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FBI launches probe into theft of U.S. taxpayer information

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WASHINGTON - The FBI said on Thursday it had begun looking into the illegal access of the tax-return information of about 100,000 people disclosed by the Internal Revenue Service earlier this week.

Defense in Freddie Gray case seeks to move trial from Baltimore

- Defense attorneys for six police officers facing criminal charges in the Freddie Gray case are seeking to have the trial moved from Baltimore, saying their clients cannot get a fair trial there, the Baltimore Sun reported on Thursday.

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U.S. President Obama visits family of journalist slain by ISIS

MIAMI - U.S. President Barack Obama met on Thursday with the family of American journalist Steven Sotloff, who was beheaded last year by Islamic State militants.

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Obama visits Miami shrine in nod to Cuban Americans

MIAMI - President Barack Obama toured a Catholic shrine beloved by Cuban Americans on Thursday, a nod to his pledge to end more than 50 years of hostilities with Cuba and restore diplomatic relations and commercial ties.

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Youthful contestants at U.S. Bee not just whizzes at spelling

OXON HILL, Md. - The youthful contestants at the U.S. Scripps National Spelling Bee boast a lot of interests in their lives besides spelling, with athletes, musicians, actors and writers among the almost 300 competitors.

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Arkansas plans to sell muni bonds to build Lockheed Martin plant

- Lockheed Martin received a deal this week to expand a plant in Arkansas using $87 million of state general obligation bonds, an unusual method of funding a private project with taxpayer debt.

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Alabama, U.S. officials to improve women's prison known for sex abuse

, - Alabama has reached an agreement with U.S. civil rights officers to address sexual abuse at a state women's prison where an investigation found inmates were being raped, fondled and harassed by guards, officials said on Thursday.

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Santorum says 'sickened' by molestation in TV's Duggar family

LOS ANGELES - Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said he was "sickened" by revelations of molestation by the eldest son of the Duggars, the Christian family that features in television hit "19 Kids and Counting" and helped the conservative in his last campaign.

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California man suspected of killing neighbor holes up with family

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - A Southern California man is believed to have fatally shot a neighbor on Thursday before barricading himself in his apartment with his wife and two young children, police said.

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More storms lash Texas after severe weather kills 16

AUSTIN, Texas - Storms on Thursday pounded parts of Texas still reeling from torrential rains that killed at least 16 people, turned streets into rivers in major cities and set a record for the wettest month in the state's history. | Video

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