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Tropical storm losing strength as it nears Florida, 20 dead in Dominica

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MIAMI - Tropical Storm Erika was soaking Haiti with heavy rain and strong winds on Friday as it swirled across the Caribbean but showed signs of losing steam as it headed toward south Florida, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Former New Hampshire prep school student not guilty of rape

CONCORD, N.H. - A former student of an elite New Hampshire prep school was found not guilty on Friday of raping a 15-year-old girl days before graduation last year in a case that cast a harsh spotlight on the school's culture.

28 Aug 2015

Houston sheriff's deputy fatally shot at gas station

- A sheriff's deputy pumping gas into his patrol car was shot and killed on Friday in an ambush at a Houston gas station, authorities said.

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Hurricane Ignacio rolls across Pacific toward Hawaii

HONOLULU - Hurricane Ignacio was churning across the Pacific on Friday on a path that could take it past Hawaii in coming days, with a second, more powerful storm trailing in its wake, the National Hurricane Center said.

Los Angeles committee gives support to bid to host 2024 Olympics

LOS ANGELES - A committee of the Los Angeles City Council voted on Friday to support an effort to bring the 2024 Summer Olympics to Los Angeles, ahead of a deadline next month for U.S. Olympic organizers to decide on an American city to bid for the games.

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Kentucky clerk seeks Supreme Court help to deny gay marriage licenses

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A Kentucky county clerk petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday for an emergency order allowing her to continue to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a move coming two days after a federal appeals court rejected her request.

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New Mexico's prosecutor charges state official with embezzlement

SANTA FE, N.M. - New Mexico's Democratic attorney general filed a 64-count criminal case against Republican Secretary of State Dianna Duran on Friday, accusing her of embezzlement, money-laundering, campaign finance violations and other offenses, his office said.

28 Aug 2015

Oregon priest goes missing after hidden camera allegations

PORTLAND, Ore. - Authorities in the Philippines are searching for a Catholic priest from Oregon who went missing while facing criminal charges for allegedly hiding a camera in a church bathroom, officials with the Archdiocese of Portland said on Friday.

28 Aug 2015

Man who shot Virginia journalists identified with 9/11 attacks: sheriff

- The gunman who killed two Virginia television journalists on air carried out a well-planned assault and identified with mass murderers and the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, authorities said on Friday.

28 Aug 2015

White supremacist admits to three Kansas murders, seeks acquittal

OLATHE, Kan. - A white supremacist told a jury on Friday how he killed three people, including a boy, outside two Jewish centers in Kansas last year but asked that he be found not guilty because he believed that Jews have too much power and must be stopped.

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