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AP Top U.S. News At 5:26 p.m. EDT

Towns struggle with debate over immigrant services
LYNN, Mass. (AP) -- The national debate over an unprecedented wave of Central American young people entering the country illegally is more of a practical challenge in places like Lynn, a former industrial city outside Boston that's thousands of miles from the U.S.-Mexico border....

Crews make gains on massive Washington wildfire
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- A destructive wildfire in north-central Washington state grew slightly overnight, but firefighters have made progress in their efforts to get it under control, officials said Tuesday....

Ohio woman has long road ahead after rock attack
DANVILLE, Pa. (AP) -- Doctors had a simple goal when they first saw how a football-size rock thrown from an interstate overpass in Pennsylvania had shattered Sharon Budd's skull - to keep her alive....

Homeless slayings underscore dangers on the street
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- The brutal slayings of two homeless men in Albuquerque underscores the vulnerability of transients, who prosecutors and police said Tuesday are often victimized but rarely report the crimes....

General: Guard to take observation role at border
McALLEN, Texas (AP) -- A top National Guard general says most of the 1,000 troops heading to South Texas will take up observation positions along the border and detain people only if they interfere with their mission....

After 3-year probe, feds to monitor Newark police
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Newark police engaged in the excessive use of force, routinely stopped people on the street for no legitimate reason and regularly stole property from civilians, the U.S. Department of Justice concluded in a report released Tuesday that set the stage for federal monitoring of the police department that serves New Jersey's largest city....

GOP voters in Georgia to decide Senate nominee
ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia Republicans have only a few more hours before they have a Senate nominee in a race that will help decide which party controls the Senate for the final two years of President Barack Obama's administration....

Black colleges face hard choices on $25M Koch gift
America's black colleges are struggling for funds. The Republican Party is struggling to attract black voters....

To fight crime, Chicago tries wiping away arrests
CHICAGO (AP) -- Desperate to curb the gun violence wracking their city, Chicago lawmakers are leading the way toward a counterintuitive idea - fighting crime by making it easier for young people to wipe away minor arrest records....

FAA tells US airlines not to fly to Tel Aviv
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Federal Aviation Administration told U.S. airlines Tuesday they are prohibited from flying to the Tel Aviv airport in Israel for 24 hours following a Hamas rocket explosion nearby....

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