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Police: teen killed grandmother, drove body around

Posted: 06/24/2014 - Brandon Machetto, 18, had been living with his grandmother, 74-year-old Sylvia Schmitt, for the past several weeks and they apparently fought frequently, said Pasco County sheriff's spokeswoman Melanie Snow.

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Freed Christian woman, family detained in Sudan

Posted: 06/24/2014 - Eman Abdul-Rahim told The Associated Press that the 27-year-old Meriam Ibrahim was held Tuesday along with two children and her husband at the international airport in Khartoum, the country's capital. Abdul-Rahim did not elaborate and security officials did not respond to requests for comment.

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Court rejects appeal of gay jury selection case

Posted: 06/24/2014 - A unanimous three-judge panel of the appeals court held in January that striking someone based on sexual orientation was unlawful discrimination akin to removing potential jurors because of race or gender.

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NTSB faults pilot 'mismanagement' in Asiana flight

Posted: 06/24/2014 - Federal accident investigators say "mismanagement" by the pilots of Asiana Flight 214, including confusion over whether one of the airliner's key controls was maintaining airspeed, caused the plane to crash while landing in San Francisco last year.

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Methodist panel overturns pastor's defrocking

Posted: 06/24/2014 - A United Methodist Church appeals panel has overturned the church's decision to defrock a pastor who presided over his son's same-sex wedding ceremony and said he would perform other gay marriages if asked.

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Drone killing memo released after court fight

Posted: 06/23/2014 - A federal appeals court has released a previously secret memo that provided legal justification for using drones to kill Americans suspected of terrorism overseas.

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Kerry urges political reform in Iraq

Posted: 06/23/2014 - Kerry on Monday met with top officials from Iraq's bitterly divided Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish political coalitions during a quick trip to Baghdad.

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VA falls short on female medical issues

Updated: 06/24/2014 - The beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs is falling short of its commitment to attend to the needs of the rising ranks of female veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Obama: Threat from Iraq militants could grow

Posted: 06/22/2014 - President Barack Obama says the threat from al-Qaida-inspired militants who have violently seized territory in Iraq could grow and spill over into other countries in the region

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Obama's test: Try to avoid `mission creep' in Iraq

Posted: 06/22/2014 - President Barack Obama is charting a new phase of American military engagement in Iraq, and he says a war-weary United States won't be "dragged back" into a lengthy conflict.

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ScHoolboy Q's SUV fired on in Colorado

Posted: 06/20/2014 - Authorities say rapper ScHoolboy Q was in an SUV that was fired on after a concert at the popular Red Rocks outdoor amphitheater in Colorado but was not injured.

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Dad gets 4 years in death of son left in hot car

Updated: 06/20/2014 - An Arizona man has been sentenced to four years in prison for leaving his infant son inside a hot car for several hours without air conditioning last summer.

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