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October 8, 2015 - 3:00pm
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Canadian railroad has withdrawn its objection to a $338 million settlement fund for victims of a fiery train derailment that claimed 47 lives in Quebec, removing the final obstacle to the fund's approval.

A Canadian judge on Thursday gave conditional approval to changes to the settlement agreement to grant some legal protections to Canadian Pacific, paving the way for final approval in a U.S. courtroom on Friday.


October 8, 2015 - 2:57pm
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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's move to raise fast-food minimum wages to $15 is spurring similar efforts around the country — even as Gov. Andrew Cuomo's push to enact an across-the-board $15 wage faces opposition at home.

Fast-food workers in 18 states have modeled a campaign after New York's to create citizen "wage boards" to pressure elected officials to raise the wage in their state.

Michigan state Sen. Bert Johnson, a Detroit Democrat, says New...

October 8, 2015 - 2:45pm
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New Jersey has gone to court to seize 87 publicly owned beach parcels through eminent domain to be used for a protective dune system the South Jersey shore town and its residents bitterly oppose.

The state attorney general's office and the Department of Environmental Protection acted Thursday, less than a week after Gov. Chris Christie called Margate "among the most selfish people in the state of New Jersey" for refusing to allow the dunes to be built....

October 8, 2015 - 2:35pm
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CLEVELAND (AP) — Three former narcotics detectives in the Cleveland suburbs face federal corruption charges in what authorities say was a scheme to steal thousands of dollars from suspected drug dealers.

The FBI says 42-year-old Torris Moore was arrested Thursday. Thirty-three-year-old Antonio Malone and 38-year-old Eric Jones have been charged by information and will be summoned to appear in court. A charge by information typically indicates a defendant is cooperating...

October 8, 2015 - 2:34pm
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ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — When President Barack Obama arrives Friday in Roseburg, Oregon, he will find a timber town still in mourning over the shooting that killed eight community college students and a teacher.

But he will also find another deeply held emotion — seething anger over his calls for new gun restrictions.

Only a week after the attack, many people in this region known as Oregon's Bible Belt are quick to reaffirm their opposition to stricter...

October 8, 2015 - 2:16pm
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ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge in Georgia has ruled that the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage cannot be enforced.

The ruling is effectively a formality. State probate courts have been issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples since a June 26 U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

Georgia's constitution prohibits same-sex marriage and says the state will recognize only the union of a man and a woman as...

October 8, 2015 - 2:14pm
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ALFRED, Maine (AP) — A woman accused of stabbing a victim at random in a Maine supermarket has pleaded guilty to murder.

Police charged Connor MacCalister with killing 59-year-old Wendy Boudreau at a Shaw's supermarket in Saco (SAH'-koh) in August. MacCalister entered the guilty plea Thursday over the objection of her lawyer in York County Superior Court.

MacCalister is a transgender man formerly known as Tanisha Hopkins, but MacCalister asked to be...

October 8, 2015 - 2:11pm
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal agency is investigating a report of a carbon dioxide leak at a General Mills plant in Kansas City.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it's looking into the incident at the General Mills plant that led to the evacuation of 110 employees Wednesday after a carbon dioxide alarm went off.

No injuries were reported.

Jean Williams, OSHA's acting area...

October 8, 2015 - 2:08pm
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Paul Prudhomme, the Cajun who popularized spicy Louisiana cuisine and became one of the first American restaurant chefs to achieve worldwide fame, died Thursday. He was 75.

Tiffanie Roppolo, the CFO of Prudhomme's businesses, told The Associated Press that he died early Thursday after a brief illness.

Prudhomme became prominent in the early 1980s, soon after opening K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen, a French Quarter diner that served the...

October 8, 2015 - 2:08pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — An NBA head coach has testified that the character of a professional basketball player on trial after a confrontation with New York City police is "of the highest order."

The Atlanta Hawks' Mike Budenholzer took the stand Thursday in Manhattan Criminal Court in the trial of Thabo Sefolosha (tah-BOH' sehf-ah-LOH'-shuh)

Budenholzer said the 31-year-old Swiss guard-forward was highly intelligent and hardworking.


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