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US extremism fight could take cue from Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- When young men from Minneapolis began traveling to Somalia seven years ago to join a terror group in the midst of a civil war, investigators trying to stop the recruiting went straight to the city's large Somali community to build trust and gain understanding.... 9/16/2014 1:33 PM

Poverty rate drops for the first time since 2006
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The poverty rate in the United States has dropped for the first time since 2006, bringing a bit of encouraging news about the nation's economy as President Barack Obama and Congress gear up for midterm elections.... 9/16/2014 4:16 PM

US tobacco growers brace for tougher competition
DANVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Starting next month, America's remaining tobacco growers will be totally exposed to the laws of supply and demand.... 9/16/2014 4:14 PM

New Jersey loses 4th casino as Trump Plaza closes
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- The supervisor drew his finger in a slashing motion moments after the final hand of blackjack had been dealt at Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino.... 9/16/2014 5:07 PM

Racing wildfire engulfs homes in California town
WEED, Calif. (AP) -- Fire crews aided by calmer winds and aircraft knocked down a wildfire Tuesday that damaged or destroyed 100 homes and a church and forced more than 1,000 people to flee a small town near the Oregon border.... 9/16/2014 5:11 PM

Official: Suspect in police ambush lived nearby
Pennsylvania State Police have identified a suspect in the killing of a trooper and the critical wounding of another outside a rural barracks, a man in his 30s who recently lived about 20 miles from the scene of the ambush, a law enforcement official with direct knowledge of the investigation said Tuesday.... 9/16/2014 6:05 PM

Landmark fracking study finds no water pollution
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The final report from a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved upward to contaminate drinking water at a site in western Pennsylvania.... 9/16/2014 6:11 PM

Transgender teenager in confinement case escapes
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A troubled transgender girl whose imprisonment in Connecticut without criminal charges raised an outcry among her advocates escaped from custody Tuesday, state officials said.... 9/16/2014 4:58 PM

NY boater gets prison for fatal Hudson River crash
NEW CITY, N.Y. (AP) -- A man who was drunk when he crashed a powerboat into a construction barge, killing a bride-to-be and her fiance's best man, was sentenced Tuesday to two years in jail.... 9/16/2014 6:11 PM

School bus driver killed during safety drill
AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio school bus driver is being hailed as a hero after tossing a child out of the way of a rolling bus Tuesday before the vehicle rolled over the driver herself and she was killed.... 9/16/2014 6:05 PM