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Marriage plans and writing occupy Amanda Knox
SEATTLE (AP) -- Despite the murder case hanging over her head, Amanda Knox tried to lead a normal life in the more than three years since she was freed from an Italian prison: She recently got engaged and has started writing theater reviews and other articles for a weekly paper in her hometown....

Amanda Knox grateful to 'have my life back' after court saga
SEATTLE (AP) -- Amanda Knox says she's "so grateful to have my life back" after Italy's highest court overturned her murder conviction in the slaying of her roommate....

Search goes on for at least 2 after apparent NYC gas blast
NEW YORK (AP) -- Emergency workers are searching for at least two people still missing after an apparent gas line explosion leveled three apartment buildings as investigators piece together what exactly caused the blast that injured 22....

Indiana officials look to stem religious objections fallout
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The heat over Indiana's new religious objections law spread Friday across social media and to the White House as many local officials and business groups around the state tried to jump in and stem the fallout....

Autopsies determine children found in freezer were slain
DETROIT (AP) -- A brother and sister whose bodies were found in a deep freezer in their Detroit home had been beaten to death, autopsies determined Friday, painting a more complete picture of the horrors that unfolded inside the home for years but that apparently went unnoticed by the outside world....

Pugnacious Reid retiring, wants Schumer as Senate Dem leader
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a pugnacious and glamour-averse tactician who united Democrats to help deliver tough victories for President Barack Obama, said Friday he's retiring next year. He immediately endorsed brash New York Sen. Chuck Schumer to succeed him as leader of a party desperate to regain the Senate majority....

Nurse reunited with injured Afghan children she helped
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The last time Lynette Austin saw the Afghan children, they were weak, wounded and broken....

Popular Nevada governor looms over fight for Reid seat
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's decision to retire next year leaves no clear successor in his home state of Nevada, where a popular Republican governor appears reluctant to change jobs and the pending loss of Reid's clout in Washington is causing anxiety over who might replace him....

Aaron Hernandez fiancee discusses money, gun at murder trial
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) -- Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez and his fiancee traded expressionless glances Friday as she took the witness stand to testify in his murder trial....

University of Oklahoma unveils racist chant probe findings
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Members of a University of Oklahoma fraternity apparently learned a racist chant that recently got their chapter disbanded during a national leadership cruise four years ago that was sponsored by the fraternity's national administration, the university's president said Friday....

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Marriage plans and writing occupy Amanda Knox

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University of Oklahoma unveils racist chant probe findings

Autopsies determine children found in freezer were slain

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