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Car, remains found in Fla. canal could be break in 1978 case
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Relatives of two Florida teenagers who disappeared 36 years ago are grappling with a break in the case after a car and human remains were found in a canal....

Squadron commander at Fort Bragg removed from position
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) -- Officials at Fort Bragg say a squadron commander has been relieved of her position based on the investigation of a July death at Pope Field....

After 17 years, Florida, Nebraska company lawsuit continues
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Seventeen years after it started, a multimillion-dollar insurance dispute between the state of Florida and a Nebraska company continues to meander through the courts....

Government witness says BP can pay high fine
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A financial expert testifying for the government Friday said BP is financially able to pay a Clean Water Act penalty as high as $13.7 billion - the maximum federal authorities are seeking from the oil giant for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill....

Settlements reached in so-called 'hot fuel' litigation
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Twenty-eight oil companies and retailers have agreed to settle litigation claiming customers were knowingly overcharged when gas station fuel temperatures rose, plaintiffs announced Friday....

Scared kids accuse woman of drunken driving
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- A north Florida woman is facing charges after authorities say her son and his three friends jumped out of her vehicle and ran for help because they were afraid of her drunken driving....

Gov. picks construction firm official for education board
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott is tapping a construction firm official and attorney for a spot on the State Board of Education....

Forensic group to take look at unsolved 1992 Zywicki killing
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois State Police say they are turning over to a private forensics group the unsolved 1992 slaying of an Iowa-bound college student from New Jersey....

Appeals court rejects challenge to Florida teacher law
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- An appeals court is rejecting a challenge to a state law that required teachers to be evaluated based on test scores....

NTSB: Pilot in fatal crash reported engine trouble
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A preliminary report shows that the pilot of a small plane flying over western Kentucky lost sight of the airport and reported the right engine had stopped shortly before the plane crashed and killed everyone aboard except a 7-year-old girl....

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