Armed robbery report initiated deadly standoff in Bismarck

Police say a deadly standoff in Bismarck began with a report of an armed robbery
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Report: Texas saw increase in student arrests for threats

Advocacy groups say there's been a sharp increase this year in Texas students being arrested for threatening violence, with a review of cases suggesting many schools aren't distinguishing between students who pose a threat and those don't
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New Mexico prisons expected to fill up as population grows

A forecast from the state sentencing commission says New Mexico's prison system will have more inmates in the next few years than it currently has cells to hold them
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Kansas to give out $5M in security funds to schools

Kansas is distributing $5 million in state grants for security features to improve the safety of children and staff in school buildings operated by more than 150 districts
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Red River Army Depot to lay off 300 workers

The Red River Army Depot in northeast Texas plans to lay off more than 300 government or contractor employees beginning Aug. 31
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Carmella Rizzo, wife of former Philadelphia mayor, dies

Carmella Rizzo, wife of former Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo, has died
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Right-to-work foes raise millions more than opponents

The group fighting a ballot measure that would make Missouri a right-to-work state has outraised its opponents by more than $4 million
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California deputy charged in 2017 fatal shooting of woman

Prosecutors in central California have charged a deputy with voluntary manslaughter in the 2017 fatal shooting of a Modesto woman
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Goldman's Blankfein to retire as CEO, Solomon to take over

Goldman Sachs' Lloyd Blankfein to retire, to be replaced by David Solomon
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Seattle mayor picks police veteran as new chief amid reforms

The mayor of Seattle has picked interim Police Chief Carmen Best to lead the department on a permanent basis as it tries to sustain reforms designed to eliminate biased policing and unnecessary force
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Judge questions whether police can comply with overhaul

The judge overseeing Baltimore police reform is questioning whether the police department has the resources or leadership to comply with its agreement with federal officials
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Activists ask judge to keep public off former weapons plant

Environmentalists and community activists are trying to persuade a judge that the public might not be safe on a Colorado wildlife refuge that used to be a buffer zone around a nuclear weapons plant
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Why is Facebook keen on robots? It's just the future of AI

Facebook announced several new hires of top academics in the field of artificial intelligence Tuesday, including top roboticists. Why does Facebook care about robots?
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Divers find man's body in South Carolina's Lake Hartwell

Divers have recovered the body of a 24-year-old man who disappeared in Lake Hartwell on the South Carolina-Georgia state line
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Driver facing 270 years for Texas church bus crash arrested

A driver facing up to 270 years in prison for causing a Texas wreck that killed 13 people has been arrested for allegedly violating bond while awaiting sentencing
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Offshore wind developer ramps up work on 3 more wind farms

The developer of the first U.S. offshore wind farm says it's ramping up work on projects to supply energy to several states
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Probe criticizes Montana justice for absences, tardiness

An investigation into the operation of one of the Missoula County justice courts found the judge was frequently absent, had employees walk her dog, put court fees in an unlocked box on her back porch and offered no training to new hires
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3rd Dartmouth professor leaves over misconduct allegations

A third Dartmouth College professor facing sexual misconduct allegations has left the school following an internal investigation and recommendation that the school fire him
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Family donates $1.8M to upgrade high school auditorium

A Montana family has donated $1.8 million to upgrade an 86-year-old auditorium in the Great Falls Public Schools system
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Strike deadline looms for hospital, nurses' union

Rhode Island health system administrators are threatening to reduce their offer to nurses during the second day of contract discussions
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Vermont board rejects mountain name change proposal

Vermont state board rejects petition to change the name of Mount Ascutney
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Mississippi officials move to take over Noxubee schools

Officials are moving to take over a rural Mississippi school district, saying the district is broadly violating state standards
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Semi driver killed along Highway 2 identified

The North Dakota Highway Patrol has identified the driver who died when his semi overturned on U.S. Highway 2. Sixty-seven-year-old Richard Cantone, of Minot, died at the scene of the crash early Monday near Ray
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Second person dies after fire that authorities say was arson

