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After San Bernardino, counselor faces other side of crisis
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Mandy Pifer drove to the Los Angeles Police Department last week and prepared to face a fresh wave of grief....

If Captain Cook's ship is found, whose is it? Rhode Island's
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- If the ship legendary explorer Capt. James Cook used to sail around the world is found at the bottom of Newport Harbor, Rhode Island will own it outright because of a legal maneuver it took nearly two decades ago based on an obscure, centuries-old maritime practice....

Director: Zoo safe despite shooting of gorilla to save boy
CINCINNATI (AP) -- The director of the Cincinnati Zoo says it remains safe for its 1.6 million annual visitors despite a weekend tragedy in which a gorilla was fatally shot to protect a 4-year-old boy who had entered its exhibit....

Sisters diagnosed weeks apart fight breast cancer together
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Two Utah sisters grew up in the same bedroom, went to the same college, worked for almost a decade at the same company and have visited over 50 countries side by side. Now every three weeks, they sit together in matching chairs and chat as their bodies are pumped full of chemotherapy drugs....

Few Memorial Day airport headaches, most wait times bearable
MIAMI (AP) -- Travelers who had braced for long lines and long waits were instead moving through most U.S. airports fairly quickly Monday, as the busy Memorial Day travel weekend drew to close....

Rape allegation, race, glare of national media divide town
DIETRICH, Idaho (AP) -- Teaching her children how to peacefully respond to racist comments in a tiny Idaho town was not new for the mother of 20 adopted children, many of whom are black. She often found herself echoing the virtues taught in Dietrich's only church....

Coincidence leads to an Arlington burial for WWII Marine
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- When Jim Johnson's quest to find out more about his namesake uncle killed in World War II led him to Mark Noah, the two men discovered they lived on the same island in the Florida Keys and even frequented the same bar....

Uncharted waters: Restoring deep Gulf fouled by BP spill
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Far offshore and a mile deep in the dark world below the Gulf of Mexico's gleaming surface, the catastrophic BP oil spill of 2010 did untold damage on the ocean floor. But scientists are unsure they can do much to heal places in the deep that were hurt the most as they undertake what's being called the largest ecosystem restoration effort ever....

Military veteran finds a mission nursing fellow vets at VA
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Nursing assistant Tom Alligood wears camouflage scrubs during his emergency room shifts at the Dorn VA hospital because he says it helps other veteran patients realize they've "walked over the same dirt," the 62-year-old former Army tanker says....

Striking Verizon workers to return Wednesday; deal inked
NEW YORK (AP) -- Nearly 40,000 striking Verizon employees will return to work Wednesday after reaching a tentative contract agreement that includes 1,300 new call center jobs and nearly 11 percent in raises over four years but also makes health care plan changes to save the company money, the company and unions said Monday....

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