from metal buckets hung on trees, but even high-tech operations have had to rely on old-fashioned foot patrols to fix a common problem - leaks.

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Low-cost Dominican surgeries spark warnings by US

Low-cost Dominican surgeries spark warnings by US

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - Beverly Brignoni was a young New Yorker seeking a less expensive way to enhance her appearance and she did what many other people are now doing: travel to the Dominican Republic for cosmetic surgery.

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Seabed of jet hunt zone mostly flat with 1 trench

Seabed of jet hunt zone mostly flat with 1 trench

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Two miles under the sea where satellites and planes are looking for debris from the missing Malaysian jet, the ocean floor is cold, dark, covered in a squishy muck of dead plankton and - in a potential break for the search - mostly flat. The troubling exception is a steep, rocky drop ending in a deep trench.

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Schools increasingly check students for obesity

Schools increasingly check students for obesity

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - The Chula Vista school district not only measures the academic progress of Marina Beltran's second-grader, it also measures her son's body fat.

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With iPhone, pope starts new era with Pentecostals

With iPhone, pope starts new era with Pentecostals

The video, recorded on an iPhone, lasts less than eight minutes. The message is simple: We're brothers despite our differences.

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2 more recalls push GM total to 4.8M in a month

2 more recalls push GM total to 4.8M in a month

DETROIT - General Motors announced two more recalls late Friday, bringing to 4.8 million the number of cars, trucks and SUVs the automaker has called back for repairs in the past month.

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 Magnitude-5.1 earthquake shakes Los Angeles

Magnitude-5.1 earthquake shakes Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES - A magnitude-5.1 earthquake centered near Los Angeles caused no major damage but jittered nerves throughout the region as dozens of aftershocks struck into the night.

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Taco Bell's ads star real-life Ronald McDonalds

Taco Bell's ads star real-life Ronald McDonalds

NEW YORK - Taco Bell is name-dropping an unlikely clown to promote its new breakfast menu - Ronald McDonald.

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Pistorius trial delayed over legal aide illness

Pistorius trial delayed over legal aide illness

PRETORIA, South Africa - The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius has been delayed until April 7 because one of the legal experts who will assist the judge in reaching a verdict is sick, abruptly ending expectations Friday that the double-amputee athlete was about to testify on his fatal shooting of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

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Congress backs bill to help cash-strapped Ukraine

Congress backs bill to help cash-strapped Ukraine

WASHINGTON - Congress is close to sending President Barack Obama a bill to give $1 billion in loan guarantees to cash-strapped Ukraine and provide the administration broad authority to levy more sanctions on Russia for its annexation of Crimea.

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GOP hopefuls betting on mega donor in Vegas

GOP hopefuls betting on mega donor in Vegas

LAS VEGAS - A slate of potential Republican presidential candidates is descending upon Las Vegas to court one of the GOP's most powerful patrons.

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 Security firms watch social media for feisty fans

Security firms watch social media for feisty fans

As Minnesota Vikings fans were getting ready for the final game at the Metrodome last December, officials at Whelan Security noticed social media chatter suggesting some of the faithful might rush the field and try to steal a piece of history.

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Obama tells Pope Francis he is a 'great admirer'

Obama tells Pope Francis he is a 'great admirer'

VATICAN CITY - President Barack Obama called himself a "great admirer" of Pope Francis as he sat down at the Vatican Thursday with the pontiff he considers a kindred spirit on issues of economic inequality. Their nearly hourlong first meeting comes as Obama's administration remains deeply split with the church over abortion and contraception.

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More domestic violence shelters are taking in pets

More domestic violence shelters are taking in pets

NEW YORK - When her abusive husband left for work last fall, she grabbed her kids, her dog and her bags, only to run up against a heart-wrenching obstacle: None of the city's more than 50 domestic violence shelters would accept the pet.

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3 Secret Service agents benched before Obama trip

3 Secret Service agents benched before Obama trip

WASHINGTON - The Secret Service sent three agents home from the Netherlands just before President Barack Obama's arrival after one agent was found inebriated in an Amsterdam hotel, the Secret Service said Tuesday.

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Dodgers top spender, ending Yanks' 15-year streak

Dodgers top spender, ending Yanks' 15-year streak

NEW YORK - Zack Greinke and the Los Angeles Dodgers have knocked Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees off baseball's payroll perch, part of an offseason spending spree that has the average salary approaching $4 million for the first time.

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Novel analysis helped narrow Malaysian jet search

Novel analysis helped narrow Malaysian jet search

HONG KONG - Investigators are closer to solving an international aviation mystery thanks to a British communications satellite and classroom physics.

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Navy: Sailor, civilian suspect killed at Va. base

Navy: Sailor, civilian suspect killed at Va. base

NORFOLK, Va. - A sailor was fatally shot aboard a guided-missile destroyer docked at the world's largest naval base late Monday, and security forces killed the lone suspect, according to the Navy.

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Malaysia says search to shift to smaller area

Malaysia says search to shift to smaller area

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia said Tuesday that it has narrowed the search for a downed jetliner to an area the size of Alaska in the southern Indian Ocean, while Australia said improved weather would allow the hunt for possible debris from the plane to resume.

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Officials: Missing plane went down in Indian Ocean

Officials: Missing plane went down in Indian Ocean

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia  — After 17 days of desperation and doubt over the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, the country's officials said an analysis of satellite data points to a "heartbreaking" conclusion: Flight 370 met its end in the southern reaches of the Indian Ocean, and none of those aboard survived.

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 Jimmy Fallon off to fast start on 'Tonight'

Jimmy Fallon off to fast start on 'Tonight'

NEW YORK - One month in, NBC's generational trade of Jay Leno for Jimmy Fallon at the "Tonight" show is succeeding beyond the hopes of executives who engineered it.

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 No 'signs of life' after huge Washington landslide

No 'signs of life' after huge Washington landslide

ARLINGTON, Wash. - Hopes of finding any more survivors from a massive mudslide that killed at least eight people waned as searchers pulled more bodies from the tangled debris field in rural Washington state and crews worked through the night into Monday.

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Ga. soldier faces trial in death of pregnant wife

Ga. soldier faces trial in death of pregnant wife

SAVANNAH - When Army Sgt. Deirdre Aguigui was found dead inside her apartment on Fort Stewart, she had bruises above her left ear and inside her mouth as well as raw scrapes and bruises on both wrists that appeared to match a pair of handcuffs found on her bed. But the military doctor who later performed the autopsy was stumped, finding no evidence to reveal what caused her death.

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