A central Mississippi man could face more criminal charges after his 17-year-old son died of burns sustained in a fire
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Texas woman accused of biting, swallowing part of nose

A woman is accused of biting off and swallowing part of another woman's nose in Southeast Texas
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Louisiana's sales tax rate is second highest in the nation

Louisiana no longer has the highest average sales tax rate in the nation, but only barely
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Lucas Oil tycoon continues parties amid neighbor complaints

Neighbors who live near an oil tycoon's sprawling suburban Indianapolis estate say he continues hosting extravagant events despite officials telling him the parties must end
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New trial granted to man who exposed himself with boy nearby

A North Carolina man convicted of exposing himself to a woman and her 4-year-old son has won a new trial on a felony indecent exposure charge
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Report: Local courts reap $400M in fines, fees in 2017

A new report says New Jersey's municipal courts made $400 million in fines and fees in 2017 and sometimes imposed "never-ending" and "overwhelming" financial obligations on people
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San Antonio store owner's killer set for execution

A Texas death row inmate was set for execution Tuesday evening as lawyers argued in the courts that the state parole board improperly refused his clemency request because he's black
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Judge throws out 2 charges against indicted FBI agent

A federal judge has thrown out two of the five charges against an FBI agent who allegedly covered up the firing of two rifle shots at the truck of an Oregon refuge occupation spokesman at a roadblock in January 2016
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Man critically injured in fall after punching girlfriend

La Crosse police say a man accused of attacking his girlfriend is in critical condition after falling off the hood of her car as she tried to get away
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Oneidas mark 25th anniversary of Turning Stone Resort Casino

The 25th anniversary of the opening of the Oneida Indian Nation's first casino in central New York has been celebrated
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Last of 3 escapees from South Carolina jail captured

The last of three men who escaped from a county jail in South Carolina has been captured
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Site work begins for opposed oil refinery near national park

A company has begun site work for an oil refinery about 3 miles (5 kilometers) from Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota
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Wyoming officer's gun discharges at Colorado youth game

A Wyoming police officer whose gun accidentally discharged at a youth baseball tournament in Colorado last month has been charged with two misdemeanors
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Judge weighs trying teen as an adult in backpack-bomb case

A Utah judge is weighing whether a teenager accused of trying to blow up a homemade backpack bomb at school should stand trial as an adult
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Full appellate court rejects Gage County bid for review

A federal appeals court has denied Gage County's request for further review of a $28.1 million judgment awarded to six people who were wrongfully convicted of murder
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2 teens arrested in kidnapping of Arkansas woman found dead

Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of a 71-old-Arkansas woman who was later found dead
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The Latest: Federal judge won't stop Texas execution

A Texas death row inmate was set for execution Tuesday evening as lawyers argued in the courts that the state parole board improperly refused his clemency request because he's black
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City unanimously passes nondiscrimination ordinance

It is now against the law in Jackson to discriminate against another person based on their sexual orientation or gender identity
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Top attorney resigns after board adopts medical pot rules

The top attorney at the Oklahoma State Department of Health whose advise on marijuana rules was ignored by the board has resigned
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Buffett delivers annual gifts worth $3.4B to 5 charities

Billionaire Warren Buffett has given another $3.4 billion of his Berkshire Hathaway stock to five foundations as part of his plan to gradually give away his fortune
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Search lengthens for missing Joshua Tree National Park hiker

Trackers with dogs are combing part of Joshua Tree National Park in search of a Canadian man missing since heading out for a hike Friday morning
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South Dakota modifies high school graduation requirements

South Dakota education officials have revised high school graduation requirements to offer more flexibility to students in the upcoming school year
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Small plane crash reported near Lake Tahoe, ski resort

Emergency crews are responding to a small plane crash near Lake Tahoe; unclear if any injuries
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Louisiana's sales tax rate is second highest in the country

