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Fast food workers prepare to escalate wage demands
CHICAGO (AP) -- Fast food workers say they're prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in suburban Chicago where more than 1,000 workers will discuss the future of the effort that has spread to dozens of cities in less than two years.... 7/25/2014 5:51 PM

Official: Hospital gunman intended to kill others
MEDIA, Pa. (AP) -- A psychiatrist's patient ranted about a gun ban at a suburban medical complex before opening fire there, killing his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back, authorities said Friday.... 7/25/2014 5:45 PM

Judge says Texas man should be exonerated in rape
DALLAS (AP) -- A Dallas man who prosecutors say did not commit a 1990 rape for which he served 12 years in prison should be exonerated based on recent DNA testing he did not request, a judge recommended Friday.... 7/25/2014 1:02 PM

Carjacked SUV hits crowd, killing 3 young siblings
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Two men forced a woman into her sport utility vehicle at gunpoint and drove off but soon lost control of it and plowed into a group of people selling fruit at a street corner to raise money for their church, killing two young boys and their teenage sister, police said. Two women, including the children's mother, were critically injured.... 7/25/2014 6:03 PM

Transcript shows concerns during Arizona execution
FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) -- U.S. District Judge Neil V. Wake was attending a ceremony for a judicial colleague when he received an urgent - and unusual - request: Lawyers for a condemned inmate wanted him to stop an execution that didn't seem to be working.... 7/25/2014 11:30 AM

Large Sandy-struck family splits $20M lottery win
BEACHWOOD, N.J. (AP) -- A lottery-playing tradition started by the matriarch of a large New Jersey shore family paid off for her 17 children this week when the group won a $20 million jackpot that will partly be used to help family members recover from 2012's Superstorm Sandy.... 7/25/2014 5:09 PM

California state senator facing additional charge
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A California state senator charged in a sweeping organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco's Chinatown was also charged Friday with racketeering.... 7/25/2014 5:52 PM

After teen pilot's crash, how young is too young?
The deadly crash of a teenager on an around-the-world flight brought new attention to the dangers of record-setting youth adventures, and questions about how young is too young to fly a plane.... 7/25/2014 5:02 PM

Prosecutors consider charges after burglar killed
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Prosecutors deciding whether to charge a California man who says he fatally shot a violent burglar in the back in an alley as she fled his home face a difficult decision because the case falls in a gray area involving self-defense, a legal expert said Friday.... 7/25/2014 5:35 PM

Family feud sparks revolt at grocery store chain
WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (AP) -- It's been called a David vs. Goliath story, a "Tale of Two Arthurs" and even the "ultimate Greek tragedy," but the characters in this drama are not Biblical or literary figures. They're grocery store owners.... 7/25/2014 2:46 PM