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Marriage plans and writing occupy Amanda Knox in US
SEATTLE (AP) -- Despite the murder case hanging over her head, Amanda Knox tried to lead a normal life in the more than three years since she was freed from an Italian prison: She recently got engaged and has started writing theater reviews and other articles for a weekly paper in her hometown....

Amanda Knox 'so grateful to have my life back' after Italian court overturns conviction
SEATTLE (AP) -- Amanda Knox says she's "so grateful to have my life back" after Italy's highest court overturned her murder conviction in the slaying of her roommate....

Search goes on for at least 2 still missing after apparent NYC gas blast, buildings collapse
NEW YORK (AP) -- Emergency workers are searching for at least two people still missing after an apparent gas line explosion leveled three apartment buildings as investigators piece together what exactly caused the blast that injured 22....

Protests over Indiana's new religious objections law has local leaders trying to stem fallout
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The heat over Indiana's new religious objections law spread Friday across social media and to the White House as many local officials and business groups around the state tried to jump in and stem the fallout....

Autopsies reveal Detroit children found in home's freezer were beaten; deaths ruled homicides
DETROIT (AP) -- A brother and sister whose bodies were found in a deep freezer in their Detroit home had been beaten to death, autopsies determined Friday, painting a more complete picture of the horrors that unfolded inside the home for years but that apparently went unnoticed by the outside world....

Pugnacious Sen. Harry Reid says he's retiring, favors brash Chuck Schumer as next Dem leader
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a pugnacious and glamour-averse tactician who united Democrats to help deliver tough victories for President Barack Obama, said Friday he's retiring next year. He immediately endorsed brash New York Sen. Chuck Schumer to succeed him as leader of a party desperate to regain the Senate majority....

Nurse reunited with badly injured Afghan children she helped bring to US for care
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The last time Lynette Austin saw the Afghan children, they were weak, wounded and broken....

Popular Nevada governor would be favorite for Reid seat in 2016, but shows little interest
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's decision to retire next year leaves no clear successor in his home state of Nevada, where a popular Republican governor appears reluctant to change jobs and the pending loss of Reid's clout in Washington is causing anxiety over who might replace him....

Fiancee of ex-New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez discusses money, gun at murder trial
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) -- Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez and his fiancee traded expressionless glances Friday as she took the witness stand to testify in his murder trial....

University of Oklahoma unveils findings of its investigation into racist fraternity chant
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Members of a University of Oklahoma fraternity apparently learned a racist chant that recently got their chapter disbanded during a national leadership cruise four years ago that was sponsored by the fraternity's national administration, the university's president said Friday....

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Mississippi fell short by deferring to feds in case of noose on Ole Miss statue, Meredith says

Search goes on for at least 2 still missing after apparent NYC gas blast, buildings collapse

Amanda Knox 'so grateful to have my life back' after Italian court overturns conviction

Marriage plans and writing occupy Amanda Knox in US

Police officer wounded, suspect killed in Boston shootout; 3rd person also injured

University of Oklahoma unveils findings of its investigation into racist fraternity chant

Autopsies reveal Detroit children found in home's freezer were beaten; deaths ruled homicides

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