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Trump's attempts to show voter fraud appear to have stalled
ATLANTA (AP) -- President Donald Trump hasn't backed away from his unsubstantiated claim that millions of illegally cast ballots cost him the popular vote in 2016, but his efforts to investigate it appear to have stalled....

Debate on in Massachusetts over safe sites for drug users
BOSTON (AP) -- The idea may seem jarring at first: Creating safe spaces where drug users can shoot up under the watchful eye of staff trained in helping counter the effect of potentially fatal overdoses - all with the approval of public health officials....

Lawyers: Firing squad must be option for condemned killer
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Attorneys for a condemned killer whose execution was stopped last year after 25 minutes of unsuccessful needle sticks are once again recommending the firing squad as an alternative....

Sheriff: Florida man slain by deputies carried assault rifle
LAKE WALES, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida man with an assault rifle was fatally shot by officers after he attacked his wife and daughter, authorizes said....

With just 3 students, small-town high school closing down
ROCHESTER, Vt. (AP) -- With just three students left attending high school here, junior Kimberly Taylor moves from one empty classroom to the next, taking mostly online classes or studying alone....

Indoor velodrome expected to draw cyclists to Detroit
DETROIT (AP) -- An indoor cycling track in Detroit is expected to draw bike riders from other cold-weather states and across the U.S. while giving inner-city youth the opportunity to participate for free in the fast-moving and growing sport....

Small-town budgets hurting from loss of mini Walmarts
LUTHER, Okla. (AP) -- Luther sold its youth football field to Walmart about three years ago so that the company could build one of its Express stores, using the money from the sale and the new tax revenue to pay off the roughly $200,000 in debt that resulted from an embezzlement scandal involving the former town treasurer....

Mudslides take heavy toll on immigrants serving posh town
Oprah Winfrey and Rob Lowe give Montecito its star power, but it's people like Antonio and Victor Benitez who keep the wealthy Southern California community running....

Leaders to meet with white separatist town official in Maine
JACKMAN, Maine (AP) -- Leaders in a Maine town say they will meet with their town manager, who has come under fire for espousing white separatist views....

Governor denies parole for Manson follower Leslie Van Houten
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The governor of California once again denied parole Friday for Leslie Van Houten, the youngest follower of murderous cult leader Charles Manson who blamed herself at her parole hearing for letting him control her life....

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