Suspected Russian agent has ties to South Dakota businessman

A South Dakota conservative political operative recently helped arrange several speeches in the state for a gun-rights activist suspected of being a covert Russian agent
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Mississippi panel recommends takeover of Noxubee schools

Officials are one step closer to taking over a northeast Mississippi school district after a vote Wednesday by a state commission
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Oregon authorities say 1 found dead near tractor in fast-moving wildfire

Oregon authorities say 1 found dead near tractor in fast-moving wildfire
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The Latest: 1 found dead in Oregon wildfire

One person has been found dead near a tractor in a field that was consumed by a wildfire in Oregon
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Authorities: Florida girl dies after being attacked by dog

Authorities: Florida girl, 6, dies several days after being bitten by a dog her family was watching while its owners were on vacation
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Police: Bank teller shot by gunman with big wig, pink jacket

Police in North Carolina say a bank robber shot and wounded a teller before getting away with money
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With acid problems, Jackson renews drinking water warnings

The mayor of Mississippi's largest city is renewing warnings about the city's drinking water, saying the city still isn't maintaining the chemical balance needed to prevent lead and copper pipes from corroding
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Prosecutors ask court to revoke white nationalist's bail

Prosecutors are asking a Virginia court to revoke bail for a white supremacist they say violated the terms of his release
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Harvey Weinstein asks judge to dismiss Ashley Judd lawsuit

Harvey Weinstein's lawyers say Ashley Judd's allegations that he tried to hurt her career after she rejected him sexually are baseless, and they have asked a judge to dismiss her lawsuit against him
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Nevada governor will lead Vegas shooting memorial effort

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval agrees to serve as the chairman of a committee to design, fund and build a memorial in Las Vegas to the victims of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
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Macomb County launches 4-drone, unmanned aerial vehicle unit

The Macomb County sheriff's office has launched a new unmanned aerial vehicle unit consisting of four drones
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Oxygen tanker truck crashes, causes explosion in California

Authorities say an oxygen tanker truck has crashed and caused an explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area, closing a key highway and forcing evacuations at a medical clinic
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Muslim group decries Arizona congressman over UK activist

The Arizona chapter of the nation's largest Muslim civil rights group is condemning a congressman for appearing at a rally in support of a jailed far-right British activist
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Fatal crash temporarily closes Interstate 5 near Conway

Authorities temporarily closed Interstate 5 south of Mount Vernon near Conway because of a three-vehicle crash that killed one person and injured others
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Federal investigators honored for North Dakota fentanyl case

A group of federal investigators working on an international fentanyl trafficking case that began with an overdose death in North Dakota has been recognized by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
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Indiana panel gives OK to 2 new state nature preserves

Indiana has two new state nature preserves, including a forested southern Indiana refuge that's home to several rare birds
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New law in Baltimore bars sodas from kids' menus

A new ordinance in Baltimore bars city restaurants from including sodas and other sugary drinks on kids' menus
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Florida man sentenced to jail in fatal South Dakota crash

A Florida man who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in a fatal crash in South Dakota has been sentenced to about three months in jail and fined $4,000
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911 calls detail aftermath of deadly New Mexico bus crash

Some callers were breathless and others were crying as they flooded emergency phone lines to report the aftermath of a deadly commercial passenger bus crash on a dark New Mexico highway
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Evacuations after oxygen truck leaks at California clinic

Authorities say an oxygen tanker truck has crashed and caused an explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area, closing a key highway and forcing evacuations at a medical clinic
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Alvin Holmes loses primary after 44 years in House

State Rep. Alvin Holmes, the longest serving member of the Alabama House of Representatives, loses primary
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The Latest: Authorities ID 3 passengers killed in bus crash

Authorities say the three people killed in a bus crash on a New Mexico highway over the weekend were all women from Mexico who were living in Colorado
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GOP businessmen clash over past stints as Democrats

Two Republican businessmen running for Connecticut governor are clashing over past stints as Democrats
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Officer dies after assault by inmate at Minnesota prison

A corrections officer has died after he was assaulted by an inmate at the Stillwater state prison, prompting a lockdown at Minnesota's prison system
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EU fines Google a record $5 billion over mobile practices

