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US swimmer agrees to charity payment to avoid prosecution in robbery scandal, lawyer says

BY DEBRA CASSENS WEISS Updated: U.S. swimmer Jimmy Feigen has agreed to pay $10,800 to a Brazilian charity to avoid charges in connection with allegedly false claims of an armed robbery in Rio, his lawyer said on …

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Biden: Domestic Violence Is A ‘Public Health Epidemic’

Vice President Joe Biden called domestic violence a “public health epidemic” that requires urgent attention in an address Friday to an audience of the country’s preeminent medical, public health and …

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Execution Of Kelly Gissendaner, Georgia’s Only Woman On Death Row, Delayed At Last Minute

Georgia postponed its first execution of a woman in 70 years late Monday because of concerns about the drug to be used in the lethal injection. The pentobarbital was sent to an independent lab to check its potency and …

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Justice Department to condemn racial bias in traffic enforcement, budgetary practices by police in Ferguson, Mo.

The U.S. Justice Department will slam the embattled Ferguson, Mo., police for disproportionately targeting African-Americans and using ticketing fines to fill city budget holes in a report that may be released as soon …

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Big Bucks, Frayed Nerves And Slow Progress As Death Spectacles in Boston, Aurora Drag On

Heather Abbott is wearing high heels again, and that’s no small accomplishment. Almost two years ago, when bombs ripped through crowds near the Boston Marathon finish line, Abbott, a 40-year-old human resources …

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Man arrested for DUI several times has now killed entire family

A suspected drunk driver who had at least eight prior DUI arrests was involved in a Weld County crash that killed a family and himself. The two-vehicle crash claimed four lives, including two children, and sent a fifth …

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Fisherman who survived 13 months adrift at sea now faces legal battle over attorney rights

Jose Salvador Alvarenga faces a costly court battle after he became a worldwide sensation when he cheated death with a diet of raw seagulls, fish and turtle blood. Benedicto Perlera, Alvarenga’s lawyer while he was in …

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Connecticut Court Rules Against Teen Who Didn’t Want Chemo

The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Thursday that state officials aren’t violating the rights of a 17-year-old girl by forcing her to undergo cancer chemotherapy she doesn’t want. The decision came in the …

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Obama Intends to Lift Several Restrictions Against Cuba on His Own

President Obama will move as soon as next month to defang the 54-year-old American trade embargo against Cuba, administration officials said Thursday, using broad executive power to defy critics in Congress and lift …

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Former Utah teacher faces another rape charge as prosecutors find third victim

A former Davis High School teacher accused of having sex with teenage boys is now facing more trouble. Prosecutors say they have now identified a third victim. Because of that, criminal charges against Brianne Land …

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