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Arctic-bound ship leaves Portland after oil drilling protest
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Authorities used boats, personal watercraft, poles and their bare hands to remove protesters in kayaks and hanging from bridges who had tried to block a Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker bound for an Arctic drilling operation.... 7/31/2015 1:49 PM

Police capture escaped inmate suspected in killing near jail
KITTANNING, Pa. (AP) -- An inmate has been captured after police say he walked away from a work-release program in western Pennsylvania while serving jail time for a probation violation and killed an acquaintance who lived nearby.... 7/31/2015 1:24 PM

Higher wages a surprising success for Seattle restaurant
SEATTLE (AP) -- Menu prices are up 21 percent and you don't have to tip at Ivar's Salmon House on Seattle's Lake Union after the restaurant decided to institute the city's $15-an-hour minimum wage two years ahead of schedule.... 7/31/2015 6:24 AM

Confederate flags placed at Martin Luther King's church
ATLANTA (AP) -- Surveillance cameras caught images of two white males laying Confederate battle flags on the ground near the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s church, but it wasn't clear whether they had committed a crime.... 7/31/2015 8:26 AM

Federal judge takes nuanced approach in US terrorism cases
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- U.S. District Judge Michael Davis had seen this in his courtroom before - a young Somali-American who hadn't previously been a troublemaker was now accused of conspiring to leave the U.S. and join the Islamic State group.... 7/31/2015 6:17 AM

US condemns terrorist attack that killed Palestinian toddler
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is condemning an arson attack by suspected Jewish extremists in the West Bank that killed a Palestinian toddler, branding it a "vicious terrorist" act that must be punished.... 7/31/2015 2:54 PM

Pope's upcoming visit inspires anxiety in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Pregnant women are calling up the mayor, concerned they won't be able to get to the delivery room. Some businesses say they've been told to close for a three-day weekend. Others are bringing in cots for workers to sleep. Taxi drivers, fearing onerous checkpoints and distant drop-off locations, are planning to stay home.... 7/30/2015 11:19 PM

Questions remain after Boston's 2024 Olympics bid ends
BOSTON (AP) -- Boston's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics flamed out in spectacular fashion this week, with local organizers and the U.S. Olympic Committee deciding to part ways after the mayor and Massachusetts' governor refused to be rushed into a decision putting taxpayers on the hook if the games went over budget.... 7/31/2015 11:15 AM

Closing of Baltimore detention center marks a milestone
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- An announcement by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan that he is closing the Baltimore City Detention Center marked a milestone in long-standing problems with the state's dangerously decrepit correctional facilities.... 7/31/2015 9:23 AM

Woman gets probation for drowning puppy in airport toilet
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) -- A Florida woman has been given two years of probation for drowning a 3-week-old puppy in a Nebraska airport toilet.... 7/31/2015 1:34 PM

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