Proposal bans sale of invasive plants in Indiana

Indiana might soon prohibit dozens of plant species from being sold or transported into the state
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Archivist, bookseller charged in $8M rare book theft scheme

A former library archivist and an antique bookseller are charged with stealing millions of dollars' worth of rare books, illustrations, maps and photographs from a Pittsburgh library
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UI seeks improving access for transfer students

The University of Illinois wants to create more guaranteed-admission partnerships with community colleges statewide to improve access for thousands of potential transfer students
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The Latest: Death toll from boat capsizing rises to 17

Authorities say the final four people missing since a boat capsized on a lake in southern Missouri have been found, raising the death toll to 17
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Immigrant parents have trouble reaching separated children

Immigrant parents who were separated from their children under President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" policy for illegal border crossings are struggling to communicate in the age of instant, international social media
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Provo reached $750,000 settlement in sexual misconduct suit

The city of Provo has reached a $750,000 settlement with five women who say it failed to take action to protect them from alleged sexual harassment and assault by a former police chief
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Bears killed near Eagle River were not involved in maulings

Three brown bears killed last week near Eagle River were not involved in a fatal mauling in June
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Fast-growing wildfire closes portion of Interstate 90

A fast-growing wildfire in the parched sage lands of central Washington state has grown to more than 90 square miles (233 square kilometers) and closed a portion of eastbound Interstate 90 near the town of Kittitas
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St. Paul to begin confiscating dockless scooters

St. Paul's mayor says officials will begin collecting the dockless scooters that have been left without warning by a California company on city sidewalks
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Man killed, 3 hurt when dump truck hits 3 cars

State police say a dump truck struck a concrete barrier on a New Jersey highway, and then struck three cars in the oncoming lane, killing a man and injuring three
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Puerto Rican evacuees get another extension on housing

Hundreds of Hurricane Maria evacuees from Puerto Rico who are living in hotels around the nation have been given more weeks to use temporary housing vouchers
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Iowa tornadoes hit unexpectedly, causing damage and injuries

Crews are assessing damage after a surprise swarm of tornadoes swept through central Iowa and damaged numerous buildings
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Elderly woman dies from assault in Tualatin; man arrested

Police say an elderly woman has died from injuries she sustained from an assault at a home in Tualatin
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Soaring temperatures, humidity bring dangerous heat in South

Scorching heat is spreading across much of the South, where temperatures are expected to soar over 100 degrees
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Police chief seriously injured in motorcycle crash

A Massachusetts police chief has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident
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Montana unemployment dips to 3.8 percent in June

Montana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dipped to 3.8 percent in June
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NYC releases documents connected to Central Park 5 case

New York City has started releasing about 100,000 pages of documents connected to the notorious case of the five men whose convictions for raping and beating a Central Park jogger were overturned after they served more than a decade behind bars
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Ex-prosecutor plans lawsuit; short on signatures for AG race

A federal prosecutor who quit his job to launch an independent candidacy for Michigan attorney general says he doesn't have enough signatures to get on the ballot
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Fired trooper's attorney calls Facebook messages 'friendly'

The lawyer for a fired Iowa trooper says Facebook messages to a colleague that got him removed from duty and fired were "welcoming and friendly in nature" and not intended to harass
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Rock falling from truck strikes car, kills Alaska boy

An 8-year-old Alaska boy died when a volleyball-size rock fell from a truck and struck him as he rode in a car in the Sterling Highway
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Cases handled by indicted 2 Chicago officers being dropped

Prosecutors in Chicago have dropped dozens of criminal cases investigated by two city police officers charged with lying to judges to obtain search warrants then stealing cash and drugs from properties they searched
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Divers search for bodies after duck boat accident kills 13

Divers search for 4 people still missing after duck boat accident kills at least 13 on Missouri lake
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Officials say 2 cases of Legionnaires' at Laughlin casino

Health officials are investigating reports of two cases of Legionnaires' disease that guests of a Laughlin hotel-casino reported after staying at the property in November and March
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Nampa day care forgets girl at a park, loses license

Authorities have suspended a southwestern Idaho day care's state license after workers left a 3-year-old behind at a local park
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West Texas house fire leaves 2 dead, cause of blaze sought

A West Texas house fire has left two people dead in what authorities describe as an accidental blaze
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Correction: Young Entrepreneur-Minnesota story

Correction: Young Entrepreneur-Minnesota story
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The Latest: Crews assess damage after Iowa tornadoes

Crews assessing damage after surprise swarm of tornadoes sweep through central Iowa and damage numerous buildings
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Connecticut man pleads not guilty to wife's homicide

A 75-year-old Connecticut man has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in the death of his wife, who was found in their home with her throat cut
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Charges filed in Minnesota over City Council brawl

Charges have been filed against two City Council members in Minnesota who were involved in a knockdown, chair-swinging brawl during a discussion about a children's splash pad
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Teen arrested in vandalism at Navy SEAL memorial site

Police on Long Island have arrested a teenager who they say vandalized a stone memorial commemorating a Navy SEAL killed in Afghanistan in 2005
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Pennsylvania man killed, 3 hurt when dump truck hits 3 cars

