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Automakers aim to drive away car computer hackers

Chris Valasek, poses for a picture at the during the Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Los Angeles. Valasek, who helped catapult car hacking into the public eye when he and a partner revealed last year they had been able to control a 2010 Toyota Prius and 2010...
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Judge: Confession can be used in missing boy trial

FILE – In this Nov. 15, 2012 file photo, Pedro Hernandez appears in Manhattan criminal court in New York. Hernandez is charged with killing 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979, but a Manhattan judge must decide whether his murder confession in one of the nation’s most...
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Buffalo area preps for melt, possible evacuations

With temperatures in the high 40’s John Fritz clears his neighbors driveway in a tee shirt on Oakhurst in South Buffalo Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/The Buffalo News, Mark Mulville) With temperatures in the high 40’s John Fritz clears his neighbors driveway in a...
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Under pressure, Hagel steps down as Pentagon chief

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, listens as President Barack Obama, right, talks about Hagel’s resignation during an event in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. Hagel is stepping down under pressure from Obama’s Cabinet,...
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Former DC Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78

FILE – This file frame from a black-and-white FBI videotape shows Washington Mayor Marion Barry allegedly lighting a crack cocaine pipe in a Washington hotel room in January 18, 1990 as Rasheeda Moore stands behind him. Barry, who staged a comeback after a 1990 crack...
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Anxieties mount as Ferguson waits on grand jury

Lisa Tebbe, left, embraces her husband John Powell, both of Ferguson, Mo., while looking over the sidewalk memorial near the spot where Michael Brown was shot and killed more than three months ago, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Ferguson and the St. Louis region are on...
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1 killed, dozens injured in California bus crash

Emergency personnel check a tour bus that had already crashed earlier in the day overturned just off Interstate 5 in Northern California, killing one person and sending dozens to hospitals near the Pollard Flat area in Redding, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/The Record...

Ferguson grand jury unusual in many ways

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Not much is normal about the Missouri grand jury responsible for deciding whether to charge a suburban St. Louis police officer for fatally shooting Michael Brown. Not the length of deliberations, not the manner in which it has heard evidence,...
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Midterm elections get a yawn, but not in Oregon

FILE- In this Nov. 3, 2014, file photo, Diego Valencia processes Oregon ballots at Multnomah County election headquarters in Portland, Ore. Voter turnout surpassed 50 percent in a handful of states: Maine, Wisconsin, Colorado, Alaska, Oregon and Minnesota. During each election...

Shifting attitudes at play in Cosby allegations

Tamra Wade struggled mightily over whether to go to the police more than a decade ago, when, she says, a trusted professor forced himself on her in an empty classroom. Ultimately she couldn’t bring herself to do it. But if it happened now, she says, she’d be a lot...