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‘Free range’ parents cleared of child neglect in 1 case

A Maryland couple who were investigated for neglect after letting their two young children walk home alone from local parks have been cleared in one of two such cases.

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IRS says thieves stole tax info from 100,000

Sophisticated criminals used an online service run by the IRS to access personal tax information from more than 100,000 taxpayers, part of an elaborate scheme to steal identities and claim fraudulent tax refunds, the IRS said Tuesday.

River rafters discover wreckage of aircraft in Grand Canyon

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.

Vermont’s Sanders kicks off 2016 bid from Clinton’s left

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders kicked off his longshot presidential campaign Tuesday with a pitch to liberals in the Democratic Party and others who want change from a “rigged economy” that favors the rich.

Police detail traffic stop that ended in officer’s death

A police officer in a suburb of Albuquerque decided to make one more traffic stop before his shift finished Monday night.

James Holmes describes ‘obsession to kill’ in notebook

The jury in the Colorado theater shooting trial heard excerpts Tuesday from a notebook in which defendant James Holmes detailed plans for the shooting and described his “obsession to kill” since childhood.

Cops fatally shoot man who killed ex outside NY casino

A rampaging gunman who found his ex-girlfriend outside a casino with another man shot her to death early Tuesday before police tracked him down and killed him in a gunfight.

Police: US airman shoots Walmart workers, kills self

A U.S. airman “with no apparent motive” walked into a Walmart Supercenter in North Dakota early Tuesday and opened fire with a handgun, killing one worker and injuring a second before turning the gun on himself, police said.

Navy divers to help raise confederate warship artifacts

The Navy is preparing to send one of its premier diving teams to Georgia to help salvage a Confederate warship from the depths of the Savannah River.

Fewer students study botany, more plant collections closing

The teeming plant world could become a virtual mystery in the coming decades as college students increasingly shy away from studying botany and universities across the U.S. shutter their long-standing herbaria.

3 burglars share tips of trade in crime prevention video

Police looking to educate the public about ways to prevent break-ins turned to the experts — a trio of convicted burglars.

Scientists reveal Washington state’s first dinosaur

Scientists say they’ve discovered Washington state’s first dinosaur fossil.

Militants lay siege to guesthouse in Afghanistan’s capital

Heavy gunfire and explosions echoed through an upscale neighborhood in Afghanistan’s capital late Tuesday night, as police surrounded a guesthouse popular with foreigners thought to be under attack by insurgents.

Iraq begins operation to oust Islamic State from Anbar

Iraq vowed Tuesday to retake Anbar province — now mostly held by the Islamic State — by launching a large-scale military operation less than two weeks after suffering a humiliating defeat at the hands of the extremists in the provincial capital of Ramadi.

Malaysian forensics teams dig up graves at traffickers’ camp

Malaysian forensics teams exhumed a body from a shallow grave Tuesday at an abandoned jungle camp used by human traffickers, the first of what police predicted would be more grim findings as they search through a cluster of illicit hideouts near the border with Thailand.

Swiss police detain soccer officials ahead of FIFA congress

Six soccer officials were arrested and detained by Swiss police on Wednesday pending extradition at the request of U.S. authorities after a raid at a luxury hotel in Zurich.

EU to relocate 40,000 immigrants within union

The European Union will seek to shift the migration burden away from Italy and Greece by relocating 40,000 asylum seekers to other EU countries, according to a draft document seen by the Associated Press Tuesday.

Deal reached to clean up radioactive sludge at nuclear site

An agreement has been reached to clean up a radioactive basin on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation’s most polluted nuclear weapons production site, two federal agencies said Tuesday.

Swedish student who vanished in 1982 matched to bones in US

Bones found in the San Francisco Bay Area are those of a Swedish exchange student who disappeared more than 30 years ago, authorities said Monday.

By the numbers: Severe weather in Texas, Oklahoma, Mexico

The weekend’s severe weather left behind a trail of destruction stretching from Oklahoma to Texas and a border town in Mexico, including heavy flooding and a deadly tornado.

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