State police say a dump truck struck a concrete barrier on a northern New Jersey highway and then struck three cars in the oncoming lane, killing a Pennsylvania man and leaving three other people injured
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Civil rights legend Meredith says he's on a mission from God

Civil rights legend James Meredith says he's on a new mission from God
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Man charged in deaths of 2 males found in Flint River

A 24-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of two males whose bodies were found under a door floating in the Flint River in Flint
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Mother charged in death of 2-year-old son

A Buffalo mother has been charged with manslaughter in the beating and shaking death of her 2-year-old son, days after her boyfriend was arraigned on the same charge
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Maine unemployment rate ticks up, still less than a year ago

Maine labor officials say the unemployment rate rose slightly again in June
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2 men charged after bank robber in dreadlock wig shot teller

Police in North Carolina have charged two men after a bank robber wearing a long-haired wig shot and wounded a teller and fled with a fistful of bills
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Trump's ex-lawyer Cohen and Rev. Al Sharpton meet 'n tweet

President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen and the Rev. Al Sharpton have met to renew a long acquaintance _ and they made a point of going on Twitter to let the public know.
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The Latest: Authorities work to recover capsized duck boat

Authorities are working to recover a duck boat that capsized in southern Missouri, killing more than a dozen people
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Storm with high winds downs power lines in southern Nevada

Authorities are cleaning up downed power lines strewn across a southern Nevada road after a thunderstorm brought high winds to the area Thursday night
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One giant sale: Neil Armstrong's collection goes to auction

Neil Armstrong's admirers soon will have chance to own artifacts from his private collection
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Rare condor found dead in southeast Wyoming

An endangered California condor has been found dead in southeast Wyoming
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Ohio killer spared after extent of childhood abuse revealed

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has spared a condemned killer whose sentence was challenged after a juror came forward with concerns that the extent of the inmate's childhood abuse was shielded at trial
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Rural county seeks to be first in Virginia to arm teachers

A rural school district in southwest Virginia seeks to become the first in the state to arm teachers
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Vietnam convicts, deports US man who joined rare protest

A Vietnamese court has convicted an American man of disturbing public order after he took part in a rare protest and ordered him deported
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Colleges ask for a share of future salary in lieu of loans

Colleges offer tuition in return for percentage of alumni's future salary
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Ohio governor spares condemned killer following concerns raised by juror about inmate's childhood

Ohio governor spares condemned killer following concerns raised by juror about inmate's childhood
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Woman sentenced for killing boyfriend's infant son

An Ohio woman convicted of killing her boyfriend's 7-month-old son has been sentenced to life in prison with no parole eligibility for 23 years
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Wolf starts state government work group on election security

Pennsylvania's governor is bringing together government agencies to help ensure the state's elections are safe and secure
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Cops: Swimmers flee pool as drunken driver crashes into it

Police in Pennsylvania say a group of children and adults in an above-ground pool barely managed to flee the water before a drunken driver plowed into it
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Cancer-causing chemical detected in town's water supply

Vermont officials say a chemical found to cause cancer has been detected in elevated levels in a town's water supply
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Disgusting flooding inundates S Carolina's coastal gem again

Heavy rain caused flooding overnight in South Carolina's largest city, prompting police in Charleston to ask people to not come downtown until flooding subsides
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Arkansas unemployment rate unchanged in June at 3.8 percent

The Arkansas unemployment rate held steady in June at 3.8 percent
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Texas jobless rate for June 4 percent, same as US figure

The Texas unemployment rate improved to 4 percent during June to mirror the nationwide jobless figure
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South Carolina deputy charged with domestic violence

A former sheriff's deputy in South Carolina has been arrested and is accused of choking a woman and a child and pointing a gun at a minor
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Florida unemployment remains at 3.8 percent in June

Florida's unemployment remained at 3.8 percent in June, slightly below the 4 percent national rate
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Man who raped 2 teens to serve 5 to 7 years in prison

A Massachusetts man who raped two 14-year-old girls will spend at least five years in prison
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Audit: Scholarship program cost public schools $4.1 million

A new audit shows a state program that provides scholarships to private school students cost public schools $4,1 million over the last two years
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Cyclist killed in train collision during mass ride

A 23-year-old man is dead after he was hit by a commuter train during a mass bicycle ride
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Kauai man sentenced to life in prison for 2016 killing

A 21-year-old Hawaii man has been sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole for the 2016 killing of a Kauai man
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Nebraska utility to study carbon storage for region

Nebraska's largest electric utility will participate in a federal study to develop safe methods to collect and store carbon produced by coal-fired power plants and ethanol plants
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Animal rights group to protest elk's death at Lagoon park

An animal rights group plans to protest outside the northern Utah amusement park Lagoon this weekend in response to the death of an elk at the park's zoo
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Man indicted on charges in shooting that killed 2, wounded 1

A 48-year-old man has been indicted on charges stemming from the fatal shooting of his ex-girlfriend and a man and the wounding of a second woman in an upstate New York village earlier this month
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Navajo Nation Council OKs bill on police standards, training

