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Students ‘blast off’ after space program saved

Students at Project SPARC, the nickname, of Northeast High School’s Space Research Center take part in a virtual space mission, Thursday, May 22, 2014, in Philadelphia. School officials say SPARC launched about 50 years ago as the first NASA-recognized high school space...
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Detroit motorists under siege in ‘Carjack City’

In a photo from Wednesday, May 7, 2014 in Detroit, Mousa Bazzi, who owns a Mobil station in a semi-desolate neighborhood bordering Detroit’s east riverfront is seen inside his station. Bazzi’s station displays pale-green decals depicting a lighthouse _ a symbol...
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Performer convicted in Vegas dismemberment slaying

Defendant Jason Omar Griffith speaks to the jury as he testifies in his own defense during his trial at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Griffith is accused of murdering Luxor “Fantasy” dancer Deborah Flores Narvaez in December 2010....

Orthodox rabbis charged in religious divorce plot

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Four Orthodox Jewish rabbis and one of their sons conspired to kidnap and force Jewish men into granting their wives religious divorces, according to a federal indictment handed up on Thursday. U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said several of the men charged...

North Dakota again leads nation in housing growth

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s oil boom fueled the fastest housing growth in the nation for the third consecutive year, government figures show, even though it is still hard to find a place to live in some towns. Census Bureau statistics released Thursday show...
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Mother persuaded kidnapped woman to go to police

In this Tuesday, May 20, 2014, photo released by the Santa Ana Police Department, shows suspect Isidro Garcia, age 41 of Bell Gardens, Calif. who was arrested in Santa Ana, Calif. Garcia allegedly kidnapped a 15-year-old girl in Santa Ana in 2004 then repeatedly physically and...
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Domestic violence charge declined in kidnap case

In this Tuesday, May 20, 2014, photo released by the Santa Ana Police Department, shows suspect Isidro Garcia, age 41 of Bell Gardens, Calif. who was arrested in Santa Ana, Calif. Garcia allegedly kidnapped a 15-year-old girl in Santa Ana in 2004 then repeatedly physically and...

Adorable bear cub charms police in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police in southern Oregon held an unlikely suspect overnight: an adorable black bear cub. Myrtle Creek Police Chief Don Brown says a teen boy and his parents dropped off the cub in a large plastic storage bin at the police station Monday. The teen...
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4 victims of California bus crash identified

Emergency personnel respond to the scene of a fatal accident in Blythe, Calif. on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. A tractor-trailer spilled a load of steel pipes onto a highway, triggering a bus crash Wednesday that killed four people and seriously injured several others on the main...
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Court delay for ‘Shield’ actor charged with murder

FILE – In this Oct. 6, 2012 file photo, actor Michael Jace attends WordTheatre presents Storytales at Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. Los Angeles prosecutors charged Jace with murder on Thursday, May 22, 2014, in shooting death of his wife on Monday, May 19. If convicted...