Louisiana no longer has the highest average sales tax rate in the nation, but only barely
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Officials: Merrimack River fish kill was natural

Massachusetts environmental officials say a recent fish kill on the Merrimack River was a "natural event."
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Heller announces funding for Tahoe-area wildfire cameras

The U.S. government is sending $226,000 to Nevada for cameras to help detect and monitor wildfires near Lake Tahoe
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Lottery scam kingpin's property forfeited; will aid victims

Cash and jewelry seized from a Jamaican man accused of masterminding a large lottery scam in the U.S. will be liquidated and the proceeds doled out to victims under a federal judge's order
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4 children shot, 1 fatally, on Philadelphia street

Police say that two gunman firing from opposite sides of a Philadelphia street unleashed a hail of bullets on four children, killing a 14-year-old boy
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State: 2 men stole businesses' IDs to get public contracts

Authorities say two upstate New York contractors used the stolen identities of two minority-owned businesses to fraudulently obtain public construction contracts worth millions of dollars
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Alabama officers suspended for alleged 'white power' gesture

An Alabama mayor says four members of his city's police force have been suspended for making a hand gesture that some say is a hate symbol
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Bond denied for man charged in stabbing death of his mother

A 24-year-old Mississippi man is charged with murder in the stabbing death of his mother and aggravated assault in the nonfatal stabbing of his father
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2 Spokane massage parlors investigated for prostitution

Two Spokane-area massage parlors employing only Chinese workers are under investigation on suspicion of promoting prostitution, human trafficking, practicing without a license and money laundering
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Mississippi National Guard unit takes command in Kuwait

A Mississippi National Guard unit has taken over command of a Middle East post as part of its year-long deployment
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Authorities seek family of toddler found wandering in Newark

Authorities say a toddler wearing only a diaper and a dress has been found wandering on a street in New Jersey's largest city
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NC court shuns worker fired for political appointees

A North Carolina appeals court says a former state worker fired to open a job for one of former Gov. Pat McCrory's political appointees can no longer challenge the move
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Benedictine hopes to sell Springfield campus for $3M

Benedictine University's president says the school hopes to sell its entire Springfield campus for $3 million to a buyer, who could potentially use the grounds for education
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Town approves zoning change for solar project

Officials in the Rhode Island town of Exeter have approved a zoning change requested by a solar developer despite objections from the local planning board
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Groundbreaking ceremony held for new international bridge

A groundbreaking for the advance construction of a new international bridge connecting Detroit with Windsor, Ontario, in Canada has been held
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Legislators push repeal of state's outdated abortion laws

Massachusetts lawmakers appear to be moving closer to repealing antiquated laws against abortion
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Discovery of human leg found in Mississippi investigated

Sheriff's officials in Wabasha County are investigating the discovery of a human leg found in the Mississippi River
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Mississippi couple charged with cruelty after animals found

A south Mississippi couple is free after being charged with aggravated cruelty to a dog or cat
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West Nile virus-positive mosquitoes found in Atlanta area

Health officials in Georgia say they've found mosquitoes that test positive for West Nile virus this year
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UP man identified after remains found in burning car

Investigators using dental records have identified the remains of a man found in a burning vehicle in the middle of an Upper Peninsula road
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Mom blames teen's death on packaging for peanut cookies

A South Florida mother says her 15-year-old daughter with a peanut allergy died after mistakenly eating a chewy Reese's Chips Ahoy cookie
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5 Fairbanks inmates convicted in 2017 prison riot

Five prison inmates have been convicted of rioting last August at the Fairbanks Correctional Center
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Primary voters in Ferry County must pay postage

Voters in Washington state's Ferry County will have to put a stamp on the envelope to mail in their primary ballot this year
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City pays $212K to settle suit over police officer shooting

The city of Santa Fe has paid more than $212,000 to settle a lawsuit over a police officer's shooting of a neighborhood watchman when both responded to a late-night burglar alarm
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Ex-Missouri trooper loses legal license in Iowa man's death