The European Union has fined Google a record $5 billion for forcing cellphone makers that use the company's Android mobile operating system to install Google apps
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$63,000 found in ceiling at home of priest accused of theft

State police say they discovered $63,000 hidden above ceiling tiles in the home of a Michigan priest who is accused of embezzling millions
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Augusta rodeo postponed from flooding set for weekend

The Augusta American Legion Rodeo is planned for this weekend after it was postponed when the western Montana town flooded last month
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Judge: No additional prison time for terror-related charges

A federal judge has ruled that a native of Uzbekistan convicted of providing support to a terrorist group will not serve additional time in prison
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Pregnant Disney dancer claims gender bias in lawsuit

Former aerial dancer at Walt Disney World sues resort, alleging she was fired after she became pregnant with twins and went on maternity leave
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Growing fire shows potential for explosive Northwest season

A fast-moving grass fire fueled by gusting winds in the Pacific Northwest has forced dozens of households to evacuate and prompted Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to declare an emergency
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Police: 2 children suffer bites in possible shark attacks

Authorities say two children have been bitten in waters off New York's Fire Island in possible shark attacks, prompting beach closings
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The Latest: Backer of 3 Californias effort pans court ruling

A venture capitalist who funded an effort to divide California in three is criticizing a state Supreme Court decision to block the measure from the November ballot
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Ex-priest ordered indefinitely to facility for sex offenders

A former priest deemed to be a sexually violent person has been committed indefinitely to an Illinois facility for sex offenders
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Trump plans to nominate new Census Bureau director

President Donald Trump says he plans to nominate Steven Dillingham of Virginia to be the next director of the U.S. Census Bureau
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Police: Bank teller shot by robber in North Carolina

Police in North Carolina say a bank robber shot and wounded a teller before getting away with money
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US Interior watchdog investigating Zinke's role in land deal

The U.S. Interior Department's inspector general is looking into a complaint about a Montana land deal that links Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and the head of energy services giant Halliburton
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Nevada felon guilty of violating Endangered Species Act

A Nevada felon pleaded guilty to multiple charges Wednesday including violating the U.S. Endangered Species Act after he rammed his ATV into a gate and harmed the federally protected Devils Hole pupfish at a wildlife refuge in Death Valley National Park.
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Westar customers may see rate drops amid settlement

A settlement between Kansas agencies and Westar Energy may lead to utility customers seeing rate drops instead of previously expected increases
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Lawyer attacks allegations against Indiana attorney general

A lawyer for Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill says calls for his resignation over allegations that he drunkenly groped four women are "pure hysteria" based on a flawed initial investigation
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Michigan high court hears challenge to redistricting measure

The Michigan Supreme Court has heard arguments in a challenge to a proposed November ballot initiative to change who draws congressional and legislative districts every decade
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Report: Weather was deteriorating before Alaska plane crash

Investigators say a pilot who crashed a charter plane on an Alaska mountain initially confused the snow-covered slopes with a body of water in deteriorating weather conditions
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Maryland police to buy $72,000 robot for underwater searches

A Maryland police department is buying a nearly $72,000 robot to assist with underwater searches
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Suicidal man shot, wounded by police

Authorities say a maintenance man at a Florida motel was shot and wounded after threatening suicide and pointing a gun at police officers
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Authorities name man fatally shot by Iowa deputy this week

Authorities in the Des Moines suburb of Altoona have identified a man fatally shot by a deputy earlier this week
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Man's final wishes on cellphone count as a will, court says

The Michigan appeals court says a young man's final words written in electronic form can count as a will
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Videos show police at Vegas shooting, meeting wounded guard

Las Vegas police have released body camera footage of officers encountering a wounded Mandalay Bay security guard on the floor of the hotel where the gunman who opened fire on a country music festival barricaded himself
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New Mexico stops taking fees from nonunion state workers

New Mexico has stopped deducting union fees from the paychecks of more than 1,800 nonunion state workers following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month
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Minnesota agency helps 13-year-old keep his hot dog business

13-year-old entrepreneur reported for not having operating license for hot dog stand still in business with help of Minnesota Department of Health
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East Coast MS-13 leader sentenced to 19 years in prison

