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NASA's new giant rocket system passes milestone
WASHINGTON (AP) -- NASA says its new giant rocket system passed an internal milestone Wednesday, but the first test launch got pushed back a year to 2018.... 8/27/2014 3:39 PM

Dad acquitted in slaying of driver who killed sons
ANGLETON, Texas (AP) -- A jury on Wednesday acquitted a southeast Texas man of murder in the fatal shooting of a drunken driver who had just caused an accident that killed the man's two sons.... 8/27/2014 3:11 PM

Shooting by 9-year-old girl stirs debate over guns
PHOENIX (AP) -- "All right, full auto," the firing-range instructor tells a 9-year-old girl. She braces the Uzi submachine gun and opens fire at a black-silhouette target. But the recoil wrenches the fully automatic weapon upward, and the instructor is shot in the head and killed.... 8/27/2014 2:27 PM

Journalist killing highlights role of freelancers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Journalists James Foley, Steven Sotloff and Peter Theo Curtis all had one thing in common when they were captured by Islamic militants in Syria, the title "freelance journalist."... 8/27/2014 9:50 AM

Mom pleads for release of captive US journalist
MIAMI (AP) -- The mother of an American freelance journalist held hostage and threatened with death by Islamic militants pleaded for his release Wednesday in a video message aimed directly at his captors.... 8/27/2014 2:21 PM

Boston Marathon bombing victim marries his nurse
BOSTON (AP) -- If something good could come out of the Boston Marathon bombing, James Costello and Krista D'Agostino seem to have found it.... 8/27/2014 2:33 PM

US marshals in NYC shootout; suspect wounded
NEW YORK (AP) -- An armed fugitive wanted for nearly two decades on drug charges in the South was wounded during a shootout with deputy U.S. marshals who tracked him down in New York City, federal authorities said Wednesday.... 8/27/2014 3:22 PM

Donors give nearly $700K after police shooting
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Donors have given nearly $700,000 to online fundraising sites set up to collect money for the family of a black 18-year-old and the white police officer who fatally shot him in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.... 8/27/2014 2:41 PM

Police: Man kills wife at hospital; 2nd body found
STRATFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Authorities say a New Jersey man fatally shot his hospitalized wife, tried to kill himself, and a body was found later at the couple's home.... 8/27/2014 2:53 PM

Soldier who shot self at base had earned medals
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A soldier who barricaded herself in a building at a Virginia base and then fatally shot herself in the head earlier this week was a 33-year-old human resources specialist who had earned Army commendation and good conduct medals in the past, the Army said Wednesday.... 8/27/2014 3:27 PM