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Suspects, victims in California killings were 'furries'
FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) -- Two men arrested in the killings of a California couple were friends with the victims' teenage daughter and attended "furry" events where some participants dress up in colorful animal costumes, according to friends and their social media pages....

Houston gunman had 2 weapons, thousands of rounds at scene
HOUSTON (AP) -- A disgruntled lawyer wearing military-style apparel with old Nazi emblems had two weapons and more than 2,500 rounds of live ammunition when he randomly shot at drivers in a Houston neighborhood before he was shot and killed by police, authorities said....

NYC house blast kills fire battalion chief, a rising star
NEW YORK (AP) -- A star battalion chief at the Fire Department of New York was killed Tuesday morning when a house explosion rocked a Bronx neighborhood, jolting residents out of their beds, authorities and witnesses said....

Colleges lavishing more financial aid on wealthy students
STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- Spencer Mulligan knew his family could pay for his college education, even without loans or grants. So when the University of Connecticut offered a merit award of $20,000 over four years, he saw it as a bonus....

Michigan inmates get job training in 'vocational village'
IONIA, Mich. (AP) -- Few states have been more aggressive in releasing inmates and diverting offenders than Michigan, where a decade ago, one out of every 200 people was in prison, and penal costs were beginning to crowd out basic government services....

Bar: Marlins' Fernandez was there before fatal boat accident
MIAMI (AP) -- Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was a patron at a Miami River bar and restaurant before he and two friends were killed in a boat crash, a spokeswoman for the establishment confirmed Tuesday....

Mall shooting suspect ate with stepfather before attack
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) -- A man charged with five counts of first-degree premeditated murder in the shooting deaths of five people at a Washington state mall shared an early dinner with his stepfather then told him he was headed to his job at a gym....

Man plucked from life boat after week at sea reaches Boston
BOSTON (AP) -- A Vermont man who spent a week at sea in a life raft before being rescued by a passing freighter arrived in Boston on Tuesday and was being questioned by Coast Guard officials....

Charlotte residents denounce officials over police shooting
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Angry Charlotte residents verbally lashed City Council members for hours, complaining about what they called unaccountable police officers and civilian leaders who have failed to force change as the city marked a week of protests since a police officer fatally shot a black man....

 
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