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A bigger tent? Republicans facing minority challenge ahead of 2016 presidential race
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The faces of the Republican Party's most ambitious members are changing....

NYC police commissioner: Turning backs on mayor at officer's funeral was 'very inappropriate'
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City's police commissioner says it was "very inappropriate" for officers to turn their backs on the mayor in a sign of disrespect as he spoke at an officer's funeral....

Key developments in tension between police, communities after high-profile deaths of blacks
The killings of two unarmed blacks by white police officers in Missouri and New York this summer touched off protests and a national debate over police conduct that intensified after grand juries refused to indict the officers....

FAA close on long-awaited drone rules, but key decisions likely to come from Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is on the verge of proposing long-awaited rules for commercial drone operations in U.S. skies, but key decisions on how much access to grant drones are likely to come from Congress next year....

Arizona police officer killed during domestic violence investigation; suspect kills himself
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- A 24-year-old police officer died after being shot by a domestic violence suspect who then killed himself Saturday afternoon in Arizona....

Decades in the making, violence, misconduct, neglect at Rikers could take as long to overcome
NEW YORK (AP) -- Victor Woods shook uncontrollably, his body wracked by convulsions, as fellow inmates held him in their arms and shouted for help....

Seed libraries popular with gardeners but ag officials say exchanges violate state laws
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- For thousands of years, people have exchanged seeds to grow terrific tomatoes or produce the perfect potato, but a new effort to loan and borrow seeds has created a conflict between well-meaning gardeners and state agriculture officials who feel obligated to enforce laws restricting the practice....

Texas county to be first in US to test idea of letting indigent defendants choose attorney
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (AP) -- Tommy Vaughn knows his clients may be distrustful when a court appoints him to handle their case. Without enough money to hire their own lawyer, defendants are often suspicious that court-appointed attorneys will provide a poor defense or just try to coerce a quick guilty plea....

South Dakota has fewest Jewish people in US and no permanent rabbi, but community tightly knit
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) -- The first Jews to settle in what is now South Dakota established themselves in Deadwood during the Gold Rush more than 150 years ago, finding a niche selling hardware, groceries, dry goods and more. By 1920, the state was home to some 1,300 Jews....

Farmers brace for workforce shortage under Obama's executive action on immigration
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Farmers already scrambling to find workers in California - the nation's leading grower of fruits, vegetables and nuts - fear an even greater labor shortage under President Barack Obama's executive action to block some 5 million people from deportation....

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