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Suspect dead, 2 marshals and cop wounded in NYC
NEW YORK (AP) -- A California man who skipped town after being accused of molesting a child was killed and three law enforcement officers trying to arrest him were wounded in a daytime shootout inside a New York City smoke shop, officials said Monday.... 7/28/2014 4:54 PM

Tornado rips off roofs, downs trees near Boston
REVERE, Mass. (AP) -- A storm system that wreaked havoc across the eastern half of the U.S. spawned a tornado just north of Boston on Monday, ripping roofs off homes, uprooting dozens of large trees and forcing businesses to close.... 7/28/2014 4:20 PM

Man charged in teen's 9-month disappearance
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A 34-year-old man was arrested and charged Monday with kidnapping a New Hampshire teenage girl who returned home last week after vanishing nine months ago.... 7/28/2014 4:47 PM

Should the condemned suffer? Victim families torn
Randy Browning watched from behind the glass as Kimberly McCarthy slipped quietly into unconsciousness, snored briefly, then finally stopped breathing. It didn't matter to him that this woman - who'd brutally stabbed and mutilated his beloved godmother and mentor - was allowed a peaceful, painless death.... 7/28/2014 4:51 AM

Report says surveillance is hampering journalists
NEW YORK (AP) -- Revelations over the past few years about how U.S. security officials have the ability to track people through phone, email and other electronic records are making it harder for journalists to report on what the government is doing, two human rights groups say.... 7/28/2014 10:37 AM

Annoying minor floods are increasing on US coasts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A new federal report says that along much of America's coasts, the type of flooding that is more annoying than dangerous has jumped more than fivefold in the last 50 years.... 7/28/2014 4:31 PM

Deal to improve veterans' health care costs $17B
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A bipartisan deal announced Monday would authorize about $17 billion to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat veterans and make it easier to fire executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs.... 7/28/2014 4:48 PM

US Court: Virginia marriage is for all lovers
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Monday in a decision that could overturn similar prohibitions in the Carolinas and West Virginia.... 7/28/2014 4:12 PM

West's largest coal-fired plant on track to close
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- The largest coal-fired power plant in the West will produce one-third less energy by 2020 and is on track to cease operations in 2044 under a proposal that the federal government adopted to cut haze-causing emissions of nitrogen oxide at places like the Grand Canyon.... 7/28/2014 2:50 PM

Drone almost blocks California firefighting planes
PLYMOUTH, Calif. (AP) -- A private drone trying to record footage of a Northern California wildfire nearly hindered efforts to attack the flames from the air, but firefighters made enough progress to allow some of the 1,200 people under evacuation orders to return home Monday.... 7/28/2014 3:43 PM