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Presidential contenders fight for minority voters in SC
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Presidential candidates in both parties battled for the crucial backing of black and Hispanic voters Friday as the race shifted toward states with more minority voters.... 2/12/2016 3:35 PM

Flint crisis may help governor ease GOP doubt on Detroit aid
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Rick Snyder's standing as one of the GOP's most accomplished governors has taken a beating in the crisis over lead-contaminated water in Flint, Michigan. Democrats, especially those running for president, have pointed to his administration's mishandling of the city's switch to a cheaper water supply as an example of Republican cost-cutting run amok.... 2/12/2016 12:29 PM

Congress bans import of forced labor products
A bill headed for President Barack Obama this week includes a provision that would ban U.S. imports of fish caught by slaves in Southeast Asia, gold mined by children in Africa and garments sewn by abused women in Bangladesh, closing a loophole in an 85-year-old tariff law that has failed to keep products of forced and child labor out of America.... 2/12/2016 8:19 AM

Diners' quick response helped cops find restaurant attacker
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Quick observations by employees and patrons witnessing an apparently random machete attack on diners at a restaurant helped authorities track down the fleeing suspect, who was fatally shot in a confrontation with officers a few miles away, police said.... 2/12/2016 4:02 PM

Patient strategy pays off for FBI in ending Oregon standoff
BURNS, Ore. (AP) -- The last four armed occupiers of an Oregon wildlife refuge shouted, argued and raved for all the world to hear. But in the end, they surrendered without a shot being fired, leaving behind a vandalized federal property that authorities will spend weeks combing for evidence, explosives and damage before it can reopen to the public.... 2/12/2016 10:54 AM

Ohio company sells classic Etch A Sketch to Toronto toy firm
BRYAN, Ohio (AP) -- The Ohio company that has produced or owned the Etch A Sketch for decades has sold the classic toy to a toy firm in Toronto.... 2/12/2016 12:58 PM

Death of officer, 2nd killed in line of duty, shakes Fargo
FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- North Dakota's largest city has been shaken by the fatal shooting of a decorated police officer, the first death of a Fargo officer in the line of duty in more than 130 years.... 2/12/2016 12:26 PM

Massive gas leak plugged; residents seek return to normal
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The massive gas leak that spewed uncontrollably for nearly four months drove thousands of Los Angeles residents to pack up and leave their homes, while others rode it out.... 2/12/2016 10:54 AM

Coast Guard to decide if storm-damaged cruise ship can sail
BAYONNE, N.J. (AP) -- The Coast Guard on Friday inspected a cruise ship that was battered and damaged by an intense winter storm to determine if it will be able to set sail as scheduled on a weekend voyage.... 2/12/2016 4:16 PM

Huge New Jersey fire that burned for 20 hours is contained
HILLSBOROUGH, N.J. (AP) -- Firefighters have contained a massive warehouse fire in central New Jersey that burned out of control for nearly 20 hours and generated enough smoke to be detected by weather radar and force some school closures.... 2/12/2016 4:39 PM



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