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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 3:31 PM

Smoking rates on the rise in New York City
NEW YORK (AP) -- For the first time in years, more than 1 million New Yorkers are smoking, according to data released Monday, marking a disturbing rise of tobacco use in the city that pioneered a number of anti-smoking initiatives that were emulated nationally.... 9/15/2014 11:16 PM

Cuomo, Christie discuss the region's terror threat
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York and New Jersey are facing a daunting domestic terror threat fueled by mounting hostilities between the United States and Islamic State extremists, federal and state officials warned Monday.... 9/15/2014 10:45 PM

Program that accepted Rice rare in domestic cases
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- The offender-rehabilitation program former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice was allowed into after knocking his fiancee unconscious in an Atlantic City elevator is rarely used in domestic assault cases - but whether that means he got special treatment because of his stardom remains up in the air, depending on whom you ask.... 9/15/2014 9:53 PM

Escaped school shooter had pitchfork, patrol says
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The school shooter who briefly escaped from an Ohio prison last week had a pitchfork when he was captured, the state patrol said Monday as newly released records added to the picture of an inmate frequently in trouble behind bars.... 9/15/2014 10:25 PM

Victim's family praying for girl in range accident
PHOENIX (AP) -- The family of an Arizona shooting-range instructor who was accidentally shot and killed by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi say they're praying for her.... 9/16/2014 12:11 AM

Sessions unopposed in primary or general election
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The primary season just ended and the general election campaign now unfolding looks the same to Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, tea party favorite, foe of immigration legislation and the only Republican senator running in 2014 without a ballot opponent of any stripe.... 9/15/2014 5:42 PM

Police: Rifle used to ambush Pennsylvania troopers
The gunman who ambushed two Pennsylvania State Police troopers outside their barracks, killing one, used a rifle and might have had formal firearms training through the military or law enforcement, authorities said Monday.... 9/15/2014 10:50 PM

Northern California wildfire burns 100 homes
WEED, Calif. (AP) -- A fire driven by fierce winds raced through a small town near the Oregon border on Monday, burning a church to the ground, damaging or destroying 100 homes and prompting evacuation orders for at least 1,500 people, authorities said.... 9/16/2014 3:18 AM

NASA inspector blasts asteroid protection program
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA's effort to identify potentially dangerous space rocks has taken a hit.... 9/15/2014 11:23 PM