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Feds sue NYC over Rikers Island jail violence

FILE – This June 20, 2014, file photo, shows New York’s biggest lockup, Riker’s Island jail. Federal prosecutors sued New York City on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, to speed the pace of reforms at the Rikers Island jail complex and address what a Justice Department...

NASA’s Orion spacecraft back in Florida after test flight

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s experimental Orion spacecraft left Florida by rocket and returned by truck. The capsule arrived back at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday. It rocketed into orbit Dec. 5, traveling 3,600 miles into space on an unmanned...
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Slain German teen’s parents testify about ordeal

Gulcin and Celal Dede embrace after Markus Kaarma was found guilty of deliberate homicide, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Missoula County District Court in Missoula, Mont., in the shooting death of their son Diren Dede, a foreign exchange student from Germany who trespassed in to...
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President signs legislation ending Nazi benefit checks

FILE – In this Dec. 12, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that...
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Tsarnaev appears in court for 1st time since 2013

In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is depicted sitting in federal court in Boston Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, for a final hearing before his trial begins in January. Tsarnaev is charged with the April 2013 attack that killed three people and...

Judge: Slender Man stabbing defendants competent

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Two Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please a fantasy character called Slender Man are mentally fit to stand trial on attempted homicide charges, a judge ruled Thursday. Experts for the state concluded that both girls would be able...
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Think Cuban-Americans all think alike? Think again

Cuban-American and pro-Obama supporter Claudia Hernandez, left, argues with anti-Castro protester Daniel Tarrab, right, in the Little Havana area of Miami, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Hernandez expressed her support on Wednesday’s announcement that the U.S. and Cuba will begin...
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2 in meningitis outbreak case to be released

This Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 booking photo released by the Wrentham, Mass., Police Department shows Barry Cadden, co-founder of the New England Compounding Center, arrested Wednesday at his home. Cadden is among several arrested who face charges that tainted steroids...
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2 states challenge Colorado marijuana legalization

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning speaks at a news conference in Lincoln, Neb. on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 annoucing that he and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt are filing a lawsuit in the U.S. Supreme Court seeking a declaration that Colorado’s legalization of...
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Tsarnaev lawyer says he plans to seek trial delay

Protestors hold signs outside federal court in Boston Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, where Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is scheduled for a final hearing before his trial begins in January. Tsarnaev is charged with the April 2013 attack that killed three people and...