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US military launches airstrikes, helps drop humanitarian aid to help beleaguered town in Iraq
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Aircraft from the United States, Australia, France and Britain dropped food and water to the beleaguered Iraqi town of Amirli, which has been under siege by Islamic State militants for nearly two months, the Pentagon said Saturday night. U.S. airstrikes supported the humanitarian mission....

Ferguson slowly starting to make a comeback after rioting, looting in wake of Brown shooting
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- The unmistakable signs of healing are beginning to dot Ferguson, even the small area of this St. Louis-area suburb that was the center of attention for three weeks. But those in the community know they've got a long way to go....

Coast Guard: Pilot loses consciousness, plane crashes into Atlantic Ocean off Virginia coast
CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) -- A pilot lost consciousness and the plane drifted into restricted airspace over the nation's capital, scrambling fighter jets that stayed with the small aircraft until it ran out of fuel and crashed Saturday into the Atlantic Ocean, the Coast Guard said....

Texas abortion clinics spared imminent closure after federal judge tosses out new restrictions
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Tough new Texas abortion restrictions are on hold after a federal judge found Republican-led efforts to hold abortion clinics to hospital-level operating standards unconstitutional in a ruling that spares more than a dozen clinics from imminent closure....

Fighter War Machine extradited to Nevada in beating case involving porn star ex-girlfriend
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The mixed martial arts fighter known as War Machine has been extradited to Las Vegas to face charges he beat his ex-girlfriend and then fled to California....

Prosecutors: Bikini barista stands offered prostitution, banked $2 million for owner
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- The owner of bikini coffee stands in Washington state banked more than $2 million in just three years because her baristas were also selling sex acts, according to local prosecutors....

Common Core bickering heats up as standards take effect; buyer's remorse hits policymakers?
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Millions of students will sit down at computers this year to take new tests rooted in the Common Core standards for math and reading, but policymakers in many states are having buyer's remorse....

Common Core standards adopted by some states, rejected, repealed by others as debate continues
A state-by-state look at the Common Core standards:...

Wind, weather add fuel to weeks-old Northern California wildfires sparked by lightning
HAPPY CAMP, Calif. (AP) -- A pair of wildfires sparked by lightning nearly three weeks ago was still growing on Saturday while threatening as many as 250 homes in far Northern California....

People rally outside Ohio Wal-Mart where young man with air rifle was fatally shot by police
BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (AP) -- Some 200 people held signs and chanted Saturday outside a Wal-Mart where a young man with an air rifle was fatally shot by police....

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3 juveniles killed, 3 injured after SUV rolls over in northeastern Pennsylvania

Prosecutors: Bikini barista stands offered prostitution, banked $2 million for owner

Coast Guard: Pilot loses consciousness, plane crashes into Atlantic Ocean off Virginia coast

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