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AP Top U.S. News at 2:46 a.m. EDT

United raising limit on payments to bumped flyers to $10,000
DALLAS (AP) -- United Airlines says it will raise the limit - to $10,000 - on payments to customers who give up seats on oversold flights and will increase training for employees as it deals with fallout from the video of a passenger being violently dragged from his seat....

Trooper ambush killer sentenced to death in Pennsylvania
MILFORD, Pa. (AP) -- The bell atop the Pike County Courthouse last tolled the fate of a condemned killer in the 1980s....

Delaware trooper fatally shot outside convenience store
MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) -- A man shot and killed a Delaware state trooper outside a convenience store Wednesday and later barricaded himself inside his house, where he continued to fire shots at officers, police said....

Businesses like Trump tax plan, but they won't rush to hire
NEW YORK (AP) -- Giving workers a raise, investing in new machinery. Small business owners have long wish lists to choose from if the Trump administration's plan to lower tax rates becomes law - but most don't expect to go on a hiring binge....

Arkansas prepares to conclude aggressive execution schedule
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas will reach the end of an aggressive execution schedule Thursday as it prepares for a fourth lethal injection in a week after initially planning twice as many over an 11-day period....

What does the word 'witness' mean in an Arkansas execution?
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- About two dozen people witness each execution in Arkansas, though the term "witness" is a misnomer. No one among the media or citizen witnesses can see as the inmate is secured to a gurney, watch as medical personnel place intravenous lines or hear what's happening as the actual execution takes place. If there's a dispute over what happened, resolution is difficult....

Dispute over health payments defused, spending bill on track
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House and congressional Democrats on Wednesday defused a tense standoff over payments for the working poor under the health care law, keeping a massive government spending bill on track just days ahead of a shutdown deadline....

The Latest: Fire company to serve as temporary shelter
BEAR, Del. (AP) -- The Latest on the shooting of a Delaware state trooper (all times local):...

Jefferson Muzzle 'awards' take aim at free-speech offenders
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A Tennessee sheriff accused of deleting atheists' comments on a county Facebook page, a school chief who dismissed a teacher who stepped on the American flag in class, and the U.S. Senate for a bill targeting speech on college campuses are among the winners of the Jefferson Muzzles - satiric awards bestowed annually by a free-speech group....

Witnesses reflect on LA's Rodney King riot 25 years later
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dee Young remembers April 29, 1992, the way most Americans of a certain age recall Sept. 11 - it's indelibly etched in his memory as the day his world and that of thousands of others changed forever....

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