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Fugitive treasure hunter nabbed in Florida after 2-year hunt
A treasure hunter locked in a legal battle over one of the greatest undersea hauls in American history was arrested in Florida after more than two years on the lam, authorities said Wednesday....

Famed SC civil rights protesters have convictions erased
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) -- The convictions of nine South Carolina black men who integrated a whites-only lunch counter during the height of the civil rights movement were tossed out Wednesday during an emotional hearing before a packed courtroom....

Main Denver airport bans sale of marijuana-themed souvenirs
DENVER (AP) -- Tourists who fly to Colorado, home of legal pot, can forget about buying souvenir boxer shorts, socks or sandals with a marijuana leaf on them when passing through the Denver airport....

California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California health officials on Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in pushing back against the fast-growing device....

Museum vows to reopen after thieves swipe historic gold
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Wells Fargo Bank officials vowed to reopen a popular corporate museum in the heart of San Francisco's financial district after thieves smashed a stolen SUV through its front door and made off with historic gold nuggets on display....

Cuomo, de Blasio, defend strict NYC storm regulations
NEW YORK (AP) -- They appeared to be scenes from a frozen apocalypse....

Vanderbilt rape verdicts signal support for assault victims
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The gang-rape conviction of two former Vanderbilt University football players sends signals out in every direction....

After killings by police, a debate over grand jury secrecy
NEW YORK (AP) -- For centuries, grand juries have held some of the criminal justice system's best-kept secrets. But their private process has come under extraordinary public scrutiny after recent decisions not to indict police officers in the deaths of unarmed men....

Renting out homes for Super Bowl can bring big bucks
PHOENIX (AP) -- Hundreds of people gather every year to hobnob with A-list celebrities at a charity bash thrown in the Super Bowl's host city. But instead of heading to a trendy nightclub or swanky restaurant, organizers this year are throwing the party inside a private home....

Utah parents showed troubling signs before deaths
SPRINGVILLE, Utah (AP) -- Benjamin and Kristi Strack often talked about the apocalypse and wanting to leave the evil they saw in the world, but friends and family thought that meant they would one day move somewhere remote and live off the grid....

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Fugitive treasure hunter nabbed in Florida after 2-year hunt

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Monitor to probe shootings into moving cars by Denver police

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Mom charged with murder after dead baby found in recycling

Texas inmate set to die Thursday for 1996 slaying