Tornado-damaged trees being salvaged in national forest

Salvage operations are beginning this week on tornado-damaged trees in the Black Hills National Forest
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Giant pyramid tourist attraction burns in northern Illinois

Authorities say fire damaged a giant pyramid tourist attraction in northern Illinois
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Former Spearfish volunteer fire chief accused of embezzling

A former volunteer chief with the Spearfish Fire Department is accused of embezzling from the organization
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Officials fear algae toxin has tainted city water supply

Officials have urged people not to drink tap water in a southern Iowa community because they suspect an algae toxin has tainted the supply
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Jurisdiction questions blamed for delayed police response

It appears jurisdictional questions delayed a police response to a shooting death in South Carolina last week
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Inmate who made threatening synagogue comments pleads guilty

An inmate who made comments in New York's Warren County Jail about shooting up a synagogue has pleaded guilty to making a terroristic threat; investigators found no evidence of a plot but contacted temples as a precaution.
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Woman with $92K in unpaid tolls and fees gets probation

A woman who racked up more than $92,000 in unpaid tolls and fees for evading hundreds of tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike during a five-year period has pleaded guilty to theft of services
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Man drowns at Kansas apartment pool where he regularly swims

Authorities say a man has drowned at a suburban Kansas City apartment complex pool where he regularly swims and snorkels
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3 victims identified after Florida Everglades plane crash

Authorities have identified three victims of a mid-air collision involving two small planes over the Florida Everglades
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Rapid City man who died in motorcycle crash identified

Authorities have identified a Rapid City man who died in a trike motorcycle crash in Pennington County
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911 calls are released in deadly Sun Prairie explosion, fire

Newly released 911 calls to Dane County dispatchers reveal how events unfolded in the natural gas explosion and fire in Sun Prairie that killed a firefighter and destroyed six buildings
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Lightning strikes 186-year-old church during storms

Firefighters say lightning struck a 186-year-old New Hampshire church and flames shot out of the steeple as strong storms made their way through the region
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US pastor denied release in latest trial hearing in Turkey

A court in western Turkey has again denied a request for the release from custody of a U.S.-based pastor who is on trial on charges of aiding terror groups and engaging espionage
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Man arrested in connection to triple murder in Alabama

Police say a man has been arrested in connection to a triple murder in Alabama
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South Dakota winter wheat crop one-fifth harvested

About one-fifth of South Dakota's winter wheat crop is now in the bin
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Deputies recover man's body from river in downtown Iowa City

Authorities recover man's body from the Iowa River in downtown Iowa City
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North Dakota wheat, corn, soybeans developing ahead of pace

Development of spring wheat, corn and soybean crops in North Dakota is ahead of the average pace
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Nebraska hunts down, kills mountain lion that killed goat

State game officials say a mountain lion that killed a domestic goat in northwest Nebraska has been found and killed
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County to weigh US Supreme Court appeal on $28.1M judgment

Gage County officials will be meeting with attorneys to consider appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court a $28.1 million judgment awarded to six people wrongfully convicted of murder
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Swimmers pulled from South Carolina beach twice for sharks

People at a popular South Carolina beach were ordered out of the water twice in one day because sharks were spotted in the water
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South Carolina city warns parents of teen curfew violators

Police in a South Carolina city are warning parents about the rules concerning a curfew after video showed teen suspects in a burglary case
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Body of missing man found in Pearl River in Mississippi

Authorities say the body of a missing man has been found in a river in central Mississippi
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Kansas doctor loses license for relationship with patient

An Emporia doctor is losing his Kansas medical license for a sexual relationship with a patient who tried to commit suicide using pills he prescribed her
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Man pleads guilty to killing man with samurai sword

A Massachusetts man has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the 2008 death of a man found stabbed with his own samurai sword
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Indianapolis schools again slim down funding request

Indiana's largest school district is again slimming down its request for additional tax dollars from voters
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Massachusetts police chief on leave, but reason not divulged

A Massachusetts police chief who was once an FBI agent has been placed on leave, but no one is saying why
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Suspect in police chase remains on the run

A suspect in a high speed pursuit remains at large after running from his disabled vehicle in Fargo
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Board votes to demolish 123-year-old Rock Island courthouse

A northern Illinois county board has voted to tear down a 123-year-old stone courthouse despite pleas from the public to save the building
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3 inmates captured after escaping jail in Mississippi

Authorities say three of four inmates who escaped from jail have been captured in Mississippi
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Nephew of slain couple gets life in prison for killings

A Detroit-area man who was convicted in the slayings of his aunt and uncle has been sentenced to life in prison without parole
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Judge rejects 'stand your ground' immunity in gunbattle case

A judge won't provide immunity for a man who says Iowa's "stand your ground" law should protect him from prosecution following a Cedar Rapids gunbattle
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Motorcyclist faces new count in deadly alcohol-related crash

A motorcyclist who authorities say was driving drunk when he caused a July Fourth crash that killed his passenger has now been charged with vehicular homicide
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Murder suspect extradited to Georgia from Mexico for trial

