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Mom of boy who vanished in 1979 testifies of 'total horror'
NEW YORK (AP) -- When her 6-year-old son was late getting home from school, his mother called a classmate's mom and got the news that would launch one of the nation's most infamous missing-child cases....

3 states say they denied Russia request to monitor election
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma and at least two other states said Friday that they have denied efforts by Russian officials to be present at polling stations during the election, requests the U.S. State Department's spokesman dismissed as "nothing more than a PR stunt."...

Christie aide on trial says she told him of 'traffic study'
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's former deputy chief of staff testified Friday in her criminal trial that she told him about a traffic study on the George Washington Bridge before sending an email that it was "time for some traffic problems," which prosecutors say started a political revenge plot....

As son was dying in hot car, Georgia man sent teen sex texts
BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) -- A Georgia man swapped sexual text messages with a teenage girl while his toddler son sat forgotten and dying in the back seat of the father's sweltering SUV, his young texting partner testified in court Friday....

Senior NJ Transit leaders skip hearing on fatal train crash
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Federal railroad regulators said a meeting Friday with New Jersey Transit's top officials would have been rescheduled if the agency had revealed it was being held at the same time as a legislative hearing on last month's fatal train crash....

Ex-coach calls his ban from Penn State facilities 'wrong'
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) -- The former Penn State assistant football coach suing Penn State told jurors Friday he was angered when told he could not return to team facilities after being put on leave the week Jerry Sandusky was charged with child molestation....

50 years later, Black Panthers look back at party's founding
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Black Panthers emerged from this gritty Northern California city 50 years ago, declaring to a nation in turmoil a new party dedicated to defending African-Americans against police brutality and protecting the right of a downtrodden people to determine their own future....

Prosecutors: Judge convicted of bribing officer with beer
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors say a North Carolina judge has been convicted of bribery after he offered beer and money to an officer in exchange for text messages from his wife's cellphone because he suspected she was cheating on him....

Pennsylvania professors agree to contract, end strike
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The union representing striking professors at 14 Pennsylvania state universities says it has reached a tentative contract agreement and is ending its walkout, now in a third day....

New 3D technology raises hopes for the coldest of cold cases
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The faces are haunting....

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