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Quadruple-murder suspect held without bond in Washington

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WASHINGTON - A man charged in the deaths of a wealthy Washington businessman, his wife, son and housekeeper was arraigned on Friday and ordered held without bond. | Video

Magnitude 5.3 quake hits Nevada, close to Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS - A magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck Nevada on Friday close to the small town of Caliente, northeast of the tourist hub of Las Vegas, and was followed by a series of smaller aftershocks, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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Five plead not guilty to Kentucky bourbon heist

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Five people accused of stealing and selling more than $100,000 worth of expensive bourbons and other whiskeys as part of a years-long conspiracy pleaded not guilty on Friday in a Kentucky court.

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Mother found pushing dead toddler on swing in Maryland park

- A Maryland mother was found early on Friday pushing her dead 3-year-old boy on a park swing, authorities said.

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Pentagon plans long-range missile defense radar in Alaska

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Defense Department on Friday announced plans to deploy a new long-range radar in central Alaska that would help the U.S. missile defense system better discern potential enemy missiles launched by Iran or North Korea and increase the capacity of interceptors in the ground in Alaska and California.

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Arizona lawman calls for judge's removal in racial-profiling case

PHOENIX - Lawyers for controversial Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio asked on Friday that a federal judge be removed from overseeing a racial-profiling case against the lawman and his deputies.

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Federal judge rules again that gay couples have right to wed in Alabama

- A federal judge on Thursday reaffirmed her earlier ruling that same-sex couples in Alabama have a right to wed under the Constitution, but she put the ruling on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court issues a landmark decision on gay marriage.

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Man charged with killing California family obtains attorneys

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif - A man charged with murdering a Southern California family of four has obtained defense attorneys after seeking to represent himself, and a judge on Friday postponed a court hearing where prosecutors will present their evidence.

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Newark NJ students call for local control of schools run by state

NEWARK, N.J. - Hundreds of Newark, New Jersey, students walked out of classes on Friday to protest policies of the city's top schools official, who was appointed by the state to overhaul the struggling education system.

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Idaho couple whose 5-year-old fatally shot another child reach plea deal

SALMON, Idaho - An Idaho couple whose 5-year-old child accidentally shot and killed a young playmate will see child injury charges dismissed provided they craft and present a course for families on the dangers of firearms, a state court clerk said.

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