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Lawyer: Confinement of chimps for research akin to slavery

AP Photo/Richard Drew NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer seeking to free two chimpanzees from a state university told a judge Wednesday that their confinement for research purposes is akin to slavery, the involuntary detention of mentally ill people and imprisonment. Steven Wise, an...

Federal appeals court rejects Arkansas’ 12-week abortion ban

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal appeals court struck down a key abortion restriction in Arkansas on Wednesday, agreeing with a lower court judge that it was inappropriate to ban most abortions after the 12th week of pregnancy if a doctor can detect a fetal heartbeat. The...
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Former LAPD officer wanted in killing appears in Texas court

AP Photo/Mexico’s Attorney Generals Office EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A fugitive former Los Angeles police officer charged with killing a man during an off-duty fight has appeared in a Texas courtroom after his arrest in northern Mexico. El Paso police spokesman Darrel...
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AP PHOTOS: Farm lets orphaned or abandoned foals thrive

AP Photo/John Minchillo ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Orphaned, unwanted and some only days old, these fragile foals will need a lot of tender, attentive care to survive. At The Last Chance Corral, they get that opportunity to live and grow without their mothers. The 2.75-acre horse...

Officials to release hurricane season forecast

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will release its forecast for the Atlantic hurricane season Wednesday. Hurricane season officially runs June 1 through Nov. 30. But this season’s first storm, Tropical Storm Ana, came...
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Police search for motive in deadly Wal-Mart shooting

AP Photo/Matt Henson Police in Grand Forks, North Dakota, are trying to find out what prompted a U.S. airman to walk into a Wal-Mart Supercenter and kill one worker, injure another and then fatally shoot himself. “Right now, there are likely more questions than answers in...
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Colorado theater shooting victims relive terror in courtroom

AP Photo/Brennan Linsley CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — From the witness stand, Christina Blache could finally do what she had most wanted and most feared: She looked for the first time at the man who shot her, who killed her friend, who ravaged so many lives. Her muscles tensed....

River rafters discover wreckage of aircraft in Grand Canyon

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A group of river rafters in search of old mining equipment on a hike at the Grand Canyon came across something unexpected during a recent trip: the wreckage of a small aircraft with bones scattered nearby. John Weisheit was with several people who...

FBI, police checking threat to EVA Air plane at LA airport

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The FBI and airport police were investigating a threat to a flight from Taiwan that landed at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday. EVA Air Flight 12 was on the tarmac at LAX on Tuesday afternoon while authorities investigated, airport police Sgt....
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Police detail traffic stop that ended in officer’s death

AP Photo RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A police officer in a suburb of Albuquerque decided to make one more traffic stop before his shift finished Monday night. It ended up costing him his life. Rio Rancho Police Chief Michael Geier detailed the last moments of Officer Gregg...