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July 2, 2014 - 6:55pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board has denied a petition for reconsideration of its findings in the investigation of the 1996 crash of TWA flight 800.

The board said Wednesday that a team of investigators not part of the original investigation has confirmed NTSB's previous finding that an oxygen buildup in a partially empty fuel tank caused an explosion that destroyed the plane in-flight off the coast of Long Island, New York.

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July 2, 2014 - 6:48pm
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jurors told a judge Wednesday they were deadlocked in a negligence lawsuit filed by a San Francisco Giants fan who suffered severe brain damage in a beating at Dodger Stadium.

The judge, however, told them to keep deliberating.

The 12-member Los Angeles County Superior Court panel began deliberations on June 26 in the case by Bryan Stow but said it was unable to reach a consensus of at least nine jurors on the question of whether...

July 2, 2014 - 6:47pm
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INKSTER, Mich. (AP) — A suspected gunman was in custody on Wednesday after police and a witness said he casually walked up to a suburban Detroit home, fatally shot a 2-year-old girl at close range and injured two more people including a 12-year-old girl.

The shooter fired multiple times at the three people on the porch of the home in Inkster Tuesday night, said Michigan State Police spokesman Lt. Mike Shaw.

The toddler, Kamiya LaShawn Gross, died at...

July 2, 2014 - 6:44pm
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Emergency officials are ordering a mandatory evacuation of a fragile barrier island along North Carolina's Outer Banks as Tropical Storm Arthur approaches.

Dare County officials said Wednesday that the mandatory evacuation of Hatteras Island would begin at 5 a.m. Thursday. After that time, no one will be allowed on the island.

The officials said residents and out-of-town visitors who may already have arrived for the Fourth of...

July 2, 2014 - 6:34pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The chief medical inspector for the Department of Veterans Affairs has retired, following a report that his office downplayed whistleblower complaints outlining serious problems at VA facilities across the country, acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson said Wednesday.

Dr. John R. Pierce had served as medical inspector since 2004 and was deputy medical inspector for two years before that.

Pierce's office came under scrutiny last week,...

July 2, 2014 - 6:31pm
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On July 3 in World Cup history: Johan Cruyff stars against Brazil as the Netherlands reach final in Dortmund, West Germany, in 1974.

Even though its participation in the 1974 World Cup was its first since World War II, the Netherlands team was one of the favorites. In a bruising encounter, the Dutch defeated defending champion Brazil to earn a spot in the final against West Germany. The Dutch were spearheaded by perhaps the world's best player at the time, Cruyff, who...

July 2, 2014 - 6:28pm
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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Workers are preparing to enter one of the most dangerous rooms on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation In Washington state, the facility that made plutonium for nuclear weapons for decades.

The room was the site of a 1976 blast that exposed a technician to a massive dose of radiation, which led to him being nicknamed the "Atomic Man."

Harold McCluskey was working in the room when a chemical reaction caused a glass glove box to...

July 2, 2014 - 6:28pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama commended the U.S. soccer team Wednesday for making the country proud in the World Cup tournament in Brazil, during an Oval Office phone call with two of the team's most celebrated players.

Obama called goalkeeper Tim Howard and team captain Clint Dempsey the day after the U.S. team was eliminated by Belgium. Praising Howard and Dempsey for their leadership and the team's performance, Obama said this year was the first time the U....

July 2, 2014 - 6:25pm
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EL CENTRO, Calif. (AP) — An overflow crowd in a Southern California community where protesters turned back Homeland Security busloads of immigrants gave a harsh reception to federal officials behind the decision to bring them to Murrieta in the first place.

Local politicians calling for secure borders proved far more popular with the crowd Wednesday night.

"Send them back! Send the back!" the special-meeting crowd chanted, shouting down Chief Border...

July 2, 2014 - 6:12pm
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A man identified by Louisiana police as a "person of interest" in connection with a weekend shooting in New Orleans turned himself in to police Wednesday and was jailed on unrelated charges.

Justin Odom, 20, was booked into the Jefferson Parish jail on shoplifting and traffic-related charges, New Orleans Police Department Officer Hilal Williams said.

"Our detectives questioned him in the presence of his attorney," Williams said....

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