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A bigger tent? GOP faces minority challenge
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The faces of the Republican Party's most ambitious members are changing....

Police boss: Turning backs on mayor inappropriate
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City's police commissioner says it was "very inappropriate" for officers to turn their backs on the mayor in a sign of disrespect as he spoke at an officer's funeral....

Key developments in police-communities tension
The killings of two unarmed blacks by white police officers in Missouri and New York this summer touched off protests and a national debate over police conduct that intensified after grand juries refused to indict the officers....

Congress likely to make key decisions on drones
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is on the verge of proposing long-awaited rules for commercial drone operations in U.S. skies, but key decisions on how much access to grant drones are likely to come from Congress next year....

Arizona police officer killed; suspect dead
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- A 24-year-old police officer died after being shot by a domestic violence suspect who then killed himself Saturday afternoon in Arizona....

Widespread problems on Rikers Island tough to fix
NEW YORK (AP) -- Victor Woods shook uncontrollably, his body wracked by convulsions, as fellow inmates held him in their arms and shouted for help....

Seed libraries struggle with state laws limiting exchanges
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- For thousands of years, people have exchanged seeds to grow terrific tomatoes or produce the perfect potato, but a new effort to loan and borrow seeds has created a conflict between well-meaning gardeners and state agriculture officials who feel obligated to enforce laws restricting the practice....

Indigent defense idea to get first test in US
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (AP) -- Tommy Vaughn knows his clients may be distrustful when a court appoints him to handle their case. Without enough money to hire their own lawyer, defendants are often suspicious that court-appointed attorneys will provide a poor defense or just try to coerce a quick guilty plea....

South Dakota's Jewish community small, tight-knit
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) -- The first Jews to settle in what is now South Dakota established themselves in Deadwood during the Gold Rush more than 150 years ago, finding a niche selling hardware, groceries, dry goods and more. By 1920, the state was home to some 1,300 Jews....

Officials: Death not tied to truck crash into home
LEVITTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Authorities say the death of a 93-year-old hospice patient is not tied to the crash of a pickup truck through her Philadelphia-area home that same day....

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Police boss: Turning backs on mayor inappropriate

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Widespread problems on Rikers Island tough to fix

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Indigent defense idea to get first test in US

Seed libraries struggle with state laws limiting exchanges

Arizona police officer killed; suspect dead

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