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Wisconsin trooper killed in shootout was new academy grad

A Wisconsin State Patrol trooper just three months out of the academy and working the first solo patrol of his “dream job” died in a shootout with a bank robbery suspect also believed to have killed a motorist.

Police: No evidence of kidnapping of California woman

A Northern California woman and her boyfriend concocted her reported abduction that spurred a two-day search, police said late Wednesday. The revelation coming just hours after she had reappeared 400 miles away in Southern California to the emotional relief of her family.

Cruz eyes insurance via Obamacare

GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz could soon be buying his family’s health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act he has vowed to dismantle.

Military: Bergdahl may face life in prison if convicted

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held captive by the Taliban, was charged Wednesday by the U.S. military with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy and could get life in prison if convicted.

Fall of Yemen govt. leaves US with few options

The hasty maritime departure of Yemen’s US.-backed president on Wednesday illustrated how completely one of the most important American counterterrorism efforts has disintegrated, leaving the country wide open for what could be a deeply destabilizing proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

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Elephant hauler gets stuck; pachyderms keep truck upright

Louisiana authorities responding to a tractor-trailer stuck on the muddy shoulder of a highway were astounded to see what was keeping it from overturning: elephants.

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Yemen’s president flees country by sea amid rebel advance

Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi fled the country by sea Wednesday on a boat from Aden, as Shiite rebels and their allies advanced on the southern port city where he had taken refuge, captured his defense minister and seized the city’s airport.

Boko Haram abducts hundreds of Nigerian civilians

Hundreds of civilians, including many children, have been abducted and are being used as human shields by Boko Haram extremists, a top Nigerian official confirmed Wednesday.

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Afghan president says his country owes ‘profound debt’ to US

Trying to repair relations with the U.S., Afghan President Ashraf Ghani told Congress on Wednesday that his country owes a “profound debt” to the more than 2,200 American soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

American crash victims: US government contractor, daughter

Three Americans were presumed dead in the plane crash in the southern French Alps, including a U.S. government contractor and her daughter, the State Department said Wednesday.

Kansas high court hears serial killer's appeal; no decision

An attorney for a condemned serial killer who stuffed several victims' bodies into barrels urged Kansas' highest court Tuesday to throw out the convictions and death sentences, pressing issues varying from prosecutorial misconduct to a Bible used during jury deliberations.

US airstrikes seek to help Iraq retake Tikrit

At Iraq’s request, the U.S. began airstrikes in Tikrit on Wednesday in support of a stalled Iraqi ground offensive to retake the city from Islamic State fighters, a senior U.S. official said.

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1 person killed when tornadoes hit Oklahoma, Arkansas

The National Weather Service said Wednesday that a severe weather system in Arkansas produced the nation's first tornado for the month of March, ending a twister drought in a month when tornado season is usually starting to ramp up for parts of the U.S.

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France gets audio from jet's black box, but cause a mystery

The last communication from a doomed German jetliner was routine. The mangled black box has yielded sounds and voices, the lead investigator said Wednesday, but so far not the "slightest explanation" why the plane plunged into an Alpine mountainside, killing all 150 on board.

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HJ Heinz buys Kraft to build $28 billion food giant

Some of the most familiar names in ketchup, pickles, cheese and hot dogs are set to come under the same roof after H.J. Heinz Co. announced plans Wednesday to buy Kraft and create one of the world's largest food and beverage companies.

US stocks slump a 3rd day

Investors dumped high-flying technology and biotech companies and sent the stock market down for a third straight day Wednesday.

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AP Investigation: Slavery taints global supply of seafood

Here, in the Indonesian island village of Benjina and the surrounding waters, hundreds of trapped men represent one of the most desperate links criss-crossing between companies and countries in the seafood industry. This intricate web of connections separates the fish we eat from the men who catch it, and obscures a brutal truth: Your seafood may come from slaves.

Federal workers owe more than $3.5 billion in unpaid taxes

Federal workers and retirees owed more than $3.5 billion in unpaid taxes last year, a $200 million increase over the previous year, the IRS said Tuesday.

Trooper arrested after wedding brawl sues Pittsburgh cops

A Pennsylvania state trooper sued Pittsburgh police on Tuesday, saying they arrested him on false charges and used excessive force — including a kick to the groin — when he tried to calm a rowdy groomsman following a brawl after his brother’s wedding.

New police video shows Secret Service vehicle nudge barrier near White House

Police surveillance video shown publicly for the first time Tuesday shows Secret Service agents in their government vehicle driving through the secured area and nudging a temporary barrier at low speed as it drove toward a checkpoint.