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Southwest Airlines sought more time for engine inspections
DALLAS (AP) -- Southwest Airlines sought more time last year to inspect jet-engine fan blades like the one that snapped off during one of its flights Tuesday in an accident that left a passenger dead....

Arizona teachers vote for statewide walkout to protest pay
PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona teachers have voted to walk off the job to demand increased school funding, marking a key step toward a first-ever statewide strike that builds on a movement for higher pay in other Republican-dominant states....

Judge to hear arguments about delaying Stormy Daniels case
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- President Donald Trump's lawyer is asking a federal judge in Los Angeles to delay a court case brought by a porn actress who claims she had an affair with the president....

Killing renews concerns for homeless Native Americans
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- The morning a homeless man was shot and killed in Albuquerque, police say surveillance videos showed him running down a street before sunrise, and then gunfire flash in the dark....

Deputies shot through restaurant window; sheriff blames hate
TRENTON, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say two Florida sheriff's deputies were shot dead through the window of a Chinese restaurant by a man who then killed himself....

Americans reflect on legal pot ahead of 420 holiday
America's marijuana supporters have a lot to celebrate on this 420 holiday : Thirty states have legalized some form of medical marijuana, according to a national advocacy group....

Alabama mail-bomber the oldest executed in US modern times
ATMORE, Ala. (AP) -- An Alabama inmate convicted of the mail-bomb slayings of a federal judge and a civil rights lawyer during a wave of Southern terror in 1989 was executed by lethal injection Thursday, becoming the oldest prisoner put to death in the U.S. in modern times....

Police say teen who searched for missing pal was his killer
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A 16-year-old who was part of a search party looking for a missing high school sports star led the group to discover the boy's body but investigators suspect he was the person who fatally stabbed his longtime friend and left his body in bushes near a riverbed, Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives said Thursday....

Some GOP officials urge charges for women who get abortions
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Anti-abortion rhetoric is intensifying ahead of midterm elections as officials in Republican-dominant states push legislation that would punish both doctors and patients, even though such laws are likely unconstitutional....

Barbara Bush believed literacy could cure other ills
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- On a hot summer day in 1978, as her husband mulled his first presidential run, Barbara Bush headed to Houston's leafy Memorial Park for a jog while she thought about what issues she'd like to focus on should she become first lady....

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