A 32-year-old man has been returned to Georgia from Mexico to stand trial for charges in connection with a 2010 murder case
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Chris Christie to 'set record straight' in 'Let Me Finish'

Chris Christie has a book coming out next year and he doesn't plan on holding back
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Fire departments share $2.2 million grant for equipment

Fire departments and ambulance services in Illinois will share $2.2 million to purchase safety equipment, protective clothing, breathing apparatus and other needed tools
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Man gets 12 life sentences for abusing kids over 10 years

A suburban Chicago man has been sentenced to 12 consecutive terms of life in prison for sexually abusing children over 10 years
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Trial against US pastor resumes in Turkey

The trial against a U.S. pastor who is accused of aiding terror groups and engaging in espionage has resumed in a town in western Turkey
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Correction: All-Star Game story

Correction: All-Star Game story
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2-year sentence for teacher who fired gun in classroom

A teacher who fired a gun inside a Georgia classroom has been sentenced to two years behind bars
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Wyoming bull breeders provide mini bulls for young riders

Clad in ornate chaps, protective vests and straw cowboy hats, little cowpokes crowded the Albany County Fairgrounds bucking chute return, anxiously eyeing the horned beasts to their left and right
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Burns church to celebrate 100 years in Laramie County

A rural Laramie County church is celebrating a century of serving the community and fellow congregants this month
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Children gain exposure to the Old West during rodeo weekend

Arguably one of the best ways kids can learn is through play
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Police: 3 teen girls among 8 arrested in Phoenix robberies

Police in Phoenix say a man and seven juveniles including three teenage girls are in custody after they were allegedly involved in two armed robberies
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Louisiana fall elections sign-up period opens Wednesday

Candidates for Louisiana's Nov. 6 election have to declare their intentions this week, during the official sign-up period to register for the races
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New Mexico sex offender sentenced after probation violation

Authorities say a sex offender is back behind bars after picking up a DWI charge while on probation
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Arizona attorney general wares of online romance scams

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is warning state residents to beware of online romance scams after an investigation found Phoenix area residents were trying to wire thousands of dollars overseas
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Nashville council: Don't invest pensions in private prisons

A Tennessee city council has asked a city board to stop investing money from its employee pension fund in privately-operated prisons
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Border officers in Arizona seize drugs, pistols over weekend

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers say they have arrested three U.S. citizens and a Mexican man in a pair of smuggling attempts, one resulting in the seizure of more than 14 pounds of methamphetamine and the other in the capture of two handguns
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Prominent sovereign citizen sentenced for federal bank fraud

A prominent sovereign citizen has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for conspiring to launder money
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Businesses in New Mexico counties eligible for drought help

Businesses in five southern New Mexico counties are now eligible for low-interest federal disaster loans to help offset losses caused by a drought that began earlier this year
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Accountant sentenced for stealing $866K from businesses

An accountant has been sentenced 10 years in prison after authorities say he stole $866,000 from four Hawaii businesses
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Panel completes LSU Greek life changes after pledge death

Louisiana State University sororities and fraternities have finished implementing recommended changes to end dangerous behavior after a freshman died last year while pledging
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Honolulu mayor directs city to prepare for climate change

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell has directed city departments and agencies to prepare for the effects of climate change and sea level rise
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Authorities form task force to investigate wildfires

Authorities in western Washington state are forming a task force to investigate a series of recent wildfires
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Oregon man sentenced for fraudulently using benefits card

An Oregon man has been sentenced to three years of probation for illegally using the state benefits card of a man who died
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Report: Miscommunication led to deadly Sparks plane crash

A report by federal investigators indicates that miscommunication led to a small plane crashing into a northern Nevada recreational vehicle park, killing the pilot and passenger
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Eugene officials enact ban on wildlife feeding

Eugene officials have approved a ban on feeding wildlife in an attempt to contain the growing rat and wild turkey populations
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Police: Woman faked terminal illness for extended stay

Police arrest New Jersey woman who they say faked having a terminal illness and convinced a family to take care of her for more than a month
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Teacher loses license over sexual misconduct with student

Ohio high school teacher and volleyball coach who pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct with a student gets teaching license revoked
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Woman finds deadly spider in grocery store grapes

Connecticut woman finds black widow spider in a package of grapes from the grocery store
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Authorities arrest 10 in federal drug ring bust

U.S. prosecutors say 10 people were arrested in Connecticut as part of a federal drug investigation
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Vermont Law School professors lose tenure over budget cuts

Multiple professors lose tenure at Vermont Law School as officials attempt to close a $1 million budget deficit
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State Democratic Party names new executive director

Vermont Democratic Party hires 40-year-old Josh Massey as their new executive director
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Teen dies during high school band practice

Teen dies during band practice at a Long Island high school
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Record 10 homers as AL wins All-Star Game 8-6 in 10 innings

Bregman, Springer homer in 10th inning as AL beats NL 8-6 in All-Star Game
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Lumber company to build new facility, bring jobs to Alabama

