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Charlotte protesters demand mayor's resignation over black man's slaying

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. Dozens of protesters took their fight for racial equality in policing to the heart of Charlotte's power structure on Monday, demanding the resignations of the mayor, police chief, and lawmakers in the wake of the police slaying of a black man.

Northern California wildfire forces hundreds to evacuate mountainous area

LOS ANGELES Firefighters worked to control a wildfire on Tuesday in the Santa Cruz Mountains south of San Francisco Bay area that has forced hundreds of residents to evacuate, despite its relatively small size, officials said.

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'Bridgegate' witness says Governor Christie backed lane closures

NEWARK, N.J. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was aware of and supported a plan to close lanes at the George Washington Bridge in 2013 in an act of political payback, a key prosecution witness testified Tuesday at the criminal trial of two former Christie associates.

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NY blast kills highest ranking firefighter since Sept. 11 attacks

NEW YORK An explosion at a home in the New York City borough of the Bronx on Tuesday killed a battalion chief, the city's highest ranking fire official to die in the line of duty since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, officials said. | Video

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Families of black men killed by Ohio police want independent probes

The families of two African-American males fatally shot by Columbus, Ohio, police will speak publicly on Tuesday in their push for independent investigations into the deaths.

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Lawsuit on Maryland man's death after 911 call awaits autopsy: lawyer

The family of a black Maryland man who called 911 and died last week after a scuffle with police is awaiting results of an autopsy and other data before it files a wrongful death lawsuit against the county, the family's lawyer said on Tuesday.

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Caesars strikes deal to end main unit's costly bankruptcy

CHICAGO Caesars Entertainment Corp said on Tuesday it has struck a crucial $5 billion deal with most of its casino operating unit's creditors, resolving billions of dollars in legal claims and paving the subsidiary's way out of a costly bankruptcy.

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Appeals court blocks Pennsylvania hospital merger

A federal appeals court on Tuesday blocked the proposed merger of the two largest hospital systems in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, area.

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Iowa city flood prevention system holds back Cedar River

A sprawling network of flood barricades erected in Iowa's second-largest city of Cedar Rapids largely succeeded in holding back water from the rain-swollen Cedar River, city officials said on Tuesday.

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U.S. established working group to stop Middle East migrant smugglers

WASHINGTON Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told a Senate panel on Tuesday the United States was cracking down on Middle Eastern migrants illegally crossing the southern U.S. border.

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