An East Coast leader of the violent Central American street gang MS-13 has been sentenced to more than 19 years in prison
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Woman spreads gasoline, shields with child in bank heist try

A woman faces charges after police say she spread gasoline and lighter fluid on the floor of a Dallas-area bank during an attempted robbery, then used a small child as a shield when officers tried to arrest her.
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Fatal crash closes Interstate 5 North near Conway

Authorities closed Interstate 5 south of Mount Vernon near Conway because of a three-vehicle crash that killed one person and injured others
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Man killed by Kansas City police had long criminal record

Detective: A man who was fatally shot by Kansas City police after wounding three officers had an extensive criminal record in Oklahoma
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Groups sue in pursuit of Wyoming state vendor data

Groups' lawsuit claims Wyoming's state auditor has failed to deliver public records involving state vendors
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Chemical plant explodes, catches fire; wide area evacuated

An Ohio chemical manufacturing plant has exploded and caught fire, prompting authorities to evacuate a large area around it
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Calhoun City's police chief retiring

A Mississippi city is losing its police chief
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Sheriff: Woman steals gun from car, kills husband in Alabama

Alabama authorities: Woman arguing with husband in street broke into neighbor's vehicle, stole handgun and fatally shot husband
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Trump makes endorsement in runoff for Georgia governor

President Donald Trump endorses Secretary of State Brian Kemp over Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle for Georgia governor
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Senators opposing Oregon prosecutor's judicial nomination

Democratic senators are voicing opposition against an Oregon federal prosecutor nominated to fill a judicial vacancy in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
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2 people injured in battery tank fire in southern New Mexico

Authorities say two people have been injured after a battery tank fire at an oil refinery in southern New Mexico
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Man arrested after pipe bombs found during his eviction

A Central Texas man has been arrested after two pipe bombs were found in a home from which he was being evicted
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Abundant precipitation, reduced water use help boost aquifer

The water level in an Idaho aquifer increased 1.7 million acre-feet (2.1 billion cubic-meters) over last year
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Military veterans divided over Trump's Russia comments

U.S. veterans are split over President Donald Trump's statements in Helsinki on Russian meddling in the 2016 election
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Pentagon objects to GOP rider blocking protection of birds

The Pentagon is objecting to a Republican rider in a defense policy bill that would bar the Fish and Wildlife Service from protecting two chicken-like birds in the West and Southwest under the Endangered Species Act
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2 charged in attack of man in wheelchair near hospital

Court records show that two men have been charged in an attack of a man in a wheelchair near a hospital in Louisiana.
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Court blocks measure asking voters to split California in 3

The California Supreme Court says a measure that would divide California into three parts won't appear on the November ballot
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The Latest: Minnesota prison officer death prompts lockdown

Minnesota's prison system is on lockdown after an inmate fatally assaulted a corrections officer at the Stillwater state prison
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Former Mississippi trooper indicted for role in fatal crash

A Chickasaw County grand jury has indicted a former Mississippi Highway Patrol trooper in connection to a fatal crash in early March
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Officials: New Mexico child abuse tracking system obsolete

Officials say New Mexico's child-abuse tracking system has become obsolete since it was launched more than 20 years ago
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Manhunt underway for suspect in Hawaii police shooting

A police officer on Hawaii's Big Island died after a shooting during a traffic stop Tuesday night and a manhunt is underway for the suspect
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Man accused in UT student's slaying says he didn't kill her

A 20-year-old man on trial in the slaying of a University of Texas freshman on campus in 2016 has taken the stand and denied killing her
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The Latest: Fire knocks out power to some near Oregon blaze

A rapidly spreading fire in Oregon has knocked out power to some customers because of a burned transmission line
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Authorities seek 2 escaped inmates from Oklahoma prison

Oklahoma prison officials say they are searching for a pair of inmates who walked away from a southwestern Oklahoma prison
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Video shows police finding wounded guard at Vegas hotel

Police have released body camera footage of officers finding a wounded security guard on the same floor of a Las Vegas hotel where a gunman opened fire on a country music festival
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Texas murder suspect violated probation but wasn't sought

Authorities didn't search for a Texas man who violated parole terms by cutting off his ankle monitor until a week later
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Wyoming man pleads guilty to not paying income tax

