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'Bridgegate' scandal threatens next World Trade Center tower

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NEW YORK - The "Bridgegate" scandal that rocked New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's administration earlier this year is threatening a deal that would allow developer Larry Silverstein to finish building the next World Trade Center skyscraper.

U.S. top court upholds Michigan ban on college affirmative action

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday further undermined the use of racial preferences in higher education by upholding a voter-approved Michigan law that banned the practice in decisions on which students to admit to state universities.

Politics 22 Apr 2014

Washington state county eyes building ban after deadly mudslide: reports

SEATTLE - Snohomish County was on Wednesday to consider a six-month ban on new construction in landslide-prone areas countywide after a slide last month that killed 41 people, local media reported.

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Obama visits mudslide-hit community in Washington state

OSO, Washington - President Barack Obama on Tuesday visited the Washington state community slammed by a deadly mudslide last month, offering condolences to the families of victims, encouragement to rescue workers, and promises of government support. | Video

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Missouri executes convicted killer in 1993 cattle-stealing plot

KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Missouri on Wednesday executed a man who had been convicted in 1993 of murdering an elderly farming couple in a plot to steal their cattle, a state official said.

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FBI seeks to identify victims of suspected child molester abroad

WASHINGTON - U.S. authorities have asked the public to help identify as many as 90 possible victims of a suspected child predator who worked at American and other international schools in at least nine countries.

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Dead teen's mother claims negligence in deadly California crash: report

- The mother of a 17-year-old student who was among 10 people killed in a highway crash in northern California earlier this month has sued FedEx Corp for negligence, California-based City News Service reported.

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Oklahoma execution halted amid confusion over stay orders

OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin issued a one-week stay in the execution of a death row inmate due to die by lethal injection on Tuesday, in a move to clear up confusion over which state body has the final say over executions.

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Teen who stowed away on Hawaii flight resting in hospital

- A teenage boy who stowed away on a flight from California to Hawaii in the frozen, oxygen-deprived wheel well of a passenger jet was resting in hospital on Tuesday, two days after his death-defying jaunt over the Pacific, a Hawaii official said.

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Church deacon, fugitive in 1981 killing, arrested in Texas

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - A 78-year-old church deacon in Texas has been arrested for a Pennsylvania murder after 33 years as a fugitive, authorities said on Tuesday.

22 Apr 2014

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