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School district police stock up free military gear

FILE- In this July 16, 2014 file photo, a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle sits in front of police headquarters in Watertown, Conn. The L.A. Unified’s School District police department received a MRAP vehicle like this one through a federal program. School police...

TV show helps spur arrest in 1997 Arizona killing

COTTONWOOD, Ariz. (AP) — Police say a television show that featured the nearly two-decade-old killing of an Arizona teenager and her unborn baby helped lead to an arrest. Cecilio Cruz was taken into custody Tuesday in Tucson on charges of second-degree murder and...

Science adviser to ‘Interstellar’ writing book

NEW YORK (AP) — A companion guide to Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” promises not only some background on one of the year’s most anticipated movies but also some basic science. Publisher W.W. Norton and Company announced Wednesday that Kip...
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Most Alaskans to get nearly $1,900 in oil money

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell tells an audience in Anchorage, Alaska, the amount of this year’s Permanent Fund Dividend that will go to most residents just for living in the state, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. The $1,884 payout set for Oct. 2 is more than double the amount of last...

Online sleuths aid probe into gay couple’s beating

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police searching for a group of people suspected in the beating of a gay couple got an outpouring of help from Twitter and Facebook users, who located a photo of the clean-cut young men and women at a restaurant and helped match names to faces....
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Injured Marlins star Stanton finished for season

In this photo taken on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, Miami Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton falls as he is hit by a pitch during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Milwaukee. Stanton sustained multiple facial fractures, dental damage and cuts that...
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To ‘get it right,’ Vikings put Peterson on leave

FILE – In this Dec. 29, 2013, file photo, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson stands on the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Minneapolis. After a day of public pressure from angry fans and concerned sponsors,...
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Panthers remove DE Greg Hardy from active roster

Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman, front, talks to the media about Greg Hardy’s situation with the NFL football team as head coach Ron Rivera, back, looks on during a news conference in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. The team announced Hardy is...

Warrant: SC dad feared 5 slain kids would kill him

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina father who authorities said killed his five children believed the kids “were going to kill him, chop him up and feed him to the dogs,” according to an unredacted arrest warrant released Wednesday. Authorities said Timothy...
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Nats beat Braves to clinch another NL East title

Washington Nationals teammates run out onto the field to congratulate pitcher Drew Storen (22) and catcher Wilson Ramos after clinching the NL East division against the Atlanta Braves in a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in Atlanta. Washington won 3-0. (AP Photo/David...