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AP Top U.S. News At 2:46 p.m. EDT

Surly 2014 electorate poised to 'keep the bums in'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A surly electorate that holds Congress in even lower regard than unpopular President Barack Obama is willing to "keep the bums in," with at least 365 incumbents in the 435-member House and 18 of 28 senators on a glide path to another term when ballots are counted Nov. 4....

2016ers jockey even before congressional elections
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) -- One set of elections ends in early November as another begins when presidential hopefuls cross the unofficial starting line in the 2016 race for the White House....

Will traffic deaths rise as states legalize pot?
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths. Researchers, though, are divided on the question....

5 things to know about driving on marijuana
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The legalization of recreational marijuana in two states - Colorado and Washington - and medical marijuana in more than 20 others has raised concern that there will be more drivers stoned behind the wheel. What's not clear is whether that will translate into an increase in fatal crashes....

No gray area: Beliefs shape views of Brown killing
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Lamont Jones and Keith Stephens stood 60 feet from each other, separated by four lanes of pavement and a thousand miles of perception....

Atlantic City's Revel starts closing after 2 years
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- The most spectacular and costly failure in Atlantic City's 36-year history of casino gambling began to play out Monday when the $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel emptied its hotel....

Official: 5 killed in plane crash north of Denver
ERIE, Colo. (AP) -- All five people aboard a small plane that crashed near an airport north of Denver have died, a spokesman for the National Transportation Board said....

US judge blocks enforcement of new La abortion law
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- A federal judge has temporarily blocked Louisiana from enforcing its restrictive new abortion law. But lawyers and advocates appeared to disagree about whether the judge's order affects doctors at all five abortion clinics in the state or only those at three clinics whose lawsuit challenges the measure....

NY West Indian Day Parade marred by nearby slaying
NEW YORK (AP) -- Colorful floats, elaborate costumes, politicians and merrymakers filled Brooklyn's streets Monday for the annual West Indian Day Parade, a massive Caribbean celebration that was marred by a fatal shooting nearby before the official festivities got underway....

Sandy-hit towns wrestle with eminent-domain choice
ASHAROKEN, N.Y. (AP) -- On a tiny spit of land off Long Island, the wealthy village of Asharoken faces a dilemma borne of Superstorm Sandy....

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Gun law changes across the U.S.
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A look at Guantanamo's history
Up to the Minute
Retired Associated Press newsman dies in NY at 76

No gray area: Beliefs shape views of Brown killing

6 dead after speeding car slams into tree in Texas

NY West Indian Day Parade marred by nearby slaying

Sandy-hit towns wrestle with eminent-domain choice

Police: Virginia girl, 2, left in a van, dies

Homeowner interrupting burglary is fatally stabbed

South Carolina political campaign goes to the dogs

Atlantic City's Revel starts closing after 2 years

Warmer weather expected around California wildfire