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July 18, 2016 - 6:24pm
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WOODBURY, Minn. (AP) — The attorney for a Minnesota woman accused of beating and starving a woman she brought from China to work as a nanny says his client denies the charges.

Thirty-five-year-old Lili Huang of Woodbury is charged in Washington County with five felony counts, including labor trafficking, false imprisonment and assault.

Huang's attorney, Daniel S. Le, said Monday that his client "categorically denies the false allegations levied by a...

July 18, 2016 - 6:16pm
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BOSTON (AP) — Shoppers in Massachusetts can forget about saving a few dollars on that new television or furniture set.

Legislative leaders say there will be no sales tax holiday in the Bay State this summer.

Senate President Stan Rosenberg and House Speaker Robert DeLeo blame the state's tenuous fiscal situation, which has prompted belt-tightening throughout state government.

The Democratic leaders said Monday after their regular...

July 18, 2016 - 6:02pm
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BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — With mourners from as far as Texas, a bailiff who was fatally shot at a courthouse has been laid to rest with full military honors in southwestern Michigan.

Ron Kienzle's funeral Monday was attended by officers from across the country, a week after he and fellow bailiff Joe Zangaro were gunned down by a jail inmate who was trying to escape the Berrien County courthouse.

Officials added an overflow room to accommodate...

July 18, 2016 - 6:00pm
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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The federal government will investigate whether a drainage tunnel under a busy U.S.-Mexico border crossing in Arizona is at imminent risk of collapse and threatening the safety of motorists.

The General Services Administration says it will launch the study of the tunnel under the Nogales, Arizona, crossing next month.

Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flack have warned that the tunnel carrying runoff from Mexico into Arizona...

July 18, 2016 - 5:58pm
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LEBANON, Maine (AP) — Rescuers have used GPS coordinates linked to a cellphone to help a skydiver who went off course during a parachute drop and landed in a swamp in Maine.

The Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/29PFT0m ) reports the man was reported missing Sunday night after he jumped from a plane. Fire officials in Lebanon identify him only as a 66-year-old California resident named Peter.

Skydive New England sent out a crew to look for the...

July 18, 2016 - 5:56pm
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PALM BAY, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors in Florida say an off-duty sheriff's deputy has been charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a man in Palm Bay.

Florida Today (http://goo.gl/LTKXMN ) reported Monday the state attorney's office has formally charged Brevard County deputy Yousef Hafza in last month's shooting of 22-year-old Clarence Mahogany X Howard. Hafza also faces a charge of attempted second-degree murder.

Hafza told authorities...

July 18, 2016 - 5:48pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says the Supreme Court should seek to break its recent tie over plans to protect millions of immigrants, when a ninth justice is on the bench.

The Justice Department request filed Monday argues that the court should not let the 4-4 tie in late June that effectively killed the White House's plans be the last word on an issue of such importance.

The court has been shorthanded since Justice Antonin Scalia died...

July 18, 2016 - 5:41pm
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Minor changes to a North Carolina law limiting protections for LGBT people have been signed by the governor.

Legislators left the law mostly intact during their yearly session. They did make a change requested by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory that restores workers' ability to use state law to sue over workplace discrimination, but leaves sexual orientation and gender identity unprotected.

After signing the changes into law Monday,...

July 18, 2016 - 5:41pm
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Authorities said Monday that police officers were clearly targeted and ambushed in this weekend's shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, which killed three officers and wounded three others. It's the latest such ambush in the United States, and happened just 10 days after five police officers in Dallas were gunned down.

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July 7: A gunman in Dallas opened fire on police officers working at a protest about recent killings by police of black men in...

July 18, 2016 - 5:37pm
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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — An Atlantic City casino owned by billionaire Carl Icahn says it has withdrawn an offer to restore health insurance for its striking workers.

The Trump Taj Mahal had given striking Local 54 of Unite-HERE workers until 5 p.m. Monday to vote on its offer. Tony Rodio, head of Tropicana Entertainment Inc., says the offer is now permanently withdrawn.

Union leader Bob McDevitt says that the offer was "essentially half" of what...

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