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Oregon shooter showed little sympathy in calculated killings
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) -- The gunman had already shot several students at close range when he stood inches from Lacey Scroggins and demanded she stand up....

Pastor's sermon: 'Violence will not have the last word'
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) -- A pastor whose daughter survived last week's deadly rampage in a college classroom told his congregation on Sunday that "violence will not have the last word" in this southern Oregon timber town....

Historic South Carolina floods: Heavy rain, hundreds rescued
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Hundreds were rescued from fast-moving floodwaters Sunday in South Carolina as days of driving rain hit a dangerous crescendo that buckled buildings and roads, closed a major East Coast interstate route and threatened the drinking water supply for the capital city....

AP Exclusive: Inmates slip away en route to halfway houses
WASHINGTON (AP) -- More than 240 inmates have slipped away from federal custody in the past three years while traveling to halfway houses, including several who committed bank robberies and a carjacking while on the lam, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press....

How drunk? Estimates questioned in drunken-driving cases
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) -- The way prosecutors see it, Oneil Sharpe Jr. was drunk when he raced down a Long Island highway at nearly 100 mph this summer and slammed into a car carrying a family home from a church gathering, causing a fiery wreck that killed a father and his two children....

Law firm labeled hate group leading Kim Davis' crusade
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Kim Davis' lawyer stood onstage in a Washington D.C. hotel and pointed to a photo on the screen. It showed 100,000 people packed into a Peruvian soccer stadium, Mat Staver told the crowd, all there to pray for the Kentucky clerk battling against gay marriage....

Police officers' names still secret 3 years after shooting
RIDGEWAY, S.C. (AP) -- It's been nearly three years since Gregory McDaniel was shot twice, losing a kidney, during a police drug raid on a South Carolina home where he was sleeping. But no one will tell McDaniel who shot him....

Trial to begin for teen charged in teacher's rape, killing
BOSTON (AP) -- One day in the fall of 2013, Colleen Ritzer asked one of her 9th-grade algebra students to stay after school. Hours later, the body of the popular, 24-year-old teacher was found in nearby woods, partly covered by leaves. She had been raped and her throat had been slit with a box cutter. Near her body was a note reading, "I hate you all."...

San Francisco's last gun store closing doors for good
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The only gun store in San Francisco is shuttering for good, saying it can no longer operate in the city's political climate of increased gun control regulations and vocal opposition to its business....

Walking the Americas: Woman preps for 5-year trek
SMITHVILLE, Mo. (AP) -- The night before Bethany Hughes started on the Pacific Crest Trail, a 2,650-mile hike from Mexico to Canada, she was so wired that she kept rifling through her bags....

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Pastor's sermon: 'Violence will not have the last word'

Bermuda whipped by weakening Hurricane Joaquin

Oven suspected in Minneapolis fire that killed 3 children

San Francisco's last gun store closing doors for good

California governor signs bill closing ivory sales loophole

Stories of survival emerge from East Coast rainstorm

Gas leak suspected after blast kills 1; safety measures eyed

Authorities: Surfer, 14, bitten by shark in Florida waters

Police officers' names still secret 3 years after shooting

The Latest: Survivor, grandparents of victim attend church