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Obama says racial discrimination within Ferguson police department is not isolated
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama said the type of racial discrimination found in Ferguson, Missouri, is not unique to that police department, and he cast law enforcement reform as a chief struggle for today's civil rights movement....

Plane that skidded through fence at LaGuardia is removed with cranes
NEW YORK (AP) -- The rough landing of a Delta jetliner at LaGuardia Airport in a driving snowstorm just minutes after the runway had been plowed has raised questions about when airports should close runways due to snow or ice....

Harrison Ford plane crash highlights record of real-life adventure, including mishaps, service
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- When a man battles Darth Vader, Nazis and other evil-doers for work, what does he do for fun? Harrison Ford finds his answer in a pilot's license and the freedom to take to the skies....

Harrison Ford is a daredevil on screen, in life: vintage plane crash latest example
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Harrison Ford is as much the daredevil in real life as Han Solo, Indiana Jones or the other larger-than-life characters that he has played on the screen....

Ready, set, orbit: NASA's Dawn spacecraft moves in on dwarf planet Ceres in final stop
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The largest celestial body in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter welcomes its first visitor Friday....

Survivors tell of grisly injuries, death at Boston Marathon; like 'starring in a horror movie'
BOSTON (AP) -- A woman who lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombing described feeling as if she were in a horror movie: wounded people all around her, including someone covered with soot, dazed and "walking around like a zombie."...

Late-winter storm continues to batter South, Northeast as temperatures plunge; more snowfall
Clocks are springing forward this weekend, but Friday will still feel like winter for much of the country....

Interest in local beef is rising but fewer people want tough job of slaughtering, cutting meat
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Kent Weise loves his work, but after 38 years slaughtering cattle, lugging carcasses that can weigh more than 1,000 pounds and slowly, methodically slicing cuts of meat, he understands why few people want to go into the business anymore....

Warm weather, barren trails push start of Iditarod sled dog race farther north in Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Much of the start of the world's most famous sled dog race is covered in barren gravel, forcing Iditarod organizers to move the start further north where there is snow and ice....

Silicon Valley gender bias suit puts spotlight on venture capital industry culture
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A sex discrimination trial against one of Silicon Valley's most prestigious venture capital firms is providing a rare peek into the elite investment companies vying to fund the next Google and Amazon....

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