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Man convicted of killing 3 women, wrapping bodies in bags
CLEVELAND (AP) -- A convicted sex offender was found guilty Thursday of the murder of three women whose bodies were found wrapped in garbage bags in a case that raised fears that another serial killer was hunting for victims in the Cleveland area....

NC college system's federal funds in crosshairs of LGBT law
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina's prized public universities could be the biggest losers as state leaders defend a new law limiting the rights of LGBT people....

LA's Getty museum recreates China's Cave Temples of Dunhuang
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- For a thousand years China's Cave Temples of Dunhuang were a popular traveler's rest stop, marketplace and religious shrine on the fabled Silk Road. Now they are coming to Los Angeles, both in spirit and reality....

SpaceX lands rocket at sea 2nd time after satellite launch
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- For the second month in a row, the aerospace upstart SpaceX landed a rocket on an ocean platform early Friday, this time following the successful launch of a Japanese communications satellite....

Tampa Times' buying of Tribune latest in grim news landscape
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- If a metro area with 2.7 million people can't sustain two newspapers - especially with an aging population with the time and inclination to read a printed paper - can anywhere?...

2,000 LED-tagged pigeons stage show in NYC sky
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York is staging a show with 2,000 pigeons tagged with LED lights illuminating the city's night sky....

Pall of sex abuse investigations hangs over alumni weekends
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Between cocktails, campus tours and squash games, alumni visiting St. George's School for their annual reunion weekend will find something different this year: discussions about what has unfolded at the elite boarding school since December, when leaders acknowledged dozens of students were sexually abused in the past....

Cops seek killer of man who washed ashore in 'cement shoes'
NEW YORK (AP) -- The victim washed ashore in Brooklyn, his body wrapped in plastic garbage bags, his head and hands covered in duct tape and his feet submerged in concrete - fitted with a pair of fabled "cement shoes."...

Community questions delay in Amber Alert for Navajo girl
Several hours after a stranger abducted an 11-year-old Navajo girl as she played near her home, few outside the reservation knew she was missing....

State's attorney asks to step aside from Chicago police case
CHICAGO (AP) -- Cook County's embattled state's attorney asked a judge Thursday to appoint a special prosecutor to take over the case against a white Chicago police officer she didn't charge until more than a year after he shot a black teenager 16 times....

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