The state of Missouri has revoked the peace officer license of a former highway patrol trooper who was driving a patrol boat when a handcuffed Iowa man fell out and drowned
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NAACP lifts travel advisory against American Airlines

The NAACP lifts its travel advisory against American Airlines, saying the company is address concerns that led to the warnings against African Americans flying on its airplanes
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Feds: Michigan in need of special education intervention

Federal education officials say Michigan is the only state in the U.S. that needs intervention after failing to meet federal special education requirements this year
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Chemical plant's neighbors to have blood, urine tested

North Carolina and federal health officials want to test whether neighbors of a chemical company are carrying little-understood industrial compounds in their bodies
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Man dies in north-central Nebraska motorcycle crash

Authorities say a man died after losing control of his motorcycle in north-central Nebraska
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Popular route to Oregon lake cleared of boulders from slide

The main route to the popular Terwilliger Hot Springs east of Eugene is expected to reopen in about a month
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Nebraska reports first human case of West Nile this season

Health officials say the first human case of West Nile virus in Nebraska this season has been reported in a western county
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Investigation criticizes Missoula County justice of peace

An investigation into the operation of one of the Missoula County justice courts found the judge was frequently absent, had employees walk her dog, put court fees in an unlocked box on her back porch and offered no training to new hires
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Ex-officer sentenced to probation for stealing from drivers

A former police officer in Louisiana has been sentenced to 90 days of probation for stealing money from five drivers during traffic stops
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Jupiter's moon count reaches 79, including tiny 'oddball'

Scientists have found more moons circling Jupiter, bringing the total to 79 at the giant gas planet.
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Man sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for Ammon murder

An eastern Idaho man has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison in the beating death of a 62-year-old woman
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Public could pay $10 million for redistricting lawsuits

Virginia taxpayers could be on the hook for more than $10 million in legal fees related to three redistricting lawsuits
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Man who recorded video of rape sentenced to prison

A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to up to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to raping a 25-year-old woman he met on a train, an attack prosecutors say he video recorded
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Shad White takes oath as new state auditor in Mississippi

Mississippi's new state auditor is pledging to protect taxpayers' money
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Texas murder suspect found dead in Oklahoma parking lot

A suspect in the fatal shooting of a man in Texas has been found dead in Oklahoma
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Nurses resume work at UVM Medical Center after 2-day strike

The Burlington City Council is pushing for a resolution to the nurses' strike at the University of Vermont Medical Center as a temporary truce to an ongoing strike formed over the weekend
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Woman suffers head injuries in bear encounter

New Hampshire's Fish and Game Department says a 71-year-old woman suffered serious head injuries from an encounter with a bear in her home
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Hail storm damage evident from space

The damage from the hail storm that pounded western and central South Dakota last month was so severe it shows up on NASA satellite sensors that detect land surface heat
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Insurance company not liable for hunter's injuries

An insurance company isn't liable for a hunter who was accidentally shot in the head nearly four years ago
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Attorney: Georgia officer deserves bond in manslaughter case

Attorney says Georgia officer charged with manslaughter is 'not a danger,' deserves bond
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Exorcist blesses house formerly occupied by troubled priest

The former house of a retired Boise priest who was accused of sharing child pornography online and of drug possession has been cleaned out and blessed by an exorcist
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Trustees OK $1.7M for University of Arkansas medical campus

University of Arkansas trustees have approved a $1.7 million renovation at the school's medical campus in Fayetteville
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Judge: Trial in Laquan McDonald shooting to start Sept. 5

A Chicago police officer charged with murder in the fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald will stand trial starting Sept. 5.
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Re-enactors group won't perform at Fort Robinson State Park

A group of re-enactors is no longer scheduled to demonstrate infantry and cavalry maneuvers this week at Fort Robinson State Park in the northern Nebraska Panhandle
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