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With the economy slowing again, the odds of a new recession seem to be increasing

WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's the loud and clear consensus of Republicans in Congress and on the presidential campaign trail: Runaway government spending is the problem, not taxes. But the math isn't so simple.


The so-called West Memphis Three were permitted to plead guilty to murder in exchange for time served, ending a long long-running legal battle

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) -- Three men convicted in the nightmarish slayings of three Cub Scouts went free Friday, nearly two decades after they were sent to prison in a case so gruesome it raised suspicions the children had been sacrificed in a Satanic ritual.


Cooper's lawyer, Edward Sanders, filed a motion for reconsideration on Wednesday, saying the clock should not have started ticking on the statute of limitations until Cooper read the book

Hinds County Circuit Judge Tommie Green ruled Tuesday that a one-year statute of limitations elapsed between the time Stockett gave Ablene Cooper a copy of the book in January 2009 and the time of the lawsuit's filing in February of this year.


19-year-old accused of killing Black man now faces possibility of death sentence

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi authorities have upgraded a murder charge to capital murder for a white teenager accused of intentionally running over a black man with a truck.


Brooklyn unrest was stoked by Black and Jewish communities living side by side

NEW YORK (AP) -- Community members in Brooklyn's Crown Heights neighborhood are gathering to mark the 20th anniversary of race riots there.


Hackers can force some cars to unlock their doors and start their engines without a key

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Texting and driving don't go well together - though not in the way you might think. Computer hackers can force some cars to unlock their doors and start their engines without a key by sending specially crafted messages to a car's anti-theft system. They can also snoop at where you've been by tapping the car's GPS system.


However, it's unlikely the 4.15 percent number will energize housing market

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage has fallen to its lowest level on records dating to 1971.


BP says the discovery has nothing to do with its operation and infamous Macondo well

LONDON (AP) -- A new oil sheen was spotted in the Gulf of Mexico, although energy company BP said Thursday the discovery had nothing to do with its operations and was far from the site of its disaster-hit Macondo well.


Competitive runoffs in the state seen as precursor to 2012 presidential election

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- After a summer of recall elections stemming from how Wisconsin lawmakers reacted to Gov. Scott Walker's proposal curbing public employee union rights, Republicans emerged bruised but not beaten while Democrats expressed optimism the tide was turning their way.


Graphic images include the sewn-up corpse of a smoker and pictures of diseased lungs

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Tobacco companies want a judge to put a stop to new graphic cigarette labels that include the sewn-up corpse of a smoker and pictures of diseased lungs, saying they unfairly urge adults to shun their legal products and will cost millions to produce.


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