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'Not Mayberry anymore': Oil patch cops scramble to keep up
WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) -- Police chief Art Walgren knew how much the oil boom had changed this once-sleepy town when he spotted something that would have been unheard of not long ago: license plates from Sinaloa, Mexico, home to one of the world's most violent drug cartels....

GOP presses state bills limiting gay rights before ruling
ATLANTA (AP) -- A Texas lawmaker would strip the salaries from government officials who honor same-sex marriage licenses....

Alabama seeks to stay order overturning gay marriage ban
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The Alabama attorney general is asking a federal judge to stay a ruling that overturned Alabama's ban on gay marriage, as advocates cheer what once seemed an improbable victory in the deeply conservative state....

Transgender teen's death stirs action in US and beyond
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Leelah Alcorn wrote a note on her Tumblr blog, then walked through the night and into the path of a tractor-trailer rumbling down a highway. In the final message attributed to her, she pleaded: "My death needs to mean something. ... Fix society. Please."...

Police: Man shot his family, killing 3, then killed himself
NEW YORK (AP) -- In the quiet of a pre-dawn Saturday on a dead-end street, a father came home and shot his family in their heads, leaving women in three generations dead and a wounded 12-year-old girl calling 911, police said....

Winter's 1st big storm leaves snow, slush covering Northeast
BOSTON (AP) -- Parts of the Northeast got their first real taste of winter on Saturday as a storm crawling up the coast left a slushy, snowy coating from Pennsylvania to New England, but forecasters are watching a possible second shot of snow that could affect the region early in the work week....

Company seeks rights to names of iconic Grand Canyon lodges
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- To those who know and love the Grand Canyon, the names of its historic lodges are synonymous with the national park itself....

Police: Third person dies after shooting at Nebraska party
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Gunfire erupted during a crowded party in a vacant house in Omaha early Saturday, leaving three people dead and five wounded, and most witnesses refusing to help investigators, according to police....

FBI: No bombs found on planes in Atlanta after threat
ATLANTA (AP) -- Law enforcement officials found no bombs on two planes at Atlanta's main airport after authorities received what they considered credible threats, FBI spokesman Stephen Emmett said....

Fueled by oil, agriculture sector welcomes low diesel prices
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- The recent plunge in fuel prices has been a welcome relief across the agricultural sector, helping ease the pain of low grain prices for growers and boosting profits for cattle ranchers....

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