A Wyoming man has pleaded guilty to two counts of willfully failing to file his income tax returns and one count of making a fraudulent application for health care benefits
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House candidate in Montana says no to Pelosi as party leader

Democratic U.S. House candidate Kathleen Williams of Montana says if elected she would not support Nancy Pelosi as the party's leader in the House
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2 bodies found in Arkansas believed to be Wichita couple

Authorities say the bodies of a couple who recently disappeared from a Kansas fairground have been found in a shallow grave in northwest Arkansas
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2 Iowans arrested after drugs found in Nebraska traffic stop

Law enforcement officials near Omaha have seized about 20 pounds of marijuana, cocaine and hash from a car heading to Iowa
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Baltimore seeks 'reform minded' police commissioner

Baltimore's mayor posts job listing for city's next police commissioner after last permanent leader resigned amid charges he failed to file federal tax returns for 3 years
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Northwest Iowa officials say man killed in grain bin

Authorities say a man trapped inside a grain bin has died in northwest Iowa
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In President Trump, Sen. Rand Paul finds a like-minded ally

GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky certainly has his differences with President Donald Trump, but on a cornerstone issue of resisting U.S. intervention abroad, they have common ground.
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Court overturns then-11-year-old boy's conviction in slaying

Pennsylvania's highest court is overturning the conviction of a then-11-year-old boy in the 2009 shotgun slaying of his father's pregnant fiancée, saying prosecutors didn't provide enough evidence to support it
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Hood investigates road project near Reeves' subdivision

The Mississippi attorney general investigating a $2 million road that was planned to connect a suburban Jackson shopping center to a gated neighborhood where the lieutenant governor lives
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Lawsuit accuses priest of denying aid for sex abuse victim

A man who says he was sexually assaulted as a child by a Roman Catholic monk in Massachusetts has filed a lawsuit accusing a priest of trying to conceal the abuse and refusing to help pay for his mental health treatment
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Mormon church urges judge to toss 1984 sex-assault claim

Mormon church lawyers are asking a judge to toss out a lawsuit filed by a woman who says she was raped in the 1980s by a former Mormon missionary leader who held the powerful position even though church officials knew he had a history of sexual misconduct
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Gov't report accuses agency of inadequate recall monitoring

An investigation has found that the U.S. government's highway safety agency failed to act quickly on a consumer complaint, and that could have delayed recalls of dangerous Takata air bag inflators
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Philadelphia's tax on soda upheld by state Supreme Court

Pennsylvania's highest court is upholding Philadelphia's tax on sweetened drinks, rejecting a challenge to the soda tax by merchants and the beverage industry
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Alaska lawmaker seeks review of document leak

An Alaska lawmaker wants the state Department of Law to review whether the leaking of a confidential audit merits prosecution
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Attorney: Care center closed after unresponsive child dies

An attorney says an Oklahoma day care center has closed after a 6-month-old boy found unresponsive there died
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West Virginia man admits stealing ambulance during transport

A West Virginia man has admitted to attacking a paramedic and stealing an ambulance while he was being transported to a hospital
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ERCOT says heat wave causes electric demand peak record

Managers of the state's biggest electrical grid say this week's head wave has led to an all-time record peak for electric power demand
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Baldwin bill would let all Wisconsin watch Packers

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin has introduced a bill that would allow all of Wisconsin to watch the Green Bay Packers
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The Latest: Hawaii governor offers condolences over officer

A police officer on Hawaii's Big Island died after a shooting during a traffic stop Tuesday night and a manhunt is underway for the suspect
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Fire hits North Carolina scrap metal yard, homes evacuated

A fire caused heavy damage at a North Carolina scrap metal yard, forced evacuations from a nearby neighborhood and cut electricity to around 1,400 customers
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Hogan says 2 debates set; Jealous campaign says no dates yet

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's campaign has announced plans for two debates, but the campaign of challenger Ben Jealous says an agreement on debates has not been reached
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Missouri Democrats appeal lieutenant governor ruling

The Missouri Democratic Party is appealing the dismissal of its lawsuit challenging a governor's ability to appoint a lieutenant governor
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