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A man convicted of killing a convenience store clerk over two decades ago in Alabama has been put to death
ATMORE, Ala. (AP) -- A man convicted of killing a convenience store clerk more than two decades ago in Alabama was put to death Thursday night, after two brief delays by the U.S. Supreme Court....

Protesters fighting the Dakota Access pipeline are getting conflicting messages from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- For protesters fighting the Dakota Access pipeline, the messages from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation are confusing: The tribal chairman tells demonstrators that it's time to leave their camp and go home. Another leader implores them to stay through the bitter North Dakota winter....

A series of gang killings in a New York City suburb has gotten the attention of Donald Trump
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) -- As he sat down for an interview with Time magazine for his "person of the year" profile, Donald Trump explained his tough view on illegal immigration by retrieving a copy of the Long Island newspaper Newsday and pointing to a blaring headline: "Extremely Violent Gang Faction."...

Jurors in the Charleston church shooting trial have viewed dashcam video from two police cruisers showing the apprehension of Dylann Roof
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- The Latest on the federal death-penalty trial of Dylann Roof, charged with killing nine black people during a Bible study in a Charleston church (all times local):...

John Glenn, the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth and a longtime U.S. senator, has died at 95. A national hero following his space flight, he was the last survivor of the original Mercury 7.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- He became a hero as the first American to orbit the Earth and then served as a longtime U.S. senator. But John Glenn, who died Thursday at age 95, continued to defy gravity decades after his initial flight....

John Glenn, whose 1962 flight as the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth made him an all-American hero and propelled him to a long career in the U.S. Senate, has died
WASHINGTON (AP) -- John Glenn, whose 1962 flight as the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth made him an all-American hero and propelled him to a long career in the U.S. Senate, died Thursday. The last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts was 95....

From fighter pilot to ancient space mariner, the story of John Glenn in 10 tidbits
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ten notable aspects of the life of astronaut and senator John H. Glenn Jr. who died Thursday at 95:...

Former astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn has died in Ohio
WASHINGTON (AP) -- John Glenn was the ultimate all-American hero....

The head of the Nevada school district where a campus officer shot a knife-wielding high school student praised the quick police response that she says helped avert what could have been a much more dangerous situation
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- The head of the Nevada school district where a campus officer shot a knife-wielding high school student praised the quick police response that she says helped avert what could have been a much more dangerous situation....

A man convicted of killing a convenience store clerk has been put to death in Alabama, hours after the state's execution plans were twice put on temporary hold by the U.S. Supreme Court
ATMORE, Ala. (AP) -- The Latest on the scheduled execution of an Alabama inmate (all times local):...

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A sampling of quotes from John Glenn, including his quote while in orbit: 'Zero-G and I feel fine.'

From fighter pilot to ancient space mariner, the story of John Glenn in 10 tidbits

A man convicted of killing a convenience store clerk over two decades ago in Alabama has been put to death

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Protesters fighting the Dakota Access pipeline are getting conflicting messages from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation

The purported leader of Chicago's notorious Hobos street gang has told jurors he never ordered a hit on a gang associate-turned-police informant fatally shot in 2013 in front of his wife and step-kids


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