The Navajo Nation is moving to set its own standards and training requirements for certification of tribal police officers instead of continuing to rely on processes used by the federal government or states
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Hawaiian monk seal pup rescued from Molokai

A Hawaiian monk seal pup found malnourished on Molokai is now in the care of the Marine Mammal Center's hospital on the Big Island
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About 300 fish rescued from deadly waters in Animas River

A Durango official says about 300 fish were pulled out of the Animas River where ash and dirt from rains over a burn scar have been causing widespread die-offs
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Cancer-causing chemical detected in county water supply

Vermont officials say a chemical found to cause cancer has been detected in elevated levels in a county's water supply
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LA County destroys thousands of seized guns

More than 3,500 guns seized in Los Angeles County have been melted and converted into rebar for highway and bridge construction
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Worker injured in blast at Army depot in Pennsylvania dies

The U.S. Army says one of five civilian employees hurt in an explosion and fire at a military depot in Pennsylvania has died
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Iowa's June unemployment rate remains at 2.7 percent

Iowa's unemployment rate in June remained at 2.7 percent, leaving the state tied for the nation's third-lowest rate
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Rocky Mountain National Park lifts campfire ban

Campfires are once again allowed at one of Colorado's most popular national parks
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Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame to induct 7 new honorees

The Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame has inducted seven new honorees
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Home demolitions may create new problem: lead-tainted dust

Detroit home demolitions trigger worries about potential new problem: lead-tainted dust
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Florida father charged with stuffing wipes in baby's throat

A Florida father is facing attempted first-degree murder charges after his 5-month-old son was found with wipes stuffed in his throat
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Former state auditor accused of ID theft, license crime

A criminal complaint accuses a former senior state auditor of identity theft and altering or forging a driver's licenses
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Vandals hit Long Island memorial to fallen Navy SEAL

Police on New York's Long Island are looking for the vandals who damaged a stone memorial commemorating a Navy SEAL killed in Afghanistan in 2005. Photos show the circular stone slab dedicated to Lt. Michael P. Murphy shattered into fragments
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Woman injured by lightning strike at Country Thunder

The Kenosha County Sheriff's Department says a woman attending the Country Thunder Wisconsin Music Festival in Twin Lakes has been seriously injured by a lightning strike
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Utah's low unemployment rate stayed at 3 percent in June

Utah's low unemployment rate didn't budge last month
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It's bloom time for rare rhododendron, but some are hidden

The rhododendrons that bloom once a year at a New Hampshire state park are coming out, but vegetative growth may be hiding some of them
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Woman charged with driving drunk in car with kids twice

Police say a Rhode Island woman has twice been charged with driving drunk with children in her vehicle in two weeks
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Teen who claimed 2nd personality killed woman found guilty

A teenage boy in Ohio who claimed that a second personality of his fatally shot and stabbed his father's girlfriend has been convicted of aggravated murder
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Man who forced toddler to stab woman sentenced to prison

A south-central Idaho man who beat a woman and forced the woman's toddler son to help stab her with a knife on Thanksgiving has been sentenced to 10 years in prison
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Family questions use of force in arrest of teen at festival

The family of a 15-year-old boy who was arrested at a festival in northwestern Indiana says officers used excessive force by restraining the teen on the ground and placing their knees on his back
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Vote delayed on dissolving town targeted by supremacist

A vote has been delayed on whether to dissolve the small North Dakota town of Leith that drew international headlines in 2013 when a white supremacist unsuccessfully tried to take it over
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Wife testifies against Jordanian man on trial for 2 slayings

The wife of a Jordanian-born man on trial for capital murder has testified that her husband sneaked into their son-in-law's Texas apartment before fatally shooting him in 2012
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3 arrested after drugs, weapons found at N. Carolina daycare

Three people have been arrested after police seized marijuana, heroin, cocaine and guns at a North Carolina daycare center
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Michigan man enters plea in death of 20-month-old daughter

A Michigan man who authorities say threw his 20-month-old daughter against a wall near her crib has pleaded guilty to charges of second-degree murder and child abuse
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3 relatives plead guilty to laundering $3M from scheme

Authorities say two more Ohio family members have pleaded guilty to laundering $2.9 million from fraudulently obtained life insurance policies
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Federal Highway Administration kills Juneau road project

The federal government has officially killed a project to improve access to Alaska's capital nearly two years after Gov. Bill Walker halted the road extension
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Algae bloom at 'warning' level in San Luis Reservoir

The California Department of Water Resources is urging people to avoid contact with the water at San Luis Reservoir in Merced County due to a bloom of cyanobacteria, commonly called blue-green algae
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Michigan cop chosen as Albany's next police chief

A Michigan police chief has been chosen as the next police chief in Albany
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APNewsBreak: Pennsylvania demands $10K from abuse accusers

Pennsylvania is forcing three former state university students who say they were sexually abused by a high-ranking administrator to pay $10,000 in court costs after a jury ruled against them in their federal lawsuit nearly four years ago
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