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Ferguson News Guide: US to make Ferguson announcements soon
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Six months after 18-year-old Michael Brown died in the street in Ferguson, Missouri, the Justice Department is close to announcing its findings in the racially charged police shooting that launched "hands up, don't shoot" protests across the nation....

Los Angeles police kill man in struggle captured on video
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- In a fatal encounter captured on video, three Los Angeles police officers shot and killed a man on the city's Skid Row during a struggle over one of the officers' guns, authorities said....

Covert 'body sculptor' says clients chose her over surgeons
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- An aspiring hip-hop artist who boasts about her talent for underground "body sculpting" has one last chance to impress a jury before the panel weighs murder charges against her in a dancer's death....

Construction picks back up, but it's a different gig now
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- As Florida's housing market tanked seven years ago, construction worker David Rager saw jobs dry up. So he left construction, along with 2.3 million others nationwide during the economic downturn, and got a job installing traffic signals and street lights....

Boston falls short of season snow record _ for now
BOSTON (AP) -- It has topped more than 100 inches of snow this season, but Boston is just short of surpassing its 20-year-old snowfall record - for now that is....

Brrr! February brought record cold, snow to Northeast
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Hardy souls who shivered and shoveled their way through February in the Northeast now have evidence of just how brutal the weather was, with record cold in at least eight cities and record snowfall in Boston....

Upping juvenile criminal age to 18 may be Texas non-starter
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Jason Wang and Johnny Truong were part of a gang that dressed as utility workers and held a suburban Dallas homeowner at gunpoint, making off with $68,000 in cash, electronics and jewelry before they were eventually caught....

Lawmakers tinker with crime measure recently OK'd by voters
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Four months after California voters lowered penalties for certain crimes, state lawmakers and law enforcement officials are lining up with proposals to repeal portions of the new law that they say have created unintended consequences, such as reducing the number of DNA samples taken from suspects....

Upscale NY suburb embroiled in a wily debate over coyotes
CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. (AP) -- This well-heeled hamlet north of New York City is embroiled in an increasingly nasty debate that seems oddly out of place amid the stately homes and tony boutiques: What should be done about coyotes?...

Spacewalking astronauts finish extensive, tricky cable job
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Spacewalking astronauts successfully completed a three-day cable job outside the International Space Station on Sunday, routing several-hundred feet of power and data lines for new crew capsules commissioned by NASA....

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Covert 'body sculptor' says clients chose her over surgeons

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