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February 6, 2016 - 6:21pm
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri lawmaker says he's pleased that a colleague dropped a restraining order against him, but says the man was trying to hurt his reputation.

Rep. Courtney Allen Curtis confirmed Friday he dropped the restraining order against Rep. Michael Butler. Curtis and Butler are St. Louis-area Democrats.

Curtis says Butler swung at him Jan. 19 outside a union reception over a dispute on a right-to-work bill.

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February 6, 2016 - 6:17pm
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CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities have released the names of six family members found dead this week in their home on Chicago's southwest side.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office released the names of the two boys, two women and two men Saturday. Their deaths remain under investigation.

The boys were identified as 13-year-old Leonardo Cruz and 10-year-old Alexis Cruz and the women as 58-year-old Rosaura Martinez and 32-year-old Maria Herminia...

February 6, 2016 - 5:42pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says the social media website's stream of tweets will stay live and in real time.

News and entertainment site BuzzFeed reported Friday that Twitter was going to introduce a timeline based on an algorithm rather than a real-time stream. The report upset some users, who created the hashtag RIPTwitter to debate the change.

But Dorsey took to Twitter on Saturday to dispute the report. He tweeted: "Twitter is live....

February 6, 2016 - 5:29pm
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BEDFORD, N.Y. (AP) — A builder whose company worked on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Century City complex in Los Angeles and Walt Disney's EPCOT center in Florida among other high-profile developments has died. John Tishman was 90.

Tishman died Saturday morning at his home in Bedford, about 35 miles north of New York. Family spokesman John Gallagher says he died of respiratory failure.

Tishman joined his family's construction business...

February 6, 2016 - 4:59pm
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BUCHANAN, N.Y. (AP) — A radioactive material has been detected in the groundwater below a nuclear power plant north of New York City.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) said Saturday that water contaminated by tritium leaked into the groundwater at the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, 40 miles north of Manhattan.

Officials say the contamination has remained contained to the site and there's no risk to the public.

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February 6, 2016 - 4:24pm
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PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — The surviving suspect in a multistate crime spree has been booked into a Florida jail.

Records show that 30-year-old Brittany Nicole Harper faces felony charges of robbery, kidnapping, vehicle theft and home invasion. She was being held on a $1.16 million bond Saturday at the Escambia County Jail.

Her boyfriend, Blake Fitzgerald, died during a shootout in the Florida Panhandle early Friday morning. During the standoff,...

February 6, 2016 - 3:11pm
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the demolition of the 6th Street Bridge in Los Angeles (all times local):

12:08 p.m.

Crews have begun demolishing a downtown Los Angeles bridge that played a supporting role in many Hollywood chase scenes.

Mary Nemick of the city Public Works Department says giant jackhammers reduced 220 feet of the roadway to rubble as of Saturday morning. They're now working on bringing down three massive...

February 6, 2016 - 2:51pm
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CHICAGO (AP) — A white Chicago police officer who fatally shot a black 19-year-old college student and accidently killed a neighbor has filed a lawsuit against the teenager's estate, arguing the shooting left him traumatized.

The unusual lawsuit was filed Friday amid city leaders' efforts to win back the public's trust after several cases of alleged police misconduct.

Robert Rialmo's lawsuit provides the officer's first public account of how he says...

February 6, 2016 - 2:27pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a fatal construction crane collapse in lower Manhattan (all times local):

2:25 p.m.

New York City officials say it could be weeks before they know what caused a deadly construction crane collapse.

Officials said Saturday they hope soon to recover the mobile crane's computer. It could provide some clues as to why the 565-foot-long boom toppled to the ground Friday morning in lower Manhattan....

February 6, 2016 - 2:21pm
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SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — The National Park Service says discarded smoking material is "strongly" suspected as the cause of a 2014 fire that struck the Flight 93 National Memorial in western Pennsylvania.

The park service said in a report released Saturday that other factors believed to have contributed to the October 2014 blaze at the Shanksville memorial include landscaping mulch that was too close to the building and flammable decking material believed to have hastened...

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