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October 1, 2015 - 6:10am
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NEW YORK (AP) — You've seen the images from Pluto. Now, the lead scientist of the historic NASA expedition is ready to tell the whole story.

Alan Stern, principal investigator of the New Horizons mission, has a deal with Picador for a "behind the scenes" account of July's flyby.

The publisher announced Thursday that the book is called "Chasing New Horizons: Inside Humankind's First Mission to Pluto." It's scheduled for publication in spring 2017....

October 1, 2015 - 6:01am
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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:


The attacker invades a classroom, demands that people state their religion, then sprays bullets, one student reports.


Thoughts and prayers are no longer an adequate response to mass shootings like the one...

October 1, 2015 - 5:46am
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's lawyers are using the words "absurd," ''forlorn" and "obtuse" to describe the legal arguments a county clerk has used to avoid issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Rowan County clerk Kim Davis filed a lawsuit against the governor, alleging he violated her religious freedom by asking clerks to comply with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision that effectively legalized gay marriage across the nation. Beshear...

October 1, 2015 - 5:29am
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Attorneys for a death row inmate in Virginia are pushing to spare the 49-year-old's life as his scheduled execution nears.

The state has been planning to execute Alfredo Prieto at 9 p.m. on Thursday but it's unclear whether that will take place.

A federal judge in Alexandria approved an order Wednesday temporarily blocking Prieto's execution after his attorneys raised concerns about one of the lethal injection drugs that the...

October 1, 2015 - 4:52am
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FOREST ACRES, S.C. (AP) — The suspect in the fatal shooting of a South Carolina police officer is scheduled to appear before a magistrate as the tiny community the officer and young family man served mourns his passing.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has charged 34-year-old Jarvis Hall with murder in the death of 32-year-old Gregory Alia, an officer with the suburban Forest Acres Police. Alia was shot and killed Wednesday.

Hall is to...

October 1, 2015 - 4:38am
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Governors up and down the East Coast are warning residents to prepare for drenching storms that could cause power outages and close more roads in a region already walloped by rain.

Recent downpours have forced people from their homes and closed schools, and forecasters are calling for several more inches of rain in coming days — regardless of what happens with Hurricane Joaquin, which is spinning off the coast.

The U.S. National...

October 1, 2015 - 4:10am
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Attorneys in the federal case against a white man accused of gunning down nine black people at a Charleston church are meeting with the judge.

Twenty-one-year-old Dylann Roof faces dozens of federal charges stemming from the June 17 shootings at Emanuel AME Church. Federal prosecutors haven't said if they'll seek the death penalty, and Roof's attorneys have said he would like to plead guilty.

It isn't clear exactly what...

October 1, 2015 - 3:48am
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NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign is planning a major push to organize Latino voters ahead of the Nevada caucuses and early primary contests in Texas, Florida and Colorado, all with an eye toward connecting with Hispanics in the 2016 election.

The Democratic presidential candidate will be in South Florida on Friday and will hold campaign events this month focused on Hispanic voters in San Antonio and Las Vegas. Her campaign will use the first Democratic...

October 1, 2015 - 3:44am
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RANDLEMAN, N.C. (AP) — Ben Carson's ability to raise money and his rising poll numbers have exceeded the expectations of even the most seasoned political veterans. And that ensures him a prominent place in the packed Republican presidential contest four months before voting begins. The GOP establishment remains deeply skeptical of the retired neurosurgeon's chances in 2016, however.

Carson's team confirmed Wednesday he has raised more than $20 million in the three-month...

October 1, 2015 - 3:33am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led House has passed a multibillion-dollar defense policy bill that faces a veto threat from President Barack Obama.

Thursday's vote was 270 to 156.

The $612 billion defense policy bill authorizes an increase in funding that Obama requested, but he's unhappy with the way lawmakers did it.

The House increased defense spending by padding a separate war-fighting account with an extra $38.3 billion....

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