A lumber company is investing $110 million in a new facility in Alabama's Pike County, bringing more than 100 new jobs
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North Louisiana-based military base looks to fight birds

Vultures on the flight line at Barksdale Air Force Base in north Louisiana are causing a problem, prompting officials to bring out the pyrotechnic screamers
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Federal program to help employers with tough hires

Kentucky Career Center has a plan to help employers hire hard-to-place applicants, such as those with substance abuse problems or a criminal record
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Man accused of killing 2 appointed high-priced attorney

A man accused of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend and a Florida police officer has been appointed the high-priced attorney he asked for last year
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Florida toddler dies after falling in canal

Authorities say a Florida toddler died after going missing and falling in a canal
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Power equipment maker to add 200 Tennessee jobs, invest $10M

A power equipment manufacturing company is slated to invest $10 million and add 200 full-time jobs at its Tennessee operations
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Tawes Crab and Clam Bake set for Maryland

It's literally one of the hottest political events in Maryland: The Annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake
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Endangered woodpecker has mediocre breeding season

The endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers had a so-so breeding year in Virginia
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Portion of Business Interstate 40 to close for bridge work

Contractors will be closing a portion of Business Interstate 40 in both directions this week to prepare for construction work
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Tennessee judge denies mental illness clam in work shooting

A Tennessee judge has rejected a claim that a man charged in a workplace shooting could not appreciate his actions because he has mental illness
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Ex-doctor 'Candy Man' resentenced for illegal prescriptions

A former Southern California doctor dubbed the "Candy Man" has been resentenced to 27 years in federal prison for writing illegal drug prescriptions for nine patients, including one who died
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Immigrant children describe treatment in detention centers

Immigrant children are complaining of hunger, cold and fear in a voluminous court filing about conditions in U.S. holding facilities
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Swimmers barely escape before driver crashes into pool

A group of children and adults in an above-ground pool in Pennsylvania barely managed to get out the way before a car smashed into it
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2 bridges on Interstate 40 to be replaced by NCDOT

Two bridges on Interstate 40 in North Carolina are going to be replaced by the North Carolina Department of Transportation
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Ceremony to mark start on new North Carolina train station

A groundbreaking ceremony will mark the return of passenger train service to the downtown of a North Carolina city, although the trains won't roll in for another four years
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West Virginia trooper being recognized after shooting

A West Virginia state police sergeant is being recognized a year after he was wounded in a shooting
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Markers planned for Revolutionary War veterans in Kentucky

Nearly two dozen markers are planned for Revolutionary War veterans who settled in south-central Kentucky
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Wildfires force evacuations in Spokane, Columbia River Gorge

A small but fast-moving wildfire in Spokane prompted evacuation notices for more than 700 homes
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DEQ: No hazards after paper mill issue discolored river

State regulators say they have found no environmental hazards after a problem at a paper mill's waste treatment plant caused discoloration in waterways outside of Roanoke
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Kuster to participate in drug treatment talk for inmates

New Hampshire Congresswoman Annie Kuster is taking part in a discussion on efforts to expand access to medication assisted treatment for people in jail suffering from drug addiction
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2 more men to be sentenced for drug-related killing

A New York man who fled after a killing in Augusta, Maine, is due to stand trial. Aubrey Armstrong is being tried without a jury at his request
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Preservation group buys Adirondack home of pioneer TB doctor

An historic preservation group is preparing to purchase a building central to Saranac Lake's role in revolutionizing the care of tuberculosis patients
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Deputy names, other details released in Minnesota shooting

More details released in fatal shooting of a 16-year-old student in suburban Minneapolis, including the names of the sheriff's deputies involved
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Court to hear Medicaid expansion lawsuit

Maine's high court is set to hear legal arguments as Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration fights a court order requiring him to roll-out voter-approved Medicaid expansion
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Health officials warn of new species of tick found in state

Public health and agriculture officials are warning New York residents, farms and visitors to take precautions when spending time outdoors as a new tick species has been found in the state
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Authorities ID man electrocuted while operating lift

Fire officials in Ohio have identified a man electrocuted when he made contact with power lines while operating a portable lift
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NY troopers still investigating man's disappearance in 2003

State police still investigating disappearance of a man 15 years ago from state park north of Rochester
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Investigation leads to closure of 6 Virginia fox pens

The Virginia attorney general's office says a two-year investigation has led to the closure of six fox pens, enclosures in which wild foxes are contained to be chased by hunting dogs
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200 new citizens to be naturalized

Approximately 200 people will become new citizens of the United States at ceremony in Massachusetts
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Massachusetts lawmakers weighing bills as deadline nears

The Massachusetts House is planning to meet to continue working on a series of bills awaiting final votes before the end of the Legislature's formal session
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Official: Escaped jaguar bit through steel cable barrier

A jaguar that escaped its enclosure and killed nine other animals at a New Orleans zoo apparently was able to bite through a steel-cable barrier that forms the roof of its habitat
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