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Gunman's hashtag hinted at Texas plot
PHOENIX (AP) -- About 20 minutes before the shooting at a Texas cartoon contest that featured images of the Prophet Muhammad, a final tweet posted on an account linked to one of the gunmen said: "May Allah accept us as mujahideen," or holy warriors....

Latest on Texas attack: Source: Suspect was target of probe
7:45 p.m. CDT...

Ferguson mulls removing Brown shrine from middle of street
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- To some, a makeshift shrine in the middle of the Ferguson street where Michael Brown was killed last summer is a hallowed symbol of a new civil rights movement over race and policing. To others, it has served its purpose and is now more of an eyesore and a road hazard....

Officers' legal attack begins in Freddie Gray case
BALTIMORE (AP) -- One of the Baltimore police officers who arrested Freddie Gray has challenged police and a top prosecutor to produce a knife that prompted the arrest, arguing in a court motion that it is an illegal weapon....

Woman seeks rescue from boyfriend in online pizza order
AVON PARK, Fla. (AP) -- A central Florida woman who says her boyfriend was holding her and her children hostage sent a secret message asking for help in an online pizza order....

Author to face critics of new book about city's rape cases
HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Author Jon Krakauer doesn't like to make public appearances, so there will be no book tour to promote his latest work, "Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town."...

New evidence leads to capital murder charge in U.Va. case
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- A prosecutor has obtained a capital murder indictment against the man accused of the abduction and killing a University of Virginia student, saying she plans to seek the death penalty....

Marathon bomber's lawyers give jury glimpse into family life
BOSTON (AP) -- Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are giving the jury glimpses into his troubled family as they try to save him from the death penalty....

With new standardized tests, educators worry about scores
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Call this the year of the test. Or, at least the year of standardized test mania....

AP EXPLAINS: What's next for jury in missing NYC boy case?
NEW YORK (AP) -- The haunting case of missing first-grader Etan Patz has endured for almost four decades - and deliberations in the long-awaited murder trial stemming from his 1979 disappearance are enduring extraordinarily long, too....

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