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Hunt on for survivalist charged in trooper killing
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) -- Hundreds of law enforcement officers fanned out across the dense northeastern Pennsylvania woods Tuesday as they tracked a survivalist with two high-powered rifles and a grudge against police, identified as the gunman who killed one trooper and injured another in a late-night ambush outside a state police barracks....

Lumber town takes stock after wind-driven wildfire
WEED, Calif. (AP) -- Despite warnings about the dangers of wildfires and drought-parched forests, the inferno that swirled through the California lumber town of Weed caught the entire community off guard....

Poverty rate drops for the first time since 2006
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The poverty rate in the United States has dropped for the first time since 2006, bringing a bit of encouraging news about the nation's economy as President Barack Obama and Congress gear up for midterm elections....

CDC study: Americans' bellies are expanding fast
CHICAGO (AP) -- The number of American men and women with big-bellied, apple-shaped figures - the most dangerous kind of obesity - has climbed at a startling rate over the past decade, according to a government study....

Minneapolis-St. Paul 1 site of anti-terror program
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul will participate in a Department of Justice pilot program designed to detect American extremists who are looking to join terror organizations overseas, U.S. Attorney Andy Luger said Tuesday....

US tobacco growers brace for tougher competition
DANVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Starting next month, America's remaining tobacco growers will be totally exposed to the laws of supply and demand....

School bus driver killed during safety drill
CLEVELAND (AP) -- An Ohio school bus driver is being hailed as a hero after tossing a child out of the way of a rolling bus Tuesday morning before the vehicle rolled over the driver herself and she was killed....

Blacks, Hispanics have doubts about media accuracy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A new study shows a large majority of African-American and Hispanic news consumers don't fully trust the media to portray their communities accurately, a statistic that could be troubling for the news industry as the minority population of the United States grows....

Arizona gets ready for second Pacific storm blast
PHOENIX (AP) -- In a sign of just how unusual this summer's weather has become, Phoenix residents lined up Tuesday to fill sandbags in anticipation of potential flooding brought on by the remnants of a powerful Pacific storm....

Landmark fracking study finds no water pollution
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The final report from a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved upward to contaminate drinking water at a site in western Pennsylvania....

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A year after the Gulf oil spill, problems remain
Local governments spent BP money with abandon
Civil War celebrations stir controversy
States' attempts to resist health care reform
A look at extremist attacks on the U.S. government
Gun law changes across the U.S.
A look inside the Statue of Liberty
A look around the Statue of Liberty
A look at Guantanamo's history
Up to the Minute
Arizona gets ready for second Pacific storm blast

History books spark new Texas classroom battle

Theater shooting victim's parents sue ammo seller

Transgender teenager in confinement case escapes

Ex-police chief gets 10 years in kidnap-kill case

Police: Man fed up with barking kills neighbor dog

Montana man charged with assaulting 4 women

School bus driver killed during safety drill

Lumber town takes stock after wind-driven wildfire

New Jersey loses 4th casino as Trump Plaza closes