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US lowers fluoride in water; too much causing splotchy teeth
NEW YORK (AP) -- The government is lowering the recommended level of fluoride in drinking water for the first time in more than 50 years....

Boston Marathon bomber's lawyer urges jury to spare his life
BOSTON (AP) -- A lawyer for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev urged a jury Monday to spare the young man's life, portraying him as "a good kid" who was led astray by his belligerent older brother....

Long odds for insanity defense in theater shooting trial
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- The parents of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes joined the parents of his victims in line on a gray and drizzly Monday morning before entering the courthouse where lawyers prepared to declare why he should be executed or spend the rest of his life in a mental hospital....

'Batman' killer studied brain disorders before mass murder
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- James Holmes was growing volatile well before he put on a gas mask and body armor, strapped on a rifle, shotgun, pistol and ammunition, and slipped into a midnight premiere of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises."...

The Latest: Theater shooter's parents arrive at courthouse
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News guide: Movie theater shooting trial opens in Colorado
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- Opening statements are set Monday in the long-awaited trial of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes. Here's a look at top elements in the case:...

Latest on Boston trial: Defense says Tamerlan fueled plot
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US, Japan boost defense ties with eyes on China, NKorea
NEW YORK (AP) -- The United States and Japan are hoping to boost their defense relationship, allowing Japan to play a bigger role in global military operations with an eye on potential threats from China and North Korea....

Latest on police-custody death: Gray mourners fill church
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Thousands expected at Monday's funeral for Freddie Gray
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Thousands were expected Monday at a funeral for a man who died after suffering serious spinal injuries while in the custody of Baltimore police....

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