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Politics, shootings undercut criminal justice overhaul
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hopes for overhauling the nation's criminal justice system have faded in Congress this year, undercut by a rash of summer shootings involving police and the pressure of election-year politics....

Suicidal Germanwings pilot had struggled in US flight school
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The German pilot who deliberately flew his airliner into a mountainside last year had struggled with learning to fly and had failed a key test of his skills during training in the U.S., according to FBI interviews with his flight instructors....

Europe hits Apple with a $15 billion-plus tax bill
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The European Union ordered Apple on Tuesday to pay nearly $15 billion in back taxes to Ireland, plus billions more in interest, in a move that dramatically escalates the fight over whether America's biggest corporations are paying their fair share around the world....

North Carolina beaches thin out ahead of tropical weather
RODANTHE, N.C. (AP) -- Crowds thinned Tuesday on the beaches of North Carolina's Outer Banks ahead of a tropical weather system that threatened to bring strong winds and heavy rains that could flood low-lying areas....

LePage: Reports of my political demise 'greatly exaggerated'
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- Amid political pressure and calls for his resignation, Republican Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday suggested that he might be considering stepping aside but seemed to reject the idea entirely hours later in a tweet, saying, "The reports of my political demise are greatly exaggerated."...

Victim of prep school sex assault: I'm no longer ashamed
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A teen who was sexually assaulted during a game of sexual conquest at a prestigious New Hampshire prep school said Tuesday that she is no longer ashamed or afraid and hopes to be a voice for others....

Deadly chase with deaf man reached 100 mph, included crash
A deaf driver shot to death by a North Carolina state trooper drove up to 100 mph during the chase and didn't stop even after the officer intentionally wrecked his vehicle, according to police radio traffic released Tuesday....

20 Democratic senators blast steep price hike for EpiPens
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a sign of growing concern in Congress, 20 Democratic senators are demanding answers about steep price hikes for the life-saving EpiPen injector device....

Pennsylvania's convicted ex-top prosecutor swiftly replaced
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania lawmakers made a hasty return to the state Capitol from their summer recess on Tuesday as they rushed through a replacement for the state's convicted ex-attorney general....

Settlement forces US to decide whether 9 species endangered
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- The U.S. government agreed Tuesday to decide over the next several years if federal protections are needed to help a small, fanged predator of the Northern Rockies, massive alligator snapping turtles in the South and seven other troubled species that in some cases have awaited action for years....

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