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California becomes first state to ban plastic bags
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, driven to action by a buildup of litter and damage to aquatic ecosystems.... 9/30/2014 5:09 PM

Virginia police: Forensic evidence links 2 cases
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- They both were walking alone, separated from their friends late at night on or near the University of Virginia campus. One was found dead nearly five years ago. The other is still missing.... 9/30/2014 11:34 AM

Oklahoma man charged with murder in beheading
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- An Oklahoma man who had been suspended from his job was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the gruesome beheading of a co-worker, who was attacked from behind as the man sought revenge, a prosecutor said Tuesday.... 9/30/2014 4:43 PM

Officer kills man through car door in his driveway
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (AP) -- Ernest Satterwhite was a laid-back former mechanic with a habit of ignoring police officers who tried to pull him over - an act of defiance that ultimately got him killed.... 9/30/2014 4:34 PM

Marathon bombing suspects' sister faces NYC judge
NEW YORK (AP) -- A sister of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was led away in handcuffs Tuesday after a brief court appearance on aggravated harassment charges, which her lawyer said were based on "an uncorroborated claim."... 9/30/2014 3:46 PM

Colorado high court considers pot firing case
DENVER (AP) -- The Colorado Supreme Court is considering a marijuana-related firing case that could have big implications for the state's pot smokers.... 9/30/2014 4:47 PM

Olympian Michael Phelps arrested on DUI charge
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Police arrested Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps on a DUI charge early Tuesday, and officials say he was speeding and failed field sobriety tests when officers pulled him over.... 9/30/2014 4:59 PM

Parents charged in death of son found in home
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A central Pennsylvania married couple have been charged with homicide in the starvation death of their 9-year-old son, whose decomposing body was found when police were called to their Harrisburg home two months ago.... 9/30/2014 4:38 PM

Dozens of possible jurors rejected in Arias case
PHOENIX (AP) -- Roughly a third of 300 potential jurors were dismissed Monday in the penalty retrial of convicted murderer Jodi Arias after telling a judge they had seen too much media coverage of her first trial to be impartial or had already made up their minds about her punishment.... 9/30/2014 2:35 AM

Road salt supply low, demand high as winter looms
DETROIT (AP) -- The reward for surviving last winter's frigid temperatures and record snowfall, several states are learning, is drastic price increases for road salt - and that's if they can even get it.... 9/30/2014 1:23 AM