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Two 18-year-old white men accused of assaulting victim before running him down

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Two young white men were looking for a black man to assault in Mississippi's largest city when one of them ran over a 49-year-old African-American with a pickup truck after he had been assaulted, killing the man, a prosecutor said Wednesday.


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Legislation gives police wider power to arrest, adds requirements for schools and businesses

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Civil rights groups sued Friday in federal court to block Alabama's new law cracking down on illegal immigration, which supporters and opponents have called the strictest measure of its kind in the nation.


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Story of cook who took up arms is often forgotten in Civil War history

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- The Union's first black hero of the Civil War wasn't one of the African-American soldiers of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, famously depicted in the 1989 film "Glory," but rather a merchant ship's cook who took up arms to prevent being sold into slavery after a Confederate raider captured his vessel.


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Gregoire says cuts to program could be huge problem for states

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A leading Democratic state governor is warning debt negotiators in the nation's capital against cutting Medicaid for low-income people.


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Verizon is latest major carrier to ditch unlimited plans

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- When Verizon Wireless kills off its unlimited data plan for new smartphone customers on Thursday, it will mark another blow for endless Web surfing and video streaming.


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US Supreme Court didn't grant Obama's request to stay execution

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court refused to block Texas from executing a Mexican citizen despite a White House-backed appeal that claimed the case could affect other foreigners arrested in the U.S. and Americans in legal trouble abroad.


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Seven people killed including alleged murderer's 12-year-old daughter

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- A Michigan man who went on a shooting spree that killed seven people targeted each of his victims, which included two ex-girlfriends and his 12-year-old daughter, police said Friday.


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Aerospace ranks only fourth among city's industry, but it's "part of our psyche"

HOUSTON (AP) -- The end of the space shuttle program is hitting its Florida launch home in the pocketbook with some areas practically becoming economic ghost towns. But Houston, home of Mission Control, is getting hit somewhere else: in the ego.

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The animals are attacking pets but pose little risk to humans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- They've been spotted in the suburbs and in New Orleans' biggest park, along river levees and on some streets. Coyotes - some possibly driven from their territories along the levee by the Mississippi River's spring flooding - are being targeted by SWAT teams in suburban Jefferson Parish. Officials are considering deploying sound systems that mimic the noises of cougars - a traditional coyote enemy.


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Not a single state decreased its level of obesity

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In 1995, no state had an obesity rate above 20 percent. Now, all but one does. An annual obesity report by two public health groups looked for the first time at state-by-state statistics over the last two decades. The state that has the lowest obesity rate now - Colorado, with 19.8 percent of adults considered obese - would have had the highest rate in 1995.

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