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Police: Ambush suspect was military re-enactor
The suspect in last week's fatal ambush outside a rural Pennsylvania State Police barracks belonged to a "military simulation unit" whose members play the role of soldiers from eastern Europe, police said Wednesday.... 9/17/2014 7:13 PM

Rain from tropical storm begins falling on Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- People lined up in bumper-to-bumper traffic and scooped sand into trash and canvas tote bags Wednesday as rain from a weakened Pacific storm began to fall on Arizona.... 9/17/2014 7:34 PM

Online sleuths aid probe into gay couple's beating
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia police searching for a group of people suspected in the beating of a gay couple got an outpouring of help from Twitter and Facebook users, who located a photo of the clean-cut young men and women at a restaurant and helped match names to faces.... 9/17/2014 7:32 PM

Marijuana industry battling stoner stereotypes
DENVER (AP) -- Tired of Cheech & Chong pot jokes and ominous anti-drug campaigns, the marijuana industry and activists are starting an ad blitz in Colorado aimed at promoting moderation and the safe consumption of pot.... 9/17/2014 6:28 PM

US scientist: Ebola unlikely to become airborne
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's incredibly unlikely that Ebola would mutate to spread through the air, and the best way to make sure it doesn't is to stop the epidemic, a top government scientist told concerned lawmakers Wednesday.... 9/17/2014 7:13 PM

Crews battle California fire's explosive growth
WEED, Calif. (AP) -- Just days after a wildfire tore through a small Northern California town and destroyed scores of homes, crews on Wednesday battled another fast-moving blaze in the region that was also threatening residences.... 9/17/2014 8:17 PM

NASA's Maven spacecraft reaches Mars this weekend
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Mars, get ready for another visitor or two.... 9/17/2014 7:22 PM

Red tide off northwest Florida could hit economy
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- It's like Florida's version of The Blob. Slow moving glops of toxic algae in the northeast Gulf of Mexico are killing sea turtles, sharks and fish, and threatening the waters and beaches that fuel the region's economy.... 9/17/2014 3:02 PM

Ex-VA doctor: Phoenix report a 'whitewash'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A doctor who first exposed serious problems at the troubled Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital said Wednesday that a report on patient deaths there is a "whitewash" that minimizes life-threatening conduct by senior leaders at the hospital.... 9/17/2014 7:55 PM

School district police stock up free military gear
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- School police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles.... 9/17/2014 8:25 PM