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July 28, 2015 - 3:16am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's vigorous effort to sell the Iran nuclear deal to Congress continues — this time in the House where three Cabinet secretaries are facing tough questions from skeptical Democrats and Republicans.

Secretary of State John Kerry, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew's testimony Tuesday before the committee will be a reprise of the threesome's appearance last week before the Senate Foreign Relations...

July 28, 2015 - 3:09am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are weighing a three-month highway funding extension that could offer Congress a way out of an impasse days ahead of a crucial deadline.

The three-month bill was filed late Monday by leading House Republicans after the House and Senate clashed on dueling versions of must-pass transportation legislation.

Congress is fast approaching a July 31 deadline for a cut-off of highway aid to the states. At the same time,...

July 28, 2015 - 3:00am
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CHARLESTON, West Virginia (AP) — Authorities say a man killed by an escort he met online is being investigated for possible links to the unsolved disappearances or slayings of women nationwide.

Neal Falls, of Springfield, Oregon, was carrying axes, a shovel and bleach when he was fatally shot July 18 by an escort he attacked in Charleston, West Virginia.

No history of major crimes in Falls' record has surfaced. But authorities say he'd been stopped,...

July 28, 2015 - 2:07am
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BOSTON (AP) — Colleges across the U.S. are debating whether it's safe to let students and faculty study in areas of conflict.

Some scholars and students are drawn to conflict zones as subjects of study, including a Tufts University professor who's leading a conference on civics studies in Ukraine next month. And interest in studying in the Middle East has grown in recent years.

But colleges commonly say the risk is too great. Many refuse to pay for...

July 28, 2015 - 1:22am
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Five former members of a Philadelphia narcotics squad acquitted earlier this year on federal corruption charges have sued the district attorney, the mayor and the police commissioner.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports ( ) a lawyer for officers Thomas Liciardello, Brian Reynolds, Michael Spicer, Perry Betts and John Speiser filed a defamation complaint Friday. The officers are joined in the suit by a former supervisor....

July 28, 2015 - 1:12am
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PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — A New York prison employee accused of helping two murderers break out by smuggling in tools is due in court.

Joyce Mitchell, who was a tailor shop instructor at Clinton Correctional Facility, was jailed shortly after Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped on June 6. Matt was shot and killed three weeks later. Sweat was captured and sent to another prison.

Mitchell is accused of providing hacksaw blades, chisels, a punch tool...

July 28, 2015 - 12:49am
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NEW YORK (AP) — Jeanene Worrell-Breeden had what she called a dream job running a public school linked with Columbia University's Teachers College when she killed herself by jumping in front of a subway car this spring.

Three months later, the city Department of Education says there was more to her sad story.

A department memo released Monday says that on the same day Worrell-Breeden made her fatal leap, someone told Education Department...

July 27, 2015 - 11:48pm
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AMERY, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say four people have died after a small plane crashed in a field in rural western Wisconsin.

A statement from the Polk County Sheriff's Office says the department was notified of the crash in the town of Alden just before 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Deputies who responded found a single-engine Beechcraft plane burning in the field. The statement says firefighters extinguished the blaze and the remains of four occupants were found...

July 27, 2015 - 10:17pm
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Investigators say an oil leak caused a Marine fighter jet to crash in a Southern California neighborhood last year, setting several homes on fire and destroying the aircraft.

The report says the AV-8B Harrier went down on June 4, 2014 after a crack in an oil drain tank caused a leak that sparked a fire, engine failure and total loss of flight control.

The pilot ejected and the plane crashed in Imperial, about 90 miles east of San...

July 27, 2015 - 9:45pm
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GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A former letter carrier has been convicted of delivering packages of marijuana from a post office to the home of a conspirator.

A federal jury on Friday convicted 33-year-old Takisha Cole of Washington of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, use of a communications device to facilitate drug trafficking, and bribery.

According to evidence presented at trial, Cole worked as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service...

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