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Eight dead in door-to-door Missouri shooting spree

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- A man armed with a handgun went on a house-to-house shooting spree in a rural Missouri town, killing seven relatives and neighbors before taking his own life, officials said on Friday. | Video

Adoption by same-sex parent recognized by Alabama appeals court

- An Alabama appeals court ruled on Friday that the state must recognize the out-of-state adoption of three children by the estranged wife of their birth mother, lawyers for the plaintiff said.

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Texas snowstorm snarls transport, cancels nearly 600 flights

DALLAS - A storm that dusted the Dallas area on Friday with about 1 to 3 inches of snow caused hundreds of traffic accidents and led to more than 600 flight cancellations.

Environment, 6:09pm EST

Two Seattle-area high schools cancel classes after threats

SEATTLE - Two Seattle-area high schools were evacuated and later canceled classes on Friday after receiving security threats, and another high school in Washington state heightened its security after a threatening message was scrawled on a bathroom wall.

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California foster dad gets 19 years to life for sex abuse of six girls

LOS ANGELES - A former Southern California foster parent was sentenced on Friday to serve nearly 19 years to life in prison for raping and sexually abusing a half dozen girls who were 9 to 15 years old while in his care, prosecutors said.

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U.S. Senate passes one-week security funding extension

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate, without any debate, late on Friday passed a one-week funding extension for the Department of Homeland Security, a last ditch move aimed at averting a partial shutdown of the agency at midnight.

Politics, 8:33pm EST

Holder says U.S. malls should 'step up' security: CNN

WASHINGTON - Shopping mall operators need to increase security through more staff, cameras and other techniques in light of threats made against the Mall of America in Minnesota and other shopping centers by Somali-based Islamist militants this week, outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said.

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Oregon sheriff investigates case of 'stolen' log cabin

PORTLAND, Ore. - Sheriff’s deputies in Oregon are investigating the peculiar case of a log cabin that was reported stolen only to be found two days later less than a mile from where it was taken, authorities said Friday.

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Slain U.S. journalist's father: identification of 'Jihadi John' not important

- The father of American journalist James Foley, who was taken captive in Syria and later decapitated by Islamic State militants, has said it was "not important" to him that his son's purported killer, "Jihadi John," had been identified.

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Colorado sold 17 tons of retail marijuana in first legal year

DENVER - Consumers in Colorado bought more than 17 tons of recreational marijuana buds during the first year of the state's new retail market, but sales of medicinal pot still outstripped that at almost 50 tons, officials said on Friday.

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