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Dems ready for long, pricey primary between Clinton, Sanders
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (AP) -- Just one week into primary voting, Democrats are preparing for a long and expensive head-to-head battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders that could go deep into the spring or even beyond....

Cruz's 2016 strategy focuses on turning out white voters
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) -- Ted Cruz has mapped out a path to the White House that all but ignores the explosion of minority voters in America....

Manhattan crane topples into street killing 1, injuring 3
NEW YORK (AP) -- A huge construction crane being lowered to safety in a snow squall plummeted onto a Lower Manhattan street Friday, killing a Wall Street worker and leaving three people hurt by debris that scattered as the rig's lengthy boom fell, officials said....

Pickups and American flags: Supporters mourn Oregon occupier
KANAB, Utah (AP) -- Sympathizers of the Oregon armed standoff rolled into this desert town Friday, some in pickup trucks flying American flags, to mourn an Arizona rancher and occupation spokesman who was killed last week in a confrontation with authorities....

Bridge case defendants can subpoena Christie office docs
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- The two former allies of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie charged in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case will get a second chance to force the release of documents from the law firm whose taxpayer-funded 2014 report absolved Christie of blame....

2 children, 2 women, 2 men found dead in Chicago home
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago police are investigating what led to the deaths of two children, two women and two men whose bodies were found with signs of trauma inside a home on the city's South Side....

NYPD officer who was shot in cheek released from hospital
NEW YORK (AP) -- One of two New York City police officers who was shot and wounded in the stairwell of a public housing project was released from the hospital Friday to cheers from fellow officers....

Lawyer: 'Serial' defense crippled by omission of witness
BALTIMORE (AP) -- An attorney told a Maryland judge Friday that a witness who could have provided an alibi for the convicted killer at the center of the popular "Serial" podcast would have been "critical" in the man's first trial, had she been contacted by his original defense team....

Snyder defends office's handling of Legionnaires' outbreak
FLINT, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday defended how his office responded to an email flagging a potential link between a surge in Legionnaires' disease and Flint's water, saying an aide asked for further investigation but a state agency did not bring forward the issue again....

National parks face $12 billion backlog for maintenance work
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, but the system faces a multibillion dollar maintenance backlog that officials say is no cause for rejoicing....

 
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