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On-air shooter threatened to make ‘headlines,’ showed anger

On the day he was fired from a Virginia TV station, Vester Flanagan pressed a wooden cross into his boss’ hand as two police officers walked him to the door. “You’ll need this,” he said.

Teacher describes handling gun-wielding teen hostage taker

Thirty-year veteran teacher Twila Smith had scarcely started a new school year when a 14-year-old freshman entered her world studies class and drew a gun Tuesday.

Standoff over gay marriage licenses wears on, despite ruling

A clerk in a rural Kentucky county continued to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples Thursday, in defiance of a mounting pile of federal court orders that reject her claim her Christian faith should exempt her from licensing a gay union.

With 2 killings this week, Louisiana police deaths rising

Police badges in Louisiana are banded with black ribbons more than usual this year, a grim reminder that officer deaths are on the rise with two killings this week alone.

Planned PArenthood alleges 'smear' in letter to Congress

Planned Parenthood Federation of America defended its practices Thursday in a lengthy letter to Congress and included a report by experts that found undercover videos of officials discussing fetal tissue for research were heavily altered by anti-abortion activists.

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A Q&A with Wall Street’s top psychiatrist on market turmoil

When it seems like the stock market has lost its mind, big banks and investment firms often turn to one particular psychiatrist: Richard Peterson, CEO of MarketPsych, a firm that applies research from behavioral science to financial markets.

US stocks end sharply higher after Chinese market surges

Investors were in a buying mood again on Thursday, driving U.S. stocks higher for the second straight day as they took advantage of this month’s heavy sell-off.

Trump proposals possibly deepening GOP rift on immigration

Donald Trump has exposed anew the deep rift inside the Republican Party on immigration, a break between its past and the country’s future the party itself has said it must bridge if the GOP ever hopes to win back the White House.

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Obama to people of New Orleans: You inspire me, and America

Visiting residents on tidy porch stoops and sampling the fried chicken at a corner restaurant, President Barack Obama held out the people of New Orleans on Thursday as an extraordinary example of renewal and resilience 10 years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

Dead migrants found in abandoned truck near Austrian capital

As regional leaders met Thursday to tackle Europe’s refugee crisis, a gruesome discovery unfolded a short drive from Vienna: An abandoned truck was found with at least 20 and possibly up to 50 decomposing bodies of migrants piled inside.

Venezuelan crackdown stuns once-welcomed Colombian migrants

Leidy Echeverri fled the Colombian countryside six years ago with her toddler in tow after a paramilitary group threatened her husband’s life. Now she’s again taken her children and run, this time in the other direction, amid a Venezuelan crackdown on Colombian immigrants.

4 killed in Dominica as Tropical Storm Erika hits island

Streets across Dominica turned into fast-flowing rivers that swept up cars as Tropical Storm Erika pummeled the eastern Caribbean island, unleashing landslides and killing at least four people.

Slain TV reporter, cameraman were budding young journalists

They were two young journalists, eager and hungry for a story, fulfilling their dreams of working in TV news.

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Cities say Trump’s comments on immigrants in gangs unfounded

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says gangs in places such as Baltimore, Chicago, St. Louis and Ferguson are populated with “rough dudes” in the country illegally. But officials in those cities say there’s no evidence to support him.

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Fired reporter kills 2 former co-workers on live TV

He planned it all so carefully — a choreographed execution of two former colleagues, broadcast live to a horrified television audience, and also recorded by him and then shared worldwide across social media.

Conservatives target bust of Planned Parenthood founder

Conservatives are demanding that a Smithsonian Institution art and history museum remove its bust of the founder of Planned Parenthood in their latest offensive against the organization.

Nebraska group says it can stop death penalty repeal

An organization campaigning to reinstate Nebraska’s death penalty after lawmakers repealed it in May said Wednesday it has collected more than enough signatures to suspend the law before it goes into effect and place it before voters in 2016.

Montana faces cutoff of abuse program funding

The federal government says it will strip Montana of a child abuse prevention grant if the state does not start providing the public with mandatory details about children who die from abuse and neglect.

State Department officials routinely sent secrets over email

The transmission of now-classified information across Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private email is consistent with a State Department culture in which diplomats routinely sent secret material on unsecured email during the past two administrations, according to documents reviewed by the Associated Press.

Trump dumps insults on questioners, insists on control

Donald Trump is used to controlling his world like the boss that he is. But as president, he’d answer to the American people.

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