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Wallenda: Spectacle, legacy inspire Chicago walk
CHICAGO (AP) -- Nik Wallenda is all about spectacle, a showman who crossed Niagara Falls and an Arizona gorge on a high wire and now has his sights on Chicago's iconic skyscrapers - partly because of the city's reputation for being windy.... 9/18/2014 1:35 AM

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.... 9/18/2014 12:52 AM

Police: Ambush suspect was military re-enactor
Schools closed, kids stayed inside and authorities chased down several false sightings Wednesday in their hunt for the suspect in a fatal ambush outside a rural Pennsylvania State Police barracks.... 9/17/2014 11:33 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 10:50 PM

Online sleuths aid probe into gay couple's beating
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- 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 9:22 PM

Over 2,000 homes threatened in California fire
WEED, Calif. (AP) -- Officials say more than 2,000 homes are threatened and huge swaths of timberland have been destroyed by an out-of-control wildfire in Northern California.... 9/18/2014 1:54 AM

Warrant: SC dad feared 5 slain kids would kill him
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A South Carolina father who authorities said killed his five children believed the kids "were going to kill him, chop him up and feed him to the dogs," according to an unredacted arrest warrant released Wednesday.... 9/17/2014 10:26 PM

It's personality versus policy in Iowa Senate race
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The race for Iowa's open Senate seat could be dubbed the Resume vs. the Personality.... 9/17/2014 10:13 PM

Drag queens dress down Facebook over names
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco drag queens are sparring with Facebook over its policy requiring people to use their real names, rather than drag names such as Pollo Del Mar and Heklina. But the world's biggest social network is not budging from its rules.... 9/18/2014 12:23 AM

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