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Feds: 3 accused in Islamic State plot had vocalized beliefs
NEW YORK (AP) -- Two men arrested on charges of plotting to help the Islamic State group were vocal both online and in person about their commitment and desire to join the extremists, with one speaking of shooting President Barack Obama to "strike fear in the hearts of infidels," federal authorities said....

'Black Madam' testifies at buttocks-injection murder trial
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A Gothic hip-hop artist charged in the death of a London break-dancer she injected with silicone is set to resume testimony at her trial....

Pot fight between DC mayor, Congress could cost the city
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The new mayor of the nation's capital gave her constituents what they wanted - the ability to legally grow and share marijuana in private....

Hesburgh, former Notre Dame president, dies at 97
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh was always a man of conscience....

LA teachers, union leaders rally amid stalled talks
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dressed in red and raising signs into the air, thousands of teachers filled a downtown Los Angeles park on Thursday in demand of higher wages and smaller class sizes amid stalled contract negotiations....

Missouri auditor dies in 'apparent suicide,' police say
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, who had recently launched a Republican campaign for governor, fatally shot himself in what police described as an apparent suicide, minutes after inviting reporters to his suburban St. Louis home for an interview....

Indiana may allow 'baby boxes' for surrendering newborns
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- On the outside, the metal box looks like an oversized bread container. But what's inside could save an abandoned newborn's life....

Parents of slain journalist James Foley: US should do more
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- The government - and the press - failed to do enough to save the life of the freelance journalist who was the first American killed by Islamic State militants, James Foley's parents said at a university forum Thursday....

New charges for group that disrupted Supreme Court
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Prosecutors took a hard line Thursday with demonstrators who participated in a rare disruption inside the U.S. Supreme Court, adding additional charges against them and saying disrupting the high court is different from other protests in the nation's capital....

Lawyer: 2nd autopsy of man shot by Washington police differs
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A lawyer for the family of an unarmed Mexican man killed by police in Washington state says independent autopsy results differ in at least two key details from statements made by authorities investigating the death....

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