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9th suspect in NC kidnapping turns self in to FBI in Atlanta; another suspect waives bond
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- As the kidnappers pulled into a quiet, upscale golf course community, they thought they were about to abduct an assistant district attorney who sent a high-ranking gang member to prison for life, authorities said....

USAF report: 4 died in plane crash in Colombia after hitting hill on counter-narcotics mission
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Air Force investigators say a plane crash that killed four people in Colombia this past fall occurred when the plane's pilots failed to stay over water and slammed into a hill....

Gov't weighs clemency for nonviolent federal inmates imprisoned for at least 10 years
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department is encouraging nonviolent federal inmates who have behaved in prison, have no significant criminal history and have already served more than 10 years behind bars to apply for clemency, officials announced Wednesday....

Effort to make rail tank cars used to ship crude oil safer marked by squabbling
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Spurred by a series of fiery train crashes, a push by government and industry to make safer tank cars used for shipping crude oil and ethanol has bogged down in squabbling and finger-pointing over whether they're needed and if so, who should pay....

Soldier who gave classified documents to WikiLeaks granted name change from Bradley to Chelsea
LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) -- An Army private convicted of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks won an initial victory Wednesday to living as a woman when a Kansas judge granted a petition to change her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning....

More employers starting wellness programs to reduce health costs, pushed in part by overhaul
That little voice nagging you to put down the cake and lace up the running shoes is increasingly coming from your employer and is likely to grow louder with a looming change under the federal health care overhaul....

Victims of child pornography can be paid for their losses, but within limits, high court says
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a plea to make it easier for victims of child pornography to collect money from people who view their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor of a woman whose childhood rape has been widely seen on the Internet. Two dissenting justices said Congress should change the law to benefit victims....

California mom detained at airport over breast-milk dispute wins $75K in lawsuit against TSA
PHOENIX (AP) -- A Southern California woman who was held at a Phoenix airport four years ago after refusing to have her breast milk X-rayed has reached a settlement with the Transportation Security Administration....

Almost blind Michigan man 'seeing something new every day' thanks to new retina procedure
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision....

Ga.'s governor signs law allowing licensed owners to bring guns into bars, schools, churches
ELLIJAY, Ga. (AP) -- Under a law just signed by Georgia's governor, people with a license can carry a gun into bars, some government buildings and places of worship if religious leaders say it's OK....

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