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Man gets life without parole in killing of Florida priest
ATLANTA (AP) -- A man accused of killing a Florida priest in Georgia pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges including murder after reaching a deal with prosecutors to spare him the death penalty....

Remains found in Yosemite identified as missing sailor
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) -- Human remains found in Yosemite National Park during the summer have been identified as a U.S. Navy sailor who was reported missing while visiting last spring....

Solace or silence? Not all families of fallen get Trump call
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some got sympathy and solace. Some got silence. One got a promise of cash....

University chief: Security cost for Spencer speech 'unfair'
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- A day before white nationalist Richard Spencer is scheduled to speak at the University of Florida, its president affirmed his belief in free speech but said the security costs of holding such an event at a public university put an unfair burden on taxpayers....

Karen Pence: 'All of us could benefit from art therapy'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Karen Pence, the vice president's wife, said Wednesday that art therapy, a little-known mental health profession that she has championed for years, is the issue she will highlight during the Trump administration....

SeaWorld cuts 350 jobs, mostly in Orlando and San Diego
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- SeaWorld is cutting 350 positions as the company's parks deal with declining attendance....

Former Menendez staffer contradicts prosecution testimony
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- A former staffer for U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez gave testimony at his bribery trial Wednesday that differed from the prosecution's version of events....

Family of slain sergeant says Trump showed 'disrespect'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The mother of an Army sergeant killed in Niger said Wednesday that President Donald Trump, in a call offering condolences, showed "disrespect" to the soldier's loved ones as they drove to the airport to meet his body. Trump, engulfed in controversy over the appropriate way for presidents to show compassion for slain soldiers, strongly disputed that account....

Law firm asks: Does Facebook friendship disqualify judge?
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Is a Facebook friendship a reason to disqualify a judge?...

Trump: Lawmaker 'fabricated' account of his talk with widow
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump on Wednesday said a Florida congresswoman "fabricated" an account of the commander in chief telling the widow of a soldier killed in an ambush in Niger that her husband "knew what he signed up for."...

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