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March 20, 2015 - 4:16am
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NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Winery owner Robert Dahl left behind lawsuits, angry business partners and a family when he shot to death an investor in his Northern California vineyard and then killed himself.

Dahl killed former Silicon Valley executive Emad Tawfilis on Monday at his Napa Valley winery. Dahl led police on a high-speed chase before shooting himself in the head.

In recent months, Dahl's mounting problems were closing in on him. He was facing...

March 20, 2015 - 4:03am
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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say two Navajo Nation police officers were injured in a shootout on the Arizona-New Mexico border that killed one of their colleagues and a gunman.

Tribal spokesman Deswood Tome said Friday that Officer James Hale was shot in the leg Thursday night, and Officer Herbert Frazier was shot in the shin.

Tome identified the officer killed as Alex Yazzie of the tribe's Shiprock, New Mexico, police district. Officials...

March 20, 2015 - 4:01am
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GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Jury deliberations are set to begin in the trial of an Alabama woman accused of forcing her 9-year-old granddaughter to run until she dropped and later died.

Prosecution and defense attorneys spent much of Friday delivering closing arguments in the case of 49-year-old Joyce Hardin Garrard. Once the judge instructs the jury, deliberations could continue into the evening.

Prosecutors say Garrard made Savannah Hardin run for hours...

March 20, 2015 - 3:10am
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DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — The new sign for Steelhead Drive is fresh green with white lettering. But the road it announces is a mere stub of pavement, ending in a massive gray-and-brown scab of mud, clay and broken timber where a rural Washington state neighborhood once sat.

A rain-soaked hillside collapsed suddenly on March 22, 2014, sending 18 million tons of sand and soil thundering across a river valley north of Seattle, destroying dozens of homes and entombing 43...

March 20, 2015 - 3:09am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Whether the issue is immigration or federal budgets, Republicans keep learning a bitter lesson: Their sizable congressional majority doesn't necessarily mean they can govern.

House Republican leaders confronted that truth again this week when tea party conservatives unexpectedly thwarted them on a budget issue.

The struggle pits Republicans who want a more robust military against those bent on cutting spending. Leaders hope to...

March 20, 2015 - 3:02am
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"I think it's fair to say that the American people are quite fond of the royal family. They like them better than they like their own politicians." — President Barack Obama, chatting in the Oval Office with Prince Charles, who's on a four-day tour of the U.S. with his wife, Camilla.


"We need people in Washington that know how to make a deal." Donald Trump, speaking to activists in New Hampshire, one day after announcing that he's forming a...

March 20, 2015 - 2:48am
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas appears likely to shelve its high school steroids testing program that state officials once touted as a model for the rest of the country.

Even those who pushed for the program in 2007 call it a colossal misfire. The state spent $10 million testing more than 63,000 public school students and caught just a handful of cheaters.

Some critics say the program was poorly designed to catch the drug users they insist are slipping...

March 20, 2015 - 2:18am
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A shortage of substitute teachers nationwide has school districts scrambling to fill positions, with some raising pay as they try to attract more applicants as the economy improves.

School officials say the problem has forced schools to divide classes when teachers are absent, making it more difficult for teachers to be effective. Using other school staff also causes problems, detracting from other duties.

A frequent source of...

March 20, 2015 - 2:04am
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MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Likely Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul is calling on Hillary Clinton to return donations several foreign governments made to her family's philanthropic foundation.

Campaigning in New Hampshire, the Kentucky senator said Clinton should return money from Saudi Arabia, Brunei and the United Arab Emirates because of their rejection of women's rights. Citing examples of women who were punished for reporting rapes, he says it's...

March 20, 2015 - 1:57am
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — More than 100 Penn State University students and other supporters are demonstrating against a fraternity accused of posting photos of nude or partly nude women, some asleep or passed out, on an invitation-only Facebook page.

The protest took place Friday during a snowstorm in front of the main administration building on the State College campus.

Protest organizers are asking that the university put frat brothers at Kappa...

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