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New Jersey looks at 'yes means yes' college policy
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- You think the attractive woman at the party who has been chatting you up all night is ready to take things to the next level. She seems to be throwing all the right signals....

Church members each get $500 to do good for world
CHICAGO (AP) -- On a very memorable Sunday, Pastor Laura Truax surprised her congregation with a bold announcement: She was about to hand out money to everyone....

Former DC Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A controversial and tireless advocate for the nation's capital who created jobs for generations of black families, Marion Barry was the ultimate District of Columbia politician, though his arrest for drug use in the midst of a crack cocaine epidemic often overshadows his accomplishments....

AP Exclusive: Letter that inspired Kerouac found
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It's been called the letter that launched a literary genre - 16,000 amphetamine-fueled, stream-of-consciousness words written by Neal Cassady to his friend Jack Kerouac in 1950....

Ferguson tense ahead of grand jury decision
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Crews erected barricades around the building where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, even as a grand jury decision seemed unlikely this weekend....

Man ID'd who lit house on fire, ambushed officers
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Officials have identified the man who was fatally shot after he set fire to his house and then waited for authorities so he could ambush them....

Boy with fake gun dies after shot by Ohio officer
CLEVELAND (AP) -- A 12-year-old boy brandishing what turned out to be a replica gun died Sunday after he was shot by a Cleveland police officer responding to a 911 call about a person waving a gun at a playground....

Marijuana advocates hope Maine goes legal next
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Marijuana advocates want to finally take their legalization drive - thus far the province of western states - to the Northeast, and they say the first state to do it here might be Maine....

Evacuation plans readied as Buffalo flooding looms
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Evacuation plans are being prepared and the Red Cross is setting up shelters as rising temperatures begin to melt 7 feet of snow in the Buffalo area, causing a risk of flooding....

Rhodes scholars for class of 2015 announced
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Rhodes Trust says 32 U.S. men and women have been named Rhodes scholars and will enter Oxford University next October....

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