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Police up security after death of man scheduled to testify against alleged leader

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The day Eguel Geffrard was supposed to testify in the trial of the man accused of leading one of South Florida's most violent gangs, police found his bloodied body in a parking lot, a targeted hit authorities said was meant to be a message reinforcing Top 6's power.


Charles L. Gittens joined agency's Charlotte, N.C., office in 1956

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Charles L. Gittens, who in 1956 became the first black Secret Service agent, has died. He was 82.


Former governor and others support 15 inmates who say they were beaten by convicted official Jon Burge

CHICAGO (AP) -- Fifteen incarcerated men who claim they were sent to prison by confessions that were beaten, burned and tortured out of them by convicted Chicago police Lt. Jon Burge and his officers are getting some high-profile help - including from a former Illinois governor.


Pentagon has been hesitant to release names of those killed

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Troops killed in the deadliest incident of the Afghan war came home Tuesday - traveling in death much the same way they did in life - shrouded in secrecy.


Openly gay governor resigned seven years ago amid scandal; now he's helping female inmates turn their own lives around

KEARNY, N.J. (AP) -- For anyone curious about what Jim McGreevey is up to seven years after coming out of the closet to become the first openly gay governor and resigning over an affair with a male staffer, his simple answer is this: "Having lunch at Hudson County Correctional Center."


White House projects initiative focused on model years 2014 to 2018 will save $50 billion

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fire trucks and concrete mixers, semis, heavy-duty pickups and all trucks in between will, for the first time, have to trim fuel consumption and emissions of heat-trapping gases under new efficiency standards announced Tuesday by President Barack Obama.


Move will give educators a break from No Child Left Behind mandates

Education Secretary Arne Duncan says he will announce a new waiver system Monday to give schools a break from student testing mandates in the federal No Child Left Behind law. Critics say the benchmarks are unrealistic and brand schools as failures even if they make progress.


Deadliest single loss for US forces in the decade-long war

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The 30 U.S. troops and eight Afghans who died in a helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan were on a mission targeting a Taliban leader when an insurgent with a rocket-propelled grenade reportedly fired on the chopper and shot it down, U.S.-led coalition said Monday.


Voting Rights Act, which aimed to stop Jim Crow efforts, has renewed relevancy in some Southern states

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- When President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law in 1965, it was an antidote to Jim Crow-era efforts to suppress the black vote in Southern states still fighting bloody battles over racial equality.


Agency struggles financially as more bill payments go online and down economy reduces business mail

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Postal Service said Friday it lost $3.1 billion in the April through June period and could be forced to default on payments due to the federal government when the fiscal year ends in September.


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