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For school shooting victims, future plans dashed by tragedy

School Shooting Texas-3

A 17-year-old student looking forward to celebrating his family's new swimming pool and a...

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Man who bought 12 guns for serial killer pleads guilty

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The man who bought guns for a convicted felon who killed seven people in South Carolina has pleaded guilty to 36 federal gun charges. Court records show Dustan Lawson changed his plea to guilty Wednesday. He will be sentenced at a later date, but faces up to 10 years in prison...


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US forecasters expect 10-16 tropical storms in active season

MIAMI (AP) — U.S. government forecasters are expecting an active Atlantic hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast released Thursday calls for 10 to 16 named storms, with five to nine hurricanes. One to four hurricanes could be “major” with sustained winds of...


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Condemned killer blames attack on 'homosexual panic'

Death Penalty Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A condemned killer is asking the Ohio Parole Board for mercy, saying he experienced a “homosexual panic” of self-revulsion before killing a man he picked up at a bar more than 30 years ago. Death row inmate Robert Van Hook was sentenced to die for fatally strangling and...


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Houston man gets 7 life terms in prison for 7 rapes

HOUSTON (AP) — A 35-year-old Houston man linked to more than 20 rapes and convicted in seven has been sentenced to seven life terms in prison. A Harris County jury convicted Marquis Tate of an attack in 2015. As the trial’s punishment phase was about to begin Wednesday, prosecutors say he pleaded...


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In US House race, former Navy commander targets former SEAL

Congress Sailor vs SEAL

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Political battle lines are forming in Virginia where a woman who once led a combat-ready unit of 400 sailors wants to capture a Republican congressional seat held by a former Navy SEAL. National Democrats are backing former Navy commander Elaine Luria in her quest to...


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How deadlines thwart our ability to do important work (and what we can do about it)

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. Suppose you have two tasks before you. One isn’t that important but needs to be done quickly. The other is important but isn’t urgent. Often, people will choose against their self-interest to do the urgent but less important task, a new study has demonstrated. What’s...


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The Latest: Board hears mercy request from condemned killer

Death Penalty Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on a condemned killer asking the Ohio State Parole Board for mercy (all times local): 11:30 a.m. The Ohio Parole Board has begun hearing arguments for and against clemency for a condemned killer facing execution in July. The board will make its decision known June 1....


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APNewsBreak: Ethics complaint made over 2017 reporter attack

Montana Lawmaker Attack

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The head of the Montana Democratic Party on Thursday asked for a congressional ethics investigation into whether Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte lied to the police and the public when he assaulted a reporter last year. The request by the party’s executive director, Nancy...


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The Latest: Lawyer testifies about cash in Greitens' case

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on the investigation of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (all times local): 10:20 a.m. An attorney for the ex-husband of a woman who had an affair with Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens says he was paid $100,000 cash that he was told originated from a wealthy out-of-state...


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South Carolina plans to use drones to remotely watch inmates

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — After spending years fighting to keep drones from flying over prisons, South Carolina corrections officials now plan to use the small unmanned aircraft to keep a remote eye on inmates. State Corrections Director Bryan Stirling showed reporters new drones on Thursday that can...


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