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US wealth gap putting the squeeze on state revenue
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Income inequality is taking a toll on state governments.... 9/15/2014 4:23 AM

Gamers use police hoax to lash out at opponents
DENVER (AP) -- The calls to 911 raised an instant alarm: One caller said he shot his co-workers at a Colorado video game company and had hostages. Another in Florida said her father was drunk, wielding a machine gun and threatening their family.... 9/15/2014 5:26 AM

Happy red cup leads to happy new Miss America
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Miss New York Kira Kazantsev won the Miss America pageant Sunday night, with the help of a red plastic cup.... 9/15/2014 6:49 AM

Locals, tourists ride out Hurricane Odile in Baja
CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) -- Residents and tourists hunkered down in shelters and hotel conference rooms overnight as a powerful and sprawling Hurricane Odile made landfall on the southern Baja California peninsula.... 9/15/2014 9:25 AM

Civil War officer's heroism earns Medal of Honor
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After an act of Congress and years of lobbying by descendants and admirers, a Union Army officer who made the ultimate sacrifice more than 150 years ago will be recognized for his heroism when President Barack Obama grants him the nation's highest commendation for battlefield valor.... 9/15/2014 7:59 AM

Police detain `Django Unchained' actress in LA
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Actress Daniele Watts, who appeared in "Django Unchained," is complaining that she was handcuffed and briefly put in the back of a squad car after a public display of affection with her white companion.... 9/15/2014 7:46 AM

Hundreds flee 2 California wildfires
OAKHURST, Calif. (AP) -- Two raging wildfires in California forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes, including one near a lakeside resort town that burned nearly two dozen structures.... 9/15/2014 9:45 AM

Skin shocks used at Mass. school draw FDA look
CANTON, Mass. (AP) -- Some cut themselves. Others slam their heads against walls or desks - so hard that one girl detached both retinas and a young man triggered a stroke. Another pulled out all his teeth.... 9/15/2014 8:30 AM

Mass. school at center of treatment controversy
The Judge Rotenberg Educational Center outside Boston is the only place in the country known to use electrical skin shocks as aversive conditioning for patients with severe developmental and behavior disorders who harm themselves or others. The Food and Drug Administration is considering whether to ban the skin shock devices used by the center.... 9/15/2014 8:47 AM

Achieving diversity in police ranks no easy task
When he took over as police chief last year in the St. Louis suburb of Maryland Heights, it didn't take Bill Carson long to see he had a serious diversity problem. Of the department's 79 sworn officers, just one was black and one Hispanic.... 9/14/2014 2:34 PM