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Second escaped killer shot, captured

The second of two convicted murderers who staged a brazen escape three weeks ago from a maximum-security prison in northern New York was shot and captured near the Canadian border on Sunday, two days after his fellow inmate was killed in a confrontation with law enforcement, authorities said.

Medical pot sales to begin in Minnesota

There will be no baggies of pot awaiting patients next week when Minnesota joins 21 other states in offering medical marijuana. No glass pipes, no plants to tend at home. Instead, the nation’s latest medical marijuana program is a world of pill bottles and vials of marijuana-infused oil.

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Hundreds hospitalized after powder explodes

More than 400 people, many of them seriously burned, remained in hospitals Sunday after a fire spread into a crowd of spectators at a music party at a Taiwan water park, authorities said.

VA aims to help homeless, at-risk vets find stable jobs

David Bowles is excitedly making plans to move from a homeless shelter to an apartment of his own in a few weeks, thanks to a new Department of Veterans Affairs program helping homeless veterans find long-term employment.

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Small plane crashes into Mass. home, residents flee

olice say a small plane has crashed into a house in Massachusetts and the home is “fully engulfed” in fire.

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SpaceX rocket destroyed on way to space station, cargo lost

An unmanned SpaceX rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station broke apart Sunday shortly after liftoff. It was a severe blow to NASA, the third cargo mission to fail in eight months.

Legal fight centers on recipes of 'M*A*S*H' hot dog eatery

Ownership of secret recipes and ingredients from an Ohio restaurant made famous on the TV series “M-A-S-H” is at the center of a legal dispute between a grandson of the original owner and the current ownership group.

Search resumes on Alaska glacier at decades-old crash site

Scientists and volunteers tethered in safety gear and ice cleats painstakingly scoured the frozen dirt and ice to see if a glacier had given up any more of its dead before they are swept into a lake and lost to history.

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Whitey Bulger writes teens in letter: 'My life was wasted'

Former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger had some advice for three high school girls who wrote to him for a history project: Crime doesn’t pay.

Conservative churches confront new reality on gay marriage

At First Baptist Dallas, where the pulpit was adorned Sunday with red, white and blue bunting to honor the Fourth of July, the pastor called the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling “an affront in the face of Almighty God.”

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Fear of longer commutes puts pressure on US cities to act

Within 30 years, the Department of Transportation projects, drivers will have to tolerate stop-and-go conditions or slow traffic for some period of each day on more than a third of U.S. highways.

Inmate to plead guilty in federal prison guard's killing

An inmate at a federal prison in central California has agreed to plead guilty to killing a correctional officer seven years ago to avoid a possible death sentence, federal prosecutors said.

Judge in theater shooting possesses cool head, strong will

It was an agonizing decision. Should prosecutors be allowed to show a paralyzed mother a photo of her slain 6-year-old daughter while she testified in the Colorado theater shooting trial? Or would the image make her break down in tears and unfairly bias jurors against the gunman, James Holmes?

GOP WH hopefuls deride gay marriage ruling

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told conservatives Saturday that the Supreme Court tried to "unwrite the laws of nature and the laws of nature's God" when it legalized gay marriage across the nation.

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Some in GOP fed up with Maine's bombastic governor

Republican Gov. Paul LePage's bombastic leadership style long ago alienated Democrats. Now even some in his own party are fed up, saying his high-profile antics have squandered his political capital.

Authorities investigate fire that destroyed black SC church

Federal and state investigators are looking into a fire that destroyed a predominantly black church in South Carolina.

US same-sex marriage ruling likely to impact other countries

The landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriages has no legal force outside the United States, but gay rights activists in many parts of the world believe the court ruling will help their cause.

Terror on the beach: Tourists recount Tunisia attack horrors

Tunisia's postcard destination for tourists is reeling from the terror that blighted another day of play at the Mediterranean seaside resort of Sousse.

French terror suspect took selfie with beheaded victim

The top suspect in the beheading of a businessman that French authorities are calling a terrorist attack took a "selfie" photo with the slain victim and sent the image via WhatsApp to a Canadian mobile phone number, officials said Saturday.

Activists: IS fighters kill 200 civilians in Syrian town

Islamic State fighters who launched a surprise attack on a Syrian border town massacred more than 200 civilians, including women and children, before they were killed or driven out by Kurdish forces, activists said on Saturday.