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Ex-UN General Assembly head among 6 held in bribery scheme
NEW YORK (AP) -- A former president of the United Nations General Assembly turned the world body into a "platform for profit" by accepting over $1 million in bribes from a billionaire Chinese real estate mogul and other businesspeople to pave the way for lucrative investments, a prosecutor charged Tuesday....

Judge tosses conviction in NYC tourist killing; man freed
NEW YORK (AP) -- After 25 years of trying to clear himself in a notorious tourist killing, Johnny Hincapie walked out of a courthouse Tuesday, his conviction overturned and his resolve intact....

The Latest: Crews work to restore city's water system
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The latest on the rainstorm that pounded parts of the East Coast (all times local):...

Search for answers begins in sinking of US cargo ship
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- On board the 790-foot El Faro when it set out on its doomed voyage into the path of Hurricane Joaquin were five Polish workers whose job was to prepare the engine room for a retrofitting....

Oregon shooter's mother wrote about guns in online forum
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The mother of a gunman who killed nine people and himself at an Oregon community college allowed her troubled son to have guns and acknowledged in online posts that he struggled with autism, but she didn't seem to know he was potentially violent....

US forecast calls for lower heating bills this winter
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Some U.S. households can expect to save hundreds of dollars this winter with a drop in heating bills, thanks to a combination of lower energy prices and warmer weather across most of the country, the U.S. Energy Department predicted Tuesday....

Fact Check: GOP candidates take aim at Chicago gun laws
CHICAGO (AP) -- The mass shooting at an Oregon community college last week thrust the debate over the nation's gun laws to the center of the presidential race. At least some of the Republicans who are running have pointed to Chicago as proof that gun control doesn't work....

Man who says he was cartel enforcer pleads guilty to murders
VISALIA, Calif. (AP) -- A man who says he was a cartel enforcer pleaded guilty Tuesday to nine counts of murder in California after acknowledging to investigators that he had committed killings across the country....

US government deports fewest immigrants in nearly a decade
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration deported fewer immigrants over the past 12 months than at any time since 2006, according to internal figures obtained by The Associated Press as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton called Obama's deportation policies too harsh....

Company that built Ten Commandments monument still unpaid
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A company that built a granite Ten Commandments monument that was removed from the Oklahoma Capitol grounds under a court order said Tuesday it still hasn't been paid for its work....

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